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As expected, the Republican version of “optimism” turned out to be apocalyptic ravings about the inevitable destruction of America, many of them at a volume that appeared not to recognize the existence of microphones. Highlights, if that’s the right word, included Donald Trump Jr sweating his way through a addled presentation that left “cocaine” trending on Twitter, Kimberly Guilfoyle waving her arms during a high volume frenzy … something, and gun-waving “Karen” Patricia McCloskey warning that Democrats would “abolish suburbs.”

Though Trump had made a point of sneering at the use of recorded speeches at the Democratic convention, all of the above were also pre-taped. That includes Guilfoyle screaming at an empty room and Trump Jr appearing to deliver a speech from Mt. Baked. Proof that Trump’s convention was stitched together in such a hurry, or with such little concern, that no one ever thought to say “great, now let’s do it again, but without making it seem like you’re summoning Cthulhu.”

But if there was any real uniting theme for the convention of what was the GOP it was this: Lying our ass off for Trump.

The lies started with the ore-recorded into and through the pre-recorded speeches that came later. They hit both of the main categories of lies—both omission and commission  For example, multiple speakers, including an also shouty Jim Jordan, raved about the setting the record for the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. None of them mentioned that it had been Barack Obama who pulled the nation out of a deep recession and left Trump with an economy that was already on the brink of that record, or that the economy actually grew more slowly under Trump than under Obama. Or that the nation was already moving toward recession before the pandemic struck. Absolutely no one mentioned that Trump had also set the record for all-time high unemployment dating back to when the statistics began in the Great Depression.

But the biggest overall source for lies might have been the attempt to recast Donald Trump as the guy who saw the pandemic coming. Speaker after speaker referenced Trump “banning travel” to China in January—ignoring the fact that what Trump did was only place restrictions on travel … restrictions that didn’t go into effect until February. Neither did anyone point out that Trump’s action was fundamentally pointless, as by the time he finally moved, over a month after the World Health Organization announced the outbreak in China, the primary source of the virus entering the United States was through Europe.

Most amazingly, yet another canned video attempted to present Trump as the “decisive leader” who made the tough decisions on COVID-19 while Democratic leaders “got it wrong.” Coming straight from Upsidedownsia, the video made it Democrats and news outlets to “downplayed” the surging pandemic, while Trump was the guy who stepped into the breach. Somehow, the video left out the fact that Trump had golfed his way through January, and February, and into March before seeming to realize that a disease threatening the death of millions might be something about which he was supposed to express a modicum of concern. The video surprisingly left out Trump repeatedly describing coronavirus as nothing more than the flu, support for quack cures, attacks on governors who attempted to save their citizens, threats to withhold drugs and equipment from Democratic states, and unending claims that the virus would just “go away … like magic.” The video did make sure to include Trump calling COVID-19 the “China Virus.”
Overall, the night was exactly what might be expected—a direct play to Trump’s base that could have been scripted by rolling back through the last few months of Trump’s Twtter account. There was a parade of Republicans who presented themselves as victims in one way or another, screaming about how Trump short-finger in the dike was the only thing holding back the horde. There was all the dog-whistling about suburbia that Trump feels like will net him women who secretly (or not so secretly) are still concerned about the idea of keeping their neighborhoods snow white. There was a speech claiming that “bitter, deceitful, vengeful activists” are “locking up pastors,” which is quite a trick.

And on COVID-19, there was the concerted effort to prove that Trump was never wrong—even when his error is visible in the form of 175,000 dead and counting.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I adopted a dog that had been abused and we went to special training so I would know how to keep him safe and we could bond. I raised my voice to him. The trainer gave me quite a lecture about not raising your voice. He commented the louder you talk the more scared the dog will be and you defeat any chance of having a good relationship with him. I. never raised my voice again to him and he was my best friend for many years. He listened to everything I said and did exactly what I wanted him to do and he wanted me to do. I wish I had known that when I was raising my children.

    • Don’t be ashamed… we learn how to raise children from our parents… and children like dogs are individuals with unique needs. You don’t traumatize a dog that has already had trauma. On the flip side, I have Corgies, and if you don’t let them know who’s alpha from the git, they will march right over you.

      You get to know your children, find out what their sweet spot is, so you can help them pursue what’s better in life, and what isn’t so great, so you know how to correct them when that time comes.

      But you always let a child know that (s)he is responsible for how life unfolds and is always the person who gets to choose how things will play out. Every action has a cost/benefit… be consistent. Children never have a problem with gravity, however hard it is on them because it’s consistent.

  2. Does anyone else see Guilfoyle looking way too much like a brown-haired Evita? And this crap from her and Eric about Donald being the Law and Order Pres.

    1. Anyone asking about the rule of law and how the Trump Syndicate seems to be wiping their hinny on it?

    2. Order? I don’t remember a single protest, let alone rioting in the streets during the Obama Administration? Perhaps, just as a thought? Order; comes from embracing all Americans and making an honest effort to serve the whole 330 million of them and not just the few who line up to pay a buck to smooch your southern exposure.

    3. The only thing Donald has with “Law and Order” is that they’ll doink-doink his orange hinny when the umteefour hundred charges filed against him and his syndicate/family resolve into enough jail time to see them all paroled just in time to see Star-Trek personally.

  3. You can see a resemblances to Jimmy Jones poisoning 100s of followers women men and children. Preach, brain wash, take all their belongings and money than kill everyone, plus himself, before the cops came. This is trump preaching lies with no evidence. I hope people are on to his last con before he kills millions. He has DEMENTIA and is now a loose cannon with no interest but himself to avoid prison if he does not make the win in the election. He is reaping all from the tax payers for his profit, with no boundaries of the law, God help us if dooms day come with him as proof of his past destruction of 1000s of lives left in the wake.

  4. Joe is a greatman and will take care of
    The people of the USA..THAT SAID. WE.HAVE TO VOTE HIM IN TO OFFICE.
    WE HAVE TO TAKE RUMP DOWN WITH
    THE GOP BECAUSE THEY OR ALL SICK
    AND HAVE THER HEADS UP RUMPS ASS
    HE OWN THEM. SO I SAY VOTE BLUE
    VOTE

  5. I could here juniors missus from my place. Not only was my TV off, I live in Australia ! Like finger nails down a blackboard ????

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