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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:25 PM

Friday Talking Points -- Is Trump Trying To Lose?

It seems that it is now time to ask a very strange question: Is Donald Trump actually trying to lose the election?

As astounding a question that is, there are really only two answers to it: yes or no. Either Trump is intentionally torpedoing his chances of re-election, or he is just trying to re-run his 2016 playbook in the hopes that it'll produce the same miraculous victory for him. But either way, what is becoming more and move evident is that President Donald Trump is currently losing. Bigly.

The reason the question is a valid one at this point is that Trump seems to be bending over backward to do everything possible to lose. He emerged from the hospital and could have easily said a few empathetic things about the dangers of getting COVID-19, which likely would have won him back some votes. He didn't. Instead, he told America that the virus was no big deal, and nobody should let it "dominate their lives." He even released a video where he expressed his view that getting COVID-19 was "a blessing from God." Trump uttered not a single sympathetic word about the 210,000 deaths from people who instead got dominated by the virus.

Then Trump announced he was pulling out of the dealmaking with Nancy Pelosi over an increasingly-necessary pandemic relief bill, which could have put another $1,200 in most voters' pockets, right before the election. Confirming a Supreme Court justice was far more important than helping Americans out, Trump explained. And when the debate commission announced next week's debate will be conducted virtually and remotely, Trump immediately pulled out.

At every fork in the road, Trump has consistently been taking the stupidest and least-popular route. This was even blatantly admitted by Republican operative Ed Rollins (co-chair of the pro-Trump super PAC Great America), who was not happy about Trump's various responses to getting sick: "There was a panic before this started, but now we're sort of the stupid party." Which is what prompts our title question, really.

Meanwhile, Trump is desperately cranking out what can really only be called "Soviet-era propaganda" films, first by going on a little carriage ride that put two Secret Service officers at risk of infection, just so he could wave at his supporters on the sidewalk (which provoked this anonymous quote from an active Secret Service agent afterwards: "He's not even pretending to care now" ). But the propaganda highlight of the week was Trump climbing some White House stairs to a balcony and dramatically whipping off his mask, to signal his return from the hospital. Some are comparing this to Mussolini, while others prefer the Evita theme (the Lincoln Group put out a hilarious "Covita" ad in response, naturally). Either way, it's not exactly a good look for an American president. And, strangest of all, Trump seems to now have the delusion that he's still running against Hillary Clinton, because he is absolutely obsessed with exposing her emails and possibly having his attorney general lock up Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and (of course) Hillary before the election happens.

Again, he could be just having a steroid-induced flashback to 2016, when the subject of Hillary's emails became the October surprise (thank you, James Comey). Hey, Trump figures, it put him over the top before, so maybe it'll work this time too?

Republicans, of course, are aiding and abetting this delusion. A Senate committee has devoted itself to amplifying Russian dirty-tricks propaganda, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just announced he was getting right on releasing all of Hillary's emails the State Department might have lying around (after Trump personally castigated Pompeo for not doing so fast enough), and the attorney general is apparently mad at his hand-picked prosecutor whose "Russia-Clinton" probe will apparently not be released before the election. Bill Barr's mad because Trump is mad at him for not delivering the goods on time.

Lost in all of this down-the-rabbit-hole nonsense is the hard cold fact that Hillary Clinton is no longer running for president. And that nobody really cares about her emails anymore, either. But to Trump, if it won him an election once, it surely will do the trick this time around too.

So Trump's decided to make his closing argument against Hillary Clinton, he refuses to negotiate with Nancy Pelosi over a bill that could indeed win him a lot of votes if it passed, he's running 10 points behind Joe Biden in the polls but he has backed out of the next debate (which could be a game-changer for him), and he's telling Americans to just tough it out and learn to live with the coronavirus. Oh, Trump also tried to blame his own sickness on (at various times): cops and/or military people who got too close to him, or Gold Star families who met with him and wanted to "kiss and hug" him. Not exactly "supporting the troops," is it?

You can see why: "Is he trying to lose?" is becoming a valid subject for conversation. As is Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque Of The Red Death," which has some rather amusing parallels to Trump's White House right now. But maybe the best cultural reference of the week was to wonder if Jeff Goldblum is going to do a cameo on Saturday Night Live this week to reprise his role in the remake of The Fly (after a fly stole the show at the vice-presidential debate by landing on Mike Pence's hair and not moving for a solid two minutes). That's the buzz, at any rate.

