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« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2020, 08:42:40 am »


The 46th President of the United States of America …. President Joe Biden will be replacing “Fake President” Donald J. Trump.
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« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2020, 01:03:40 pm »

Can we trust Joe Biden with the nuclear codes?
We need to ask more questions about Geriatric Joe
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It’s Joe Biden’s turn to be president, so let’s give it to him and see if he can remember where he left the nuclear football and what the codes are. He’s been waiting long enough: he was born in 1903. And he just oozes presidentiality, doesn’t he?

I don’t know if it’s Joe’s facelift, his hair implants or his false teeth or the way he walks like he’s on castors, but geriatric Joe looks the picture of youthful vigour, especially in the aviator shades that make him look like he’s waiting for a cataract operation or has advanced macular degeneration. For there’s nothing degenerate about Joe, is there, or the health of a party and political system that would recommend him as the next president of What Remains of the United States?

I’m all in favour of old people. They are repositories of historical experience and, unless they’re feeling drowsy after lunch, collective wisdom. Those thousands of graduate-schooled white Bernie Bros who turned out for Comrade Sanders on Boston Common at the weekend might learn something from old-timers who remember the horrors of socialism, visions from the distant past like Fidel Castro forcing the Corleone family out of Cuba in The Godfather II. But a man of Biden’s age or condition simply isn’t up to the physical and mental demands of the job. And neither is Bernie Sanders, who shuffled onto the stage in Boston dressed like an elderly widower who smells of pee and lives on cat food.



Parents of young children keep the elderly as pets. The better-trained ones are able to collect the kids from school and babysit on date night. It is not advisable, however, to ask too much of them. Before voting for a clapped-out dodderer, ask yourself three simple questions:

Would you ask Joe Biden to reverse-park a minivan in a crowded schoolyard?

Of course not. The result would be carnage: crushed children, screaming teachers, Biden carefully levering himself out of the captain’s chair and asking what the heck was the fuss about.

If Joe Biden was a guest in your kitchen, would you feel it advisable to ask him to climb up a stepladder and remove a tin of baked beans from a high cupboard?

Touch and go. You might want to check your third-party insurance first. If you do chance it, you’ll probably stand behind the ladder in case the old boy misses a step, falls backwards and chokes on his dental plate. If you’re not prepared to put your hand down his throat to retrieve it, don’t ask for his help.

If you wanted to porn-proof your home internet, would you seek Bernie Sanders’s advice on how to do it, because he’s great with computers?

No way. Bernie Sanders knows more about which faction held which front on the Republican lines in the Spanish Civil War that he does about the wars of Silicon Valley. As for Biden, he’s more Corn Pop than porn cop.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton implied that she, not Barack Obama, was better equipped to take that ‘3 a.m. phone call’. Biden may well be up and about at that hour, old men’s bladders being what they are. But his slow, slurring turn on Chris Wallace’s show on Sunday suggests he’s sleeping on the job by breakfast time.

Wallace: ‘Thank you, thanks for your time, and please come back in less than 13 years.’

Biden: ‘Alright, Chuck, thank you very much.’

Wallace: ‘It’s Chris, but anyway…’

Biden: ‘Chris, I just did Chris. No, no, I, I just did Chuck. I tell you what, man, these are back-to-back…’

Wallace (compassionately): ‘It’s OK…’

Biden: ‘…anyway, I don’t know how you do it early in the morning.’

Wallace (genuinely concerned): ‘Safe travels on the campaign trail.’

Biden is ‘gaffe-prone’, which is the medical term for senile dementia, but that’s no reason not to put him in the White House. He’s obviously the best candidate for the Democratic nomination, especially because he’s not Bernie Sanders. He’s more than capable of dealing with jetlag and back-to-back meetings. He’s obviously capable of remembering the names of foreign leaders: he might not be able to find the remote, but he can recite the speeches of Neil Kinnock and on ABC, this survivor of the Spanish Flu correctly remembered Ebola as ‘a transpandemic disease that existed’.

A frightened party and its tame pundits are now pushing Biden as the firewall against a Sanders nomination. They can’t all be ‘lying, dog-faced pony soldiers’, can they?

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« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2020, 01:09:50 pm »


President Joe Biden will actually have a normally-functioning brain and act presidential.

Trump is just a pig-ignorant head of a crime family who is enriching himself at the expense of the American people.

