MSNBC anchors worried about President Donald Trump’s mental state on Tuesday evening.
During the handoff between their shows, anchors Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell discussed fears over Trump’s mental health as he takes powerful steroids after contracting COVID-19.
“I don’t usually pay attention to what the president says, just as a matter of course, like I watch what he does, not what he says is kind of my thing, but I am worried about the president’s mental state a little bit, and so I’ve been paying a little more attention than usual to what he’s saying and right now his Twitter feed is like a supersoaker of nonsense and it is going off, like, every 30 seconds and he’s contradicting himself and things are getting crazy and I just have a feeling this is going to be one of those nights, Lawrence,” Maddow explained. “This is going to be one of those nights.”
That served as a nice segue, as O’Donnell used the words “steroids & stupidity” as his graphic.
“Well, as Donald Trump’s Twitter feed tells us, tonight it is very, very likely that the president of the United States is panicking, and this time he is panicking on steroids,” O’Donnell said.
“Donald Trump is confronting two sets of numbers tonight, each of which is enough to panic a person whose physical and mental health we now know to be unstable. the first set of numbers he’s been staring at all day are enough to sicken him almost as much as the coronavirus — the new CNN national presidential poll of likely voters shows Donald Trump falling far behind Joe Biden in a poll completed after America discovered that Donald Trump’s irresponsibility has infected him and an increasing number of the White House staff, which tonight includes Stephen Miller with coronavirus,” he explained.
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“The other set of numbers, which should have Donald Trump in a panic tonight, are the numbers that describe the collapse in the stock market that Donald Trump personally caused today,” O’Donnell said.
“Stupidity has left Donald Trump running behind Joe Biden in the polls all year. Polls that are now getting worse and worse for Donald Trump by the day,” O’Donnell explained.
“It’s the stupidity that has led Donald Trump to violate all of the CDC guidelines on trying to control the coronavirus,” he continued. “It’s the stupidity of Donald Trump to attack Joe Biden in the first presidential debate because Joe Biden wears a mask responsibly.”
“It was nothing but stupidity that led Donald Trump to tweeting this afternoon that he personally has decided to kill coronavirus relief legislation that would deliver desperately-needed financial support to Americans, American voters and American businesses,” he noted. “And he issued that tweet an hour before the stock market closed, because of stupidity and that tweet crashed the stock market today.”
‘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.