Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin called out Republicans who are forging ahead with a convention in COVID-19-ravaged Florida in August, saying more than a few GOP lawmakers are taking a pass on attending due to personal health concerns, — but are staying silent about canceling it.
According to the conservative Never-Trumper, the decision to put delegates and other attendees’ lives at risk is both “selfish” and grotesque.”
After Donald Trump complained about restrictions that were being placed on the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was then moved to Jacksonville in Florida which is now seeing an explosion in COVID-19 infections far beyond what North Carolina faced.
Nonetheless, RNC officials are saying holding the nationally televised convention is worth the risk to promote the president who is tumbling in the polls and needs all the help he can get.
According to Virginia’s Morton Blackwell, 80, an RNC member, “You take risks every day. You drive down the street and a cement truck could crash into you. You can’t not do what you have to do because of some possibility of a bad result.”
As Rubin points out, responsibility for delegates who feel the need to risk their lives falls on the shoulders of Trump who demands a show of adulation and is ignoring health officials’ advice.
“This is all of a piece with the narcissist in chief,” she wrote. “Trump is willing to undermine lifesaving advice and guidelines so as to confuse the public and shield himself from accountability.”
Rubin also cited Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) who are skipping the convention to protect themselves without taking a forceful stand against having it.
“As for their health and safety, however, a growing list of elected Republicans are not showing up. Risks are for the little people, the people who have no choice but to show up for work or encounter super-spreaders in their communities,” Rubin accused.
“This is the natural consequence of a cult of personality in which the leader’s ego and survival are paramount. Trump wants to slow testing (which alerts those infected and those they have encountered so they can be traced and quarantined) because it makes the numbers — ‘his’ numbers — look bad. No president has behaved in such monstrously self-absorbed ways, willing to wave away the lives of Americans so he can appear more successful,” she wrote. “Elected Republicans also have jettisoned concern for the health and well-being of others. What matters is to keep Trump — no matter how crazy and irresponsible — mollified. And if others are harmed?”
“Republicans are more than willing to consign those unlucky souls to the risks of illness and death,” she continued before bluntly concluding, “Life is risky — for other people.”
You can read the whole piece here.
Trump’s latest attack on Joe Biden is stunningly delusional — even for him
Few ever accuse President Donald Trump of subtlety. But in a new speech in Cleveland on Thursday, he let loose with a particularly wild rant against his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, that was over-the-top, even for him.
It’s worth just quoting in full:
He’s following the radical left agenda. Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion! No anything! Hurt the Bible! Hurt God! He’s against God! He’s against guns! He’s against energy, our kind of energy. Uh, I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio.
Many people pointed out that there’s much more evidence that Biden is a committed Christian than there is for Trump. But almost that seems to miss several key points about how wild this is:
Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters
Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.
The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.
"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.
Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021
There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.
But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.