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The 2020 Election is Over

November 25, 2020

The 2020 Election is Over
Despite the wild ramblings of Rudy Giuliani and the Fox Cinematic Universe and the bitter tweets of our Golf Cheat in Chief (who will never concede), Joseph Biden is the winner of the 2020 election and Donald J. Trump is the loser. Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes, and won the popular vote by a margin of 6 million. The GSA knows it, GOP senators and governors know it, Fox personalities know it, the Secret Service knows it, state officials certifying election results know it, and the Electoral College will ceremonially confirm it on December 14th.

What isn’t over is Trumpism. A hefty fraction of the millions of Trump voters — the angry, alienated MAGA voters uninterested in facts even if that kills them — will continue to read Trump’s tweets and listen to his phone calls to the rightwing media bubble. Trumpism isn’t politics, it’s a lifestyle choice. Donald Trump doesn’t actually need to run for office in 2024 to take advantage of that MAGA World affection. He can just tease another run to stay in the public eye and leverage that attention to his economic advantage, the way he used 1980s gossip columns to raise his profile, the better to fool people into backing his terrible business deals.

Bottom line: Those red hats won’t be going away any time soon.

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Trump’s Legal Team Blusters and Blunders On

November 23, 2020

Trump's Legal Team Blusters and Blunders On

From his executive command center at Virginia’s Trump National Golf Club, the lame-duck president continues to fight for a job he’s had no interest in performing, deploying a team of cracked crack-smoking crack lawyers under a hair-dye-sweating Rudy Giuliani to courts across the nation in an attempt to invalidate the will of the people. Recent highlights:

Attempting to earn his $20K-a-day rate, Mr. Giuliani appeared in a federal courtroom for the first time in 30 years. The Republican judge reproved him for ignorance of basic legal terms, likened his claims to “Frankenstein’s Monster … haphazardly stitched together,” and laughed them out of court, writing “This is simply not how the Constitution works.”

In Wisconsin, Trump campaign lawyer Jim Troupis wants the court to invalidate his own vote. He wants to throw out all the early voting ballots, and that’s how he and his wife voted. We don’t don’t know what Mr. Troupis is being paid for this, but the campaign paid $3 million for the two-county recount effort.

On Saturday, Trump lawyer Sidney Powell claimed the presidential election was rigged by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, claimed a voting machine company bribed Georgia’s Republican officials to throw the electon to Biden, and proposed a “Biblical lawsuit” on behalf of Donald Trump in the Peach State. Even Chris “Bridgegate” Christie was embarrassed. Ms. Powell was booted from the Trump legal team — not for being nuts, but for undermining Georgia GOP officials before the state’s crucial senate runoff elections.

And, ultimately, it may be Republican anxiety over those Georgia senate runoffs, which threaten the GOP stranglehold on congress, that will force Mr. Trump to accept his defeat. Big party donors are telling the Republican leadship they won’t contribute a dime to the Georgia campaigns if the president doesn’t concede, and spend even more time on his golf courses.

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Trump Skips World Leaders’ COVID-19 Meeting to Play Golf

November 23, 2020

Trump Skips World Leaders' COVID-19 Meeting to Play Golf

“Donald Trump skipped the G20 summit’s ‘Pandemic Preparedness’ event to visit one of his golf clubs on the same day that a record 195,500 new Covid-19 infections were reported in a 24-hour period in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins.

The summit, attended by world leaders from across the globe, is being held virtually this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 250,000 Americans – by far the largest total in the world.

Trump’s apparent disinterest in the summit started earlier on Saturday when he started tweeting about the election results after the scheduled start time of the summit at 8am ET. The president appeared via video link during the summit’s opening remarks but by 10am, Trump was leaving the White House to go to his golf course outside of Washington DC, according to CNN.”

