Election Day Countdown: 3 Days, 3 Things


More on that later. It’s very late on Day 3, need to get through these pronto.

~ 3 ~

The tangerine hellbeast will have a total of four rallies in Michigan between Saturday morning and Election Day. I wish I had sufficient lack of self-preservation to go to one of these events and shout at him, “Get out of my state, you diseased cretin!!!” but no.

A pity the Trump campaign hasn’t taken the conservative Detroit News’ hint — both its endorsement of Biden and its front page today:

A key reason Trump may be in Michigan so often — since his polling has been consistently behind Biden between 5-7% for a couple months — is that Trumpist senate candidate John James is within MOE of incumbent Democrat Gary Peters.

DeVos family and Mitch McConnell’s PAC have dumped more than $10 million combined into this race because it’s closer than some of the incumbent Republicans’ races.

Trump doesn’t sound like he’s convinced he can win. He’s tired; he cut down his Friday night rally in Minnesota to 21 minutes, blaming the governor’s COVID crowd limitations.

He was phoning it in. Have to wonder how that will affect James’ chances if Trump can’t produce higher energy for his base in Michigan.

~ 2 ~

Another key reason Trump is making four trips to Michigan sure looks like attempted mass murder by COVID.

You know Team Trump knows about this trend of increased confirmed cases and deaths. You know they’re aware Michigan has had record case numbers since his 9/11 rally here.

Sure looks like malice aforethought. Add that to the damage to high volume sorting in Detroit’s U.S. Postal office and it’s a deliberate and deadly combination of voter suppression in this swing state he won by a mere ten thousand votes in 2016.

~ 1 ~

And one more key reason for showing up so often in Michigan is his incitement to violence. It’s already spawned at least one seditious conspiracy against Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer, a.k.a. “that woman in Michigan.” He trash talked about her during the last visits he’s made to this state.

Today he tweeted implicit support for an attack by Trump supporters on a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas. The attack showed up on a number of videos posted on Twitter:

This attack was encouraged by Donnie Jr. with a wink-wink-nudge-nudge, according to the Daily Beast:

“Hey Laredo, Don Jr. here. I heard you had an awesome turnout for the Trump Train,” Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, said in a video tweeted by Daily Caller contributor Kambree Kawahine Koa. “It would be great if you guys would all get together, head down to McAllen and give Kamala Harris a nice Trump Train welcome… let’s show them how strong Texas still is as Trump country.”

The FBI is looking into this. Not holding my breath that they’ll get right on this.

~ 0 ~

One last adder to the above three things given today’s terroristic attack on the Biden-Harris bus and Biden: this country is on the verge of systemic violence. This tweet thread notes how coverage of the violence we’ve been seeing incited by Trump and his supporters is not accurately described to the public:

The media is playing it safe using the same techniques it used when describing torture by the Bush administration — as “enhanced interrogation” — and not attributing it to the inciter or perpetrators.

Even when it’s state-sanctioned violence against the media, it’s not described as bluntly as it should be. This tweet about police in Graham, NC launching an unprovoked attack with pepper spray on a GOTV march which had a permit is as blunt as it gets and it still doesn’t quite convey the level of threat:

We should expect U.S. media to report both incitement and attacks using the same terms they employ when this kind of violence happens in other countries.

If you’ve already voted, thank you. Please help others get to the polls.

And prepare for anything over the next four to five days.

54 replies
  1. Rayne says:

    And that’s it for Halloween tricks and treats. Completely forgot to mention the holiday.

    We had a record low number of kids at the door — only four arriving in two pairs. Bought about four pounds of candy too much. Weather was clear if windy and cold, and it was a Saturday with an extra hour of time tomorrow. Should have been swamped with kids but COVID certainly did a number on turnout.

    • Rayne says:

      All four kids including a two-year-old wore such all-encompassing masks I don’t know how they could see to walk. In fact one of the kids was wearing a full-body skeleton leotard which even covered his entire face — he couldn’t see to take the candy I set out for him. But he was the closest thing to a grim reaper. LOL

  2. PhoneInducedPinkEye says:

    Decent turnout this year, low for the neighborhood, most masked. My dream of ordering a bunch of unfamiliar Canadian candy brands and putting those out has gone another year unrealized…

    I’m so sorry that the human aerosolised covid epicenter is holding so many hate rallies in your state, especially given that it has impacted you personally.

