Hope that community service pays off!
Back in May, Amy Cooper aimed the cops at Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper in Central Park, and would've pulled the trigger if he hadn't filmed her lies. The backlash was swift. Ms. Cooper lost her job, her dog, and access to the outside. She was also charged with filing a false police report.
Mr. Cooper felt real bad for her because she apologized (kinda) for ... hold on, let me find her BS statement ... using the police as her personal “protection agency," which is a privilege only white people enjoy.
I reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash. I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause."
Mr. Cooper accepted whatever that was and even refused to cooperate in the prosecution's investigation. The inevitable slap on her dainty wrist might leave a bruise.
New York prosecutors don't share Mr. Cooper's kumbaya tendencies, so Ms. Cooper still has to answer for her crimes. She appeared remotely Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court, where she's negotiating a plea deal that could keep her out of jail. However, senior prosecutor Joan Illuzzi dropped the bomb that Ms. Cooper made a "second, previously unreported" call to 911 that was even worse.
How many people have to get sick?
Last month, Donald Trump held a few all-you-can-infect COVID-19 superspreader events in Minnesota. It was a bad idea, so of course the president was all for it. Now, at least two dozen people have contracted the coronavirus after attending Trump's hate rallies, according to state health officials. Two were hospitalized and one remains in the intensive care unit. It's as if COVID-19 is dominating their lives.
Don't worry, even if these unfortunate Trump supporters failed to sign their 'rona waiver, the president still has plausible deniability.
Politico reported on this case last week, and the situation has worsened since then.
Doug Schultz, a Minnesota Department of Health spokesman, said in an email that the department cannot say definitively that the infections were acquired at [a rally in Bemidji, Minnesota] , due to widespread community transmission of the disease — "only that they attended the rally during the time when they were likely to have been exposed to the virus that made them ill (i.e. 14 days prior to illness onset)."
At least one person was likely infectious while at the rally, the department said.
That's the one upside of the president bungling the nation's COVID-19 response. The virus is still spreading unchecked, and our testing and tracing program is so lousy no one could ever definitively prove that Trump is personally making America sick again.
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.