Talk about confidence. Presidential candidate Joe Biden told voters at a campaign stop in Erie, Pennsylvania on Saturday that the only way he can lose the 2020 election is through chicanery, which had the crowd scrambling for the dictionary app on their smartphones. Because that word may not have been used in an actual sentence since Warren Taft was in the White House, here’s the definition:
chicanery – n. the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose. Synonyms: deceit, dishonesty.
Example: The defendant is an underhanded person who benefits from corruption and political chicanery behind closed doors.
Isn’t that what basically happens in every election? After all, President Trump declared at a campaign stop in Minden, Nevada, on Sept. 12 that “The only way the Democrats can win the election is if they rig it.”
Biden went full-frontal on attacking President Trump on the campaign trail, encouraging people to vote “because the only way we lose this is by the chicanery going on relative to polling places.”
Biden accused Trump of trying to discourage voting by casting doubt on mail-in ballot security. Like Trump already has, Biden urged his supporters to “go to polls and watch very carefully” on Election Day.
Biden did try to set the record straight on one topic: whether he’d accept the outcome of the election if he wasn’t declared the winner. Unlike President Trump, Biden told reporters, “I’m going to accept the outcome of this election, period.”
Biden has said numerous times that Trump would try to “steal” victory if he didn’t win the election, so in an effort to combat that, the Biden campaign has recruited hundreds of lawyers to fight for the integrity of the election. The same way Trump and the Republican National Committee have been recruiting an “Army for Trump” consisting of thousands of Election Day poll-watching volunteers and lawyers.
You know, to prevent potential chicanery.