After a fascist mob was allowed to take over the U.S. Capitol, Trump’s attempts to overturn the election can’t be dismissed as a clown show. It should have been obvious weeks before.
Wisconsin showed how serious it was. Trump lost the state by just 20,682 votes, a little more than six-tenths of a percentage point. It was still a significant victory against racism.
Trump’s campaign was nonstop racism. It spent millions on racist Facebook ads attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.
The ads targeted both Minnesota and Wisconsin, where two of the biggest anti-racist rebellions took place. Minneapolis exploded after the police torture murder of George Floyd on May 25.
Demonstrations began in Kenosha, Wis., after Jacob Blake had been shot at seven times by policeman Rusten Sheskey on Aug. 23. The unarmed Black father was shot while getting into his own car. Some of Blake’s children were in the back seat.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley outrageously announced on Jan. 5 that no charges would be brought against Shesky, who left Jacob Blake paralysed.
Trump himself came to Kenosha. He didn’t visit Blake’s family or offer condolences. The White House klansman spewed hate at a racist pep rally instead.
Trump’s supporters defended Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two anti-racist activists in Kenosha. YouTube ads ran claiming “lawless criminals terrorize Kenosha.”
Trump lost Wisconsin, but he didn’t give up. The Trump campaign spent $3 million on a recount only to see its margin of defeat increased.
Despite this recount, Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court voted on Dec. 14 by just a 4-3 margin to uphold the election results.
Three of the justices wanted to throw out hundreds of thousands of votes in Milwaukee and Dane counties. (Dane County includes the state capital of Madison….)