BREAKING: Mike Pompeo Promises a ‘Smooth Transition’ – Into a Second Term for Donald Trump
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday promised a smooth transition into a second term for President Donald Trump, throwing his weight behind Trump’s conspiracy theories about the election having been stolen.
“There will be a smooth transition into a second Trump Administration,” Pompeo said at a news conference. “We’re ready.”
Trump lost to President-Elect Joe Biden 306-232 in the Electoral College and got crushed by the former vice president in the national popular vote.
There is no credible evidence of voter fraud, election tampering, or the like. If anything, last week’s election went far more smoothly than many people had anticipated.
But these facts have not deterred Trump and his cadre of loyalists from filing frivolous lawsuits or making desperate attempts to deligitimize the democratic process.
Pompeo smirked as he lectured the press about maintaining a functional government, which is rich, considering how deeply Trump and Pompeo have gutted the State Department and other federal agencies:
The world is watching what’s taking place. We’re going to count all the votes. When the process is complete, there will be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today and successful the way the president who’s in office on January 20, a minute after noon, will also be successful.
I went through a transition on the front end, I’ve been on the other side of this. I’m very confident that we will do all the things that are necessary to make sure that the government – the United States government – will continue to perform its national security function as we go forward.
Pompeo was then pressed by a reporter about whether he believes Team Trump will be successful in reversing the results of the election, specifically in swing states, where the final tallies were announced over the weekend.
“So you believe there’s widespread voter fraud? The reports that we’re getting from Pennsylvania from Michigan showing vote totals with massive leads or significant leads, with 99 percent reporting, are going to be overturned, and that the United States failed to conduct a fraudulent-free election?” the reported asked.
Pompeo suggested that the 2020 election could be a repeat of 2000.
“Rich, I am the secretary of state. I’m getting calls from all across the world. These people are watching our election. They understand that we have a legal process. They understand that this takes time, right? It took us 37-plus days in an election back in 2000, conducted a successful transition then,” the secretary of state said.
This makes zero sense. In 2000, the election came down to how a recount was conducted in Florida. The Supreme Court ultimately stopped the recount, handing the presidency to Republican George W. Bush – with a margin of 537 votes. More than 10,000 votes in Miami-Dade County went untallied. Had they been counted, Democrat Al Gore would probably have won.
But 2020 is not 2000. Trump lost most swing states except for North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, and there have not emerged any instances of funny business at the polls in any precinct. There is simply no basis to the snake oil Pompeo is selling.
Nevertheless, Pompeo remains steadfast in his belief, at least publicly, that Trump will somehow manage to stay in office despite losing the election. It is a disturbing message to observe eminating from the highest ranks of the US government.
“I am very confident that we will count, and we must count every legal vote. We must make sure that any vote that wasn’t lawful ought not be counted, that dilutes your vote if it’s done improperly. We gotta get that right, and when we get it right, we’ll get it right. We’re in good shape,” said Pompeo.
.@SecPompeo: "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 10, 2020
Seventy-one days until the inauguration.