Don’t be naive. McConnell and Barr are not trying to soothe Trump’s feelings. They want him to remain in power and they want the Senate to remain controlled by Republicans. Those are their goals and as with their other goals they will abandon norms and laws to realize them. 1/
The only deterrents to men like Barr, McConnell, and Trump is the personal cost of taking any given step to stay in power. Going to jail or being unable to support themselves financially are the only operable disincentives. So ... 2/
...we have to protect the results of the Presidential race and fight for free and fair runoffs in GA in such a way that the only workable counterefforts by Barr, McConnell, and Trump would be likely to land them in jail (as they have too much money to fear destitution). 3/
For now, we fund opposition to spurious GOP litigation to subvert the vote. We support grassroots organizers in GA working to turn out the Democratic vote. We insist that elected Democrats make clear they will not tolerate lawless shenanigans from their GOP counterparts. 4/
We can’t know tonight what further lawful, reasonably safe steps will make sense tomorrow, next week, or come January. We may need to demonstrate, we may need to support forceful measures to have Trump depart the WH. 5/
We are dealing with desperate, unscrupulous men who enjoy a great deal of power and support. Don’t get distracted by worrying about whether fellow Democrats are too far left or too far right or whether everybody is being sufficiently polite. 6/
Stay focus on the most pressing, open, and obvious threat to U.S. constitutional democracy: Republican officeholders and those who vote for them. 7/7

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