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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday revised controversial guidance that previously stated people without COVID-19 symptoms don’t necessarily need to be tested.
It was claimed yesterday that the guidance "don’t necessarily need to be tested" was added to the CDC website by political appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services without the usual technical review by CDC scientists.
It was surmised that this was part of the testing slowdown wished for by Trump who believes less testing means fewer new cases.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Why is it that when Biden leads in the polls, Trump supporters say that the polls don't mean anything, but then when Trump does better in the polls, they claim that the polls have significance?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Trump finds yet a new low.
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MSNBC said President Trump is endangering journalists and undermining freedoms after he told a crowd at a rally that it was a “beautiful sight” when one of the network's anchors, Ali Velshi, was shot with a rubber bullet during a protest over the death of George Floyd

“Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy. When the president mocks a journalist for the injury he sustained while putting himself in harm’s way to inform the public, he endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms,” MSNBC said in a statement Saturday.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

New York among three 'anarchist' cities named by White House to lose funds

New York City, Portland and Seattle are on the list of "anarchist cities" that Trump officials say have failed to stem crime linked to a summer of protests.
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Old 22.09.2020, 11:10
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New York among three 'anarchist' cities named by White House to lose funds

New York City, Portland and Seattle are on the list of "anarchist cities" that Trump officials say have failed to stem crime linked to a summer of protests.
The DOJ demonstrating the separation of powers is a thing of the past.
It was claimed Jared Kushner said to understand the Trump presidency one needs to read Alice in Wonderland, this example of depriving cities of funds to help them fight crime is certainly Alice like.

Cheshire Cat; “I'm not crazy. My reality is just different than you'res .”
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Old 24.09.2020, 21:53
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

The Trump story just keeps giving
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)Mary Trump, President Donald Trump's niece, filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the President and his siblings of committing fraud in order to deprive her of "tens of millions of dollars" her interests in the family real-estate empire built by Fred Trump Sr.

In the lawsuit, filed in New York state court against the President, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and the estate of their late brother Robert Trump, Mary Trump asserts that for the Trumps, "fraud was not just the family business—it was a way of life."
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Lovely family; reminds me of the internal conflicts of the Maranzano families.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Trump has twice now declined to commit to a peaceful transition of power, perhaps the most fundamental tenant of our democracy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/u...ransition.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/u...pgtype=Article

“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” the president said.


That in reference to mail-in ballots, which he has been railing against, without evidence, to sow doubt in the election results.

And now Florida senator Rick Scott has introduced a bill requiring all ballots to be counted within 48 hours, which is expected to be physically impossible. Millions of mail-in votes could be ignored should such legislation pass.

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Thomas Paine comes to mind:

"These are the times that try men's souls."
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

How can people not see that the current Republican party is about eroding freedom and democracy for the sake of power?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

DOJ bulldozing into the political scene again and ignoring separation of powers

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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They did not even have enough in their hands to charge the person, it is just spreading rumours. Remember they investigated Trump for Russian collusion.
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How can people not see that the current Republican party is about eroding freedom and democracy for the sake of power?
One of the contributors to the Republican Voters Aginst Trump series of videos hit the nail on the head - it's about hate, it's about 'owning the libs'. Trump has harnessed that hatred for the 'other' to so successfully that his base are willfully blind to the harm he is doing them at the same time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQERvXNy-wk

You see the same behavior among posters here.

An sobering article in Politico, 'Trump is an authoritarian. So are millions of Americans':
https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...rianism-420681

From that article:

What I found is that approximately 18 percent of Americans are highly disposed to authoritarianism, according to their answers to four simple survey questions used by social scientists to estimate this disposition. A further 23 percent or so are just one step below them on the authoritarian scale. This roughly 40 percent of Americans tend to favor authority, obedience and uniformity over freedom, independence and diversity.

This group isn’t a monolith, and these findings don’t mean that 4 in 10 Americans prefer dictatorship to democracy. Authoritarianism is best understood not as a policy preference, the way we talk about lower taxes or strong defense, but rather as a worldview that can be “activated” in the right historical moment by anyone with a big enough megaphone who is willing to play on voters’ fears and insecurities.


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The RVAT videos are a small ray of hope. This is a grass-roots campaign where people who have been long time Republicans - everyday voters, from military veterans, business people, Christian evangelicals, parents, from all over the country - share their reasons why they will not vote for Trump and the Republican party this time around, indeed, why many will enthusiastically support Biden. A common theme is that although they may disagree with Biden on many policy points, at least he is a decent man. And right now we are at an existential crisis in this country. We need a return to decency if we are to survive.

One of the best is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbVr5FvASYU

Taking the time to watch these videos is well worth it. They are home made, heartfelt, and offer an insight to what I hope ends up in a resounding repudiation of Trump and his enablers.

Assuming a fair election where every vote is counted, that is. A pretty big 'if', given what Trump has shown us that he plans to do.

