Hvem deltog i kupforsøget i USA for et år siden? Et overraskende billede tegner sig

Helt almindelige amerikanere er villige til at ty til vold.

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Who participated in the insurrection a year ago? The answer might surprise you

Ordinary American citizens are willing to resort to violence.

“What the fuck is going on?” Those were the first words I heard when my Danish friend called me on January 6 last year. We were on opposite sides of the globe and were both watching, paralyzed by the images on our TV screens.

The images on the screen showed thousands of aggressive people, many with Trump flags and in military-like attire, hammering at police officers, smashing windows and doors and forcing their way in to the Capitol building, where the crowed went howling and screaming from corridor to corridor to find prominent politicians’ offices. That day, both civilians and police officers lost their lives.

“It will be ok. The American system is strong,” said my former colleague when I spoke to him a few minutes before the conversation with my friend in Denmark. He is an elderly gentleman, and he served at the University of Washington as a professor of history for more than 30 years. I had called him crying, hoping to hear some calming words from this experienced man – I needed him to say that America would be ok after this.

Who went to Washington DC that day when the situation went crazy and people stormed Congress?

Contrary to what one might think, many of the rioters were citizens without extreme right winged leanings. And that fact is scary.

It turns out that those who behaved most violently on January 6, 2020, were not people on the authorities list of threats. Most have never committed a crime before. They were our neighbors, active in their churches – ordinary Americans. In other words, they do not fit the profile of a typical extremist.

But they believed, were completely convinced, that Trump won the presidential election. Their sense of justice had suffered a setback. And so they felt violence was ok.

If ordinary people feel that they have the right to use and react with violent, anti-democratic methods when their sense of justice is violated, then we are potentially facing a huge problem in the future.

Despite the fact that this feeling of injustice and election fraud was rooted in conspiratorial beliefs, the events on that horrible day in January last year, show us that this or a similar attack on our democracy could happen again if an election result goes against some people´s preference.

How long do we have a democracy if various private individuals feel they have a right to violently oppose democracy – even when there is no, as in absolutely none, zip, zero, evidence for their claim of fraudulence?

Since the attack on democracy a year ago, conspiracy theories have not diminished. On various electronic platforms, multiple outrageous conspiracy theories thrives. In these lonely Corona times it might be understandable that some people can fall into a black hole and be trapped and sucked in to such a universe. After all, we all need a sense of community and on a certain level, these groups offer that – however sick they are in their mindsets. But who bears responsibility and who do we hold accountable for the threat to democracy?

In the United States, economic means create power. At the same time, political decision-making processes moves at a snail’s pace. Meanwhile, social platforms are making money, and the conspiracy theories people are willing to believe in are becoming more and more insane.

To put it mildly, it has been an uncommonly ugly sight to see politicians compromise on democratic principles instead of showing the people that they are working to make the democracy they claim to be fighting for stronger and make sure nothing like we saw last year will ever happen again.

Whether it’s a right-wing Trump extremist, a hard-working UPS worker, or a young man looking for an adrenaline rush that took part in the terrorist attack on Congress and US democracy last year, the fact is that they need to be prosecuted – every single one of them.

Because everyone has an individual responsibility, and one should be held accountable for one’s actions – even if one regrets or was caught in the moment and did things one would otherwise never have done.

The investigation process is underway, but it is moving far too slow, and it is important for the surrounding community’s belief in the system to get a feeling that the justice system and democracy work – preferably before the next presidential election.

We cannot forget, however, that the main culprit for the attack on the US election process is Donald Trump – and he must be held responsible for having used ordinary citizens as puppets in his attempt to overthrow democracy in God’s own country.

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Oops! When you want to hit your opponent, but it backfires

Florida Republicans are making election restrictions that hit their own voters.

You probably remember how Trump thundered against the fact that the Americans voted by mail in the last presidential election – and how the outcome, due to postal votes, benefited the Democrats?

And what do you do when you have a hard time winning? Well , if you are a Republican, then you are cheating on the scales and introducing rules that make it harder for your opponent’s supporters to vote. Obviously, democratic rights and ” liberty and justice for all” still do not mean much when it comes down to it.

The state of Georgia has already introduced austerity measures to make it harder to vote by mail. Texas and Arizona are also on the move with new initiatives. Each state has its own characteristics. Common to the legislation is that it seeks to target non-Republican groups. It is undemocratic and unethical.

What do the changes consist of? There are many new initiatives, but here are a few examples:

The identification requirements of the individual voter are tightened. If you move around a lot, as many people with connections to the military do, then there may be a discrepancy between driving licenses and other documents, e.g. your current address and you will not be allowed to cast your vote.

You must also, within a certain period of time, ask to vote by mail at each election and will not automatically receive a ballot paper. If you do not apply to vote by post according to carefully specified rules, you will not receive a ballot paper and thus lose the opportunity to cast your vote.