OK, we apologize for that last pun, but hey, it's been that kind of week, once again.

Let's see, what other campaign news was there this week? The veep debate took place, and Pence "mansplained" all over both the female moderator and Senator Kamala Harris, in less bombastic fashion than Trump had in his debate -- but just as annoyingly. Not exactly reaching out to suburban women by forcing your opponent to keep reminding you: "I'm speaking. I'm speaking." Trump reacted to the debate by calling Harris "a monster" several times, the next morning. Again, how's that outreach to women voters going?

The White House is now a viral cesspool of infection, with (as of this writing) 35 people who associated with Trump having tested positive. Oh, and there's no plan in place for how to react, either:

The Washington Post reports that even though the White House is clearly the site of a major COVID cluster, officials there didn't bother to issue instructions to the staff until Sunday night -- and even then, all they said was that staffers should stay home and call their health care provider if they feel sick. By all accounts, people are still working at the White House without masks and the CDC hasn't started any official contact tracing. According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump told people who had tested positive to keep it quiet and even his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was kept in the dark as the virus ran unchecked through the White House. Stepien has since tested positive and is quarantining at home.


Several White House staffers and administration officials expressed anger and bewilderment that the White House had not undertaken a more robust contact-tracing effort sooner. They said many people -- including White House residence staff who do not have the stature of a lawmaker or a top political aide -- had not been contacted despite possible exposures, putting them and others at risk in a still-growing outbreak.


Today's column is brought to you by the legal term "reckless endangerment." Can you say "reckless endangerment," kids? Here's one legal definition:

Reckless endangerment is a crime consisting of acts that create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The accused person isn't required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions.

Ahem. Where were we?

The prestigious New England Journal Of Medicine joined Scientific American in publishing its first-ever presidential endorsement editorial, against Donald Trump:

On Wednesday, alongside its usual peer-reviewed scientific studies and analysis, the journal published a blistering editorial taking President Trump and his administration to task over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The respected journal broke the nonpartisan position it has held since 1812 with an editorial titled, "Dying in a Leadership Vacuum," which urged voters to oust Trump over his administration's failures.

Even Mitch McConnell had to express his displeasure, in a rare rebuke to Trump's White House:

I haven't actually been to the White House since August the sixth, because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine and what I insisted that we do in the Senate, which is to wear a mask and practice social distancing.... Now, you've heard of other places that have had a different view, and they are, you know, paying the price for it.

McConnell's not the only one backing away from Trump, either:

The president's unpredictable behavior has long been a feature of the Trump presidency, but eight GOP sources -- from Capitol Hill to the Trump campaign to the White House -- tell Power Up this week has spooked them and they are now bracing for the electoral worst. A handful of them say they are already scrambling to line up new jobs; some say they know their peers are starting the search. While several acknowledge there's still another 25 days for the race to tighten, they're worried about this being the final message as polls after Trump's debate performance and diagnosis show Biden's lead widening and the Democrat's team shatters fundraising records.

Far-right domestic terrorism was back in the news, with the arrest of a group of "militia" members in Michigan for plotting to kidnap their state's governor. So they could put her on "trial" for "treason." In related news:

The Justice Department won't fully explain why it's opposed to a bill that would enhance its ability to combat white supremacist violence, adding to concerns that the agency under President Donald Trump is continuing to downplay or ignore the threat of far-right terror.

Senate Republicans prevented a vote on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act late last week. The bill, which passed the House unanimously, would establish offices in the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI dedicated to combating the rising threat of far-right extremist violence.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Friday blocked an attempt by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the bill's sponsor, to advance the measure by unanimous consent. Speaking on the Senate floor, Johnson claimed the DOJ told him the bill would "seriously impede their ability to work in the domestic terrorism space."

A spokesman for Johnson -- a close Trump ally who, like the president, recently tested positive for COVID-19 -- would not elaborate on how specifically the bill would impede the Justice Department's work.

"We have technical concerns with the legislation and are reviewing it closely after its passage in the House," Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi told HuffPost. "We appreciate Senator Johnson's willingness to step in and object and relay those concerns. That being said, we always welcome Congress's interest in our fight against domestic terrorism."

