The Rise and Fall of the Trumpublican Party


I am a registered Democrat.  Because there is no centrist third party with a chance in hell of getting anywhere.  And you can’t vote in the Primary Election without being registered as either Democrat of Republican (this is stupid).   I consider myself a Reluctant Democrat.  I am not a LEFTY as I am often accused.  My conservative friends think I am a Liberal.  My liberal friends think i am a Conservative.  Neither is true.  I am a Centrist.  I want to see all people treated equally.  I want corruption and big money out of government.  Period.  I want free and fair elections.  I want nepotism, cronyism and all other isms out of our government.  I have written about this in other posts on this blog.  I have a plan.  It will never happen.  But it should.

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Once upon a time…

There were two major political parties in the United States of America.

  • Republicans
  • Democrats

Over the years, the platform of both parties has changed significantly.

When anyone accuses Republicans of promoting racism, Republicans are quick to point out that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican — and he freed the slaves.  Therefore, Republicans cannot be racists.  They conveniently like to forget that in the mid 1800s, The KKK was populated by Democrats and Republicans were the progressive party.  The Republican party has changed significantly since its origination in 1854.  If you look up Republican Progressive, you will find the party of the 21st century is entirely different than it was in the 1800s.  Or even in the mid 20th century.  The Republican Party emerged in 1854 to combat the expansion of slavery into the American territories — and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The early Republican Party was made up of factory workers, professionals, businessmen, farmers and northern Protestants.  After 1866, former black slaves became adherents as well.  In the 21st century, both parties are servants to Big Money.  Republicans have become subservient to the Christian Evangelical movement and will do anything to appease them and retain that large voting bloc.

In the mid 1800s, white Southerners backed the Democratic Party, supporting , among other things, expansion which would extend slavery to the territories.   Republicans (previously Whigs) especially in the North, were opposed.  Republicans welcomed most of the changes wrought by industrialization but advocated strong government policies that would guide growth and development within the country’s existing boundaries.  Democrats feared industrialization the Republicans embraced.  For many Democrats, the answer to the nation’s social ills was to continue to follow Thomas Jefferson‘s vision of establishing agriculture in the new territories in order to counterbalance industrialization.

The Republican party of the mid-1800s opposed the expansion of slavery and stood for high tariffs, railroads, the gold standard and the national banking system.  They led the fight to destroy the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.  Through the Civil War, the Republican Party dominated the northern states but had almost no presence in the south.  The Republican Party dominated the political scene until 1932.  After 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt unsuccessfully ran as a third party candidate, many of his supporters left the Republican Party and the Party underwent an ideological shift to the right.

What about those Democrats?

Democrats ruled the political landscape following the Great Depression and held the lead until the Voting Rights Act of 1964 shifted the political landscape once more.  The Republican Party’s core base shifted to the southern states after the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The northeast became predominantly democratic while the Republican Party swelled its ranks with evangelicals from the South, following the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.  It is at this point that the Party becomes far more religiously directed.  The Party won 5 of the 6 elections from 1968 to 1988.  Reagan became the transformation party leader.  His influence continues into the 21st century.  He stood for reduced government spending / regulation, lower taxes and a robust anti-Soviet Union foreign policy.  His Trickle Down Economics would prove to be disastrous for small business.

The brief period of the Dixiecrats opposing Truman’s election is worth noting here.  It illustrates the impact of the KKK and White Supremacy across the South on the Democratic Party.  The Dixiecrats were opposed to integration and their very existence weakened the Solid South at the time.  Yes, Democrats the KKK do go hand-in-hand historically.  Those party lines have changed obviously in the last half century or so.

Back to Republicans…

The Republican Party’s early founding position of small government, personal responsibility and fiscal responsibility has been jettisoned in the last several decades in favor of pure, unfettered greed.  Throughout Obama’s 8 years in office, The Republicans voted THIRTY TIMES to overturn Obamacare. Never ONCE did they vote on Obama’s jobs bill. MoscowMitch has been the pinnacle of obstructionism in proudly and brazenly NOT processing any bills coming from the Democrat dominated House of Representatives. Their legacy will haunt the party for decades. Republicans have truly and tangibly become the Do Nothing Party for at least the last 12 years.

The Republican party of obstructionism congealed into an immovable, toxic mass on the first day of Obama’s tenure.  They were determined to make Obama’s term an abject failure by passing absolutely no legislation created / suggested or supported by the new administration.  And with the exception of the ACA (Obamacare) they succeeded in creating a logjam of legislation.  The senate suffered from a case of legislative constipation that continues all the way through 2020, piloted by none other than MosccowMitch McConnell.  Senator Voinovich stated for the record “If he was for it, we had to be against it,” … “He wanted everyone to hold the fort. All he cared about was making sure Obama could never have a clean victory.”

As reported by The Economist in 2012:

Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office, by Greg Sargent, Washington Post: I’ve got my copy of Michael Grunwald’s new book on the making of stimulus, The New New Deal, and … it may shed new light on the degree to which Republicans may have decided to deny Obama all cooperation for the explicit purpose of rendering his presidency a failure — making it easier for them to mount a political comeback after their disastrous 2008 losses.

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Rise of the Trumpublican Party:

In 2016, along comes Donald J. Trump

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the movers and shakers of the Republican Party were almost universally aligned against the candidate they thought was a reality show conman.  They came out against him in droves.

