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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post


    Say what you like about Melania Trump, she has done an incredible amount during her time in the White House. She renovated the bowling alley she revamped the Red Room, she broke ground on a private tennis pavilion. Now, the indefatigable first lady is trying her hand at horticulture: on Monday,
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    Well you can lead a horticulture...
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    Republicans to Trump: You can't delay 2020 election

    Top Republicans have rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed over alleged fraud concerns.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissed the idea.

    Mr Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election, as any delay would have to be approved by Congress.

    Earlier, the president suggested that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

    He floated a delay until people could "properly, securely and safely" vote. There is little evidence to support Mr Trump's claims but he has long railed against postal voting, which he has said would be susceptible to fraud.

    US states want to make mail-in voting easier because of public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

    Does US postal voting lead to ‘tremendous fraud’?
    Could Donald Trump delay the presidential election?

    Mr Trump's intervention came as new figures showed the US economy had suffered the worst contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
    How have Republicans reacted?

    Senator McConnell said no US presidential election had ever been delayed before.

    "Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time. We will find a way to do that again this November third," he told local Kentucky station WNKY.

    Mr McCarthy echoed him. "Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election," he said.

    Trump ally Senator Lindsay Graham meanwhile said a delay was "not a good idea".

    However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to be drawn on Mr Trump's suggestion. Quizzed by reporters on whether a president could delay an election, he said he would not "enter a legal judgement on the fly".

    The spokesman for Mr Trump's re-election campaign, Hogan Gidley, said Mr Trump had just been "raising a question".

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    Trump achieves all eight with admirable concision in this one tweet. He decries voting by mail, but praises absentee ballots, which are nothing else but voting by mail. The blatant contradiction, the test of faith for the true believer, is there right at the beginning, a gatekeeper for the rest of the tweet.

    The big lie, in all capitals, is that the coming elections will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent in history. Historically speaking, the greatest source of inaccuracy and fraud in our elections is the suppression of African American votes, which is bad now but has been much worse. Of course, this is not at all what Trump means, and that is the point of a big lie: to replace a familiar reality with a nonexistent problem.

    My entire state votes by mail. Sorry, Mr. President. It works great.

    Tyrants in general and fascists in particular like to manufacture crises. Something that is true but of limited significance is transformed into an emergency that requires breaking all the rules. So, true, it does take time to count ballots, and some states do it better than others. But the claim that this requires an extraordinary step such as delaying an election is a manufactured crisis.

    The cleverness of the manufactured crisis is that it plays out at the level of emotions rather than facts. If people accept it, they put their emotions in the service of the tyrant. The next move, made in the next sentence of the tweet, is to invoke humiliation. The “great embarrassment” has not happened and will not happen, but if we choose to feel humiliated, we then look for the wrongdoer.

    This has been the siren song of tyrants: Some shady enemy has done us wrong, and we must restore our honor. In this tweet, the enemy is implicit: Someone has made voting improper, unsafe and insecure. From the context, it is clear that what is meant is that Democrats have tried to make voting easier. In fact, paper ballots are the most proper, safe and secure way to vote.

    The basic substance of the message, then, is a call to resist voting and question democratic procedures. In that way, the final three traditional fascist objectives are achieved. Citizens are supposed to forget about their individual right to cast a ballot and doubt the familiar procedures of democratic elections, while the president simply remains (as he imagines it) in power.

    So we circle back to the grand contradiction. The president claims to defend voting but does so by expressing the desire to have elections indefinitely delayed. He blames others for the risks we face and the problems, although it is his own White House and his Republican allies in the Senate who have blocked legislation that would extend voting at home and block intervention from abroad. He calls for dramatic action to resolve a nonexistent problem and suggests a power he does not actually have.

    Twelve signs Trump would try to run a fascist dictatorship in a second term

    This is where the differences with historical fascists begin. Fascists believed in responsibility: a terrible responsibility, as they understood it — the need to destroy an old decadent world in the name of a new racial paradise, to drown democracy in blood, to fight wars for territory abroad, to set the world on fire. Trump has no such visions and no sense of responsibility, terrible or otherwise. He simply prefers to stay in power and have a comfortable life. He expresses just enough fascism to make this possible.

    Hence the “just asking” part of the tweet, at the end, expressed as “???.” Whenever anyone asks about a tweet’s authoritarian character, the response of Trump and his minders will be that he was just posing a question. This makes it harder for his critics to pin him down, but also harder for his allies to take him seriously. No one goes to the wall for three question marks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    A bunch of Republican congressmen have come out and said he can't do it and they won't delay the election. I was shocked.
    They've finally grown a backbone, impressive!
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    i don't know if it's even that they have a backbone. i'm just assuming that even these dolts can smell fascism and none of them wants to go down in history as the shmuck who supported it.
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    Rats finally acknowledging a sinking ship.
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    If there's no election, then Pelosi becomes Prez. And they sure as hell don't want that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    If there's no election, then Pelosi becomes Prez. And they sure as hell don't want that!
    No she doesn't.

