a) this is just a psychic scream. Trump is losing and he can't accept it. Literally; his psyche/mind/what have you, won't accept such monumental and public failure. So he discredits it like a child on the playground who is losing the game and callinge everyone else "cheaters!"
He knows he’s losing and for that reason is campaigning against the election instead of Biden https://t.co/4pGGvQnaHG— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 28, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Who does Donald Trump owe $300,000,000?— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 27, 2020
Remember when Trump was going to loan his campaign $100,000,000? pic.twitter.com/6HpFZLk8dg— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 28, 2020
Donald Trump is so poor, he can’t even own the libs.— YS (@NYinLA2121) September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Compare how the Biden and Trump campaign react to the Parscale news https://t.co/4VOap5pM0G pic.twitter.com/WU5TrNJcJA— Rumpole of the Bayou (@RumpoleBayou) September 28, 2020
Yes, yes it is.It’s low to turn a statement about a suicide attempt into a political attack against “Democrats and disgruntled RINOs” https://t.co/HXkpA0pGve— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 28, 2020
Narrator: the debates aren't gonna do jack sh*t. Debates never do.
You don't need a fancy algorithm to know that Trump is losing, pretty badly at the moment. The Supreme Court pick doesn't seem to be helping him. The COVID situation may be getting worse again. Maybe the debates will help. But the clock is ticking: people are already voting.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 27, 2020
Thinking about the counterintelligence investigation of Trump that never happened. What would it have told us about Trump's debt? To whom does he owe money? From whom does he think he can get money in future? How has that shaped his foreign policy? https://t.co/n2zBRKgcpi— Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) September 28, 2020
Why, there could be over 400 million reasons.....
I wonder why he can’t bad mouth Putin? 🤷♀️— AntiNarcopathyPharmD (@narceducator) September 28, 2020
I think I need one of those buttons.
This suggestion was offered before the NYT tax return story. Shortly before. How long did it take for that joke to be both old and devour itself at the same time?Perhaps one "debate" should be held in a medical facility, where both candidates undergo objectively-supervised physical exams, lab & toxicology studies, & formal neuro-psychological testing - while accountants review 20 years of tax returns.— David Reiss, M.D. (@DMRDynamics) September 27, 2020
“Wipe your hand across your mouth and laugh.
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.” —T.S. Eliot
Amy Coney who?Just Posted: The NYT has obtained the president’s tax return information for thousands of personal and corporate returns going back decades. Here’s our first story. Watch this space for additional articles in the coming weeks. @russbuettner & @mmcintire https://t.co/0FJt4VkqWt— Susanne Craig (@susannecraig) September 27, 2020
He’s broke, he lives in our house, and he’s been stealing from us.— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) September 27, 2020
Oh, this isn’t the best of it.You can read Trump's tax returns two ways: either Donald Trump is the greatest tax cheat in US history - or he is a financial desperado hopelessly in debt to God knows who & needs every dollar he scams from Secret Service golf car rentals just to pay the electricity bill— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 27, 2020
To me, the most alarming tidbit in the @nytimes' story isn't the $750 bill or the dubious refund; it's that a President running for re-election would be on the hook for upwards of $421 million in loans during his second term. It's not hard to imagine the incentives that'd create. https://t.co/SdbLOlhRSQ— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) September 27, 2020
To be King of Debt is to rule over a shitpile.It sure would be nice to know to whom the President of the United States owes upwards of $421 million...— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) September 27, 2020
He literally ran for President because he needed the money."Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million." https://t.co/n1lHxhixN9— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 27, 2020
TRUMP SUPPORTERS: "I just want a manly, robust alpha-male silverback gorilla who reeks of pure testosterone and spends $72,000 for hair styling."— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 27, 2020
Amy Coney who?He pays next to nothing in taxes and then he uses our money to go golfing.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 27, 2020
Did I get that right?
Certainly not from the top down:thank goodness there are no freak shows in our politics today https://t.co/kMJvFCBrXe— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 27, 2020
If there’s a drug that improves your mental acuity and public performance and makes you more eloquent on demand...where do I get some?More ravings of a desperate narcissistic psychopath 👉 https://t.co/EjsN6Ywih5— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 27, 2020
No hypocrisy here! Or in the Senate! It’s the drugs that make you feel that way! The drugs in the water! FLUORIDE!!!!!Remember yesterday when this account was demanding that his opponents refrain from personal attacks on his Supreme Court nominee? https://t.co/P4Jo0RUTpO— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 27, 2020
Yeah, no freak show here at all!!After accusing Biden of being on drugs and Bloomberg of bribery, calling for the impeachment of a senator, repeating his usual vague insinuations about ballots and his usual vague promise of an Obamacare replacement, Trump has arrived at his golf club.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 27, 2020
...of ideology than it is a problem of “lifetime” appointments.if Amy Coney Barrett is on the Supreme Court to the same age Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, she will be a justice still in 2059— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 26, 2020
How much of the politics and policy of the country is going to change in 39 years? And how much will Barrett’s thinking change? Why are we giving anyone that much power and authority? The original answer wasn’t to benefit from their wisdom; it was to protect them from ideology. Now who protects us from their ideology?
