Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas


Fellow @LSEGovernment; DPhil from @UniofOxford. Author of The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy @HurstPublishers.

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Ah yes, totally normal behavior: the president's lawyer lobbying the president for a pre-emptive pardon so he doesn't get charged with federal crimes once the president is no longer in office.

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What is with these headlines that say "Trump says he will leave office if he loses the Electoral College"? It doesn't matter what he says. It's irresponsible to frame it as some choice he's made that we should all pay attention to. It's not up to him. It's the law.

A few things to remember when voting tomorrow. Charlottesville

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Whatever happens in this election, the fact that this election is competitive even after the last four years will be a stain on our country forever.

One of the very depressing things about this election, regardless of the end result, is that the US has lost the ability to say "this isn't who we are" or "we're better than this" to the rest of the world. If either of those were true, this would have been a landslide. It wasn't.

Trump isn't just facing a humiliating loss. He's facing several criminal investigations, debts being called in, an existential threat to his business empire, and financial ruin.

Just so you know the playbook that's coming: Trump put Kris Kobach in charge of a voter fraud commission in 2017. The commission folded a few months later after finding nothing. Kobach once claimed a dead man voted. A reporter went to the man's house. He was alive, raking leaves.

The press should be talking more about @GSAEmily  (Emily Murphy). When Trump won in 2016, Clinton conceded on election night and the GSA unblocked funds for Trump's transition the following day. Her refusal to do the same now is a serious national security & public health threat.

Her husband is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and they live in a $10.5 million, 15,000 square foot mansion with flooring imported from Versailles in a gated community called - I'm not making this up - Tuxedo Park.

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