And in the past couple of weeks, he has shown he is too stupid to deal with a crisis situation.
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« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2020, 02:32:07 pm »


He has a lot in common with you he's an old white trash moron

Joe Biden Is A Doddering Old Mummy With A Skull Full Of Dumpster Juice


Joe Biden’s politics are bad and he is a bad candidate. Ordinarily that might be the most important measure of a guy running for national office: That his positions, both as stated and as demonstrated by his decades in national government, amount to a tepid, grey, nutrient-free broth of long-discredited Third Way boomer bullshit; that, in the context of, well, all this, the horror of 2019 and the swelling terror just over its horizon, The ship’s good, we just need a better captain to steer it is not in any meaningful sense different from apocalyptic death-cult Heaven’s Gate shit; that the places where his talking points harmonize with the worthy priorities and goals of others are also the very places where his own long track record as a defender of credit companies and champion of racist crime policies most clearly discredits him; that he has nothing more to offer by way of tactical approaches to accomplishing his weak goals beyond musty, insulting platitudes about harnessing the imaginary good will and good faith of the sneering genocidal fascists on the far side of the aisle. If that were all, there wouldn’t need to be more.

But also! Joe Biden is 76 years old and plainly in steep cognitive decline, which is a nice way of saying that he is a doddering, senile old oaf who cannot keep his teeth in straight and whose brain appears to be some torn-up sponge chunks floating in dishwater. During last night’s Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Biden appeared confused about his own position on health care, both about the details of the health-care proposal on his own website and about what he himself had just said about his health-care proposal, a few minutes earlier. Later, a moderator read him back something he’d said in 1975 about segregation in schools, a snide rejection of the idea that present-day white Americans have any responsibility to make reparations for slavery, and asked him, “What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?”

To which Biden responded:

Well they have to deal with the in—the—look, there is institutional segregation in this country. And from the time I got involved I started... dealing with that. Redlining, banks, making sure that we are in a position where—look, you talk about education. I proposed that what we take is those very poor schools, the Title 1 schools, triple the amount of money we spend from 15 to 45 billion a year, give every single teacher a raise so they equal, raise so getting out of the, the 60 thousand dollar level.

Number two, make sure that we bring in to the help the, the stu—the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home, we need—we have one school psychologist for every 15 hundred kids in America today. It’s crazy. The teachers are [unintelligible]—I’m married to a teacher. My deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them. We have make sure that every single child does in fact have... three, four, and five year olds go to school, school, not daycare, school.

We bring social workers in to homes of parents, to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not they don’t want to help, they don’t want—they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television, the—excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the, the phone, make sure kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school, a, a very poor background, will hear four million words fewer spoken by the time they get there. There’s so much we—

At this point, the moderator attempted to cut him off. It was an act of mercy. He pushed back, and launched into some weird gibberish about Venezuela and how “I’m the guy that came up with $740 million, to see to it those three countries, in fact, changed their system to people don’t have to chance to leave. You’re acting like we just discovered this yesterday.”

Here’s video, so that you can see how transcription fails to capture Biden’s confused, slurring incoherence.

What you are seeing is a sundowning and increasingly panicked geriatric who cannot follow the cognitive thread from the beginning of a sentence to the end of one, much less from one sentence to another. To the extent you can pull any actual semantic content out of this demented babble, Joe Biden, frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, answered the question of whether and how America’s educational system should redress the legacy of slavery and systemic racism in this country by saying that social workers should be sent into black parents’ homes to teach them how to put the record player on at night so their kids will hear as many words as white kids. As a charitable donation, you can perhaps grant that he had no fucking idea what was coming out of his mouth.

If you accept the basic and fairly uncontroversial proposition that “President of the United States” is an important job with the power to influence many extremely vital functions of government, and that this job is best done by someone capable of at least steady if not genuinely nimble brainwork, then it doesn’t even matter whether Biden’s politics are bad; or whether he has shown himself over the years to be a weasel who uses a phony Regular Amtrak-Ridin’ Uncle Joe routine to paper over shameless stoogery on behalf of various predatory industries; or whether his cretinous attitudes toward issues such as race, criminal justice, and the bodily autonomy of women were outdated over 40 years ago and have not substantially changed since then. He can’t fucking think straight. He’s a senile old man who has no business running a museum tour, much less the executive branch of the federal government.

(And so, naturally, the Washington Post’s analyst, Dan Balz, writes that “former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday delivered the kind of performance his supporters have been waiting for—combative when needed and in the thick of the action throughout.” As for, like, the actual stuff Biden said, or the plain, slurring, loose-dentured confusion with which he said it, that mostly goes unmentioned. Why should that matter? He was givin’ ‘em hell!)

(We’re all doomed.)

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« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2020, 09:41:45 pm »


Joe Biden is 100 times the man Trump is.