Saturday, September 26, 2020
They don’t even get the reference right. They’ve managed to insult both RBG’s fans and rap music aficionados. And all in time for the election.Senate Republicans attempt to brand Amy Coney Barrett as the ‘Notorious ACB’— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 26, 2020
Wasn’t their biggest problem supposed to be Trump? They make this almost superfluous:
Almost.Today, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — a jurist with a written track record of disagreeing with the Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 26, 2020
Vote like your health care is on the ballot — because it is. https://t.co/TDBQOVLP4K
I know Scalia was supposed to be the “smart one”. Mostly because everyone kept saying so ( and he said so first, last and always). But I always thought RBG had Scalia by the intellectual (and legal) short and curlies.Coney Barrett on the late Justice Scalia: "His judicial philosophy is mine too." pic.twitter.com/H78z0oTAw3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 26, 2020
It was hard to argue with her reasoning, even when I disagreed. It wasn’t that hard to find the flaws in Scalia’s arguments. They were usually hiding behind his posturing. We need another Scalia on the high court like we need another Thomas. Then again the legal landscape is littered with Judges who deserved a place on that bench and never got it. And with judges on the bench who had no place there.
My judicial philosophy aligns with Learned Hand’s judicial realism, if only because he tried to make the law, not ideology, the center of a judge’s task. Scalia brayed about a silly idea of “original intent “ which somehow always lined up with his ideology.
The curious thing is, that quote at the top of my blog says the opposite of poverty is justice. That’s an idea rooted in the prophets, and the law of Moses and the teachings of Jesus. Ginsburg (the Jew) seemed to understand that concept far better than Scalia (the Christian). I make no judgement based on that, just an observation: as you are rooted, so will you grow.
My sympathies to the family. But this is 2020 in one awful metaphor. A story on all points with what We the People did to ourselves four years ago. Even the name of the acid involved sounds like something out of a bad horror movie."The man in Massachusetts had a poor diet and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day...But it was a switch from red to black licorice three weeks before his death that doctors said proved fatal."https://t.co/t90zzOS3tO— Aman Batheja (@amanbatheja) September 26, 2020
Then again, doesn’t the whole year seem that way? And haven’t we learned that, at some point, fiction can’t keep up with reality?
Friday, September 25, 2020
First, that’s a pretty much from the horse’s mouth tale of the “fraud” in Pennsylvania. I mention that because there are so many reports on this situation slightly older ones are not as accurate as newer ones. And that plays a small role in the analysis that follows:Here's that DOJ update https://t.co/4oZamK7ssE— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) September 25, 2020
Pretty clear the problem here wasn't absentee voting, which is routine for military personnel, but rather the new (and controversial) ruling that requires ballots be placed in privacy envelopes. More on that: https://t.co/hb4I2EmQiq
That op-ed raises a good point. There is a distinction between fraud and error, and that’s a point to keep in mind. Fraud can draw the interest of the court, but is very hard to prove. Error is less important. It can change a vote count; that’s why 9 ballots wound up in the trash. The PA Supreme Court agreed “naked” ballots had to be discarded. Speaking of error, this one is probably going to cost Trump a few more votes.My new @latimes Op-Ed: Don't fall for claims of voter fraud. Error is more likely the case, and errors don't swing elections— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) September 25, 2020
Exhibit A: How Trump and Barr treated those 9 ballots in Pennsylvaniahttps://t.co/xirvJlD13U
I suppose he means “cheating “ like the ballots in PA that we’re tossed because of the legal theory he got the courts to accept. (That’s never gonna get old.)Trump just now in summary:— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 26, 2020
- The only way we can lose is if they cheat
- If they cheat, we're not going to have a friendly transition
Error is also agreeing to an interview with a non-American journalist.
Ending on a high note.I’m in.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 25, 2020
Who’s with me? pic.twitter.com/7Jw7KbthWv
Trump: If you pronounce her name wrong she goes crazy. Kamala like a comma. It’s like a comma. She’s like a comma. pic.twitter.com/R5QMaCi6Tu— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 26, 2020
As I was saying...
