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Just When You Thought 2020 Couldn’t Get any Weirder…

By DonkeyHotey (Donald Trump and Mike Pence - Caricature) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Vice President was upstaged by a tiny, little black fly that forced the VP debate to center on the one topic #pinkeyepence most wanted to avoid — his handling of the Covidcrisis. Chatter across the nation about the debate became all about Pence’s fly and his pink eye and … again … about how many times the Republican side can rudely interrupt when it’s not their time or turn to talk.

The dastardly duo just can’t seem to get it that playing the Interrupter-in-Chief or, now, the Mansplainer-in-Chief just annoys thinking people who actually want to hear each side explain itself.

Before pointing out the innumerable opportunities for humor this weirdest and wackiest of debates brought about due to details outside the debaters’ control, let me say “thank you” to patrons here who suffered through a difficult article about Trump, but point out, at the same time, recent articles that were just as strongly against those who have been unfair to Trump because what I care about is truth (and sometimes humor), not political parties, in the least, which I think cause more damage than good on both sides by constantly putting party over country:

‘Clueless’ Former FBI Director James Comey Admits FBI’s Trump-Russia Probe Was a Ball of Bungled Confusion

NEW YORK TIMES PROVES IT IS FAKE NEWS: Shreds Years of Its Own Reporting on Trump Tax Fraud and Russiagate

I will continuing hitting fake news when it is wrongly against President Trump as I did at the start of Trump’s presidency with an article about the fake news coverage of Trump’s inauguration. I’ll also continue hitting the establishment that illegally attempted a soft coup against Trump because nothing is more dangerous to a democracy than a deep state that is out of control. And I’ll continue pounding on the Federal Reserve for its “feed the rich” welfare programs of fake economic recovery, and I’ll do all I can to beat up greedy banksters along our surreal path through the remainder of 2020, too.

But, along the way, one thing I will not do is protect your favorite politician, regardless of which side you are on. I realize we are in a time where everyone has lost their sense of humor about their own side, but last night’s debate was just too priceless to resist. So, please pass gas if you can’t take it, and wait for the next article to come out, which will move away from Trump and Company … if they’ll let me … and on to criticizing the foibles of the other side or the buffoonery of banksters.

The debate debacle

While I don’t like her liberal politics, I have to award the BLUE “winner of the debate” ribbon to Kamala Harris on her always courteous handling of #pinkeyeflyguy: (And, for the record, no I did not ever vote for Obama or Hillary Clinton or even Bill Clinton, so don’t even go there with lame counter-criticism. I did not vote for Trump either, but I did vote for Reagan twice and GWB once.)

Several times, Kamala had to nicely point out it was now her turn to talk as Mike Pence frequently (though less boisterously than the Trumpet) talked over the top of her and talked WAY past his allotted time. Apparently, the Republican debate plan is to prove again and again how rude you can be. They aimed low, she aimed high.

There was no doubt in my mind that she was a lot more courteous about all the intrusions on her time than Pence deserved. After all, he had his time to speak. She interrupted sometimes, too, but not anywhere nearly as often as he did or for as long on any one time.

Another angle on the same scene:

She just couldn’t help smiling at how funny he looked with that fly riding on top of his head. Given conspiracy theories about Joe Biden being wired with an ear piece to help him as a crutch though the last debate, I had to wonder if Pence was also bugged. The fly was probably a coach sent by the devil to whisper in his ear. “Master says….”

As Robert De Niro put it (with me joining in):

A multitude of twitter birds fastened, as did eye, on Mike Pence’s COVID eye. Well, we don’t know the pink eye was due to COVID, but it is sometimes an early symptom of COVID-19, particularly if you catch it through the eyes, as doctors have warned the disease can be caught from airborne mist that lands in your eye. (One has to think that Trump’s typically loud and typically unmasked mouth has a large blast radius.)

It has to be so frustrating to go to the debate, hoping more than anything to take the Covidcrisis that has broken out at the White House off of centerstage and then have an apparent case of pink eye break out right ON STAGE at the same time a fly lands on your head and stays with you.

