President Donald Trump is under fire after kicking off the week with several tweets critics say are attempts at voter suppression. Barely a day and a half after his disastrous Tulsa rally, which less than 6200 people attended, according to an official estimate, the President is clearly concerned about his re-election prospects.
Monday morning President Trump tweeted out a link to a far right wing website quoting Attorney General Bill Barr’s false claim voting by mail “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud.”
The President added: “This will be the Election disaster of our time. Mail-In Ballots will lead to a RIGGED ELECTION!”
There is zero evidence of this.
Minutes later, Trump fired off an all-caps tweet, insisting – again without evidence – foreign countries will print “millions” of mail-in ballots, rigging the election.
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
On Twitter some noted the safeguards in place to prevent voter fraud.
FACT CHECK: Absentee/mail-in ballots are printed with bar codes for tracking.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 22, 2020
Others accused Trump of lying.
EVERY WORD OF THIS IS A LIE. https://t.co/xtUZxClq3N
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) June 22, 2020
Some noted Trump knows he’s going to lose the election.
I guess Trump realizes now there's no way he's going to win.
Funny that he declares foreign intervention to affect the election the "scandal of our times," though. pic.twitter.com/rKp8wxOuhL
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) June 22, 2020
Trump knows he’s gonna lose big time, so he’s already creating the excuse why. We’ve had mail-in voting for many previous elections. Trump votes by mail. Don’t let him gaslight you!
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 22, 2020
Some warned Trump might not leave quietly.
Trump telling us on June 22, 2020 he will NOT be accepting the election results come November 3. Does anyone think There will be a normal transition of power come January?! There won't be. But I can 100% assure you that Trump will be removed from White House Jan 20, 2021 at Noon
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 22, 2020
Some expressed grave concern.
this genuinely scares the shit out of me, I just hope it’s a bunch of bluster https://t.co/Gm5OdnF59u
— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) June 22, 2020
If mail-in ballots are disproportionately sought by Democrats, election night counts may show Trump leading in some states, only for that lead to vanish as mail-in ballots are counted. Trump is telegraphing how he might respond to that. Pretty scary stuff. https://t.co/Daq3KGBvMf
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) June 22, 2020
This is a set up tweet.
Pay attention. https://t.co/0sY7k0F0NX
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) June 22, 2020
Some warned he might be planning to contest the election.
Trump's laying the groundwork for an election challenge. Barr's corrupt enough to help him do it. That's why the House must impeach Barr. Even if the Senate won't convict it puts down a historical marker that this is not OK and creates a factual record exposing Barr's corruption. https://t.co/tj5bU7gyrr
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 22, 2020
Some just mocked the President.
Can someone get him a burp cloth? He’s spitting up again. https://t.co/r99UvHcMgY
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 22, 2020
When you say millions do you actually mean 6200s? Trying to apply your Tulsa math to future Trump predictions.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) June 22, 2020
IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES! pic.twitter.com/Kk6e0iGZSC
— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@JediCounselor) June 22, 2020
Some warned Trump is asking for foreign interference again.
This tweet serves two purposes. 1) It makes his base weary of the election results, and 2) It's a direct request to China and Russia to print out and send in fake mail-in ballots in order to create a scandal surrounding his election loss. He'll then claim he predicted this. https://t.co/5aRAXneLox
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 22, 2020
And some accused him of engaging in voter suppression.
After Trump's Tulsa flop of a rally where he had less than a third turnout, Trump now is 100% sure he can NOT win in November if it's his base versus Americans. So now Trump pivots hard to voter suppression and trying to delegitimize the results of the election https://t.co/hTR4zwD9RW
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 22, 2020
And so begins the 2020 Trump campaign voter suppression effort.
When he loses he needs to lose big, because this clown will just moan about 'voter fraud' in November. He'll probably even mention it in whatever brainfart passes for a concession speech. https://t.co/Q7VWR7aO8F
— Steven Nash (@nashienet) June 22, 2020
Activate voter suppression time with agent Barr as head of strategy. https://t.co/L3MlAXH8Tv
— anotheraccount (@IseeBias) June 22, 2020
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Fauci: Trump Hasn’t Been to a Coronavirus Task Force Meeting in ‘Months’ and Hasn’t Talked to Me ‘in a While’
NIH Director Says White House Now Has ‘Different Priorities’ Than Coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci says President Donald Trump has not attended a coronavirus task force meeting in “several months.” Fauci, the most respected and most recognized health official in the federal government, also says meetings of the task force have been only “about one per week.”
Almost since its inception the task force had been meeting daily, but that dropped done to weekly several weeks ago, Fauci told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. Vice President Mike Pence still leads the group.
Fauci also says, “I definitely don’t have” Trump’s “ear as much as Scott Atlas,” the Fox News radiologist who has all but made “herd immunity” the official policy of this White House.
“Direct involvement with the President,” Fauci said, “I have not done that in a while.”
It is a staggering revelation, as the U.S. heads into what experts are calling America’s “third wave” of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday more than 70,000 new coronavirus cases were recorded. The U.S. now has had 8.7 million COVID-19 cases and is rapidly approaching 230,000 deaths.
Dr. Fauci says the last time President Trump has attended a coronavirus task force meeting was “several months ago.”
“Direct involvement with the president in the discussions? I have not done that in a while.” pic.twitter.com/UaingyDNGf
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 23, 2020
Meanwhile, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently called it “a bit of a chaotic time with the election,” noting that “there’s not a direct connection between the task force members and the president as there was a few months ago. But this seems to be a different time with different priorities.”
Judge Shoots Down Effort to Delay Hearing on Trump Rape Case — After Barr’s DOJ Was Caught Lying: Report
The United States Department of Justice received a public rebuke from a federal judge on Wednesday.
At issue was a hearing about the DOJ’s efforts to have taxpayer-funded lawyers defend President Donald Trump in a civil case over whether he defamed E. Jean Carroll after she accused him of sexual assault.
The DOJ attempted to delay the case after a government attorney was denied access to the courthouse due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The DOJ claimed that the new rules had started on Tuesday, even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced the ban a week earlier.
The judge denied the motion and noted the hearing could be conducted by phone.
The judge added that “contrary to the government’s suggestion, it appears that Virginia was added to the list of Restricted States over a week ago.”
The order was posted to Twitter by Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld:
Upshot: The DOJ made an easily fact-checked error in a one-paragraph letter to a federal judge, who quickly noticed that and dressed the department down on the public record.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 21, 2020
Biden Is Offering ‘Xanax for Americans’ Who Need ‘Calm’ After 4 Years of Trump: CNN Panel
A CNN panel on Wednesday said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has taken the nickname “Sleepy Joe”to heart and is now using it as part of its closing argument in the 2020 race.
Reacting to the Biden campaign ad that aired during the first game of the 2020 World Series, host John Berman noted that much of the 60-second spot seemed dedicated to projecting a return to normalcy after four chaotic years under President Donald Trump.
CNN correspondent Jeff Zelany shared Berman’s assessment.
“He’s hoping to present it as you know, Xanax for Democrats, milk of magnesia for Americans,” he said. “That ad in the World Series speaks volumes about where the Biden campaign is right now: They have resources and he is in command of this race. So he is trying to present an air of calm, really like he’s been trying to do from the very beginning.”
Reporter Abby Phillip also thought that the ad signaled where Biden’s closing argument is headed.
“What you do hear from a lot of voters is that they really are tired,” she said. “They really are kind of exhausted by this whole thing, they really do want things to be a little bit more calm.”
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