In Florida, one wants to please Trump. Therefore, new restrictive rules have been urgently considered to cast votes in the upcoming elections. There’s just one monkey there.

Because in Florida, it was precisely postal votes that in its time meant that the balance of power changed, so it is now the Republicans who are in power.

Unlike other states, Republicans have been actively pursuing a strategic program for the past 40 years to promote the ability to vote by mail. But why now?

Florida has a large population of past and present military people, and the state is also known for its large population of retirees. These groups traditionally vote Republican.

In the case of military personnel, they often move around a lot and are posted, which makes it easier to vote by mail, and in the case of pensioners, leaving home is not always easy. Both groups are crucial in the election for Republicans.

But now Florida intends to introduce restrictions that make it harder to vote, and which in particular make it harder to vote by mail. Among other things. there are plans to set up fewer mailboxes where people can send their ballot papers from. If you are elderly and have difficulty walking, then your ballot paper may be on the table at home after an election. You never left, the trip was too long and arduous.

Rumor has it that Republican lawmakers too late came to mind that the legislation they were in the process of mashing through was likely to hit their own supporters harder than their political opponents. Despite this foot error, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that he will probably sign when the bills land on his desk – one is probably a loyal Trump soldier.

Thus, Florida’s Republican lawmakers are most likely to suppress their own votes when they hit the groups that traditionally vote Republican.

How will Republican lawmakers stumble out of having shot themselves in the foot after the next election result?

Before we get the answer to that, one can only lament the hundreds of austerity measures that Republican lawmakers and many swing states are introducing these months to keep certain groups away from the ballot box.

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Demokratiet sejrede i USA – nu løfter vi blikket og ser det, der ligger foran os, ikke det, der skiller os

Enhed, inklusion og demokratiets overlegenhed var i fokus i dag.

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Democracy triumphed in the United States – let´s lift our gaze and see the things that lie ahead, not the things that separate us

Unity, inclusion and the superiority of democracy were in focus today.

I sat ready in front of the television. Seeing the democratic process work and previous presidents backing it up, calmed me down in my system. With Joe and Jill Biden, the leadership of the United States returns to a time when intelligence and facts are something you respect, not something you ridicule.

Finally the day came, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States . Democracy won and the mob must pack away their baseball bats and automatic weapons while democratic processes prevail.

Bush was there, Clinton and Obama were there. And Pence was there. The Kamala Harris family was there, it’s a big day for them and for Americans with African American and Asian backgrounds.

The masks spoke their very own language. Pence and Bush sent strong signals with their flags and national symbols: the United States, patriotism and respect for the system go hand in hand. Several members of the Harris family wore glitter masks. All over the United States, little girls with golden skin are thinking, “Everything is possible for me in this country.”

And then there was the women’s attire. Both Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton wore purple, which is the color you get if you combine blue and red – the colors of the Democratic and Republican Party, now it’s time for unity and to stand together. Kamala Harris and her outfit are also an appreciative nod back to 1972, the year Shirley Chisholm , as the first African-American woman, ran as a presidential candidate for the Democrats. Perhaps the purple color was also a thank you to the swing states, often referred to as purple states.

It is important that Mike Pence, the former Vice President of the United States, attended today. Pence received no warm welcome from either the former Democratic presidents or from Bush. Up until the terrorist attack on the Congress building two weeks ago, Pence has faithfully stood side by side with Trump at various rallies and repeated his lies about election fraud. It must not be easy to stand among the political opponents he has so fiercely fought against and who despise him and his former boss.

For me, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris began their new jobs as country leaders yesterday. For the first time since the pandemic took place exactly one year ago, an official memorial service was held for the 400,000 Americans who lost their lives in the Corona pandemic. 400 lamps lit up along the Lincoln Memorials pool and Biden and Harris held memorial speeches. In New York, The Empire State Building lit up like a red, beating heart. Even before they were sworn in, they heralded new times and new tones.

Today Jennifer Lopez, who is Latina , sang ” this land is your land, this land is my land”, and I cried. That song I first heard, I put my legs in an American kindergarten, a few days after we had arrived in the United States. Even then, I got a lump in my throat over the text. The atmosphere that characterized the ceremony today was marked by an inclusion and a celebration of diversity that I experienced on my own body when I moved to the United States with my husband and two small children.

At the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris today, the focus was on the importance of unity despite differences. The United States is made up of people from very different places and with very different backgrounds. It is the foundation of America’s existence and success, and we must embrace and build on it.

Neither the last 4 years’ split, orchestrated from the highest place, nor the attack on the Congress building, the very symbol of American democracy 2 weeks ago, was swept under the rug. It was addressed so that the audience and people in front of the screens at home understood that democracy wins – always. It has done so for the last 244 years, every 4 years since 1789, and so it continues to be. If anything, Americans have been reminded of how valuable democracy is and that it can never be taken for granted.

