Trump's transition team was a disaster and now he's trying to sabotage Biden's. Some excerpts from Michael Lewis's The Fifth Risk about the Trump transition below.
Christie had to explain to Trump that he was legally required to have a transition team / plan. Trump's reaction when Christie et al put one together:
Then they fired the transition team:
Meanwhile, at the DOE
And nobody showed up
And this after sending DOE employees a list of questions about political loyalties and views on climate change:
Lots more here, but at any rate, the Trump admin crippled a lot of govt functions by failing to staff the government properly and general bumbling incompetence around the transition.
Now they're trying to sabotage Biden's. They're actively trying to break the government more on the way out door.
I don't think it's even ideological, a la Bannon. It's petty and malicious and rooted in jealousy and revenge.

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Told my mom earlier that we won't be coming to AL for Christmas because of covid. (Thanksgiving was already out of the question.) No one's happy about it, but risk is getting higher, not lower. Traveling during busy season (and it will be busy, even with covid) is risky.
Seeing family members without quarantining before is risky. Being indoors for extended period of time without social distancing and mask wearing is risky. We know all of this. So here's the way I'm trying to think about it:
Vaccine schedules look good. WAY better than I would have imagined a few months ago. I figured we'd be doing zoom school until 2022, but I'm admittedly pessimistic about everything.
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We get it. You've picked the side of the fascists because you think they're your political future. The video you're referencing shows conservatives trying to beat up a protestor and you're intentionally promoting the isolated clip where the protestor tries to fight back.
You know it's manipulated media because even if you were gullible enough to fall for it, given the sources, you surround yourself with a small army of PR and media professionals who will tell you otherwise. So you are propagating a lie because it's politically convenient.
And "If this went the other way" is the truly laughable part. In Charlottesville a protester was killed, intentionally, by a conservative. Her name was Heather Heyer. Your father called the people who did it "very fine people".
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Kudos to his ghostwriter btw. It's not bad.
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This is a recurring conversation I have with Trumpist members of my family. Shitposting disinformation for example is fine because "Dems do worse". When I ask them for evidence they insist that it's something everyone just knows.
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