    Without an election, there would be no House of Representatives, and 35 seats in the Senate wouldn't be filled since according to the 20th Amendment, those terms end at noon on Jan. 3rd.

    As of today, based on the rules of succession, Charles Grassley would become President. However, the 65 remaining members of the Senate could possibly choose a new President Pro Tempore between Jan. 3 and Jan. 20, and that person would be President, leaving us with a President and 64 Senators, but no House of Representatives, which makes little things like passing laws impossible.

    If you think the Electoral College is bad, imagine the President being chosen by the 65 members of the Senate whose terms are not up this year.
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    The Lincoln Project has done it again! https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/s...310210561?s=20

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    i don't know if it's even that they have a backbone. i'm just assuming that even these dolts can smell fascism and none of them wants to go down in history as the shmuck who supported it.
    I don't think it's that. They've supported tons of fascism already. If there's no election, or if it's postponed, then a bunch of them can't get re-elected either. The Nov 4 election is for Congressional seats, Senate seats, and state and local races right down to school boards. It's an utterly ridiculous suggestion to delay it and Trump has no authority to tell state boards of election to stop.

    What they will continue to support is voter intimidation via armed occupation in large Democratic areas and widespread voter suppression, right down to telling the post office to slow down deliveries. They will always make excuses for voter suppression tactics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albatross View Post
    No she doesn't.

    Without an election, there would be no House of Representatives, and 35 seats in the Senate wouldn't be filled since according to the 20th Amendment, those terms end at noon on Jan. 3rd.

    As of today, based on the rules of succession, Charles Grassley would become President. However, the 65 remaining members of the Senate could possibly choose a new President Pro Tempore between Jan. 3 and Jan. 20, and that person would be President, leaving us with a President and 64 Senators, but no House of Representatives, which makes little things like passing laws impossible.

    If you think the Electoral College is bad, imagine the President being chosen by the 65 members of the Senate whose terms are not up this year.
    Thank you. This situation is quite fascinating to non-americans.





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    9 Americans die every hole.

    39 every hour.

    155 Americans will die by the time the president is done playing today.



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    Trump never released his tax returns.
    He didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare.
    Mexico didn’t pay for the wall.
    He never even built it.

    He broke our economy. He killed Americans through his neglect.

    He golfed.

    Trump, it’s time for your 4 year review: you failed.

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    In a FOX News interview taped July 17 and aired two days later, Trump told Chris Wallace:

    “We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health care plan that the Supreme Court decision on DACA gave me the right to do.”


    Well, where's the healthcare plan? The one that's going to include everyone with pre-existing conditions? That's going to be so much better than Obama's plan? Also, does Trump think DACA and the ACA are the same thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    The Lincoln Project has done it again! https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/s...310210561?s=20
    This is interesting about the Lincoln project.


    Could this anti-Trump Republican group take down the president?

    Savage attack ads from a well-funded group of dissident Republicans are aiming to sway a key sliver of opinion in swing states
    Screen shot from a campaign ad produced by the anti-Trump Republican group, the Lincoln Project.
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    Amid all the noise of an election involving Donald Trump – all the inflammatory tweets and shadowy Facebook posts – one set of ads has somehow managed to break through.
    'I failed my fellow Americans': the white women defecting from Trump
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    There’s the one of the US president shuffling down a ramp that declares that the president “is not well”. There’s the whispering one about Trump’s “loyalty problem” inside his White House, campaign and family.

    There’s the epic Mourning in America that remakes Reagan’s election-defining 1984 ad, turning the sun-bathed suburbs into a dark national portrait of pandemic and recession. On Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, those three ads alone have racked up more than 35m views.

    The Lincoln Project, run by a group of renegade Republican political consultants, has crystallized one of the core narratives of the 2020 campaign in ways that few other political commercials have in past cycles.

    Its work on brutal attack ads sits alongside the swift boat veterans against John Kerry in 2004, the Willie Horton ad against Michael Dukakis in 1988, and the daisy ad against Barry Goldwater in 1964.

    Their reward? Disdain from independent media, distrust across the political spectrum and a recent series of harshly negative coverage from pro-Trump media outlets.

    Disdain appears to be the consensus view from the pundits. Atlantic magazine called their ads “personally abusive, overwrought, pointlessly salacious, and trip-wired with non sequiturs”. The New Republic examined what it called “the viral impotency” of the Lincoln Project, suggesting they couldn’t “persuade voters of anything”. Even the Washington Post declared most of their ads were “aimed not at persuading disaffected Republicans but simply at needling the president”.