Biden is a man who reaches out to his opponents. He spoke directly to them and asked them to listen and see what he would accomplish. If they then still disagree with him, then that’s ok, assured him. As long as it is peaceful and democratic. His speech focused on the United States having to learn from the past in order to build a future better than the one it took over.

Biden is well aware of what constitution the United States is in. The United States is in a dark time. Democracy is in crisis, the Corona pandemic is out of control, unemployment is huge, small businesses are fighting for their survival, racial unrest is raging in response to systematic racism, the climate is suffering and political extreme groups are ravaging.

If anyone knows Biden what it takes for a human being and a nation to heal. As a young man, he lost his wife and little girl in a tragic car accident. He later lost a son to cancer. When he talks about what it takes and how he wants to get the nation there, people believe in him. When he talks about inclusion, humility, empathy and compassion, you feel like opening your arms, putting yourself in the saddle and doing your part so that we can be the best version of ourselves, and thus work towards becoming a better nation.

There is hope for a better future. The next generation was represented by Amanda Gorman , an African-American poet, just 22 years old. She talked about unity in her impressively long. Gorman did not shy away from describing the events that shocked Americans and the world 2 weeks ago. But she used them as a springboard to paint a picture that gave hope and a sense that the United States can heal and unite. For the United States is not broken, just unfinished. The US has gotten some nasty scratches, but it still persists. There is always light in the dark if we are brave enough to see it – and be it ourselves.

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Forsøget på at omstyrte demokratiet i USA er ikke slut – hold øje med den 17. januar

USA har været udsat for kupforsøg, begået af terrorister og ansporet af USA’s fascistiske præsident, Donald Trump.

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The attempt to overthrow democracy in the United States is not over – keep an eye on January 17th

The United States has been subjected to coup attempts, committed by terrorists and spurred on by US fascist President Donald Trump.

As we here in the United States try to get over it and figure out how to react to the coup attempt on January 6, committed by terrorists, violent gunmen are planning a new attack on democracy on January 17, 19 and 20. , where both militia groups and declared gun supporters have planned to show up armed in Washington DC and at other official buildings in the United States. In several places in the United States, there have already been armed riots, including Armed Trump supporters broke in through the gate of the Governor’s building here in Washington state this week.

According to e.g. Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Maryland Jen Golbeck long stood clear, not only in the dark corners of the Internet but also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that people planning the coup attempt on January 6 also planned to storm the Congress building. They talked for weeks on the Internet openly about how many people they would kill and how they would carry out the killings.

At the demonstrations it. On January 17, 19 and 20, participants plan to bring weapons. Not everyone is ready to use violence, but according to Jen Golbeck , there are proclamations on the dark pages of the internet from various individuals claiming they are ready to sacrifice their lives for the ´ cause´.

One can hope that the FBI this time is more prepared than they were on Wednesday, when terrorists in a failed coup attempt easily stormed the Congress building in the fight for their fascist leader, Donald Trump.

Coup? Terrorism? Fascism? Shouldn’t I just relax with the rhetoric now? Let me explain my choice of words.

Exactly the use of these words makes sense when we have to analyze what happened on Wednesday and what, in my best estimation, is going to happen again in the next 13 days in an attempt to create unrest and chaos and overthrow the American democracy as we know it.

Words have power, words have meaning. I do not use them to whip up a mood, I use them because they exactly cover what we saw and see unfold.

Terrorism is a big word. We associate it with the attack on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001, and with Islamists. But terrorism is defined as the `illegal use of violence and intimidation to achieve a political goal.´ That was exactly what we saw on Wednesday as militant Trump supporters tried to stop the democratic counting and approval process of America’s next democratically elected president.

A coup attempt is defined as ‘an attack on the state’. Trump was democratically elected and installed as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2016. Trump tried to incite his mob through populist propaganda to put democratic processes out of play. Then his supporters marched toward the Congress building and stormed it. We have seen in many other countries how democratically elected leaders use democracy to push the boundaries of democracy in an authoritarian, undemocratic direction, and now we see it in the United States as well.

The aim was to intimidate politicians into abandoning the census process, which is a mere formality but an important part of the democratic process. Fortunately, it did not succeed. Politicians insisted on carrying out the democratic process and approving Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Thus, they took the voices of the Americans seriously.

When I use such strong words, there are undoubtedly people who will accuse me of being extreme and unvarying. There are times when you have to call things what they are. Especially for Danes, it can feel uncomfortable. The Danes are a calm people, we like consensus, we do not use big words. But it is sometimes needed, even though it may be unpopular.

The last word I want to use in this regard is fascism. Yes, all the hallmarks are there: Trump as a cult figure, the rejection of democracy, the symbols, the hats, the uniforms, the flags, the glorification of fighting, conspiracy theories designed to create a different reality than the one we others live in, and finally Trump’s eternal loyalty tests . It could have cost Pence his life as the terrorists ran around the Congress building and furiously shouted `Where is Pence?` Shortly after Trump tweeted that Pence had approved the counting of votes in Alabama, Arkansas and was now hearing objections against the approval of Arizona’s election mandates.

