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Twitter Trashes Trump’s New ‘Dollar Store Twitter’ Blog

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Donald Trump, the former president, on Tuesday launched what Fox News called a new "platform," but in reality, as many are saying, is just a blog. It even sounds like what blogs were called in the early days of the medium: From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.

The site is part of his main site, which is now designed as a money-making/fundraising enterprise. It allows one-way communication, with Trump posting words, images, or video, and then supporters can tweet them or post them to Facebook. The "like" button does not currently work.

Many on social media mocked the former president.

Parler Is The New Gab — A Far-Right Hive Of Scum And Villainy

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Parler, the Twitter-like social-media platform, only exists to service the American right's paranoia-fueled persecution complex, especially the belief that mainstream platforms censor their ideas. After all, it was created ostensibly to give people who had been banned from Twitter or Facebook a new home.

So it's probably not a surprise that, in the post-election period, it's become a massive cesspool of violent seditious rhetoric advocating for a military coup to defend Donald Trump's presidency, and a civil war in which many of them say they intend to murder every liberal in the country.

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Trump Campaign Blames Democrats For Former Campaign Manager's Suicide Threat

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The Trump campaign is blaming "Democrats and disgruntled RINOs" for the reported self-harm threat of its former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

"The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they've done to this man and his family," said Trump campaign's communications director Tim Murtaugh.

Parscale, according to multiple reports, barricaded himself in the Florida home he and his wife live in. She called police saying he had access to multiple weapons and was threatening self harm.

A SWAT team was able to intervene and take him to a hospital.

Notice the difference in statements from the Trump campaign and the Biden campaign:

Former Trump Campaign Chief, Heavily Armed, Is Hospitalized In Florida After Suicide Threat

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken from his Fort Lauderdale home after suffering some kind of health crisis. According to Local 10 News, officers went to visit after calls were made to 911 saying there was a man threatening to harm himself.

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#EndorseThis: Hey, How Did $800M Disappear Into That Trump Campaign Money Pit?

Among the most uplifting stories of this election season is the news that the Trump campaign appears to be running out of money -- almost like an Atlantic City casino or an inedible brand of beefsteaks. Many of "the best people" he hired to run his 2016 campaign ended up as felons, but what about this year's geniuses? They've been canceling ad buys and campaign events because the campaign is broke, and now Trump is promising to put up $100 million of his own funds. (It sounds a lot like his claim that Mexico would pay for the border wall.)

Where did all that money go? While Trump's numbers went down, Brad Parscale's net worth went up. So he bought a lot of fancy cars and houses.

Now our friends at the Lincoln Project have released a very amusing ad to celebrate the campaign's near-bankruptcy, titled "Don the Con," for obvious reasons. Never try to con a conman! Unless his name is Trump.

Just click.

On TV Show, Lou Dobbs Floats Ouster Of Trump's Campaign Manager

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

After President Donald Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which featured a lower-than-expected crowd turnout after the campaign had hyped expected attendance for days, Fox host and Trump confidant Lou Dobbs is questioning the effectiveness of Trump's reelection campaign apparatus.

Trump's campaign rally, held indoors at the Bank of Oklahoma center in Tulsa on June 20, drew around 6,200 attendees in a venue that had a maximum capacity of over 19,000. The campaign -- including both Trump and Brad Parscale, his campaign manager -- had spent the week prior boasting about receiving a million ticket requests. The event also initially featured an outdoor overflow venue where Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were scheduled to speak to excess supporters -- at one point, Trump predicted 40,000 people could attend in that space -- but the overflow plan was scrapped at the last minute when fewer than 25 people showed up.

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GOP Donors And Legislators Freaking Over Tulsa Rally Flop

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

President Donald Trump's June 20 MAGA rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma was expected to draw more than 19,000 people. But according to the Tulsa Fire Department, fewer than 6200 people attended. Trump's campaign has disputed that number, yet the fact is that the rally wasn't nearly as well-attended as the president hoped it would be. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni examine the possible reasons for the poor attendance in an article for the New York Times.

During the rally, the Times journalists explain, Trump gave a "meandering performance in which he excoriated the 'fake news' for reporting on health concerns before his event, used racist language to describe the coronavirus as the 'kung flu' and spent more than 15 minutes explaining away an unflattering video clip of him gingerly descending a ramp after his commencement speech at West Point."

When Trump saw the size of the crowd and all the empty rows inside the arena, Haberman and Karni note, he was "stunned" and "yelled at aides backstage while looking at the endless rows of empty blue seats in the upper bowl of the stadium, according to four people familiar with what took place."

Trump supporters have offered a variety of reasons for the low turnout. Some have claimed that anti-Trump protestors outside the area discouraged people who had registered from going inside; others have claimed that fans of K-pop (a type of pop music from South Korea) trolled the event. And Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, blamed the media. Parscale asserted, "The fact is that a week's worth of the fake news media warning people away from the rally because of COVID and protesters, coupled with recent images of American cities on fire, had a real impact on people bringing their families and children to the rally."

According to Haberman and Karni, "Several White House officials called the rally a disaster, and an unforced error that heightened tensions among some of the president's government advisers and his campaign aides…. The campaign had hoped to use the Tulsa event as a reset after the president's slide in the polls in the wake of his administration's failures responding to the coronavirus, and after his stoking of racial tensions amid nationwide protests over police brutality prompted by the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis."

The outdoor stage for @realDonaldTrump's Rally in Tulsa being built.
This will be the 1st time that POTUS speaks to BOTH crowds in person – inside & outside.
If you come to the rally and don't get into the BOK Center before it's full, you can still see the President in person!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 20, 2020

Parscale claimed that the mainstream media went out of their way to frighten people away from the event because of coronavirus. But as Haberman and Karni point out, the fear of being infected with coronavirus was a perfectly legitimate concern — especially for Trump's older supporters. And the fact that so many people were sitting close together in an indoor environment without wearing masks is certainly troubling.

The Lament of Brad Parscale, After Being Fired by Donald Trump
There once was a grifter named Brad
Who after Tulsa was feeling sad.
The crowd had been crappy,
His boss very unhappy–
For Brad no more Ferraris to be had!
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 20, 2020

Haberman and Karni note that since the rally, Trump's campaign has been "fielding calls from nervous donors and Republican lawmakers, who were asking whether the poorly attended rally indicated problems that were too big to fix with just over four months until Election Day." And they conclude their article by wondering if there will be some firings on Trump's campaign.

It was "not clear if there would be a personnel switch because of the disastrous optics, but some officials recalled what happened in 2017, after an event in Arizona that did not go as Mr. Trump had hoped," Haberman and Karni explain. "George Gigicos, one of the original campaign hands and his rally organizer, was fired by the president."

Trump Campaign Cites Bogus Medical Society To Defend Unproven Medication

Donald Trump's reelection campaign manager on Tuesday defended Trump's preventive use of an anti-malaria drug unproven to work against the coronavirus, citing a fringe medical group known for promoting fake science.

"The press is going nuts over @realDonaldTrump taking hydroxychloroquine (prescribed by doctor)," Brad Parscale tweeted. "Of course, if he's doing it, they must oppose it. But the Assoc. of American Physicians & Surgeons says otherwise."

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