Sunday, December 06, 2020

Drug companies manipulated the election

Before the election, Pres. Trump told us that COVID-19 vaccines were coming this year. The press said that he was lying. We now know that he was telling the truth. We would have known before the election, but Pfizer and Moderna delayed the news. The NY Times reports:
Mr. Trump’s anger about the timing has not abated. In a news conference on Friday, he suggested Pfizer and other drugmakers had taken revenge on him for pushing drug price controls.

“They were going to come out in October, but they decided to delay it because of what I’m doing,” he grumbled. “They waited and waited and waited.”

As the article details, Trump was completely correct. The drug companies were on an approved timetable for releasing the info, but they asked for, and obtained, permission to delay the announcement until after the election. Stock market analysts deduced that the companies were hiding poor results. We now know that the results were better than expected. When Pfizer was ready to announce the good results, it secretly tipped off the Biden campaign, and Trump had to read about it in the newspapers.

This election manipulation was vastly more damaging than anything the Russians did in 2016.

And of course Google, Facebook, newspapers, TV, etc were all heavily biased against Trump. I don't know how anyone could think this was a fair election.

You could say that the FDA is managed by Trump appointees, and that he could have had his appointees force the drug companies to honestly follow the protocol before the election. Yes, that is true. Unfortunately, 4 years was not enough time to drain the swamp, and the federal govt is filled with employees who actively undermine the administration.

If Trump were really the authoritarian that his enemies say, then he would have forced the drug companies to behave.

The major news media continue to describe the election contest inaccurately. They always say that Joe Biden is the President-elect, that he won the election, and that there is no evidence of anything wrong with the election. In fact the electoral votes have not been decided yet, and there are hundreds of examples of election irregularities. While it is true that the courts have not been persuaded to reverse the certifications, there is certainly evidence.

The courts are not really the ones to decide on the evidence anyway. As I pointed out, federal law requires electors to be appointed on election day. That did not happen in the swing states.

Federal law then requires:

Whenever any State has held an election for the purpose of choosing electors, and has failed to make a choice on the day prescribed by law [Nov. 3, this year], the electors may be appointed on a subsequent day [such as now!] in such a manner as the legislature of such State may direct. [3 US Code 2]
The legislatures are probably not going to act, but they can and should, and Biden is not the President-elect until the electors meet and vote.


MikeAdamson said...

The day prescribed by law to select the Electors is not the same as general voting day. You're flogging a dead horse.

Roger said...

Federal law says: "The electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed, in each State, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, in every fourth year succeeding every election of a President and Vice President." 3 US Code 1.

This says the electors shall be appointed on election day, Nov. 3.