Joe Biden will likely announce his VP pick today or tomorrow amid weeks of speculation. The front runners seem to be Kamala Harris and Susan Rice, but it’s anyone’s guess. All of the contenders are impressive and highly qualified, so the main factor for Biden is reportedly how well he gets along with them. He had a great working relationship with President Obama, and is looking for similar chemistry with his own Vice President.
In yet another spasm of desperation, Trump lashed out at Biden in a presser yesterday, babbling that Biden is a puppet of the radical left and will ruin the country (Trump already has). At a recent campaign stop in Ohio Trump said Biden wants to “take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment, no religion, no anything. Hurt the Bible, hurt God. He’s against God, he’s against guns.”
Trump criticizing anyone’s faith is rich considering that Trump is the least Christian, least religious person to occupy the White House in living memory. Before becoming president, Trump rarely set foot inside a church. He’s probably visited more strip clubs than church services in his lifetime. But he needs Americans to be afraid of Biden if he wants any chance at reelection, so fear-mongering is his reflexive tactic when speaking to a crowd. How soon will Trump be broadcasting attack ads featuring Biden sprouting demon horns while accusing him of eating babies? It’s the 2020 version of a Hillary’s pizza parlor basement pedophile ring. Conservative fever-dream lunacy.
What is not a dream, however, is the new policy that Trump is trying to implement that would allow border agents to prohibit American Citizens from re-entering the country if they are suspected of being infected with Covid, especially at the southern border. If this seems like another way of restricting and stopping citizens of color from getting home, it is. The move would almost certainly be unconstitutional, especially because it’s well within the Border Patrol’s capability to separate and quarantine people inside our borders where they enjoy full legal rights. But laws, norms, ethics and morals never stopped Trump from doing whatever he thought would feed the rage and resentment of his base.
Another norm Trump is trying to destroy concerns his nomination acceptance speech at the end of the Republican convention. Trump announced yesterday that he wants to do the virtual speech from either the White House or the Gettysburg National Battlefield. Both are federal properties, and thus off-limits to political events, which is exactly why Trump wants to use them–as a show of his power. How ironic that he might give his acceptance speech from the site of one of the most catastrophic defeats the traitorous Confederate army suffered on its way to humiliating and historic loss. Yes, the same Confederate army that so many Trump supporters still vainly try to memorialize.
If you haven’t responded to the 2020 Census, please stop procrastinating and do it. Our region is behind others in its response rate, which puts vital funding and political power in jeopardy. Every response is crucial.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”