Raimondi would not elaborate on what "technical concerns" the Justice Department had about the legislation.

To put it another way, Trump's Justice Department told Congress to "stand back and stand by" on any legislation to combat right-wing domestic terrorism. Just when a plot to kidnap a governor was uncovered.

But let's get back to the presidential race, shall we? First, how about a look at the recent polling:

Public polling in recent days has painted a long uphill climb for reelection, including a CNN/SSRS poll released Tuesday showing [President Donald] Trump falling to 16 points behind [Joe] Biden, who leads 57 to 41 percent.

A GOP group working to elect Senate Republicans conducted polling over the weekend in four states -- Colorado, Georgia, Montana and North Carolina -- as Trump was hospitalized. The president's numbers dropped "significantly" in every state, falling by about five points in all four.

"The president is in real trouble," said one of the group's operatives, who is also close to the White House.

Many of Trump's allies and advisers see his response to his own illness as a missed opportunity. Some had hoped that he would emerge from his hospital stay slightly humbled, with a newfound display of seriousness and empathy, and would receive a boost of public sympathy.

But so far, that has not happened. Internal Republican polling has consistently shown that the coronavirus -- and not taking it seriously enough -- remains the president's electoral albatross. They believe it has caused the president to lose support among senior citizens and suburban women, both key voting blocs.

Polling on Trump's handling of his own sickness shows anywhere from 60 percent to over 70 percent of the public thinks Trump didn't do enough to protect himself, and that he handled his sickness badly.

The experts were horrified, too:

"Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days," tweeted James P. Phillips, who is also a professor at George Washington University. "They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity."


"The White House really isn't doing anything you're supposed to be doing in these situations," said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist on the faculty of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.

Rasmussen added that while she agreed with Trump's call not succumb to fear, "we also shouldn't not take the virus seriously just because President Trump says he feels better and is flying around on Marine One and standing on the balcony like Evita."

But getting back to the most astonishing poll yet, that CNN poll is indeed the largest lead anyone's reported (16 points!), but Biden's polling average right now is almost ten full points ahead of Trump, which is nothing to sneeze at. Team Biden is feeling so confident right now that they're expanding their advertising efforts into some unusual places, while Trump is forced to cut back on his:

In a move that would have been far-fetched even a few months ago, Joe Biden is set to spend $6.2 million on ads in [Texas] over the next month -- attempting to put the state in play for the first time in decades. The latest polling averages show President Donald Trump leading by only 2 to 3 points in Texas, and Biden's push there illustrates both how much the state has changed and how much the political environment is tilting against Trump less than a month from the Election Day.

Perhaps even more astounding: Trump doesn't have the money to counter the cash-flush Biden on TV.

Over the past two weeks, Biden had the airwaves to himself in Iowa, Ohio, Texas and New Hampshire, while Trump went dark, according to Advertising Analytics, a TV tracking firm. This week, Trump isn't airing any ads in Nebraska, where both campaigns are competing for the lone Electoral College vote out of the Omaha-based congressional district, while Biden is dropping just under $500,000.

The spending disparity isn't limited to Democratic "reach" states. Biden and his allies are also racking up ad advantages in the core battlegrounds that put Trump in the White House in 2016. Biden is out-advertising Trump in 72 out of 83 media markets where the campaigns are spending this week, including dozens of places that played a critical role in deciding the last election, like Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania and Milwaukee and Green Bay in Wisconsin.

All of which leads us to wonder, once again: "Is Trump actively trying to lose?" If that truly is his objective, he's certainly doing a bang-up job of it, from where we sit.

Joe Biden had a pretty good week all around. He appeared at an NBC townhall event in Miami (which we also reviewed earlier in the week) that was downright heartening.

Kamala Harris also had a pretty good week, more than holding her own against Mike Pence in their only debate. We didn't get the full text of her best answer in this debate performance when we wrote about it that night, so we're going to paste it in here. Harris was addressing the fact that the Trump administration is suing in court to totally overturn Obamacare, which -- despite false denials from Trump and Pence -- would mean insurance companies could once again deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Harris stared straight into the camera and explained exactly what this would mean:

If you have a pre-existing condition, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, they're coming for you. If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they're coming for you. If you are under the age of 26 on your parents' coverage, they're coming for you.

