Sunday, August 16, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He picked and chose who should have to risk illness to vote.

Today, Trump approvingly tweeted out a quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's chief infectious disease specialist. Trump has been openly hostile towards Fauci in recent months, because Fauci's advice frequently contradicts Trump's insistence on opening up schools and businesses immediately. But he found at least one sentence from Fauci that he liked:

Trump has made no secret of his intention to win the election by suppressing or spoiling absentee ballots, which everyone expects to skew heavily towards Democratic voters.

The problem for Trump is that "according to guidelines"—the standards his own administration has published and then ignored—almost no part of the country would allow the kind of large indoor gatherings needed for a polling place. 

Virtually everything Trump has called for or done in terms of reopening has been in flagrant violation of his own guidelines. That includes the Oklahoma rally which caused a local spike in infections and the death of one of his most prominent supporters, former presidential candidate Herman Cain. 

In other news reported today, Trump's campaign is sending out absentee ballot requests to potential supporters in at least one crucial swing state, instructing them to vote by mail.

Who cares?

  • If health policies are only followed when it's politically convenient, a lot more people die.
  • Nobody who thinks they will win fairly tries to subvert an election that hasn't happened yet.