I hope your Labor Day weekend was peaceful and relaxing, but if you were in a blissful media blackout, there are a few things you need to know.
A devastating article in the Atlantic Magazine claimed that top-level sources in the Trump administration confirmed that the president said disparaging and insulting things about members of our armed forces on multiple occasions. Trump apparently refused to visit a US cemetery in France because the dead there were “losers.” He also said that anyone who signed up for the military were “suckers.” He even warned his administration against including wounded veterans and amputees in military parades because “nobody wants to see that.” Here’s the article, by Jeffrey Goldberg:
A firestorm of criticism arose in the wake of the article, and of course Trump began saying that it was fake news, that it was a hit job, blah blah blah. But these statements were perfectly congruent with the smears he made about John McCain, saying that McCain was only considered a hero because he was captured, but didn’t consider McCain a hero. “I like people who weren’t captured.”
New Yorkers have known for decades that Trump has always been a heartless, selfish playboy with absolutely no sense of service nor sacrifice. He has no idea what motivates anyone to act selflessly because his entire life has been dedicated to the selfish pursuit of money.
Trump continues to ignore the pandemic that’s still raging across the nation. We just surpassed 6,300,000 cases and 190,000 deaths, with hot-spots in Missouri, Tennessee and Iowa, as well as both North and South Dakota (in the wake of the Sturgis motorcycle rally). We are also learning more about the longer term effects of Covid on the infected, including asymptomatic people. Many have enlarged hearts and damage to their liver or kidneys, and doctors in Hong Kong say many infected have “prolonged and active gut infections.” Keep in mind that the Trump regime is currently trying to invalidate the entire ACA (Obamacare) in court while thousands suffer from the pandemic. Trump promised a healthcare replacement plan by the end of August, but it hasn’t materialized yet and seems more like another hollow promise from the mouth of a con-man.
Another big news story that broke over the weekend concerned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. According to the New York Times, while at the helm of his prior firm, New Breed Logistics, he pressured employees to make political donations that he later reimbursed them for in the form of bonuses or other compensation, which would be illegal. It’s a way of circumventing campaign donation limits on individuals. DeJoy himself can only donate $2,800 to a specific candidate, but if he can pressure his workers to give money they otherwise wouldn’t and then pay them back, he’s essentially giving all that money himself in violation of the spirit and letter of the law. Here’s a link to the article.
The House Oversight Committee has decided to investigate this claim, but there have been many other reasons for DeJoy to have resigned already, like massive conflicts of interest, testimony to Congress filled with lies and evasions, and blatant sabotage of the USPS for purely partisan political gain. By the way, many of the changes DeJoy put in place have not been reversed, and mail is still not being delivered in as timely a way as it used to be before DeJoy was installed.
The next two months are going to be stressful and difficult. Channel your emotions into action and make sure you do something to help, whether it’s phone-banking for a local candidate, helping GOTV groups by texting voters in swing states, signing up as poll workers, or sending money where it’s needed. This is a political emergency and there are plenty of ways to be useful.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”