Nevertheless, we're only going to give both candidates an Honorable Mention this week, because we were so amused by what can only be seen as an effort to taunt Donald Trump after his disastrous antics after contracting the coronavirus. Here's the story:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thrown her support behind legislation that would establish a panel of experts and former executive branch officials to determine whether a president lacks the mental or physical capacity to carry out the job.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), would shore up a process established under the 25th Amendment by which the vice president can assume control of the presidency if the president becomes incapacitated or is unable to perform the duties of the office. It's highly unlikely the measure will become law.

. . .

Under the 25th Amendment, the process of supplanting an ill or incapacitated president currently falls to the vice president, in consultation with the president's Cabinet. If they determine that the president is unable to fulfill the duties of the office, they can determine collectively to elevate the vice president. The amendment itself, passed in 1967, is a vestige of the nuclear era, when Washington and the world were gripped by concerns about potential war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

A lesser-known aspect of the 25th Amendment permits Congress to establish an alternative body, rather than the Cabinet, to consult with the vice president. But such a body has never been created. Raskin's bill would change that.

Under his proposal, the newly created "Commission on Presidential Capacity" would consist of doctors, psychiatrists and former Executive Branch officials like secretaries of State or Defense, attorneys general, and even former presidents and vice presidents.

Now there's a cat among the pigeons! As the article noted, it's never going to become law (because Mitch McConnell will ignore it), but it sure is fun to contemplate, isn't it?

Earlier in the week, when Trump left the hospital, it was revealed that the steroids he was taking could have side effects like hallucination, delusions of grandeur, and manic and irrational behavior. Which, of course, begs the question: "With Trump, how could anyone tell?"

Nothing says we're worried about the president in the depths of 'roid rage quite like contemplating the 25th Amendment. Which is why this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week goes to Representative Jamie Raskin. Well done! Trump trolling at its finest!

[Congratulate Representative Jamie Raskin on his House contact page, to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]

Sadly, there is no question about who deserves the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week this week. Cal Cunningham, who is running for a Senate seat in North Carolina, had a pretty good shot at winning his race in a very purple state. The sitting Republican senator isn't all that popular, and he just came down with COVID-19, courtesy of Donald Trump.

But that may all have changed this week, because it was revealed that Cunningham was "exchanging intimate texts with a woman who is not his wife."

In the texts, first reported by NationalFile.com and confirmed as authentic by Cunningham's campaign, the married father of two discusses setting up a rendezvous with Arlene Guzman Todd, a public relations strategist who is also married.

"Would make my day to roll over and kiss you about now," Cunningham writes in one. In another, Todd texts Cunningham, "Pick a day, city, make up an excuse for the fam, ditch a staffer, starch your white shirt, and be ready to kiss a lot."

He also reportedly texted her that he wanted to spend a night with her. Later, the news got even worse as what everyone suspected was confirmed:

In a new report from The Associated Press, Arlene Guzman Todd, a woman from California, confirmed that she and Cunningham had been "intimate" in July, and additional text messages between Guzman Todd and a third, unidentified individual, further describe the details of their relationship. The AP report is the first corroboration of a physical, consensual relationship between Cunningham and Guzman Todd, though it was previously reported that they had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages.

Cunningham at first tried to move past the scandal, releasing a statement that didn't say much:

I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry. The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do. I ask that my family's privacy be respected in this personal matter.

I remain grateful and humbled by the ongoing support that North Carolinians have extended in this campaign, and in the remaining weeks before this election I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state.

He's going to remain in the race and hope for the best, in other words. Since he's really the only chance Democrats have at picking up this seat, there haven't been many calls for him to step down.

Still, this wasn't a relationship buried in the dim and distant past -- this happened as recently as July. During the current campaign, in other words. That's pretty bad.

If Democrats blow this pickup opportunity because of Cunningham's wandering eye, it could mean they fail to gain control of the Senate. That's how important this race may turn out to be.

So as we said it's a pretty easy choice this week for Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week.

[Cal Cunningham is a private citizen and we do not provide links to campaign websites as a rule, so you'll have to seek his contact information out yourself if you'd like to let him know what you think of his actions.]

Volume 592 (10/9/20)

Once again we have a rather mixed bag this week. There are two quotes from open letters to the public, but most of it deals with Trump's ever-increasing incompetence, in one form or another.