— “Trump skips G20 pandemic event to visit golf club as virus ravages US,” Lauren Aratani, The Guardian

More:

“G20 Meets On Coronavirus As Trump Makes 298th Golf Trip Of Presidency,” Andrew Solender, Forbes

“COVID-19: Donald Trump plays golf while world powers discuss pandemic at G20 summit,” Amy Coles, Sky News

“Trump skips G20 coronavirus meeting to play golf and tweet bogus election claims,” Dave Goldiner, NY Daily News

“G20 leaders close Riyadh summit with calls for coordinated response to coronavirus pandemic,” Kareem Fahim, Washington Post

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Trump’s Child Detention Program

November 18, 2020

Trump's Child Detention Program

“When U.S. Customs and Border Protection holds migrant children in custody, the child’s detention is supposed to be safe and short. That’s true whether the child is with a parent or without one.

But new data shows that over the last four years, detention times lengthened as the number of children held at the border soared to almost half a million. The detentions, which include both unaccompanied children and children with their families, peaked last year at over 300,000, with 40 percent held longer than the 72-hour limit set by a patchwork of legislation and a court settlement.”

— “500,000 Kids, 30 Million Hours: Trump’s Vast Expansion of Child Detention,” Anna Flagg and Andrew R. Calderón, The Marshall Project

Related:

“Judge blocks border officials from expelling unaccompanied migrant children,” Stef W. Kight, Axios

“White House killed deal to pay for mental health care for migrant families separated at border,”  Jacob Soboroff, Julia Ainsley and Geoff Bennett, NBC News

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Rudy Giuliani Now Leads Trump’s 2020 Election Legal Challenges

November 16, 2020

Rudy Giuliani Now Leads Trump's 2020 Election Legal Challenges

After his triumphant press conference at Philiadelphia’s luxurious Four Seasons Total Landscaping (first right after the Fantasy Island adult bookstore), where he presented first-hand testimony about voter fraud from a convicted weenie-wagger, Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Donald Trump’s legal attempts to overturn the results of Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election. Of course. If all your cases are being laughed out of court, why not send in the clowns?

More:

“Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani claims presidential election will be ‘overturned,’” Ebony Bowden, NY Post

“Giuliani wrecks Trump campaign’s well-laid legal plans,” Alex Isenstadt, Politico

“Lawyers decided to quit Trump case after chaotic Four Seasons Landscaping press conference,” Oliver O’Connell, The Independent

“‘Donald Trump v. USA’: Legal Experts Marvel as Election Lawsuits Border on Bizarre,” Alexandra Garrett, Newsweek

“Giuliani Arrives in Ukraine to Look for More Votes,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Updates:

“Trump’s Legal Path to Overturn the Election Results Appears 100 Percent Dead,” Rick Hansen, Election Law Blog

“Rudy Leaps Into Trump Camp’s Off-The-Rails PA Lawsuit Ahead Of Big Tuesday Hearing,” Tierney Sneed, TalkingPointsMemo

“Here’s what happened when Rudolph Giuliani made his first appearance in federal court in nearly three decades,” Jon Swaine and Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post

“Rudy Giuliani Is Asking for $20K a Day to Launch Ridiculous Election Lawsuits,” Pilar Melendez, Daily Beast

“Been injured in an election? Call Rudy Giuliani now!” Alexandra Petri, Washington Post

“There’s a Petition to Add Four Seasons Total Landscaping to the National Register of Historic Places,” Mimi Montgomery, Washingtonian

“Trump’s legal team seemingly didn’t notice its allegation of election fraud in Michigan is based on data from Minnesota,” Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

“Rudy Giuliani’s Son Tests Positive for COVID Day After Attending Dad’s Bonkers ‘Fraud’ Briefing,” Rachel Olding, Daily Beast

“Fact-checking Giuliani and the Trump legal team’s wild, fact-free press conference
By Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand and staff, CNN

“A Republican judge just tore into Trump’s election lawyers for their incompetence,” Ian Millhiser, Vox

“Trump Campaign Lawyers Step Up but Are Swiftly Knocked Down,” Zach Montague and Alan Feuer, New York Times

“Chris Christie calls the conduct of Trump’s legal team a ‘national embarrassment,’” Paul Kane and Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post

 

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Show Me

November 13, 2020

“Show Me,” a short film by Ben Hillman, animated by Ignat Ignatov. The last four years in a little over a minute. In case you forgot.

