Trump Holds Indoor Rally in Henderson, NV

Donald Trump's is holding an indoors rally today in Henderson, Nevada.

The campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada -- which will be held inside a facility of Xtreme Manufacturing -- is expected to violate the state of Nevada's restriction on gatherings of 50 people or more.

200,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus. It is not going away. Cases have risen in 11 states this week: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

While overall, U.S. rates have been declining:

....34,300 new cases a day is alarmingly high, infectious disease experts say, and U.S. health officials fear the outbreak could get worse as the nation enters the fall and winter seasons. Health officials have repeatedly warned that they are preparing to battle two bad viruses circulating later this year as the coronavirus outbreak runs into flu season.

Donald Trump doesn't care. His diehard supporters don't care. They still think masks are unnecessary, particularly outdoors. I guess they can't comprehend even the most basic scientific principle that:

Covid-19 can spread through respiratory droplets that pass when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Studies suggest the masks may serve as a helpful barrier to spreading infection.

Trump supporters have no problem going to crowded places like Sturgis and potentially bringing the virus back with them.

We all have the power to choose in November. I agree with Bernie Sanders who in an interview on MSNBC today, while rejecting Saturday's WashPo article in which he reportedly said Biden isn't doing enough, said basically the same thing, couched as "Biden could do more".

“Trump is a disaster. I think most people know it,” he added. “But we also have to give people a reason to vote for Joe Biden.”

[Sanders] said people wanted to hear “a little bit more” from the candidate on issues such as raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

To me, Biden seems more interested in winning over the conservative Republican suburban voters and groups like the Lincoln Project than the young, progressive, and Latino voters, many of whom, not receiving an indication from Biden he has specific plans to promote their causes, may stay home or vote for a write-in or third party candidate.

I think this is a short-sighted and costly decision by the Biden campaign for the Democratic Party. The conservatives are just Never Trumpers, who will desert Democrats as soon as the votes are counted. If anything, they will demand a payback from Congress for their support of Biden, which will probably extend to the nomination of Supreme Court Justices. Trump's nominees are bad, but the nominees the conservatives will demand (or hold hostage) are not any better.

By comparison, had Biden chosen to align himself even a little with former Bernie supporters and endorse policies embraced by other young, progressive and/or Latino voters, tens if not hundreds of thousands of voters would have become active members of the Democratic party. Think of how much bigger the Democratic tent could have been had Biden not chosen to align with conservatives for their votes.

Biden is ahead in most of the recent polling of swing states. But as we learned in 2016, polls get it wrong. I hope Trump loses, but I think with Biden, it's just about voting for someone who is not Trump, while Trump's base seems even more excited for him this time around. The Democrats started the election cycle being branded socialists. Trump Republicans now call them anarchists and communists. So choosing Biden did nothing to reduce the leftest label Democrats ran from when Bernie and Elizabeth were contenders.

Donald Trump is as toxic as the coronavirus he minimized. He's pathetic and after four years, remains as unqualified to lead this country as he was the day he rode down the up escalator to announce his candidacy.

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    Just had a phone call with (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 02:41:59 PM EST
    My Christian evangelical Trump supporting brother.

    He and his wife are terrified by the idea of herd immunity.  He is 10 years older than me.  He seemed to think it was another word for thinning the herd of old people.  Which it actually is.

    But here's the thing.  I avoided direct discussion of politics but I asked him how they planned to vote.  If they were going to vote by mail or on person.

    He thought for a minute and said, we might not vote.

    That could be (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by MO Blue on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 02:48:51 PM EST
    An Improvement.

    Yes exactly (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 02:59:38 PM EST
    I think it was his way of saying, you were right.  Without saying you were right.

    But definitely a good thing.  I have talked to more than one former Trump booster who did not seem excited about voting or even discussing politics.

    I think many will just stay home.  Some will blame the virus.


    PS (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 03:02:08 PM EST
    I encouraged him to be safe.  Mentioning the redness of the state and how our votes importance is marginal.

    Without mentioning I will crawl over broken glass to vote.


    I have wondered (none / 0) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 03:00:39 PM EST
    if the polling isn't overcompensating support for Trump supporters since they underestimated his support in 2016.

    All the Trumpers I know are going to the polls unfortunately. Or they say they are. When the time comes they may end up not going. These people many of them have spouses with medical issues. They have convinced themselves that it is the end of the world if Biden is elected.


    My brother and his wife (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 03:07:20 PM EST
    Are not really typical of the Trump herd.  They are more typical of the college educated whites he is losing.  They are both retired teachers with advanced degrees.

