It would be a shame to think that it took a global pandemic to wake up Donald Trump’s comatose supporters, but perhaps that’s the case. At least it would appear that way, in Northumberland County, a portion of Virginia’s Northern Neck, that Trump carried in 2016 by ten points, although the rest of Virginia has in recent years become a blue state. Trump-Pence yard signs and flags from 2016 used to be prominent and letters to the editors of the local newspapers advocated Second Amendment sanctuary cities and decried Democratic “hoaxes” which were launched against their fearless leader. But all that has changed since COVID-19 cases appeared in the county and life adjusted accordingly. The Insider: Now, just over seven months from the general election, those yard signs have largely disappeared. A recent letter to the editor printed in the Northern Neck News, a local newspaper, read, “Nothing has highlighted Trump’s ineptness to lead more than the current crisis.” Another in the Rappahannock Record accused the president of “sleepwalking” and being “tone-deaf” in his response to the global health crisis. […] “A few weeks ago I could ignore the parts of his personality I didn’t like,” Cliff, a 25-year Chesapeake Bay waterman, told me. “That’s over. I don’t believe anything he’s saying now.” Leaning against a pickup truck after an all-day shift on the water, Matt, a third-generation Chesapeake Bay oysterman and former Trump supporter in his mid-40s, took a long drag on his cigarette. “He’s got no idea what the hell he’s doing, and I think he’s flat out lying to everyone about how bad it really is, and how bad it’s going to get,” he said. And this gentleman also went on to praise his immigrant co-workers. Matt told me he has always disagreed with Trump’s attacks on immigrants. “A lot of the guys in shucking houses around here are Hispanic migrants and they’re really good guys. Hard-working guys.” But through it all, from the Muslim ban to impeachment, he stuck with him. Now, the trust is gone. “He thinks we’re all stupid and will show up for him no matter what,” he said. “At this point, I can’t imagine bringing myself to do that.” Who knows how many Trump supporters feel this way? We can only hope for the best. And then there’s this commentary on GOP racist messaging, which appears to be backfiring. Of late, the Northumberland County Republican Committee has kept a low profile. But the party here remains in lockstep with the Trump administration’s messaging. Beneath an image of Trump and the first lady riding a motorcycle past adoring fans in front of the Capitol, the committee’s website notes that the 2020 Virginia GOP Convention is “POSTPONED DUE TO WUHAN VIRUS.” If you’re scratching your head, as I was, wondering WTH? Trump and Melania on a motorcycle? Here’s that image, from the RNC website linked to above. It’s part of artist John McNaughton’s opus of Trump love. Welcome to life in the MAGA bubble. Sure doesn’t resemble any reality ever seen, does it? Although I must say that this image of Trump is more lifelike than the one I saw where he has a flat stomach and broad shoulders, sitting down and playing poker with presidents of the past. I wonder if McNaughton will paint Trump riding […]
Donald Trump is incapable of original thought, needless to say. That’s why he recycles tweets and talking points from Fox News. Kimberly Strassel is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and an admirer of Trump. Romney hurt some very good Republican Senators, and he was wrong about the Impeachment Hoax. No clue! https://t.co/J6rtaZYYxD — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020 The senate Republicans hung themselves. Their fate cannot rationally be linked to Mitt Romney. What can possibly be this woman’s logic? Romney did the right thing and in so doing he hurt vulnerable Republicans, who would have been aided if he did the wrong thing? The problem with this viewpoint is that it’s optics focused. If Romney had made the entire situation look partisan, as the Republicans had hoped, that would have helped the other senators. But choosing to go against the optics of the situation and come down on the right side of history, was a bad thing. I guess this is the twisted thinking that we’re going to see for a while. It certainly underscores the Republican dogma of this age — don’t worry about right and wrong, just put up the right appearance. As to the comment about Chuck Schumer wanting to retake the Senate — of course Schumer wants to retake the senate. That’s not some hidden manipulation on Schumer’s part, that’s the fervent prayer of every Democrat alive — and probably some of the dead ones are clanking their chains in favor of that proposition as well. It’s quite clear who the Republican whipping post is going to be in 2020, at least so far as Trump is concerned. d
This is like the Portrait of Dorian Grey in reverse. Trump is in horrific shape, compared to the video of him from five years back. Take a look. Compare and contrast: Trump speaking during his June 2015 campaign launch speech vs. Trump speaking at West Point today, almost exactly five years later pic.twitter.com/qDFmkNBVmj — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2020 If you missed the West Point address, here’s a noteworthy moment. Trump at West Point. Still unable to drink a glass of water with one hand. Someone get him a sippy cup.pic.twitter.com/0V3yxt2KUl — LiA (@LibsInAmerica) June 13, 2020 He’s barely functional. Presidents age in office, that’s a given. It’s a difficult job, when one does it. In Trump’s case, he’s collapsing before our eyes and this is with dodging all his responsibilities and watching TV. Business Insider: President Donald Trump’s staffers are concerned about his mental capabilities, an anonymous senior administration official wrote in a book set to be released this month. According to The Washington Post, the author of “A Warning” wrote that Trump “stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity.” “I am not qualified to diagnose the president’s mental acuity,” they wrote, according to The Post. “All I can tell you is that normal people who spend any time with Donald Trump are uncomfortable by what they witness.” From here to Tulsa, to an unmasked, undistanced audience, during a pandemic. What could possibly go wrong?
