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2020 presidential election Part II

Original self lockded today: https://prince.org/msg/105/463328

Trump questions whether US should 'delay the election'

President Donald Trump explicitly floated delaying November's presidential election, lending voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he currently trails his opponent by double digits. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

https://www.cnn.com/video...-politics/

I say get ready for some BS from him in November!!! eek mad eye crysball ...

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Astasheiks said:

Original self lockded today: https://prince.org/msg/105/463328

Trump questions whether US should 'delay the election'

President Donald Trump explicitly floated delaying November's presidential election, lending voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he currently trails his opponent by double digits. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

https://www.cnn.com/video...-politics/

I say get ready for some BS from him in November!!! eek mad eye crysball ...

Even Steveie Wonder saw that coming ^ . Anyway it's a non-starter - the election is written in stone and there is nothing trump can do but cheat and/or lose.

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smile nod Or set the stage for something stupid like he's done sending federal troops to Portland! The other cities he has mentioned sending troops like Chicago, and I think there were 2-3 others ... Troops have not been sent yet have they?

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Astasheiks said:

Original self lockded today: https://prince.org/msg/105/463328

Trump questions whether US should 'delay the election'

President Donald Trump explicitly floated delaying November's presidential election, lending voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he currently trails his opponent by double digits. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

https://www.cnn.com/video...-politics/

I say get ready for some BS from him in November!!! eek mad eye crysball ...

Even Steveie Wonder saw that coming ^ . Anyway it's a non-starter - the election is written in stone and there is nothing trump can do but cheat and/or lose.

Stevie did what?

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Trump needs a major national distraction. This sounds tin foiley, but look at what we have been through and what he's said and what he's done. This man is like having an unpredictable drug addicted mentally ex con iving in your home. It makes you nervous.

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smile nod Or set the stage for something stupid like he's done sending federal troops to Portland! The other cities he has mentioned sending troops like Chicago, and I think there were 2-3 others ... Troops have not been sent yet have they?


The other cities (mayors and governors) warned him not to do it and he has not sent the unidentified dudes in camo who excalate the agressive protesters and grab people off the street and hold them in custody for hours in unmarked cars ala Pinochet or Putin.

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Trump needs a major national distraction. This sounds tin foiley, but look at what we have been through and what he's said and what he's done. This man is like having an unpredictable drug addicted mentally ex con iving in your home. It makes you nervous.


trump proposes the idea of delaying the election on the same day one of America's greatest voting rights advocates, Rep. John Lewis, is laid to rest. he is setting thre stage to cry "fixed" election should he lose in November. He also rolled back the Fair Housing Act and tweets out that those lliving in suburban America will no longer be "bothered by low income housing" going up in their neighborhoods. Veiled or blatant racism with that move?

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Trump needs a major national distraction. This sounds tin foiley, but look at what we have been through and what he's said and what he's done. This man is like having an unpredictable drug addicted mentally ex con iving in your home. It makes you nervous.

lol lol lol

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"This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens" Trump told reporters.

Getting his excuses in early I see ... smart move! lol lol lol

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"This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens" Trump told reporters.

Getting his excuses in early I see ... smart move! lol lol lol

Excuse? YES!

Smart? no no no! NO!

He is sabotaging his own party. It is well known that Republicans rely on "absentee" ballots which make no mistake, are the same as "vote by mail" (which most senior citizens use) and also because Democrats are better at getting people physically to the polls.

He could also be setting the stage to quit... but I doubt it because that would be the wise and noble thing to do.

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DaveT said:

"This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens" Trump told reporters.

Getting his excuses in early I see ... smart move! lol lol lol

Excuse? YES!

Smart? no no no! NO!

He is sabotaging his own party. It is well known that Republicans rely on "absentee" ballots which make no mistake, are the same as "vote by mail" (which most senior citizens use) and also because Democrats are better at getting people physically to the polls.