“In interviews, a range of officials and private analysts said that Mr. Trump was feeding many of the disinformation campaigns they were struggling to halt.” @SangerNYT @KannoYoungs https://t.co/EuoyFLOl6d— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 25, 2020
...let’s insult their intelligence further. Always a winning strategy!
Has Trump ever actually followed through on a plan he’s promised? But I’m glad this New York Times editorial board member has awoken from her 4 year coma https://t.co/uCRfp5rkUO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 25, 2020
We have been painting ourselves into this corner for some time now. We aren't going to get there anytime soon:
Many ludicrous things happening rn, but the rise of the idea that ballots delayed by mail shouldn't count bc we deserve a short, exciting TV show on Election Night is a hall-of-famer.— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 25, 2020
This bill will never make it through the House, much less into law before November 3. But maybe it's the wake-up call we need.
rick scott doesn’t want your vote to count. https://t.co/9hzTSHXivd— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) September 25, 2020
And an army of lawyers as brilliant as the one still trying to hide Trump's tax returns from the New York grand jury:TL:DR the discarded Trump ballots were discarded because...Trump and GOP lawyers won a lawsuit requiring them to not be counted!!! https://t.co/NE5s90GJDq— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 25, 2020
We're done for, I tell ya! We're done for!In today's Trump tax case oral argument before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Leval already said to Trump's attorney, Consovoy, "I think what you said is legally inaccurate" & your arguments are "highly contrived allegations." This is equal parts sad and embarrassing.— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) September 25, 2020
(As I’ve been saying: courts throw out ballots, not votes. Be careful what you wish for...)
Or about who's going to be put on the Supreme Court? By that I mean, will they ignore the fact they're losing more jobs due to coronavirus and government inaction/ineptitude, especially in the GOP Senate? Or will they be too overjoyed with Trump replacing the most famous Justice on the Supreme Court in decades (if not ever, frankly) with a completely unknown and unvetted woman who's already won approval of the GOP without even being announced yet as the nominee? And done as one of the last things Congress does before November?
Airlines to furlough lots of workers by Oct 1 if there is no coroanvirus aid bill bill. Congress will be done at the end of next week w/bills. So that is a significant inflection point. If they are going to get something done in a universal agreement, it’s going to come next week— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 25, 2020
Or thinks we are.What is malignantly narcissistic double speak?— NeuroPsychoPhD (@SethN12) September 25, 2020
Promising a vaccine for a disease you called a “hoax” that affects “virtually nobody”pic.twitter.com/Vxv7aIEkWF
But only the votes we don’t like.
NEW: The RNC's sending robocalls from Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump encouraging "safe" and "secure" absentee voting in battleground states.— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) September 25, 2020
The robocall claims Democrats oppose absentee voting and they're trying to scare Republicans from doing it.https://t.co/l6dtJCGMRX
Reupping my old argument: this is not going to be as easy as Trump seems to think it is. He's getting little to no traction in the courts because he has no facts to stand on, just bluster. 0.0025% fraud is not enough to overturn anything. It's not even enough to bluster on.
Reupping once again: officials in three universal-mail states identified just 372 possible cases of fraudulent ballots out of about 14.6 million votes cast by mail in the 2016 and 2018 general elections, or 0.0025 percent.https://t.co/4d1Vwo4m3t— Matea Gold (@mateagold) September 24, 2020
Yeah, won't be hearing much about that, either.
Turns out it was a nothing burgerhttps://t.co/QUT8kJxTI9— Red (@Redpainter1) September 25, 2020
He thinks October still allows for a “surprise.” He thinks people aren’t voting already, or the cake isn’t already baked. By all accounts, undecided voters are a sliver of the voters now. And Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman in history to lie in state in the Capitol. She was also honored at the Supreme Court, an almost as rare accolade. That kind of “celebrity” is not to be ignored in this equation; but of course, Lamar! and all the GOP prefers to.Lamar! — saying it out loud >— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) September 25, 2020
“Either the election can be about Trump or about Covid or about the Supreme Court. And I think, of those three, if it’s about the Supreme Court, that traditionally has helped Republicans more.”
The idea that the voting public is going to forget about 200,000 deaths and a collapsed economy or the last almost 4 years in favor of rallying behind a Supreme Court Justice nobody’s ever heard of is so pathetic it’s almost laughable. Almost. The idea the public really doesn’t care about Ginsburg or her still warm seat on the bench is just blindly stupid. And playing a game we all stopped playing 4 years ago.
