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“AT THE WHITE HOUSE, MR. TRUMP MADE A BRIEF STATEMENT FILLED WITH FALSEHOODS ABOUT THE ELECTION PROCESS. HERE’S THE LATEST.”

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Friday, November sixth, 2020. Three days after the election and no declared winner yet, though Biden appears to be edging upwards. A few outlets have called it for him, but no major ones. Frack if I know who is going to come out on top, but barring some unexpected twist, Biden should win it soon. Trump is doing his best to complicate things though. He gave a brief press conference yesterday where he made wild accusations of voter fraud, without a scintilla of evidence. The blog headline above was my favorite, it’s like it’s the new normal. Here’s fairly neutral BBC coverage: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked. This one’s more fun: In Torrent of Falsehoods, Trump Claims Election Is Being Stolen.

Do I think the election is being stolen? No evidence has been presented, our electoral system is pretty transparent, and huge numbers of people running the election, including plenty of Republican state officials, say no, fraud is not an issue. Facts don’t matter though, millions of Trump supporters believe Obama was born in Kenya and was a secret Muslim, not to even mention QAnon weirdness. And Trump has been explicit that he won’t concede: Trump has told people he has no plans to concede even if his path to victory is blocked. I thought Biden’s response was pretty classy. He just said the government is perfectly able to remove trespassers from the White House.

Still, tensions are running high. Steve Bannon lost it, saying Dr Fauci and the head of the FBI should be beheaded: Steve Bannon Condemned, Banned From Twitter After Suggesting Violence As ‘A Warning To Federal Bureaucrats’ That’s certainly beyond the pale Mr Bannon. And in Philadelphia: 2 Heavily Armed Va. Men Found Outside Convention Center Charged As Philly Police Investigate Threat Of Attack. Still, three days of uncertainty and nothing truly horrifying has happened yet. Knock on wood.

Nothing horrifying aside from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has surged to record levels in the US and elsewhere. What can I say, 2020 has been a huge lesson in the power of mass delusion. Most people do live in a fog of their own choosing. Historians will always wonder, America had the means to shut down Covid-19, but instead the ruling party pretended it was no big deal and did nothing. I still have trouble grasping it, the aliens invaded, and Trump and his followers are pretending it’s a hoax. OK then.

Could I be wrong? Could Trump really be this fantastic leader of the common American beset by some horrible leftist conspiracy to destroy America? I guess I’ll have to think about that, it would require some strong evidence. So in theory yes. One of my axioms of life is that anyone who can’t admit they could be wrong, has confused their map for the territory.

So just checked, no election result yet. It’s odd writing a blog post knowing it could all be irrelevant at a moment’s notice. At least far more so than in other years. Enthusiastic Biden supporters, yes, they exist, are getting ready to party. I’m gonna crash here in rural Iowa this late howling windy Friday election week night; if Trump wins I’m sure my housemate’s screaming will awaken me. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

PS Random thoughts as I monitor the news. The election is kinda like the evacuation at Dunkirk, hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Trump wants to leave them to the German’s mercy, Biden wants to rescue them. It’s why I voted for Biden.

PS2 1200 plus dead from Covid-19 yesterday in America. This is making America great again? The mind reels.

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(Image: Tweet found on Facebook, attribution in image. Claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law.)

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November 6, 2020 at 7:37 pm

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