I refuse to downplay the attack on the Congress building on Wednesday. The building has enormous symbolic significance in the United States. It goes by the name. The people’s building, ´ the Americans have strong feelings that are attached to the building that in the eyes of the Americans about something is the symbol of democracy. When they saw the flag of the Confederacy waving in their building, the building of the people, it was too many a drop, something inside them broke.

I dare not even think about what could have happened if men with automatic weapons had rolled into the House of Representatives and the Senate and had started slapping politicians down. It is extremely rare that all politicians are gathered, as they were on Wednesday. It could have ended horribly wrong. It might do so next time.

There must be action now. Better today than tomorrow. Trump must be ousted using section 25 para. 4 (25th Amendment section 4), he is insane and has proven unfit to contest the office of President of the United States. It is deadly to have a furious man like him sitting with the power he has.

And to those who say that it’s only 11 days more, that more than 70 million have voted for him, and that ousting him will make him a martyr, I say: Trump has proven time and time again, that one should take his word seriously. One should not sweep his rhetoric off the track, paint it off like hot air. What he says, he thinks. The more freedom he and his companions gain, the more they become agitated, take a step further, and go even further in their undemocratic conduct.

Trump will also have to stand trial for another federal trial so he can never again run for public office if found guilty.

In addition to a democracy in crisis, we in the United States are facing an economic crisis we have not seen since the 1930s. Many Americans do not know how to put food on the table for their children and pay next month’s rent. And well, yes, we are also in the middle of a pandemic that is completely out of control. 4,000 Americans die every day from Covid-19, every day nearly 300,000 Americans are tested positive for the disease Trump has refused to deal with and act on.

Trump has been a disaster for the United States. He leaves behind a country in identity crisis, an economy in ruins and a population that every day loses the same number of citizens to Corona who died 9/11.

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Hjernevaskede amerikanere og republikanske medløbere er den største trussel mod demokratiet i USA

Trump bør afsættes og republikanske politikere skal vise, at de demokratiske processer er urørlige efter optøjerne i Washington D.C.

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Brainwashed Americans and Republican accomplices are the biggest threat to democracy in the United States

Trump should be ousted and Republican politicians must show that democratic processes are immovable after the riots in Washington DC

Then what I feared happened. Still, I look at the TV screen with disbelief, tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms. But what is happening in the country I love so much? 

Events are evolving rapidly. The square in front of the US Congress building and on the stairs in front is filled with Trump supporters. Trump flags are flying, many protesters are dressed in camouflage clothing, several look like people on their way to war with visible automatic weapons hanging along their thighs, posture oozing with adrenaline rushes.       

Windows are smashed and politicians, journalists and administrative staff have to seek refuge in their offices while thugs run through the building that, if anything, is the symbol of US democracy. How it could even happen that elected politicians could sit so unprotected while performing one of their most important tasks is in itself incomprehensible.     

This is not a demonstration, it’s riots – yes, a terrorist attack and coup attempt. Trump has succeeded in stopping the constitutional process that was taking place and has de facto put an end to the unfolding of a democratic process. 

Republican politicians and right-wing media have a big responsibility. They have uncritically supported Trump all the way, they have given him speaking time. Everyone knew what would happen today, Trump has repeatedly announced his plan, i.a. when he wrote via Twitter on December 20: “Great protest in DC on January 6. Came! It’s going wild! ”  

Trump has succeeded in brainwashing more than 70 million Americans with his hatred and his lies. Today we see the proof that he is not harmless and full of hot air. The result of manipulation, propaganda and lies can overthrow democracies it has been seen before. Democracies are more vulnerable than many in my generation and younger understand. After the events in the capital of the United States, the symbol of America’s democracy, it should be abundantly clear that for a democracy to survive, it takes hard work, perseverance, and enlightenment to survive. 

Members of Congress, especially Republicans, who by their tacit acceptance or loud backbiting have allowed this, must stand together and certify that it is Biden who is the next legitimate president of the United States.   

According to the New York Times, it was Vice President Mike Pence who contacted the Pentagon to get the National Guard to the Congress building around Trump. 

Trump is simply watching his brainwashed followers follow the scenario he has been announcing since a few days after it became clear in early November that he had lost the presidential election.

Republicans have let Trump be Trump. It has proven to be dangerous. Now they have to show a sense of responsibility. Follow the democratic rules and principles, acknowledge your defeat. It hurts to lose, it is not easy, but for the survival of democracy, responsible elected politicians should take their responsibilities seriously – it is the future of democracy that is at stake.     

If Senators and Mike Pence do not insist on completing the certification of state election mandates that make it clear that Biden is the next president of the United States tonight or tonight, Article 25 of the Constitution should enter into force. Section 4 of Section 25 has never been enacted before, but allows Congress to remove the President with the approval of the Vice President.   

