ON 2020 ELECTION ISSUES
has now been well documented that President Trump deliberately
ignored warnings of the impending coronavirus crisis despite more
than a dozen warnings from the intelligence community, his HHS
secretary, and other cabinet officials.
persists in lying about the status of testing for COVID-19 when he
and his staff know that they lag behind many countries in per-capita
tests, production of swabs and re-agents, contact tracing, a
centralized process, and the leadership to arrest the coronavirus
his desperation to win re-election, Trump is now sacrificing the
lives of his rural, white diehard acolytes, in mostly red
states—e.g., Indiana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and
Oklahoma--with his executive order compelling
to remain open,
with no mandates for worker safety, even as coronavirus infections
and deaths escalate.
the same time, he has threatened to de-fund the U.S. Post Office
whose workforce has long served as a mainstay for access to the
middle class for minority groups, thus sanctioning the economic
ravaging of these communities that are already being devastated as a
result of his mismanagement of the COVID-19 plague.
than to provide a headline-grabbing moment, and to facilitate
Democratic unity, Hillary Clinton’s recent endorsement of Joe
Biden for President does little for his campaign since he is
already poised to win the key states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and
Wisconsin (which she lost), and her past voters are already
aligned with him.
to Trump, the nation has weathered the worst of the coronavirus
contagion, and it will soon be over. He also made similar statements
in February, March, and early April and stated that the country will
soon be able to generate five million COVID-19 tests daily. Yet the
U.S. has produced less than six million in total so far. Trump has
consistently demonstrated the ability to fabricate information with
the believability that satisfies his base.
even more distressing is his promotion of quack cures for the
coronavirus that is placing the public at dangerous risk.
ultraviolent light exposure, and the injestion and/or injection of
disinfectants (the latter which prompted the Lysol Corporation to
issue a disclaimer) have all been presented by Trump in the White
House briefing room as the solutions to the outbreak.
has given the green light to internet scammers, charlatan physicians,
and other hucksters who are advancing remedies that are even more
bizarre than his and has let his fellow hustling dogs out, further
jeopardizing the nation’s health.
he and his family members continue to grift for government dollars to
prop up their real estate business. The Trump Corporation has made a
request to the Trump Administration to lower its lease payments for
the Trump International Hotel, which is owned and operated by the
President but is in a federally owned building.
a few blocks from the White House, the Hotel has been a favorite
place for lodging for foreign dignitaries seeking an audience and
favors from the President. Lobbyists, Republican Party leaders, and
cabinet officials, including U.S. Attorney General William Barr, have
also hosted social events there. It is understood that spending
money there is a rite of political passage.
and his family members seize every opportunity to feed at the public
trough and/or to bend the law for their personal gain. One of the
most egregious examples was the avoidance of paying income taxes on
his $413 million inheritance, in today’s dollars, from his
father’s real estate empire.
show that Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth
millions more. He and his siblings also helped design a strategy to
undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of
millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill
when those properties were transferred to them.
sister, Judge Maryanne Barry Trump, of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit was the only Trump sibling to take a
fall for the aforementioned financial shenanigans. An investigation
by the New York Times revealed that she had engaged in dubious
tax schemes and outright fraud with her family during the early
1990s, from which she benefitted financially. The
also found she was in a position to influence the actions taken by
to these revelations, four complaints regarding her purported
financial impropriety were filed in October 2018 with the Third
Circuit Court of Appeals. In a
letter dated Feb. 1, 2019, the four complainants were notified that
the enquiry was “receiving
the full attention”
of a judicial conduct council. Judge Barry Trump filed her
retirement papers shortly thereafter.
status change terminated the investigation since retired judges are
not subject to the conduct rules. The individuals who filed the
complaints were informed that the accusations had been dropped with
no findings on their merits. Had Judge Barry Trump been found
guilty, she could have been censured, reprimanded, or referred to the
House of Representatives for impeachment.
hustling, and grifting appear to be a cornerstone of the Trump
family’s success in business and politics. But these traits
could now be turning against Trump, the President, as he seeks
reelection. The public has registered its ongoing disapproval of his
behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic and appears to be tiring of his
lying and maladministration.
polls, which should be taken as a grain of salt at this point, affirm
these observations. As coronavirus deaths mount within Trump’s
heretofore impregnable base of rabid supporters, they may encourage a
few to stay home on November 3rd or possibly switch their vote to Biden who is a far less polarizing
candidates than was Hillary.
has been a beneficiary of all the political stars lining up in his
favor, up to now, although he has lacked sufficient campaign funding
and organization. He has surged to the front, apparently, on the
basis of a national desire for normalcy and competence. Biden could
just be in the right place at the right time.
he still must make the most consequential decision of his
candidacy—the selection of his vice presidential running
mate—and get his ground game and his get-out-the-vote (GOTV)
effort into high gear. He needs to realize that Trump is still a
formidable opponent as he will pursue any tactic to win.