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Tucker Carlson and his guest accidentally say the quiet part out loud

November 3, 2020 in Blogs

By Walter Einenkel

It’s an anxious day in America. Trying to twiddle one’s thumbs can only take up so much time. We have all been here before about four (thousand?) years ago. Listening to music, doing breathing exercises, drinking, or whatever it is you do once you’ve voted and are waiting to see what the results of our 2020 election are is a job unto itself. A little levity in the form of Fox News talking point mishaps are in order. On Monday night, the eve of this most important of elections, Tucker Carlson had Candace Owens on to tell Fox News’ viewers that they needed to vote for Donald Trump because … well, her use of talking points may have gotten her and Carlson turned around so much that they made a mistake and told the truth, to be honest.

The thrust of Owens’ appearance was to say that Black Lives Matter and antifa are coming for you. It’s the old “People of color in those cities you see on television are coming for your suburbs and are going to turn your children into … Black people, I guess?” After telling Carlson that Black people were going to vote for Trump because they know he’s awesome, Owens went on to make the point that white people in the suburbs should be afraid of Black people and antifa people as they are coming for your homes and will not stop until your children are turned into … socialists, I guess? Maybe looters? Maybe anti-racists? Not exactly sure, but by the tone in her and Carlson’s voices, it can’t be good.

Of course, after working herself and Carlson up into an unhealthy paranoid and racist froth, Owens forgot to keep the secret thing quiet, and Carlson did too.

CANDACE OWENS: I will say this and I will say this sincerely: To everybody on the left that is okay with this, that is watching these businesses get boarded up, and have turned the other cheek this entire year because you hate Trump so much, let me tell you something: You will get eaten by your own dogs. When we start down this road in America, if you think that we can somehow put the toothpaste back in the tube there will come a time where your own side and you have a disagreement and they’re not going to stop.They’re going to come for you too, and …read more

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Ex-Bernie adviser Chuck Rocha explains the 'single most important factor' in 2020 Election

November 3, 2020 in Blogs

By Democracy Now

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AMY GOODMAN: People are voting across the United States for an election which is on pace to have the highest turnout rate in perhaps 150 years, percentage-wise. Nearly 100 million people have voted early — that’s nearly three-quarters of the total 2016 vote count.

But campaigns are still scrambling to get out the vote in key battleground states. On Monday, President Trump campaigned in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

On this final day of the 2020 campaign, we look at how Latinx voters could play a key role in deciding the presidency and who controls the Senate. Many battlegrounds states, including Florida, Texas and Arizona, have large Latinx communities. Many polls show Biden is not doing as well among Latinx voters as Hillary Clinton did in 2016. One recent poll in Florida showed a majority of Latinx voters supported Trump over Biden.

We’re joined now by two guests. Chuck Rocha was a campaign adviser to Bernie Sanders. He now runs the pro-Biden Nuestro PAC to mobilize the Latino voters. He is author of Tío Bernie: The Inside Story of How Bernie Sanders Brought Latinos into the Political Revolution. And we’re joined by Maria Hinojosa. She’s an award-winning journalist, author of the new memoir Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. She’s founder of Futuro Media, host of Latino USA and co-host of the podcast In the Thick.

Chuck Rocha, we begin with you. You’re a numbers guy. Looking across the country, there was a Bloomberg report that came out this weekend that’s saying Black and Latinx voters are not coming out in the numbers that Democratic Party hope for. Can you talk specifically about the Latinx vote in Pennsylvania, in Florida, in Texas, where you are, in Arizona?

CHUCK ROCHA: Well, thank you. And thank you, Amy.

The Latino vote will be the single most important factor in this election. There’s some truth on both sides of everything and all of the noise that you’re hearing out there. There’s one thing that’s for sure, no matter where you are in America, that more Latinos will vote in this election than anytime in the history of America. And already with early voting you’ve had 2 million Latinos vote in …read more

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Here's what the media never grasped about the psychology of Trump voters

November 3, 2020 in Blogs

By Amanda Marcotte

The orange spray-tan was barely wiped off Donald Trump’s inauguration Bible before the mainstream media went on Trump Voter Remorse Watch. Working off a common but incorrect understanding of human psychology — that, given evidence and time, people come to regret their worst decisions — journalists kept interviewing Trump voters over and over, in “heartland” diners and farm fields and gargantuan exurban malls, in search of evidence that doubts were starting to creep in.

I found the whole thing exhausting fairly quickly. In June 2017, I published an article in which I concluded, after interviewing psychological experts, that “the answer to the question of when Trump voters will come around is somewhere between ‘a long, long time from now’ and more likely ‘never.’”