In fact, Trump isn't even a real man … he's a snivelling, gutless coward.
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« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2020, 09:05:20 am »

shut up you silly old women
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« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2020, 09:45:55 pm »


In Joe Biden, Americans are going to get a “real president” again.

Unlike the stupid “fake president” they currently are lumbered with, thanks to stupid bible-bashing, gun-toting fuckwits residing in states which should have been nuked into oblivion decades ago by the Soviet Union. Think about how much of a better place the world would be today if places like Alabama and Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and other similar stupid boofhead states had been nuked off the planet.
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« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2020, 12:06:47 pm »

nuke everyone you hateful turd hahahaha

you are a fucken mentally retarded old white trash commie fool
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« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2020, 08:52:26 pm »


Increasingly, the “adults in the room” are having to take control of the situation because Trump is too much of a stupid imbecile and is waaaaay out of his depth…

Trump is increasingly irrelevant



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Increasingly, the “adults in the room” are having to take control of the situation because Trump is too much of a stupid imbecile and is waaaaay out of his depth…

Trump is increasingly irrelevant



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« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2020, 05:50:04 pm »

meanwhile in the real world

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« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2020, 02:51:57 pm »


The McTrump Virus (that's what many intelligent Americans are now calling it) is spreading all throughout America.

Yet a couple of weeks ago America's “fake president” claimed it was all a “fake virus” as a result of scaremongering tactics from the “fake press”.

What a stupid moron resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, eh?

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« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2020, 09:51:18 pm »

Wuhan Corona Virus Bio Weapon Made In China leaked to the world
 the scaremongering hype made by fake news in USA

“fake virus” made up lies of

the alt lefts Mc Brainless virus in action
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« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2020, 11:38:05 pm »


Actually, the McTrump Virus was a product of the US Military.

They just didn't expect people to cotton on to what they created and what they did with it.

It has all been a big conspiracy to cover up the origins of the McTrump Virus.
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« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2020, 09:21:35 am »

yes you are now a Chinese State Propaganda conspiracy nutter

let's call it the McChina Wuhan Corona Virus because that's what
it is made on China
China is Fucked and their poor slaves are screwed

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The McTrump virus created by the US military on Trump's orders would have to be one of the greatest crimes against humanity ever committed.

Another crime to charge America with at the International Criminal Court.
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yes you are now a Chinese State Propaganda conspiracy nutter

let's call it the McChina Wuhan Corona Virus because that's what
it is made on China
China is Fucked and their poor slaves are screwed




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« Reply #43 on: March 21, 2020, 10:37:29 am »


“Fake President” Donald J. Trump's own words turned against him…



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from The New York Times…

Nervous Republicans See Trump Sinking, and Taking Senate With Him

The election is still six months away, but a rash of ominous new polls and the president's
erratic briefings have the G.O.P. worried about a Democratic takeover.


By JONATHAN MARTIN and MAGGIE HABERMAN | Saturday, April 25, 2020

Many Republicans believe President Donald J. Trump's daily news briefings are inflicting grave damage on his political standing. — Photograph: Al Drago/for The New York Times.
Many Republicans believe President Donald J. Trump's daily news briefings are inflicting grave damage on his political standing.
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WASHINGTON D.C. — President Trump's erratic handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the worsening economy and a cascade of ominous public and private polling have Republicans increasingly nervous that they are at risk of losing the presidency and the Senate if Mr. Trump does not put the nation on a radically improved course.

The scale of the G.O.P.'s challenge has crystallized in the last week. With 26 million Americans now having filed for unemployment benefits, Mr. Trump's standing in states that he carried in 2016 looks increasingly wobbly: New surveys show him trailing significantly in battleground states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, and he is even narrowly behind in must-win Florida.

Democrats raised substantially more money than Republicans did in the first quarter in the most pivotal congressional races, according to recent campaign finance reports. And while Mr. Trump is well ahead in money compared with the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democratic donors are only beginning to focus on the general election, and several super PACs plan to spend heavily on behalf of him and the party.

Perhaps most significantly, Mr. Trump's single best advantage as an incumbent — his access to the bully pulpit — has effectively become a platform for self-sabotage.

His daily news briefings on the coronavirus outbreak are inflicting grave damage on his political standing, Republicans believe, and his recent remarks about combating the virus with sunlight and disinfectant were a breaking point for a number of senior party officials.

On Friday evening, Mr. Trump conducted only a short briefing and took no questions, a format that a senior administration official said was being discussed as the best option for the president going forward.

Glen Bolger, a long-time Republican pollster, said the landscape for his party had become far grimmer compared with the pre-virus plan to run almost singularly around the country's prosperity.