Against the onslaught of flies and pink eyes, Pence did his best to curb Harris’s discussion of concerns about Trump’s lack of a promised repeal-and-replace health-care plan after nearly four years in office. She particularly hit on concerns about pre-existing conditions, which Pence tried ineffectually to defend himself against:

The topic of pre-existing conditions can’t help circle back to wondering about whether or not Mike had a pre-existing condition before he entered the debate floor.

Needless to say, given the late time of day, Pence took the red eye home that night.

As Pence was flying home, Joe Biden was seen getting ready for the next debate:

There is no debating …

However, there may not be a next debate because President Trump announced today he would not participate in a virtual debate, as made requisite by the Council on Presidential SomethingOrOthers. (Whatever one calls these times of endless interruptions and question-dodging like Kamala’s constant dodge of whether Sleepy Uncle Joe wants to pack the Supreme Court by creating new Supreme Court justice positions just so he can fill them all with liberals.)

Apparently the optics weren’t good for the president to be seen having to participate virtually because the virus he thought would “just go away” has him holed up, sick of the diseases, in his White House bunker, just as he had once criticized Joe Biden for doing.

Trump’s campaign manager promised that the president will stage a rally rather than debate — though its not yet clear he will actually be well enough for that. 

“For the swamp creatures at the Presidential Debate Commission to now rush to Joe Biden’s defense by unilaterally canceling an in-person debate is pathetic,” Bill Stepien, Trump campaign manager, said in a statement. “The safety of all involved can easily be achieved without canceling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head. We’ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead.”

Biden aides argued that Trump’s pulling out could be a boon to their candidate. Given reactions to the first debate, they believe most voters, especially undecided voters, will see the president as avoiding a second one out of his own interests — not because he dislikes the format.

AP

Skipping the actual debate with a promise of a potential rally might be intended to save the president from looking out of breath as he speaks if he is not up to an hour and a half of vigorous interruptions this time.

Speaking of Sleepy Uncle Joe,

Oops. Wrong photo. His eyes were actually wide open throughout the debate.

Well, one of them was.

OK. Enough of that. Just saying, Pence didn’t get to take the topic off of his handling of the Covidcrisis at all through no faults of his own arguments. It just wasn’t in the air last night to happen. (Well, it may have been in the air, but they had Plexiglas dividers to protect them.)

Trump got schooled but didn’t graduate

Given the hostility my last article faced on Zero Hedge over mask wearing and Trump’s ineffectual response to the Covidcrisis, I was happy to see Trump announce that God had given him Covid as a blessing in disguise to get him on track for the nation, as I was able to note in a comment yesterday:

(Not happy he got the disease; happy he openly admitted he learned something from it because I appreciate that kind of humility from one who never shows it, and because it vindicated what I had written. Unfortunately, his humility didn’t last long.)

TRUMP CALLS COVID TREATMENT A CURE — His Getting the Illness a ‘Blessing from God’.

After contracting COVID caused the president to become publicly supportive of mask wearing, he now says it also caused him to understand the illness and push through approval and free availability of the one medicine that made all the difference in the world for him.

President Donald Trump dramatically shifted his stance after being released from Walter Reed, reiterating that “many people say that it is patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance” and “asking everybody” who can’t socially distance themselves to “get a mask” and “wear a mask….”

“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They’ll have an effect. And we need everything we can get.”

Trump had said earlier that getting the disease finally schooled him in what COVID is all about:

I learned a lot about Covid. learned by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the book’ school. And I get it! I understand it, and I’m going to be letting you know about it

from the video below

While that sounded promising, Trump apparently needs to go back to school because, having given credit to the miraculous Covid cures of Walter Reed in the video above, today Trump flipped back to his standard self-aggrandizement, saying he could easily have done it all on his own.

He had already started taking credit for the cure earlier this week when he retreated to his standard line about not worrying about Covid (an approach that may have derailed all prospects of a second term as the White House now turns the lights out in rooms in some cases that are devoid of workers. (See article below.)

Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!…

A Buoyant Trump Returns to Delfated White House

I agree that we shouldn’t let it dominate our lives. I don’t, but I do take reasonable precautions, which Trump has certainly been noted many times NOT to do, and which is likely the reason the White House is now teaming with Covid that has entirely derailed his campaign in debates and at rallies he has not been able to attend.

