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Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:07 PM

Friday Talking Points -- The Mail Is In Check

The check is not in the mail; the mail is being placed in check. That's an amusing way to put a very serious and rather existential threat to American democracy which is now playing out before our very eyes. President Donald Trump is so scared that he's going to lose the upcoming election that he is exploring any possible way he can cheat, right out in front of the public where everyone can see it. Rarely has Republican voter suppression been this blatant and this shameless, in fact, and that's saying quite a lot.

Here's how Trump explained why he was going to veto any coronavirus relief bill which had any money for voting or for the Post Office this week:

[Democrats] want three-and-a-half billion dollars for something that will turn out to be fraudulent. That's election money, basically. They want three-and-a-half billion dollars for the mail-in votes, OK? Universal mail-in ballots. They want 25 billion dollars -- billion -- for the Post Office. Now, they need that money in order to have the Post Office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting.

This, of course, is ridiculous. The states aren't going to suddenly say: "The president vetoed extra Postal Service money, therefore we're just going to scrap the whole idea of mail-in ballots and force everyone to vote in person." That's not the way it works, obviously. What will happen instead is Trump will attempt to sabotage the efforts of the Postal Service to handle the ballot influx. Which his new postmaster general -- who happens to hold tens of millions of dollars in stocks of companies who directly compete with the post office -- is already actively doing.

Since arriving a few weeks ago, the postmaster general has been as subtle as a wrecking ball about sabotaging the department he's supposed to be leading. He cancelled all overtime, he forced trucks to leave post offices on a rigid schedule (rather than "after all the mail has been loaded" ), he is reportedly removing sorting machines across the country, and it was just revealed that he's also removing those blue streetcorner mailboxes, in order to make mailing a letter even harder for more people. Last week, he also fired or "reassigned" roughly two dozen of the people at the U.S.P.S. who were running the whole place -- the highest executives, with decades of experience in getting the mail delivered in a timely basis. Those are all just the things we've heard about -- who knows what else he's been up to behind the scenes?

This is about as blatant an attempt to sabotage an election as can be imagined. Here's what Philip R. Rubio -- a history professor and expert on the U.S.P.S. who himself worked for the Post Office for two decades -- had to say about what's going on (note: this whole article is worth reading in full because he also explains the history of the Post Office being used for political purposes as well): "Things are already going wrong... widespread mail slowdowns of all kinds of mail -- first-class, marketing mail, parcels. Even the Veterans' Administration has complained that veterans are not getting their medications on time." He also called these actions "stunning" and "political sabotage," both of which are accurate.

And that's not even the worst of it. Earlier -- before the mail-delaying stories really broke in the media, the following was reported:

And around the time Trump started musing about delaying the election last week, aides and outside advisers began scrambling to ponder possible executive actions he could take to curb mail-in voting -- everything from directing the postal service to not deliver certain ballots to stopping local officials from counting them after Election Day.

Got that? Executive actions to stop ballots from being counted. This is truly an existential threat to American democracy, in other words. Which Trump isn't even bothering to hide.

The media pushback has been impressive already, but this should really be a key subject for Democrats to hammer on next week. In the first place, the Post Office is quite possibly the most-beloved government agency in existence. The public loves their mail carriers and they overwhelmingly love the service the U.S.P.S. provides. So getting public opinion on the Democrats' side in this argument is going to be pathetically easy to do.

In the second place, the concept of basic fairness is one of those things that crosses party lines in a big way. Championing unfairness (if not outright cheating) is not the way to win votes, especially when the subject of the unfairness is the election itself. This week, top Trump advisor Larry Kudlow called money for voting rights a "really liberal left" issue, but of course it isn't. The sanctity of the vote is one of the few remaining issues that all Americans care about in one way or another. Which (hopefully) Team Trump is about to find out.

To help this effort along, Democrats need to beat this drum for all it is worth next week during their (virtual) nominating convention: "Donald Trump cheats when he thinks he's losing. He is slowing down your mail for his own political purposes. He is sabotaging a revered public institution in order to get ahead. And that's the same Post Office that delivers life-saving medicine to veterans." That last point is, obviously, the best political argument to make -- especially in places like Florida where the senior population is a key demographic.

