“‘Today Is About Defending Democracy’: People Take to the Streets to Stop Trump’s Attempted Coup
In These Times | Brooke Anderson | 11/04/2020
Roughly 13 hours after President Donald Trump baselessly declared victory in the 2020 presidential contest and demanded that all vote counting stop, nearly 1,000 activists with community organization Bay Resistance took to the streets of Oakland, California on Wednesday to ensure that every vote is counted. They are part of a nationwide grassroots effort to mobilize in defense of the democratic process — and stop Trump from staging a coup — in the days and weeks ahead.
With millions of votes left to be counted, Trump falsely declared victory at 2:28 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday and, throughout the day, repeated his previous untrue claims that mail-in ballots are illegitimate — a move clearly aimed at preventing the counting of mail-in ballots in key battleground states. Those mail-in ballots are believed to overwhelmingly favor former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently ahead in both the popular and electoral vote count.
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