“With the economy in free-fall, Republicans face a very challenging environment and it's a total shift from where we were a few months ago,” Mr. Bolger said. “Democrats are angry, and now we have the foundation of the campaign yanked out from underneath us.”

Mr. Trump's advisers and allies have often blamed external events for his most self-destructive acts, such as his repeated outbursts during the two-year investigation into his campaign's dealings with Russia. Now, there is no such explanation — and, so far, there have been exceedingly few successful interventions regarding Mr. Trump's behavior at the podium.

Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, said the president had to change his tone and offer more than a campaign of grievance.

“You got to have some hope to sell people,” Mr. Cole said. “But Trump usually sells anger, division and ‘we're the victim’.”


There have been no successful interventions regarding Mr. Trump's behavior at the podium during his daily coronavirus briefings. — Photograph: Al Drago/for The New York Times.
There have been no successful interventions regarding Mr. Trump's behavior at the podium during his
daily coronavirus briefings. — Photograph: Al Drago/for The New York Times.


There are still more than six months until the election, and many Republicans are hoping that the dynamics of the race will shift once Mr. Biden is thrust back into the campaign spotlight. At that point, they believe, the race will not simply be the up-or-down referendum on the president it is now, and Mr. Trump will be able to more effectively sell himself as the person to rebuild the economy.

“We built the greatest economy in the world; I'll do it a second time,” Mr. Trump said earlier this month, road-testing a theme he will deploy in the coming weeks.

Still, a recent wave of polling has fueled Republican anxieties, as Mr. Biden leads in virtually every competitive state.

The surveys also showed Republican senators in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina and Maine trailing or locked in a dead heat with potential Democratic rivals — in part because their fate is linked to Mr. Trump's job performance. If incumbents in those states lose, and Republicans pick up only the Senate seat in Alabama, Democrats would take control of the chamber should Mr. Biden win the presidency.

“He's got to run very close for us to keep the Senate,” Charles R. Black Jr., a veteran Republican consultant, said of Mr. Trump. “I've always thought we were favored to, but I can't say that now with all these cards up in the air.”

Republicans were taken aback this past week by the results of a 17-state survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee. It found the president struggling in the Electoral College battlegrounds and likely to lose without signs of an economic rebound this fall, according to a party strategist outside the R.N.C. who is familiar with the poll's results.

The Trump campaign's own surveys have also shown an erosion of support, according to four people familiar with the data, as the coronavirus remains the No.1 issue worrying voters.

Polling this early is, of course, not determinative: In 2016 Hillary Clinton also enjoyed a wide advantage in many states well before November.

Yet Mr. Trump's best hope to win a state he lost in 2016, Minnesota, also seems increasingly challenging. A Democratic survey taken by Senator Tina Smith showed the president trailing by 10 percentage points there, according to a Democratic strategist who viewed the poll.

The private data of the two parties is largely mirrored by public surveys. Just last week, three Pennsylvania polls and two Michigan surveys were released showing Mr. Trump losing outside the margin of error. And a pair of Florida polls were released that showed Mr. Biden enjoying a slim advantage in a state that is all but essential for Republicans to retain the presidency.

To some in the party, this feels all too similar to the last time they held the White House.


Defeating Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, has become a cause for national liberal activists. — Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times.
Defeating Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, has become a cause for national liberal activists.
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In 2006, anger at President George W. Bush and unease with the Iraq war propelled Democrats to reclaim Congress; two years later they captured the presidency thanks to the same anti-incumbent themes and an unexpected crisis that accelerated their advantage, the economic collapse of 2008. The two elections were effectively a single continuous rejection of Republican rule, as some in the G.O.P. fear 2018 and 2020 could become in a worst-case scenario.

“It already feels very similar to the 2008 cycle,” said Billy Piper, a Republican lobbyist and former chief of staff to Senator Mitch McConnell.

Significant questions remain that could tilt the outcome of this election: whether Americans experience a second wave of the virus in the fall, the condition of the economy and how well Mr. Biden performs after he emerges from his Wilmington, Delaware, basement, which many in his party are privately happy to keep him in so long as Mr. Trump is fumbling as he governs amid a crisis.

But if Republicans are comforted by the uncertainties that remain, they are alarmed by one element of this election that is already abundantly clear: The small-dollar fund-raising energy Democrats enjoyed in the mid-terms has not abated.

Most of the incumbent House Democrats facing competitive races enjoy a vast financial advantage over Republican challengers, who are struggling to garner attention as the virus overwhelms news coverage.

