Shocking, we know!
There's a mad rush on social media to make people believe Donald Trump has Black friends. He doesn't. Not only does Joe Biden lead Trump by at least 81 points among Black voters, but Black people are more likely to state that they are voting for Biden and not just against Trump, although we're happy to do both. We're good multitaskers.
According to the Washington Post, Clemson University social media researcher Darren Linvill has tracked a "network of more than two dozen" phony Twitter accounts from supposed Black Trump supporters. We know they're fake because they are "Black Trump supporters." Candace Owns can't be everywhere.
Sunday, Twitter suspended the account for @CopJrCliff, which passed itself off as a Black police officer and Trump fanboy who urged people to VOTE REPUBLICAN! (in all-caps, naturally). It was active for six days, tweeted just eight times, but managed to amass 24,000 followers. Mr. CopJrCliff's most popular tweet was liked 75,000 times and didn't even include a funny cat video.
It's called stochastic terrorism, but you know that by now.
Rightwing thugs or domestic terrorists or whatever you want to call them as long as you don't use the word “militia" planned to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and put her on trial for, presumably, trying to keep their dumb asses alive during a pandemic. The FBI foiled their deranged plot, but it turns out that these loons also discussed abducting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam — and though the FBI told Northam's security team, nobody considered he might "need to know." Maybe they were setting the stage for a potential romantic comedy/political thriller starring the Rock and Bebe Neuwirth (go make your own movie if you don't like my casting).
FBI Special Agent Richard Trask revealed this plot twist during a hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
From the Washington Post:
"At this meeting they discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governors of Michigan and Virginia, based upon the lockdown orders," Trask told the court, referring to state-mandated restrictions implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Where did this band of Travis Bickles get the idea to go after Northam?
LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1587137145.0
This is (but shouldn’t be) America.
Early in-person voting started in Georgia Monday, and what we witnessed was hardly democracy in action. People were waiting in lines that snaked around city blocks for almost 10 hours. That's a de facto poll tax and outright disenfranchisement for people with disabilities and parents of small children. It's inexcusable, but that didn't stop officials from trying. God bless.
"Georgia is seeing record turnout for early voting because of excitement and enthusiasm of the upcoming election," said Walter Jones, a spokesperson for the Georgia Secretary of State's office. "Long lines are to be expected — voters need to be aware of all of their options including three weeks of early voting, no-excuse absentee and in-person voting day of the election."
See? Long lines are to be expected, so sit down and shut up. Well, you can't actually sit. You'll have to stand for hours on end, but your tired dogs are no excuse for bellyaching. This is America, where our regularly scheduled elections remain a constant source of surprise.
Oh no, did Kamala Harris upset the fragile little white man?
Last week, Donald Trump phoned his friends at Fox News and shared his COVID-drug-addled thoughts about the vice presidential debate and impromptu remake of The Fly. He grossly but not surprisingly called Kamala Harris “this monster that was onstage with Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night, by the way."
It wasn't a one-time slip-up. President Projection double-dipped his misogynoir: "This monster, she says, 'no, no, there won't be fracking,' there won't be this. Everything she said is a lie."
This is not how you should speak about a sitting senator who's going to be the vice president-elect in 22 days. But Trump has a pattern of disrespecting strong women, specifically women of color. He calls Hillary Clinton “crooked" and calls for her arrest. But he doesn't dehumanize her quite the way he does Harris. His contempt for Harris is something else.
TRUMP: I thought that wasn't even a contest last night [at the debate]. She was terrible. I don't think you could get worse. And totally unlikeable. And she is.
As usual, Trump is wrong on the facts. According to a CNN poll, a majority of viewers of the debate believed Harris won the debate. It wasn't even close — 59 to 38 percent. Sixty-nine percent of female voters, who don't enjoy seeing smarmy assholes talk over women, thought Harris outperformed Pence, and even men broke 48 to 46 percent in Harris's favor.
It's also odd that Trump would stress that Harris is “unlikeable" when he's just called her a monster. No one likes monsters, as his own approval ratings make quite clear. Maybe Trump is trying to distinguish her from the monsters he personally likes, such as Herman Munster or Ghislaine Maxwell, the accused child rape ringleader he “wished well" after her arrest.