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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

I just read a transcript of Trump's January 6 speech. It's mostly about election fraud and people that betrayed or supported him. This could cause people to become angry, but is hardly an incitement ...
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Why don't Presidential debates disable the candidates' microphones while it's not their turn to speak?

I was watching the Biden/Trump Presidential debate and it was quite difficult to follow due to candidates speaking out of turn and constantly interrupting each other. Why don't these debates simply ...
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Why were pre-election polls and forecast models inconsistent with the election of Donald Trump?

As it's obvious now, pre-election polling and forecast models were inconsistent with the vote count in this election cycle as not many predicted a Trump victory. Is there any particular reason why ...
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Is there a way to block an elected President from entering office?

Given the recent results on the national election at the US, I have seen several protests here at Berkeley and the Oakland area. I am wondering whether there exists any legal option to prevent him ...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

As the 2016 election results continue to come in, it looks pretty clear that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote but will lose the electoral college. I know this has happened before and usually ...
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Why are U.S. territories not allowed to vote in U.S. presidential elections?

Why cannot residents from United States territories such as the CNMI, Guam, and Puerto Rico vote in general elections? (They can, however, participate in presidential primaries.) It seems ...
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What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign?

I watched the debate, and I'm wondering what is going on with Donald Trump's tax return. I heard Hillary say the deal is either he's (1) less wealthy than he claims to be, (2) not making the ...
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What is the point in yard signs in presidential elections?

I just don't see that there is any possible benefit, in the case of presidential elections anyway. I don't think there are many, if any, registered voters who haven't heard of Donald Trump or Joe ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

I live in Canada, but I follow American politics to some degree, as do most of the people I know. However, I do it as a hobby and realize that American politics really don't have much of an effect on ...
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Why do candidates not quit if they no longer have a realistic chance to win in the 2020 US presidents election

As background, some answers of Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected? are relevant, so I will concentrate on the differences. There are currently more than 20 candidates for the ...
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Why is it that an American in Timbuktu can vote for president but an American in San Juan cannot?

I was surprised to learn that Puerto Ricans, despite living in a US territory, were not entitled to vote in the presidential elections. I was even more surprised to learn that US citizens are allowed ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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Did Hillary Clinton actually lose because supporters thought she would win in a landslide?

I have seen numerous people say that Clinton lost because the polls convinced many of her supporters to not bother voting since she was guaranteed to win anyways. The argument is that in many ...
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Suppose Congress successfully impeaches and removes a sitting President of the USA. Can this person still run for a second term? Assuming the usual rules about term limits are observed, of course.
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Why did postal voting favour Joe Biden so much?

In the recent US presidential election, there were several states which looked almost certain wins for Donald Trump until the postal votes were counted, after which there was a huge swing towards Joe ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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Who "spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the [2016] election"?

Mitch McConnell, discussing the 2020 US presidential election, was quoted as follows: On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, said that Trump is "...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

There were quite a few allegations that Russia interfered, or at least tried to interfere, with the 2016 US presidential election, and new allegations have started to appear that similar interference ...
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What exactly is "collusion"? What is Robert Mueller expected to prove?

It seems to me that what most people typically mean when they say "Trump colluded with Russia to win the election" is, quite simply, that Trump, or his campaign, knowingly met with some key people ...
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What could Trump hope to gain from a *second* Georgia "recount"?

Trump campaign asks for another Georgia recount I understand that Georgia law required an audit, and that it although they counted all votes again it was not a recount. Given that Campaign-requested ...
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What are the fundamental reasons for indirect presidential vote in the US?

I am French and therefore have understandably a hard time understanding the cultural aspects of indirect voting in the United States. I read the history of this approach and some of the main technical ...
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Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are "suspending" their campaign when they exit it?

It seems to be just another political euphemism, in line with politicians not being terribly willing to admit when they are wrong, but is there anything more than that to their use of "suspend" when ...
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Has Trump publicly stated during what period he believed the USA to be great?

Perhaps the most known slogan by the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 is Make America great again. Has he made any public statement exactly what period in history he considered that the ...
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Trump was behind on November 5th. Why was he calling for vote counting to stop?

This CNN article, and others, reported that Trump asked for vote counting to stop, and threatening legal action to do so. I can (sort of) understand calls for a recount, but, if he was behind, what ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the 2016 US presidential election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump, ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

In the late 2020 news, it was said that then still-president Trump could have invoked martial law in order to help him overturn the 2020 election (CNN, Business Insider) Flynn had suggested earlier ...
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What happens if the shutdown continues until election season?