Watch this for example after example of that last sentence:

But after the surprising (to most people) victory of Trump in 2016, the rank and file ALL towed the party line, sacrificed their personal convictions and became the Party of Trump.  Or Trumpublicans.  They universally abandoned their believes to hitch their wagons to the winner and ride his coattails to abundant riches and career glory. The Senate Republicans refused to approve impeachment proceedings that, among other things included collusion with a foreign power.  Russia and Ukraine.  There has been abundant proof of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and now the 2020 election is in jeopardy for the same reasons.  Yet Senate Republicans again and again refuse to make any useful changes to national security that would protect our elections for outside tampering.  Since 2016, House Democrats have passed over 400 bills.  Bills that are important to Americans.  MoscowMitch has not addressed a single one.  This was his tactic when Obama was president as well.  Obstructionism is the hallmark of Mitch McConnell’s Senate Majority Leader career.  And no one seems even remotely embarrassed by this.  They are so brazen, they flaunt their corruption.

Because who is going to do anything about it?  The Senate has a Republican majority.  They ARE the body that polices Congress.  Along with William Barr, Trump’s attack dog.  And then there is Lindsay Graham, Trump’s lapdog.

Trump has been in violation of the Emoluments Clause since day one.  He golfs at his own properties – and at far more frequency than even Obama (I was a vocal critic of this).  Dignitaries and business people stay at Trump’s hotels / resorts for meetings with him.  So Trump makes significant earnings as a result of his presidency.  The taxpayers (you and me) have paid in the neighborhood of 150 Million to fund his golfing alone.  The Secret Service detail surrounding Trump has to stay where he is.  Therefore, we are paying one of Trump’s properties for all the lodging and food for the entire detail every time he goes to on of his properties.  That money goes right into Trump’s bank account.  He has turned the presidency into a massive money funnel from your bank account right into his wallet.

And then there is the blatant nepotism.  He has employed the immediate family in his administration and has appointed his donors to places of power and wealth.   He strong-armed the administration into giving Jared and Ivanka top security clearances, even though their connections to other countries made them technically ineligible.   The most recent example blatant cronyism is Louis DeJoy, a big campaign donor who was appointed Postmaster General, just in time to corrupt mail delivery ahead of the election and stoke Trump’s touted fears of mail-in voting fraud.   The really frightening aspect of the Party of Trump is that it is actually a CULT.  Plain and simple it is nothing but a cult.  The Republican Party has no platform other that to confirm and implement whatever Trump wants.  THAT is a cult.  His followers can not be reasoned with.  Try it sometime.  They are cult followers.  They will not be convinced that the emperor has no clothes (Or values.  Or ethics.  Or beliefs)  For the most part, with few exceptions, his followers will believe anything he says, no matter how obvious the lie or the sheer volume of scientific data that refutes his statements.  They will not hear the truth.  This Is A Cult.


  1. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
    “the cult of St. Olaf”
    • a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
      “a network of Satan-worshiping cults”

      sect, religious group, denomination, religious order, church, faith, faith community, belief, persuasion, affiliation, movement, group,  body, faction

  • clique

  • a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.
    “a cult of personality surrounding the leaders”
    obsession with, fixation on, mania for, passion for, idolization of, admiration for, devotion to, worship of, veneration of
  • reverence for


  • Trump’s daughter works at the White House
  • Her husband works at the White House
  • Rudy Giuliani’s son works at the White House
  • William Barr’s son-in-law works at the White House
  • William Barr’s daughter works at the Treasury
  • Trump’s son do foreign business
  • Trump’s daughter has numerous foreign patents, including voting machines
  • Trump’s daughter has received Saudi grants

Voter Suppression:

Republicans have been guilty of gerrymandering (redrawing voting districts to their benefit) for a long time.  Texas is one of the best examples of this insidious vote grabbing scheme.  That’s not news.  But in recent years they have become very adept at twisting the system (rigging the game) to their benefit.  All of the current voter suppression is under the guise of Trumpublicans wanting to FORCE voters to stand in line for HOURS – sometimes ALL DAY to vote in the middle of the worst pandemic in 100 years.  When people should be able to vote from home.  But no.  They want to suppress the vote because they KNOW the more people who can vote, the worse their chances of keeping their jobs become.  Plenty of Americans have figured out the game is rigged and not in their favor.  We already have record early voting turnout across this nation.  Apparently a lot of people are willing to literally risk their lives to make sure their votes are counted.  The fact that the 2016 election was heavily influenced by Russian interference does not bother Trumpublicans one bit.  The GOP controlled Senate has blocked THREE Election Security Bills recently.  Why?  Would election security not seem critical to anyone with two functioning brain cells?  What could be the possible benefit of not having enhanced election security?  Wait…

Could it be?


No.  It’s not Satan.

But that’s not far off.

The 4 threats facing voters this election — and how you can beat them

(CNN)   As the US grapples with an election season rampant with mistrust and conspiracy theories, federal officials are warning Americans about threats to undermine the integrity of the vote — and how to avoid them.

Mail-in ballots, massive turnout and the pandemic could combine to delay the outcome of this year’s presidential election, providing a wide window for scammers and others to spread false information.
Social media is again populated by false election claims. Adding to the confusion, Microsoft says Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers have targeted people and organizations involved in the election.
“A significant number of Americans appear susceptible to believing unproven claims,” Daniel A. Cox, director of the Survey Center on American Life and co-author of a report on US conspiracy theories, said in a statement. “Politically motivated conspiracy theories find a receptive audience among both Democrats and Republicans.”

It is #MoscowMitch interfering with the next legitimate American election, because he wants to keep his cushy job.  He doesn’t care about Trump’s collusion with Russia, his nepotism, violations of the Emoluments Clause, the total corruption of the entire Administration and DOJ.  All he cares about is his job.  He is the Top #Trumpublican.