Still, few officials in either party believed the House was in play this year. There was also similar skepticism about the Senate. Then the virus struck and fund-raising reports covering the first three months of this year were released in mid-April.

Republican senators facing difficult races were not only all out-raised by Democrats, they were also overwhelmed.

In Maine, for example, Senator Susan Collins brought in $2.4 million while her little-known rival, the House speaker Sara Gideon, raised more than $7 million. Even more concerning to Republicans is the lesser-known Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Republican officials are especially irritated at Mr. Tillis because he has little small-dollar support and raised only $2.1 million, which was more than doubled by his Democratic opponent.

“These Senate first-quarter fund-raising numbers are a serious wake-up call for the G.O.P.,” said Scott Reed, the top political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Republican Senate woes come as anger toward Mr. Trump is rising from some of the party's most influential figures on Capitol Hill.

After working closely with Senate Republicans at the start of the year, some of the party's top congressional strategists say the handful of political advisers Mr. Trump retains have communicated little with them since the health crisis began.

In a campaign steered by Mr. Trump, whose rallies drove fund-raising and data harvesting, the center of gravity has of late shifted to the White House. His campaign headquarters will remain closed for another few weeks, and West Wing officials say the president's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, hasn't been to the White House since last month, though he is in touch by phone.


Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, has little small-dollar support and raised only $2.1 million in the first quarter. — Photograph: Pete Marovich/for The New York Times.
Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, has little small-dollar support and raised only $2.1 million
in the first quarter. — Photograph: Pete Marovich/for The New York Times.


Then there is the president's conduct.

In just the last week, he has undercut the efforts of his campaign and his allies to attack Mr. Biden on China; suddenly proposed a halt on immigration; and said governors should not move too soon to reopen their economies — a week after calling on protesters to “liberate” their states. And that was all before his digression into the potential healing powers of disinfectants.

Republican lawmakers have gone from watching his lengthy daily briefings with a tight-lipped grimace to looking upon them with horror.

“Any of us can be onstage too much,” said the long-time Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, noting that “there's a burnout factor no matter who you are, you've got to think about that.”

Privately, other party leaders are less restrained about the political damage they believe Mr. Trump is doing to himself and Republican candidates. One prominent G.O.P. senator said the nightly sessions were so painful he could not bear watching any longer.

“I would urge the president to focus on the positive, all that has been done and how we are preparing for a possible renewal of the pandemic in the fall,” said Representative Peter King, Republican of New York.

Asked about concerns over Mr. Trump's briefings, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said, “Millions and millions of Americans tune in each day to hear directly from President Trump and appreciate his leadership, unprecedented coronavirus response, and confident outlook for America's future.”

Mr. Trump's thrashing about partly reflects his frustration with the virus and his inability to slow Mr. Biden's rise in the polls. It's also an illustration of his broader inability to shift the public conversation to another topic, something he has almost always been able to do when confronted with negative story lines ranging from impeachment proceedings to payouts to adult film stars.

Mr. Trump is also restless. Administration officials said they were looking to resume his travel in as soon as a week, although campaign rallies remain distant for now.

As they look for ways to regain the advantage, some Republicans believe the party must mount an immediate ad campaign blitzing Mr. Biden, identifying him to their advantage and framing the election as a clear choice.

“If Trump is the issue, he probably loses,” said Mr. Black, the consultant. “If he makes it about Biden and the economy is getting better, he has a chance.”


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Jonathan Martin is a national political correspondent for The New York Times. Before joining The Times, he had served as senior political writer for Politico since its inception in 2007. He began covering politics for National Journal's political publication, The Hotline, and then reported on party politics and the aftermath of the 2006 mid-term elections for National Review magazine.  Mr. Martin is a co-author of The New York Times best seller The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: The 34 Days That Decided the Election (December 2012), the fourth and final e-book in Politico's 2012 series on the race for the presidency. His work has been published in The New Republic, National Journal, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared frequently on television and radio as a political analyst and commentator, including on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC and NPR. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Mr. Martin graduated from Hampden-Sydney College.

Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent. She joined The New York Times in February 2015 as a campaign correspondent. Previously, Ms. Haberman worked as a political reporter at Politico from 2010 to 2015 and at other publications including the New York Post and New York Daily News. She was a finalist for the Mirror Awards, with Glenn Thrush, for What is Hillary Clinton Afraid of? which was published in 2014. Her hobbies include singing, and she is married with three children.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on Sunday, April 26, 2020, on page A24 of the New York print edition with the headline: “Some Republicans See Trump Sinking, and Taking Senate With Him”.

