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Trump appears to be inviting a constitutional crisis

September 30, 2020 in Blogs

By Steven Rosenfeld

This story first appeared at Voting Booth.

In the first televised presidential debate, President Trump questioned the ability of America’s election officials to conduct an honest election this fall and said that he would not sit idly by “if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated. I can’t go along with that.”

“It means you have a fraudulent election,” Trump continued, speaking over moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, who asked both candidates if they would pledge to not “engage in any civil unrest” and “not declare victory” until all of the votes had been counted.

“You’re sending out 80 million ballots. They’re not equipped—these people [election officials, postal workers] are not equipped to handle it—number one,” Trump said. “Number two, they cheat. They cheat. Hey, they found ballots in a wastepaper basket three days ago and they all had the name military ballot. They were military. They all had the name Trump on them.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, countered, “He has no idea what he is talking about. The fact is I will accept it [the results] after complete count. And he will too. You know why? Because once the winner is declared after all the ballots are counted, all the votes are counted, that’ll be the end of it. That’ll be the end of it.”

Never before in modern history has a presidential debate ended with the incumbent refusing to say whether he would accept the results of an upcoming election and not agreeing to an orderly post-Election Day process—and the challenger saying that it doesn’t matter what the incumbent mistakenly believes, if he’s voted out of office he will have to leave.

Beyond Trump’s nonstop interruptions, accusations and bellowing that marked the debate, the president appeared to be inviting a constitutional crisis if the margins are close in swing states and the results were not known on Election Day, November 3—which they almost certainly will not be, because, as Wallace noted, eight states only start processing absentee ballots that day.

“Can you imagine where they say you have to have your ballot in by November tenth, November tenth,” Trump said. “That means, that’s seven days after the election [winner] in theory should have been announced. We have major states with that. All run by Democrats. All run by Democrats. It’s a rigged election.”

Trump also said that he expected the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved—including the …read more

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'An embarrassment': Critics slam Tim Scott for defending Trump's white supremacy debate blunder

September 30, 2020 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is caught in the middle of a massive Twitter storm after his attempt to defend President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy during his first presidential rally ahead of the 2020 election.

In the aftermath of Trump’s turbulent debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the American public was left reeling over the stark takeaways from the political clash. However, the biggest controversy centers on Trump avoiding the calls to disavow white supremacy. Instead of doing so, Trump offered a loaded statement to the Proud Boys saying, “stand back and stand by.”

Although the Proud Boys have praised Trump for his remarks because they, too, are aware of what the president’s words suggested, Scott offered a different perspective. When asked about the president’s remarks during an appearance on NBC News Wednesday morning, he immediately offered an explanation on behalf of the president. Scott seems to think the president “misspoke.”

“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment,” Scott answered. “He was asking Chris what he wanted to say, I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak.”

In similar fashion, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. also had an argument almost identical to Scott’s. When asked about the ordeal, he said, “I don’t know if that was a misspeak, but he was talking about having them stand down,” Trump Jr. told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “He’s more than happy to condemn that.”

It did not take long for Twitter users to go after Scott. Although Scott insisted the president should offer clarity if he did misspeak, Twitter users and many others still aren’t buying it. Since this is not Trump’s first time side-stepping a question about this critical issue, Scott is being criticized for parsing the president’s remarks while failing to take Trump at his word.

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Extremist hate group ‘Proud Boys’ merchandise with Trump order to ‘stand by’ — already on Amazon

September 30, 2020 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

President Donald Trump fueled the far right extremist, neo-fascist, misogynistic, transphobic, Islamophobic, white nationalist, violence-promoting hate group “Proud Boys” during Tuesday night’s debate when he refused to condemn white supremacism.

Trump gave the group a direct order: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” and they are thrilled – and taking him at his word.

Experts say Trump’s remarks effectively made him their leader, an “honor” the Proud Boys are only too happy to have.