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has attacked democratic institutions and undermined independent agencies. Now, as millions of voters are relying on the Postal Service to support our elections during the coronavirus pandemic, Trump is politicizing another once-nonpartisan government agency. Having a political ally with ethical and competence questions like DeJoy lead the agency potentially puts November’s election at risk.

As soon as DeJoy was appointed, blue mailboxes started disappearing from cities across the country and mail sorting machines were taken out of service in key areas.  This resulted in a dramatic slowdown of mail service, when it had been trouble-free before.  And did Congress address this?  Department of Justice?  Anyone?


There is no evidence of any substantial mail-in ballot fraud other than occasional local politicians trying to pad their own campaign ballots.  There are numerous states successfully using mail-in voting with no significant problems.  But Trump keeps banging the drum of voting fraud so he can declare the election rigged if he loses.

October 20, 2020 Update:

Just today the Supreme Court struck down another Trumpublican attempt to thwart mail-in voting in a last ditch effort to suppress voting in Pennsylvania.

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Under Trump’s watch the national debt has TRIPLED to over 3 TRILLION dollars.  So show me where we are WINNING here.  Remember way up at the top of this article the Republican party being one of small government and fiscal responsibility?  Does this sound like either one?  No it doesn’t.  Because Trumpublicans don’t care about those things.  At all.  Or they would put their foot down and shout “NO MORE!”

Did I mention Trump’s campaign owes massive amounts of money to almost a dozen cities for 2016 campaign rallies?  He steadfastly refuses to pay his bills.  And when his taxes were finally accessed this last month, it has finally come to light that he is over One Billion Dollars in debt.  These debts will all come due and payable in the next 5 years.  Who does he owe all this money to?  We haven’t found out yet.  But don’t you think this might have something to do with his decision making?  It sure would effect mine.

But Wait!

There’s More!

December 1, 2020:  Trump Attorney Calls for Murder of Election Official

Trump attorney issues call for violence against election cybersecurity official

Washington (CNN)   An attorney for the Trump campaign on Monday issued a call for violence against Chris Krebs, a former cybersecurity official who was unceremoniously ousted from his post by President Donald Trump after he rejected the President’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.

Joe diGenova, an attorney for Trump’s campaign, said during an appearance on “The Howie Carr Show“: “Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity. That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”
A source familiar with Trump’s election challenges said diGenova is believed to still be helping Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, in challenging the presidential election results.
CNN has reached out to the White House and the Trump campaign for comment.
DiGenova and Carr did not immediately response to requests for comment.
The remarks from diGenova, though much more extreme than others made by officials in the White House during Trump’s time in office, underscore the administration’s crusade against whistleblowers and others who have spoken out in opposition during the President’s term and refuse to adopt his conspiratorial view of the election.

And I’m not the lone voice in the wilderness on this topic:

Here Are 25 Of The Most Despicable Things Donald Trump Has Ever Done

<from over a year ago>

[Political Flare]   They’re just sticks and stones, all those names that Trump calls people, right?

But what about the groping? The discrimination? Even the refusal to pay his contractors?

Trump’s disrespect for other people is sometimes horrible enough to be labeled, too.

Just weeks before Trump’s election, the release of a video displaying Trump’s disrespect for women impacted his campaign enough to make him apologize. He apologized for the video, although later he told friends he regretted his apology, and not his comments. In the video, Trump and Billy Bush were caught discussing their sexual conquests live while they were recording a feature for Access Hollywood. “I don’t even wait,” Trump said. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything … grab them by the pussy.”

Following a 1989 visit to a plastic surgeon to remove a bald spot, Trump attacked his wife Ivana because the surgery had been extremely painful. Ivana was the one who had recommended the plastic surgeon. In a sworn divorce deposition, Ivana said Trump pulled out clumps of her hair. Then he physically forced himself on her and afterword he casually asked if it hurt. “As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness which he normally exhibited toward me were absent,” Ivana said in October 2017. “I referred to this as rape, but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”

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But no one in Congress seems to care.  Why?  Because Trump is the lightning rod the Republicans has always wanted.  A wildcard president who is so flamboyant and outrageous that the entire news media and everyone with an Internet connection hangs on every word (Tweet) to see what the Ringmaster is going to do next.  Meanwhile, behind the proverbial curtain, MoscowMitch McConnell and his ilk are raiding Social Security for their own pet projects and adding in all the pork they can pack into the next bill.  And ignoring all the bills coming from the Democrat led House.

Here is an example of what has been going on behind the curtain while we were distracted:

There are actually a lot more than this list.  Click on the graphic to read the entire article.

From Wikipedia:

The environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration represents a shift from the policy priorities and goals of the preceding Barack Obama administration; where President Obama’s environmental agenda prioritized the reduction of carbon emissions through the use of renewable energy with the goal of conserving the environment for future generations,[1] the Trump administration policy is for the US to attain energy independence based on fossil fuel use and to rescind many environmental regulations.[2] As of May 2020, the Trump administration has rolled back 64 environmental rules and regulations, and an additional 34 rollbacks are in progress.[3] Some environmentalists are concerned that a successful reelection of Trump in 2020 will result in severe and irreversible changes in the climate.[4]

The Trump administration supports energy development on federal land, including gas and oil drilling in national parks.[5] Soon after taking office, Trump began to implement his “America First Energy Plan” and signed executive orders to approve two controversial oil pipelines.[6] In 2018, the Department of the Interior announced plans to allow drilling in nearly all U.S. waters, the largest expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing ever proposed.[7] In 2019, the Administration completed plans for opening the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.[8]



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The blatant, brazen, outrageous corruption of this entire Administration and Congress is unlike anything we have ever seen before.  If it were not for the economy of this country, it would feel more like a third world dictatorship, which is exactly what Trump wants.  He adores dictators like Him Jung Un and Vladimir Putin.  He berates all the other world leaders.  And Congress lets him get away with it.  The Trumpublicans let him do whatever he wants.  Mitch McConnell said as much when the impeachment was in process.  He made it abundantly clear they were going to rubber stamp the process and never act on it.  He did the same thing with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.  When Obama wanted Merrick Garland to fill an open seat, McConnell refused to consider it because an election was coming up in a year.  Turn the tables to 2020’s election and with weeks to go and people already voting, McConnell makes it clear they will rubber stamp Barrett’s nomination, even though she will be a bad choice and likely not one “The People” will want if Trump loses the election.  Which is looking more likely every day.