I’m not saying victory is ours, but man, the opposition seems to be playing the wrong game on the wrong field.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
“...that all subsequent Executive Orders shall have the force of law and shall be called ‘Royal Proclamations.’ And everyone must wear underwear. And they must wear it on top of their clothes, so we can check.”On the first bullet point, I'm not really exaggerating: Trump's EO will state that "it is the policy of the United States" that people with preexisting conditions will be protected, but there is no mechanism I can identify to make sure that happens— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) September 24, 2020
A) Trump doesn’t believe in any being superior to himself.How does the Supreme Being feel about Medicare fraud? https://t.co/EkhB7T4dJw— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 25, 2020
B) He slept with a porn star while his 3rd wife was giving birth to his 5th child. Clearly he has no commitment to marriage.
C) He places no value in family. Ask his niece Mary. Or his 3rd wife and 5th child.
Donald Trump is a leftist. QED.
I take three prescription drugs daily (no big deal; been doing it for over 40 years). My mother, on the other hand, took a shoebox of pills. She had containers for morning, noon, and evening, and night. And yet she paid next to nothing for her meds. I know, I handled her finances for the last 4 years of her life. She had Medicare and a supplemental drug policy. I hardly ever paid a medical bill for her, and she had diabetes, congestive heart failure, and a number of other ailments. Her diabetes was so severe she took insulin four times a day. That did get expensive in the last year, when insulin prices spiked.So after @PhRMA said no, Trump is going forward w the “Trump Cards,” but w taxpayer money > https://t.co/E7hOeyDgYP— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) September 24, 2020
The courts will NOT invalidate an election. That will involve them even more directly in electoral politics than Bush v. Gore did. It won't happen. Period, end of discussion.
“It is a strategy designed not to win an election but to invalidate its results and hold on to power through fraud.”https://t.co/PuR97cdLJW— Michael Gerson (@MJGerson) September 24, 2020
We cannot allow a piscine gap! Probably foreign fish, too!
TRUMP: The ballots -- that's a whole big scam. They found 8 ballots in a waste basket, others in a river. They throw 'em out if they have the name Trump on them.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 24, 2020
REPORTER: There were no names on them
TRUMP: Well, they still found them in a river. pic.twitter.com/SdYehARk5k
Overseas military ballots? Early voting ballots? Nobody has a clue, because nobody knows what the story is, they just know what the DOJ has said.
After going viral with an unusual press release saying they found 9 discarded military ballots and all 9 were cast for Trump, the Department of Justice has deleted the release and issued a new one saying it's 7 for Trump and they dunno about the other 2. https://t.co/N3bFo6LtNu— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 24, 2020
And the relevant question is: why would the DOJ have these ballots? Or even have a report on these ballots?
We have no idea what the story is yet, which is part of why the press releases were/are unusual. https://t.co/RwbUwpgV4c— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 24, 2020
Trump at the court as crowd chants “vote him out” — it’s rare for this President to see his opposition this up-close and in-person pic.twitter.com/VEVkRHOkjM— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) September 24, 2020
Trump was seen with his eyes closed swaying from side to side, as a slow stream of boos threaded through the audience growing louder and louder. The crowd then began to chant “vote him out” more and more fiercely.Trump then hung his head and walked inside the building rather than listen to the jeers.
Isn't he supposed to yell back and tell 'em to get bent, or something?
More useful advice.
Important thread. Running around with hair on fire screaming “democracy is dying” aids Trump’s purpose. (Not to mention that of meddling foreign govts.)— Rebecca Ingber (@becingber) September 24, 2020
Focus on voting rights, bolstering our institutions, restoring faith in them. Vote. Get everyone you know to vote. #GOTV https://t.co/7lx6N9LnDv
Granted. But that's not the same as legal authority. It's not even a legal argument. It's just a temper tantrum.
💯 Narcissists in power, especially of the malignant type, don’t abide by rules. They sustain their sense of specialness over the rest of humanity by acting as if normal rules don’t apply to them. “I am everything and you are nothing” is their mantra.— Dr. Craig Malkin (@DrCraigMalkin) September 24, 2020
“Forget the ballots” https://t.co/Uuwbl9oLOA
Back to Trump being a tough guy. And it takes a very old person to be freaked out about tattoos. Then again, all the ads I'm seeing for Cornyn tout things he did 9 and 10 years ago. He's been re-elected since then! What's he done in the last 6 years? And Trump? Neither Cornyn nor Crenshaw (nor any other Republican running ads in the Houston area) mentions Trump. They ain't stupid.
A pro-Cornyn Super PAC is using a photo of my tattoos to make me seem "radical." That's pretty funny to me.— MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) September 24, 2020
You think I'm ashamed of them? They cover my shrapnel wounds from when my helicopter was shot down. They're a mark of my service to our country. I'm damn proud of them. pic.twitter.com/HrqX68ZzKa
Always good to keep in mind.