  3. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    There will probably be weirdness, and I hope the FBI gets the idiots shown in this video.

    But the financial press that I read seems to be saying that Trump has lost so much support in the business community that they’ll let him twist in the wind. Fingers crossed.

  4. Eureka says:

    Gosh, I hope your cliffhanging opener resolves benignly. Meantime, this is a fun costume thread (QT’s from Japan with translations). Enjoyable titles (“a part timer who showed up to work after a wedding”):

    parker @ PIumeriaComic: “people are still doing the halloween event where u dress up as random everyday people in mundane situations it’s called #地味ハロウィン”

    Meant to add this the other day, just a great piece (for the reading, and the files):

    The ‘very, very bad look’ of remdesivir, the first FDA-approved COVID-19 drug
    By Jon Cohen, Kai Kupferschmidt Oct. 28, 2020 , 7:05 PM

  5. Eureka says:

    Twitter has silenced Stephen J. Caruso, an important PA gov watchdog reporter (Penn Capital-Star): ‘account restricted due to unusual activity’ — I wonder if that’s because he was last reporting on a PA US Rep taking $1k from a GA Qanoner pol. He covers all sorts of crucial election matters (including topics harpie just linked here, for e.g.), of the type national media has and will rely on. Even if you get to his prior work by clicking through a barrier, all of his threads are broken (like in a ~20-tweet thread ending in, “The sort of graph that helps you follow the money:”, none of them but that last one displays: twitter says they are “unavailable” (https://twitter.com/StephenJ_Caruso/status/1321798769965473793).

    Justin Sweitzer: “I have to say it’s a bit concerning that @StephenJ_Caruso, an intrepid watchdog reporter covering Pennsylvania government, has been locked out of his account just days before a pivotal presidential election. Any way this can get fixed, @Twitter? [screenshot]”

  6. skua says:

    Even way down here there are victims of the Trump religion.
    And they’re still believing that Trump is assured of winning the election.

    Which will make it child’s play to have them believe that the election was fraudulent if/when Biden wins.

    Is the same delusion of Trump’s chances being fed to his state-side base?

  7. harpie says:

    Here’s a writer, though NOT MSM, who’s not mincing his words [I added numbers]:

    12:53 AM · Oct 31, 2020

    1] Armed Trump truck caravan ambushes Biden-Harris vote registration bus in Texas.
    2] No shots fired, but bus trip to polling sites abandoned.
    3] Police refuse to act.
    I’ve seen this before in Nica, Salvador, Sudan, Panama, Haiti, w/pro-govt paramilitaries.

    It’s happening here.

    • harpie says:

      Thank you for linking to that tweet thread by Jasmin Mujanović:

      […] PS – I wasn’t able to fit “modern” in the above comment re: “no other U.S. elxn”. Obviously the period preceding the Civil War was characterized by large scale fear & anger. But that’s precisely the point: that this is the socio-political climate this admin has re-created.

      There are armed gangs roaming and plotting in the UNITED States right now who are HOPING/AGITATING for another civil war.

      • harpie says:

        MAGABomber…just before 2018 midterm elections:

        10:34 AM – 26 Oct 2018

        Lineup for news conf on bombs: AG Jeff Sessions; FBI Director Chris Wray; NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill; U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman; ATF Deputy Dir Tom Brandon; FBI New York’s William Sweeney, Jr.; US Postal Deputy Chief Gary Barksdale; Secret Service Director “Tex” Alles

        COMPLAINT: US v. Cesar Altieri Sayoc https://www.lawfareblog.com/document-criminal-complaint-against-cesar-sayoc /

      • harpie says:

        Here’s a Julia Davis thread from OCTOBER 2018 about Russia pushing the “civil war” theme in AUGUST 2017:

        4:58 PM · Oct 19, 2018

        Russian troll guidance from the latest DOJ charges:
        “Any attempt to remove Trump is a direct path to a civil war in the United States. Name those who oppose the president and those who impede his efforts to implement his pre-election promises.” #Russia #midterms #elections [Thread] [screenshot]

        A thread by RVA Wonk on those same DOJ charges:
        3:07 AM · Oct 28, 2018

        DOJ cites an Aug ’17 article as the basis for Russia’s guidance re. civil war if Congress tries to impeach Trump.