Hopefully, this doesn't happen, but what happens if the US shutdown continues until the 2020 elections? Does the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have funding? Will elections be post-poned? If the ...
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Can the current President of the United States block the transfer of their office to the next elected president?

As indicated by commentary in the news, a considerable amount of people seem concerned about who wins the U.S. Presidential election. For this reason we have for example articles like this Op-Ed in LA ...
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What benefit is there to pulling out of the presidential race before Super Tuesday?

In the last couple of days, in the wake of the South Carolina primary, first Pete Buttigieg & now Amy Klobuchar have "suspended" their campaigns. This has come notably just before Super Tuesday, ...
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Who must be present at the Presidential Inauguration?

The current outgoing USA President will not attend the ceremony for the inauguration of the new president. Apparently also the outgoing First Lady will not be present. Is the presence of both ...
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Can a president win the electoral college and lose the popular vote?

Let me preface this by saying I'm not American (but I'm British so I can't be too high and mighty about voting systems -Brexit). Last chance I got to look at the popular vote figures, Hillary is ...
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Is there objective proof that Jo Jorgensen stopped Trump winning, like a right-wing Ralph Nader?

Breitbart is pushing the theory that if Jo Jorgensen hadn't run, Trump would have won (assuming that he didn't). Is this correct? Is there objective proof that all (or enough) of her votes would ...
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Why did people still chant "Lock her up" at Trump rallies in 2019?

When elected, Trump made a big point that his opponent should be investigated and "locked up" over the email controversy. Almost immediately after winning the election, he made tacitly clear he was ...
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Is there objective proof that recent bills (1st half of 2021) that restrict voting are targeting Democratic voters specifically?

In 2016, Georgia and Arizona had 2 Republican senators. This year, in 2021, they both have 2 Democratic senators each. There are rumors that the GOP is trying to stop groups of people who are more ...
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Why is "Equal Pay for Equal Work" regulation controversial?

I was going to ask this question when I heard Hillary Clinton said in the first presidential debate that: "Trump has said women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men." I thought ...
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Who would have won the 2016 presidency if all states' electors were allocated proportionally?

Hypothetically, if all states were to allocate their electors proportionally to the votes in their state, who would have won the last election? That is, let's say that there was a constitutional ...
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Were there any U.S. Presidents that were very unpopular when elected?

I've read in a few news sources that whoever wins the current 2016 presidential election will already have generally low (below 45%) favorability among the general U.S. population, even among people ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

According to Presidential eligibility conditions, a President can serve if they are at least 35 years old: be a natural-born U.S. citizen of the United States; be at least 35 years old; be ...
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Georgia doing "hand recount" of 2020 Presidential Election Ballots. Why is "hand recount" better than "computer rescan"?

My initial judgement is that a "computer rescan" would have less chance of being biased and less change of making mistakes than a "hand recount", and so the "hand recount"...
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Why was Donald Trump so popular as a candidate in early 2016?

In the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump is (as of the 20th of January 2016) leading the Republican opinion polls, with almost twice the number of points as runner-up Ted Cruz. What makes ...
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Would a President get to fill a Supreme Court vacancy just after he lost an election in November/December?

Suppose an incumbent President loses an election in November and a supreme court vacancy were to emerge right after his loss but before the swearing-in of his successor. Would he be able to fill this ...
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Has Biden's campaign, or the Democratic Party, publicly voiced their opinion on granting some sort of immunity to Trump?

As a foreign spectator it seems likely to me that Trump won't leave the White House voluntarily. Losing his immunity appears to be a driving factor in why he is clinging to the position of power he ...
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Why are candidates expected to win their home state?

In coverage of primaries and elections I often hear it stated that candidates are expected to win their home states, or that it is embarrassing not to. I've seen this assertion here, such as in Has a ...
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When and how does the GSA ascertain the President-Elect?

All major news organizations from across the political spectrum have projected that Joe Biden has won the 2020 US Presidential Election. Today, the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition ...
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Why do attack ads focus so much on Joe Biden's mental state but not Donald Trump's?

Now the USA has a longstanding tradition of negative campaigning, so it is not surprising when the competence of a political opponent is questioned. What is surprising however, is that while Democrats ...
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Why did Bloomberg not run as a Republican?

Bloomberg ran as a Republican for mayor of New York City. His declared goal is to throw Trump out of office. If this is his primary goal wouldn't it have been better to try to run against him in the ...
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Why is the AP calling Virginia in favor of Biden even though he's behind on the vote count?

What other determinants are they using to make the call?
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Is a former U.S. president in any way barred from becoming a cabinet member?

May a former U.S. president be part of a successor's administration? More specifically, may Hillary Clinton make Barack Obama a member of her cabinet? Are there even any historic precedents for such ...
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