Overall, we're about to see two competing and starkly different visions for America over the next two weeks, as both parties hold their conventions. The Democrats are striking all the positive notes, while Republicans are warning of doom and disaster if they don't win. Call it "morning in America" versus "night is about to fall." We're about to see through the two parties' political lenses how they see the past four years, how they see the present challenges our country faces, and how they present their vision for the future for the next four years.

As far as we can tell, the Republicans have nothing but fear and outright racism to run on. Those are the themes that Trump has been hitting hard, and the rest of the GOP is now in such thrall to him that they'll be powerless to change this narrative much (if at all).

Trump kicked this effort off by immediately joining in the new "birther" movement against Kamala Harris. By some strange and twisted logic, some on the right are now suggesting that Harris is somehow not eligible to be president (and therefore not eligible to be vice president) because of her birth circumstances -- even though she was born in Oakland, California. Their reasoning? Because neither of her parents were naturalized American citizens at the time of her birth, somehow Kamala's not a "natural born" citizen.

This is utter hogwash. The Fourteenth Amendment is clear. So is a Supreme Court decision from over a century ago. But that didn't stop Trump from openly flirting with the idea at a press conference, when asked.

You'll notice these birther questions about presidential candidates only arise in very special circumstances. Let's see... the issue didn't arise for Barry Goldwater, who was actually born in Arizona before it became a state. It didn't arise for George Romney (Mitt's dad), who was born in Mexico to American parents. It didn't arise for John McCain, who was born on an American naval installation in the Panama Canal Zone. It was briefly brought up (and then quickly dismissed) when Canadian-born Ted Cruz ran for president, but not when the others did so. In fact, it has only been brought up in any meaningful way for Barack Obama and Kamala Harris. Now let's see... hmmm... is there something about Obama and Harris that somehow isn't like all the others in that list? We wonder what that could possibly be!

This is a naked attempt to paint Harris as somehow "not an American." She's not one of us, she's The Scary Other. But that's not the only racism the Trump campaign is dabbling in. Trump has learned somehow that he's not doing particularly well in suburbia. Republicans got trounced in the 'burbs in the 2018 midterms, and according to the polls this situation has only gotten worse for Trump, and it is most pronounced among women suburban voters.

So what's Trump's answer? A time machine journey back to 1956! Here's just one example of many similar tweets Trump has been blasting out: "The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood."

Wow. Just... wow. "Suburban housewives"? This is not the only use of this term by Trump, who seems to think all those moms in the 'burbs somehow find it endearing. Spoiler alert: they don't. As mentioned, this is not the 1950s anymore.

Getting beyond that, though, Trump has dispensed with racial dog whistles and is now relying on 120-decibel train whistles instead. Trump thinks he's going to win all those suburban women who voted Democratic in 2018 back by promising not to let minorities "invade" the suburbs. Which might have worked in, say, the 1956 presidential election.

Speaking of time travel, President Trump apparently just returned from an alternate-timeline past, where the Spanish Flu pandemic was a lot worse than our history books say it was. Please remember when reading this that one of Team Trump's main arguments in their campaign is that Joe Biden somehow "isn't all there" and has a few screws loose. Here's Trump on what happened (in his alternate history):

The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War. All the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation.

First, as many have pointed out to Trump repeatedly (to no avail), the Spanish Flu struck in 1918, not 1917. Trump learned this fact wrong six months ago, and none of his advisors is gutsy enough to tell him he's just flat-out wrong about it (they'd prefer instead to continue maintaining all the Potemkin villages they have to constantly rebuild to fit Trump's fantasies).

Second, Trump thinks the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic ended the Second World War?!? This, mind you, came mere days after the 75th anniversaries of dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- which actually did end World War II.

And Trump wants us all to believe that Biden isn't "all there"? Wow.

We're going to end today's wrap-up with a teaser and some amusing satire, just because. The teaser is for Michael Cohen's upcoming tell-all book about Trump. Cohen just released the forward he's written for the book, which promises the juiciest details yet on how Donald Trump has lived his life so far. As Cohen points out, he knows where all the bodies are buried because he's the one who helped bury them, so there should be all sorts of explosive revelations contained within. The book will be released before the election, for maximum impact.

