This is an important story. Trump & GOP are campaigning against "socialism." But Trump has been a consistent advocate of direct govt intervention in/control of economy - with all the disastrous results supposedly free-market conservatives should have predicted, but didn't.
President Trump, Gov Scott Walker, and House Speaker Paul Ryan at the ground-breaking with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou

To advance the project, not only was Foxconn offered huge subsidies - but clean air and water rules were voided too.
Foxconn reporting from 2018…
Video of President Trump, VP Pence at White House with Wisconsites Gov Scott Walker, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen Ron Johnson, all enthusiastically applauding what must be the biggest scam on Wisconsin taxpayers in state history…

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17 Oct
Virginia 10 congressional district was Republican for 60 of past 68 years. A Democrat won in 2018. I took a long winding drive through the most rural parts of the district today. Counted 4 Trump signs, only 2 on private property. Dozens of Biden signs, to many to count
... too many to count ...
Also, mask wearing ubiquitous.
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17 Oct
Off-my-usual beat, but ... 1/x
You may have seen this story, now rattling around conservative media. 2/x
Political correctness run amok! But then ... think about it a little. 3/x
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14 Oct
Before "The Simpsons," Matt Groening drew misanthropic rabbits.

In one strip, two older rabbits tell a younger rabbit: "Mom left a present for you in the basement."

The young rabbit replies, "Last time you said that, you locked me in the basement for 4 hours."

The older rabbits answer, "This time we won't."

Keep that dialogue in mind when Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, and the journalists who publicize for them try to purvey new fake stories in place of the old fake stories about "unmasking" etc. 2/x
Trump world and its journalistic conduits have pumped an unending stream of polluted disinformation. Fox etc. serve the bilge unfiltered. But even some respectable journalists have since 2015 sluiced doses of the poisonous stuff into the national drinking supply. 3/x
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12 Oct
There is something amiss about that Gallup poll repeatedly cited by President Trump re "better off than 4 years ago." Here's FT-Peterson Foundation: 35% say "better off"…
Economist/YouGov poll has 38% saying "better off than four years ago"…
Gallup's numbers have consistently been uniquely high on the "better off" question. EG here they are back in February, just at onset of corona crisis. Somebody more expert than I will have to reverse engineer Gallup's methods…
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6 Oct
That's a premature question. The work is not over yet, and may not be over for many months.

But ... since you ask ... some guesses: 1/x
Some Never Trumpers will settle permanently into what started as a temporary political home. They will have supported Democrats in 2016, 2018, 2020 and will never return. 2/x
Other Never Trumpers may feel that their political work is done with the defeat of Trump. They'll exit political life altogether for other pursuits and interests. About half the time, I feel this will be my own answer. 3/x
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6 Oct
In his book "It Was All a Lie," @stuartpstevens tells the story of his father, who resigned from the FBI rather than be part of the internment of Japanese Americans.… 1/x
@stuartpstevens Stuart's father's action did not change the course of history. The Japanese-Americans were still interned. It changed the course of Stuart's father's life. He went to fight in the South Pacific instead, where he could have been killed. Later, Stuart asked: "why?"

@stuartpstevens Stuart's father answered: "You can always say 'No.'"

That's a saying to keep in mind in the coming weeks and months, as former Trumpers reinvent themselves - and explain how they only supported Trump because this or that blue-checkmark personality was disagreeable to them. 3/x
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