NM Republicans match the rest of Trumpland in hypocrisy


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President Trump continues to rail against voting by mail but the NM GOP is putting a selective spin on the bashing to justify its own mailer to Bernalillo County voters that includes an absentee ballot application. The party quotes Trump as saying on July 30 that “I will be an absentee voter. We have a lot of absentee voters. It works. So we are in favor of absentee.”…

President Trump continues to draw false distinctions between mail-in and absentee ballots, claiming the former are rife with voter fraud while the latter — which he has used as president — require a voter to go through “a very strict process. The equivalent of going to a voting machine, or maybe even sometimes better.” Voting experts told us the verification process is the same for absentee and mail-in ballots, and many states consider them to be the same thing.

Conservatives are stuck with this self-image of being the only true hard-working Americans – therefore the only folks who deserve to vote. So, making it easier only applies to their votes.

Yup. Hogwash!

Them furriners at the BBC have been charting the fake president’s progress at wall-building


The Federalist

❝ In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Mr Trump promised to build a wall along the border’s entire 2,000-mile length.

He later clarified that it would only cover half of that – with nature, such as mountains and rivers, helping to take care of the rest.

❝ But, since Mr Trump entered the White House, although some of the already existing barriers have been replaced, no construction on any extension to the wall has yet been started…

Just over 40 miles of replacement barriers have been built or begun. Construction is expected to start on 61 more miles of replacement barrier in 2019. This equates to new sections of about 15% of existing structures.

❝ The first construction on any extension to the existing structures – what could be termed new barrier – will start in February in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

The twin projects will cover a total of 14 miles – one barrier stretching six miles and the other eight miles.

OK. We know the petrified politics of those who choose Trump over anyone this side of Peter Sellers in DR. STRANGELOVE. Still, we can only hope the remainder of sane Americans of good will learn from the example of Trump and send a new occupant to the White House in 2020 who will actually work towards the health and welfare of the United States.

This isn’t normal – even for Populist bigots

A reminder from Jonathan Bernstein

❝ More often than not, I write about Donald Trump as if he were a normal president. It effectively explains why Trump has been such a weak president, as well as it shows the dangers of that weakness. However, he is not at all a normal president, and it’s worth stopping and pointing it out at the start of a new year.

❝ Trump remains an autocrat in style, and most likely — by his own account — in deeds, if he were able to do what he liked…U.S. presidents up to this point have, whatever their temptations or even their actions, attested to the democratic values embedded in the Constitution and the practices of the republic. Trump rarely does that…

It’s also a significant problem how, and how often, Trump strays from the truth. Trump doesn’t lie like a politician; he lies like the proverbial used-car dealer…Trump…simply makes up his own facts. Constantly. Blatantly. He did it from Day 1, where he insisted despite all evidence that the crowd for his inauguration was larger than that of Barack Obama. And he’s gone on from there.

Decent, literate, editorial view. Something the average Trump chump won’t comprehend in the least.