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Trump-Worshipping Thugs Plan March on Washington

November 12, 2020

Trump-Worshipping Thugs Plan March on Washington

Rabid Trump supporters have announced at least three different pro-Trump demonstrations in the Nation’s Capital this weekend. The MAGA-hatted throngs will be arriving in DC without Park Service event permits, face masks, COVID tests or gun permits. This isn’t the kind of visitor boost Washington’s hard-hit tourism industry was hoping for.

Election-denying protesters are expected to include the full range of the New GOP: Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Boogaloo Boys, Infowars fanatics, Groypers, QAnon adherents, Proud Boys, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis. This must be the event President Trump told them to “stand by” for. The weather’s getting a bit chilly in DC, so the Boogaloo Boys might want to leave their Hawaiian shirts at home and change into their brown shirts.

More:

“MAGA nation tries to rally around Trump with MAGApalooza,” Tina Nguyen, Politico

“Here’s What We Know About The MAGA Rallies Planned In D.C. This Weekend,” Colleen Grablick, DCist

“Eventbrite Pulls Pro-Trump Rally Page, Says March for President Over Election Is ‘Harmful Misinformation,'” Ewan Palmer, Newsweek

“Far-right protesters, counterdemonstrators plan to gather Saturday in D.C. amid pro-Trump rallies,” Marissa J. Lang and Peter Hermann, Washington Post

“DC officials preparing for Proud Boys protest over the weekend,” Justine Coleman, The Hill

“Proud Boys converging on DC for ‘Million MAGA March’ protesting election,” Josh Marcus, The Independent

“Saturday’s Pro-Trump Events in DC Have a Very Real Potential to Turn Violent, According to Experts Who Track Extremism,” Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

“Trump supporters plan rallies in Washington DC, experts warn extremists may attend,” N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA Today

Update:

“DC police chief to weekend protesters: Don’t bring guns,” Jack Moore, WTOP News

“People Are Flying Into DC for the Million MAGA March,” Jane Recker, Washingtonian

“Trump supporters, counterdemonstrators face off near White House ahead of Saturday rallies in D.C.,” Emily Davies, Marissa J. Lang and Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

“MAP: The Million MAGA March Is Necessitating Crazy Street Closures in DC,” Jane Recker, Washingtonian

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Trump Fires Pentagon Brass, Commemorates Veterans Day

November 11, 2020
Trump Fires Pentagon Brass, Commemorates Veterans Day

High School Cadet Capt. Trump. Thank you for your service.

On Wednesday it was raining too hard to play golf, so President Donald Trump commemorated Veterans Day by visiting Arlington National Cemetery and silently laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Mr. Trump had prepared for the event on Monday by firing West Point graduate Mark Esper, his more-or-less 5th Secretary of Defense. Mr. Esper, a veteran of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. You may recall that Mr. Trump has a service-related disability: he was gravely wounded as soon as he became eligible for the Vietnam draft lottery, and was treated (on paper) at a Queens NY storefront a podiatrist rented from Fred Trump, his dad.

Armed Forces Fact: The Pentagon is in Arlington, Virginia, only 2 miles from Arlington National Cemetery.