I am truly frightened for my country.
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A rare moment of compassion.
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A rare moment of compassion.
Meghan must be heartbroken to hear that Trump is not a fan of hers. I wonder how big a fan of his she is.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

After having a settlement in the Golan heights and a train station in Jerusalem named after him, Trump may soon have a lake in Serbia / Kosovo named after him too

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...n-b597152.html
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Old 26.09.2020, 13:41
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After having a settlement in the Golan heights and a train station in Jerusalem named after him, Trump may soon have a lake in Serbia / Kosovo named after him too

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...n-b597152.html
I am sure Trump will charge them a licence fee for using his name

Meanwhile more chaos in his admin.
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A federal judge on Friday ordered acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley to step aside, blocking him from exercising any more authority after finding that he has served unlawfully for more than 400 days.

Morris additionally ruled Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt cannot pick another person to run the Bureau of Land Management as its acting head because that person must be appointed by the President and Senate-confirmed.
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That in reference to mail-in ballots, which he has been railing against, without evidence, to sow doubt in the election results.
Quite the contrary.

North Carolina had to repeat elections in 2018 due to election fraud, see here for a short overview before the judicial verdict. It wasn't the individual voters who comitted fraud but third party actors, hence the avoidance of the term "voter fraud". It involved multiple ways of falsifying the election, including collecting ballots and discarding those originating from an area that predominantly votes for the opposite candidate. AFAIK ballot collecting will be allowed in the upcoming election in many states that do mail-in voting.

Why isn't this reported on by the MSM? Could it be that, according to them, confirming what Trump says has to be avoided at all costs?
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Quite the contrary.

North Carolina had to repeat elections in 2018 due to election fraud, see here for a short overview before the judicial verdict. It wasn't the individual voters who comitted fraud but third party actors, hence the avoidance of the term "voter fraud". It involved multiple ways of falsifying the election, including collecting ballots and discarding those originating from an area that predominantly votes for the opposite candidate. AFAIK ballot collecting will be allowed in the upcoming election in many states that do mail-in voting.

Why isn't this reported on by the MSM? Could it be that, according to them, confirming what Trump says has to be avoided at all costs?
I did hear about this in the media. However, NC is my voting state, so maybe I was aware of it.

Are you suggesting that voter fraud is the same as election fraud? I don’t believe it is and I agree with meloncollie, that voter fraud has been rare.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

I'm pretty sure the typical voter doesn't make the distinction. Certain people however are likely to nitpick, even if only in order to avoid the actual issue.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

New York Times claims it has obtained Trump's tax returns for the last two decades (unfortunately behind a paywall).

They claim the billionaire Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.

It is also reported by other sources that US commercial properties have lost up to 75% of their value due to COVID-19, it is not published if there is any impact on Donnie.

The Times report also reveals the financial pressure on Trump is mounting as he is personally responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421m, with most of it coming due within four years.

The Washington Post (also behind a paywall) has just published an investigation on Donald Trump’s seizure of his father’s estate while the future US president faced personal financial ruin in 1990.

Donald Trump was facing financial disaster in 1990 when he came up with an audacious plan to exert control of his father’s estate.

His creditors threatened to force him into personal bankruptcy, and his first wife, Ivana, wanted “a billion dollars” in a divorce settlement, Donald Trump said in a deposition.
So he sent an accountant and a lawyer to see his father, Fred Trump Sr., who was told he needed to immediately sign a document changing the will according to his son’s wishes, according to depositions from family members.

Please note this WP article does not rely on any anonymous sources, rather audiotaped conversations, depositions and other public documents.

Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry was recorded by her niece in January 2019 expressing outrage over her brother’s efforts to change the will as their father’s mental capacity was declining. “Dad was in dementia,” Barry said.

No doubt more information will emerge due to Donny's niece Mary Trump suing him over his alleged actions to incorrectly reduce her inheritance.
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Quite the contrary.

North Carolina had to repeat elections in 2018 due to election fraud, see here for a short overview before the judicial verdict. It wasn't the individual voters who comitted fraud but third party actors, hence the avoidance of the term "voter fraud". It involved multiple ways of falsifying the election, including collecting ballots and discarding those originating from an area that predominantly votes for the opposite candidate. AFAIK ballot collecting will be allowed in the upcoming election in many states that do mail-in voting.

Why isn't this reported on by the MSM? Could it be that, according to them, confirming what Trump says has to be avoided at all costs?
Maybe they did not want to embarrass Trump by publishing that seven Republicans were indicted for this Republican election fraud?
In reality, this two-year-old case was reported at the time in many MSM outlets including the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, NBC amongst others.
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I'm pretty sure the typical voter doesn't make the distinction. Certain people however are likely to nitpick, even if only in order to avoid the actual issue.
I don’t believe it is nitpicking to distinguish between the two, the issues are distinct.
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