Trump continues to signal to police agencies that they can do whatever they want, regardless of civilian authorities, letting us know that not unlike Sturgis, SD and the state’s governor, the GOP are the actual “anarchists” fomenting American Carnage.
The president told Governor Noem that he aspired to have his image etched on Mt. Rushmore.
Last year, a White House aide reached out to her office to ask what the process is to add additional presidents to Mt. Rushmore@maggieNYT @jmartNYT report https://t.co/GzJf0zvtdD— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 8, 2020
250,000 COVID deaths is an achievable goal.
I trusted my people, they trusted me, and South Dakota is in a good spot in our fight against COVID-19.
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) August 6, 2020
Tens of thousands of bikers have roared into Sturgis, South Dakota, for a motorcycle rally that may the biggest public event in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
“Screw Covid I went to Sturgis,” read one T-shirt. https://t.co/28epNzwhcu
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 8, 2020
Corey Lewandowski knows how to twist arms:
Corey has taken over Noem’s political account, which has elevated her profile & gotten her on Fox more
It has also:
-inflamed her cabinet
-helped drive off her CoS
-alarmed Pence staff
-prompted eye-rolls w Trump staff when he tried to get potus back to SD for Sturgis (!) pic.twitter.com/PeAQsJ738C
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) August 8, 2020
President Trump is laying the groundwork to do something that no previous president has ever done: falsely claim that an election was fixed against him in order to discredit the vote. Trump has repeatedly — and incorrectly — claimed the election will be “rigged” against him. By promoting a series of wacky, debunked conspiracy theories, he has primed his supporters to wrongly believe he is the victim of some unknown, shadowy “deep state” plot. In an interview that aired last week, he refused to commit to accepting the results in November.His actions challenge the flagship event of our republic: the peaceful transfer of power after an election, accepted by all candidates. (It’s worth noting that in 2016, Hillary Clinton quickly accepted the results and congratulated her opponent, while also criticizing the election’s integrity based on verified instances of Russian information warfare — a far cry from Trump peddling the debunked myth of widespread voter fraud.) With about 100 days to go, we are careening toward an extraordinarily dangerous crisis of American democracy.
If Trump’s authoritarian populism wins in November, the United States faces an existential threat to its democracy. But if he loses, the period between Nov. 4 and Jan. 20, 2021, will be particularly dangerous, too. It’s not too late. But we must get ready.
And in Oregon:
Despite a federal court injunction against the police assaulting or arresting journalists, PPB again arrested a journalist last nighthttps://t.co/1x87VIpeae
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) August 8, 2020
It's wrong simply due to the inordinate risk to themselves and anyone they come into contact with in the foreseeable future. Trump sends troops to Portland to 'protect federal buildings' while failing to protect actual citizens of this country by sending troops to #Sturgis
— Paul Titus (@mycarolinaskies) August 8, 2020