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“rally round the family, with a pocket full of shells” Trump wants a pandemic-denying race war

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The winning formula is based on multiple distractions because even Trump’s daily brief seems to now have become a hoax. The problem in any time of iconoclasm, waging a propaganda war at the level of symbolism eventually must come to a moment where one consciously recognizes material reality.



— Scott Shapiro (@scottjshapiro) July 1, 2020


— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) July 1, 2020


— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 1, 2020


— King KushⓂ️ (@TeamSmokie) July 1, 2020



— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) July 1, 2020

Can’t keep waging a campaign based on symbolic things, especially defending Confederate heroes.


Darn iconoclasm

It’s impossible to deny the anger of the moment and the desire to right a wrong. The irony is that if all statues fall or are destroyed, the most public reminders of systemic brutality could disappear. Erasing sculptures does not start a conversation, but it usually ends one.


— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) July 1, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement is not new, but its widespread support is a recent phenomenon. According to recent New York Times polling analysis, the Black Lives Matter movement has broad public support that it did not have in 2017 and 2018. Attitudes about whether racism and discrimination are “are a big problem” have followed a similar pattern (76 percent of Americans now agree). The wider the distance between what was and what is, the more the statues will be targeted for demolition and removal.

Those whom authorities once celebrated as heroes are now being challenged and contested like never before. Removing statues from their pedestals or taking an ax to them are newsworthy images and make protesters feel like they’re winning, but the inevitable question is, “Then what?” When physical remnants of a difficult past are erased, it doesn’t make the underlying problem just go away.

In fact, it’s often the opposite—erasure of such public reminders of repression makes it even more difficult to keep the discussion in the spotlight, scoring points for symbolic victory while preventing more lasting systemic change.…



— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020

Today’s going to be a tweet-fest:


For example:



— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 1, 2020


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Darn that news media, now there’s a shake-up in the Trump campaign because of expecting bigly crowds in Tulsa.

Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner, who had been heavily involved in planning the president’s rallies, has been replaced by Trump's 2016 Arizona chair Jeff DeWit, a major shakeup at the top of the president’s campaign following the Tulsa rally debacle and four months from Election Day, multiple sources tell ABC News.

According to the Trump campaign, Glassner, who has worked on the president’s campaign since 2015, will have his role shifted to focus on the campaign's many lawsuits heading into the fall.

The shake up and Glassner’s reassignment are in part a result of how badly things went in Tulsa, sources tell ABC News.…

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