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from The Washington Post…

13 hours of Trump: The president fills briefings
with attacks and boasts, but little empathy


A Washington Post analysis reveals a president using the White House lectern to vent and rage;
to dispense dubious and even dangerous medical advice;
and to lavish praise upon himself and his government.


By PHILIP BUMP and ASHLEY PARKER | 3:14PM EDT — Sunday, April 26, 2020

President Donald J. Trump speaks on Thursday during a coronavirus task force news conference at the White House. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
President Donald J. Trump speaks on Thursday during a coronavirus task force news conference at the White House.
 — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.


PRESIDENT TRUMP strode to the lectern in the White House briefing room on Thursday and, for just over an hour, attacked his rivals, dismissing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as a “sleepy guy in a basement of a house” and lambasting the media as “fake news” and “lamestream.”

He showered praise on himself and his team, repeatedly touting the “great job” they were doing as he spoke of the “tremendous progress” being made toward a vaccine and how “phenomenally” the nation was faring in terms of mortality.

What he did not do was offer any sympathy for the 2,081 Americans who were reported dead from the coronavirus on that day alone — among the now more than 54,000 Americans who have perished since the pandemic began.

What began as daily briefings meant to convey public health information have become de facto political rallies conducted from the West Wing of the White House — events that are now in doubt after an uproar last week over Trump's suggestion of another bogus coronavirus cure. The president has offered little in the way of accurate medical information or empathy for coronavirus victims, instead focusing on attacking his enemies and lauding himself and his allies.

Trump has spoken for more than 28 hours in the 35 briefings held since March 16, eating up 60 percent of the time that officials spoke, according to a Washington Post analysis of annotated transcripts from Factbase, a data analytics company.

Over the past three weeks, the tally comes to more than 13 hours of Trump — including two hours spent on attacks and 45 minutes praising himself and his administration, but just 4½ minutes expressing condolences for coronavirus victims. He spent twice as much time promoting an unproven anti-malarial drug that was the object of a Food and Drug Administration warning on Friday. Trump also said something false or misleading in nearly a quarter of his prepared comments or answers to questions, the analysis shows.

Trump's freewheeling approach ended in a political crisis this past week, after the president's dangerous suggestion at a briefing on Thursday that injecting bleach or other disinfectants might cure the coronavirus — “almost as a cleaning.” The remarks set off a government-wide scramble and led to Trump telling aides on Friday he would skip briefings this weekend. White House officials say privately they are considering scaling back the events entirely.

“What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately,” Trump complained in a tweet on Saturday. “They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!”


In the 35 coronavirus task force briefings held since March 16, President Donald J. Trump has accounted for 60 percent of the time that officials spoke, according to a Washington Post analysis. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
In the 35 coronavirus task force briefings held since March 16, President Donald J. Trump has accounted for 60 percent of the time
that officials spoke, according to a Washington Post analysis. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.


The briefings have come to replace Trump's campaign rallies — now on pause during the global contagion — and fulfill the president's needs and impulses in the way his arena-shaking campaign events once did: a chance for him to riff, free-associate, spar with the media and occupy center stage.

The Washington Post analysis of Trump's daily coronavirus briefings over the past three weeks — from Monday, April 6, to Friday, April 24 — reveals a president using the White House lectern to vent and rage; to dispense dubious and even dangerous medical advice; and to lavish praise upon himself and his government.

Trump has attacked someone in 113 out of 346 questions he has answered — or a third of his responses. He has offered false or misleading information in nearly 25 percent of his remarks. And he has played videos praising himself and his administration's efforts three times, including one that was widely derided as campaign propaganda produced by White House aides at taxpayer expense.

The president repeatedly returns to the same topics, frequently treating questions as cues for familiar talking points.

He has, for instance, mentioned the nation's testing capacity in 14 percent of his comments, talked about the country's ventilator supply in 12 percent and waxed on about his imposition of travel bans — particularly from China — in 9 percent.

“These press conferences are 10 minutes of information, if you're lucky, and an hour and a half of self-congratulations and mis-information,” said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, the largest Democratic super PAC, which supports Biden. “It is the distillation of a Trump rally. It is the personification of a Trump rally.”

Vice President Pence, who heads the administration's coronavirus task force, holds second place in speaking time at the briefings since mid-March — about 5½ hours, or roughly 12 percent of the total.

The medical professionals also received significantly less airtime than Trump. Deborah Birx, who oversees the administration's virus response, spoke close to six hours, while Anthony S. Fauci, an infectious disease expert, spoke for just over two hours at 22 of the briefings.