The Trump family apparently can’t go for very long at all without doing something illegal. It must be in their DNA. Here’s what got the wire fraud ball rolling. More threatening fundraising texts from Don Jr. pic.twitter.com/LNLnU6ZA3k — Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) June 19, 2020 Former White House Counsel Norm Eisen made this analysis. This is 18 USC 1343 wire fraud by Trump campaign No way the other 99 really replied, so all elements are met 1)scheme to defraud 2)with intent to defraud & 3) foreseeable & actual use of interstate wire comms. Barr won't investigate, but states can under analogous state crimes https://t.co/q9FUap2PIJ — Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) June 19, 2020 Then George Conway threw in his two cents. You’re totally right, Norm. Fraud involving money isn’t protected by the First Amendment, even when it’s practiced during a political campaign. — George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 19, 2020 Also seems to be unsolicited & therefore a TCPA violation, no?That would carry a $500 fine per instance……which could get really expensive for the campaign really quickly… I mean – if, hypothetically, everyone who got it filed an FCC complaint.https://t.co/qKAp0uYZsF — And ⇤ 6ft ⇥ rew (@andrew_ross) June 19, 2020 This has been going on since at least the middle of last month.https://t.co/3iJcucTCtP https://t.co/yfJQftHCNg — Trump Fundraising Emails (@TrumpEmail) June 19, 2020 Odd; @JamesFallows and I both received exactly the same communication by mail. So now there's mail fraud as well as wire fraud. — Eric Redman (@ricredman) June 19, 2020 I really need your help dad is a Pennsylvania Avenue ponce currently being held in a bunker. For this reason he cannot cash his check, what dad needs from you is your bank account information once dad takes what’s his you will receive the most beautiful of choc cake — mark🏍 (@themfi) June 19, 2020 And don’t forget, there will Dad’s lawyer fees after he’s out of office and all the legal furies descend on him at once. So with that in mind, be extra generous.
I am generally not a fan of stories about political ads. “Such and such DESTROYED the other guy in this ad!!! MUST WATCH!!!” Yeah, yeah. The ads are usually good, making a relevant point and possibly irritating their target (especially if it’s Trump, who is insanely easy to ruffle), but no one is “destroyed” by them. This one is different. It’s called “The Snake,” and it is a master class in how to absolutely drop the hammer on a political opponent. There’s no narration; every word comes from either Donald Trump or a news anchor. Check it out. 📺 NEW VIDEO Donald Trump and his venomous politics and ideology are un-American. Donald Trump IS The Snake. pic.twitter.com/Ltey4mnEB2 — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 8, 2020 It hits every high note with Trump: his catastrophic failure as a “real estate mogul,” his sexual predations, his depraved interest in his daughter Ivanka, his racism, his simpering pretense at patriotism, his repeated business frauds, his attempts to destroy NATO, his cozy relations with bloody-handed dictators, his attempt to coeerce Ukraine into helping him sabotage the 2020 election, his and his family’s grifting while in the White House, his deliberate sabotage of the federal and state governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and his attempts to cause the deaths of more Americans from fraudulent and dangerous “medical” treatments for the virus. Structurally, it’s framed around his performance of “The Snake,” a poem that we’ll learn more about in a bit. The ad starts ominously slow and ends on a furious climax of pounding music, whirling graphics, and Trump’s frenzied bellowing of the final lines of the piece. After I watched it the first time, I thought of Trump as one person: Randall Flagg. Like Trump, Flagg giggled while he tore society apart. Trump read the poem, in truncated form, at rallies throughout 2016. (You’re forgiven if you don’t remember. I didn’t either, until this CNN piece from 2017 reminded me.) “The Snake” is about a good-hearted woman who brings a half-frozen snake into her home to save its life. When it thaws, it bites her and causes her death, because that’s his nature. (Think “The Frog and the Scorpion,” or Aespo’s “The Farmer and the Viper.”) As Eli Rosenberg wrote for the Washington Post, “It is a crowd-pleaser, part xenophobic fearmongering, part tale told by Grandpa — “story time with Trump,” as one college supporter” put it. As CNN’s Chris Cillizza explained it, Trump’s grinning recitation of the poem was a: not-subtle allegory for the situation on the border with Mexico and in reference to the Syrian refugee crisis, warning against allowing potential terrorists into the country. […] Trump makes explicit the fact that the snake represents the undocumented workers coming into the country, and the woman is our current U.S. border policy. It’s a striking image: Undocumented workers might look weak and pitiable but, in the end, they will bite you for trying to help. He dredged it up again in 2017, to commemorate his 100th day in office, and has used it several times since then. Ironically, the daughters of the poem’s author have asked Trump to stop using the poem at his rallies. Civil rights activist Oscar Brown Jr. wrote the poem as a song in 1963. (In 1968, it was used in a song by […]
I wouldn’t want to be a television set when Trump sees this one. He’ll probably throw a case of Diet Coke, along with a hissy fit. Republicans For the Rule of Law has put out another gem, this one a compilation of Republican voters nationwide who say they won’t vote for Trump, based upon how he has botched the coronavirus response. YES!! More of this!!