And finally, for anyone who needs a laugh, check out one of the funnier pieces of Trump satire we've seen in a while. Trump floated the idea of giving his convention acceptance speech from the battlefield at Gettysburg, so David Von Drehle at the Washington Post decided to rewrite the Gettysburg Address, as Trump would deliver it today. It starts off:

Four score and seven years ago. Not everyone knows a score. People ask me, they say, "What's a score?" Fauci the other day: "What's a score?" Not everyone knows. The score is the best it's ever been. Under Trump, 87. Under Obama, not so much.

Eighty-seven tremendous, tremendous years ago -- and some years that were not so great, frankly -- our fathers brought forth; also the mothers, the great suburban mothers. Biden wants to take away their dream. Our fathers and our mothers brought forth a new nation. How they did it: not so good. Not so perfect. A lot of people got hurt. Some were bad people, but a lot of them were good. The king of England, not everyone agrees he was so bad, but now they have a queen. Very few people know this.

It just gets funnier and funnier from that point on. So anyone who needs a midsummer laugh should definitely check it out.

We actually dedicated a column yesterday to praising a most-unexpected Republican for her impressive reaction to Kamala Harris being named veep. Are you sitting down? It's called "In Praise Of Sarah Palin."

But she's not eligible for a Democratic award, so we merely mention her in passing. We also should congratulate Representative Ilhan Omar for decisively winning her primary this week, over a well-funded challenger from the Democratic establishment. This means that all four members of The Squad have now secured their nomination (and their eventual re-election, since they're all deep blue districts).

But the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week this week was none other than Senator Kamala Harris, who is now Joe Biden's running mate. Biden also deserves at least a Honorable Mention for the choice, and for his introductory speech (more on both of their speeches in a bit...).

Kamala Harris is now not only the first African-American woman to ever be nominated for vice-president, but also the first Indian-American ever to appear on any national presidential ticket. But then, she's used to these "firsts."

Politico had the best introductory article for those unaware of Kamala's background, complete with 55 (!) facts about her you should know. It sounds long, but each item is short, so it's an easy read. And an impressive history, to boot.

What was most astonishing about this announcement (at least to us) was that even though Harris had been touted as the media favorite in the veepstakes for weeks and weeks on end, Team Trump seemed to be caught absolutely flatfooted by Biden's decision. They had no cohesive idea about how to attack her, and their efforts were all over the map (from "she's a liberal radical" to "she's too tough on crime" ). Zero thought had gone into these disjointed attacks, which is likely why by the end of the week, Republicans went back to the comfort (for them) of purely racist fearmongering. Which, of course, is second nature to the president.

One thing everyone can agree upon -- even those who were rooting for some other Democrat to share Biden's ticket -- is that Harris is fully capable of fighting back against such attacks. She is going to fulfill the traditional "attack dog" role of vice-presidential candidates to a remarkable degree. Not only did she begin her career as a prosecutor, but in the Senate she has proven to be one of the most scathing and effective questioners of Trump officials and appointees.

To put this a slightly different way: we are definitely looking forward to the single televised debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence. It's going to be like Muhammad Ali fighting Nelson Muntz, most likely. A good time is guaranteed for all!

Biden had a number of excellent candidates to choose from, and Harris was definitely in everyone's top tier all along. She was likely selected because Biden already trusts her and knows who she is from her closeness with his son Beau. Which means they could be an excellent team in the White House, which is really the best measurement of any vice-presidential candidate. So picking a winner of the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week was pretty easy, this week, as we just followed Joe Biden's lead.

[Congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on her Senate contact page, to let her know you appreciate her efforts.]

We're going to give the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award this week to the schedulers at the Democratic National Committee whose job it is to allot time to all the speakers at the convention. Or possibly on Joe Biden's team, as we have to admit we're not entirely sure who was responsible for this.

When the first lists of speakers were released to the press, there was one notable absence: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But it was just a preliminary list. They've now announced the full lineup (well, except for surprise guests), and A.O.C. was indeed given a speaking slot.