Trump clearly has dictatorial ambitions, and we have a democratically elected president standing ready and waiting behind the scenes. Let him come to a little before January 20, which is the official inauguration day for American presidents. 

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Trump pønser på at indsætte militæret for at kunne blive ved magten

Trump opildner demonstrationer fra højreekstremister, så han kan erklære undtagelsestilstand og sætte valget af Biden ud af kraft.

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Trump is plotting to deploy the military in order to stay in power

Trump is inciting demonstrations by right-wing extremists so he can declare a state of emergency and put the election of Biden out of force.

“Hold back, but be prepared,” Donald Trump said when asked under heavy pressure to distance himself from right-wing extremist groups. It’s not as long ago as it feels.

Since before the November presidential election, Trump has been trying to obstruct and undermine democratic processes. I have previously described this in several blogs.

Trump still has not acknowledged his election defeat. An election defeat that stands clear after countless recountings of American votes, and which has been repeatedly confirmed by the courts.

Right now, Trump, in an attempt to stay on the pinnacle of power, is running several plans, all more or less insane and undemocratic.

Let me name two:

On January 6, Congress will officially count the votes of the electors, those who, with 270 votes, give presidential power. Vice President Mike Pence will be present. He is responsible for ensuring that the counting and casting of votes is correct. A congressman, Republican Louie Gohmert of Texas, has now sued Vice President Mike Pence because he wants him to reject the election result in the swing states and thus declare Trump the winner. If that happens, democracy will be put out of play. It will be interesting to see how the eel-smooth Pence, who himself has presidential ambitions, intends to behave.

Another of Trump’s plans is just as dangerous. A large demonstration has been announced on January 6 with the participation of armed right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists who support Trump’s idea of ​​overthrowing the election result.

The plan is to create chaos and violence. Michael Flynn, whom Trump has just pardoned, has whispered in Trump’s ear that he can use the unrest from the demonstration as an excuse to send troops to the swing states and demand a new election. The idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds – although I acknowledge that here, after four years with Trump, we are again and again gaping at how he allows the interpretation of the law. If one thinks that what I am writing here is too far out, one must know that here in the United States, reputable newspapers and television stations deal with the probability that the two scenarios I describe above can be done, and whether Trump will succeed with his plans on January 6, 2021.

This summer, Trump sent troops to the city of Portland in the state of Oregon when there were demonstrations in connection with the murder of George Floyd. The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan , went public and denied that Trump was sending troops to our city, as he had threatened. Yes, there were violent demonstrations, and there was vandalism, etc., which is in no way in order. But the city took care of it itself, we did not need black-clad officers who picked people up on the street and threw them into unidentified vehicles, as we saw in Oregon. This is not how it is done in a state governed by the rule of law, this is not how it is done in Seattle.

The Republican Party is in disarray, perhaps in disintegration. Senior officials and former Republican Trump supporters are nervous that Trump will actually take seriously his ideas of putting the military into the swing states and overthrowing the election result.

There is a law from 1807, the so-called Insurrection Act , which allows Trump to put the constitution out of action and deploy the military, so Trump can conduct a new election in the so important swing states.

Trump has repeatedly insulted the military. He should probably not expect much help for his military dictatorship from the military.

Trump is unpredictable. But he does not give up so easily. He is constantly trying to find loopholes, and he is doing that now. Whether he creates unrest, strife, violence in the streets and insecurity, he does not care. He does not helm until all possibilities, however undemocratic they may be, have been tested in an attempt to give him the power he wants.

January 6 will be a horror in many ways – both in the established political system within the high walls and outside on the streets.

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Så fik vi svaret på USA´s moralske kompas efter 4 år med Trump

Præsidentvalget blev ikke en klar afvisning af det USA, Trump har stået for de sidste 4 år.

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The results are in and we have the answer to America’s moral compass after four years with Trump

The presidential election was not a clear rejection of the United States Trump has stood for for the past four years.

It’s the day after that. Last night I went to bed disillusioned. Both my husband and I received phone calls from Denmark with the same disbelief as 4 years ago with the following question: “Are you coming home now?”

The United States has been divided for many years. But the last 4 years here in the United States have been filled with political scandals, a declining barometer of what to say to its political opponents, a contempt, a hatred and a division of families, neighbors and communities.

I was convinced that the Americans with their ballots would show each other and the world that “we are better than this.” That’s not how it went. Millions and millions more voted for Trump again, despite or perhaps because they now know what he stands for.

What is the reason so many have voted for Trump? Has the Trump campaign succeeded in shooting fear into people? Fear of each other, fear of change, fear of the unknown, which is inevitably a part of life?

Or do people really think Biden and Harris are socialists? How it can be socialist to go in to raise the tax for those who earn more than 400,000 dollars, ie on the good side of 2.5 million Danish kroner a year, I do not understand. Yes, there is a wide spectrum within the Democrats, but calling Biden a socialist and a Marxist, as Trump has done, has no hold in reality.

