A Facebook comment argued that mail-in ballots “will lead to fraud for this election,” while an Instagram comment amplified the erroneous claim that 28 million ballots went missing in the past four elections.
The messages have been emanating in recent months from the accounts of young people in Arizona seemingly expressing their own views — standing up for President Trump in a battleground state and echoing talking points from his reelection campaign.
Far from representing a genuine social media groundswell, however, the posts are the product of a sprawling yet secretive campaign that experts say evades the guardrails put in place by social media companies to limit online disinformation of the sort used by Russia during the 2016 campaign.
By most conventional indicators, Donald Trump is in danger of becoming a one-term president. The economy is a wreck, the coronavirus persists, and his poll numbers have deteriorated.
But throughout the Republican Party’s vast organization in the states, the operational approach to Trump’s re-election campaign is hardening around a fundamentally different view.
Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it.
“The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump,” said Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C., one of several rural counties in that swing state that shifted from supporting Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. “We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016.
”This year, Stephens said, “We’re thinking landslide.”
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Editorial: Trump’s press briefings are getting a lot of criticism. Some say the networks should stop airing them, as they’re full of lies and bad information.
Others say that Trump should let the experts do most of the talking.
Nobody–but NOBODY–is saying they’re right on the money.
He has a problem. But it’s hard to say whether his bungling of everything related to the COVID-19 outbreak will have an effect on the 2020 presidential election (if it even happens).
“Get Rhythm” by Johnny Cash. This one is more feel good for me because it’s personal. I grew up listening to Cash, Waylon, Charlie Pride, Barbara Mandrell, and other “old country” performers.
This one hits me in the heart because, as most country songs, it tells a story about a boy who has a shitty job but does it with gusto and is proud of his work.
You CAN have a crummy job and still do your best, take pride in your work, and go home happy.
A Florida Woman placed plastic Easter eggs stuffed with pornographic images and other items in the mailboxes of scores of homeowners, according to cops who say they collared the “deranged offender” last night.Investigators allege that Abril Cestoni, 42, delivered the X-rated material over the past several days, resulting in her arrest on 11 counts of distributing obscene items.
Cestoni, who said she works at a Publix supermarket, is being held in the Flagler County jail in lieu of $13,000 bond.
A charging affidavit alleges that Cestoni, seen above, stuffed mailboxes with Easter eggs and a pamphlet containing “incoherent rants about local religious clergy” and “multiple pornographic images.”
One orange Easter egg, cops say, contained “1 goldfish cracker, 1 strawberry drink mix, 1 piece of toilet paper, and 2 pornographic images.”
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Republicans are increasingly concerned not only about President Trump’s daily briefings but also his broader plan to ease the nation out of the virus crisis and back to work. This concern is acute — and spreading.
Why it matters: Trump can easily address the briefing worries by doing fewer, but the lackluster bounce-back planning is what worries Republicans most.
- Some think he has only weeks to figure it out. The consequences of failure would be a November defeat, some warn.
Trump built his re-election pitch on the idea the U.S. has seen historic prosperity under his leadership, but now the economy is in shambles.