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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

Because polling data and Trump's approval rating do not tell the whole story. As right-wing political commentator Ben Shapiro is fond of saying, two things can be true at once: It's entirely ...
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Why did postal voting favour Joe Biden so much?

The Democrats strongly supported voting by mail due to Covid-19, to avoid risk of infection, while Trump downplayed the pandemic. ScienceDaily: COVID-19 opens a partisan gap on voting by mail This is ...
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Why did postal voting favour Joe Biden so much?

Donald Trump spent months making statements, to the media and on Twitter, along the lines of: Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There’s tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality. (source) ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

The article of impeachment introduced by Democrats in the House on January 11th specifically mentions parts of President Trump's January 6th speech (emphasis mine): Shortly before the Joint Session ...
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What could Trump hope to gain from a *second* Georgia "recount"?

It is highly unlikely that a recount will give Trump a chance to win the election. Recounts just don't move number of votes enough to change an election where Biden had such a raw lead over Trump. It'...
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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Russian Hacks Technically, the US intelligence didn't claim that the Russians hacked the election itself. What they claimed was that the Russians ran a campaign to "undermine public faith in the ...
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Why are U.S. territories not allowed to vote in U.S. presidential elections?

Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution begins: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors... Until this section of the constitution is ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

"Incitement" is not the same as "openly calling for". Impeachment uses the dictionary definition of Incitement, not the legal definition (which is a very high bar to meet - video). ...
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Why don't Presidential debates disable the candidates' microphones while it's not their turn to speak?

Just a theory: previous Presidential debates were conducted with greater civility, and that civility functioned as a sort of automatic inner software mute switch that was already installed (via ...
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Is there a way to block an elected President from entering office?

As of today (November 9th), the United States have not yet elected a president. They have elected an electoral college, which will elect a president on December 19th. Theoretically the electors could ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

From a European perspective: The U.S. has a great deal of influence in the world, so the presidency of the U.S. is quite likely to affect your own country in some way. For example: In the last 20 ...
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How do Republicans explain consistently losing the popular vote in presidential elections since 1992?

The predominant explanation, especially since President Trump's victory in 2016, has been that the recent Republican presidential campaign efforts aren't even attempting to win the popular vote, and ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

It may seem like a tautology, but Trump is popular where he is popular. Such is the case with divisive figures. In order to remain in office, politicians in those areas where Trump is popular feel the ...
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Why is it that an American in Timbuktu can vote for president but an American in San Juan cannot?

This is a peculiarity as a result of the federal nature of the USA and the exceptional position of Puerto Rico as a territory but not a state. Within the States and Territories of the USA, your ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

Mobilizing the army to change the outcome of an election is an established practice that has a long history across the world. It is called a coup. During a coup it is common practice to "modify&...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

I don't know the exact number but, as a proportion of the votes cast, it's essentially 100%. Here's how to calculate it. Find the set of states with the largest population of possible voters but no ...
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Why do attack ads focus so much on Joe Biden's mental state but not Donald Trump's?

Because the Trump campaign crossed a line in 2016. Before this point it was generally accepted, in American politics, that politicians and candidates did not use words such as "stupid" or &...
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Is there objective proof that recent bills (1st half of 2021) that restrict voting are targeting Democratic voters specifically?

The whole foundation of the strategy that gives rise to these voter suppression laws is to avoid exactly that direct, causal link. The recent Supreme Court case Chamber of Commerce v. New York ...
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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

Most of them are just trying to gain national exposure and recognition. A highly-charged primary cycle is a perfect way to do it. Probably, one of the losing candidates will be offered the Vice-...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

CGP Grey has done the math in November 2011. In the extreme case, assuming a constant turnout across all 50 states (and with the electoral votes distributed as in 2011)*, it could take only 22% of ...
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Is there objective proof that Jo Jorgensen stopped Trump winning, like a right-wing Ralph Nader?

TL;DR: It's a virtual impossibility, but mathematically possible. If Trump won a large majority of Libertarian votes, he could have won key states. Four states are in play. One combination gives him a ...
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Who must be present at the Presidential Inauguration?

Only two people are legally required to be present when a President is sworn in: The person being sworn in as President The person administering the Oath (be it the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court ...
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Has Biden's campaign, or the Democratic Party, publicly voiced their opinion on granting some sort of immunity to Trump?

In May of 2020, Biden committed not to pardon Trump or otherwise interfere with any investigations that the Justice Department may or may not carry out: Democratic candidate Joe Biden said that if he ...
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Why were pre-election polls and forecast models inconsistent with the election of Donald Trump?

Reasonable theories I have heard have included: A change in polling foundations (home phones become cell phones = limitations on traditional cold calling... and also the shift into online polls). ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

The reason for the founding fathers to do this was in part because they viewed the President as supposed to be an elder statesman who had shown through his career to be reliable in his values and not ...
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Is it unusual for foreign leaders to congratulate US presidential candidates before their opponents have conceded?

It is conventional for foreign leaders to congratulate a newly elected leader soon after victory becomes obvious. Like most diplomacy, this is a somewhat fussy matter of form. Congratulate too early, ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

The Way a Mob Boss Orders a Hit A mob boss doesn't need to say: "Tony, go murder that meddlesome shop owner Johnson. He never paid his protection money." Instead, he can make his desires ...
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What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign?

Answers to clarification questions There are no "rich people" forms. However, there are forms that are far more likely to be interesting when a rich person files them. For example, when someone ...
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Why did people still chant "Lock her up" at Trump rallies in 2019?

Two Minutes Hate People loved chanting "lock her up". So why should they stop? In some sense, that's why no effort has been made - actually locking up Clinton, or trying to, would detract ...
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Did Hillary Clinton actually lose because supporters thought she would win in a landslide?

It's probably better to say Hillary Clinton's campaign thought she was going to do well in some key states she lost. Most notably Michigan [Service Employees International Union(SEIU)] — which had ...
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