Here we are, three and a half years later, and things have gone even more poorly than we could have imagined. Trump was impeached for trying to extort a foreign leader into smearing a political opponent, the economy is in the toilet and getting worse, and 231,000 Americans have died in a pandemic that spiraled out of control, largely due to Trump’s malicious incompetence.

And yet: Trump’s approval ratings remain at a stubborn 44.6%, which is only 1.3 percentage points below the popular-vote share that was enough to snag an admittedly flukish electoral victory in 2016. His rating has slipped a few points below that level here and there, but it always bounces back. Right now, it’s as robust as ever, and the vast majority of the people who voted for him in 2016 are clearly doing it again, while telling themselves a story about how this is justified because — seriously, they’re telling themselves this — he’s doing a good job.

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads in all national polls and most battleground states, but many Democrats are still sweating bullets in fear. That immovable approval rating shows that Trump has an electoral path to do it again, defeating a more popular opponent by appealing to conservative white voters in rural and suburban areas whose votes are hugely overvalued compared to people in big cities and major coastal states, thanks to the anachronistic and anti-democratic design of the Electoral College. That stubborn approval rating has been the stuff of nightmares for four years, the monster lurking in the closet in the horror film, ready …read more

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Ex-ethics official loses it when he hears the Trump campaign's Election Day plan

November 3, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

On Election Day, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that President Donald Trump and his allies planned to use part of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. as a campaign “war room.” She noted that doing so might be problematic under the Hatch Act, which prohibits employees of the executive branch of the federal government from participating in certain types of political activities while on the job. And a former ethics official had a vehement reaction.

Haberman, in a Twitter thread, reported, “Per two sources, the campaign has a ‘war room’ set up in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Trump is also going to be briefed in the residence and the Oval Office throughout the day by officials.”

The Times reporter, in the same thread, added, “The building is taxpayer space and it’s not clear how this works out under the Hatch Act.

Attorney Walter Shaub, after seeing Haberman’s tweet, posted, in all caps, “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS, HENRY FUCKING KERNER??????” (Henry Kerner leads the Office of Special Counsel, which oversees enforcement of the Hatch Act. It’s entirely separate from the Special Counsel’s Office, which was led by Robert Mueller.)

Coming from Shaub, that tweet is a big deal. Shaub served as director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama. He resigned early in Trump’s term in protest of the president’s refusal to adhere to basic ethics guidelines.

Presidential campaigns often set up “war rooms” on Election Day, but they do so in privately owned properties. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, as Haberman noted, is a government building.

Another attorney, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, saw Haberman’s thread and tweeted, “Trump’s campaign is using a building that is publicly owned and kept up with our tax dollars. Looks like a clear Hatch Act violation.”

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Why tens of millions surrendered their independence of mind and body to Trump

November 3, 2020 in Blogs

By Jim Sleeper

Financier and philanthropist George Soros must have seen Trump coming as early as 2011. He certainly saw where a disturbingly large proportion of American voters were going. “The United States has been a democracy and open society since its founding. The idea that it will cease to be one seems preposterous; yet it is a very likely prospect,” he wrote in the New York Review of Books in June of that year.

George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004 had convinced Soros “that the malaise in American society went deeper than incompetent leadership.” The public had proved “unwilling to face harsh reality and was positively asking to be deceived by demanding easy answers to difficult problems.”

Will the American public now reconfirm Soros’ observation? This year’s campaign has given us plenty or reasons to worry.

By the end of Bush’s second term in 2009, few Americans denied the harsh realities of the Iraq war fiasco and of failed federal responses to Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and to tsunamis of predatory financing that were throwing millions of people out of their homes and jobs. Yet Soros insisted that much of the public, reluctant to face other realities, grasped at vague, easy hopes that Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign offered but that his presidency proved sometimes unwilling and sometimes unable to fulfill, especially against a Republican Congress after 2010.

The ongoing public flight from reality only accelerated with Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, when millions of voters sought scapegoats to blame for rising dangers and craved simplistic directions to safety and salvation.

Soros proposed that Americans’ reluctance to face reality had been “coupled with the refinement in the techniques of deception” by Rupert Murdoch’s and other right-wing media and by sundry impresarios and invaders of internet social media. But he also warned that democracy can be undone by a much older danger, inherent in human nature, that discredits the Enlightenment “assumption that freedom of speech and thought will produce a better understanding of reality.” That assumption “is valid only for the study of natural phenomena,” not of politics, Soros wrote. Instead of standing “apart from reality, acting as a searchlight illuminating it,” reason and rational analysis were of little help in understanding how even prosperous, well-educated people think and act in society.

That disturbing proposition has been reinforced by Trump ever since 2016 and by the public distempers he stoked on the eve of …read more

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