This was too obvious to pass up and so the Lincoln Project didn’t. They ran with it all the way and it is a scream. Take a moment and enjoy. Don’t cry for my White House staffer. pic.twitter.com/AvF1pZleOE — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 7, 2020
The first part of this interview with reknowned economist Nouriel Roubini discusses how China is being less than forthcoming in it’s reports on the coronavirus and how it’s affecting people there. Roubini reports that he has a colleague in Shanghai who has been locked in his own home for weeks. He also says that he expects a recession in China, which would lead to a global recession, as a result of the coronavirus. Roubini also says he would not be surprised if there was some kind of a military skirmish in the Strait of Formosa. Here is the portion of the interview regarding Donald Trump and why he won’t be reelected. Der Spiegel: DER SPIEGEL: This crisis [coronavirus] is obviously a setback for globalization. Do you think politicians like Trump, who want their companies to abandon production abroad, will benefit? Roubini: He will try to reap benefits from this crisis, that’s for sure. But everything will change when coronavirus reaches the U.S. You can’t build a wall in the sky. Look, I live in New York City and people there are hardly going to restaurants, cinemas or theaters, even though nobody there has been infected by the virus thus far. If it comes, we are totally fucked. DER SPIEGEL: A perfect scare-scenario for Trump? Roubini: Not at all. He will lose the election, that’s for sure. DER SPIEGEL: A bold prediction. What makes you so sure? Roubini: Because there is a significant risk of a war between the U.S. and Iran. The U.S. government wants regime change, and they will bomb the hell out of the Iranians. But Iranians are used to suffering, believe me, I am an Iranian Jew, and I know them! And the Iranians also want regime change in the U.S. The tensions will drive up oil prices and lead inevitably to Trumps defeat in the elections. DER SPIEGEL: What makes you so sure? Roubini: This has always the case in history. Ford lost to Carter after the 1973 oil shock, Carter lost to Reagan due to the second oil crisis in 1979, and Bush lost to Clinton after the Kuwait invasion. The Democratic field is poor, but Trump is dead. Quote me on that! DER SPIEGEL: A war against Iran is needed to beat Trump? Roubini: Absolutely, and it’s worth it. Four more years of Trump means economic war! DER SPIEGEL: What should investors do to brace for the impact? Roubini: I expect global equities to tank by 30 to 40 percent this year. My advice is: Put your money into cash and safe government bonds, like German bunds. They have negative rates, but so what? That just means that prices will rise and rise – you can make a lot of money that way. And if I am wrong and equities go up by 10 percent instead, that’s also OK. You have to hedge your money against a crash, that is more important. That’s my motto: “Better safe than sorry!” This is all very plausible and certainly sobering. I think that he’s right insofar as the period of economic expansion we’ve witnessed the past eleven years is over and that change is happening now. As to how bad it will get, we never know that, now do we?
