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Republicans don’t believe the election was “free and fair”

In that case, I hope they just stop voting.

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Three days after every major media outlet called the election for former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump has shown no signs of conceding as he continues to push baseless claims of widespread fraud. The campaign he is waging against the integrity of the election, which first took root months ago, has had a major impact on how Republicans perceive the results, according to new Morning Consult polling.

This latest survey, conducted Nov. 6-9, 2020 among 1,987 registered voters nationwide, is part of an ongoing research project to gauge the level of trust Americans have in their electoral system. Results will be updated on this page weekly.

(cont. Morning Consult)

This was absolutely the goal of the Trump administration from the start. The writing was on the wall — he was going to lose this election bigly and he needed to make his supporters doubt the results, so they all cast a shadow on mail-in votes. They knew the largest share of mail-in votes would be Democrats because Democrats have not rejected COVID science and are more likely to avoid crowds. Sending in your ballot from the safety of your home makes sense to someone who believes the coronavirus pandemic is a real thing. Then the GOP prevented those ballots from being counted until after all of the same day ballots in places like Pennsylvania, so Trump declared victory on the day, and his supporters watched it slip away as these sketchy mail-in ballots were counted.

That’s the one-two punch. Mail-in ballots have more fraud, and I won before the fraudulent ballots started being counted.

So now we have an entire political party undermining the foundation of our democracy, by following behind this orange baby man throwing a tantrum because he hates losing, and they’re all but ensuring lower turnout for the next election cycle among their base. If 7 out of 10 people on your side of the aisle believe the election is rigged, how many of them are going to sit out next time because their vote doesn’t matter anyway? If just 1 of every ten says “why waste the time?” the GOP loses by an even wider margin.

Fine with me! I especially hope Republicans in Georgia have lost faith in the voting process so they don’t turn out for the Senate runoffs in a few weeks. I know plenty of Lazy Liberals who’ve sat on the couch on election day because we keep seeing these races stolen from us due to gerrymandering and voter restrictions and polling site closures. A big chunk of us have said “why waste the time?” and it has cost us every time. A little pessimism on the other side is music to my ears.

Also, it’s important to note that whichever party loses the White House has less trust in the election. It happens every time. Strangely enough, the only recent election where faith in the election was about equal for Democrats and Republicans was Bush v. Gore back in 2000, where the election hinged on less than 600 votes in Florida (as opposed to tens of thousands of votes in multiple states for Biden this go ’round).

This is the share of voters who said the election was free and fair, going back to Bush vs. Clinton.

It’s interesting that the trust gap of the 90s doubled once Barack Obama was elected, and it has doubled again now that the sitting President has spent the past few days telling his base over and over that the results weren’t fair. The Republican Party is circling the drain and I would love for this distrust in the voting process to be the final nail in their coffin. They can’t win if they don’t even show up.

Donald Trump’s ego would love nothing more than to see his supporters rise up and fight for him, so he will fan the flames for as long as they will believe his lies. I can’t think of a bigger indictment of his fabrications than Fox News refusing to give them more airtime:

I guess Rusty and Carole will have to get all their conspiracy theories straight from the source now.

 

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The Big Tent failure of the Democratic Party.

It’s just difficult unifying a party of leftovers.

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Congratulations to the Republican Party of Texas once again putting another check in the Win Column this year.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, imposes new hurdles on mail-in ballots and empowers partisan poll watchers.

The election overhaul in Texas comes as Republicans seek to hold onto power in a rapidly changing state where people of color make up virtually all of the population growth — and that growth is concentrated in large cities that tend to vote Democratic.

(cont. CNN)

Texas was very close to becoming Blue or at the very least a deep purple, but they did not. So, Red Texas sprang into action to consolidate power and push through Conservative goals while they can.

Why don’t Democrats ever take a page out of the Republican handbook?

If Democrats took advantage when they are in power the way Republicans do, we’d have the Voting Rights Act, no filibuster, a larger Supreme Court, free college, universal healthcare, etc. I mean…assuming Democrats actually want those things in the first place.

Watching Republicans set a goal, work toward it, and achieve it come hell or high water is impressive. I wish I had no morals so I could be a Republican too. Unfortunately I care more about people than I do about winning, but damn if I don’t feel jealous of the successful party.

It’s just difficult unifying a party of leftovers.

Democrats don’t have a guiding force the way Republicans are guided by a corrupted version of Jesus, white nationalism, and greed. Democrats are people who care about people PLUS everybody else who doesn’t want to be a Republican for one reason or another.

Turned off by Evangelical Jesus?
White supremacy?
Cops?
Misogynists?

You’re a Democrat by default, not by choice.

