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By Robert A. Vella

Despite all his bluster, things aren’t going very well for President Donald Trump.  Like General George Armstrong Custer in the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, he must be feeling incredibly insecure these days as his fascist invasion of America is being outnumbered and surrounded by a broad coalition of opposing forces.  His predicament is looking so dire that he is touting – rather embarrassingly – a cognitive test he supposedly took to counter recent criticisms of his psychological condition.  That test is not a measure of intelligence nor an evaluation of mental health, and is instead a simple medical tool used to detect dementia (see:  Cognitive Test. Trump. Biden. Campaign. Flashpoint.).  Trump’s niece Mary, who is a clinical psychologist and wrote a damaging tell-all book about him, asserts that his obsession to demonstrate mental competence reveals deep self-doubt (see:  Mary Trump: President Trump is ‘insecure across many dimensions’).

Trump apparently has good reason to doubt himself.  Yesterday, he abruptly cancelled the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida (which he moved from the original venue in Charlotte, North Carolina) after much resistance from local residents and officials (see:  Trump cancels Republican convention in Florida after coronavirus spike).  Now, with just a few weeks left on the campaign schedule, the GOP is rapidly running out of time to put together an event for his presidential nomination.  New state polls show Trump losing badly to Joe Biden in swing states.  The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan defense authorizations bill which includes provisions for renaming U.S. military bases honoring historical Confederate figures.  A federal judge has ruled against his use of paramilitary forces to suppress racial justice protests, and the Department of Justice inspector general is investigating those unconstitutional activities in Portland, Oregon and Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.  Another federal judge has ruled that the DOJ illegally sent former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen back to prison in retaliation for writing a tell-all book about him.  Also, journalists uncovered a public health warning from Dr. Deborah Birx to several U.S. city leaders which the White House tried to keep secret.

State polls

From:  The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden builds big lead in battleground Florida

A new Quinnipiac University survey finds Trump trailing Biden by 13 points in Florida after a previous survey from April found Biden ahead by only 4 points.

Biden leads by 20 points or more on the two big issues of the day – response to the coronavirus and addressing racial inequality. The president holds only a 3-point advantage over Biden on the economy, which is his biggest talking point.

A St. Pete Polls survey released on Thursday found the race to be closer, but Biden’s advantage is still outside the margin of error. Biden leads 50 to 44 in that poll. The Democrat holds a 14-point lead among the independents that powered Trump’s 2016 victory.

See also:

Fox News poll: Biden leads Trump by wide margins in Pennsylvania, Michigan

Cook Political Report shifts several Senate races toward Democrats

Confidence Interval: Democrats Could Win 60 Seats In The Senate

From:  GOP governors in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida see approval sink

Republican governors four states with surging coronavirus case numbers have seen their approval ratings sink in recent weeks, according to survey data obtained by Axios.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp all had disapproval ratings of 55 percent or higher in the survey taken between July 13 and July 19.

Ducey and DeSantis have the highest disapproval rating among the group, at 62 percent and 58 percent, respectively. All four governors are in the middle of their terms, which expire in 2022.

U.S. Senate

From:  Senate defies Trump by overwhelmingly backing removal of Confederate names from military bases

WASHINGTON – The Senate overwhelmingly passed a massive defense bill Thursday that includes the removal of Confederate names from military bases, defying President Donald Trump, who opposes renaming the bases.

The bill passed by a lopsided count of 86 to 14, well above the number that would be needed to override a presidential veto.

The bill, which authorizes $736.9 billion in military spending, includes a provision to form a commission that would devise a plan for renaming the bases over the next three years.

Trump’s paramilitary forces

From:  Judge blocks federal officers from targeting journalists in Portland anti-racism protests

  • Federal officers must not target journalists or legal observers at the anti-racism protests taking place in Portland, Ore., a judge ruled, extending a prohibition that had already been in effect for local police and delivering a win to local activists.

  • Judge Michael Simon issued a temporary restraining order against the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service late on Thursday in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of individuals who were observing and reporting on the demonstrations.

  • Simon said in the order that the tactics that have been used by federal officers, including evidence that they had specifically targeted journalists and legal observers who were clearly identified and not violating the law, raised serious questions about potential violations of the First Amendment.

See also:

Portland: Tear gas fired during another night of protests

Portland: Policing tactics under fire as video shows medics getting shoved to the ground

Portland protesters say federal officers destroyed food, aid supplies

Portland protesters on being detained, chased by federal agents as situation intensifies

From:  Justice Department to Probe Its Response to Unrest: Protest Wrap

(Bloomberg) — After weeks of criticism from members of Congress and the public, the Department of Justice announced it was opening probes into how its personnel have handled protests and civil unrest in Portland, Oregon, and Washington D.C. The department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, said Thursday a use-of-force investigation would be coordinated with the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agents have clashed with protesters in Portland.

Related stories:

DOJ watchdog report finds lack of staffing contributed to Covid outbreak in California prison

DHS admits it made false statements in defense of denying Global Entry to New Yorkers

Michael Cohen

From:  Michael Cohen to be released, storms threaten havoc, Taylor Swift: 5 things to know Friday

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, will be released to home confinement Friday. A federal judge in New York found that he was sent back to prison as a retaliatory act over his decision to write a tell-all book about his former employer. The self-described fixer for the president was furloughed to home confinement in May because of coronavirus fears in the federal prison system, but was sent back to prison after he refused the conditions of his home confinement. Cohen is serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to coordinating payoffs to buy the silence of adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Dr. Deborah Birx

From:  Birx warns of concerning rise in coronavirus cases in 12 cities as Trump paints a rosy picture

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx privately told a group of state and local health officials Wednesday about a concerning rise in coronavirus cases in 12 cities as President Donald Trump continues to tout progress amid the coronavirus pandemic at scripted, on-message briefings this week.

“There are cities that are lagging behind and we have new increases in Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Jose, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Baltimore, so we’re tracking this very closely. We’re working with the state officials to make sure we’re responding together, but when you first see that increased test positivity, that is when to start the mitigation efforts,” Birx said during the call according to audio obtained by journalism nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.

Related stories:

A million US coronavirus cases in 15 days

Florida Hospital Use Hits Record; Hong Kong Surge: Virus Update

Arizona drops in-person school start date as virus rate remains high

FDA Warns About Toxic Hand Sanitizers

Headlines

‘I am someone’s daughter too.’ Read Rep. [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez’s [D-NY] full speech responding to Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL] [who called her a “fucking bitch”]

North Dakota governor [Doug Burgum] blasts [Republican] party’s anti-LGBTQ resolution

ICE detainees remain in facility during coronavirus outbreak despite judge’s order mandating their release

Trump repeals fair housing rule, amplifying campaign appeals to racial bias

China orders US to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for Houston outpost closure

16 thoughts on “President Trump cancels Republican convention amid bad polls and growing defiance

  1. Love it, love it, LOVE IT… effin LUUUUUVVVV-IT!!!! 🎉🥳🎊 Let’s strike up the marching band… Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue… and Americans who now want to REVERSE the past 4-years of Making America Grossly Shitty to Americans and the world!!! 😩

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  2. According to the Guardian, said test should be easy for people with normal cognitive abilities. So it was quite telling he found the last five questions “hard” – one was simply telling today’s date and identify one’s current location… (not coordinates, just name the city you are in).

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