By Robert A. Vella
President Trump’s strategies against a fair and democratic 2020 election, against the racial injustice protests, against mobilizing the federal government to combat the coronavirus pandemic, against immigration, and against criminal prosecution of his thoroughly corrupt allies, are all meeting strong headwinds with little more than three months before the pivotal vote in November.
After immediate rebukes from GOP leaders in Congress and from many Republican governors, Trump is backing-off his desire to postpone the election. Consequently, he is resorting to a more surreptitious strategy to undermine the result by: 1) falsely condemning vote-by-mail as fraudulent, 2) criticizing vote-by-mail as too time-consuming while he is deliberately slowing down mail pickup and deliveries at the U.S. Postal Service, and 3) planning to exploit all this confusion he is creating in order to delegitimize and contest the outcome which – by the way – looks increasingly grim for his reelection hopes. Although this ploy is resounding among his rabid supporters, it is having the opposite effect among the majority of Americans.
Trump’s strategy to provoke racial injustice protesters into violence by deploying highly aggressive paramilitary forces, as a means to regain support among suburban voters who have abandoned him, is similarly failing because Americans are aware of his fascist intentions.
As COVID-19 infections and deaths reach new heights of misery and suffering, Trump’s ideologically-driven anti-science response to the pandemic has resulted in a political catastrophe for himself and his party. The widespread resistance he is getting from across the nation provides a profound testament to his callousness and incompetence.
Likewise, Trump’s racially-motivated anti-immigration policies and his authoritarian assault on the judicial system to protect his criminal allies are also encountering strong opposition from a growing array of legal professionals who are determined to preserve the nation’s constitutional foundations upon which unbiased rule of law was built. However, the damage already caused by Trump on these two fronts is extensive and will require years to correct.
Trump’s election strategy
From: Obama condemns voter suppression in John Lewis eulogy, as Trump attacks mail-in voting
While delivering a eulogy for John Lewis on Thursday, former President Barack Obama condemned “attacks on democracy” and voting rights, without naming President Donald Trump or Republicans who have sought to restrict mail-in voting during the pandemic.
“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting,” Obama said during a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. “by closing polling locations, by targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”
Highlighting the work that Lewis did during his time as a civil rights activist and lawmaker, Obama called for automatic voter registration, including for former inmates, who he said “earned their second chance.” He said polling places and early voting should be expanded, Election Day should be made a national holiday, and that residents of Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico should receive equal representation in government.
“I know this is a celebration of John’s life. There are some who say we shouldn’t dwell on such things, but that’s why I’m talking bout it,” Obama said. “John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy, and what’s best in America, that we’re seeing circulate right now.”
‘We will not allow you’: Governors slam Trump for floating delay of presidential election
McConnell, other top Republicans say Election Day isn’t moving after Trump floated delay
Federalist Society co-founder [Steven Calabresi] says Trump’s tweet floating delaying the election is grounds for impeachment
America has never delayed a presidential election, even during war
Trump Can’t Postpone The Election, But He Can Delegitimize The Results.
2020 election: USPS workers sound alarm about new [Trump administration] policies that may affect mail in voting, Washington Post reports
Poll: 70 percent of Americans support voting by mail
Despite virus threat, Black voters wary of voting by mail
Supreme Court [conservative majority] blocks Idaho group from gathering ballot initiative signatures online [which would increase K-12 education funding]
An ‘unbreakable’ man: Former presidents [Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton] hail civil rights icon John Lewis at funeral in Atlanta
Trump did not attend John Lewis’ funeral. Here are 4 other major funerals he missed while president.
Trump’s strategy against racial injustice protests
From: Trump was secretly recorded boasting on speakerphone about how many retweets he got on a post defending Confederate base names
A patron of a restaurant in Washington, DC, overheard and recorded a call between President Donald Trump and a congressional ally and then sent the recording to The New York Times.
In the call, Trump, who was on speakerphone, boasted about getting 95,000 retweets on a post about keeping the names of military bases named after Confederate figures.
“I had about 95,000 positive retweets on that. That’s a lot,” Trump told Sen. James Inhofe. It actually got about 34,000 retweets and 134,000 likes.
Trump has resisted the push to rename bases named after Confederate figures, but the US military has said it is considering doing so.
From: Trump’s ‘Law-and-Order’ Approach Falls Flat: Poll
Americans have a dim view of president Donald Trump’s crackdown on protests against racial inequality, with 36% approving of the president’s handling of the issue he has cast as a matter of law and order, according to a poll released Friday morning.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that Trump’s approval rating is way underwater on three major campaign issues – the pandemic, the protests and dealings with Russia – and also show the Republican incumbent in some trouble with his most loyal voters.
Slightly more than a third – 34% – approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, a number similar to the 33% approval he had in an Ipsos poll earlier this month. The numbers indicate that Trump’s recent efforts to pivot on the crisis – holding briefings, wearing the occasional mask and promoting an unproven treatment, hydroxychloroquine, for the virus – have not made an impact.