        Also in Aug ’17: Roger Stone warns if Congress tries to impeach Trump, “You will have a spasm of violence in this country — an insurrection — like you’ve never seen”
        Roger Stone, Aug 2017: “Try to impeach [Trump] — just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country — an insurrection — like you’ve never seen. … A politician who votes for it would be endangering their own life.” [VIDEO]

        The interviewer asks Stone whether he’s predicting “some sort of civil war” if the President is impeached and he answers “Yes”

        • harpie says:

          More about Stone’s incitement to violence and Civil War:

          Roger Stone Threatened Political Violence and Civil War Prior to Instagram Post Aimed at Judge
          FEBRUARY 21, 2019

          As Roger Stone heads to court today to defend an apparent threat he aimed at the judge in his case, it’s a good time to look at his disturbing history of making similar threats of violence, domestic terrorism, and even civil war. […]

          • harpie says:

            From the Miami Herald article:

            And if you think the exhortations by people such as Stone and [Alex] Jones have no real-world effect, consider the case of U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, an alleged domestic terrorist and white supremacist who was arrested Wednesday on drug and gun charges. Hasson, who was allegedly plotting to murder numerous Democratic politicians and media personalities, had recently searched “civil war if Trump impeached” on Google.

            Sorry about my obsession here, Rayne. I’ll stop now.

      • John K says:

        I made a recent trip to Academy sports in Jefferson Parish, LA (before the latest hurricane) for some fishing gear and spoke to the salesgirl for a little while. She brought up her concerns about the nutcases who line up every morning waiting for the delivery of ammunition. They buy up everything that they are allowed to buy according to the law and then hurry over to other stores hoping to get some more. She said it happens every day at every store and that it is the same bunch of people every time.

  8. rosalind says:

    Some day I will sleep again, but not anytime soon. My nightmare is already unfolding – I’ve long believed TrumpCo will disrupt the normal vote counts all over the country by targeting the buildings where the vote counts are happening, targeting the election personnel at their homes, and creating an unsafe environment that force the counts to a halt. And then I see a tweet from @OlgaNYC1211 citing WAPO:

    “Trump’s camp sought highly sensitive ballot security information from a county in Pennsylvania. They wanted names of people who transport the ballots and precise info on where ballots are stored. Thanks to an alarmed commissioner we know this. Were they planning to share w Putin?”

    No, not Putin. Their armed hordes. To do what they’ve been training for. Storm a Michigan statehouse: Legislators stop their business for the day. Ambush a Biden Bus: Biden campagin event cancelled. They know they can achieve their result because they’ve been doing it over and over. And I don’t think the Dems or the Press are anywhere prepared for what is about to unfold, or have any plans to pre-empt it.

    Yesterday afternoon I heard a bunch of car horns honking and looked out my window to see a Trump caravan blasting down the 2-lane road flags flying. One after another, an unending stream that went on for prolly 10 minutes. My small-ish town is liberal, with MAGAts in surrounding towns that like to do these stunts. It wasn’t until this morning that I realized why I was so unnerved by the procession. The fact it never stopped meant they were blowing through the stoplight up around the bend. Our road became their road. Our citizens hostage until they had their way. And not one police officer in sight.

      • P J Evans says:

        And put the LEOs that refused to do anything in the cells opposite. Plus the TX GOP-T party “leaders” that are excusing it.

    • BobCon says:

      I am very curious whether the Secret Service will knock on some of those doors. Biden wasn’t on that bus, but the people involved would have no way of being sure someone with Secret Service protection wasn’t there.

  9. graham firchlis says:

    Remdesivir does NOT benefit Covid19 patients, according to a new large-scale international WHO study. No benefit was found for length of hospital stay, ventilator need or mortality. There was a suggestion of kidney damage.

    Knowing the results, Gilead pushed through a deal with the EU to purchase $1.2 billion of a worthless drug, signed literally the day before the new study was publicly reported.

    First hydroxycloroquine, then convalescent plasma and now this. By pushing through three unproven treatments for Covid19 without clear evidence of benefit, the Trump administration has severely damaged the credibility of our FDA.