Oh, here's an extra-funny talking point we didn't have room for, as well. Trump was so drugged-out delusional this week that apparently he thinks he's got a shot at winning California (spoiler alert: he doesn't). He tweeted his drug-addled optimism out to the world:

Vote TRUMP California. No more blackouts, shutdowns, ridiculous forrest [sic] fires, or water "rationing" (coming soon). We can win in California NOW!

Pretty much the entire internet reacted by pointing out the hilarious parallel Trump's latest misspelling brought to mind: "Forrest Trump -- stupid is as stupid does."

Snarkiness aside, though, let's get to the real talking points.

Another one bites the dust

Does GOP now stand for "Grifters' Own Party"? We're just sayin'....

"Republican Party stalwart Elliott Broidy became just the most recent in Trump's orbit to cop a plea deal for committing federal crimes. It seems he made millions acting as an unregistered agent for Malaysia and China as he sucked up to Donald Trump. You may remember this guy because he was named deputy finance chairman for the Republican National Committee -- or, better still, from why he had to step down from this post. Two years ago it was revealed that he had paid $1.6 million in hush money to a Playboy model after having an affair with her. Oh, and the money was paid out with the help of none other than Michael Cohen. No wonder Trump liked him so much!"

Hey, that's our money!

The Washington Post just ran an excellent article toting up all the taxpayer money being spent to get Trump re-elected.

"Donald Trump is burning through an obscene amount of taxpayer funds which is all being spent to get him re-elected. There is the $7.9 billion Trump wants to spend to send every senior in the country a $200 prescription drug card. This money -- since Congress hasn't approved it -- would come straight out of the Medicare trust fund. Then there's the $11.6 billion Trump is finally sending to Puerto Rico -- three years after the hurricane hit -- because someone apparently told Trump there are a lot of voters from Puerto Rico who now live in Florida. Then there are the food boxes being distributed -- but only if they have a letter signed by Trump in them. Trump also wanted to suspend payroll taxes and then forgive these taxes after the election, which would have cost about $400 billion that the Social Security trust fund would have lost. Then there are the tens of billions he's had to send to farmers each year since he destroyed their agricultural markets with his tariff war with China. When you stop and add up how much taxpayer money Trump is trying to use to directly buy people's votes, it really is rather astonishing."

Maybe add "nor politics" to the motto?

But, of course, it doesn't end there.

"Trump is also trying to co-opt the entire federal government into his re-election campaign. Bill Barr has all but weaponized the Justice Department, and the Post Office is still up to its dirty tricks as well. They're actively fighting against federal court orders to knock off all the delays, which has resulted (once again) in significantly slowing down the delivery of mail -- right before the election. Even more pathetic, the Post Office announced this week that they were barring all members of Congress from touring their facilities because (are you sitting down?) they don't want to violate the Hatch Act. Man, that's funny! I mean, nobody in the Trump administration is in the slightest bit worried about the Hatch Act, as evidenced by their political convention at the White House and Fort McHenry. They simply do not care one iota about the Hatch Act and now we're supposed to believe they are overly concerned with mail sorters and carriers somehow doing so during a congressional oversight tour? Tell me another funny one, please...."

Someone should have objected

Joseph Petro, a former Secret Service special agent and senior executive, wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post this week expressing his disgust at Trump putting agents' lives at risk with his "royal carriage ride" in front of Walter Reed hospital. His whole piece is worth reading, but here was the key complaint:

Given the president's covid-19 infection, this was a gratuitous and dangerous political exercise that needlessly exposed his Secret Service agents -- as well as their families -- to the potentially deadly novel coronavirus. Where was the Secret Service senior management? Did anyone resist this potential danger to these agents and perhaps their families? It was an avoidable risk, and someone should have objected.

Whistleblower has had enough

Of course, when someone does object, they are punished by Trump. Whistleblower Rick Bright, who exposed some of the political interference with government scientists and health departments, finally had enough. After being shunted to a do-nothing job for blowing the whistle on the Trump White House, he finally resigned this week in disgust. He published his resignation letter to explain why:

Of all the tools required for an effective U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, one that is sorely missing is the truth. Public health guidance on the pandemic response, drafted by career scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been repeatedly overruled by political staff appointed by the Trump administration. Career scientists throughout the Department of Health and Human Services hesitate to push back when science runs counter to the administration's unrealistically optimistic pronouncements.

