It’s Wednesday and already the week feels exhausting and endless. We have less than four weeks until the election, which is plenty of time for any number of unfathomable scandals and crises to erupt from an already imploding White House, now a superspreader plague-house that’s rumored to be in total disarray. At least 19 people who work in the White House have tested positive for Covid and with Trump’s return that number is bound to jet higher. We learned yesterday that supremacist speechwriter and advisor Stephen Miller tested positive. No surprise.
Trump spent his evening watching cable news and rage-tweeting, or as he calls it, “working,” and in one of his tweets referred to the FBI as “scum” for their role in the Russia investigation. He also suggested yesterday in a campaign video that people shouldn’t let Covid “dominate” them, urging citizens to get back to work. Apparently his “strategy” is for America to return to normal and wait for either herd immunity or a vaccine to arrive, whichever comes first. But to reach herd immunity, something like 2 or 3-million Americans would have to lose their lives. Given Trump’s disdain for anyone’s life but his own, this seems like an acceptable loss to him if it increases his chances for re-election. Trump’s own health remains unclear. Like 90% of people his age, he will probably recover, and he’s already treating this likelihood as a great triumph, casting himself as a combat warrior who vanquished a great enemy–since his gilded and selfish life up to now has been entirely devoid of any valor, sacrifice or bravery.
In a bizarre and reckless move earlier in the day, Trump tweet-ordered his staff and surrogates to stop ongoing negotiations with Democrats on a possible Covid relief package for suffering citizens, promising to pass relief legislation after the election. The stock markets instantly cratered, dropping -600 points before cutting the losses to -375 on the Dow. Trump’s move was quickly hailed as a major political and economic blunder, and some of his people leaked to the press that it may have been the product of Trump’s Covid meds, which cause mania and delusions. But last night reports surfaced that Trump could be on the verge of flip-flopping to salvage some of the political and economic damage. Just another chaotic and destructive Trump mess.
We also learned yesterday that the policy of pulling children from their parents at the border and caging them was a very deliberate and malevolent policy from Trump that was put into operation by Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein. The New York Times broke the story:
“We need to take away children,” Mr. Sessions told the prosecutors, according to participants’ notes. One added in shorthand: “If care about kids, don’t bring them in. Won’t give amnesty to people with kids.”
Rod J. Rosenstein, then the deputy attorney general, went even further in a second call about a week later, telling the five prosecutors that it did not matter how young the children were. He said that government lawyers should not have refused to prosecute two cases simply because the children were barely more than infants.New York Times
This is some truly evil stuff. Hard to believe our government in the year 2020 was (and still is) directing something so abominable and injurious to human rights. They all belong in a tribunal.
Now some good news.
Facebook banned noxious Q-anon accounts from its site yesterday, and removed 1,500 pages in an initial purge. More will follow.
Joe Biden gave a stirring and presidential speech yesterday at the Gettysburg Memorial in Pennsylvania, calling for unity and rejecting the politics of hatred and division. He never mentioned Trump by name and didn’t need to–the contrasts were obvious and compelling. You can watch it here:
Also, retired four-star General Michael Hayden, a Republican, produced an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump where he pummeled Trump and endorsed Biden, saying that Biden was a good man and Trump was a bad man. Watch it here:
Tonight is the Vice Presidential debate featuring Kamala Harris against Mike Pence. It may not have much influence on the polls, but it should be fascinating.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.