The third installment of Trump’s Lie-Fest concluded last night and, like Trump’s propaganda arm Fox “News,” the message was a drumbeat of fear. Other than cruelty and white resentment, Trump has no policy platform so speakers had little to argue for, leaving them to define their party and their dear leader mostly by what they are against. Be afraid of mob violence, Antifa, MS-13 gang members, BLM anarchists, socialists, communists, and of course, Joe Biden and the Democrats. The keynote speaker was VP Mike Pence who droned on about how Donald Trump would make America Great Again, but his constant refrain implied that America wasn’t currently great. If Trump has been in power for three-and-a-half years and America isn’t great, isn’t it their own damn fault? Pence also give a lot of lip service to Law and Order, saying that the election would be a referendum on Law and Order. But this is a bizarre election tactic coming from the most corrupt presidential regime in a lifetime. Chalk it up to projection. Let’s recap. Trump…
- was impeached for obstruction
- bragged about sexually assaulting women
- was fined for a fraudulent university
- had seven advisors indicted
- pardoned his criminal friends
- violated the Hatch act numerous times
- ignored ethics and norms
- illegally misused funds from his charity
- inherited a fortune through tax fraud
- is an unindicted co-conspirator in felony election fraud
To summarize, Trump doesn’t give a damn about Law and Order, but claiming he does makes for an energizing and self-righteous lie to his cult of supporters.
Beneath the surface of the Trump Convention was an undercurrent of desperation. The GOP knows it’s in trouble. And while Trump might eke out a narrow victory thanks to dirty tricks and the electoral college, the GOP nationally will likely get hammered like they did in 2018. They are at grave risk of losing the Senate, and the House will probably pick up Democratic seats as well. We’ve seen Trump’s desperation in his manipulation of the US Postal Service, but we also recently discovered that Trump’s regime forced the CDC to alter its Covid protocols to make the pandemic seem like it’s easing. To the shock of many epidemiologists, the CDC abruptly changed its recommendations for testing, saying suddenly that individuals who come into contact with infected people don’t necessarily need to be tested–which would skew positive case reports downward even though the actual number cases didn’t change. But we know now that a large percentage of Covid carriers are asymptomatic, and a large portion of transmissions occur before any symptoms appear. So public health is no longer being dictated by scientists and experts, but instead political hacks trying to make Trump look less bad. Here’s coverage from CNN:
Trump and his cult are pulling out the stops to spread lies to undecided voters while doing all they can to suppress the Democratic vote, so we have to fight back in any way we can.
The situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is also a horrifying and lamentable. The right-wing militia teen who shot two protesters and walked away was finally arrested in his home state of Illinois, but some radical conservatives are hailing him as a hero for answering the call to protect private property from mob destruction. The best response I heard to this grotesque perversion of logic and justice came from Trevor Noah of the Daily Show last night. Here are his words:
Let me tell you something. Nobody drives into a city with guns because they love someone else’s business that much. That’s some bullshit. No one has ever thought, ‘Oh, it’s my solemn duty to pick up a rifle and protect that T.J. Maxx.’ They do it because they’re hoping to shoot someone. And while what happened with those shootings last night is tragic, what happened afterwards was illuminating. It really made me wonder why some people get shot seven times in the back, while other people are treated like human beings and reasoned with and taken into custody with no bullets in their bodies. How come Jacob Blake was seen as a deadly threat for a theoretical gun that he might have and might try to commit a crime with, but this gunman who was armed and had already shot people—who had shown that he was a threat—was arrested the next day, given full due process of the law and generally treated like a human being whose life matters? How did Dylann Roof shoot up a church, James Holmes shoot up a movie theater and both live to tell about it? Why is it that the police decide that some threats must be extinguished immediately while other threats get the privilege of being diffused? The answer is that the gun doesn’t matter as much as who is holding the gun. Because to some people, Black skin is the most threatening weapon of all.
Finally, the Texas-Louisiana border was hammered last night by Hurricane Laura, bringing Category 4 winds to towns like Lake Charles. It looks like an epic disaster for the region, so keep them in your hearts and get ready to donate whatever you can afford in order to help them.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”