How can so many vote for a person who does not respect democracy and does not want the votes of all citizens to be counted? It’s completely insane to go out and declare yourself a winner before all the votes have been counted. This is done in authoritarian states, then not in the United States. Until now.

While it may have been tedious reading for some, it was part of the strategy when the Trump administration changed its post this summer. They had foreseen the many postal votes, and they knew which demographic was voting by letter and which at the polling station.

Despite how disillusioned I feel with how many have voted for 4 more years with Trump, there are just as many, in fact several million more, who have used the only opportunity they have to say from by casting their vote.

Trump’s contempt for democracy is shameful and his silent followers’ backstabbing is appalling. Not to mention the citizens who obviously do not feel affected by Trump’s constant attacks on anything he cannot identify with.

I hope that when the postal votes are counted and we know the result in the last important states, then Biden wins. But when Trump, the symbol of the leader of the free world, in advance fuels skepticism about the democratic process, and so many apparently agree with him – then it’s hard to see how the United States should emerge from the democratic crisis the country in.

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Champagnen ligger på køl, i dag fejrer vi demokratiet

Endelig er dagen kommet. Vi har talt ned i mere end 3 år, valget i USA afgøres i disse timer.

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The Champagne is in the fridge, today we celebrate democracy

Finally the day has come. We have been talking down for more than three years, the election in the United States is being decided in these hours.

The homemade marzipan is ready to be coated with chocolate, the buns are rising and the orange cake is cooling. I can not sit still, have to keep going.

This morning I woke up with a tense feeling all over my body. It’s today! Finally the day has come. There are elections in the United States, now there is only left to wait.

We will most likely not get the result today, millions of postal votes, primarily democratic, will have to be counted in the coming days. Afterwards, there may be a long and tough battle through the courts.

It is nothing new that it takes several days to count up postal votes. What is new is the huge number of postal votes. I wonder that it is only the Republicans who have actively repeatedly tried to restrict the citizens of the country from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Why are they not as interested in a functioning democracy? Why will they not respect the individual they claim to be fighting for when he or she puts his or her tick?

Of course, all votes that follow the rules of stamp, signature, etc. must be counted – that is, of course, how it is in a democracy, no matter how much Trump would like it to be different. Everything else is unacceptable and has nothing to do with a functioning democracy.

I push my concerns about whether Trump goes out and declares himself the winner of the election before all the votes are counted up in the background. Hope that the democratic processes work, even under unprecedented pressure.

When the choice is between the schoolyard bully and ordinary good behavior, I know which side I am on – especially when more than a spout or trouser water is at stake.

The television is running, reported from various polling stations. The first results will only come when the East Coast polling stations close down, hours from now.

Much is at stake. The handling of votes and the democratic process that begins after the people have spoken will determine whether the United States is still a functioning democracy after this presidential election.

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Folks nerver sidder uden på tøjet. Jeg har købt stort ind og holder mig inden døre den næste uges tid.

Uanset hvem der vinder, er der udsigt til uro i gaderne efter valgstederne lukker i morgen.

Læs hele bloggen her:

People are on edge. I’ve been grocery shopping and I am staying indoors here in Seattle for the next week or so

No matter who wins, there is a prospect of unrest in the streets after the polls close tomorrow.

The United States has more weapons than its inhabitants. This weekend I shopped big. I should not risk standing at the checkout and paying for a liter of milk while some maniac goes crazy with his automatic weapon.

The mood here in the United States is tentatively intense. Both sides of the political spectrum expect there to be some form of unrest, violence, demonstrations. Some even fear pockets of civil war-like conditions in different parts of the country.

The United States has a president who breathes hatred, both among his supporters and among his opponents. And when he has got the reactions one would expect when using a rhetoric like his, in the form of violence, riots and demonstrations, then he goes out in public and turns the knob that makes the hatred flare up even more.

How much is lying and smoldering beneath the surface in this otherwise absolutely amazing country full of infinite potential, we have seen it in the four years Trump has sat in the White House. And we have especially seen it after the assassination of George Floyd in the month of May.

The United States is the land of contradictions. It requires a leader who can gather and see the strengths in differences rather than incite to an us-and-them rhetoric. Gathering the country requires a leader with format; Trump has long since dumped that test.

Trump shouts and screams his hatred, his lies and his conspiracy theories out on every single occasion he gets. He turns the truth over and manipulates his disciples. It’s infinitely dangerous, and he knows it. But we have seen it throughout his presidency: if he is to go down, he will drag all those he can get down with him, whether that means leaving a country in the democratic crisis of his life.

Yesterday, he reiterated at his five rallies that it is unheard of for votes to be counted after election day itself. But that has always been the case. The difference is that this year there are a record number of people voting by mail because the corona pandemic is out of control and people do not feel safe coming to the polls to vote.  