For sixty seconds. That's right -- we'll only hear from A.O.C. for one single solitary minute.

One can only wonder what they're thinking. One of the weakest parts of the Biden/Harris coalition is young people, who would much rather have seen Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren somewhere on the Democratic ticket. And nobody can fire up this demographic like A.O.C. But she's only got sixty seconds to do it in?

Here's a good example of why this is the biggest boneheaded decision yet in this campaign. This week, Trump for some reason decided to attack A.O.C.'s college record. Now, she graduated -- with honors -- from Boston University, but Trump certainly couldn't be counted on to remember such details. Here's Trump, belittling A.O.C.:

I won't say where [Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] went to school -- it doesn't matter. This is not even a smart person other than she's got a good line of stuff. I mean, she goes out and she yaps. These guys, they're all afraid of her. If you notice, all of these progressives are beating regular Democrats.

Here's how A.O.C. responded, on Twitter:

Let's make a deal, Mr. President:

You release your college transcript, I'll release mine, and we'll see who was the better student.

Loser has to fund the Post Office.

This is the woman the Democratic National Committee and Joe Biden's campaign want to limit to only one minute during their convention? Seriously?

For everyone involved in this stingy decision, we hereby award this week's Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week. Maybe a little last-minute schedule adjustment is in order, guys?

[We have no contact information for these decision-makers, but we would encourage everyone who finds this as disappointing as we did to contact the Biden campaign and complain about the chintzy speaking slot for A.O.C.]

Volume 586 (8/14/20)

Before we begin, a program note is necessary. This will be the last Friday Talking Points column for at least two weeks, and possibly three.

For the past two presidential election cycles, we have been fortunate enough to be provided press passes for the Democratic National Convention. Since there isn't going to be a physical convention this year, this time around we'll be watching from home just like everybody else. The convention runs from Monday night through Thursday night, and we'll be devoting each day's column (starting Tuesday) with a wrapup of what went on the night before. This will pre-empt our normal Friday column, obviously.

The following week we'll also be watching the Republican National Convention, but we're not entirely sure we'll devote every day's column to it, so there's an outside chance that we'll have a Friday Talking Points column at the end of the week. But we haven't decided yet, and the last day is always the biggest day, so we may run our review of the big GOP speeches instead. This would mean the next of these columns might not appear until the fourth of September.

With that bit of column mechanics out of the way, our Talking Points section this week is nothing more than a preview of next week, really. If anyone hasn't seen the vice-presidential announcement and introductory speeches from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we would strongly recommend that you do so. The whole video is only a little more than a half-hour long, and both speeches were excellent. Or, if you prefer, you can read the transcripts of both speeches instead.

Because these speeches impressed us so much (and because we're getting into a convention mood), we decided that we could not improve upon them with mere talking points. So here are a few key excerpts from these speeches. Both spend time reviewing the reasons why Joe Biden is running for president (the speeches were delivered on the third anniversary of the Charlottesville white supremacist march), as well as introducing Kamala Harris to those who may not have noticed her before.

Importantly, though, both speeches actively took the political fight to Trump in heartening fashion. This is the type of thing we'll be watching for next week, but these were an excellent introductory course for the main event.

Joe Biden spoke first, and he began with a quick rundown of Harris, why he chose her, and what her strengths are:

Kamala, as you all know is smart, she's tough, she's experienced, she's a proven fighter for the backbone of this country, the middle class, for all those who are struggling to get into the middle class. Kamala knows how to govern. She knows how to make the hard calls. She's ready to do this job on Day One and we're both ready to get to work, rebuilding this nation and building it better. As attorney general of the largest state in the country, Kamala took on the big banks over mortgage fraud and won. Took on big oil that wanted to pollute without consequences. She was a pioneer in marriage equality and tackled the gun lobby. You know, we've all watched her in the United States Senate go toe to toe with Trump officials trying to hide the truth, asking the tough questions that needed to be asked and not stopping until she got an answer and when none was forthcoming it was obvious what the answer was.

In other words, she is going to eat Mike Pence alive during their debate. She is going to slice and dice him and leave tiny Pence shreds all over the floor. Anyone who has actually seen Harris in action during one of those committee hearings already knows this to be true.