He could also be setting the stage to quit... but I doubt it because that would be the wise and noble thing to do.

They are saying again, this morning on Morning Joe, that he may just quit. I hope he does.

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PennyPurple said:

DiminutiveRocker said:

Excuse? YES!

Smart? no no no! NO!

He is sabotaging his own party. It is well known that Republicans rely on "absentee" ballots which make no mistake, are the same as "vote by mail" (which most senior citizens use) and also because Democrats are better at getting people physically to the polls.

He could also be setting the stage to quit... but I doubt it because that would be the wise and noble thing to do.

They are saying again, this morning on Morning Joe, that he may just quit. I hope he does.


It's still an option, and that way he cannot claim the title of LOSER loser

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v10letblues said:


Trump needs a major national distraction. This sounds tin foiley, but look at what we have been through and what he's said and what he's done. This man is like having an unpredictable drug addicted mentally ex con iving in your home. It makes you nervous.




trump proposes the idea of delaying the election on the same day one of America's greatest voting rights advocates, Rep. John Lewis, is laid to rest. he is setting thre stage to cry "fixed" election should he lose in November. He also rolled back the Fair Housing Act and tweets out that those lliving in suburban America will no longer be "bothered by low income housing" going up in their neighborhoods. Veiled or blatant racism with that move?


Exactly.

He’s trying his best to take away rights. He’s definitely trying to dismantle the human rights of Black Americans, especially since the George Floyd protests. He hates Kaepernick for kneeling against the national anthem and exposing police brutality in America. He hates to the core, and it makes his blood boils, seeing especially White Americans standing with Black Americans in the protests, in this country, and the protests becoming worldwide because of it. He embraces confederate statues/monuments. He embraces white nationalists/nazi supporters, and rarely calls them out on their racist ideology. He hates Mexicans and lies about them. He disrespects women, and encouraged grabbing a woman’s private parts. He intentionally hold his rally in Tulsa on June, as a a f*ck you to the Black community who remembered the massacre and race riots that took place there. toSo I keep asking, wtf was wrong with voters who knew some of these things about him, but still voted for him? That’s the big question.

His move to dismantle low income housing being built in Suburban communities, was a mother f*ck you to Americans on low income levels, and doing that in the day John Lewis was being buried, was definitely intentional, and trying to delay Election Day. If anyone still thinks trump is not a racist monster, then they need to get their heads check.
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The spread of misinformation can only work if there are those so gullible as to believe it.


https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/research-voting-mail-says-safe-121544654.html?ncid=facebook_yahooenter_yxwbqqk7sto&fbclid=IwAR10t6pTfiaatNQaibzQl7Vtf2wxB2AI3J4t_ThKDx6zZqjXe0L0QB4RSVU


Research on voting by mail says it's safe – from fraud and disease24b5824a4341340b1a0eccafc90f3a58

As millions of Americans prepare to vote in November – and in many cases, primaries and state and local elections through the summer as well – lots of people are talking about voting by mail. It is a way to protect the integrity of ...ing system and to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus, which continues to spread widely in the U.S.

I am a political scientist and part of a National Academy of Public Administration working group offering recommendations to ensure voter participatio...confidence in the election process and the outcome during this coronavirus pandemic. To meet that goal, our work has found that state and local governments will need to make significant adjustments to their voting systems this year – changes that will likely require new federal funding.

Our recommendations – which include ways to reduce health risks from in-person voting as well as to expand access to, and ...-in voting – are based on a thorough review of the evidence.

Some critics – including President Donald Trump on several occasions – have cast doubt on the integri...-in voting, even though some of them have voted by mail in the past. Conservative groups are suing to limit mail-in voting, and some federal judges seem reluctant to defend voters’ rights if it means intervening in state-level decisions. The president’s reelection campaign is suing to block mail-in voting at the same time it pushes his backers to be ready to vote by mail.

The evidence we reviewed finds that voting by mail is rarely subject to fraud, does not give an advantage to one political party over another and can in fact inspire public confidence in the voting process, if done properly.

