The final act of the Donald Trump campaign was to once again emphasize both Trump’s whiny litigiousness as well as his supporters’ basic lack of knowledge when it comes to how presidential elections are conducted.
Trump filed a lawsuit against Clark County Nevada after polling places were ordered to remain open on Monday, allowing everyone still waiting in line to cast their ballots. The motion specifically asked that early ballots are set aside to check the validity of the allegedly “late” votes.
“The incidents that occurred on Friday night should be troubling to anyone who is interested in free and fair elections,” Muñoz said in a statement. “Voters who showed up after the scheduled closing times at selected locations were allowed to vote, while those who were not able to make it to other early voting sites by the posted closing times were denied the right to cast their ballots.”
The side effect of the lawsuit would mean that the names of poll workers would be made public, leaving the volunteers open to what’d surely be relentless intimidation from disgruntled Trump loyalists. Gratefully, Judge Gloria Sturman denied the motion, knowing full well what’d happen to the workers.
The Trump campaign wants to make names of Nevada poll workers public. Judge's response: pic.twitter.com/tes99IMbbH
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 8, 2016
“Do you watch Twitter?” Sturman said. “Have you watched any cable news shows? There are Internet – you know the vernacular – trolls who could get this information and harass people. Why would I order them to make available to you information about people who work at polls?”
Meanwhile, internet video prankster James O’Keefe is back at work. This time, he deliberately followed a van that was busing Philadelphia voters to their polling places — a completely legal practice that O’Keefe and, by proxy, Trump are exploiting in an obvious attempt to deceive their easily fooled, poorly educated followers.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 8, 2016
Of course if Trump had organized an actual a field operation with campaign volunteers offering rides to shut-ins and the like, they’d know exactly what was happening. But they don’t.
Both stories aim a massive set of Klieg lights brighter than a thousand suns at the fact that much of Trump’s ability to get away with extreme campaign malpractice to the detriment of the integrity of the democratic system is based almost entirely on a lack of basic knowledge about how political campaigns are supposed to operate.
If Trump and his people were aware of the norms of the process, the fate of their campaign would’ve been more positive. Instead, they encouraged their candidate to behave like an erratic, undisciplined novice rather than a serious candidate. Paul Manafort, to his credit, advised Trump of this exact dynamic. The predecessor to Kellyanne Conway told Trump, prior to the conventions, that he should retain a low profile during the election, focusing the news cycles on Hillary.
Naturally, Trump was incapable of controlling himself and acknowledging that there are experts who know more than he does. Instead, Trump followed the whimsy of his fanboys and continued to act-out like a over-caffeinated toddler. And his fans adored him for it, loudly endorsing his trollish blurts at every stop.
Had they been paying attention, and had they been aware of why presidential candidates are expected to be presidential, none of this would’ve happened and the race might’ve been closer.
Nevertheless, it’s obvious that Election Day 2016 could end with Trump refusing to concede and, again, filing more lawsuits, thus effectively illustrating why he’s completely out of his depth — propped up by those who are somehow more ignorant than he is.