Biden then took on Trump's misogyny, in rather spectacular fashion:

Working families need someone on their side in this nation because they certainly don't have anyone in the president now on their side. That's going to change in a Biden-Harris administration. It's going to be gratifying to see the strong, enthusiastic reaction to Senator Harris as our next vice president. It comes from people all over the country, it's already occurring. All over the country, all ideological views, all backgrounds.... It comes from all over except of course from Donald Trump's White House and his allies. You all knew it was coming. You could have set your watches to it. Donald Trump has already started his attacks, calling Kamala "nasty", whining about how she is "mean" to his appointees. It's no surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in American history. Is anyone surprised Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman or strong women across the board?

We find ourselves wondering whether the Biden campaign will be marketing "Whining Is What Donald Trump Does Best" Trump caricature T-shirts on their website. That's a killer line, and it needs to be repeated often next week.

Biden then proceeds to make the contrast as stark as can be between what we've got now and what we could have next year:

On January 20, 2021, we're all going to watch Senator Harris raise her right hand and swear the oath of office as the first woman ever to serve in the second highest office in America in this land, and then we're going to get to work, fixing the mess that President Trump and Vice President Pence have created, both at home and abroad through four years of mismanagement and coddling of terrorists and thugs around the world. Not only will America dig itself out of this hole they put us in, we're going to build. We're going to build back and we're going to build back better.

We have a public health crisis. While he's in court trying to do away with health care, with more than five million reported infections, 165,000 people dead and climbing as a consequence of COVID-19 and still, months later, no real leadership or plan from the President of the United States how to get this pandemic under control. No real help for the states and local governments trying to fill the vacuum of leadership from the White House. No real help for children and educators, for small businesses and frontline workers, they're the ones that are holding our country together. Instead, he's issuing executive orders and making promises that in the end will defund the Social Security system while insisting that this virus will disappear.

The Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration will have a comprehensive plan to meet the challenge of COVID-19 and turn the corner on this pandemic. Masking, clear science-based guidance, dramatically scaling up testing, getting states and local governments the resources they need to open the schools and businesses safely. We can do this. We just need a president and vice president willing to lead and take responsibility. Not as this president says, "It's not my fault. The governor should thank me more." As that old saying goes, give me a break.

We have an economic crisis and more than 16 million Americans, 16 million, still out of work. Donald Trump is on track to break another record. On track to leave office with the worst jobs records of any American president in modern history, but instead of doing the hard work, of meeting face-to-face with congressional leaders, Democrats and Republicans in the White House, like every other president has done in a crisis to get Americans the relief they need and deserve, Donald Trump is on the golf course. If I told you this three years ago you'd look at me like I was being crazy. He hasn't even met with the leadership. He doesn't have time it appears.

Towards the end, Biden took this theme and pivoted to why he decided to jump into the race in the first place:

We have a racial justice crisis. Donald Trump seeks only to inflame it with his politics of racist rhetoric and appeals to division. Today's not only the day I'm proud to introduce Senator Kamala Harris as the vice presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. It's also the third anniversary of that terrible day in Charlottesville. Remember? Remember what it felt like to see those neo-Nazis -- close your eyes -- and those Klansmen, white supremacists, coming out of fields, carrying lighted torches, faces contorted, bulging veins, pouring into the streets of a historic American city, spewing the same anti-Semitic bile we heard in Hitler's Germany in the '30s? Remember how it felt to see a violent clash ensue between those celebrating hate and those standing against it?

It was a wake up call for all of us as a country. For me, it was a call to action. My father used to say, silence is complicity -- not original to him, but he believed it. At that moment, I knew I couldn't stand by and let Donald Trump, a man who went on to say when asked about what he thought he said, there were very fine people on both sides, "Very fine people on both sides." No president of the United States of America has ever said anything like that, see him continuing to attack everything that makes America America. I knew we were in the battle for the soul of the nation. That's when I decided to run. I'm proud now to have Senator Harris at my side in that battle because she shares with the same intensity I do, for she's someone who knows what's at stake.