Immediately the group took Trump’s words and incorporated them into their logo.

Now that logo, the logo of a dangerous hate group – including Trump’s directive – is appearing on merchandise at Amazon.

President Trump has helped normalize extremism.

His former counterterrorism chief at DHS condemned him for refusing to denounce white supremacism last night.

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CDC report shows millions of Americans were losing health insurance before COVID-19

September 30, 2020 in Blogs

By Walter Einenkel

During last night’s debate, one of the places where Joe Biden was able to cut through the strange excitable barking that was going on to his right was during the somehow interminable, somehow brief, debate question surrounding the health insurance. During that section, Biden attempted to explain the need to rebuild the Affordable Care Act and improve upon it while Donald Trump literally just barked out words like “socialist,” and lied about making insulin as “cheap as water.”

The most glaring point, something that even moderator Chris Wallace wasn’t able to hide, was that Donald Trump continues to have zero plans or ideas for replacing the health insurance that will be lost if the ACA is fully dismantled. As it is, the problem of high health insurance coverage wasn’t fixed by the first iteration of the ACA and a lot more work needs to be done. The Republican Party and Trump are not up for that task and after almost four years in office, matters have only gotten worse. Biden pointed that out that Trump and his Republicans have no interest in creating affordable health care. In fact, they have been doing quite the opposite. Trump would “never look you in the eye and tell you he wants to take it away. He wants to take it away.”

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit our shores and spread due to corrupt and impotent federal policy makers, people were losing their health insurance. The CDC released a report this month, which looked into rising numbers of uninsured Americans. Here’s what they found: “In 2019, 14.5% of adults aged 18–64 were uninsured in the United States.” The Hill reports that this is up from the previous year’s number of 13.3%. In total, between 2018 and 2019 at least 2.5 million people became uninsured under Trump and the Republican Party’s magical thinking, nonexistent plan. The number one reason people were losing their insurance was because it had become unaffordable.

Some other awful numbers the CDC released is that under Trump the people who have lost their insurance because of cost increased based on age, “from 66.8% among those aged 18–29 to 80.9% among those aged 50–64.” And, of course, as Biden pointed out, Trump’s activities as president have disproportionately hurt communities of color more than anyone else, with …read more

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Fox Business host gives Kayleigh McEnany a brutal reality check: ‘Biden won the debate’

September 30, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Following Trump’s presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night, September 29, Fox Business host Stuart Varney was honest enough to admit that Biden won the debate. And he was clearly in disagreement with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany when she tried to convince him that Trump was the winner.

McEnany, appearing on Fox Business, told Varney that Trump was “in very good spirits” following the debate and “brought the fight that I think the American people wanted to see.” But Varney responded that Trump was much too abrasive for his own good during the debate, which was moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

“His style, the frequent interruptions — I mean, the insults came from Biden — but the frequent interruptions and the talking over everybody, that was a lot from President Trump,” Varney argued. “And I think that’s what the audience didn’t like and will turn off.”

After McEnany claimed that Trump’s “offense style” was necessary to get answers from Biden, Varney told her, “What’s your response to this? Biden won simply because he got through the whole 90 minutes — no gaffe, no senior moments, no lack of focus, and reasonable amount of energy all the way through. Therefore, he survived. He won.”

But McEnany maintained that Trump won the debate, resorting to bogus talking points about Biden and Antifa.

“No gaffes — that’s a really subjective interpretation,” McEnany told Varney. “I would consider it a pretty big gaffe when asked about Antifa — an organization that has killed Americans and targeted police officers — and there’s no condemnation of that group. I consider that a pretty big gaffe, along with many others.”

Biden, in fact, has been stressing that he condemns violence from either the left or right. And Trump is drawing a great deal of criticism for, during the debate, expressing his solidarity the Proud Boys — a white nationalist group that openly promotes violence. Trump said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

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Fox Business host tells Kayleigh McEnany: ‘Biden won’

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