|Murder victim Goeoge Floyd|
Monday, June 01, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Concern mounts over how an unstable, volatile Trump may act after being defeated in the election.
Now if you believe that this speech could take place I have a beautiful ski lodge in the South Florida Mountains to sell you.
Comedian Bill Maher has famously said over the past couple of years that Trump, should he lose, would never leave the White House. Lots of people dismissed that as pure hyperbole with little evidence to support the notion that Trump would violate the Constitution and cause an unnecessary crisis. #hocopolitics
However, as the coronavirus pandemic has gained a stronghold in the world and in the U.S. in particular, tweets and spoken words by the president over the past two months seemed to have added credence to what was viewed as Maher’s preposterous speculation and has worried many more.
Stumbling out of the gate even when Trump’s own intel and health officials warned him of the pandemic, Trump mismanaged the crisis as he acknowledged it a full two months after he was alerted to it. He offered confusing and contradictory messages, played politics with “blue state” governors, and failed to establish a plan to provide much needed testing and personal protective equipment to health workers on the front lines.
Trump was in denial and played down the coronavirus as nothing more than a flu, which will disappear, and a new Democratic hoax. He claimed almost simultaneously that he bore no responsibility; he had total authority; and then shoved it off to the states to deal with it. Later, he offered a possible treatment: injecting bleach into one’s system and using UV rays internally with neither lethal activity sanctioned by legitimate physicians and scientists.
Along the way, Trump witnessed the meltdown of his vaunted stock market numbers—one of the measures he planned to use to justify re-election—and now the jobless rate and the total reported unemployed are in Depression territory. His chances for re-election were evaporating, and he was desperate. And a desperate Trump is indeed a dangerous Trump.
Trump egged on demonstrations against stay-at-home orders by state governors in violation of the White House’s own public guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus and preventing the spread of COVID-19 urging them to “liberate” their states.
Recall how Trump used to say that the military, police and bikers were his people. He must have really been aroused to see demonstrators decked out in cammo or with many donning Trump-Pence 2020 garb and hoisting banners with a few swastikas sprinkled about.
In Lansing, Michigan, demonstrators—all white—entered the state capitol with impunity replete with long rifles and automatic weapons slung over their shoulders as a means to intimidate. This was clearly Exhibit A of white privilege; unarmed Black joggers meet a different fate.
The summoning of weapon-toting Trump supporters has begun to alarm folks and wonder what Trump would do should he lose. Certainly, referring to the demonstrators as "warriors" is unsettling, too. What has taken place with these protests could be a dress rehearsal for November.
“If anyone doubts that Trump will ask MAGA to take up arms and defend him at all costs if he loses in November, you don’t know the man,” tweeted former Trump insider turned stand-up comedian Noel Casler who spent six seasons on the set of Celebrity Apprentice. “He would plunge this country in chaos to escape justice or fair election results.”
If anyone doubts that Trump will ask MAGA to take up arms and defend him at all costs if he loses in November, you don’t know the man. He would plunge this country in chaos to escape justice or fair election results. @realDonaldTrump— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) May 10, 2020
Many Democrats as well as some traditional Republicans, after witnessing Trump’s erratic behavior over the course of his term and in particular, during the current crisis, fear he would declare the election as rigged by the media and deep state and the mail-in ballots fraudulent.
At the extreme he could urge militias to storm the streets and government buildings to protest the results. There have been similar threats by right wing extremist groups online so it’s not a concept plucked out of mid-air.
The next six months promises to be ugly and dangerous politically and economically as will the coronavirus pandemic, especially if there is another surge because states opened up their economy prematurely. A desperate Trump, whose election fortunes rest with how he ultimately is seen managing the crisis, is well aware he faces legal turbulence once he is not a sitting president, should alarm us all.
How such a constitutional crisis would be rectified is uncertain at best.
Monday, April 27, 2020
|Image: The Hill|
Thursday, April 23, 2020
|Trump's leadership during the Coronavirus pandemic lacks intellect,|
courage and heart.
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
"Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
Saying repeatedly that we are doing better than other countries is small consolation to all those families and friends of those who perished from COVID-19.
|Trump holding notes during his empathy-deficient listening session|
following the Parkland mass shooting.
Then what about the over 50,000 lives lost since COVID-19 first surfaced in the U.S. when he was made aware? Think about that. If the average baseball stadium was filled to capacity and included standing room only, every single person in that packed ballpark represents an American death due to COVID-19. That is a lot of people for the president to be patting himself on the back.
Saturday, April 04, 2020
He actually states that governors desperately in need of supplies should be more appreciative of his efforts and be more deferential to him.
Friday, March 20, 2020
|Pres. Trump appearing at a meeting at the CDC donning his campaign cap|
Plus he made comments, such as the stock market will rebound in time (for the election, he implied); and cruise ship passengers should not be allowed to return to the U.S. because he didn't want the number of cases to rise; or consciously calling it the "China virus."
To amplify this point, there is the viral clip of the doophus on spring break with the backward cap saying, "If I get Corona I get corona. At the end of the day, I won't let this keep me from partying." How selfish is that?
UPDATE: On March 27 President Trump signed into law a $2 trillion stimulus package that was passed in a bipartisan manner. to provide relief to those businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the bipartisan passage of the bill in Congress, the White House purposely excluded Democrats from the signing ceremony. And Republicans accuse the Democrats of politicizing the coronavirus crisis!
Friday, March 13, 2020
|Joe Biden addressing the nation on the coronavirus|
Slurring many of his words, seemingly out of it, speaking like it was a hostage video, Trump piled up lie after lie, mistake after mistake while not seriously addressing the public health measures that the coronavirus requires.
|Joe Biden receiving the critical endorsement from Rep. Clyburn|
Sunday, March 01, 2020
|Photo: The Guardian|
It's appalling and, frankly, disqualifying that the sitting vice president of the US and the person designated with leading America's response to the coronavirus cannot bring himself to say that, No, Democrats do not want millions of Americans to die from the coronavirus. https://t.co/jRpjdBxr5c— Richard Stengel (@stengel) March 1, 2020
This paranoia surfaced back in August when there were early signs of an economic downturn, Trumpworld accused the Democrats and media for “rooting for a recession” as a way to stop Trump in November 2020.
This is no time for politics from either side, and clearly not the time for Trumpworld to demonstrate weakness and uncertainty through their never ending paranoia.
Friday, February 14, 2020
|Talia Suskauer and Allison Bailey|
|Talia Suskauer in "Defying Gravity"|
|Allison Bailey and Talia Suskauer|
|Curt Hansen as Fiyero|