    • Rayne says:

      I haven’t figured out the angle with convalescent plasma but the link between HCQ and remdesivir is access by Trump donors or club members. Although in the case of remdesivir, there was the role of Joe Grogan, former Gilead lobbyist who worked for the Trump administration as director of domestic policy. He left not long after it was noted Gilead bypassed the FDA’s approval process when it shipped remdesivir to China for a study. (I wrote at least a couple posts discussing the Gilead bit.)

        • Rayne says:

          Ugh. There’s always, always a grift; it just hadn’t been sussed until now in the case of the plasma. I am repulsed by the hypocrisy of Rick Santorum’s involvement — probably encouraged to keep him from getting sanctimonious on Trump’s ass.

          Damn it. I had a partially written post about the plasma I didn’t finish and publish because something just seemed so off at the time Trump was pushing it. This is likely the rot I could smell but couldn’t see.

          Thanks, graham.

  10. harpie says:

    1] https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1322914905247436800
    9:54 AM · Nov 1, 2020

    Wow. Trump adviser Jason Miller just told ABC they’ll wage legal battle against ballots still uncounted after Nov 3. He equated *counting* those votes w/trying to “steal” the election. […] This is the scheme the Pennsylvania AG discussed w/me: [LINK]

    2] https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1322926241633259520
    10:39 AM · Nov 1, 2020 [VIDEO]

    MILLER: And one final thing, George, if you speak with many smart Democrats, they believe President Trump will be ahead on election night probably getting 280 electoral somewhere in that range, and then they’re gonna try to steal it back after the election. We believe that we’ll be over 290 electoral votes on election night, so no matter what they try to do, what kind of hijinx or law suits or whatever kind of nonsense they try to pull off, we’re still gonna have enough electoral votes to get President Trump re-elected. […]

    They’re trying to convince people that the votes COUNTED after election night don’t count…that the Electoral College is determined by the vote count at the end of Election day.
    BUT THEY KNOW the Electoral College is not finalized…DOES NOT MEET until December 14.

    3] And, this is how we know THEY know that:
    [Shane Goldmacher link in next comment]
    6:51 PM · Oct 31, 2020

    NEWS: The Trump campaign is now automatically checking a box to have online donors make weekly recurring donations *through Dec. 14.* […] [NYT link]

  11. Wm. Boyce says:

    “You know Team Trump knows about this trend of increased confirmed cases and deaths. You know they’re aware Michigan has had record case numbers since his 9/11 rally here.

    Sure looks like malice aforethought.”

    They simply don’t care about anything except money and power. There is nothing else to these creatures in the White House.

  12. BobCon says:

    The Texas Supreme Court ruled against the GOP in their bid to DQ the Harris County drive through votes.

    Which in a sane system should be the last word, but there is no certainty that the right wing federal judge who inserted himself and is holding a hearing tomorrow will go along.

    • earlofhuntingdon says:

      At least now the federal district court cannot legitimately base its judgment on an interpretation of state law. It will have to make-up a new constitutional explanation to affirmatively override state law. If it does decide based on state law, the state Supreme Court would be justified in telling the feds to pound salt: it has the last word on the meaning of state law.

      We’re in the middle of a rolling coup. The MSM and others with a cultural platform need to start explaining things that way, and declaring such a coup inherently illegitimate.

      • harpie says:

        What do you think of this?:

        3:02 PM · Nov 1, 2020

        Unfortunately, four Supreme Court justices—Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh—have decided state Supreme Courts no longer have final say over the meaning of state election law. So even though SCOTX shot this down, the federal suit remains very much alive.

        • earlofhuntingdon says:

          Dangerously, with ACB’s accession, it is now five S.Ct. justices. One of many unimpeachable reasons Biden, Schumer, and Pelosi need to unite behind serious federal court reform.

          That’s been an argument since the unprecedented decision twenty years ago in Bush v. Gore. It fundamentally violates the Constitution, but it will take concerted opposition from several state supreme courts to assert that right.

          Frankly, I think it comes down to many things, including our willingness to peaceably take it to the streets. Strategic general strikes in DC and major cities across the country would be important. The quote attributed to Ben Franklin was never more apt: nice republic you have there, “if you can keep it.”

