——Jonathan Turley, discussing the rush to proclaim Joe Biden President-elect while legitimate questions remain unanswered
Bingo. Why is this such a hard concept to grasp?
The professor continues,
These initial allegations may or may not be indicative of a more systemic problem. There is no reason to presume fraud but also no reason to demand concessions before we look at these allegations, particularly with the addition of sworn statements and at least one computer problem resulting in loss of thousands of Trump votes in Michigan. Half of this country voted for Trump and it is not much for them to ask for a review of the challenges — a right that the Democrats would be demanding if the positions in this close election were reversed. Moreover, those voters can be understandably skeptical to hear these instant dismissals from networks, which previously predicted a sweeping victory for Biden and the Democrats. Even if, as expected, these allegations are rejected, it is important for this country to have a full and open consideration of these claims and the underlying evidence….
We need a review of counts in critical states to resolve a crisis of faith. A recent survey found that almost half of Americans lack confidence their ballots will be counted fairly. A Harvard study also found that only half of young black voters believe their ballots are even counted. This lack of faith in the electoral process has been fueled by the shift to mailed ballots but builds on growing distrust of our political system.
I am a fan of Turley’s as regular readers here know, but his otherwise sensible post had one glaring misstatement that I have vowed to correct wherever it appears.
He originally wrote that “studies” after the Bush-Gore election showed that Gore may have won the Presidency after all. I don’t know where he got that idea, but it is untrue. Although media organizations held multiple hand-counts of all Florida ballots hoping to prove Gore won, the results, to their disappointment and surprise, supported Bush’s win. That false statement has been excised from the article now after several commenters pointed out Turley’s error.
You have to then state that the text has been corrected, professor.
I make more mistakes than you, so you’re probably not used to the ethical blog correction process.