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Trump headed for trouble -- and not changing course

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By Jerome CARTILLIER
President Donald Trump has begun a punishing cycle of rallies, his first since recovering from hospitalization for Covid-19 Photo: AFP

President Donald Trump is down in the polls, running out of time, and facing a resurgent coronavirus across the United States. Yet seemingly headed for defeat, he is doing nothing to change course.

Proud of his status as a non-politician who won the White House in his first shot, Trump brushes off polls ahead of Nov 3, preferring nostalgic reminiscences about his 2016 upset.

There's no question that he still has the raw energy on stage of the candidate who surprised everyone to beat Hillary Clinton.

This week he began a punishing cycle of rallies, his first since recovering from hospitalization for Covid-19 at the start of October.

In Florida on Monday and Pennsylvania on Tuesday, he entertained large, enthusiastic crowds.

He even did a little boogie on stage to the thumping rhythm of the Village People song "YMCA," perhaps buoyed by the lyrics of "I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground."

On Tuesday in Johnstown, a small Pennsylvania town, he delivered his now well-known speech in the cold autumn air, warning apocalyptically of Democrats turning the United States into a "large-scale version of Venezuela."

Just as he used to mock and insult Clinton, he mocked and insulted challenger Joe Biden.

"He has no idea what he is saying! How the hell do you lose to a guy like this?" he asked.

"He's shot," Trump said. "In his best of years, he was considered a dumb guy."

The biggest issue of the day -- Covid-19 and its more than 215,000 victims in the United States -- was largely brushed off with typical Trump optimism.

He'd got over the virus himself, he said, and "the vaccines are coming soon."

About his plans for a new four-year term, there was almost nothing other than the vague, patriotic climax to his stump speech which the crowds now know almost by heart.

"The best is yet to come," he intoned. "We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, wining, winning."

Trump often contrasts his enthusiastic events with the quieter, much smaller versions on the Biden campaign trail. But polls show Biden is more popular and the Democrat has chosen a low-key campaign in keeping with his message of responsibility during the pandemic.

When not on stage, Trump is likely to be on Twitter, where he openly vents frustration at the situation.

Frequently blaming the media and "fake" polls for his image, he even lashes out increasingly at Fox News, although the network gives him a frequent platform with its friendly star presenters.

When he's not attacking journalists, he's often winding deep through right-wing conspiracy theories, in large part aimed at his predecessor Barack Obama or Clinton. The false and convoluted accusations come in such volume that they often go almost ignored.

David Axelrod, a former Obama advisor, wondered on Twitter if Trump has "turned his own political suicide into a surreal reality show."

With 20 days to go there could still be game-changing surprises, just as there were in 2016. But right now, Republicans are increasingly worried that Biden will lead a Democratic wave -- or even tsunami.

Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate are showing signs of trying to keep their distance from the president, even if he still exerts tremendous influence over the activist right of the party.

When he came down with Covid-19, there was talk that perhaps now he'd seize the unique opportunity to become a more inclusive president. After months of dismissing the virus would he pivot to a show of empathy for the pain felt by ordinary Americans?

That didn't happen. Instead, he ended up demonstrating the gulf between regular voters and the elite when it comes to health care and the ability to confront the potentially deadly illness.

"One great thing about being president, if you're not feeling 100 percent, you have more doctors than you thought existed in the world. I was surrounded with like 14 of them," he told Tuesday's rally.

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"One great thing about being president, if you're not feeling 100 percent, you have more doctors than you thought existed in the world. I was surrounded with like 14 of them," he told Tuesday's rally.

Delivered with the empathy of a falling brick.

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"He's shot," Trump said. "In his best of years, he was considered a dumb guy."

Sure - wait till you see what they're going to say about you once you're gone.

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Clearly heading off a cliff and taking the corrupt Republican Party with him. Only the partisian blind and deaf now pretend Trump is what he is not, a total and complete failure.

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Yes, Donald, the best is yet to come when Biden is POTUS and you are the junior groundskeeper at one of your former golf courses.