    But that’s not how the project’s leaders see their work or purpose. In their launch manifesto, published as a column in the New York Times, the founders said their goal was “defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box”, including his Republican supporters in Congress.

    To that end, they said their efforts were about “persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts” to defeat Trump and elect congressional majorities opposed to Trumpism.

    Trump himself stole, without attribution, Reagan’s 1980 slogan: Make America Great Again.

    For the most part Trump’s tweets focused on the individual founders of the project that troubles him so deeply. Given their track record in GOP politics, his dismissal of them as Rinos – Republicans In Name Only – means there are very few Republicans who can pass the Trump test.

    The Lincoln Project founders include John Weaver, who was a political strategist for George HW Bush in 1988 and 1992, as well as John McCain’s strategist for a decade; Reed Galen, who worked on both Bush campaigns in 2000 and 2004; Steve Schmidt, who ran the McCain campaign in 2008 and worked in the Bush White House and campaigns before that; and George Conway, a conservative lawyer whose wife Kellyanne just happens to work as Trump’s counselor in the West Wing.


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    If all The Lincoln Project ends up doing is needling Trump, I'm fine with that.

    I follow them on Twitter and it is a constant barrage of needling. I love it.

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    Deutsche Bank Investigating Longtime Banker Of Donald Trump And Jared Kushner

    Deutsche Bank has begun an investigation into the longtime personal banker of Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner for her purchase of a New York condo from a company partly owned by Kushner, according to two news reports.

    The connection emerged in personal financial disclosures filed recently by Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump, who hold jobs as White House senior advisers.

    Banker Rosemary Vrablic and two colleagues purchased an apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan for about $1.5 million in 2013 from Bergel 715 Associates, The New York Times first reported Sunday. It was sold two years later for $1.85 million.

    The first daughter and Kushner received $1 million to $5 million from Bergel 715 in 2019, according to the couple’s required financial disclosures, which they filed Friday. It was the first time Bergel had appeared in their filings.

    A source familiar with the business arrangement told The Times that Kushner owns a stake in Bergel, and did so when Vrablic purchased the condo. But the income reported from Bergel was not linked to the banker’s purchase, according to the source.

    The Deutsche Bank investigation will determine if Vrablic acted improperly by purchasing the condo, according to The Hill. It’s typically against policy at banks for employees to do business — other than banking — with clients to avoid conflicts of interest, the Times noted.

    “The bank will closely examine the information that came to light on Friday and the [facts] from 2013,” bank spokesman Daniel Hunter said in a statement after learning of the Kushner connection to the condo.

    Kushner and Donald Trump were clients of Vrablic when the banker bought the condo. Kushner introduced his father-in-law to her in 2011 when Trump was having a hard time finding a bank that would loan him money after his repeated bankruptcies and loan defaults, including one to Deutsche Bank, the Times noted.

    By 2013, the men had received about $190 million in Deutsche Bank loans with Vrablic’s help — and hundreds of millions after that, according to the Times.

    Trump borrowed $175 million for his Trump National Doral golf resort in Florida, and for the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago in 2012. The bank later financed the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Times reported.

    Deutsche Bank is Trump’s biggest creditor. It has loaned the Trump Organization some $2 billion since 1998, and there are currently an estimated $350 million in loans outstanding, according to the Times. The loans are reportedly backed by a personal guarantee from Trump himself.

    Christopher Smith, the general counsel for Kushner’s family firm Kushner Companies, told The Hill in a statement that “Kushner is not the managing partner of that entity and has no involvement with the sales of the apartments.”

    It’s not clear how large a stake Kushner holds in the company.

    Vrablic could not be reached for comment.

    Deutsche Bank was fined a total of $630 million in 2017 in the U.S. and Britain over a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. It was recently hit with a $150 million penalty for the bank’s lack of oversight in dealings with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

    The U.S. Department of Justice last year launched another probe into bank compliance with regulations to prevent money laundering. The investigation included a review of suspicious activity, including some linked to Kushner, sources told the Times. Amid the probe the president’s Trump Organization was reportedly pressing to postpone its bank loan payments.

    The sticky situation underscored the unique power of Trump as president to maneuver a deal for his business, particularly with a bank under investigation by his own administration.

    David Enrich, a Times business reporter who recently wrote a book on Deutsche Bank, “Dark Towers,” told NPR that the bank has been “worried” about a situation like this.

    Bank officials are now “forced to choose between doing what seems like it’s financially right for the bank and for its regulators, versus doing what’s right to protect the relationship with someone who has the ability to inflict enormous damage on the institution if he is so inclined,” Enrich explained.

    The scenario is the “absolute nightmare that someone (ahem) warned about” when Trump took office, Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under both Barack Obama and Trump, tweeted.

    Trump did not divest from his businesses when he moved into the White House as other presidents have done to avoid conflicts of interest.

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