Voter fraud is rare overall, and rarer by mail

When fraud does occur, election administrators identify it and take action, correcting election returns and prosecuting those responsible. That’s what happened in North Carolina in 2018, when a Republican political activist paid others to collect incomplete absentee ballots so they could be filled out to vote for the Republican candidate. The activist was arrested, charged and convicted – and the entire election was invalidated and run again.



[Edited 7/31/20 7:40am]

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2elijah said:

DiminutiveRocker said:


trump proposes the idea of delaying the election on the same day one of America's greatest voting rights advocates, Rep. John Lewis, is laid to rest. he is setting thre stage to cry "fixed" election should he lose in November. He also rolled back the Fair Housing Act and tweets out that those lliving in suburban America will no longer be "bothered by low income housing" going up in their neighborhoods. Veiled or blatant racism with that move?

Exactly. He’s trying his best to take away rights. He’s definitely trying to dismantle the human rights of Black Americans, especially since the George Floyd protests. He hates Kaepernick for kneeling against the national anthem and exposing police brutality in America. He hates to the core, and it makes his blood boils, seeing especially White Americans standing with Black Americans in the protests, in this country, and the protests becoming worldwide because of it. He embraces confederate statues/monuments. He embraces white nationalists/nazi supporters, and rarely calls them out on their racist ideology. He hates Mexicans and lies about them. He disrespects women, and encouraged grabbing a woman’s private parts. He intentionally hold his rally in Tulsa on June, as a a f*ck you to the Black community who remembered the massacre and race riots that took place there. toSo I keep asking, wtf was wrong with voters who knew some of these things about him, but still voted for him? That’s the big question. His move to dismantle low income housing being built in Suburban communities, was a mother f*ck you to Americans on low income levels, and doing that in the day John Lewis was being buried, was definitely intentional, and trying to delay Election Day. If anyone still thinks trump is not a racist monster, then they need to get their heads check. [Edited 7/31/20 5:38am]

But now we know. In 2016 we saw the potential for disaster, but in 2020 we are living the disaster. Anyone who votes for him in 2020 is knowingly voting to live with continued disaster

He hates the George Floyd case because it exposed the flames of racism that he has been fanning since coming down that elevator in 2015, but millions of people came out to march (the majority of which were not just black, but white and brown and Asian) to protest against the subjugation of their fellow citizens on the basis of color.


He hates Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem as a way of showing protest for racial injustice and police brutality against people of color - and yet now nearly all professional teammates across sports are kneeling during the anthem to protest against the subjugation of their fellow citizens on the basis of color.

He hates hispanic immigrants and is allowing the children of those immigrants to be separated from their parents and detain them in crowded, unclean detention facilities during a global pandemic.


Election Day will NOT be delayed.

Absentee ballots WILL be counted properly as they always have been.

And people will go to the polls wearing masks, socially distance and VOTE him out because they have had enough of his lying, racist ass.



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DiminutiveRocker said:



2elijah said:


DiminutiveRocker said:



trump proposes the idea of delaying the election on the same day one of America's greatest voting rights advocates, Rep. John Lewis, is laid to rest. he is setting thre stage to cry "fixed" election should he lose in November. He also rolled back the Fair Housing Act and tweets out that those lliving in suburban America will no longer be "bothered by low income housing" going up in their neighborhoods. Veiled or blatant racism with that move?



