Joe Biden has had enough, makes it clear that Trump should concede now, before more lives are lost

first_imgOn Monday, Biden spelled out how the failure of the Trump White House to engage with its transition team is having a serious impact on their ability to prepare for handling the greatest crisis facing the nation: the COVID-19 pandemic that is costing over 1,000 lives a day. As The Washington Post reports, Biden insisted that Trump’s ongoing egopalypse places the nation at extended and unnecessary risk. “More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” said Biden. He warned of a “very dark winter” with a cost to be paid both in lives and in economic impact from Trump’s refusal to share information, or take any action.Meanwhile Trump … went golfing again. As one does when really concerned about the fate of the nation.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – He’s doing so at a time when the nation has not just a pandemic, not just a recession, but also a time when Trump has savagely weakened alliances, destabilized whole regions, and given opponents every possible signal that America is in no position to take coherent action. If Russia were to make a concerted push into the remainder of Ukraine at this moment, America would … If China were to take this moment to claim an expanded region of the South China Sea, the response would be … If North Korea … If Iran … Trump is making it exceptionally clear that at this moment, the nation has no coherent leadership. He’s not interested in anything other than pushing lies and riding around in his little cart.Biden is pushing ahead with plans. That includes planning for the idea that Trump may never cooperate in sharing information on the pandemic, or national security, or any other area of vital concern. He’s naming staff members, assembling a team, and arranging briefings from experts who have not been cowed by Trump.But Biden is also done pretending that this is normal. Or that Trump’s actions don’t come with a cost.- Advertisement – Multiple members of Trump’s team have already demonstrated that they understand he has lost, and that Biden will be president in January. The problem is that they’re making those announcements quietly, off the record, rather than confronting Trump. Instead, Trump is continuing to make baseless claims about “millions” of illegal votes, and continuing to state—not just without evidence, but in contradiction to plain facts—that he “won” the election.It seems certain at this point that Trump isn’t actually expecting to hold on to power, but is campaigning for the role of king in exile; a role that he can use to punctuate his never-ending golf game by waddling slowly up a ramp to declare “I was wronged!” while his adoring audience screams about how strong he is, and begs for someone, anyone, to be locked up. Which is absolutely a fine occupation for Trump while he waits for an inevitable indictment by the New York attorney general.The problem is that Trump isn’t just using the sickly orange sunset of his time in office to create the confusion and extra layers of lies necessary to his once-and-future mythology. He’s also using this time to kick America in the … let’s say “gut.” Trump is going out not just with an effort to decrease faith in fundamental institutions, but with a refusal to carry out the most basic, most defining action that has shaped the nation: the peaceful transition of power. – Advertisement – For Trump’s part, he’ll just allow those additional lives to go on the tab with more than a quarter million others. Why not? Donald Trump never plans to pay his bills.last_img read more

Tipp star a doubt for Fitzgibbon clash

first_imgTipperary’s John McGrath and Waterford’s Austin Gleeson are both doubts for WIT ahead of tonight’s Fitzgibbon cup final replay with UL in Pairc Ui Rinn.McGrath damaged his ankle playing for the Premier County against Clare in the League last weekend while Gleeson has a hamstring injuryClare corner back Jack Browne is expected to start for UL tonight having missed the drawn game through suspension.last_img

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi is expected to line up against Spain after missing the friendly win over Italy © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 27 – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals. We haven’t been far off,” Messi said in an interview with Fox Sports. Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany 1-0 after extra time and then finished runners-up at successive Copa America tournaments, losing to Chile on penalties in both 2015 and 2016.“We always take each World Cup as a big opportunity, and now more than ever because an important generation will move on, several players will change,” Messi said, ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Spain in Madrid.Vice-captain Javier Mascherano has already announced he will retire from international duty after the World Cup, while Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain will all be 30 come the finals.Messi will turn 31 during the competition. He has yet to make a decision on his Argentina future but would be 35 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“(In Russia) it will be a good opportunity. Argentina is always a candidate for the title because of its image, its history. But this year, we are not favourites,” Messi added. “Spain, Brazil, Germany and France are above us.”Argentina, who beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester last Friday, will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D at the World Cup.The country last lifted the trophy in 1986 when Diego Maradona was named player of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more