27 election signs have gone missing in North Topeka, KS, this campaign season: 22 of them Biden signs, 1 of them a Trump sign. But it was the theft of the Trump sign that led a Trump supporter to shoot and wound three people today. cjonline.com/news/20201101/…
A pro-Trump car parade in Richmond, Virginia, today ended in Trump supporters firing gunshots and spraying chemical irritants. richmond.com/news/state-and…
Trump supporters shut down a bridge in NY today and blockaded the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. nbcnewyork.com/news/local/car…
This is a huge country, so there are always a lot of incidents. It's a heavily armed country too, so incidents are more likely to lead to life-threatening harm. But it's also true that the Trump campaign valorizes violence unlike any other since the George Wallace campaigns.
Trump's never going to tell his followers to cool it.

But there are plenty of other Republican leaders who should be able to send the message that Joe Biden has sent to violent actors on the left: we condemn and repudiate what you do.

Speak now, your country needs it from you

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"If there was a flaw in our strategy, it was probably that we forgot that women had the vote."
"If there was a flaw in our strategy, it was letting our campaign staff steal all the money instead of using it for campaign purposes."
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When my late father-in-law served in Canadian forces during Korean war, Chinese loudspeakers would broadcast propaganda messages to entice defectors. Years later, he recalled one of them ... 1/x
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The Chinese were inadvertently revealing how miserably poor and hungry their own army was. Bread as a selling point? Really? 2/x
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Weakness and fear is what the Trump twitter account has been communicating all day.

It's bad enough news for an incumbent when he must go negative on an opponent rather than positive on the incumbent's record. But 3/x
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"I don't even know where I was on VJ Day-and if it seems remarkable to you that I am unaware of these things, I must emphasize that at a private soldier level you frequently have no idea where you are, or precisely how you got there, let alone why." - George MacDonald Fraser
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1) Hunter Biden is not a minor payer like Billy Carter, but a major international scandal even worse than the Trump next generation.


2) Candidate Biden is somehow implicated in this major scandal
And not only does the Trump campaign refuses to provide the proof for the latter claims, but it tells bizarre stories the provenance of the proof.
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