Exactly. He’s trying his best to take away rights. He’s definitely trying to dismantle the human rights of Black Americans, especially since the George Floyd protests. He hates Kaepernick for kneeling against the national anthem and exposing police brutality in America. He hates to the core, and it makes his blood boils, seeing especially White Americans standing with Black Americans in the protests, in this country, and the protests becoming worldwide because of it. He embraces confederate statues/monuments. He embraces white nationalists/nazi supporters, and rarely calls them out on their racist ideology. He hates Mexicans and lies about them. He disrespects women, and encouraged grabbing a woman’s private parts. He intentionally hold his rally in Tulsa on June, as a a f*ck you to the Black community who remembered the massacre and race riots that took place there. toSo I keep asking, wtf was wrong with voters who knew some of these things about him, but still voted for him? That’s the big question. His move to dismantle low income housing being built in Suburban communities, was a mother f*ck you to Americans on low income levels, and doing that in the day John Lewis was being buried, was definitely intentional, and trying to delay Election Day. If anyone still thinks trump is not a racist monster, then they need to get their heads check. [Edited 7/31/20 5:38am]


But now we know. In 2016 we saw the potential for disaster, but in 2020 we are living the disaster. Anyone who votes for him in 2020 is knowingly voting to live with continued disaster

He hates the George Floyd case because it exposed the flames of racism that he has been fanning since coming down that elevator in 2015, but millions of people came out to march (the majority of which were not just black, but white and brown and Asian) to protest against the subjugation of their fellow citizens on the basis of color.


He hates Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem as a way of showing protest for racial injustice and police brutality against people of color - and yet now nearly all professional teammates across sports are kneeling during the anthem to protest against the subjugation of their fellow citizens on the basis of color.

He hates hispanic immigrants and is allowing the children of those immigrants to be separated from their parents and detain them in crowded, unclean detention facilities during a global pandemic.


Election Day will NOT be delayed.

Absentee ballots WILL be counted properly as they always have been.

And people will go to the polls wearing masks, socially distance and VOTE him out because they have had enough of his lying, racist ass.



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I wholeheartedly agree. It’s no surprise trump only cares about one racial group within the population of America, and that is White people. He’s afraid of losing their votes, and seeing so many from that particular racial group standing with Blacks, as well as so many other non-Black groups, in unity over the George Floyd killing, but he is also afraid of potentially losing those White voters he sees across the country in those protests. He sees that as a problem thwarting his Southern strategy that he used in 2016, like when he promoted the ‘fear of Blacks snd Mexicans’ towards many of his White supporters.

And you’re absolutely right, that people from every racial. group stood and walked with Black Americans protesting against police brutality and racism in this country during the ongoing protests.

You were also correct about his announcement about delaying the election, and announcing that low-income housing won’t be built in Suburban communities, on the day John Lewis was buried, as intentional. He has attacked the Latino communities from the start of his candidacy, because of the fear of them becoming the majority in less than 20 years, as predicted since the early 1980s. He fears the Browning of America, and so does the white supremacist hate groups that support trump, and many injecting themselves among the peaceful protests, to make the peaceful protesters look bad.
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VOTE!

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PennyPurple said:

DiminutiveRocker said:

Excuse? YES!

Smart? no no no! NO!

He is sabotaging his own party. It is well known that Republicans rely on "absentee" ballots which make no mistake, are the same as "vote by mail" (which most senior citizens use) and also because Democrats are better at getting people physically to the polls.

He could also be setting the stage to quit... but I doubt it because that would be the wise and noble thing to do.

They are saying again, this morning on Morning Joe, that he may just quit. I hope he does.

He needs to just quit! Just like he quit mad on protecting US citizens from Covid...Remember..."We got 15 cases and those 15 will go to 1 or none" those 15 cases turned into 150,000+ Deaths so for Trumpy 45!

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Astasheiks said:

PennyPurple said:

They are saying again, this morning on Morning Joe, that he may just quit. I hope he does.

He needs to just quit! Just like he quit mad on protecting US citizens from Covid...Remember..."We got 15 cases and those 15 will go to 1 or none" those 15 cases turned into 150,000+ Deaths so for Trumpy 45!


The real question is, did he ever even try? He was ready to push hydroxychloroquine and spouted nonsense about imbibing disinfectant and sticking ultrviolet lights inside our bodies. Holding indoor arena rallies and not requiring social distancing or masks (see Herman Cain). Was he ever serious about this? He underestimated that no amount of stupid distractions will pull our attention away from the fact that this virus is affecting every.single.human.being on the planet in some form or another and he has not done all that much to help decrease the spread.


