Mike Pence’s top Covid deputy Olivia Troye resigned two months ago and gave a blistering warning about Trump in a video released yesterday. Troye, a life-long Republican, said that working in the White House was terrifying and stated that Trump failed in his response to the pandemic:

If the president had taken this virus seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives.

She went on to recall a Covid task force meeting where Trump insulted his voters while talking about his rallies:

Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people. 

The video, produced by Republican Voters Against Trump, went viral and was featured across cable news last night. Troye, an insider close to Pence, had a lot of contact with Trump, so her insistence that Trump is unfit for the job carries a lot of weight. And the life-long Republican is voting for Biden. Here’s the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0j6adNroo4

We also learned yesterday that recent guidance on Covid from the CDC advising people with no symptoms that they didn’t need to get tested came not from CDC doctors but from political operatives at the HHS, who skipped the traditional CDC advisory review process. In other words, the American public has been receiving medical advice “from the CDC” that comes from Trump cronies, not highly respected doctors and immunologists. It’s an outrageous corruption of yet another vaunted American institution by the shameless Trump regime, especially disturbing and dangerous that it’s happening in a time of mass sickness and death. According to MSNBC, the CDC is set to release more bogus guidance today coming from political hacks groveling to Trump’s whims rather than experts trying to save lives.

On a positive note, a Federal Judge yesterday issued a temporary injunction against the USPS and Postmaster Louis DeJoy ordering him to reverse the changes he’s made since taking office that have slowed mail delivery. The Judge called the changes “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service.” It’s notable that many of the most significant slowdowns have occurred in locations in swing states where vote margins are expected to be thin and mail-in voting is expected to play a large role. In other words, the slowdowns seem intentionally calculated to disrupt the 2020 election in Trump’s favor. The scope of the Judge’s injunction is national. Here’s coverage in the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-judge-issues-temporary-injunction-against-usps-operational-changes-amid-concerns-about-mail-slowdowns/2020/09/17/34fb85a0-f91e-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html

Joe Biden held a town hall on CNN from Pennsylvania last night and his performance was excellent. He gave a lot of great, nuanced answers and seemed to have a great grasp on the important issues of the day. He also did a good job of aligning himself with working people and distancing himself from wealthy elites like Trump.

Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”

Have a peaceful and relaxing weekend. Autumn is in the air…

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