Category Archives: Clown

It’s Hard to Find a Trump Who Hasn’t Voted by Mail

On reviewing records from the Manhattan Board of Elections, The Daily Beast discovered that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and the First Lady all had ballots mailed to them in Washington, D.C. as recently as the 2018 election cycle, and have done so since decamping to the capital three years ago. Eric Trump, who remains in New York, similarly exercised his franchise via envelope and stamp in 2017.

Various errors—from the First Lady’s forgetting to sign the crucial affidavit, to the First Daughter’s sending her ballot back too late, to Kushner’s failure to mail it back at all—prevented the Washington-based wing of the family’s votes from counting in 2017. But the Board of Elections documents show they all successfully returned their votes in the most recent election cycle.

Source: It’s Hard to Find a Trump Who Hasn’t Voted by Mail

Trump to extend US work visa ban until end of 2020 | News | DW | 22.06.2020

The visa categories that will be affected by the new order include H-1B visas for skilled workers, L-1 visas for workers being transferred within a company, most J visas for academics and researchers, the H-2B visas for seasonal workers. Some categories of seasonal workers, like those in the food processing industry, will be exempted.

Businesses who depend on foreign workers have long opposed curbs to legal immigration, while the US Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business association, has said the policy will stifle the economic recovery.

(no rent from workers, no spending on goods and services, no taxes paid – not jobs for unemployed US service workers,)

Source: Trump to extend US work visa ban until end of 2020 | News | DW | 22.06.2020

Pence Also Loves Voting By Mail, Or As He Calls It, ‘Voter Fraud’

Donald Trump, who has himself voted by mail

Mike Pence and Mother Pence voted in the Indiana Republican primary this past April via mail-in ballots, and in an interesting if perfectly legal twist, used a residence they haven’t lived in since 2016 as their official address.

 

Source: Pence Also Loves Voting By Mail, Or As He Calls It, ‘Voter Fraud’

Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization – (Blinds US to potential pandemics for humans and animals, as well as new flu developments)

The move could for the first time cut the U.S. government out of the development of the seasonal influenza vaccine for the Southern Hemisphere, a process coordinated by the WHO in partnership with the United States. And the withdrawal from the WHO could impede access to an eventual COVID-19 vaccine if it is created overseas, current and former officials said. Leaving the organization could also significantly blind the U.S. to health threats in remote foreign locales that, as the pandemic has shown, have the potential to make their way to the U.S. shores. Experts also fear the impact on major initiatives to combat infectious diseases, such as a WHO-led program that is on the cusp of eradicating polio. “To do this in the middle of a pandemic is breathtakingly dangerous,” said Nancy Cox, a former CDC virologist, who for 22 years led the agency’s WHO center on influenza surveillance and control. “So I worry a lot about what’s going to happen to so many of the programs at WHO that were strongly supported financially and through expertise and consultation with the U.S. I just think it could be really bad.”

Source: Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization

 Trump again threatens to cut China ties after US official ruled it out | US news | The Guardian – Lighthizer undermined by Trump tweet non-policy – how long before Lighthizer resigns?

US “certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China. Thank you!”. Trump Tweet

“Do I think that you can sit down and decouple the United States economy from the Chinese economy?” Lighthizer said. “No, I think that was a policy option years ago. I don’t think it’s a … reasonable policy option at this point.”

Lighthizer said he expected to see more supply chains moving to the United States because of tax and regulatory changes, but also noted that the US-China trade deal would result in significant positive changes and increased Chinese purchases of US goods and services.

In his post, Trump attempted to let his trade official off the hook: “It was not Ambassador Lighthizer’s fault (yesterday in Committee) in that perhaps I didn’t make myself clear.”

Source: Trump again threatens to cut China ties after US official ruled it out | US news | The Guardian

COVID-19 hot spots emerge in South, Southwest | CIDRAP – Arizona Governor ok with more people dying?

Governor Doug Ducey said late last week the rising case counts will not result in a second stay-at-home order. On Twitter, Ducey wrote that the surge in cases was expected.

“As our state gradually reopens & more people move about, we’re seeing increased transmission, which is to be expected. This is happening around the country. To be clear, however: our hospitals have capacity & anyone who might need health care due to #COVID19 has access to it,” he tweeted.

Source: COVID-19 hot spots emerge in South, Southwest | CIDRAP

Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

When he’s not fomenting violence against black protesters, he’s accusing a media personality of committing murder, retweeting slurs about a black female politician’s weight and the House speaker’s looks, conjuring up conspiracies against himself supposedly organized by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and encouraging his followers to “liberate” their states from lockdown restrictions.

He tweets bogus threats that he has no power to carry out – withholding funds from states that expand absentee voting, “overruling” governors who don’t allow places of worship to reopen “right away”, and punishing Twitter for factchecking him.

Source: Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian