*(Via TheGuardian) – Free and fair elections distinguish true democracies from those merely masquerading. Though nominally democratic since the end of military rule in 1999, Nigeria has yet to hold a presidential election free of ballot-rigging, voter intimidation and other decidedly undemocratic practices. The ruling PDP party has ensured victory for itself, by hook or by crook, in every single Nigerian presidential election conducted since 1999.
Relentlessly optimistic, Nigerians had hoped this year’s presidential polls, scheduled for 14 February, would be different. This time, we would get it right. Nigeria, recently declared Africa’s biggest economy, would prove that its democracy was developing.
For a while, reality was benevolent. For the first time since 1999, opposition parties united behind a single presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler. This levelled the playing field.
After weeks of spirited campaigning by both candidates, a January poll showed Buhari and the current president, Goodluck Jonathan, running neck and neck. The election was declared too close to call.
Nigerians usually know the winner of a presidential election months before voting day, so this was a refreshing change. This was real democracy.
Then, on Saturday, Nigeria’s electoral commission (INEC) announced that, while it was “substantially ready” to conduct elections on 14 February, it felt compelled to postpone voting for six weeks (until 28 March). This was because the country’s military “could not guarantee security for the election.”
Get Mthe FULL story at TheGuardian.
3 Against 1: Watch Sunny Hostin Defend The Term ‘Defund the Police’ Against All 3 of her ‘View’ Co-Hosts
*All four co-hosts of “The View” are in agreement with the reallocation of funds from police departments to other initiatives that can better address specific policing situations. The only issue dividing the ladies is calling the movement, “Defund the Police.”
On Wednesday, the “hot topic” being discussed was former President Barack Obama’s recent statement that the “Defund the Police” term hurt Democrats in the election because people thought it meant “stop funding the police,” which for many voters would be a step too far.
Sunny Hostin was on an island trying to defend the term’s use, while Sarah Haines, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg – although 100% behind reallocating police funds – agreed more with Obama’s belief that the slogan is misleading and may have cost the Democrats votes in some areas of the country.
“This term is a policy demand,” Hostin argued. “It is a demand for change and I always will think it is a mistake to allow opponents to define language and define narratives.”
The back and forth lasted the whole segment.
‘Clearly the Force Is Strong’: Sen. Cory Booker Reacts to Rosario Dawson’s Debut in ‘The Mandalorian’ (Watch)
*TMZ rolled up on Sen. Cory Booker outside of the U.S. Capitol Thursday to get his reaction following girlfriend Rosario Dawson premiering as Ahsoka Tano in “The Mandalorian.”
“It was a phenomenal episode and clearly the force is strong with her,” he said through his mask.
The former Democratic presidential candidate was also asked about being a hard core Trekkie and having to support a girlfriend from the rival “Star Wars” universe.
Watch Dawson’s clips from the Mandalorian episode above, and Booker’s reaction below:
Leslie Jones: ‘He Don’t Know What the F**k That Chart Say’ (Watch)
*Leslie Jones was all of us on Wednesday night who watched clips of Donald Trump spend 46 minutes in a tweeted video from the White House Diplomatic Room trying to explain how he really won the presidential election.
“Listen, let me tell you something,” said the former “Saturday Night Live” star as she filmed MSNBC’s clip of Trump’s remarks on her TV, “I can’t believe anybody that’s a fan of me can’t look at this stupid mother f**ker and be f**king embarrassed. I’m so f**king embarrassed. God d**mit!”
Reading the curse words here doesn’t do justice to the venom and frustration that punctuated every one of them.
When Trump pulled out a chart that nobody could read through the glare of the camera, Jones said, “He can’t even read this chart. He don’t know what the f**k that chart say.”
As Trump droned on, Jones asked: “Can we cut off access to the other countries of seeing this type of s**t? …You know what mother f**ker? You gonna go down in history as WORSE THAN NIXON, mother f**ka.”
Please watch below or view here on Twitter :
This is FUCKING EMBARRASSING!! pic.twitter.com/8fszMT8pbm
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) December 3, 2020
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