Everything you know is wrong. Up is down, left is right, and short is long Weird Al Yankovic Right now, if there is one person in all of Washington DC who is huddled in a corner, shaking like a leaf, jumping at every noise, and pissing his pants every five seconds, it’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Because all he can do is to look at fellow Republican Brian Kemp, and mutter There but for the grace of God do I. Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is a fully fledged, card carrying Trombie Scout. He proudly wears his Trump Toady merit badge, and wears his purple Royal Ass Kisser sash to bed every night. He has consistently championed every hare brained Trump scheme, and recently went to war with the Mayor of Atlanta over overriding her objections, and in compliance with His Lowness’ wishes. And a couple of hours ago, Trump repaid Kemp’s abject loyalty by hitting him over the head with a 2X4. As I wrote earlier today, Georgia is stirring national controversy because Kemp wants to open the throttle while the rate of new coronavirus cases in the state is still rising. When asked by a reporter about the issue earlier today, Trump had this to say; So do I agree with him? No. But I respect him and I’ll let him make his decision. Would I do that? No. I want to protect people’s lives. But I’m going to let him to make his decision. But I told him I totally disagree.” Oh, sweet Jesus. Here Kemp is, trying to play ball with Trump, and Trump whacks him on the head with the bat. Trump not only disagrees with Kemp’s decision, but he cavalierly throws in that nugget about I want to protect people, like Kemp could give a shit less about his own constituents. Sorry Doofus Grande, I don’t think your “respect” was what Kemp was looking for, rather your support and approval. This is the true Doomsday scenario for the GOP. God knows that every last man jackin’ one of them tied their lead lines to Trump’s bumper a long time ago. But how do they follow him when even he doesn’t seem to know where the hell he’s going? What next? Does he call the governor of South Dakota a nasty woman for not closing down the meat packing plants, and blowing a chunk of state change testing Trump’s favorite snake oil cure? Does he tell Ron DeSantis to go take a swim in the ocean he just opened up, and hopefully a shark will swim along and finish him off? How do they back Trump’s play, when Trump himself has no coherent play? And nowhere in the entire GOP is there anyone more at risk than Yertl the Turtle. By necessity Trump’s main legislative henchman in the Senate, McConnell has cheer leaded, as well as rammed through with brute force, almost every boneheaded plan that Brutus Cheesecake has pulled out of his toolkit. Which means that he’s open and exposed Earlier today, in order to gin up Trump’s EEG flat line base, McConnell proposed that failing states declare bankruptcy rather than have the federal government bail them out. One would think that Glorious Bleater would be well pleased. Except that it has been reported that in this last round of negotiations, Trump agreed with bipartisan leaders that […]
The most thankless job this year is working on Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. The fact that he screwed up the coronavirus response, causing needless deaths and sending the economy spinning, is now coming back to haunt him in polls. His top aides, Brad Parscale, Ronna McDaniel and Jared Kushner spoke to Trump in a phone conference in an effort to get him to do fewer press briefings because they are hurting him more than helping, according to polls which how him as much as ten points down to Joe Biden in key swing states, and Trump went off the deep end, as well you might expect. Washington Post: Trump told Parscale that he did not believe the polling that had been presented to him, even though it came from the campaign and the RNC. “I’m not losing to Joe Biden,” Trump said at one point, both of these people said, adding that the president used profanities throughout the call. After the call, Parscale described it to others as a Trump venting session, these people said. Trump ranted to other aides for several days about a story in the New York Times that described him as spending much of his day watching television and calling people on the phone. He was also angry about coronavirus testing — telling advisers that he was unfairly getting crushed in the media over shortages in the United States. Trump this week announced a set of testing guidelines that continued to leave the onus on states to develop their own plans. More from CNN: Last Wednesday, two days before Trump lashed out at Parscale, his campaign manager and several other top political advisers briefed him on internal campaign and Republican National Committee data showing the President was heading for defeat in key battleground states. Parscale, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other advisers urged him to scale back his daily, combative news conferences and pointed to data showing that the briefings were hurting him with critical swing voters in those states. – Trump has complained to aides that his restricted travel has hurt his numbers, not the briefings. – One person familiar with the call said the message didn’t appear to sink in with the President, who instead changed the subject away from the issue of briefings. But the next day, Trump’s outlandish comments about disinfectant only amplified those advisers’ urgings. Even as he erupted at Parscale on Friday evening, during that day’s briefing the President took no questions. And the next day he scrapped the briefing altogether. – While Trump has scaled back his news conferences this week and even opted for a less combative tone during a news conference on Monday, aides are unsure whether the new approach will stick. And Trump has still found venues to field questions from reporters and share his views on the day’s news, including during lengthy pool sprays in the Oval Office. Parscale is said to have brought other, more favorable polls to Trump on Friday in a kiss and make up session. Maybe that’s what will happen as the campaign progresses, Trump’s aides will just lie to him and humor him, because he can’t deal with the reality of his situation. The reality is, simply, he’s not a novelty act anymore. He campaigned to tear down the status quo and […]