Public health and safety have been jeopardized by the administration's hostility to the truth and by its politicization of the pandemic response, undoubtedly leading to tens of thousands of preventable deaths. For that reason, and because the administration has in effect barred me from working to fight the pandemic, I resigned on Tuesday from the National Institutes of Health.

Surgeon general breaks the rules

In a normal administration, in more normal times, this would have been bigger news.

"The surgeon general of the United States -- during a trip to Hawai'i to urge everyone to follow all the rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus, mind you -- was cited by a cop for breaking emergency pandemic orders by visiting a park that was closed for the duration of the emergency. I suppose no one should be surprised that even the top medical officer of the country is just as hypocritical as his boss is about keeping the public safe. After all, just look at how his boss acts on a daily basis, even after becoming infected."

Trump's real reason

Trump can't seem to figure out whether he'll participate in any more debates or not, but let's focus on the real reason for this.

"Trump pulled out of the second presidential debate when the debate commission announced it would have to be held virtually. There's a very simple reason for this: Trump is afraid to debate Joe Biden if Biden gets to actually speak without Trump constantly yelling at him. Trump even openly admitted this in an interview on Fox:"

It's not acceptable. I'm not going to waste my time in a virtual debate. That's not what debating is all about -- you sit behind the computer and do a debate -- it's ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want.

"That's right -- they cut you off when you are blatantly breaking the rules and not letting the other candidate speak. Trump can't handle this at all, obviously. He is terrified at the thought of America truly seeing (and hearing) the difference between the two candidates. All Trump wants is a scream-fest where the loudest and most obnoxious guy in the room gets to commandeer all the time available. Which is not a debate at all -- it is instead just a yelling match on a schoolyard playground."

Chris Weigant blogs at: ChrisWeigant.com
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Response to ChrisWeigant (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:50 PM

1. No - he is not trying to lose - he is delusional.

He is incapable of accepting the fact that he has been a failure in his leadership on the virus. The worse the election looks the more delusional he will get.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:07 PM

2. I don't think he wanted or expected to win in 2016 & I don't think he wants to win now

His entire life he's been a liar and a con man who only cares about himself and to a lesser degree, his kids.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:34 PM

3. Well...

"The Justice Department won't fully explain why it's opposed to a bill that would enhance its ability to combat white supremacist violence, adding to concerns that the agency under President Donald Trump is continuing to downplay or ignore the threat of far-right terror."

Thatís because a significant percentage of the GOP voting block and Trump base is comprised of white supremacists and neo-fascists; to combat the violent, racist right would risk alienating those important voters.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:45 PM

7. Yep! That is the real reason the DOJ does not want to combat white supremacists

and their terrorist cosplay clubs. It's a big chunk of donnie's base.

Also, trump really is stupid enough to do all the wrong things in any given situation. It's kinda his brand.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:38 PM

4. Unfortunately not.

He's just really that stupid.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:39 PM

5. TL;DR. But the answer is no.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:51 PM

6. He's a stupid, insane person on drugs.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:49 PM

8. Sigh. People have been saying that here somewhat endlessly.

No, he is not trying to lose. He cannot possibly imagine losing, which is why he keeps on harping about voter fraud and a stolen election if he doesn't win. He really is delusional. A total narcissist. And clearly no one around him ever tells him anything he doesn't want to hear.

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:51 PM

9. I Wondered The Same Thing--EXCEPT...........

..........why would he be VOLUNTEERING to go to prison? Because that's what will happen as soon as he's out of office. Everyone talks about how his ego won't allow him to accept losing, and that's true, but I think that is just a very small sliver of why he hasn't just resigned. The other one is that he doesn't want to go to prison. He clearly never wanted the job in the first place, and doesn't enjoy the actual work of it, but he knows the second he leaves, authorities from New York will be right there waiting for him with handcuffs.

So, yeah, you DO look at all the stupid, incompetent stuff he's been doing and simply MUST ask yourself, "Is he TRYING to lose?" But the fact of the matter is the answer is no, he's really just THAT dumb and incompetent. Because ego or not, why would he WANT to volunteer to go to prison?

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:59 PM

10. A big fat K&R!

Well done, well said, superb writing as usual!

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