At this point in time there is no one to actually represent the American people in stopping this rampant corruption, so it goes unchecked.


The 2020 Election

As Trump’s star became more and more tarnished by his outrageous mismanagement of a global pandemic, party leaders began shedding the dead weight created by allegiance to Donald Trump.  At the time of this writing, over 8 million Americans have been sickened by the Novel Coronavirus.  Over 224,000 Americans have lost their lives to the ensuing disease (Covid-19), yet Trump still flouts his own administration’s admonishment to wear a mask (except when in your own home) and socially distance (except with immediate family members).  Trump’s campaign rallies are textbook stupid behavior in a pandemic, exhibiting zero social distancing and a paucity of mask wearing.  This behavior has been dramatically weakening his standings in the polls. His announcement get-together in the recently decimated Rose Garden to announce his Supreme Court pick became a Superspreader event, eventually rendering 34 White House staffers sickened with Covid-19 – including The President, First Lady and son Barron.

A growing list of Republicans are distancing themselves from this Toxic President and throwing their support behind Joe Biden, the septuagenarian contender who actually exhibits something resembling empathy.  Trump is incapable of empathy.  One of the hallmarks of sociopathy.   So his previously sycophantic squad of high ranking Republicans are scattering like rats leaving the proverbial sinking ship.  Except for MoscowMitch McConnell, who seems to have his lips Superglued to Trump’s prodigious ass.  And so, we just may be witnessing the slow-motion Trumpublican Trainwreck in 2020.  We have less than 3 weeks to the November election that will determine the fate of America.  There has never been an election this important.  One that will quite literally determine the fate of this once great nation for decades to come.  As I write this, Americans are still persona non grata in most of Europe, Mexico and Canada — because of our abysmal Coronavirus response.

And even just from a fiscal responsibility standpoint, the Trump campaign seems hell bent on self destruction.  They have burned through a billion dollars by mid October and now Trump is doing 3 rallies a day because they don’t have the budget for TV ads.

Now, just two weeks out from the election, some campaign aides privately acknowledge they are facing difficult spending decisions at a time when Democratic nominee Joe Biden has flooded the airwaves with advertising. That has put Trump in the position of needing to do more of his signature rallies as a substitute during the coronavirus pandemic while relying on an unproven theory that he can turn out supporters who are infrequent voters at historic levels.

“They spent their money on unnecessary overhead, lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous activity by the campaign staff and vanity ads way too early,” said Mike Murphy, a veteran Republican consultant who advised John McCain and Jeb Bush and is an outspoken Trump critic. “You could literally have 10 monkeys with flamethrowers go after the money, and they wouldn’t have burned through it as stupidly.”

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But what if Trump loses?

What happens when a narcissist loses? Expect “rage” and “terror”

[SALON].  There is agreement among psychologists — and, for that matter, anyone who has been abused by narcissistic personalities — that President Donald Trump fits the psychological profile of a narcissist. What does that mean for the upcoming election, particularly if Trump loses, as polls suggest? Psychologists tell Salon that pathological narcissists who do not get their way tend to react abusively — which could lead to one of several devastating political scenarios for the nation in the election’s aftermath. 

“One does not have to diagnose to recognize pathological or toxic narcissism,” Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a psychiatrist who has taught at Yale and authored the new book “Profile of a Nation: Trump’s Mind, America’s Soul,” told Salon by email. “This is behavior, not a diagnosis — and the media need not fixate so much on ‘the Goldwater rule,’ which applies to only 6% of practicing mental health professionals (that is, members of the American Psychiatric Association, the only association in the world with this rule).”

The so-called Goldwater Rule holds that “it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.” However, the rule does not apply to describing obvious narcissistic behavior in a public figure, any more than it would disqualify someone from describing celebrities who spend most of their days drinking liquor as having an alcohol problem.

“Those with pathological narcissism are abusive and dangerous because of their catastrophic neediness,” Lee explained. “Think of a drowning person gasping for air: a survival instinct just may push you down in order to save one’s own life. In the manner that the body needs oxygen, the soul needs love, and self-love is what a toxic narcissist is desperately lacking. This is why he must overcompensate, creating for himself a self-image where he is the best at everything, never wrong, better than all the experts, and a ‘stable genius.'”

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President Will Start ‘Breaking Things… With A Vengeance,’ Mary Trump Warns

[Yahoo News]   President Donald Trump, infuriated by an election loss he’s refusing to acknowledge, will have “meltdowns upon meltdowns” until he leaves the White House, his niece Mary Trump warned in an op-ed in The Guardian Sunday.

Trump is “not going to concede. … He’s not going to engage in the normal activities that guarantee a peaceful transition. All he’s got now is breaking stuff, and he’s going to do that with a vengeance,” she wrote.

She argued that Trump has never won anything “legitimately” in his life but has never before lost anything either.