Feels like we need a positive thought today. Consider this: civic engagement in our political process has never been higher, and it’s very likely that this election will shatter total voter records.— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) September 24, 2020
This is how democracy thrives, not dies.
"Man bites dog" is old news?
Unbelievable that some of the nation's biggest newsrooms don't consider this front page news https://t.co/TbPzjZ1oxw— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) September 24, 2020
Always good to hear from the heartland, too.
Good morning. Over 200,000 Americans dead , the President lies constantly, my state is a hotspot, and our maskless Governor has Covid.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 24, 2020
We don' need no steenken' evi-dance!
Christopher Wray: FBI has not seen evidence of national voter fraud effort by mail https://t.co/WqWDdrbvii— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 24, 2020
The funny thing is, Trump is trampling all over his own feet. Remember this, from just last night?
This morning even NPR spent 10 minutes (an eternity on radio!) talking about what Trump said about not respecting the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power (I'm old enough to remember when NPR would spend 30 minutes or an hour on a story. Now they can't because they have to run entertainment stories or people telling family members charming tales about themselves for the national archives or something. Don't get me started, I'm a curmodgeon now.). Why aren't we talking about what the Trump campaign wants in the headlines? Because Trump stepped all over it so soundly even the GOP has to make noises of support for the Constitution:
Next thing we know, a legal advisor to the Trump campaign tells a reporter that this extremely unlikely event WILL happen because the states will line up and do what Trump wants (overturn the will of the people).— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 23, 2020
The Trump campaign wants this in the headlines.
As we have done for over two centuries we will have a legitimate & fair election— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 24, 2020
It may take longer than usual to know the outcome,but it will be a valid one
And at noon on Jan 20,2021 we will peacefully swear in the President
“The President says crazy stuff. We've always had a peaceful transition of power. It's not going to change," said Sen. Ben Sasse, per @jeremyherb— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 24, 2020
Yeah, I'm not real impressed, either. But nobody's talking about Trump's legal challenges, they're talking about Trump's craziness and (implicitly, at least) how unfit for office he is.
Lindsey Graham: "People wonder about the peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you it will be peaceful. Now we may have litigation about who won the election, but the court will decide, and if Republicans lose, we'll accept that result. But we need a full court." pic.twitter.com/mVBGtMXiBF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 24, 2020
We would do well to keep that in mind. And also remember that while chaos works well in movies where a writer can script the story around a Joker or a Loki, chaos tends to engulf the agent of chaos as well. Trump's money and relative lack of importance in the world has shielded him from that, by and large (what his ego and narcissism didn't shield him from), but those days are over.
Trump's tactic is to keep us spinning and sputtering with rage so we can't remember what happened yesterday or imagine a different tomorrow.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 24, 2020
Remember in the spring, when Trump and the GOP tried so hard to steal the election in Wisconsin?
They lost. See⤵️https://t.co/2T3ecKgvoO
I want to reiterate this, too, because The Atlantic article hinges on a scenario in which Pennsylvania throws out the vote results and appoints GOP electors because a GOP legislature and the Constitution. But then there's the little matter of PA law:
Look. I don't doubt that Trump will do anything he can to steal this election. He'll lie, cheat, and even let 200K people die. He'll make trouble.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 24, 2020
But he's not all-powerful.
He doesn't control state elections.
That's why the GOP lost the midterms and elections since.
Basically, these are not the droids you are looking for. And rather than run in circles scream and shout, learn a little history maybe?
Also, from Harvard-educated lawyer @NastyOldWomyn:— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 24, 2020
In PA, the GOP controlled legislature can’t appoint its own electors without amending the PA electoral code, which Dem Gov Wolf would veto, & the GOP lacks sufficient votes to overcome his veto. Same in MI & WI.
The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. I was 10 years old. We've only been at this 55 years, not since the end of the Civil War or something (despite the fact that's when the 15th Amendment was passed). And the Roberts court gutted the VRA, a statute passed to enact the provisions of the 15th amendment. That's grounds enough, IMHO, to increase the size of the court. I know, I know, that's another argument for another day. But I'm far less enamored of institutionalism than I am of justice, and we don't get justice by ignoring reality. That, in fact, is how we protect and enshrine injustice.
Worried about the election? Then get busy⤵️— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) August 29, 2020
Before the modern Civil Rights movement, what we now call voter suppression was legal.
Things we've taken for granted are now in danger.