  13. harpie says:


    Trump supporters block major New Jersey highway ahead of 2020 election
    ‘We shut it down, baby! We shut it down!’ man shouts in video of vehicle blockade

    Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters hopped in their cars and congregated on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway on Sunday, shutting down lanes to show they back the president.

    “We shut it down, baby! We shut it down!” a man shooting video of the scene can be heard saying in a clip posted to Twitter.

    The 16-second video pans over three express lanes near Cheesequake, New Jersey, in the middle of the state, that are at a complete standstill as cars and trucks with Trump 2020 flags beep their horns and people mill around. […]

    • harpie says:

      This is the tweet/video embedded in the above article:

      12:42 PM · Nov 1, 2020

      NJ: Trump vehicle convoy shuts down the Garden State Parkway. @realDonaldTrump [it tags [<<< I don’t know if “tag” is the correct word]: Yeshiva World News]

      That YWN timestamp is earlier:

      12:30 PM · Nov 1, 2020

      NJ: #Trump vehicle convoy shuts down the Garden State Parkway.
      #JewsForTrump #nycmagadrag @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr @TrumpWarRoom

      • Geoguy says:

        For those curious why the Yeshiva World News would be reporting this, Lakewood is home to a very large Orthodox Jewish Community with one of the largest yeshivas in the world. They reliably vote Republican. Lakewood is also in Ocean County, one of the most conservative counties in the state.

    • P J Evans says:

      It may be “in the middle of the state”, but it’s not far from Staten Island. (Maybe eight miles from the east edge of Perth Amboy, by road.)

      • P J Evans says:

        I have to admit, I keep hoping for wind to come up and blow all those flag-bearing vehicles over on their sides. (They have more flags on their pickups than ISIS.)

  14. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Trump declaring victory on election night – because he thinks he’s ahead, based on the votes cast and counted as of, say, 8.00pm – is Mr. Bonespurs declaring victory by moving the “finish line” to wherever he happens to be. The MSM really needs to call bullshit on that fast and often. They should not cover it live, and should use a truth sandwich whenever they do cover it.

  15. punaise says:

    Regarding the TX drive-through voting challenge, what couldn’t the founding fathers been a bit more president about the evolution of modes of transportation?

    « Texas Supreme Court rejects Republican-led effort to throw out nearly 127,000 Harris County votes

    …The Republican plaintiffs, however, are pursuing a similar lawsuit in federal court, hoping to get the votes thrown out by arguing that drive-thru voting violates the U.S. constitution. »

    • P J Evans says:

      Last I checked, the Constitution doesn’t say anything about voting methods (or even secret ballots).
      Can someone check their grades to see if they passed history and civics?

  16. earlofhuntingdon says:

    On the rumor that Trump will act out viciously if he wins, I think that’s undoubtedly true. He will spend four years doing little else, and then demand another term, with the intention of remaining president for life.

    But a slight acquaintance with Trump’s personality would tell you that he will act out much more viciously if loses. He will have nearly three months to decapitate bureaucratic leadership, install even less qualified judges, and otherwise pour concrete into the gearworks of American government, the economy, and America’s Covid response.

    Trump will also work 24/7 and without restraint to overturn that loss before and after January 20th. I hope Team Biden, the press, and state governors are preparing for that.

  17. Valley girl says:

    OT to election, but of interest I hope. This is now two weeks old but still relevant. I read about halfway through it back then, and had to stop b/c I got so angry. I’m back at it. Trying to make to the end. My neighbor is an epidemiologist at CDC, been there for at least 26 years. I could ask her for more info, but I don’t want to burden her. She’s pretty stressed.

    All the best to Rayne and everyone.


  18. mass interest says:

    Rayne, are you OK? I ask because of the *cough-cough* with which you introduced the post, as well as what’s going on in your household.

  19. earlofhuntingdon says:

    RIP Robert Fisk, journalist and foreign correspondent, in Ireland, at 74. His beat included the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Russia, and the US.

    He was “one of the most highly regarded and controversial British foreign correspondents of the modern era and… described by the New York Times in 2005 as “probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain…He received numerous awards over the course of his career including the Orwell Prize for Journalism, British Press Awards International Journalist of the Year and Foreign Reporter of the Year on multiple occasions.”


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