Martin L. Buchanan

Martin L. Buchanan

Local columnist

Senator Cynthia Lummis made her first serious error before taking the oath of office, joining with 10 other new senators in challenging the 2020 election results already certified in the Electoral College. Senator Lummis made that challenge based on “allegations” of election fraud. What are the facts?

Biden received 7 million more votes than Trump, 51.31% to 46.86%, a margin of more than four percentage points. In the Electoral College, Biden received 306 electoral votes, nearly 57%; Trump received 232 electoral votes, about 43%, a nearly 14% margin. Trump called that same margin a “landslide” in the 2016 campaign.

Could fraud have tipped the results? In 2020 the Florida election was contested for weeks and that one state decided the outcome, by a margin of 537 votes. That example raises a legitimate question: were the 2020 election results so close that they could have been manipulated?

Trump supporters contested the results in states won by Biden with these margins of victory: 10,457 (Arizona), 11,779 (Georgia), 154,188 (Michigan), 33,596 (Nevada), 80,555 (Pennsylvania), and 20,682 (Wisconsin). Compared to the Florida 2000 election, none of these states is nearly as close. Unlike the 2000 election, Trump would need to overturn election results in three or more states to win.

And they have tried. Eighty-six judges, many appointed by Trump, have rejected more than 50 election lawsuits by Trump supporters, because those lawsuits have neither facts nor law to support them. Trump has made a nonstop stream of false allegations of fraud, leading to many threats of violence against election officials and workers.

Notably, Trump spent an hour attacking and threatening the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia because he would not overturn election results, certified after three vote counts that all produced the same outcome. In that call Trump violated multiple Georgia and federal criminal statutes.

Those Georgia threats could be a good reason for Senator Lummis to rethink her position. Will she be an unindicted co-conspirator of the Criminal-in-Chief, or will she stand with our Constitution and with honorable men and women for the clear and honest election results?

Martin Buchanan is a Laramie resident and occasional contributor to the Boomerang.

(5) comments

joe1334_us@yahoo.com

First day and she is a total Failure. She doesnt represent me and never will. I agree with you.

Darcy Gardiner

She's an embarrassment to our state!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes seeing her name (and my state) on the roster of those wanting to subvert the will of the people and American democracy. She should be censured for her part in the seditious acts in our Capital that took place yesterday - leaving 5 Americans dead!!!! Blood on her hands!!!!! Demand she resign!!!!

WYO1

You people really do not know what the constitution allows do you? While you blame Sen. Lummis for the riot and you should not, do you not recall several other instances when Democrats asked that the Florida election be canceled and redone, not accepted? No? The process followed is one allowed by the constitution. You don't have to like what she did, but understand that it is perfectly legal. The states that changed their election rules bypassing each state's legislature violated their own constitutions, much less the governing constitution of the US which grants ONLY each states' legislature the power to change their election laws. Not a Governor, not a Sec. of State, not even the states' SC.

Darcy Gardiner

So, if you thought what Lummis did was the right and/or legal thing to do, why didn't Barrasso or Cheney join in her cause? They both repudiated the effort to deny the Electoral College vote certification - for good reason. Barrasso said “Allowing certified electoral votes to be counted is my sworn duty. In Wyoming, we pride ourselves on being guardians of the Constitution.” (WyoFile quote) Lummis's involvement was an embarrassment to our state!!! And this whole failed stunt, that everyone knew would fail - and waste of Congress's time - during a pandemic - that is now leading to more infections - is what led to the incitement of violence and a coup attempt- with Congress being held hostage - and 5 dead. Do you think that is acceptable - under ANY circumstances?

WYO1

Mr. Gardiner, WTR to the riot, it is what idiots do. People do stupid things and win stupid prizes. No one that I know wants a mob rioting and attacking the capitol building as they did. No one wants any violence, ever! You are comparing an apple and an orange. For the challenging of the EC count, you do realize, as Congressman Jordan pointed out during his talk, Democrats protested/challenged MORE states in 2017 (post-2016 election) than Republicans did this time. I didn't hear anyone on the right screaming insurrection about that. It's what politicians do, both groups are sides of the same coin. Why did Liz Cheney vote to impeach Pres. Trump on little to no evidence? There is also information coming out now that the capitol building takeover was planned prior to the mob doing anything. Personal choice, pandering, etc. I think. That's my 2 cents.

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