Nobody owes us a democracy. If we want it, we have to work for it.https://t.co/Er6v4syFQS
That we aren't talking about this anymore. Or about this:
🚨 Another 870,000 NEW unemployment claims were filed last week (adjusted). An additional 630,080 people filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) September 24, 2020
Overall, more than 26 million people are receiving some kind of #unemployment nationwide.
The layoffs aren’t stopping.
Scott Walker's argument there is Trump's argument: if AP can't call the race by midnight on November 3, it's a fraud and a hoax and a fake and Trump wins by default no take-backs cheater cheater cheater!!!!!
We aren’t talking about concession. Trump is talking about “getting rid of the ballots” and peaceful transition after the results are known. So are you for getting rid of ballots and refusing to leave office? Yes or no. https://t.co/60FHGkDoLz— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) September 24, 2020
Well, so is this:This is obvious, but still worth saying: declining to commit to a “peaceful transfer of power” is itself a threat of violence.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 23, 2020
But pardon me if 8 guys with guns doesn’t scare the piss out of me and assure me the apocalypse has started. It’s more a result of stupid gun laws than Trumpian destruction of our way of life. And yet terror has become paramount.A scene reminiscent to many @CIA ops officers stationed in troubled failing nations around the world--roving armed gangs not affiliated with the government but with a political faction or viewpoint. This is Louisville. https://t.co/6O1HaIVQsi— Hayden Center (@mvhaydencenter) September 23, 2020
He may do both. Is your trust in the rule of law and Constitutional traditions so weak you think that means the electoral process will collapse like a house of cards and the Secret Service will rush Trump to the bunker on January 21? Because if Trump can truly delegitimize the vote, he doesn’t just question his election, he unzips the system all the way down to dog catcher. There’s more than a few elected officials quite aware of this.Remember when y’all mocked me here for saying Trump would delegitimize election results and may refuse to leave office? Those were good times— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) September 24, 2020
Trump doesn’t have a strategy. Trump doesn’t even have a plan. He just can’t stand the psychic pain of being a loser. He’s going to claim 3 million people voted illegally. Again. He’s going to claim hordes will descend on D.C. to see him inaugurated again. He’s gonna get about 8 people.It seems like the mood among some of the blue-checkmarks here has drifted a bit too liberally from "there's a plausible chance of some very bad outcomes" (true) to "Trump is fersure going to steal the election and you're all sheeple for thinking otherwise".— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 23, 2020
He’s pathological, but that doesn’t make him Stalin.It’s intrinsic to Trump’s pathology. https://t.co/QlZRDttWLv— AntiNarcopathyPharmD (@narceducator) September 24, 2020
What also can’t be stressed enough is that we have a system of laws and governance that is not some paper tiger waiting to be shredded by the small hands of Donald Trump.This point cannot be stressed enough. He’s a narcissistic sociopath. Narcissistic sociopaths don’t care about your norms and rules and laws. They don’t care about your Constitution, or your democratic principles, or your peaceful transitions of power. https://t.co/JNCY2dSijA— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 24, 2020
If 8 randos with guns on the streets of Louisville represents something larger, what does this represent?He’s losing. They are losing. Don’t get cocky, but don’t lose heart.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 23, 2020
I think democracy is quite active, thank you, and still cleaning up the mess we made when this land was discovered. We have a long way to go to undo that. In that context, Trump isn’t even a speed bump.Kentucky State Police ordering people gathered in downtown square in Louisville to leave or face arrest. Tense situation. pic.twitter.com/fU7N5cTMGM— John Eligon (@jeligon) September 24, 2020
There’s some very good stuff in this thread, but I won’t post them all. The thesis is: Trump is good at stirring chaos, not so good at actually accomplishing anything. Haven’t we learned that by now?A few weeks ago, a theory that Trump could steal the election in this manner made the rounds. For this to happen, a string of very unlikely and highly improbable things would have to happen.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 23, 2020
The story died down.
The press right now is very bad for Trump.
“Cui bono?,” is always the right question to start with.I'm pretty sure everyone knows Trump would cheat, lie, steal, and even let 200K people die if he thought it would help him win.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 23, 2020
There are several ways to respond to this story, but we have to begin by wondering why the "legal advisor" wants us to have this information.
(7) The Supreme Court along with multiple state legislatures would have to be willing to basically install a dictator.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 23, 2020
(8) Remember what @stuartpstevens said⤵️ They would be putting themselves forever at Trump's mercy. pic.twitter.com/MgfrdPpCHs
(9) In a close election, like 2000, where the election comes down to a few thousand votes, something like this might work.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 23, 2020
(10) We're looking at an election in which Trump loses the popular vote by upwards of 7 percentage points. . .