He “thinks that even if you steal and cheat to win, you deserve to win,” said Mary Trump, a psychologist who wrote the Donald Trump tell-all book “Too Much and Never Enough.”

The irony is that the tactics the president used to cheat may have doomed his race, Mary Trump said. Republicans heeded the president’s warning not to vote by mail, so he was subjected to a “slow drip-drip of disaster” as mail ballots from Democrats were counted, she said. “It must have been like slow torture, but he set up this failure for himself.”

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November 7,  2020:  Biden Declared President Elect

Pennsylvania goes to Biden as the electoral college count for Biden / Harris goes to 279

And the count continues to climb as Trump and his poorly educated supporters demand vote counting.   Not realizing this will only further cement Biden’s lead, Trump supporters around the country verbally assault vote counting locations and personnel, demanding they continue counting where Trump thinks it will benefit him.  And in places Trump thinks more votes detrimental, his misinformed supporters demand the counting STOP.  For some reason they all fail to see the hypocrisy and irony in this situation.  What is happening though, is the more votes recorded only further increase Biden’s lead.  And this just serves to drive home how this election is a referendum on how badly the tangerine cockwomble has mismanaged the U.S. coronavirus response.  At the time of this writing, the U.S. has recently exceeded 10 million cases of Covid-19.  We have also exceeded 243 thousand Covid-19 deaths in this country.  This is by far the highest count of any country.  To see the per capita calculations for Covid-19 cases and mortality, this is the spreadsheet comparing the highest growth countries in one table and highest growth U.S. states in the other.

I think this political illustration by Vasco Gargalo says how so many of us feel right now.

Click his name or the image below to see more of his brilliant work.


Lady Liberty Launches Trump Into the Stratosphere by Vasco Gargalo

Lady Liberty Launches Trump Into the Stratosphere by Vasco Gargalo


An excerpt from Wikipedia on the Republican Party:

Since the 1990s, the Party’s support has chiefly come from the South, the Great Plains, the Mountain States, and rural areas in the North.[4][5] The 21st century Republican Party ideology is American conservatism. Today’s GOP supports lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong national defense, gun rights, deregulation, capital punishment, and restrictions on labor unions; it opposes abortion rights. In contrast to its support for conservative economic policies and liberal view of government, the Republican Party is socially conservative. There have been 19 Republican presidents, the most from any one political party.

October 27,2020: CNN Analysis

This chart shows why Trump is *so* dangerous to the GOP

(CNN)   Win or lose in eight days’ time, President Donald Trump’s lasting legacy on the Republican Party will be a shrinking base that looks less and less like the country.

The chart — from Ford Fessenden and Lazaro Gamio, two talented data journalists, for The New York Times — makes that point in the starkest and most powerful way I have yet seen.
Trump’s victory in 2016 was seen as a rebuttal to predictions of a demographic cataclysm for Republicans. Despite the growing diversity of the country and the declining share of White voters as a percentage of the overall electorate, Trump managed to win the White House on the strength of his popularity among Whites without college degrees — particularly in the Rust Belt states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
The exit poll from that year tells the story. Trump won Whites with a college degree (or higher) by 3 points over Hillary Clinton. He won Whites without a college degree by 37 points. The former group made up 37% of the overall electorate while the latter was 34%.
The problem for Republicans is that rather than seeking to broaden the GOP coalition after a victory built on White, non-college educated voters, Trump instead seemed intent on alienating all but that hardcore base.

And just in case you’re not keeping score…

Criminal Indictments by Administration:

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A breath of fresh air in an otherwise stifling political climate, the Lincoln Project is a brilliant brain trust of Republicans who simply can no longer stand by and witness the wanton destruction of their Party by our Buffoon in Chief.

Their ad campaign is nothing short of genius.

The Lincoln Project

Update October 22,2020:

Watch and Learn

If you want to learn how massive amounts of dark money are influencing Supreme Court decisions on an obviously partisan basis, watch this video of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse during the Amy Coney Barrett process.

Pandemic Response Timeline

Because history will judge Trump, his enablers and everyone who continued to support him HARSHLY…

Here is the full timeline of his response to a worldwide pandemic (the Coronavirus) of 2020:


May 2018 The Administration disbands the White House pandemic response team.
July 2019 The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency left her post, and the Administration decided to eliminate the role.
October 2019 “Currently, there are insufficient funding sources designated for the federal government to use in response to a severe influenza pandemic.” [Crimson Contagion exercise findings]
January 22 “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
January 24 Trump praises China’s handling of the coronavirus: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
January 28 “This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency…This is going to be the roughest thing you face” Trump’s National Security Advisor to Trump
January 30 “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on US soil,…This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” [Memo from Trump Trade Advisor Peter Navarro]
February 2 “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
February 7 “It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu… This is deadly stuff” [Trump in a private taped interview with Bob Woodward, made public September 9]
February 10 “I think the virus is going to be—it’s going to be fine.”
February 10 “Looks like by April, you know in theory when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
February 24 “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
February 25 “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
February 25 “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
February 26 “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
February 26 “We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
February 26 “Well, we’re testing everybody that we need to test. And we’re finding very little problem. Very little problem.”
February 26 “This is a flu. This is like a flu.”
February 27 “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
February 28 “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
March 2 “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
March 2 “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
March 4 “Now, and this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this. Because a lot people will have this and it’s very mild.”
March 4 “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
March 5 “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5 “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
March 6 “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6 “You have to be calm. It’ll go away.”
March 6 “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6 “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6 “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”
March 7 “When we get into April, in the warmer weather—that has a very negative effect on that, and that type of a virus.”
March 7 “No, I’m not concerned at all.
March 8 “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine-tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”
March 9 During a news conference, White House officials say the U.S. will have tested one million people that week and thereafter would complete 4 million tests per week. By the end of the week, the CDC had only completed a paltry 4,000 tests.
March 9 “This blindsided the world.”
March 10 “Just stay calm. It will go away.”
March 11 “It goes away….It’s going away. We want it to go away with very, very few deaths.”
March 12 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Congress that the country does not have sufficient testing. “The system is not really geared to what we need right now,” he said. “That is a failing. Let’s admit it.”
March 12 “You know, you see what’s going on. And so I just wanted that to stop as it pertains to the United States. And that’s what we’ve done. We’ve stopped it.”
March 13 “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
March 13 The Atlantic reported that less than 14,000 tests had been done in the ten weeks since the administration had first been notified of the virus, though Mike Pence had promised the week prior that 1.5 million tests would be available by this time.
March 14 “I’d rate it a ten,” [Trump’s rating of his coronavirus response]
March 15 “Relax”
March 15 “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”
March 16 “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment-try getting it yourselves,”
March 17 “The only thing we haven’t done well is get good press.”
March 17 “I felt like it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
March 19 I intended “to always play it down.” [Trump in a private taped interview with Bob Woodward, made public September 9]
March 20 “I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say. I think it’s a very nasty question, and I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people.” [Response to reporter’s question: “What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”]
March 24 “I’m also hopeful to have Americans working again by that Easter – that beautiful Easter day.”
March 24 “We’ve never closed down the country for the flu,” Trump said. “So you say to yourself, what is this all about?”
March 24 “They have to treat us well, also. They can’t say, ‘Oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.’”
March 25 “The faster we go back, the better it’s going to be.”
March 26 “Congratulations AMERICA!” [On Senate passage of third relief bill]
March 26 “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”
March 26 “We’ve had a big problem with the young, a woman governor from — you know who I’m talking about — from Michigan,”
March 27 “I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude!”
March 27 “Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington. You’re wasting your time with him…”
March 27 “I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job.”
March 27 “We’re doing a great job for the state of Washington and I think the Governor…he’s constantly chirping and I guess complaining would be a nice way of saying it.”
March 29 “Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000?”
March 29 “Unfortunately the enemy is death. It’s death. A lot of people are dying. So it’s very unpleasant.”
March 30 “Stay calm, it will go away. You know it — you know it is going away, and it will go away, and we’re going to have a great victory.”
March 30 “I think New York should be fine, based on the numbers that we see, they should have more than enough. I mean, I’m hearing stories that they’re not used or they’re not used right.”
March 30 “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’re testing more than any other nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests…But I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.”
March 30 “We inherited a broken test — the whole thing was broken.”
March 31 “…it’s not the flu. It’s vicious.”
April 1 “They have to treat us well, also. They can’t say, ‘Oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.’”
April 2 “Massive amounts of medical supplies… are being delivered directly to states…Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). The complainers should have been stocked up and ready long before this crisis hit.”
April 2 “…the Federal Government is merely a back-up for state governments.”
April 3 “I’m feeling good. I just don’t want to be doing — somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great resolute desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself. I just don’t. Maybe I’ll change my mind.”
April 5 “FEMA, the military — what they’ve done is a miracle…And you should be thanking them for what they’ve done, not always asking wise-guy questions.”
April 6 U.S. death toll passes 10,000
April 7 “So, you know, things are happening. It’s a — it’s — I haven’t seen bad. I’ve not seen bad.”
April 7 “You are not going to die from this pill…I really think it’s a great thing to try.”
April 7 “That was a flu. OK. So you could say that I said it was a flu, or you could say the flu is nothing to — sneeze at,” [Regarding Spanish Flu]
April 8 “I read about it maybe a day, two days ago,…It was a recommendation that he had, I think he told certain people on the staff, but it didn’t matter. I didn’t see it.” [Regarding Peter Navarro’s January warning]
April 9 “I couldn’t have done it any better,” [When asked if his coronavirus response could have been better]
April 11 U.S. death toll passes 20,000
April 13 “But I guess I’m doing OK, because, to the best of my knowledge, I’m the President of the United States, despite the things that are said.”
April 14 “Enough!” [When a reporter questioned his claim that his authority as president is “total”]
April 14 “[w]hen somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total.”
April 15 U.S. death toll passes 30,000
April 15 As Trump focuses on reopening, a leaked CDC and FEMA report warns of “significant risk of resurgence of the virus” with phased reopening.
April 19 “Now we’re going toward 50, I’m hearing, or 60,000 people [dead from the coronavirus]”
April 22 “If [coronavirus] comes back though, it won’t be coming back in the form that it was, it will be coming back in smaller doses that we can contain….it’s also possible it doesn’t come back at all.”
April 23 “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
April 23 “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn’t been checked but you’re gonna test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way…”
April 23 “You see states are starting to open up now, and it’s very exciting to see,”
April 23 26 million jobless claims
April 24 U.S. death toll passes 50,000
April 26 “The people that know me and know the history of our Country say that I am the hardest working President in history.”
April 27 “I can’t imagine why,” [Regarding influx in poison control calls about disinfectant]
April 29 “It’s gonna go away, this is going to go away.”
May 3 “Look, we’re going to lose anywhere from 75,000, 80,000 to 100,000 people,”
May 5 U.S. death toll passes 70,000
May 5 Consumer debt hits an all-time high
May 5 “Well run States should not be bailing out poorly run States, using CoronaVirus as the excuse!”
May 5 “I always felt 60, 65, 70, as horrible as that is. I mean, you’re talking about filling up Yankee Stadium with death! So I thought it was horrible. But it’s probably going to be somewhat higher than that,”
May 5 “There’ll be more death, that the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine. And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal,”
May 5 “I don’t want to be Mr. Gloom-and-Doom. It’s a very bad subject,…I’m not looking to tell the American people when nobody really knows what’s happening yet, ‘Oh, this is going to be so tragic.’”
May 6 Brookings reports that children were “experiencing food insecurity to an extent unprecedented in modern times” and “40.9 percent of mothers with children ages 12 and under reported household food insecurity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Republicans block proposals to expand food stamps.
May 6 “Sporadic for you, but not sporadic for a lot of other people.” [In response to a nurse telling him that equipment supply has been “sporadic”]
May 7 33 million jobless claims
May 8 “This is going to go away without a vaccine. It is going to go away. We are not going to see it again.”
May 9 “This is going to go away without a vaccine.”
May 11 “Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere. Big progress being made!”
May 11 “We have met the moment and we have prevailed,”
May 14 “Could be that testing’s, frankly, overrated. Maybe it is overrated.”
May 14 “Don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing,”
May 15 “Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back. And we’re starting the process. In many cases, they don’t have vaccines and a virus or a flu comes and you fight through it.
May 16 “We’ve done a GREAT job on Covid response, making all Governors look good, some fantastic (and that’s OK), but the Lamestream Media doesn’t want to go with that narrative, and the Do Nothing Dems talking point is to say only bad about “Trump”. I made everybody look good, but me!”
May 18 U.S. death toll passes 90,000
May 19 “When we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing,…Because it means our testing is much better. I view it as a badge of honor, really, it’s a badge of honor.”
May 21 USA Today reports that mortgage delinquencies surged by 1.6 million in April, the largest single-month jump in history.
May 22 38 million jobless claims
May 27 U.S. death toll passes 100,000
May 29 “We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization”
June 6 U.S death toll passes 110,000
June 6 “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country…This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.”
June 15 “At some point this stuff goes away and it’s going away.”
June 17 “It’s fading away. It’s going to fade away.”
June 18 “And it is dying out. The numbers are starting to get very good.”
June 20 “Testing is a double-edged sword,…When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.'”
June 22 U.S death toll passes 120,000
June 23 “Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding. With smaller testing we would show fewer cases!”
June 23 “It’s going away,”
June 25 “The number of ChinaVirus cases goes up, because of GREAT TESTING, while the number of deaths (mortality rate), goes way down. The Fake News doesn’t like telling you that!”
June 25 “Coronavirus deaths are way down. Mortality rate is one of the lowest in the World. Our Economy is roaring back and will NOT be shut down. “Embers” or flare ups will be put out, as necessary!”
June 30 U.S. has just 4% of the global population, but 25% of global coronavirus cases and the second highest death rate per capita.
July 1 “I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus.” “I think that, at some point, that’s going to sort of disappear, I hope.”
July 6 U.S. death toll passes 130,000
July 7 “I think we are in a good place.”
July 7 The president predicted that in the next two to four weeks, “I think we’re going to be in very good shape.”
July 8 In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November election, but it is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”
July 8 “I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking school [sic] to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!”
July 18 U.S. death toll passes 140,000
July 19 “I think we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world”
July 19 “Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day”