Of course, Trump is well aware that those who vote in the polls are primarily Republicans. He also knows full well that the postal votes are coming in for counting later than usual because Trump back in August did what he could to delay the procedures that get the mail out. And last but not least, he knows well that if the postal votes are counted, then he is apparently finished as president. Therefore, he does everything he can to sabotage the democratic process and encourages his followers to exercise voter oppression and intimidation.

So when Trump already goes out and says that it is absolutely outrageous that postal votes should be counted after the polls close on election day, he is inciting the militias that are ready to introduce the street parliament with automatic weapons over their shoulders.

If Trump goes out and declares himself the winner and in his usual way through bullying methods gets the power unjustly tampered with, then the opposite wing is ready for demonstrations and riots in the streets.

For those of us who simply want a democratic process that works and is respected, both reactions are frightening and unacceptable.

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Tjah… jeg er åbenbart irriterende at høre på, og dét giver ret til at udbryde ‘fake news’ – også selvom (eller måske fordi?) hver eneste af mine påstande kan verificeres

I P1 Debat tirsdag den 27. november gjorde jeg det klart, at jeg var frastødt over og fandt det dybt smagløst at Naser Khader stod i radiostudiet og klappede over indsættelsen af USAs nye Højesteretsdommer Amy Coney Barrett, en ultra kristenkonservativ dommer, der går imod basale menneskerettigheder.

DR Detektor fulgte op på mine påstande og bad Naser Khader forholde sig til sine.

Jeg er DR Detektor taknemmelig for, at de ikke lader folk slynge påstande ud i æteren men følger op og lader folk stå til regnskab for deres udsagn.

Læs DR Detektors artikel her:

Detector: Naser Khader announces facts about American judge as ‘fake news’ 

It’s a saying, ‘No, I’m not going to listen to you anymore,’ Khader says.

On Tuesday, Naser Khader appeared in P1 Debat, where he accused bloggers for Jyllands-Posten Désirée Ohrbeck of coming up with fake news.

Anders Machmüller

31 OCT 2020

‘Fake news!’ exclaimed the Conservative parliamentary politician Naser Khader when he was in the P1 Debate on Tuesday.  

Among other things, Naser Khader protested against a claim that the American Supreme Court judge Amy Coney Barrett once signed that she is an abortion opponent.

– It’s fake news! Documentation is requested. That’s fake news, Naser Khader said.  

However, the US Supreme Court judge once signed a newspaper ad against abortion in 2006 and another in 2013.

Detective has contacted Naser Khader, who now explains that his accusation of fake news should not be taken so literally. It’s a ‘way of speaking’, he says:

– It’s my way of marking that I think it was too much.

Should there be something factually wrong before it is fake news in your understanding?

– So it has become a saying. That must also be understood. It has become such a saying where it is said, ‘No, now I do not bother to listen to you anymore’.

‘Documentation requested’

Naser Khader was in the P1 Debate on Tuesday to discuss Trump’s chances for re-election – including the election of Amy Coney Barrett as the new Supreme Court justice.  

In addition to Naser Khader, the Danish-American Désirée Ohrbeck also wrote a blog post for Jyllands Posten.

At one point in the program, Désirée Ohrbeck says Amy Coney Barrett is opposed to abortion. That makes Naser Khader ask where the newly appointed Supreme Court judge has said it.

– She has signed that she is a strong opponent of abortion. Plus she has sat on a school board where she has denied children who had gay parents being able to attend that school, Désirée Ohrbeck replies.  

Then Naser Khader breaks in and says:

– It’s fake news! Documentation is requested. That’s fake news.  

Detector has asked Désirée Ohrbeck what she bases the two allegations on.

Signed abortion resistance

To the left is the 2006 newspaper ad, which an anti-abortion group in Michiana, Indiana indented in a local newspaper. To the right is the newspaper ad that Amy Coney Barrett put her name on in 2013.

The first allegation is that Amy Coney Barrett has signed that she is a strong abortion opponent.

Désirée Ohrbeck’s statement is based on an open letter signed by Amy Coney Barrett.

In January 2006, an anti-abortion group in the Michiana region of Indiana placed a full-page ad in the local newspaper.  

The ad was an open letter in which several hundred citizens expressed their opposition to abortion. Among them were Amy Coney Barrett and her husband. The Guardian newspaper was the first media outlet to report this.  

Amy Coney Barrett was at that time a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.

The text, on which Amy Coney Barrett and many others put their name, read:

“We, the following citizens of Michiana, are opposed to abortion ‘on demand’ and defend the right to life from conception to natural death.”

The ad ends with the words: “Please continue to pray for an end to abortion”.

In 2013, Amy Coney Barrett again put her name on a newspaper ad against abortion. This time side by side with other staff at the university where she worked.

The ad was inserted by the University Faculty of Life at Notre Dame, of which Amy Coney Barrett was a member from 2010 to 2016.