Already — only seven days after first showing symptoms and being diagnosed with the disease — Trump has announced he’s all better and sees no reason he cannot start going to rallies:

President Trump says he’s not ‘contagious at all’ days after leaving hospital with coronavirus

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s not contagious “at all” days after he was discharged from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a brief stay to treat him for Covid-19.

“First of all, I think I’m better. I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night, but I think I’m better to a point that I feel better than I did, I jokingly said, 20 years ago. I feel perfect. There’s nothing wrong….

The president was treated with an experimental antibody-based treatment made by Regeneron as well as the antiviral drug remdesivir made by Gilead and dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid. Many doctors say they typically reserve the use of remdesivir and dexamethasone for more severely sick patients….

The president on Thursday attributed his seemingly swift recovery to Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, which has not been authorized and is not available to most Americans. Though he added that “I would’ve done it fine with no drugs. You don’t need drugs.”

CNBC

The final sentence is easy to say after you have taken multiple doses of the nation’s most potent experimental drugs at the highest doses allowable, as Trump has done — drugs that are not available to anyone, other than the president (and maybe those he authorizes by executive order) outside of being an approved candidate in a medical test.

Trump might not have even been able to speak those words if he hadn’t been given numerous doses of powerful drug cocktails.

The CDC and Trump’s other advisors say a person cannot consider himself not to be a transmitter of the disease for a minimum of ten days to be safe. Being safe has not been the Trump White House’s approach to Covid and apparently still isn’t, given Trump’s announcement today; so, I guess he needs a little more time at the school of hard knocks — the “real school,” as he called it, because he still prefers self-aggrandizement over truth.

The blessing from God that Trump first spoke of was that getting the disease, led him to this action:

Trump previously called the Regeneron treatment “a cure” and called for the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its use on an emergency basis. Regeneron said late Wednesday that it submitted an application to the FDA to approve it for emergency use.

Without the “world’s greatest” medical intervention by a huge team of top physicians and potent experimental drugs, Trump might well be unconscious and unable to speak at all right now, much less able to start attending rallies before doctors say he is free from all risk of sharing his illness. So, it’s absurd that Trump now contradicts himself by saying, “I would’ve done it fine with no drugs. You don’t need drugs.

The intra-White-House plague has, so far, infected 34 staffers and close contacts, but don’t expect the arrogant to learn much from the school of hard knocks. How quickly they forget when they have their own egos to push and a lot of face-saving to do.

This all reminds me of War of the Worlds where the martians are taken out — after the great militaries of earth could not defeat them — by a tiny little virus. In like manner, it just may be that the almighty Trump presidency gets taken out by the tiniest of things on this earth, accompanied by a little black fly and little pink eye. It seems, this last debate has widened the ten-point spread created by the first debate:

PIERS MORGAN: Donald Trump’s dying presidency is crashing and burning in a reckless, chaotic, dangerous, earth-scorching ball of fire – because he fears the American people are about to tell him: ‘YOU’RE FIRED!’

The man who devotes every second of his waking life to the obsessive pursuit of winning is staring down the barrel of an election loss in four weeks that could be a total blow-out….

A new CNN/SSR poll published yesterday revealed he’s 16 points behind his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

He’s draining support from seniors and women in particularly alarming fashion and if things get much worse, Trump could even end up being the new Walter Mondale, who was obliterated in 49 out of 50 states by Ronald Reagan in the 1984 election….

Of course, Trump was trailing badly in the polls before the 2016 election too.

Then, I felt the polls were wrong.

I was filming down in Texas and Florida at the time and could sense the Trump Train was steaming powerfully towards the White House, so repeatedly predicted a shock win.

But this feels different….

The Daily Mail

We will have to see.

To those offended by seeing their champion ridiculed, stick around because I’ll be right back to taking down (once again) those who lied about Trump, such as James Comely, old Walter Brannon and the Clapper — the three stooges of tUS unintelligence-gathering services. I am, as I’ve always maintained, an equal-opportunity critic, going after boisterous big mouths, bloated banksters, and lying sons-o-bitches wherever I find them, and there are plenty to be found.

Politics if full of them on both sides of the aisle. Why should I favor one side with such abundance to choose from on both sides?

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