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dump Trump in November! biggrin

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dump Trump in November! biggrin


That's the plan! lol

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dump Trump in November! biggrin


That's the plan! lol

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dump Trump in November! biggrin

Well, things are lining up slowly.

some are saying 'Jesus took the wheel" on this one.

Pence involved in ‘fender bender’ crash with dump truck while campaigning in Pennsylvania

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Vice President Mike Pence. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Vice President Mike Pence was involved in a “minor fender bender” with a dump truck while en route to a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Thursday, according to a White House pool report.

Pence, traveling by a Trump campaign bus, did not appear to have been injured in the crash, which occurred at a “very sharp curve” in rural Allegheny County, according to the report.

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SoulAlive said:


dump Trump in November! biggrin




That's the plan! lol


That is definitely the plan. Vote him out!!
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I haven't heard much about Karen Bass and I'm from California. I wonder what Harris would think if a more nationally obscure Californian got the spot over her? I mean, I would guess even most Californians don't know anything about her.

Perhaps that's the point.

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How Rep. Karen Bass Became A Leading VP Contender

The California representative and former state Assembly speaker has emerged as a leading challenger to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

https://www.huffpost.com/...e9b09b681c

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s leaders were deadlocked and on the verge of financial catastrophe in 2008. Five negotiators, including Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, couldn’t agree on a budget that would guide the nation’s most populous state through the Great Recession.

Enter Karen Bass, who became Assembly speaker that May, the first Black woman to hold the role. She shifted the tone of the talks, helping the group find common ground.

“When Karen came into the Big 5, everything changed,” said Mike Villines, then the Republican Assembly leader. “We started to make little progress on little things, and it led to bigger progress.”

A dozen years later, the bridge-building, unassuming style that colleagues say made Bass an effective leader in Sacramento is among the reasons the current California congresswoman has emerged as a leading contender to become Joe Biden’s running mate. The presumptive Democratic pr...al nominee appeared with Bass for the first time at a fundraiser on Thursday. He plans to make a pick next week.

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Trump Holds Mini-Rally in His New 'Home State' of Florida and Almost No One Showed Up

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Trump landed in Tampa, where he is participating in a fundraiser, and was greeted by dozens of supporters who had gathered along barricades. Few were seen wearing masks, and music that has become standard at Trump campaign events blared over speakers for what was billed as a “campaign coalitions event with Florida sheriffs.”

And take a look at the crowd, pretty pathetic if you ask me:



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I Hope This Is Not Another Lie About the Republican Party

But it might be lost forever.

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Mr. Stevens is a Republican political consultant.

  • July 29, 2020
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After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential race, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, commissioned an internal party study to examine why the party had won the popular vote only once since 1988.

The results of that so-called autopsy were fairly obvious: The party needed to appeal to more people of color, reach out to younger voters, become more welcoming to women. Those conclusions were presented as not only a political necessity but also a moral mandate if the Republican Party were to be a governing party in a rapidly changing America.

Then Donald Trump emerged and the party threw all those conclusions out the window with an almost audible sigh of relief: Thank God we can win without pretending we really care about this stuff. That reaction was sadly predictable.

I spent decades working to elect Republicans, including Mr. Romney and four other presidential candidates, and I am here to bear reluctant witness that Mr. Trump didn’t hijack the Republican Party. He is the logical conclusion of what the party became over the past 50 or so years, a natural product of the seeds of race-baiting, self-deception and anger that now dominate it. Hold Donald Trump up to a mirror and that bulging, scowling orange face is today’s Republican Party.

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I saw the warning signs but ignored them and chose to believe what I wanted to believe: The party wasn’t just a white grievance party; there was still a big tent; the others guys were worse. Many of us in the party saw this dark side and told ourselves it was a recessive gene. We were wrong. It turned out to be the dominant gene.

