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Trump Daily 8/2/2020

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Trump Daily 6/29/2020

  • Arena workers at Trump’s Tulsa rally were marking off seats in the arena to keep people safely apart from each other. The campaign made them stop and removed the stickers they were using.
  • Trump tweeted out a video of his supporters, thanking them. In the video, one of them chants “white power” several times. White House aides have told the press the video stayed up for several hours because the president could not be reached on the golf course. I believe the aides said that, but I do not believe it to be true. Even if Trump were unreachable, multiple people can access his account to delete something. Former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub posited another theory – Trump had to be persuaded the video should come down. The president has not said a word about sending out a video to millions of people featuring one of his racist supporters chanting “white power.”
  • As the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to throw out the entire ACA, HHS Secretary Azar has admitted the Republicans do not have a plan for a replacement. Millions of people will lose their health insurance and millions will be ineligible to get insurance because of pre-existing conditions. Trump often claims the Republicans are “better” on pre-existing conditions despite having absolutely no proposal for how to protect people with them.
  • In his ongoing crusade against mail voting, Trump said absentee voting was fine but mail-in voting would lead to “the most corrupt election in USA [sic] history.” In several states, there is no distinction at all between absentee voting and mail-in voting. And in several states, the ONLY way to vote is by mail.
  • Carl Bernstein expanded on something detailed in Bob Woodward’s book, Fear – high level officials horrified by how Trump interacts with foreign leaders. In short, he viciously berates our allies, while heaping praise on dictators. He accused Angela Merkel of being stupid. Angela Merkel has a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry. He also said she was in Putin’s pocket while simultaneously being differential when interacting with Putin. You should read this entire article: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html.
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Trump Daily 6/26/2020

New studies from Harvard Kennedy and the University of Chicago correlate right-wing news consumption with believe in misinformation about the coronavirus.

With millions losing their health insurance during the pandemic, the Trump administration has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court requesting that the entire ACA be struck down. Donald Trump for years now has maintained he will protect health care access to those with pre-existing conditions while never offering a mechanism for doing so.

In an NPR interview, AG Barr attacked voting by mail as an insecure system, vulnerable to fraud. Barr himself, along with multiple senior members of the Trump administration, votes by mail. Mail voting systems have multiple barriers to fraud that would be effectively impossible for a foreign power to exploit as Barr and Trump have warned of.

In response to testimony and a whistleblower complaint that the Department of Justice’s investigation into marijuana companies was predicated solely on Barr’s personal animus, the DoJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility responded that such investigations would be perfectly fine.

A GRU unit (Russian military intelligence) was paying bounties to terrorists in Afghanistan for killing Allied forces, including Americans. The president was briefed about this in March. The US has not responded in any way. After learning of these assassinations funded by Russia, the president pitched the idea of Russia rejoining the G7.

In the first Covid-19 task force press conference in 68 days, Pence casually estimated 240,000 Americans will die from Covid-19. The estimate coming from Trump and Pence has steadily increased since the beginning of the pandemic, when Trump said there were only 15 cases which would soon be near zero. Pence mentioned daily cases in OK declining while failing to mention it was a slight decline after a massive spike. Pence was twice asked about holding large rallies while the task force advises against large gatherings. And twice Pence responded by saying they had a first amendment right to free speech and assembly. The second time Pence took this question, he promptly ended the press conference, after having answered only six questions.

A 3 panel judge on the 9th circuit ruled that Trump diverting funds appropriated to military infrastructure projects to build the border wall was unconstitutional. (The Supreme Court decision regarding this subject dealt with a stay, not the merits of the case itself.) This will undoubtedly head to the Supreme Court, but likely won’t be resolved this year.

Ron Johnson is reviving his Senate investigation of Joe Biden’s son Hunter ahead of the November election. Hunter Biden has never been credibly accused of any specific wrongdoing.