Let's not pretend that we are at the mercy of Trump, or that we give two hoots about whether he will "respect" the results of the election.— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 23, 2020
Secret service can escort him out of the White House in January.https://t.co/mIpUgWeL37
Also, from Harvard-educated lawyer @NastyOldWomyn:— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) September 24, 2020
In PA, the GOP controlled legislature can’t appoint its own electors without amending the PA electoral code, which Dem Gov Wolf would veto, & the GOP lacks sufficient votes to overcome his veto. Same in MI & WI.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
I really picked that just for the picture. But also because it made me think of a “drug raid” here in Houston a year or so back.Nobody will stand trial in the death of Breonna Taylor because that's the way things work in the world created by our misbegotten "war" on drugs, a world in which very few of us live, and that even fewer of us understand. https://t.co/BeZXli74Qd— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 23, 2020
Plainclothes police charged into a house, armed and ready for bear. The warrant alleged the homeowners were dealing in heroin and cocaine. “Black tar” heroin, IIRC, because that’s what they used to call it in the movies to make it sound worse. I don’t remember if Han shot first, but there was a lot of shooting before it was done. Turned out the residents did have some bales of marijuana (again, IIRC), and had guns because of that. But it was not a major drug enterprise, nor was there any pressing need for the raid. There was suspicion of corruption, and the officers were dealt with fairly and charged for their crimes, including the deaths of the people in the house.
No one was charged with “wanton disregard “ for shooting a neighboring house, and no officer involved walked away without consequence. Despite the presence of drugs, the raid was hard to justify. I won’t say it couldn’t be under law, but the deaths could not be defended; or excused. Breonna Taylor died because her boyfriend of two years ago was the suspect, and her current boyfriend fired at armed intruders. How that excuses Ms. Taylor’s death is beyond me. What happened in Louisville is because of Kentucky, and Louisville. And us, and the “war in drugs.” Like most wars, that one has just been another war on humanity.
And we’re still trying to figure out who’s human, and who isn’t.
This ain’t exactly a courageous stand.Over and over again, this most disgracefully authoritarian, narcissistic, and purely selfish President makes statements like this, and those in the GOP hierarchy refuse to condemn it. History will not forget or forgive. https://t.co/Eze01MCYj4— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) September 24, 2020
And while I have you here:Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 24, 2020
Here's what you can do if you're panicking over Trump trying to steal the election: Former assistant attorney general https://t.co/DauNe9fsKd— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 24, 2020
They remind us that it is “we, the people “ not “they the office holders.” Think about it: if we didn’t have the power, would they spend so much money trying to get our attention?Democratic Congressman pledges the House will step in if Trump tries to steal the electionhttps://t.co/SYKQCfdGTl— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 24, 2020
I really didn't think it was possible, either.
For the record, Trump seemed to be saying, with the “won’t be a transfer” comment, that without the (imaginary) scam ballots, he’ll win the election and therefore there won’t be a need for a transfer of power. https://t.co/ybqGiFAW2v— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 23, 2020
Some interpreted that remark as saying that Trump isn’t committed to a peaceful transition of power. But the question itself was slightly odd. A transition of power would only happen if Trump loses the election to Joe Biden, and the result has not yet been determined. So it’s reasonable for the president not to commit to transferring power when he might still legitimately retain it.But that technicality aside, any responsible president would want to reassure a nervous country that of course, should any need to transfer power occur, he will ensure that it happens peacefully. He should state outright that he believes in the peaceful transfer of power and that even if his supporters are unhappy with his potential loss, they should accept it and not resort to violence.He has made it clear, though, that he’s not interested in doing anything to deescalate tensions in the United States. He thinks they play to his advantage. He has even been encouraging violence. So it was no surprise he didn’t utter more reassuring words at the briefing and made comments easily interpreted as ambivalent toward the peaceful transition of power.
He also continued to bush his bogus theory that there are millions of fraudulent ballots being cast in the election, again using awkward phrasing that a careful or thoughtful president would avoid.“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” he said. “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control.”To someone who has followed his recent rhetoric, the implication is clear that he’s talking about mail-in ballots that he claims are fraudulent. But quite literally, he simply said “ballots are a disaster and “get rid of the ballots,” which is essentially a rejection of the very idea of an election.
It’s a preposterous thing for a president to say and to decline to immediately clear up. And even worse, it reflects a sloppiness in his thinking, suggesting he is so disconnected from reality and the actual facts of the election. He can’t even clearly articulate the conspiracy theory he’s using to undermine the results of the vote. It’s beyond doubt that he has no business commenting on the campaign publicly, let along to be running the federal government or running for president.