Americans also do not give Trump high marks for his dealings with Russia, with 36% approving of his approach to America’s old Cold War foe. While Russia is dwarfed, as a campaign issue, by the virus and the tanking economy, the numbers are not helpful to a president who has insisted allegations his campaign colluded with Russia are a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.” Trump is also on the defense amid reports that Russia paid the Taliban bounties for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Washington Post: DHS gathered intelligence reports on 2 journalists covering Portland protests
Photojournalist describes being shot while covering Portland protests
Portland police clear parks ahead of federal forces pullout
Trump’s pandemic strategy
From: The congressional underclass erupts in fury after Gohmert gets Covid-19
The revelation Wednesday that a renegade lawmaker known for stalking the halls of Congress without a mask, Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, tested positive for Covid-19 has unleashed a fusillade of anger on Capitol Hill — a sudden release of built-up tension over how the institution has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic within the confines of its own workplace.
For months, the leaders of Congress have allowed lawmakers to enter the Capitol without being screened for the deadly virus, rejecting an offer from the White House to provide rapid testing while trusting that the thousands who work across the massive complex of offices, meeting rooms and hallways will behave responsibly.
Now, legislative aides, chiefs of staff, press assistants, members of Congress, career workers and maintenance men and women are venting their fury with an institution that does not have uniform rules or masking requirements, does not mandate testing, is run with minimal oversight and must contend with a gaggle of lawmakers who doubt scientists and hold themselves out as experts on everything from disease hygiene to pharmacology.
Kushner’s coronavirus team shied away from a national strategy, believing that the virus was hitting Democratic states hardest and that they could blame governors, report says
The Pandemic Is Damaging the GOP Brand Everywhere
Watch live: Dr. Fauci, CDC Director Robert Redfield and Brett Giroir testify
US coronavirus: Midwest facing surge after spikes across the South and West
Coronavirus updates: Wisconsin is 34th state to require masks; Florida pair arrested for violating quarantine; SEC to play only league games
More than 500 State Department employees sign letter opposing [Trump administration order to] return to offices [amid pandemic]
Senate hearing puts Mike Pompeo’s defense of President Trump in sharp contrast
Trump’s anti-immigration strategy
From: Census to end counting efforts a month early: report
The Census Bureau has decided to cut the amount of time that it will spend knocking on doors across the country by a month, NPR reports.
In April, the agency indicated that it would need until Halloween to accurately count all of the people in the country due to delays incurred by coronavirus pandemic. Now, the effort to knock on doors will stop Sept. 30, three Census Bureau employees told the radio station. The bureau’s website does not yet reflect the change.
“It’s going to be impossible to complete the count in time,” one of the bureau employees told NPR. “I’m very fearful we’re going to have a massive undercount.”
ICE Arrests More Than 100 In Family Business Raid In North Texas
Trump’s top official at ICE, Matthew Albence, to leave post
Judge blocks Trump admin’s rule barring immigrants who use public benefits
Trump’s strategy to protect his criminal allies
From: Appeals court will rehear Michael Flynn case, a rare move after 3-year legal, political saga
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has agreed to rehear the case of Michael Flynn, a move that could resume the challenge to the Justice Department’s controversial decision to abandon its prosecution of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser.
In a 2-1 decision last month, a three-judge panel from the appeals court ordered U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case against Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI and later reversed course, claiming he was innocent all along. The ruling was applauded by both Flynn’s attorneys and the Justice Department, which has sought to dismiss the case.
The full appeals court on Thursday granted a request from Sullivan to rehear the case and scheduled oral arguments for Aug. 11.
Ohio House Speaker [Larry Householder (R)] faces bribery charges, is removed from position
Michael Brown: Missouri police officer [Darren Wilson] who killed the 18-year-old faces no charges
Unsealed documents show Epstein, Maxwell correspondence in 2015
Thanks again, Robert, for putting this together every day. Reading about Trump’s failures makes me feel just a bit better each day.
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“Kushner’s coronavirus team shied away from a national strategy, believing that the virus was hitting Democratic states hardest and that they could blame governors, report says”
~ What fools to think that a virus could be contained within our porous state borders!
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Heartless and racist fools, that’s who.
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what percentage are aware of his fascist intentions? Isn’t it a bit over 50%. The base is unaware or unconcerned.
No, it is a common awareness after 3 1/2 years of continual assaults on democracy and the rule of law by Trump and his corrupt administration. That’s why recent opinion polls show about 2/3 of the American people opposing him on the coronavirus pandemic, on the racial injustice protests, and on his relationship with Russia. It’s also why opinion polls over the last few months consistently show Republicans far behind Democrats in the 2020 election races.
Those who believe that Trump’s base is “unaware” of his authoritarianism and racism are sadly mistaken. I’ve lived in close proximity to such people for many decades, and Trump is doing precisely what they want him to do. It’s no secret.
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I’ll second that statement. One side of my family is map of Trump supporters who are and have always been deeply racist and bigoted. They love Trump precisely because he holds the same beliefs they do.
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Hope you’re right. His ratings slipping a bit. My last post I said “people are stupid but they ain’t THAT stupid.”
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It doesn’t matter what I think. The best available evidence does matter which I work very hard to present to readers on a daily basis. Trump’s ratings have not slipped a bit, they have fallen a lot over the last few months and the consistency of the polling clearly demonstrates that.
Yes, people are not THAT stupid.
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