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The attempted coup at the Capitol should make us realize some difficult truths.

In an attempt to overturn a free and fair election, supporters of Donald Trump invaded the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. They walked through unimpeded, waving confederate flags and breaking windows. A woman was shot and killed. Trump put out a half-assed call for peace, then later expressed outright support for the domestic terrorists.

The country watched on live TV as the complicity of the police in the country’s ills was laid bare. …


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Trump’s voter fraud lies are only the most recent example of the alternate reality he’s creating.

Donald Trump and his supporters are in the process of contesting a decided election. Trump lost to Joe Biden, and will be removed from office on January 20. But the fact that he lost does not apparently apply to these people. Trump will cry voter fraud until the day he dies, and some 40 percent of the country will stand behind him. It is a sad state of affairs.

We knew it would go down like this. Trump has been preparing for months and years for this moment, and millions of people have been bamboozled enough to believe every word he says. His supporters either don’t know or don’t care that Trump is doing this purely for his own benefit. He is contesting the results because he is a sore loser and he cannot comprehend the idea of not winning. This is, of course, childish behavior. …


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What else did you expect?

Everything about this election was predictable. Bernie Sanders called it exactly. Donald Trump would appear ahead early on, with the first ballots counted being the ones from election day. And then, over time, the mail-in votes would flow in crucial states, and eventually states would flip to Joe Biden.

We knew that many mail-in votes would go to Biden. One of the biggest reasons for that trend is Trump’s established hatred for mail-in balloting. He advocated against his supporters using them. Not unrelated, most mail-in votes went to Biden and now Trump will most likely lose the election.

Thursday evening, Trump went on the White House podium and rambled about how pollsters had gotten this election wrong (on that point he isn’t far from the truth) and how this election is corrupt and rigged for Biden. He made up “secret counting rooms” and alleged that the people tasked with watching the counting process were forced to stand outside the building with binoculars(?). Welcome to the culmination of the reality TV man-child presidency. …


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A lot is riding on this election. Instability is almost guaranteed to follow.

You’ve probably heard a lot in recent weeks about how important this election is. It is contentious, polarizing, omnipresent and chaotic. The stakes are high.

For one: Donald Trump represents the most significant threat to the function of our democracy since perhaps the Civil War. His rhetoric indicating that he may not accept the election result is completely unprecedented. There are scary methods, including the courts, that he may use to retain power at all costs. He will have guaranteed support from an unflappable base and spineless Republicans.

The unrest that could be generated on and after election day is concerning. While a lot of people have already voted by mail, the polls will be active and crowded, and there may be voter intimidation efforts — hence the “stand by and stand back” quote from Trump —with white supremacist terrorist groups potentially active. …


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You should actually ban fracking, though.

The most notable moments of the Vice Presidential debate came when Kamala Harris and Mike Pence sparred over fracking and packing the court. Harris denied that Joe Biden would ban fracking, and danced around the question of whether a Biden administration would try to add more judges to the Supreme Court. Pence pushed the issues hard, when he wasn’t telling you he was going to cut your taxes.

During the debate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Fracking is bad, actually.” Both candidates, the only two with a chance to take the White House, spent the debate evading each other, trying to appeal to one small section of moderate voters. …


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If you’re tired of hearing about why Trump’s bad, here’s a synopsis of why Biden’s good.

I’ve written a lot of stories criticizing Donald Trump. While he clearly deserves the criticism, I thought it would be beneficial to look at some of the specific positives of Joe Biden’s campaign, and what exactly he offers.

Many people are prepared to “settle for Biden” — a slogan indicating that the necessity of beating Trump outweighs Biden’s lack of progressive bonafides. I’d count myself among those people.

I will, however, give a few examples in this article of promising policies that Biden offers:

He will aim for legitimate campaign finance reform

Biden is generally a moderate candidate, but he has especially radical ideas in one aspect of policy — government reform and combatting corruption. …


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Trump was on his worst behavior Tuesday night. We really have to say that about a president!

The first Trump-Biden debate probably won’t make a huge impact. Nothing matters anymore. It was a complete train wreck and everyone watching came away immensely frustrated.

One thing that shouldn’t be hard to remember: Donald Trump is the cause of this absolute calamity. If Joe Biden were on stage with some vanilla Republican who is only a covert racist, not an overt one, we wouldn’t be bemoaning the dire state of our country right now. Media coverage has focused on the “name-calling” and “turbulence” of the debate. Technically, they’re not inaccurate. …


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Democrats have to push harder than Republicans to shape the Supreme Court, even if it means drastic action.

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last week, anyone who remotely follows politics could have predicted that Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership would break every promise they made four years ago. In 2016, they blockaded President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, proclaiming that the next president should get to choose. Now, with a major court opening and less than two months until election day, McConnell and his squad of old white dudes have no issue rushing in a new conservative nominee.

The whole situation is objectively hypocritical. It’s worse, actually — McConnell was willing to let the court cook with only eight members for more than a year to ensure that Obama couldn’t nominate someone. With inauguration day much sooner now than it was when Antonin Scalia died, McConnell is callously reversing course. …


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“Both sides” is gone forever.

Many Americans lament the political divisiveness that we see throughout the country. They’re not wrong to do so; division creates conflict and fractured relationships. But the same people who wish we could all just get along are also more likely to equate political views across the spectrum.

“It’s just politics, guys. Why so upset?”

The thing is, it’s not just politics. These issues actually affect people, and the further Donald Trump pulls Republicans to the right, the more crucial all of this becomes.

It is not a coincidence that the people he harms are also dramatically more likely to oppose him. If white people couldn’t vote, the electoral map would be entirely blue every four years. Trump wants to deport Hispanics and block Muslims from entering the country. He refuses to say black lives matter and treats the ongoing protests like he’s a ’60s segregationist. He and conservatives are prepared to block LGBTQ rights and defund Planned Parenthood. …


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Trump could do anything and still retain his support.

The Atlantic published a story on Thursday that claimed, per anonymous sources, that Donald Trump had made disparaging comments about fallen and injured veterans on multiple occasions. Trump reportedly called dead soldiers “losers” for getting killed and opposed appearing with soldiers who had been injured in combat.

One of my first thoughts while reading the article: this isn’t going to change anything. That is profoundly sad, given how absolutely insane those comments from Trump are. It’s hard to comprehend that an American president really said that.

And yet, every single dedicated Trump supporter will disregard those comments as fake news, published purely for the purpose of growing The Atlantic’s audience. Trump went on one of his unhinged tweet storms in response to it and claimed that none of it had ever happened. …

Harrison Hamm

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