Donald Trump fired off one of his most unhinged tweets on Jan. 4, hours before he departed to Georgia for an off-the-wall rally in which he urged Georgians to join his fight to throw out the votes of their fellow citizens.
Taking a break from the attempt to destroy America’s democracy, the president took aim at the positive coverage earned by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a rare truth-teller in the administration.
Trump unleashed this gem:
“Somehow Dr. Fauci is revered by the LameStream Media as such a great professional, having done, they say, such an incredible job, yet he works for me and the Trump Administration, and I am in no way given any credit for my work. Gee, could this just be more Fake News?”
Fauci, of course, is a longtime fixture on the national public health scene. He was in the trenches fighting the AIDS scourge, while Trump was bankrupting casinos and playing the role of a successful businessman on reality TV.
The president fought Fauci’s COVID-19 recommendations about mask-wearing and social distancing every step of the way.
He even threatened to fire the infectious disease expert. At a Nov. 1 campaign rally in Pennsylvania where the crowd chanted “Fire Fauci," Trump said:
“Don’t tell anybody but let me wait until after the election … he’s a nice man, but he’s been wrong on a lot.”
Fauci has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases through six administrations.
He will continue to combat the COVID-19 plague under Joe Biden, while Trump stews and plots his campaign of revenge against Republicans who finally developed a spine and stood up to his desperate effort to remain in power.
The New York Stock Exchange readies for the post-Trump era. The Big Board reversed course on Jan. 4 and killed the plan to delist three Chinese stocks to comply with a Trump executive order that bars US investors from owning shares in companies with alleged ties to China’s military.
The Financial Times reported the continued trading of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom reflects the expectation that president Biden will have a less combative relationship with China than Trump.
NYSE chairman Jeff Sprecher is the husband of Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, an ardent Trump supporter.
GOP cheers the Electoral College… Six conservative Republicans issued a statement to explain to their colleagues why they refused their effort to overturn the presidential election.
They admit the EC is the only way that Republicans can win the presidency.
“To act otherwise—that is, to unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process—would amount to stealing power from the people and the states. It would, in effect, replace the electoral college with Congress, and in so doing strengthen the efforts of those on the left who are determined to eliminate it or render it irrelevant.
“From a purely partisan perspective, Republican presidential candidates have won the national popular vote only once in the last 32 years. They have therefore depended on the electoral college for all presidential victories in the last generation. If we perpetuate the notion that Congress may disregard certified electoral votes—based solely on its own assessment that one or more states mishandled the presidential election—we will be delegitimizing the very system that led Donald Trump to victory in 2016, and that could provide the only path to victory in 2024.”
Hats off to Reps. Thomas Massie, Kelly Armstrong, Ken Buck, Mike Gallagher, Nancy Mace, Tom McClintock and Chip Roy for spilling the beans.