President Donald J. Trump speaks alongside Vice President Mike Pence at a task force briefing. White House officials say privately they are considering scaling back the events. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
President Donald J. Trump speaks alongside Vice President Mike Pence at a task force briefing. White House officials say privately
they are considering scaling back the events. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.


Trump has also offered a response to a question posed to someone else more than a third of the time that occurred, including queries that the intended official had already answered.

Expressions of empathy from Trump are rare. The president has mentioned coronavirus victims in just eight briefings in three weeks, mostly in prepared remarks. In the first week of April, when the nation's focus was largely on the hard-hit New York region, Trump began several briefings by expressing his condolences for the victims there.

“We continue to send our prayers to the people of New York and New Jersey and to our whole country,” Trump said on April 6, offering similar sentiments the following day: “We grieve alongside every family who has lost a precious loved one.”

On April 19 — as the death toll in the United States climbed past 40,000 and more than 22 million Americans were unemployed — a CNN reporter sparked Trump's ire when he noted the grim milestones and asked, “Is this really the time for self-congratulations?”

“What I'm doing is, I'm standing up for the men and women that have done such an incredible job,” Trump responded. He added that he was “also sticking up for doctors and nurses and military doctors and nurses” before eventually angrily dismissing the question as “fake news.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the briefings are a way for the president to keep the public informed. “Millions and millions of Americans tune in each day to hear directly from President Trump and appreciate his leadership, unprecedented coronavirus response, and confident outlook for America's future,” McEnany said in a statement.

Like his campaign rallies, the president's portion of the daily briefings are rife with mis-information. Over the past three weeks, 87 of his comments or answers — a full 47 minutes — included factually inaccurate comments.


President Donald J. Trump speaks alongside Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, at a briefing last week. The president frequently answers questions addressed to other officials at the briefings. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
President Donald J. Trump speaks alongside Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, at a briefing last week.
The president frequently answers questions addressed to other officials at the briefings.
 — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.


Trump has mentioned the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible coronavirus cure in at least eight of his prepared remarks and responses, despite potentially dangerous side effects and no clear medical evidence that it helps treat the virus.

“Just recently, a friend of mine told me he got better because of the use of that — that drug. So, who knows?” said Trump in mid-April, adding, “And it's having some very good results, I'll tell you.”

After Trump's comments on injecting disinfectants at the Thursday briefing, aides and other loyalists initially said the president's remarks had been taken out of context. Then Trump claimed, despite his serious tone when making the suggestion, that he was just speaking “sarcastically” to get a rise out of reporters.

Some administration officials, outside Republicans and other Trump allies say the briefings have increasingly become a distraction, and they fear they are doing more to harm than help the president's re-election hopes. They worry that Trump is squandering the opportunity to demonstrate presidential leadership and be the “wartime president” he has claimed to be by picking petty fights and appearing childish and distracted.

But they also acknowledge they are unlikely to change Trump's behavior. Over the past three weeks, the president has tweeted five times about the briefing's “ratings,” which he frequently says are “through the roof.”

In recent days, aides have begun discussing adding an economic component to the virus response that would be separate from the daily briefing with public health officials, in part because they say one of the president's strengths is the economy. He might appear with executives of small businesses beginning to reopen or with manufacturers of personal protective equipment, a senior administration official said.

Advisers are also considering cutting the number of briefings or having the president attend less frequently, as well as discussing getting the president out on the road in the next few weeks.

Some Republicans see value in Trump's regular appearances in the briefing room. Much like the 2016 campaign, where he seemed to benefit from being ubiquitous if controversial, the coronavirus news conferences offer Trump an elevated platform, especially in the absence of regular campaign events, said Cliff Sims, a former White House aide.

“Everybody in the country is talking about one thing, and it happens to be the one thing that Donald Trump is the dominant player in, and he's leading that conversation,” Sims said. “Even visually, you still have Trump on your TV screen, in front of the White House logo in the briefing room, flanked by his advisers. And then you have Joe Biden very small on your computer screen, having a Zoom conversation with Al Gore.”


President Donald J, Trump stands in front of a video presentation during the April 20 briefing. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
President Donald J. Trump Trump stands in front of a video presentation during the April 20 briefing.
 — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.


The most frequent target of Trump's attacks during the briefings was Democrats (48 times, over roughly 30 minutes), including former president Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California). His next-favorite subjects for criticism were the media (37 times, over roughly 25 minutes); the nation's governors (34, over 22 minutes); and China (31 times, over nearly 21 minutes).

Much like his rallies — where Trump often harangues the media from the stage and encourages chants of “CNN sucks!” — he uses his briefings as an opportunity to spar with and berate the press.