More:

“Trump Fires Mark Esper, Defense Secretary Who Opposed Use of Troops on U.S. Streets,”Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and Maggie Haberman,  New York Times

“Pentagon sees flurry of resignations after Trump ousts secretary,” Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

“‘Devastating’: Top Pentagon leadership gutted as fears rise over national security,” Lara Seligman and Daniel Lippman, Politico

“Worries grow about rudderless post-election Pentagon,” Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

“Trump administration upends senior Pentagon ranks, installing loyalists,” Dan Lamothe, Missy Ryan, Josh Dawsey and Paul Sonne, Washington Post

“Trump loyalists elevated to powerful roles at the Pentagon after firing of Defense Secretary Esper,” Amanda Macias. CNBC

“Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?” David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, New York Times

“Republicans muzzle anger over Trump’s Pentagon culling, afraid antagonizing him could imperil Georgia runoff,” Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post

Updates:

“Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature,” Lolitia C. Baldor, Associated Press

“Why Trump is suddenly replacing Pentagon officials with loyalists,” Alex Ward, Vox

Related:

“Gen. Milley’s nurse wife gave CPR to bystander who collapsed at ceremony,” Marina Pitofsky, The Hill

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‘I’ll Sue!’ Says Most Litigious President Ever

November 10, 2020

'I'll Sue!' Says Most Litigious President Ever

After losing to Joe Biden in the election, Donald Trump is continuing his economic stimulus policy of full employment for lawyers, suing in several states to try overturning his rejection by a majority of voters, claiming his victory has been “stolen” because states are actually counting actual votes. He first asked several states to stop counting votes while he seemed to be ahead, before all the Biden-leaning mail-in ballots were counted. Mr. Trump, former owner of the failed U.S.F.L. New Jersey Generals football team, essentially asked the refs to stop the game in the 3rd quarter and declare him the winner.

Donald Trump had already used campaign funds to pay lawyers in pre-election lawsuits, and continues to make his supporters pay for his sore-loser legal claims, but state taxpayers will foot the bill for defending election boards against the spurious suits. It’s not surprising that Mr. Trump would resort to the courts for his hail-mary legal claims. In 2016, while he was the GOP candidate, Donald Trump was involved in 3500 lawsuits. His legal team should be grateful to be paid with campaign funds. As a businessman, Donald Trump had a habit of stiffing his lawyers.

UPDATE: Donald Trump has found a way to further his baseless legal claims for free — he’s going to pay for them with your tax dollars. Attorney General William Barr has authorized the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue these wacky conspiracy theories in violation of common sense. This also violates long-standing DOJ policy, so the director of the Election Crimes Branch, the official in charge of election fraud investigations, has resigned.

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Trump White House Election Night Party Spreads COVID-19

November 9, 2020

Trump White House Election Night Party Spreads COVID-19

Tuesday’s crowded White House election night watch party ended in uncertainty as the slow business of counting millions of mail-in ballots dragged on, but two predictable things happened:

  1. Donald Trump falsely claimed victory before all the votes were in; and
  2. Some of the 250 partygoers got COVID-19.

White House guests including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson MD, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Trump Campaign official David Bossie, and campaign aide Nick Trainer are among those now testing positive.

Mr. Trump tasked Daivid Bossie with leading his legal challenge to the election results that make him a loser.

More:

“Was Donald Trump’s White House watch party a super-spreader event?” The Guardian

“Looks Like Trump May Have Held Another Superspreader Event,” Claire Lampen, The Cut

Updates:

“Two more people from Trump’s Election Night party at White House test positive for coronavirus,” Dan Mangan, CNBC

“White House political director tests positive for coronavirus, official says,” Kaitlan Collins and Maegan Vazquez, CNN

“Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski tests positive for coronavirus,” Oriana Gonzalez, Axios

“RNC Chief of Staff Richard Walters tests positive for COVID-19,” Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing

Related:

“Amid White House COVID-19 outbreak, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner pulled their 3 kids from a DC Jewish school,” Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Service

“Javanka Pulled Kids Out of D.C. School After Parents Complained: Report,” Tori B. Powell, Daily Beast

“Parents Say Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Wouldn’t Adhere to Covid Protocols at Their Kids’ School—So the Family Left,” Daniella Byck, Washingtonian

“More than 130 Secret Service officers reportedly under coronavirus quarantine,” Ursula Perano, Axios

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