In the ad could, among other things, read that “55 million unborn children have been killed by abortion” during the past 40 years and that the signatories express their continued call for the unborn must be protected by law.      

It shows documents that Amy Coney Barrett herself has sent to the Senate prior to the hearings.   

Amy Coney Barrett was asked in October for the 2006 newspaper ad.

She replied that she signed the ad on her way out of a church. She also said she signed it as a private individual. 

“I regard my personal, moral and religious views as separate from my task of enforcing the law as a judge,” she said.    

School board against rainbow families

Naser Khader also asks Désirée Ohrbeck to document that Amy Coney Barrett, as a member of a school board, has refused children with gay parents to go to school.  

Amy Coney Barrett was part of the board of Trinity Schools from 2015 onwards.

These are three schools affiliated with the Christian group People of Praise, of which Amy Coney Barrett has long been a member.  

The Associated Press news agency has spoken to at least 25 people with knowledge of the schools – either because they have been students or worked there or been a member of the People of Praise.  

According to the AP, Trinity’s management communicated anti-LGBTQ policies and attitudes to meetings, one-on-one interviews, enrollment and employment agreements, manuals and written policies – even while Amy Coney Barrett was an active board member.

In addition to interviews with both named and anonymous sources, AP writes that the medium also has a number of documents from the schools.    

In 2014 – the year before Amy Coney Barrett became a member of the board – the board decided that only children of single parents or parents who were legally married should be admitted, writes AP.

At the time, gay marriage was not legal in either Indiana or Virginia, where two of the schools are located.  

In 2015, gay marriage was legalized throughout the United States, and school formulations were softened a bit, according to the AP.

Several people tell the AP that they have been told directly by staff at the school that they would not enroll children of gay parents.  

Naser Khader: ‘She is tired of listening’

“Detector” has asked Naser Khader why he calls the two allegations fake news.

– It’s not just about the two things. I think a lot of what she said was without nuances and I get so tired in my head of it, says Naser Khader.

What was not right?

– Well, a lot of what she said. I do not remember exactly what it is she said in the situation. So she portrays things as if the United States is waging a civil war. 

Désirée says Amy has signed off on being a strong opponent of abortion. There is probably no discussion about that. Why do you call it fake news?

– Well, the crucial thing is what she’s been saying here lately. You can also find something I said 20 years ago where I have become wiser.  

Naser Khader says his position on Amy Coney Barrett is based on the Senate hearing of her in October, in which she said she had signed the ad against abortion as a private individual. He believes that it is her statements during the hearing that count.

Then there is the second point that comes before you say fake news. It is that she has sat on a school board that has been against having children of gay parents. The Associated Press has told about it.

– She is also asked about this at the hearing. And there she says she has nothing against either gay or mixed gender. I relate to what she says on live TV.  

So you do not deny that she has sat on a school board where one has been against having children of gay parents walking?

– My attitude towards her is based on the 12-14 hours she sat and was questioned by senators. There she does not express that she is against homosexuals or that she wants to abolish abortion.  

I’m just trying to relate to the factual in these things that you call fake news.

– In relation to the two specific things, I say: Go in and listen to the hearing she was at. There you will find out that she stands for something else.

But you do not want to say that these two things are wrong?

– She does not want to abolish abortion. It is wrong. That’s fake news. I would like documentation that when she becomes a Supreme Court judge, she will take the initiative to abolish free abortion.  

Surely no one has claimed that either?

– Yes, yes, when you say she is an abortion opponent, then that is what you implicitly mean. One thing is what she means personally or ideologically. Something else is when she has to deal with things as a judge. She is guaranteed not to go in and say that we are now abolishing free abortion – no matter what she herself thinks and has signed.

But why is it not wrong that she has signed it?

– It is wrong to say that then she is the kind of person who just wants to go in and abolish it.

But has anyone said that?

– Yes, when you say she’s against abortion. She is not an opponent. She is in favor of tightening abortion legislation. It is something else.

Okay – but she’s been an abortion opponent? She has at least signed on to this ad.

– Yes, but it’s one thing what she’s signed. Something else is what she is sitting and saying for hearing in the Senate. It’s my main source. 

Do you still think these two allegations are fake news?

– I think most of what Désirée said is fake news.

But you can not just remember something concrete where you think she said something factually wrong?

– Not standing up. Then I’ll go in and hear everything she said. I can’t stand it, I get tired just listening to her.

Do you have a definition of what you mean by fake news?

– Well, when a person talks and talks, and you have to interrupt him, then it is easiest to say: ‘That is fake news’. Had there been more time, I would have said, ‘That is simply not true. Things are so and so connected ‘. It’s my way of marking that I think it was too much.

Should there be something factually wrong before it is fake news in your understanding?

– So it has become a saying. That must also be understood. It has become such a saying where it is said, ‘No, now I do not bother to listen to you anymore’.

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