The Tale of Two Viruses: Part 23

Let’s please pause for a moment of silence to mourn the death of businessman and former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who refused to wear mask and contracted Coronavirus at The Don’s Oklahoma shindig. I guess we can call that MADA: Making America Dead Again. (If I were an advisor to Biden’s campaign this might be a good concept for an advertising campaign, and a real zinger in a debate.)

The Don is a master of smoke and mirrors. It is his modus operandi; it is his way of denying reality and transforming it into his storyline. He lives by the credo that if you say something enough, no matter how false or distorted it is, people will believe you, or at least begin to doubt the truth.

His most recent trope is that he doesn’t believe the intelligence that Russia was involved in paying the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers. It’s just another “Russia hoax.” Translated: Just so boring. You know there are a lot of countries in the world. Just don’t get this crazy focus on Russia. I mean there are like a zillion countries, a zillion, many, many, many. Just proves the Dems are stupid as they only know about Russia.

But the smoke-and-mirrors man is experiencing more moments where reality is being reflected back to him seeping in, making him uneasy.

Yes, he is still saying things like “large portions of our country are corona-free.”

Yes, he is still spouting crazy shit. He retweeted a video that included doctors falsely claiming that hydroxychloroquine was a “cure” for the virus and that masks were unnecessary. When asked about that he responded: “They’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it, and she’s had tremendous success with it.’’

When confronted with the fact that the physician who spoke of a cure, Dr. Stella Immanuel of Houston, also made videos saying that “doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens,” The Don responded “I know nothing about her.”

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As he was huffing and puffing off the stage, it is rumored he mumbled to an aide: “The fake news is so alien unfriendly. I love aliens. What’s so bad about aliens? Aliens may have a cure for this idiotic pandemic. Call Homeland Security and tell them to go to that “secret place” where we have all the aliens imprisoned and get them working on a cure.

And then in a pathetic moment, with thousands still dying, The Don made it about himself, whining about his sagging approval ratings. Being a flaming narcissist, he couldn’t comprehend why Fauci’s ratings were high and his weren’t (as Fauci only exists as an extension of him!)

“He’s got this high approval rating, so why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect — and the administration — with respect to the virus?” Mr. Trump asked. “So it sort of is curious.”

Curious? Um, let’s just say that he is trying to tell the truth and save lives and you are attacking him, spreading false information and killing people. Better to not be curious as I don’t think you want to hear that.

In the face of all this denial and fantasy, what evidence is there that the smoke and mirror man is experiencing moments where reality is being reflected back to him and seeping?

It is reflected in a desperate strategy to invalidate the election. On some level, he has the sinking feeling that he is doomed. His only way out is to create chaos and invalidate the results.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” he wrote on Twitter. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote??”

The Don warned that allowing people to vote by mail will result in a “CORRUPT ELECTION” that will “LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY” and become the “SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES

Let’s take that tweet one all cap phrases at a time.

“CORRUPT ELECTION?” Remember Russian interference in 2016. It is happening again with The Don’s blessing. How about voter suppression? Fewer voting booths for marginalized communities. Fewer days of early voting. Erroneous removal of black and brown people from election rolls, to mention a few.

“LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY.” Well, Don, whatever was great about the Republican party before you took over, is now gone. You have remade it in your image. It was an ugly site before, but now it is utterly unviewable and dangerous.

“SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.” How about we do a little exercise. How about we all stop for a minute and list the scandals we can remember that have occurred during this administration, then multiply it be 10 and maybe we can say we had a good start.

The Don also remarked that children would steal ballots out of mailboxes. A summer job for Barron? Think of all those young black and brown kids running around the suburbs diving it to mailboxes stealing ballots. Protect the suburbs, protect the suburbs!

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The diabolical Don, a man who will stop at nothing to win, has another trick up his sleeve. Let’s call it plan B. If he can’t stop the election or stop the mail-in voting process, he can slow the delivery of mail, so ballots won’t arrive on time to be counted.

Now that one is probably few dreamed up. And how will he do this? He appointed Louis DeJoy as Post Master General. And who is this man? DeJoy is an avid supporter of The Don and this year he has already donated about $360,000 to Trump Victory, a super PAC supporting Mr. Trump’s re-election bid, and thousands to the Republican National Committee, according to federal filings. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group, estimated that Mr. DeJoy had donated more than $2.5 million to Republican state parties, committees and candidates since 2016. And to sweeten the pot, earlier this year, Mr. DeJoy’s wife, Aldona Wos, was tapped by Mr. Trump to be the United States ambassador to Canada.

People get ready, as we ain’t seen nothin yet!

Let’s pause for another moment of silence to honor a true American hero, Congressman John Lewis, who died last week. Lewis was a giant of a man who was central to the civil rights movement and fought for racial equity and voting rights his entire life. The anti-Don. A man of grace and deep moral commitment to fighting for the dignity of all people. A man who everyday engaged in “good trouble,” to nudge America forward to confront its sins. In an article published after his death he said:

“Democracy is not a state. “It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”

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Amen!

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