“They have the sniffles, and we put it down as a test”

July 21 “You will never hear this on the Fake News concerning the China Virus, but by comparison to most other countries, who are suffering greatly, we are doing very well – and we have done things that few other countries could have done!”
July 27 “America will develop a vaccine very soon, and we will defeat the virus. We will have it delivered in record time.”
July 28 U.S. death toll passes 150,000
July 28 “He’s got this high approval rating. So why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect — and the administration — with respect to the virus?” (Trump referring to Anthony Fauci)
August 1 “Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases,” (Donald Trump in a retweet of Anthony Fauci saying the U.S. has seen more cases than European countries because it only shut down a fraction of its economy amid the pandemic)
August 3 “I think we are doing very well and I think … as well as any nation,”
August 3 “They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is.”
August 3 “OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!”
August 3 “Right now I think it’s under control.”
August 3 “You know, there are those that say you can test too much, you do know that.”
August 4 “…we have among the lowest numbers.” – White House Press Briefing
August 5 “If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from this disease.”
August 5 “We’re supplying the world now with ventilators. You go back four months, we didn’t have any” – Fox and Friends
August 5 “It will go away like things go away”
August 6 U.S. death toll passes 160,000
August 12 U.S. reports highest number of COVID-19 deaths in one day since mid-May
August 16 U.S. death toll passes 170,000
August 22 “Many doctors and studies disagree with this!” (Donald Trump in a quote tweet of a Twitter moment stating that the FDA is revoking hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 treatment, as they are “unlikely to be effective”)
August 22 “The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”
August 23 The President claims that ballot drop boxes are a “voter security disaster” and a “big fraud,” “possible for a person to vote multiple times” and that they aren’t “Covid sanitized.”
August 26 U.S. death toll passes 180,000
August 31 “We’ve done a great job in Covid but we don’t get the credit.”
August 31 Six million Americans have now been infected by the coronavirus.
September 4 There will be a vaccine “before the end of the year and maybe even before Nov. 1. I think we can probably have it sometime in October.”
September 9 U.S. death toll passes 190,000
September 10 “I really do believe that we are rounding the corner. The vaccines are right there”
September 10 “This is nobody’s fault but China.”
September 10 “We’ve possibly done the best job”
September 10 “We have rounded the final turn”
September 10 “I think that we’ve probably done the best job of any country”
September 14 Trump, was asked if he is afraid of Coronavirus risk at his rallies: “I’m on a stage, it’s very far away, so I’m not at all concerned.”
September 16 “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level I don’t think anybody in the world would be at.”
September 16 Reporter: “[The head of the CDC] said that the vaccine for the general public wouldn’t be available until next Summer or maybe even early fall. Are you comfortable with that timeline?” Trump: “I think he made a mistake when he said that. That’s just incorrect information.”
September 19 U.S. death toll passes 200,000
September 21 “Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system. But [the virus] affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing. By the way, open your schools everybody, open your schools.”
September 21 “We’re rounding the corner,” “With or without a vaccine. They hate when I say that but that’s the way it is. … We’ve done a phenomenal job. Not just a good job, a phenomenal job. Other than public relations, but that’s because I have fake news. On public relations, I give myself a D. On the job itself, we take an A+.”
September 21 “In some states, thousands of people — nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”
September 23 “I think we’re rounding the turn very much.”
September 28 “And I say, and I’ll say it all the time: We’re rounding the corner. And, very importantly, vaccines are coming, but we’re rounding the corner regardless. But vaccines are coming, and they’re coming fast. “
From the 1st Debate, September 29 “Well, so far we have had no problem whatsoever. ” (referring to crowds of thousands at rallies)