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While a majority of Americans already knew it, these past few weeks the rest have come to realize that we elected a man with serious mental health issues in 2016...

Trump is wilting and melting more quickly than the Wicked Witch of the West - which is ironic given his obsession with witch hunts...

He now now lashing out at even his most loyal backers; Barr for not indicting anyone over the unmasking issue, Pompeo for not releasing Hillary's emails quickly enough, Meadows for saying Trump had low oxygen levels when he caught the virus, on and on...

He knows he's losing and will tossed out in humiliation on Nov 3rd - and none of his scams, con-jobs, or fairy tales can change that...

Poor, pathetic Donald...

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"One great thing about being president, if you're not feeling 100 percent, you have more doctors than you thought existed in the world. I was surrounded with like 14 of them," he told Tuesday's rally.

omg, guess he had nothing to talk about but himself.

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But right now, Republicans are increasingly worried that Biden will lead a Democratic wave -- or even tsunami.

Pffft! The Democrats are increasingly worried Trump will lead a Republican tsunami.

They see the tens of thousands that enthusiastically show up at Trump rallies and the pathetic showings at Biden appearances ( can't call them rallies ).

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This article is a joke. Who is corrupt? The Republicans you say? Ha Ha Ha Are you blind? Been under a rock this whole time? Wow!!!!! liberalism is truly a mental disorder....

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The Emperor's New Clothes, the same old clothes. A fascist dress uniform with all the bogus medals he awarded to himself. He's taking as many people down with him as he can; into a cesspool of madness, hatred, violence, evil. All he tells is lies, lies, lies, lies, LIES. And hatred.

Look at him posing on the WH balcony, at a his fascist rallies. Fist up. His true colors are obvious to all.

*DICTATOR. **

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"He's shot," Trump said. "In his best of years, he was considered a dumb guy."

Considered by whom?

Personally, I don't care for him but wouldn't consider him to be dumb.

But I guess Trump isn't going to deviate from the habit of a lifetime, accusing people of failings that could easily be attributed to him.

Any backing down, apologizing, admitting he was wrong, or showing empathy is seen by him as weaknesses.

And this, ironically, is his weakness. His vanity and intransigence.

Which is why he will be out on his ear after one, dreadful and horrific term in office.

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The false and convoluted accusations come in such volume that they often go almost ignored.

Cried wolf far, far too often. His lunacy has become a kind of background static whine.

He'll just be another marginalized, largely ignored right-wing crackpot by the time he eventually goes to prison.

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"One great thing about being president, if you're not feeling 100 percent, you have more doctors than you thought existed in the world. I was surrounded with like 14 of them," he told Tuesday's rally.

I don't suppose he followed that up with something like "I had such great medical care but if I win I will ensure more Americans have access to great medical care" ................ I guess not............

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David Axelrod, a former Obama advisor, wondered on Twitter if Trump has "turned his own political suicide into a surreal reality show."

BINGO! It's now just a question of how humiliating Trump loss will be....

And will his supporters follow his example, Jim Jones style?

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With hundreds of millions of dollars of debt to Deutsche Bank, guaranteed by Putin, my question is, will Putin be satisfied with the damage Trump has done to the West, and consider the debt paid, or will he insist on repayment? Get your popcorn, and enjoy the show.

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And once more we have some of these more inaccurate liberal reports stating that Trump is going to lose in a landslide, they predicted the same thing four years ago and they got the polls all wrong in the overextending themselves again, the Republicans are right now more things about the candidate then Biden and his camp. Trump on the other hand are going out on the trail registering more voters at the grassroots level going door to door.

In Gallup’s latest poll back in September 56% of Americans said they feel currently better off now than they were better off now than they where 4 years and that doesn’t seem about to change unless Biden wins and hits the country with stifling economic regulations. Biden is vague doesn’t talk about specifics dodgers questions like “packing and raising taxes all of these are all legitimate concerns that people have going into this election.

