Authoritarian Nightmare Trump Suggests Election Delay

The David Pakman Show - July 30, 2020

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BREAKING CRISIS: Trump Suggests Delaying 2020 Election

Donald Trump this morning suggested that the 2020 presidential election ought to be delayed. He is now saying it. This is not a dress rehearsal. Donald Trump tweeted, "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” As we’ve mentioned, absentee ballots and mail-in voting are the same thing this election cycle. Trump votes by mail, as do his family and staff.

This is Trump admitting that he is losing and he is desperate. Delaying a presidential election is what right-wingers said Barack Obama would do, and of course he never did. Now, Trump is suggesting that’s what he wants to do and those same Republicans who accused Obama are silent. We have seen authoritarian tendencies from Trump over the past three years and they have accelerated over the past three months. This is dangerous and the country needs to hold firm against Trump trying to do this.

Trump Incoherent, Glitches Badly During Sweaty Fiasco

Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday in Texas and talked about energy policy and the 2020 election. These have become Trump’s replacements for holding large campaign rallies, which he’s not allowed to do right now. In the speech, Trump fear-mongered about Joe Biden’s goal of mandating zero carbon emissions by 2030. Trump babbled about how this is somehow a bad idea and will lower the value of homes. He also said Texans love America “so much they couldn't breathe,” which is weird imagery in the context of the George Floyd protests.

Perhaps worst of all, Trump talked about how Joe Biden would end suburbs in the United States. This is a time-tested racial dog-whistle used to scare white voters into thinking black people are going to take over their neighborhoods. Expressing concern over the suburbs has been Trump’s strategy of late. Trump launched his political career with the racist birtherism conspiracy theory. We’ll have to wait and see if this latest racist message will get him re-elected or voted out in November.

From yesterday’s show:

NYC Protester Thrown Into Unmarked Van

Plain-clothed police officers threw an unarmed protester into a van in New York City yesterday. The video is being widely shared on social media and has millions of views. Once again, we get to this question about the line between legal policing by undercover officers vs. the authoritarian suppression of protesters who appear to be denied their right to due process. This is a message sent to suppress and intimidate. People don’t know whether these really are police officers, or if they’re just being kidnapped. It’s happening all across the country and it needs to stop now.

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--2nd-quarter GDP numbers are the worst since World War II, with the US economy contracting an annualized 32.9%, as new unemployment claims increase for the second week in a row

--Coronavirus deaths explore, rising to the highest number since May 27 as more than 1400 people died in the US yesterday

--Notable discussions from the David Pakman Show subreddit, including about a forthcoming coronavirus vaccine and Donald Trump's first pitch follies

--Donald Trump brags about his reading comprehension during a disturbing interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan about Russian bounties, Vladimir Putin, and more

--Anti-mask Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert has contracted coronavirus and claims that a rare instance where he wore a mask may have given him the virus

--Voicemail caller asks about Donald Trump's previously-proposed payroll tax cut

--On the Bonus Show: Russia aiming to approve coronavirus vaccine within weeks, Trump will "look into" TikTok ban, more than half of young people "lack resources" to vote by mail, much more...

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