On MSNBC Saturday, Paul Rieckhoff, president of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, weighed in on Joe Biden’s new ad featuring Cindy McCain — and said Democrats can seal the deal by focusing on the president’s disrespect for veterans and servicemembers.
“How important is it that Cindy McCain, a Republican— her late husband was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, but the fact she’s out there with a campaign ad in support of the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, says something,” said anchor Jonathan Capehart. “How important is that endorsement?”
“I think it’s important,” said Rieckhoff. “It’s not just moving people in the military and veterans — it’s moving people who care about the military and veterans. Those can be people, maybe still some undecided folks especially, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona. You might be able to move people with a powerful ad from Cindy McCain. Arizona is in play … Cindy McCain could move the electorate in that state. It’s significant.”
“I don’t think there’s any more winning populist issue for the Democrats than this, ‘losers and suckers,’ veterans, Gold Star families, they are smart to ratchet it up,” said Rieckhoff. “Kamala Harris was smart to go on the attack and Joe Biden is in a good position to do the same because his son actually went to Iraq. Beau Biden served in Iraq while Trump’s kids were back home getting rich. A cleavage smarter to expose and hammer and open up. And it’s much bigger than about the election. That’s the core here, Jonathan, that no matter who wins we’ll have a really volatile situation in this country, and we need someone we can trust and who understands and responsibly uses our military and the national defense of this country.”
‘So, so cruel’: Rights advocates sound alarm about immigration agenda Stephen Miller is crafting for Trump’s 2nd term
Immigrant rights advocates along with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his supporters responded with alarm to reporting this week that Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is plotting how to "rev up Trump's restrictive immigration agenda" and is ready to "unleash executive orders deemed too extreme for a president seeking reelection" in the event of a Biden loss next week.
NBC News reported Friday that Miller, speaking as an adviser to the president's campaign, laid out four top priorities in a 30-minute call Thursday: "limiting asylum grants, punishing and outlawing 'sanctuary cities,' expanding the so-called travel ban with tougher screening for visa applicants, and slapping new limits on work visas." Implementing these policies would require a mix of legislation and executive action.
REVEALED: Far-right extremists are circulating plans to lock down Arizona streets if Trump is re-elected
On Saturday, The Arizona Republic reported that far-right paramilitary groups are circulating plans to lock down neighborhoods in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area in the event that President Donald Trump is re-elected, supposedly to police left-wing protesters.
"In Arizona, the head of the Prescott-area chapter of the Oath Keepers group, which recruits military and law enforcement officers, has warned residents to be prepared to protect their neighborhoods from feared extreme left-wing protesters who would be upset should President Donald Trump be re-elected," reported Richard Ruelas. "Part of that the pro-Trump group'splan involved closing streets and assigning monitors to control access, according to a planning document shared with The Republic."
America’s crimes against humanity aren’t on the ballot this year — but they should be
The 2020 presidential election is a life-and-death decision for thousands of people vulnerable to COVID-19, for a globe under the assault from the climate crisis, and for the future of American democracy. And yet for all the urgency, the political campaign still suffers under the weight and stench of bullshit.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Philosopher Harry Frankfurt warns in his bestselling pamphlet "On Bullshit" that "bullshit" is more injurious than the blatant lie. One reason among many is that bullshit blurs the line between reality and fiction, offering a manipulative incorporation of truth to strengthen its own capacity to persuade. Absolute falsity, in contrast, is obvious to anyone with minimal awareness of the facts. When the Trump administration recently declared that one of its grand achievements was "ending the pandemic," most people laughed in disbelief. This is a lie fit for consumption only from inhabitants of a collective similar to the Rev. Jim Jones' notorious People's Temple settlement in Guyana.