Yes, folks, I am back with another dose of snarky snippets to get your day started right!
Awwww … Donnie got his feelings hurt
Never before in my memory has a president of this nation attempted to manipulate polling data in such a way. Until Trump, of course, but then he has demolished most of the things we thought to be normal.
On Monday, CNN released poll results showing Biden leading by a staggering 14-point margin, one of many polls showing Trump down by high-single-digit to low-double-digit margins. Is it any wonder, given his horrendous actions of the past two weeks since the May 25th murder of George Floyd?
So, Trump took to his favourite venue, Twitter, and said that he hired conservative pollster McLaughlin & Associates to “analyze todays CNN Poll (and others),” which he said is “FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving.” Incredible enthusiasm??? I’ve seen none, but if there is any, it’s from the white supremacist element. He then sent a letter to CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, asserting that the poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”
It should be noted that all polls have a margin of error, some are more misleading than others, based on who’s doing the polling and the tone of the questions. The most reliable polls are neither conservative nor liberal, but ask questions in a neutral tone. McLaughlin is not among the most reliable, and in fact earns a C/D rating in FiveThirtyEight’s poll ranking.
The letter also ‘demanded’ that CNN retract the poll and apologize to the whiney toddler in the White House. Not gonna happen, folks. Donald Trump needs to learn that he does not control the nation, and damn sure has no special hold over the press. Facts is facts, though Trump seems to believe otherwise. The larger issue here, though, is that Trump believes he should be able to control the free press, which opens a whole new can o’ worms to be discussed another day.
Guess who’s writing Trump’s speech?
Remember on Tuesday I told you that Trump is considering addressing the nation sometime this week on the topics of race and national unity? Well, guess who’s writing the speech for him? None other than the biggest white supremacist in the administration, Stephen Miller. This makes as much sense as me trying to write a piece about what it’s like to be a tilapia fish in the ocean!!! I had to laugh, though, for any speech by Trump is bound to be so filled with lies and self-promotion that it’s more or less stand up comedy.Miller was a chief architect of Trump’s travel ban, the administration’s reduction of refugees accepted to the United States, and Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. He has prevented the publication of internal administration studies that showed that refugees had a net positive effect on government revenues.
The people of Iowa finally had the good sense to reject their white supremacist representative in Congress, Steve King, by voting him out in the primaries. Unfortunately, it isn’t so easy for We the People to have a voice in ejecting a cabinet member. We will get rid of Miller when we get rid of Trump … and not likely a minute before. Meanwhile, Trump’s Miller-concocted speech should be good for a few eyerolls and will likely gain widespread approval from Trump’s white supremacist supporters.
A thumbs up to FedEx … 👍
Former FedEx employee James DeMarco staged an exhibition on Monday during a Black Lives Matter protest in New Jersey. His behaviour was a disgrace … he is shown kneeling on a friend’s neck, mocking the brutal murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin on May 25th, and as protesters passed by his display of inhumanity, he yelled at them, “He’s dead because he didn’t comply.”
Notice the pickup truck in the background with the U.S. flag and a Trump banner prominently displayed. White supremacists are coming out of the woodwork, it seems, and our ultra-liberal 1st Amendment gives them the right to make an ass of themselves and offend people possessed of consciences. But, while the Constitution might protect DeMarco’s right to be a jerk, FedEx does not. On Tuesday, they issued the following statement …
“FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. A diverse and inclusive workforce is at the heart of our business, and we stand with those who support justice and equality.”
One man who participated in DeMarco’s little stunt turned out to be a correction officer … his bosses recognized him on the video and he has since been suspended pending a “thorough investigation”.