“I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from him and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

October 2 Trump and First Lady test positive for Coronavirus. Also, more than a dozen White House staff and aides tested positive.
October 5 U.S. death toll passes 210,000
October 5 “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”
October 6 “Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu, Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” – Trump post, taken down by Facebook and Twitter
October 10 “But it’s going to disappear; it is disappearing.”
October 11 “…We have done a “phenomenal” job, according to certain governors. Many people agree…And now come the Vaccines & Cures, long ahead of projections!”
October 12 “Under my leadership, we’re delivering a safe vaccine and a rapid recovery like nobody can even believe. And if you look at our upward path, no country in the world has recovered the way we’ve recovered economically or otherwise, not even close.”
October 12 “I went through it. Now, they say I’m immune. I can feel—I feel so powerful.”
October 12 “When this first came out, if we didn’t do a good job, they predicted 2.2 million people would die, we’re 210,000. We shouldn’t be at, one, it’s China’s fault. They allowed this to happen.”
October 19 U.S. death toll passes 220,000
October 19 “People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots…Fauci is a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years.”


Exactly How IS Our Economy?

Trump’s supporters frequently use “The Economy” as their primary excuse for supporting him.

Because that’s what Trump keeps banging the drum about.

But apparently a large percentage of his supporters don’t know the difference between “The economy and “the stock market”…

Here is a recent article tracking the actual condition of our “economy” from before the tangerine hemorrhoid took office until now:

The Trump Economy

[NYT]   President Trump is not running a re-election campaign based mostly on policy. He has released no agenda for a second term, and the Republican Party did not publish a new platform at its convention.

But when Trump tells voters why he deserves to win re-election, he tends to focus on the economy. He created a prosperous economy, he says, and will do so again — better than Joe Biden would — once the coronavirus passes. I want to devote today’s newsletter to explaining the Trump economy, through four key points:

1. The economy was strong before the virus hit. Trump inherited a growing economy, and it kept growing on his watch. It accelerated a bit in his first two years in office, before slowing down again in 2019.

2. Perhaps the best news: Wages were rising, even for lower-income workers. After more than a decade of economic growth, the labor market had become tight enough that employers were increasing pay more quickly than inflation was rising. The trend began under President Barack Obama and continued under Trump.

3. Trump deserves some credit. Josh Barro of New York magazine has argued that Trump’s overall economic record is problematic, partly because his tax cuts were so skewed to the rich — but also that Trump got some big decisions right. Most important, he appointed a Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, who focused on growth (rather than wrongly thinking inflation was a threat) and kept interest rates low.

4. But Trump also deserves some blame — including for the virus and the recession it caused. Trump’s economic policy geared almost completely toward lifting growth in the short term, while largely ignoring long-term dangers.

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November 28, 2020 Addendum:


To stamp out Trumpism, the U.S. needs to deal with these six things

[Los Angeles Times]   The United States barely survived the most acute threat to its political system since the Civil War by averting a second Trump term. But Donald Trump was always just a carrier for a political virus that predated and will outlast him. As evidenced by the finding that 8 in 10 Trump voters do not think he should relinquish power, Trumpism as a political movement very much remains.

return of Trumpism to the White House would mirror the second wave of COVID-19, which has been worse than the first. Trump 2.0 would have seen America’s openness to strongman rule — and likely be more competent at it.

To avoid that, the political virus that gave us Trump must be addressed. It is a disease with two strains, global and national.

The global strain is a wave of authoritarianism. Over the past 15 years, democracy has been in retreat around the world, with autocrats supplanting democratic governments in countries such as Turkey, Hungary, Venezuela and Poland. Across the globe, citizens are growing less committed to democracy and more open to alternatives. These trends are being driven by factors that transcend borders and include globalization, migration and new information technologies.

The United States has not been immune. Openness to the idea of military rule jumped from 1 in 16 Americans 30 years ago to 1 in 6 pre-Trump. And while some of the shift is likely attributable to global factors, this political virus also carries a uniquely American strain.

The country has become more polarized politically as liberals and conservatives segregate into different geographic areas and consume different media. Previously dominant groups who feel they are losing status in an ever-more diverse nation have captured the Republican Party, turning it into an instrument for holding power at all cost. That party, in turn, has taken advantage of unique structures of American democracy such as the electoral college and the Senate to give itself governmental powers that are out of proportion with the support the party has among voters. For example, Republicans have lost the popular vote in 7 of 8 presidential elections yet dominate the Supreme Court.

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