The 200,000 people we've lost to COVID-19 weren't nobodies, Mr. President.
They were our parents and grandparents, sons and daughters, friends and co-workers.
They were Americans. pic.twitter.com/EcdaEiwgUS
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 24, 2020
The Democrats are on this, seriously.
Opinion: Democrats lay out a plan to halt the drift toward authoritarianism https://t.co/1jMC7iqUJj
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 23, 2020
I think our beloved Kay will approve of this plan, which turns the ‘norms’ Trump and his cohort have so gleefully violated into actual laws. As she says, the GOP has made it abundantly clear that they can’t be trusted to behave, without the explicit threat of punishment spelled out.
Jurisdictions in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia can apply for funds to help increase the number of polling places. See here for more info: https://t.co/8VLuRwSDQ0 https://t.co/jWwMugfb4a
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) September 24, 2020
Sen. Duckworth introduces bill banning federal law enforcement from wearing camo that makes them look like soldiers https://t.co/DG066MrG1g
— Steve Beynon (@StevenBeynon) September 23, 2020
And, IMO, Philip Bump at the Washington Post has the right idea — “Parsing Trump’s ‘there won’t be a transfer’ comments”:
As the 2016 election approached, then-candidate Donald Trump’s rhetoric escalated. He would lose only if there was fraud committed against him, he said at multiple points, and he regularly derided the process as “rigged.” …
When he won the election anyway, this idea that he had somehow been cheated persisted. After all, he had lost the popular vote, so he has repeatedly as president asserted that somehow millions of illegal votes were cast without being detected, enough to suggest that it was he, not Hillary Clinton, who was actually the choice of the overall electorate four years ago…
“Mr. President, real quickly, win, lose or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transfer of power after the election?” a reporter asked. He noted various incidents of violence that have occurred in recent weeks, apparently to demonstrate the elevated national temperature. “Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?”
Trump’s answer was not reassuring.
“Well,” he began, “we’re going to have to see what happens.”…
“We want to have—” Trump continued, before changing direction. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans — we’ll have a very peaceful—”
We’ll awkwardly interject here to illustrate how Trump’s thought process was probably playing out. His argument, which he seems perhaps to actually believe, is that mail-in ballots are subject to massive fraud, which is not at all demonstrably true. Since those ballots will be counted after Election Day, he views them (or, at least, hopes America views them) as suspect. While counting the ballots is obviously necessary to determine the will of voters, Trump argues that the inclusion of those ballots is itself an act that introduces instability and uncertainty, a factor that will erode public confidence in the count. Again, this is only because he incorrectly claims that these ballots are subject to rampant fraud, but that’s his position.
But he doesn’t really finish that thought before he realizes what he’s about to say. He begins, “We’ll have a very peaceful—” But the only way to end that sentence is with “transfer of power.” And the only way you have a transfer of power is if he loses. And he can’t admit he loses. So, instead, he abruptly transitions.
“There won’t be a transfer, frankly,” he continued. “There’ll be a continuation.”…
Trump’s campaign cannot be dead, because saying that out loud would be too cruel (to Trump’s ego). Instead, he insists, the campaign is going on a lovely car ride, very soon, after which it will move to a farm upstate where it can run free, forever!