Darn crime families and their damn raccoons. Now they’re using Sharpiestm. Because concessions are where you get your Barbecue and Beer, frothy beer.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) November 8, 2020
— Jonathan Mann (@songadaymann) November 6, 2020
Onetime GOP Sen. Rick Santorum argued on CNN on Saturday night that President Donald Trump won’t simply concede because he lost the presidential race.
“I just want to say that what we’re hearing from the Trump White House is the president is willing to concede if certain conditions are met,” Santorum said on CNN hours after the race had been called.
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) November 5, 2020
Trump was the most unpopular president of modern times: Divisive and alienating, he rarely sought to reach out to the middle and his erratic behavior and harder-edged policies were strongly opposed by most Americans. Even before this year, his reelection would have been difficult.
But the president finally lost, aides and allies said, because of how he mismanaged the virus. He lost, they said, over the summer, when the virus didn’t go away as he promised; when racial unrest roiled the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death and protesters ran rampant through the streets; and when federal and local authorities gassed largely peaceful demonstrators in Lafayette Square across from the White House so Trump could stage a photo op. And he lost, they said, during a roughly three-week stretch from late September to mid-October, when an angry and brooding Trump heckled and interrupted his way through the first debate and then, several days later, announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
He also lost, aides added, after years of confrontational and incendiary conduct turned off independent voters, who finally said they had seen enough.
The same impulses that helped lift him to victory in 2016 — the outsider ethos; the angry, burn-it-all-down cri de coeur; the fiery and controversial rants; the false reality forged through untruths and deception — contributed to his undoing just four years later. Exhausted voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, who once gave Trump a shot, turned on him Tuesday.
“‘This fucking virus,”Trump asked dismissively, according to a person with direct knowledge of the exchange, ‘what does it have to do with me getting reelected?’”
— Barry Petchesky (@barry) November 8, 2020
— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 8, 2020
— Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center (@FSPhiladelphia) November 7, 2020
— Wear Mask: Save Lives (@DonaDickinson) November 8, 2020
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) November 7, 2020