New poll says 67% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of Coronavirus

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Which means 33% of Americans approve! WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?!?!

MSNBC cited a new Ipsos poll on Trump’s Handling of the Coronavirus yesterday.

As the talking heads went on and on about the 67% disapproval rating, one thought, and one thought only, went through my head. Who in God’s name are the 33% of Americans who actually APPROVE OF HIS HANDLING OF THE CORONAVIRUS?

Seriously people, who are these people? How can anyone, let alone 33% of Americans think Donald Trump is doing a good job handling the coronavirus?

With the poll results in mind, let’s see what evidence there is that has convinced this 33% that Trump is handling this pandemic (abridged list, courtesy of Vox):

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lBLACK LIVES MATTER l de Blasio finally gets things right!

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But he can do even more

New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio. has taken his lumps lately.

New York Magazine‘s July 5 edition’s cover was “How the Mayor Lost the City.”

The accompanying article was entitled, “Everybody Hates Bill – The mayor who thought he deserved to be in the White House suddenly can’t even manage City Hall.”

New York went on to say, “Weeks into the George Floyd protests, Mayor de Blasio has alienated his constituents, the police, and even his own staff,” going on, “the mayor, who stormed into office in 2014 promising to make the city more equitable and fair and who was buoyed by dissatisfaction with the liberal status quo, seemed exposed and out of touch. It began even before this recent spate of protests, as the police began enforcing social-distancing guidelines and 90 percent of those arrested were Black or Latino. Social media was awash in images of crowded parks in white neighborhoods of Manhattan, where friendly police officers handed out masks to those who didn’t have them, while a young Black mother was pinned to the ground in a Brooklyn subway station after cops attempted to get her to cover her face and, on the Lower East Side, an officer was videotaped with his knee on the neck of an African-American man for the crime of failing to keep six feet apart.”

And then, he did something right.

He authorized the painting of one block of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, between 56th and 57th streets with the following mural:

BLACK LIVES MATTER

de Blasio even rolled up his sleeves and painted a bit of the mural, too, clad in a mask and flanked by civil rights leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Mayor Bill de Blasio with Rev. Al Sharpton to his right

“President Trump said we would be denigrating the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you: we’re not denigrating anything, we are liberating Fifth Avenue, we are uplifting Fifth Avenue,” de Blasio said on Thursday in response to Trump’s tweet last week criticizing de Blasio for “denigrating” the area.

Now, for those of you who haven’t been to NYC recently, the 700 block of Fifth Avenue is the block where Trump Tower is. The mural was positioned on the street so that if you’re in the Trump Tower looking out any Fifth Avenue facing window, you will see it. It is, perhaps, the first step in the “redemption of Bill de Blasio.”

I would suggest that there is one more thing that Mayor de Blasio should do to continue his redemption – rename the 700 block of Fifth Avenue, the block that now has “Black Lives Matter” painted in the center of the street right in front of Trump Tower. And the name he should authorize? “Barack Hussein Obama Way!” And with that simple stroke of a pen, all mail going to Trump Tower will forever be addressed, not to 725 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, but to 725 Barack Hussein Obama Way, New York, NY 10022.

Isn’t that special!

“Bizarro Donald” channels “Bizarro Jerry”

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Trump’s faux Presidential address cum campaign rally was so out of touch with the “real world,” it could only be characterized as “Bizarro.”

I’m sure most of you remember the Seinfeld episode called, “The Bizarro Jerry.” It’s the one in which Elaine breaks up with her boyfriend Kevin and they decide to “just be friends.” As Kevin starts becoming a much more reliable friend than Jerry. Jerry suggests to Elaine that Kevin is “Bizarro Jerry”, explaining the comic book concept of “Bizarro World.” And as Kevin’s friends, Gene and Feldman enter the picture, they become Bizarro versions of George and Kramer, respectively.

Of course, if none of this rings a bell, and because every Seinfeld episode had two or three different, memorable plot lines, “The Bizarro Jerry” episode also included Jerry’s girl friend, Gillian, the one with “man hands,” and Kramer being fired from a job for which he was never hired at a company called Brandt/Leland, where he was “TCB – you know, taking care of business!”

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American Exceptionalism – Part 2

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The Times’ David Leonhardt’s take on American Exceptionalism

I wanted to follow up on yesterday’s Around the Block, “American Exceptionalism in action!” (https://around-the-block.com/2020/06/28/american-exceptionalism-in-action/) by sharing today’s “The Morning” column from David Leonhardt of the New York Times. The column is headlined, “American Exceptionalism.”

In the piece, Mr. Leonhardt highlights the American handling of the pandemic, the Mississippi flag controversy and Russian bounties on U.S. troops. He also reports on Obama getting back into the fray (thank God): “People close to Obama told The Times that he has been wary of overshadowing Biden. But one Biden associate joked: “’By all means, overshadow us.’” as well as the mounting corporate boycott of Facebook (finally).

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American Exceptionalism in action!

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How’s it working out in the Age of Trump?

In many of my previous columns, I’ve invoked the term “American Exceptionalism.” As you might sense, my use of the term has been overwhelmingly ironic.

With that as background, I thought it would be appropriate to inspect the definition of the term American Exceptionalism and what it actually stands for in the “Age of Trump.”

American exceptionalism is one of three related ideas:

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Owner of Eskimo Pie to change its ‘derogatory’ name

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Company joins marketers of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s, Darkie, others

Darkie, yes Darkie, er…Darlie

The Associated Press reported today that the owner of Eskimo Pie is changing its name and marketing of the nearly century-old chocolate-covered ice cream bar, the latest brand to reckon with racially charged logos and marketing.

In a statement the company said, “We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognize the term is derogatory. This move is part of a larger review to ensure our company and brands reflect our people values.”

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Renaming Confederate forts offends Trump “personally,” Kayleigh McEnany tells Fox News

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Draft Dodger in Chief is personally offended, saying it is “An affront to the men deployed to…Vietnam.” (!!!!!)

Note: This is NOT “News with a Twist”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany asserted on Thursday that President Donald Trump is “personally” offended at the idea of changing the names of U.S. military forts that honor Confederate leaders.

McEnany said that Trump disagreed with leaders like retired Gen. David Petraeus, who has said that it’s time to remove the Confederate names from important military installations.

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Jacksonville the front-runner for GOP Convention

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As Republicans seek to change the venue to re-nominate Trump, the real question is “Why do they want to re-nominate Trump?”

USA Today reported that “The Republican National Committee is zeroing in on Jacksonville as the new site for President Donald Trump to accept the party’s nomination, according to two sources briefed on plans of RNC officials.

“The shift to Jacksonville comes after the RNC backed out of Charlotte, North Carolina, last week after Gov. Roy Cooper and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wouldn’t commit to allowing a full convention amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

I don’t know about you, but the line that caught my attention was “…for President Donald Trump to accept the party’s nomination…”

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There are “good people on both sides”

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No, there aren’t!

The Washington Post ran a story today headlined, “White men mocked George Floyd’s death at a protest…”

Here is how the article began:

As a peaceful Black Lives Matter march made its way through Franklin Township, N.J., the group protesting against police brutality and systemic racism walked past a white man kneeling on the neck of another white man in a mocking reenactment of George Floyd’s death.

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Colin Powell: Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution

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Drifted? I think not.

Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State and the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” today that he is planning to vote for Democrat Joe Biden for president in November, again voting against Trump as he had done in 2016.

“I’m very close to Joe Biden on a social matter and on a political matter. I worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him.”

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