The Democratic Party is a big tent party made of gays AND homophobes, minorities AND racists, atheists AND Christian supremacists. It’s hard to unify so many disparate groups into one big push to do anything. We just sit around and twiddle our thumbs nitpicking at each other because we don’t even have the same common goals, let alone any sort of agreement as to how we should achieve those goals. For every Democrat who wants a $15 wage, there are two more who say “the cashier at McDonald’s should get a better job — let’s provide training!” For every Democrat who wants to wipe out college debt, there are two more who say “I paid mine, why do they get off scot free?” For every Democrat who wants to abolish the police, there are two more who say “not all cops are bad — we just have to get the bad apples out.”

For every Republican who wants to ban abortion, there are ten more who say “absolutely.”

For awhile, right after the election, I was naively hopeful that the Republican Party would actually splinter into two groups. Trump’s Most Loyal Activists were filing papers to start their own party. Establishment Republicans were distancing themselves from Trump. The divide was deepening between the Moderates and the Deplorables. If the GOP split, then the Democratic Party would soon follow. The AOCs have less in common with the Joe Manchins than the Joe Manchins have in common with the Mitt Romneys. The latter two should be in a party together, a party that does not represent me in any way. I want to be in a party with Cori Bush, not Cory Booker, but I don’t want the Democratic Party to split first because the GOP will completely take over the entire country.

But that was just wishful thinking on my part, because the GOP is about power first, regardless of personal politics. They can put their differences aside for the common goal they share, some authoritarian capitalist wet dream of a White Christian America where women and brown people know their place. The Democrats can’t agree on a goal so we have no long term strategies. We’re just trying our best to get along with each other while the opposition continues to advance.

 

 

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Hurricane Ida is fake in Trumpistan.

Republicans and Fox News have used each other to completely break the country.

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Brace yourself for a new level of stupidity:

(Twitter)

The complete rejection of mainstream news among Conservatives didn’t start with Trump. There’s been a movement to distrust all news since Newt Gingrinch first decided to get behind a microphone and start lying to gullible people with anger issues. Rupert Murdoch took it to another level to help Donald Trump. Fox News was able to position itself against the mainstream by harnessing the power of prejudice. Murdoch and his merry band of deplorables gave racists, bigots, and anti-progress malcontents of every stripe a place to stretch their legs and walk around in a bubble of their own ignorance.

We’re living in the result. The Citizens of Trumpistan would rather put their trust in the hands of Facebook groups telling them to eat horse paste to fight COVID than listen to experts in epidemiology and communicable diseases because the media listens to those experts. If it’s on CNN, it must be a lie. If it’s on MSNBC, it’s fake news. If the Lamestream Libruhl Meedja is reporting it, then it cannot possibly be truth, and that applies to everything from COVID all the way up to a hurricane.

Shaquille Brewster has been on the Gulf Coast reporting on Hurricane Ida, and it’s pretty straightforward. “This is what’s happening…this is what has been happening…this is how people have responded to the happenings…this is what we expect to happen in the near future.”

Watch him try to do his job when a skeptic stops his truck to accost Brewster about accuracy.

I’m a cynic these days. I believe every instance of a white man yelling at a Black man has racial undertones and that white man would not have the same force of aggression if the target of his ire was white. Joe Local is riding around in his truck with his little angry fists tightly clenched around the steering wheel, sees a Black man and a mainstream news crew, and loses his mind. He saw his moment to, I guess, force the mainstream media to accurately report on a hurricane? Because his act of aggression against one Black reporter would change the entire culture of news reporting that he sees as a problem because they’re all liars?

Who knows? It doesn’t really matter. I’m sure Joe Local hadn’t really thought through his reaction either. The point is, this is the United States now for at least the next generation, and likely longer. Republicans and Fox News have used each other to completely break the country, and now hurricane reporters are ambushed on air about accuracy when there’s an entire camera right there recording what the weather is doing. Love that for us.

 

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US News: Georgia Governor Boosts Hospital Staffing Amid COVID Surge

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday the state will spend another $125 million to increase staffing at hospitals amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has forced them to turn patients away.

(cont. US News)

Brian Kemp refuses to issue mask or vaccine mandates, not even for hospital workers and state employees, as COVID cases skyrocket. He said, “You see where mask mandates are causing fights at sporting events and on airplanes and other things. People know how to deal with the virus.”

No, they do not, because Americans in general are assholes and Republican Americans are violent assholes who cannot stand to be told what to do and have no interest in the greater good or protecting other people.

Instead, of mask/vaccine mandates, he is increasing funding to hospitals, because when your house is flooding, it’s best to just spend a ton of money to add another level instead of turning off the water.

Idiot.

 

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