Declare victory and still try to overthrow the election. Fanfare for the common idiot.
Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated the end of 2020 with an upbeat video message where he used xenophobic language to describe the novel coronavirus and claimed that he is receiving calls from around the globe thanking him for his response to the pandemic.
Trump's comments came one day after the United States set a new record for COVID-19 deaths.
“3,927 people died of Covid-19 in 24 hours in the US, according to a count released by Johns Hopkins University, a new daily record for fatalities from the virus,” AFP reported Wednesday. “That brought the US total to 19,715,899 infections and 341,845 deaths since the pandemic began.”
The surge in death comes against the backdrop of the Trump administration failing to meet their own goals for vaccinations.
“Nearly 2.8 million people in the U.S. have received 1st dose of #covid19 vaccine. 20 million vaccinations were promised until recently. Before that, 100 million,” Dr. Leana Wen noted on Thursday. “We need to ramp up speed ASAP.”
Nevertheless, Trump declared victory.
Like the 126 Republican House members who signed on to a lawsuit to throw out votes of states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden, Hawley has joined the authoritarian right-wingers who openly seek to overthrow the results of an election he does not like. He is a reminder to voters in Georgia of why allowing Hawley’s party to retain its Senate majority puts our democracy (not to mention our financial security and health) at risk.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 31, 2020
It is fitting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the rest of the Republican enablers should be humiliated by this display of disloyalty and compelled to vote any objection down. At any point over the last four years — during President Trump’s impeachment trial, for example — Republicans could have stood up to a lawless president. There has been ample evidence of Trump’s unconstitutional conduct and mental unfitness to serve. Even if they vote down Hawley’s objection, they are responsible for turning their party into an authoritarian movement and making America look like a banana republic in the eyes of the world.
— Ale (@aliasvaughn) December 31, 2020
— jacob (@jacob_posts) December 31, 2020
— Michael Rich (@michaeldrich) December 29, 2020