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18 Oct, 10 tweets, 4 min read
COVID has killed more than 220,000 Americans & infected more than 8 million in the past 10 months. Since day 1, Trump has downplayed both the seriousness & science of it. That's neither new or refutable since he said as much to Bob Woodward on tape. Multiple times. #velshi
While there are moments in which Trump grudgingly acknowledges the severity of it all, saying things like “even ONE death is too many,” his consistent message to Americans has been socially-distant from reality, from science & from good public health. #velshi
Trump said the virus would disappear when warmer weather arrives & that portions of the population are “virtually immune.” If words don’t capture his recklessness, then remember his actions after leaving Walter Reed: shedding his mask & resuming in-person events. #velshi
Everything science said would happen, happened. Months ago, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (I.H.M.E.) projected 208,000+ people would be dead from COVID by Nov. This was the “gold standard” forecast even the White House used. #velshi
Now the virus is resurgent worldwide, even in places that followed the science & did observe proper public health protocols. Scientists warned COVID would make a comeback with the colder weather & be exacerbated by flu season. #velshi
Despite the scientific forecasts, we’re again being led into a viral wave by President Super Spreader, who STILL has no national plan. He continues to lie about a vaccine: we WON’T have one by early November or by Election Day or even by the end of the year. #velshi
Why would we expect honest answers on a vaccine if we couldn't get straight answers about Trump's own treatment or when he actually last tested negative for coronavirus before getting it himself? #velshi
If we continue to do this wrong, thousands more will die as cities reopen only to shut down again & the economy restarts & stops. Or YOU can make a decision—with your vote—in favor of a plan run by experts who respect medicine & follow science. #velshi
It may take several months to get a vaccine that is tested properly to be safe & effective, then several more before everyone gets it. But you now have a role in deciding how this plays out. #velshi
Coronavirus won't just disappear, one day, like a miracle. That was a lie when Trump first uttered it on February 27th. We actually have to fight it. The first step in that fight comes November 3rd. #velshi

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10 Oct
Mike Pence is the 48th Vice President, the 2nd highest office in the U.S. executive branch. He’s also the Senate president, with the authority to cast the tie-breaking vote. That’s what made his response to a vital question during this week’s debate so feckless. #velshi
Just before the debate ended, the moderator reminded Pence that Trump has, several times, refused to commit himself to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. She asked, if Joe Biden won the election and Trump refused to leave office, what would he do as VP? #velshi
In his roughly 2-min. answer, Pence talked about Hillary Clinton, spying, the Mueller report, Trump’s impeachment, mail-in voting & the FBI. One of the only thing Pence didn’t mention was what he would do if Trump refused to accept a peaceful transfer of power. #velshi
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3 Oct
Thomas Jefferson called his election the “Revolution of 1800.” Jefferson’s victory marked the first time that power in America passed from one party to another. Despite the use of the word “revolution,” that transfer, while steeped in bitter conflict, was peaceful. #velshi
John Adams seamlessly handed the presidency to his number one political rival, Thomas Jefferson, without incident. In his inaugural address, Jefferson, with an interest in national unity, declared, “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” #velshi
Thomas Jefferson had a way with words and knew the country needed healing: a stark contrast from what we heard and saw this week, when Trump, once again, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. #velshi
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26 Sep
“It is high time that we all stopped being tools and victims of totalitarian techniques that, if continued here unchecked, will surely end what we have come to cherish as the American way of life.” –Margaret Chase Smith

Those were the stinging words of Margaret Chase Smith, Republican Senator from Maine on June 1, 1950, rebuking her colleague, WI Sen. Joseph McCarthy, while confirming her commitment to the rights of all Americans to criticize, hold unpopular beliefs and protest. #velshi
Smith’s words remind us that we have, indeed, seen this all before. Trumpism is McCarthyism with a Twitter account. And like all leaders who put their self-interests above democracy and the rule of law, Trump exploits fear to maintain and expand his power. #velshi
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This summer has left us feeling enormous pain. More than 200,000 Americans dead from covid; their families reeling from the empty chair at their tables. And America struggling through the loss of two icons: John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsberg & Lewis both fought, literally, until their last breath, to bring us closer to equality. While we grieve their passing, we must resolve to continue their fight. Now, more than ever, we must continue their legacy with action.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave her best to America. She made history one last time on Friday, becoming the first woman - and the first Jewish person - to lie In State at the U.S. Capitol; It was the best farewell America could give her in return.
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On Monday, VP Mike Pence & RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel are scheduled to attend a campaign fundraiser in Bozeman, MT. Nothing unusual about that, right? Except this part: The event is being hosted by a couple—Caryn & Michael Borland—who are QAnon sympathizers. #velshi
QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory, alleges a cabal of Satan-worshiping Democrats are working to bring down Trump’s presidency while running a global child sex-trafficking ring. The Borlands regularly post QAnon material online, incl. sharing QAnon memes & tweets. #velshi
QAnon rejects facts surrounding the assassination of JFK & the attacks of 9/11. It throws racism, anti-Semitism & Islamophobia in for good measure. #velshi
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30 Aug
Three months after the killing of George Floyd, which triggered a racial awakening & unprecedented protests across America, we are back where we started. The shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, WI police is an all too familiar installment in a long running series. #velshi
As the fight against the brutalization of Black Americans continues, we're seeing professional athletes once again using their visibility & platforms to create change. NBA players made the first move last week, in response to Jacob Blake’s shooting. #velshi
The NBA, whose players are predominantly Black, has made sure the "Black Lives Matter" message has figured prominently on the court & on their jerseys since games restarted this month. On Wednesday, 3 playoff games were postponed due to player strikes. #velshi
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