The question is for all Americans to answer, who are we as a nation? What do we stand for? And most importantly, what do we want to be? Someone who knows that the future of this country is limited only by the barriers we place on our own imaginations because there's nothing Americans cannot achieve what we put our minds to it and we do it together.

After Biden was done, Harris took the podium to give her acceptance (and introductory) speech. She started off making the same basic case Biden just had:

Joe, I'm so proud to stand with you. I do so mindful of all the heroic and ambitious women before me whose sacrifice, determination and resilience makes my presence here today even possible. This is a moment of real consequence for America. Everything we care about, our economy, our health, our children, the kind of country we live in, it's all on the line.

We're reeling from the worst public health crisis in a century. The president's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and we're experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country, demanding change. America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him. A president who is making every challenge we face even more difficult to solve.

But here's the good news, we don't have to accept the failed government of Donald Trump and Mike Pence in just 83 days. We have a chance to choose a better future for our country.

That would have been a big applause line, but of course there was no actual physical audience to do so. This is going to be a big change for all the speakers at the convention next week, so we'll see how they each handle it.

Harris then gave a shortened answer for why she ran for president herself, complete with her campaign's basic slogan:

My mother and father, they came from opposite sides of the world to arrive in America, one from India and the other from Jamaica, in search of a world-class education. But what brought them together was the civil rights movement of the 1960s. That's how they met, as students in the streets of Oakland, marching and shouting for this thing called justice in a struggle that continues today, and I was part of it. My parents would bring me to protests, strapped tightly in my stroller. My mother, Shyamala, raised my sister, Maya, and me to believe that it was up to us and every generation of Americans to keep on marching. She'd tell us, "Don't sit around and complain about things, do something." So I did something, I devoted my life to making real the words carved in the United States Supreme Court, equal justice under law.

30 years ago, I stood before a judge for the first time, breathed deep and uttered the phrase that would truly guide my career and the rest of my career: "Kamala Harris for the people." The people, that's who I represented as district attorney, fighting on behalf of victims who needed help.

Harris ended strong as well, laying out the case against Trump in great detail, and contrasting it with what any normal president would have done differently (if they had a shred of competence, that is):

Let me tell you, as somebody who has presented my fair share of arguments in court, the case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut. Just look where they've gotten us, more than 16 million out of work, millions of kids who cannot go back to school, a crisis of poverty, of homelessness afflicting black, brown, and indigenous people the most, a crisis of hunger afflicting one in five mothers who have children that are hungry and tragically, more than 165,000 lives that have been cut short, many with loved ones who never got the chance to say goodbye.

It didn't have to be this way. Six years ago, in fact, we had a different health crisis, it was called Ebola. We all remember that pandemic, but you know what happened then? Barack Obama and Joe Biden did their job. Only two people in the United States died. Two. That is what's called leadership.

But compare that to the moment we find ourselves in now. When other countries are following the science, Trump pushed miracle cures he saw on Fox News. While other countries were flattening the curve, he said the virus would just poof, go away, quote, like a miracle. So when other countries opened back up for business, what did we do? We had to shut down again. This virus has impacted almost every country, but there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously from the start, his refusal to get testing up and running, his flip-flopping on social distancing and wearing masks, his delusional belief that he knows better than the experts.

All of that is reason. And the reason that an American dies of COVID-19 every 80 seconds. It's why countless businesses have had to shut their doors for good. It's why there is complete chaos over when and how to reopen our schools. Mothers and fathers are confused and uncertain and angry about childcare and the safety of their kids at school. Whether they will be in danger if they go, or fall behind if they don't.

Trump is also the reason millions of Americans are now unemployed. He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground. Because of Trump's failures of leadership, our economy has taken one of the biggest hits out of all the major industrialized nations with an unemployment rate that has tripled as of today.

This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn't up for the job. Our country ends up in tatters, and so does our reputation around the world.

As she said, the case is indeed open-and-shut. And we look forward to her prosecuting this case against Trump and Pence on the campaign trail. As we also look forward to others doing the same all next week.

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Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:29 PM

1. Awesome. Just awesome.

We donít deserve you.

But thank you, all the same.


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