    Who knows if there is a relationship but (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 10:37:26 AM EST
    This was in the Atlantic about 6:30

    Why isn't Trump trying to win?
     "The 2020 economy is worse than weak; it is, for many, an outright catastrophe. Look beyond the healthy housing market and the stock market, and you will see a depressed leisure-and-hospitality sector, 8% unemployment, and tens of thousands of small businesses on the brink of collapse."

    "The implication seems obvious. President Trump faces an array of obstacles on his path to reelection. But he could do one thing, right away, that would, in all likelihood, immediately improve his odds with almost no downside risk: Call for Congress to open the cash spigot and buoy the lackluster economy on a wave of stimulus."

    "All he has to do is announce his intention to sign a second major economic relief bill--a CARES Act II, essentially--and count on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to muddle through. Such a law would almost certainly improve the financial state of countless families at a time of mass desperation, and just weeks before the election."

    "But, oddly, the White House has expressed practically no interest in supercharging the economic engine that could drive the president to victory."

    Trump tweeted this an hour ago.

    Donald J. Trump
    Democrats are "heartless". They don't want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money, and whose fault it was NOT that the plague came in from China. Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!).

    So now it is (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 02:42:29 PM EST
    being reported that a number of staff members at the white house have contacted covid likely from Trump's rally in NV.

    Oh my (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 04:35:16 PM EST
    NBC said that Jim Carrey will play Joe Biden on the coming 46th season of Saturday Night Live, which begins on October 3, the New York Times reports.

    Barr seems to be almost as desperate (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 08:42:03 AM EST
    More proof (none / 0) (#5)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 08:50:22 AM EST
    that the USA is a failed state. To hell with the election, I am ready for a coup d'etat.

    I think that's what's been happening. (none / 0) (#7)
    by leap on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 09:28:09 AM EST
    The Republican coup d'etat. We need a counter-coup.

    In Trumps case (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 10:11:41 AM EST
    More like a POO d'etat

    We've been experiencing one, (none / 0) (#9)
    by desertswine on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 12:52:24 PM EST
    in slow motion, for the past 40 years. I can't believe we're in danger of losing the nation to "the gang that couldn't shoot straight."

    Also (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 01:01:47 PM EST
    With Barr in charge it is like the gang that couldn't shoot straight led by Voldemort

    They're up to something. (none / 0) (#19)
    by desertswine on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 08:59:21 PM EST
    They're going to do something, bad.  We'll find out what it is very soon I fear.

    I heard something this morning (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 12:58:28 PM EST
    It has been happening for a long time but Barr knows better than anyone that if Trump loses it's over.

    Certainly for his wretched lifetime.  If they don't come out on top of this the game is over.

    Which makes him really dangerous.


    Oh yeah (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 08:50:24 AM EST
    Oh god, here we go (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 02:22:16 PM EST

    "A mixup with the first absentee ballots sent in North Carolina caused some voters to receive two identical ballots for the November general election," the AP reports.


    Yeah! Let's do that! (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 12:27:42 PM EST
    That will definitely work.

    "The Trump administration on Friday announced $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria," CNN reports.

    "The move is likely an attempt to appeal to Puerto Rican voters who moved to the battleground state of Florida after the hurricane struck the US territory."

    How do you say, "Utterly shameless" (none / 0) (#21)
    by Peter G on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 12:38:48 PM EST
    in Spanish?

    I hope this was Trumps idea (none / 0) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 12:59:09 PM EST
    the idea it was anyone else's would be scary.

    completamente descarado (none / 0) (#25)
    by leap on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 02:11:07 PM EST
    (via google)

    Totalmente Desverganzado (none / 0) (#27)
    by RickyJim on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 04:45:56 PM EST
    Glad they are FINALLY (none / 0) (#23)
    by MO Blue on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 01:11:14 PM EST
    getting some help. Doubt there are many that will be fooled by the Orange Raccoon's sudden love for the people of Puerto Rico.

    Though I agree with your sentiment, (none / 0) (#24)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 02:06:48 PM EST
    factually, PR has previously gotten 13. The total now is 26B.

    I have no idea, but rather doubt, that that is enough.


    Drop in the bucket (none / 0) (#26)
    by MO Blue on Fri Sep 18, 2020 at 02:29:26 PM EST
    .... the overall amount of the damages suffered by Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria, which have been estimated at $90 billion, making it the third-costliest hurricane in the United States on record.

    Much of the relief money that Congress allocated to PR has been stuck in DC due to Trump's reluctance to send them money.

    This article seems to provide a fairly good overview of damages...dollars actually received vs dollars allocated.