Trump Is Using The Rose Garden For His Campaign

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

President Trump is having a rally problem. This past weekend he was forced to cancel a highly-touted rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, supposedly because of “bad weather.” They don’t normally cancel Trump rallies even when people are waiting outside in below-freezing weather, so this was surprising. In fact, the weather was warm and sunny on the New England coast that day, so it’s pretty … Read More

Trump’s Second Term Strategy: Ignore The COVID Deaths

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The dreaded 'alligator mouth' continues to open. pic.twitter.com/EFSDXNYR16 — Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) July 7, 2020 It would appear that President Trump is quite serious about the new strategy for dealing with the surging COVID-19 pandemic that was reported earlier in the Washington Post: White House officials hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and learn to accept tens of … Read More

Trump’s Tulsa Rally Could Kill People

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CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta went off on the Trump campaign’s plans to hold a massive, indoor rally this Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the number of Covid-19 cases are currently spiking: “I can’t imagine anyone is telling him this is okay.” On Cuomo Prime Time, the eponymous host asked Gupta to explain President Donald Trump’s reasoning for bringing together tens of thousands of … Read More

Unhinged Trump

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In the past few days Donald Trump has: Cranked up the volume on his pointless cold wars with China and Iran Turned mask wearing into a culture war campaign issue Accused a TV host of murdering an intern Declared war on voting by mail and accusing children of committing voter fraud Insisted that James Comey and a variety of others … Read More

Obamagate and the Unmasking “Scandal”

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The buzzword of the week is “Obamagate”. Trump has tweeted that word several times this week. OBAMAGATE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020 What IS Obamagate? Well, Trump was asked that himself. .@PhilipRucker: You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do? TRUMP: "Obamagate." RUCKER: What is the crime? TRUMP: "You know what the … Read More

COVID-19 Update: Oops! White House Becomes Hot Zone While Urging Country To Open Up

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World: U.S.: NC and local: The news of the weekend of course is that yet another White House person has contracted COVID-19. This time it is Pence’s press secrteary, who is also the wife of Trump advisor Stephen Miller. It’s not a good look when you’re trying to open up the country again so that everything looks good for the … Read More

COVID-19 Update: US Death Toll Over 10,000

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Almost 11,000 this morning as a matter of fact World: US: North Carolina has at least 3,031 reported cases of the coronavirus as of this morning, and 48 people have died, according to state and county health departments. The number of reported cases in North Carolina doubled in six days, hitting the 3,000 mark Monday evening. But the total number of cases is likely … Read More

COVID-19 Update: Long Haul Continues

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It’s a curious benchmark, but people are noting that the US has passed deaths for 9/11. At least 1,512 people have tested positive for coronavirus in NC, and 8 residents have died. One of them was in Forsyth County, our first, a 90 year old woman who died yesterday. Good news: Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are … Read More

COVID-19 Update: Trump Learns About This Thing Called “Projections”

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North Carolina: 1,167 cases and 5 deaths in the state as of Sunday. State-wide lockdown starts effective today. Forsyth County has 35 positive coronavirus case The numbers are still rising exponentially. We seem to have a working model from University of Washington. So that national peak appears to be April 15 with a total projected death total of 82,121; the … Read More

What Do You Know? It’s Uncle Joe

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2020Leave a Comment

The dominant question going into Super Tuesday was: Did Joe Biden’s sweeping victory in South Carolina come just in time, or was it too late? The answer is now clear. Biden all-but-swept Super Tuesday states, propelled by a tsunami of late-deciding voters. Last night’s lessons, in order of how clear they are: Mike Bloomberg has provided us a salutory lesson: you can’t just buy a … Read More

It’s Super-Duper-Tuesday!

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A third of all pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential race will be doled out on Tuesday across 14 states — from California to Maine — in the single biggest day of the 2020 contest.So, what’s going to happen? California and Texas are the two biggest states voting today, and obviously, much focus is on them. Here in North Carolina, I already … Read More

Steyer Out Saturday; Buttigieg Out Last Night; Klobachar Out Just Now

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Basically, the day before Super Tuesday, we’re down Biden, Sanders, Bloomber and Warren. But the knockout of Pete Buttigieg means perhaps the most. And this just in… Breaking: Pete Buttigieg plans to endorse Joe Biden — Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) March 2, 2020 People complain about the incompetence of the Democratic party, but at least they managed to thin the field … Read More

The Nevada Debate

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The remaining Democrats took to the Las Vegas stage last night to act out their murder-suicide pact. Everyone knew was at stake, and it showed. Here are some takeaways: 1. Elizabeth Warren won, and won big. It wasn’t even close. THIS was the Warren that so many of us love and support, and it’s the Warren that has been systematically … Read More

NH Primary Results

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Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, even if he narrowly lost the delegate battle. He won the New Hampshire primary. His support among people of color has grown in polls, while his chief competitor for those voters, Joe Biden, has been fading in the overall contest. He has climbed to the lead in some national polls. And he is … Read More