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

Day of reckoning in CIF dual tournament

first_imgMoore League champion Lakewood and Moore runner-up Millikan are also in Division III. The Lancers are seeded third and face Dos Pueblos (Channel No. 2) in the first round. Millikan opens against Desert Sky League champion Barstow. Warren, which won the San Gabriel Valley League crown, is seeded second in Division IV at Corona Centennial High. The Bears open against Oxnard Pacifica, an at-large team from the Pacific View League. Downey, which finished second in the SGVL, opens against Palm Desert (Desert Valley No. 2). The Suburban League representatives – Glenn and Mayfair – will compete in Division II at North Torrance High. Glenn, the league champion, is seeded third and wrestles Redlands East Valley in the first round. Mayfair opens against Citrus Belt champion A.B. Miller. David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. At 11 a.m. at venues across the Southland, the CIF-SS Dual Meet Wrestling Championships kick off. Sixteen teams in each division will battle for the right to lift a CIF championship trophy by the end of the night. St. John Bosco High, champion of the Trinity League, is the top seed in Division III at South Hills High. The Braves face Colton, the No. 2 entry from the San Andreas League, in the first round. A victory in that match would pit SJB against either Ventura (Channel No. 1) or Ontario (Mt. Baldy No. 2) in the second round. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LONG BEACH – Four victories away from a CIF Southern Section team championship. That’s the scenario facing most teams that begin the CIF playoffs, no matter which sport. But while the basketball and football and softball players extend the competition over several weeks, the wrestlers decide it all in just one day – today. last_img read more