On Thursday, when a Washington Post reporter noted that people tuning into the briefings “want to get information and guidance and want to know what to do,” Trump turned his frustration on the reporter, whom he dismissed as “a total faker.”

“I'm the president, and you're fake news,” Trump said.

Cecil, the Democratic super PAC head, said his reaction was initially mixed when Trump began dominating the briefings. “You always have to be concerned when one side monopolizes so much of the coverage,” he said.

But Cecil said he thinks the daily routine will “ultimately hurt” Trump, especially as voters assess the president's performance against their own suffering. His super PAC has already produced ads using Trump's words from the briefings against him and plans to continue doing so going forward.

“It's much different to process these press conferences when the coverage before and after is the unprecedented number of people dying, the fact that we don't have tests,” he said. “Long term, it is hurting the president because people can see with their own eyes and what they are feeling in their own communities what the consequences are.”


__________________________________________________________________________

Yasmeen Abutaleb contributed to this report.

Philip Bump is a national correspondent for The Washington Post based in New York. Before joining The Post in 2014, he led politics coverage for The Wire at The Atlantic. He was educated at Ohio State University.

Ashley Parker is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2017, after 11 years at The New York Times, where she covered the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns and Congress, among other things. Parker is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in English and Communications from University of Pennsylvania.

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from The Washington Post…

This is why Trump rage tweets

The president is on a losing trajectory.

By JENNIFER RUBIN | 3:59PM EDT — Monday, April 27, 2020

President Donald J. Trump during a coronavirus response briefing at the White House on Friday. — Photograph: Alex Brandon/Associated Press.
President Donald J. Trump during a coronavirus response briefing at the White House on Friday.
 — Photograph: Alex Brandon/Associated Press.


THE USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Monday explains, in part, why President Trump has been rage tweeting over the last 24 hours: “[Former vice president Joe Biden is] leading Trump nationwide by 6 percentage points, 44%-38%, a shift from Trump's 3-point lead in the survey as he was being impeached by the House in December. In a contest without a third-party contender, Biden's margin jumps to 10 points, 50%-40%.” Perhaps not surprising, Biden clobbers Trump in qualities such as “cares about people like me”; “stands up for U.S. interests”; is “honest and trustworthy”; and “can work with foreign leaders”. On knowing “how to get things done”, Trump has a positive score (51 percent to 45 percent) as does Biden (although not an outright at 48 percent to 39 percent).

Biden plainly has made progress more quickly than Hillary Clinton, the 2016 nominee, did in nailing down Democratic support. “Biden has made progress in consolidating support among Democrats; 87% of Democratic voters now back him, and he has been endorsed by his primary rivals, former president Barack Obama and others,” the poll shows. “He has gained ground among voters under 35, a group that had been more likely in the primaries to support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Now Biden is backed over Trump among younger voters by 50%-25%.”

While Trump gets more than 90 percent of Republicans, Trump's habit of doubling down with his hard-line base has come at the expense of support among everyone else. Trump is in trouble with independents (only 27 percent support) and among women (he trails Biden 53 percent to 30 percent). One can imagine that, as Trump fails to show much empathy for the sick and dying and throws out dangerous health suggestions, he is going to do even more damage to his standing with women, who are more likely to care more about health care than male voters, and who dislike his bombast and bullying.

There is a small downward movement in support among African Americans for Biden, but it is unclear whether it is statistically significant. It may, however, strengthen the case for him to name an African American woman such as Representative Val Demings (Democrat-Florida) or Senator Kamala D. Harris (Democrat-California) as his running mate.

Several aspects of the poll are worth stressing. First, we are six months out — a life-time in politics — but it is not at all clear that things are going to get any better for Trump. The opposite is almost surely true. More coronavirus deaths will be recorded, frightful unemployment numbers will persist and lives will continue to be disrupted. Second, non-white voters are, as they do in most crises and economic downturns, suffering disproportionately. Many are first responders or in essential jobs, thereby exposing them to greater dangers. Their health status and access to health care may be worse than that of white Americans. If Biden keeps the focus on this aspect of the crisis, non-white voters will keep in mind precisely what they “have to lose” in a Trump presidency. Third, the bad polling tends to make Trump grouchier and more frantic. His on-again, off-again news conference on Monday is indicative of his dilemma: He cannot handle the lack of attention, but the attention now provides a powerful boost — to his opponent.


__________________________________________________________________________

Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion from a center-right perspective for The Washington Post. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican Party and threats to Western democracies. Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work. She is a mother of two sons and lives in Northern Virginia.

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