7 Things: Republicans remember 2016, Doug Jones blames everyone else for his loss, Alabama/Auburn games postponed over COVID-19 and more …
7. USPS whistleblower says he never recanted as media declares he did
- A saga has been brewing in Pennsylvania as a postal worker alleged, then reportedly recanted, then declared he never recanted an accusation that the postmaster in Erie, PA, had workers backdate ballots so they would have appeared to be mailed and received before Election Day.
- The original accusation from postman Richard Hopkins is that he and others were told all ballots that were received after the election were to be postmarked for November 3. Hopkins has responded to reports of his recantation by producing a video he alleges is USPS investigators pressuring him. He says, “I did not recant my statements. That did not happen.” Hopkins emphasizes in a reaction video, “I would like the Washington Post to recant their wonderful little article they just decided to throw out there out of random.”
6. The media loves polling
- After a failure of polling that even the media admits now, Reuters/Ipsos has released a poll showing that 79% of Americans believe former Vice President Joe Biden won the White House, while 13% said the election hasn’t been decided, 5% don’t know and 3% think Trump won.
- This is not much of a surprise. The American media has been demanding people accept the results without question, and CNN has gone so far as to start publishing lists of politicians who have not called Biden to congratulate him.
5. Legalizing medical marijuana
- Alabama State Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison) is renewing his push to legalize medical marijuana in Alabama after Mississippi just voted to legalize it on November 3. Previously, Ball had presented a medical marijuana bill that passed the Alabama Senate but was stalled in the House.
- Ball has now said that he truly believes he has the votes in the House for the bill to pass, and he’s said that it’s “time for us to pick it up…We need to go ahead and pass it.” He even insisted that legalizing medical marijuana “does not have to be a step toward recreational,” which is a regular concern with legalizing medical marijuana.
4. Auburn football being put on pause
- Auburn University head football coach Gus Malzahn has announced that a total of 12 people in the football program, including nine players, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Auburn was set to play Mississippi State this weekend, but the game was rescheduled for December 12 due to positive cases at Mississippi State.
- The team has also done contact tracing, which has led to more people having to quarantine. These are the first positive cases that Auburn has had to deal with since the week of September 12.
3. Alabama/LSU game canceled
- After a number of positive coronavirus cases were announced on the LSU football team, the game that was scheduled between LSU and the University of Alabama for this weekend has been postponed.
- LSU had to meet a minimum of 53 healthy players to be able to play, and they were unable to do so due to too many players needing to quarantine.
2. Doug Jones still doesn’t get it
- U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has spoken out about why he believes Democrats struggled through this election cycle, as Jones himself lost his reelection for former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville. He believes that his loss has nothing to do with the fact that he held positions completely out of step with most Alabamians and refused to explain why.
- Jones said the issue is really with how the party has inadequately defended against attacks from Republicans, saying that Democrats are “not some demonic cult-like we’re portrayed to be … Democrats have not been able to fully counter the Republican narrative.”
1. Democrats seem to think the 2016 election results were accepted right away
- Many have continued to question why President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded the presidential race to former Vice President Joe Biden yet, and there are also those in the media asking Republicans to admit that Biden has won the presidency, even though there are outstanding legal issues and recounts at play.
- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that there’s “no reason for alarm” over why all Republican leaders haven’t admitted that Biden has won and congratulated him yet. McConnell added that there should be “no lectures about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election and who insinuated that this would be illegitimate too if they lost again – only if they lost.”