Yes, emphasis added. But that, my friends, is how you stick the landing. Not by trying to out-Cassandra Cassandra, so that in 2021 you can be the first to say "I told you so!," but by clearly stating what is right in fron of us. This man is unfit for public office. Period. End of discussion. (And, you know, that "conspiracy theory he's using to underming the results of the vote"? Even the Supreme Court is going to ask for the facts on that.)
I wonder how many people noticed why Justice Ginsburg was, by Jewish tradition, considered a tzaddik. Yes, it's because she died on (or just before?) Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the new year on the Jewish calendar. But that tradition arose because one who dies on that day has been given the full measure of their final year. That is why tradition says they were righteous.
My father died 4 days after his 90th birthday, but in April, long before January 1 of the next year, or December 31 of that year. Yet I considered him to have had the full measure of his final year, because I dated his first year from the year of his birth. It's a bit of individualism we take for granted: birthdays mark our days on earth, not calendar years, whoever is keeping the calendar.
The emphasis on the calendar, v. the date of birth, is an interesting one. It's the difference between the emphasis on individual importance, and the importance of the community. In the Jewish tradition, it is the community that holds the calendar, and those who die at the beginning of the new year, even if it is within days of their birthday, means they had the full measure of the year. We might think they didn't, because maybe they died just before their birthday, or long before their next one. We might think the dead have lost something by our measure. But the righteous are righteous in the sight of God, and the sign of their righteousness is for the community. And as exemplified in the case of Justice Ginsburg, their righteousness is for the community. It is not a personal accomplishment; it is a communal one.
Is this of great significance? Perhaps. Perhaps not. I think it's just interesting to shift one's perspective now and again, to see familiar or public events from another point of cultural view.
As the E&R church used to say at the eucharist: "May it be unto you according to your faith."
Dan Crenshaw sent out a flier urging voters like me 65 (or older, who automatically qualify to vote by mail) to...vote by mail.
Republicans and President Donald Trump have repeatedly tried to sow doubt over the reliability of voting by mail, and Texas' Republican leadership has resisted expanding access to voting by mail during the pandemic. #TribFest20 https://t.co/tgvzBK5ue2— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 21, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Trump wants to be sure he gets attention. Spell his name right, that’s all he asks.No words for this. https://t.co/D6SzNKyXkC— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 22, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany just wants to be sure he gets it..@acosta: What do you say to Americans who blame this administration for 200,000 Covid deaths?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
McENANY: The fact that we have come nowhere near 2 million deaths is a testament to this president taking immediate action pic.twitter.com/Y5rHBLanG6
They're losers. And old people? Better of without 'em. That's Trump's plan to save Social Security and Medicare.
"It affects virtually nobody," Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting pic.twitter.com/qHrZvUWNhX— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
“We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” says Graham, after flip-flopping from his pledge not to advance a Trump nominee in an election year. @npfandos https://t.co/DX4Ulbeg81— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 22, 2020
Who’s going to put up a statue to him? Sell his swag? Give him an adoring nickname? Quote him extensively? (“I like beer!”) Honor him as a trailblazer? See him lie in state on the steps of the Supreme Court?I actually think this is true. But relatedly, I think conservatives are a little blasé about how radicalizing a confirmation here will be even for moderate Dems — especially given the decisions that may follow — and so unwisely assume there won’t be the votes to pack the court. https://t.co/GTAJjgqxh3— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 21, 2020
Maybe. Someday. But it seems unlikely. And that someday is certainly not today.
But, the stock market!"It's hydrosonic. I call it super-duper." (There are hypersonic missiles but I'm not aware of "hydrosonic" missiles) pic.twitter.com/8KdQL0h4nJ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 21, 2020
King of Debt, bay-bee!The federal debt will soar to levels unseen in the nation’s history over the next 30 years, consuming an ever-growing and unsustainable proportion of the nation’s income, the director of the Congressional Budget Office said https://t.co/nV9VoWzeu5— POLITICO (@politico) September 21, 2020
Well, would she repeal Roe v. Wade?
What will they say in November when the blood is still wet on the floor?Let’s be real, 50 Republicans would vote to put Judge Jeanine on SCOTUS https://t.co/XFTFSIQ347— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
And what if Twitter crosses over into meatspace? Or is that only possible in a bad sci-fi movie?
Grassley suggests in statement he will support moving forward on a Trump nominee to fill the SCOTUS vacancy. Key graf from his statement is highlighted: pic.twitter.com/I273jznbaH— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) September 21, 2020
F*ck ‘em. They weren’t going to vote for Trump anyway, right?
Goodbye Grandma and Grandpa. Sorry, but Trump really isn't that into you. https://t.co/onRGvhE2Cs— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) September 22, 2020