Monday, August 24, 2020

Trump's ineptitude extends to bad campaign decisions

There can be no doubt that Trump is incompetent and surrounds himself with equally inept sycophants. Here are two instances, in the Daily Kos, of that ineptitude spilling over to negatively impact his campaign.

kos for Daily Kos reports how Stupid Trump digs himself an even deeper hole with these convention speakers.

… college-educated women hate Trump for the same reason partisan Democrats do. …

Trump’s response? Let’s see: He’s humped confederate generals, called Black Lives Matter a hate group, defended police brutality, engaged in a systematic pattern of overt misogyny against public figures who are women, used his rallies and press conferences to spew conspiracy theories and air petty grievances, ignored the coronavirus pandemic (and continues to do so), stopped help from reaching pandemic-impacted families (and continues to do so), sabotaged the U.S. Postal Service, declared that he’d stop Black people from moving into the suburbs (not realizing that they’re already there, and the locals don’t mind), and has created this fantasy suburban world dominated by “housewives.” And wouldn’t you know it, his fantasy housewives are oh so afraid of the Blacks and browns. (These “suburban housewives” don’t actually exist in any meaningful numbers.)

Thus, Trump’s continued inability to speak to the concerns of this election’s biggest swing demographic hamstrings any Republican effort to cobble together a majority.

Now here comes the Republican Party’s national convention, a chance to perhaps reset the terms of the debate and give those swing suburban voters a chance to reconsider their choices. And who does Trump get on the speaker’s list?

These assholes, who waved panicky guns as a protest marched peacefully on the street in front of their mansion.

Guns

You can see why Trump would take a liking to them, right? In fact, they are such monumental assholes that, well, I’ll just use Mark Sumner’s summary:

Mark McCloskey isn’t just the kind of raging a-hole who is hated by all of his neighbors, he’s not just a guy who has sued his own sister and his own father, he’s also a guy who did this: He destroyed bee hives on a neighbor’s property and left behind a note not only admitting that he did it, but threatening to sue if they didn’t clean up the mess promptly. That neighbor was a Jewish synagogue which had planned to use the honey for Rosh Hashanah. “The children were crying in school,” said Rabbi Susan Talve. “It was part of our curriculum.

Aldous J Pennyfarthing at the Daily Kos reports how Trump woos women voters with attack on Michelle Obama at event commemorating suffrage.

All of Donald Trump’s favorite pickup strategies — meeting porn stars at golf tournaments, asking to be spanked with magazines sporting his pug-ugly mug, calling women who turn him down fat slobs, grabbing unsuspecting women by their privates — are pretty much worthless in a political context. So the guy is flailing.

That was on full display this morning as Trump announced he will pardon legendary women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony — who is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.

Oh, wait, he’s serious! Pig-man is pardoning Susan B. Anthony! Applause, applause

So of course Trump — amply demonstrating the discipline, shrewdness, and political chops that got him where he is — stayed on message, attacking Michelle Obama over the speech she gave on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

It was so unexpected coming from him (let’s be serious, he didn’t think of it; I’d be surprised if he knew who she was), that women at the event literally laughed at his announcement.

At an event aimed at highlighting the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, President Donald Trump disparaged the country’s most admired woman, Michelle Obama as “over her head” after she delivered a scathing, direct-to-camera speech criticizing him at the Democratic National Convention Monday.

“Well she’s in over her head, and frankly, she should’ve made the speech live, which she didn’t do,” he said Tuesday when asked his reaction to Obama’s remarks, calling her speech “extremely divisive” before quickly pivoting to talk about drug pricing.

Obama has frequently topped the list of the nation’s most admired women and left office with a 69% favorability rating.

Now there’s the Donald Trump I know.

Not sure how this will play among the “suburban housewives” he needs to bring back into the fold before November, but I’m guessing the response will be chilly at best.

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