Note: This blog was written Thursday evening and the cartoon was started around the same time. Normally, I don’t ever write the blog before the cartoon is completed. They were both pushed aside around 1:00 A.M. Friday morning when you-know-who went “achoo.”
During Tuesday night’s debate between The orange shitgoblin and Joe Biden, the goblin spread bullshit conspiracy theories and called on his supporters to be “poll watchers.”
In spreading hate and fear, Trump said, “Today there was a big problem. In Philadelphia they went in to watch. They’re called poll watchers. A very safe, very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia, bad things.”
I’m not sure what sort of “bad things” he’s talking about. Maybe he got one of those cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz on it. Ew. But what happened in Philly was a case of Republicans trying to act as “poll watchers” who were not approved.
Right now, polls are not open in Philadelphia. There are satellite offices where mail ballots can be requested, completed, and submitted. Poll watchers do not have the same rights at these locations as they do at traditional voting locations on election day. Another reason these goons were booted out of the offices is because of safety precautions due to the coronavirus. I mean, it’s not like the Oval Office where they just let any Republican in to breathe in your face.
Before the debate, Trump tweeted, “Wow. Won’t let Poll Watchers & Security into Philadelphia Voting Places. There is only one reason why. Corruption!!! Must have a fair Election.” Yes, everything is done to engage in corruption to defeat Trump. This is a guy who claims that the only he can lose the election is if there is massive fraud.
There are other reasons Donald Trump could lose the election. Maybe it’ll be because of his rotten handling of the coronavirus that’s led to the death of over 200,000 Americans and and unemployment rate that’s at 8 percent. Maybe the majority of Americans don’t want a narcissist in the White House who would rather pursue baseless conspiracy theories than science. Maybe the majority of Americans don’t like nepotism. The nation could be tired of the international embarrassment Trump brings. Maybe most of America doesn’t like baby jails. Or perhaps, most of America doesn’t want the nation run by a racist.
It’s that racism thing coming into play during this election. Trump started his 2016 campaign on racism, accusing Mexican immigrants of being rapists and murderers. He gave the shout-out to tiki-torch Nazis in Charlottesville. He is continuing a racist attack this week against congresswoman Ilhan Omar. And during the debate Tuesday, he didn’t only refuse to condemn a violent hate group, he gave them instructions.
Many have pointed out that condemning and disavowing racists is an easy layup. It’s like tee-ball where the ball is on a stick. All you have to do is hit it. Trump refused to do that. He didn’t want to piss off the stick. And in fact, he told the stick what to do.
Donald Trump told the violent racist group, Proud Boys, to “stand by.” What are they to stand by for?
Are they stand by for violence after Donald Trump loses the election? Or, maybe he was still talking to them when he said, “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it.” Do you think his supporters will go in there to be impartial?
But the thing is, Donald Trump, just like when he told his voters in North Carolina to vote twice, is encouraging them to break the law. The man who is screaming about election fraud is telling his people to break the law during the election.
State officials aren’t having it.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said, “He wasn’t talking about poll watching. He was talking about voter intimidation. FYI — voter intimidation is illegal in Nevada. Believe me when I say it: You do it and you will be prosecuted.”
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said, “We’re not going to let Donald Trump undermine our election It’s a crime to intimidate a voter or to obstruct the vote, to interfere with the election, and we will prosecute.”
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said that state law limits poll watchers to one per campaign. He said, “I’m more worried about what happens outside the polling place to those disappointed supporters of any candidate who show up thinking they’re going to be allowed access and finding out they won’t be.” That should be a concern because there are two things true about Trump supporters: They don’t know the law and they’re stupid.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement that Trump’s comments were “blatantly urging his supporters to congregate at polling places, go inside, and ostensibly harass and intimidate voters.” Last month, a group of Trump supporters showed up outside a polling location in Fairfax, a heavily-Democratic Virginia suburb, waving Trump campaign flags and shouting, “Four more years.” That’s not poll watching. One voter asked to be escorted past the group.
Herring said, “While there are authorized ‘poll watchers’ who monitor polls on Election Day, their duties are clearly laid out, and they do not include what President Trump has suggested. Voter harassment and intimidation will not be tolerated in Virginia.”
David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research said, “I’m very concerned that armies of poll watchers might interfere with the election, they might not be adequately trained or they could be viewed as intimidating.”
That’s exactly what Trump is doing. He’s calling his “army,” which includes the Proud Boys, who love to enter cities while armed and start riots, to go into voting precincts and start some shit. These goons will go into these precincts the same way they go into Starbucks, Target, or the Michigan capitol building…armed and trying to intimidate. Their hero is a bully and so are they.
The day after the debate, White supremacist Andrew Anglin posted on his neo-Nazi website, “I got shivers. I still have shivers. He is telling the people to stand by. As in: Get ready for war.” Trump’s goons are coming. They’re locked and loaded…thanks to Trump.
There is now a Trump Campaign website called “Army For Trump.” Who do you think that appeals to? Donald Trump Jr. posted a video to it where he says, “We need every able-bodied man, woman to join the army for Trump’s election security operation.”
Also, just to show you how it’s done: I condemn racists of all types, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, tiki-torch Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and the tiny-penis cowards who can’t get laid who call themselves “Proud Boys.”
I’ll go one step one further. Fuck you, Proud Boys. We’re not afraid of you. We’re voting and we’re removing the fascist wannabe you’re whacking off to. This is our country, we’re going to set it right and clean up the mess you helped create.
Quite frankly, you don’t scare me. I’m more afraid of that Cheez Whiz sandwich.
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