Unhinged quote for the day

No religion, no anything. Hurt the Bible, hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy, our kind of energy. I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio. If he did, we’d have a big story.

Donald Trump, on Joe Biden

The truth is that Joe Biden is a devout, practicing Catholic, probably the strongest believer to run for the White House in a good while; I’m going to overlook that to vote against Trump.

But give Trump credit for knowing his base, for knowing how ignorant many of them are, and for knowing what they think. Vast portions of the upper midwest are indistinguishable from the Southern Baptist south: whatever name it has, they practice religions as degrading as the Southern Baptist; they will die without ever learning that Joe Biden is a devout Catholic; they devour conspiracies as avidly as a dog goes after a cook’s scraps. They really do think that Trump is a Great Man who “tells it like it is” and is interested in them.

They have no idea that Donald Trump is a corrupt madman. None.

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Pandemic growth

The chart below, from Mother Jones, tells you everything you need to know about Donald Trump and America’s management of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s nice to know, I guess, that we’re doing better than Argentina, and possibly Mexico, but it certainly puts an unhappy spin on the notion of American exceptionalism.

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13-reasons why Trump will lose

A professor with a good track-record says Trump will lose in November.

Certainly, I hope this guy is right. So far as I’m concerned, though, it’s not enough that Trump loses; I want to see the Republican Party annihilated, destroyed, put out of business … forever. They have defended and enabled the most corrupt, incompetent, and downright boorish president in American history, and there must be a consequence.

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Quote for the day

Covid-19 is proving that an unwillingness to listen to doctors and scientists can do great harm. Religious freedom and public health aren’t actually incompatible. But countering the anti-science bias that has become a stalking horse for the culture wars is crucial to creating better policies and allowing citizens to make the best possible choices for themselves and for society.

Laura Ellyn Smith, Washington Post

The problem with the south is Southern Baptists, who understand clearly that a good education — especially a science-based education — is fatal to their bumpkin superstitions, and so they’ve created and enforced a culture that disdains expertise. It’s known as the Bible Belt for a reason.

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That painful interview

You can watch Donald Trump’s entire Axios interview above — if you can bear it.

Especially shocking are Trump’s remarks about John Lewis, mentioning twice that Lewis had skipped his inauguration, and a repeat of his [Trump’s] claim that he had done more for black Americans than any previous American leader. As with most Holy Men, I find myself wondering whether he actually believes the things he says, or if he is cynically peddling a marketing lie to idiots.

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