As with last week, this Resistance Report will be brief – the better to give you time to do the work that’s needed now, which is reaching out to voters in swing districts and states to flip them blue.
We have 23 days until the election and, at this point, that is really all that matters. We’ll quickly note Trump’s lies, attacks and misdirections, then get back to the critical work of turning out the vote.
“At this stage in his Presidency, Trump, already described in reports from his own aides as unfit for the office, implicated by his former lawyer as an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony, and now alleged, according to the Times, to have benefitted from tax schemes that in some instances amounted to “outright fraud”—not to mention being a liar and a con artist—should not be allowed to appoint Justices for lifetime appointments.”
“But while the FBI investigation may turn up additional useful information, at this point there is absolutely no need for it unless Christine Blasey Ford wants it. It’s completely unnecessary in determining whether Brett Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court; even the very limited questions already asked of Kavanaugh have yielded disqualifying answers. Kavanaugh is lying, it’s provable, and that’s all there is to it. Unless you think it’s acceptable to have someone on the federal bench who treats duly sworn oaths as meaningless, the guy shouldn’t be holding any office.”
The Party of Sexual Predators
“To me the image of Kavanaugh pressing his hand on her mouth to stop her from screaming could stand for the GOP treatment of Ford all week.”
“Hot on the Trail”
Manafort, finally, has flipped. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager for the spring and summer of 2016, present at the Trump Tower meeting where Don Jr. sought Russia’s help to throw the election, agreed this week to tell Robert Mueller everything he knows, pleading guilty to two charges in a federal court in Virginia.
Fear or Boldness?
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown.”
“…that’s when the Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people. When we led with conviction and principle and bold new ideas. The antidote to a government controlled by a powerful few, a government that divides is a government by the organized, energized, inclusive many. That’s what this moment’s about. That has to be the answer.”
“Everything. It’s simple. Everything. We’re in a fight for the soul of America”
“I lived through Watergate. I lived through the Saturday Night Massacre, when it looked like the Constitution was being barbecued over an open flame. There never was anything like this.”
“We Know Trump Is Guilty”
“The greatest conceit in public life today is the notion that we don’t already know President Trump is guilty. Guilty of what? Conspiring, by whatever level of directness, with a foreign power to win the Presidency and then continuing to cater to that foreign power either as payback for the assistance or out of fear of being exposed. In other words, collusion, a national betrayal that may break some statute laws but which far transcends them and isn’t in the past but is rather on-going…The relevant concept is consciousness of guilt…From the very beginning the President has used every power at his disposal to stop investigations into what happened…In ordinary life, such flagrant and on-going efforts to prevent the truth from coming out are a clear sign of guilt. We rightly demand a higher standard before the criminal law because that is about taking away someone’s liberty. That’s not the case here. We’re only talking about taking away or restraining the power we have given him to use on our behalf…Trump is guilty.”