President Donald Trump once again ratcheted up the rhetoric against Democratic rival Joe Biden by calling him a “communist” during a campaign rally on Tuesday.
“My opponent stands with socialists and communists!” Trump said during the rally. “They want to turn America into communist Cuba or socialist Venezuela!”
CNN’s John Avlon on Wednesday tore the president apart for smearing his opponent as a “communist,” as he noted there is literally no reason to believe that Biden wants to erect a Marxist dictatorship upon winning the 2020 election.
“This is a loathsome lie, because there’s a body count behind it,” he said. “Communists were responsible for as many as 100 million deaths under dictators like Lenin and Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot.”
Avlon noted that Trump’s efforts to smear Biden on this front are particularly rich because of the way he talks about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
“Trump’s got an Achilles heel here, because he’s fawned over North Korea’s communist leader,” he said. “And of course, has never had a bad word to say about former KGB agent Vladimir Putin.”
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Michigan GOP chair tells elections board not to certify results because Republicans were ‘disrespected’
Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Monday asked the Board of State Canvassers not to certify the 2020 election results as scheduled because Republicans were "disrespected.".
Cox appeared as a witness as the board was considering whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state. Under state law, the board must certify the results before the close of Monday's meeting.
"I'm asking you to delay certification," Cox told the board's four members. "There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election, too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities. We need to remove the distrust and the sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters."
If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor
Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.
Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”
‘You can’t vote no’: GOP canvasser gets schooled at Michigan certification meeting
A Republican member of Michigan's Board of State Canvassers was confronted by a former state elections director over attempts to delay certification of the state's election results without a vote.
"I think, first of all, the answer is, of course, you can't vote 'no,'" Chris Thomas told Board member Norm Shinkle. "There is no 'no' in this circumstance. Each of you play a necessary role -- you're at the pinnacle of Michigan's democracy -- you're the endgame of the statewide elections for 2020."
Thomas went on to say that after 5.5 million people have exercised their right to vote, it's the Board's responsibility to make the results "which are already widely known, official."