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@bass4funk: I say this as a former very active political participant in my society, here in Canada - It doesn't matter what party you're in, or support, when going door-to-door registering voters, or knocking on their door to hand them a leaflet in support of your candidate. You can register all you want, you can hand out all the propaganda you carry (and the baggage in your mind) but you can't tell them how to cast their ballot when that moment arrives. And that's a fact.

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he will be out on his ear after one, dreadful and horrific term in office.

No, he's going to hand over the presidency to the next Republican president at noon Jan. 20, 2025 after 8 great years of Making America Greater Than Ever Before.

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No, he's going to hand over the presidency to the next Republican president at noon Jan. 20, 2025 after 8 great years of Making America Greater Than Ever Before.

MAGTEB? Catchy, edgy. Did you just skip the 'again' bit from 2016?

Your country is at a low ebb and needs a complete overhaul.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/covid-19-end-of-american-era-wade-davis-1038206/?fbclid=IwAR3uiXdMBuqz-WI_JZFDAO6Ns2sgdjcMQp3jVhtuOUVWTbrACN-oBv-5XLA

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I say this as a former very active political participant in my society, here in Canada -

Uh-oh...

It doesn't matter what party you're in, or support, when going door-to-door registering voters, or knocking on their door to hand them a leaflet in support of your candidate. You can register all you want, you can hand out all the propaganda you carry (and the baggage in your mind) but you can't tell them how to cast their ballot when that moment arrives. And that's a fact.

Well, since we have a lot of mail voting fraud going on and voter harvesting, things are much more complicated and really messed up with dead people voting, my sister in Florida received 3 ballots in her name from all 3 previous addresses, so it’s not nearly as how you describe it, but thanks for your input.

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bass4funk

Trump on the other hand are going out on the trail registering more voters at the grassroots level going door to door.

Yeah, keep believing that while Trump sinks your party. Nobody could ever accuse you of abandoning the ship while the Titanic sinks...

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Biden has what about 20 people at his rally

Might be less. Trump eager to add to the 215,000 MAGA. The more the bettter.

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Might be less. Trump eager to add to the 215,000 MAGA

Way more than Biden could ever get, I f he even had 1/3 of that.

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It doesn’t play a role, if you face the truth. In fact it’s about U.S. citizens with European ancestors vs. Afroamericans, Hispanics and Arab / Iranian background having citizens. Everyone knows how this will end, if now or four or eight years later. Just forget it, it doesn’t matter anymore, accelerated by COVID the outcome for that country and continent is crystal clear.

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Everyone knows how this will end,

We heard that a lot 4 years ago.

if now or four or eight years later. Just forget it, it doesn’t matter anymore, accelerated by COVID the outcome for that country and continent is crystal clear.

I’m not so sure because Liberals take power to get drunk with it and go crazy and just screw up everything all at once, just like when Obama won and control or three branches of government they were quick to lose the house again in 2012 noon the cement in 2014. So to be crystal clear, if that is a giant “IF” the Democrats to win the Senate or the presidency or both, it won’t be long before they will lose one or the other, it always works like that with them.

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bass4funk

So to be crystal clear, if that is a giant “IF” the Democrats to win the Senate or the presidency or both

...oh, the reality is starting to sink in. Several weeks ago, the Dems had no chance to unseat Trump. Now it's a giant IF...

Tomorrow, you'll say you knew Biden would win all along. ;-)

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My view of Trump is that he is like the Titanic, headed full speed toward a massive iceberg, and about to sink in deep waters. My worry is that he will try to take the rest of us with him. No, thanks, let me off this ship asap.

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Only a fool doesn't change course when he is sinking in the polls. The first law of holes " stop digging when you are in a deep hole".

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...oh, the reality is starting to sink in. Several weeks ago, the Dems had no chance to unseat Trump. Now it's a giant IF...

Yes.

Tomorrow, you'll say you knew Biden would win all along. ;-)

No, because unlike liberals, I peek under the ocean before swimming. ;-)

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