A couple of short takes on the current mile-marker in this madness-Twilight-Zone-episode entitled, “2020” — both clips hearty h/t tengrain:
I've watched this over 100 times now pic.twitter.com/eEXnvkEJdt
— The Feel Good Page ?? (@akkitwts) November 9, 2020
If you needed to laugh today this is the one…pic.twitter.com/LCE2BbJ41C
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) November 8, 2020
And as if on cue: Another blathering press conforance this afternoon quickly assembled/slapped-together in a foolish frenzy of What. The. Fuck. Via the Guardian‘s live blog:
A hastily called Trump campaign press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington today recycled unproven claims of voter fraud but offered no specific proof.
“Do you know that fraudulent votes were actually cast?” a reported asked.
“Or are you simply saying we don’t know because we couldn’t see it?”
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, could offer only: “What we are asking for here is patience.”
Journalists crammed into the lobby of the Republican National Committee headquarters after taking temperature checks and heard first from McEnany, who has recently been blurring the line between federal government activity and political campaigning.
“This election is not over – far from it,” declared Trump’s spokesperson, who at her first White House briefing promised never to lie from the podium.
Without evidence, McEnany said: “There is only one party in America trying to keep observers out of the count room. And that party, my friends, is the Democrat party. You take these positions because you are welcoming fraud and you are welcoming illegal voting.”
As she went on to claim that Republicans want “maximum sunlight” and “maximum transparency,” the baseless charge prompted the conservative Fox News network to cut away from briefing.
Host Neil Cavuto said: “Whoa, whoa, whoa… Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing this.”
Meanwhile Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, claimed the party has “thousands of reports of poll watchers being intimidated” in Michigan and highlighted an “whistleblower” allegation in Detroit about ballots being nefariously backdated. This has been debunked by fact checkers.
Biden leads by more than 4m votes but McDaniel urged: “If it were this close the other way, if Trump was in the lead in all these states, the media’d be screaming, ‘This isn’t over. … We need more time to count and make sure it’s right.’”
Challenged how there could be a conspiracy in “red counties” when in fact Republicans picked up House seats and performed well in the Senate, McDaniel failed to answer.
And as McEnany left, a reporter shouted, “Is the president being a sore loser?”
Again there was silence.
When a reporter’s question follows you in such a charred atmosphere, there’s some ugly shit in the air.
Even way-worse — Fox News cutting away from the obvious dumb-ass spectacle with a disbelieving, full-stop, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa.’
Good details/background at The Washington Post this morning on the break-up between FOX News and the T-Tump – – worth the read if you can stomach it.
Four Seasons Total Landscaping — a Philadelphia groundskeeping company situated between a crematorium and a sex shop where on Saturday Rudy Giuliani somehow held a press conference about baseless claims of voter fraud — has swiftly sought to cash in on its newfound fame, selling merchandise emblazoned with Trump-inspired puns.
“MAKE AMERICA RAKE AGAIN,” read one sticker on sale on the company website on Monday.
It also featured the phrase “LAWN AND ORDER!”
The stickers were selling for $5 each.
(Illustration: ‘Pinocchio,’ by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910), found here).