What is most telling is that the Republican Party actively embraced, supported, defended and now enthusiastically identifies with a man who eagerly exploits the nation’s racial tensions. In our system, political parties should serve a circuit breaker function. The Republican Party never pulled the switch.

Racism is the original sin of the modern Republican Party. While many Republicans today like to mourn the absence of an intellectual voice like William Buckley, it is often overlooked that Mr. Buckley began his career as a racist defending segregation.

In the Richard Nixon White House, Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips wrote a re-election campaign memo headed “Dividing the Democrats” in which they outlined what would come to be known as the Southern Strategy. It assumes there is little Republicans can do to attract Black Americans and details a two-pronged strategy: Utilize Black support of Democrats to alienate white voters while trying to decrease that support by sowing dissension within the Democratic Party.

That strategy has worked so well that it was copied by the Russians in their 2016 efforts to help elect Mr. Trump.

In the 2000 George W. Bush campaign, on which I worked, we acknowledged the failures of Republicans to attract significant nonwhite support. When Mr. Bush called himself a “compassionate conservative,” some on the right attacked him, calling it an admission that conservatism had not been compassionate. That was true; it had not been. Many of us believed we could steer the party to that “kinder, gentler” place his father described. We were wrong.

Reading Mr. Bush’s 2000 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention now is like stumbling across a document from a lost civilization, with its calls for humility, service and compassion. That message couldn’t attract 20 percent in a Republican presidential primary today. If there really was a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, we lost.

There is a collective blame to be shared by those of us who have created the modern Republican Party that has so egregiously betrayed the principles it claimed to represent. My j’accuse is against us all, not a few individuals who were the most egregious.

How did this happen? How do you abandon deeply held beliefs about character, personal responsibility, foreign policy and the national debt in a matter of months? You don’t. The obvious answer is those beliefs weren’t deeply held. What others and I thought were bedrock values turned out to be mere marketing slogans easily replaced. I feel like the guy working for Bernie Madoff who thought they were actually beating the market.

Mr. Trump has served a useful purpose by exposing the deep flaws of a major American political party. Like a heavy truck driven over a bridge on the edge of failure, he has made it impossible to ignore the long-developing fault lines of the Republican Party. A party rooted in decency and values does not embrace the anger that Mr. Trump peddles as patriotism.

This collapse of a major political party as a moral governing force is unlike anything we have seen in modern American politics. The closest parallel is the demise of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, when the dissonance between what the party said it stood for and what citizens actually experienced was so great that it was unsustainable.

This election should signal a day of reckoning for the party and all who claim it as a political identity. Will it? I’ve given up hope that there are any lines of decency or normalcy that once crossed would move Republican leaders to act as if they took their oath of office more seriously than their allegiance to party. Only fear will motivate the party to change — the cold fear only defeat can bring.

That defeat is looming. Will it bring desperately needed change to the Republican Party? I’d like to say I’m hopeful. But that would be a lie and there have been too many lies for too long.

Stuart Stevens is a Republican political consultant and the author of the forthcoming book “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” from which this essay is adapted.

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Trump's own intelligence officials contradict his repeated claims of mail-in voting fraud

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US intelligence officials on Friday discounted the possibility of foreign countries mass producing fake ballots to interfere in the November elections, contradicting President Donald Trump's continued insistence that mail-in voting poses a significant threat to election security.

The closed-door House briefing was led by the US intelligence community's top election official, Bill Evanina, and senior intelligence officials who specialize in election security. Officials dismissed the possibility of foreign powers being able to interfere on a mass scale to produce and send fake ballots to voters and election authorities, a source said.

The issue of forged ballots only came up when a lawmaker asked about it, a source in attendance told CNN. Evanina didn't raise any alarms about that possibility, the source said.

The briefing highlighted the regular clash of views on election security between Trump and the administration's top officials charged with keeping the November vote secure, both in public and in classified briefings.

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