Four N.J. Connected Republican Pre-Convention Dilemmas-Including Phony Trump Virus Breakthrough Claim

By Alan Steinberg | August 24, 2020

Insider NJ

 

Last week was a time of unmitigated political disaster for President Donald Trump.

He refused to disavow support from QAnon, a far-right conspiratorial hate group, using as his grounds, “I know they like me.”  “Liking Trump” is the basis that any right-wing Hate group can use as the basis for getting a free pass from him.  Just ask the White Nationalists who marched at Charlottesville shouting “Jews will not replace us” and whom Trump described as “good people.”

His plan to suppress the African-American vote nationwide by destroying the US Postal Service and thereby eliminating the vote by mail (VBM) option backfired. His corrupt Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was forced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to relinquish at least until after the election his plans to effectively dismantle the Postal Service.

Pelosi continues to emerge as a master communicator and the most effective Speaker of the House since Sam Rayburn of Texas.  The New Jersey Republican tactic of attacking Democratic Congressional incumbents for voting with Nancy Pelosi is an act of political suicidal stupidity.

His plan to demolish Biden as “out of it” and unfit exploded, as Biden gave one of the most effective nomination acceptance speeches in convention history.   Trump’s acolytes in the media had published outright lies about Biden’s staff being unable to sleep at night for fear of a Biden major error in the debates.  They had propagated another major lie that Biden and his campaign staff want to avoid debates.  There is not a shred of evidence for this, and the Biden performance obliterated the credibility of this debate-avoidance charge.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, controlled by REPUBLICANS, released its final report, which found massive Russian efforts, welcomed by the Trump campaign, to influence the 2016 election on behalf of Trump.  The Committee further found evidence that Trump himself had lied to the Mueller investigators and that Jared Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. had lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which made criminal referrals of the aforesaid Kushner and Trump, Jr. to the US. Justice Department.

Finally, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced in a legal filing today that they are investigating President Trump’s private business for allegedly misleading lenders by inflating the value of its assets.  They requested a subpoena to interview Eric Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-york-ag-trump-organization-lawsuit/2020/08/24/882c03a8-e60e-11ea-bc79-834454439a44_story.html

Has any presidential incumbent reelection campaign ever had a more politically catastrophic pre-Convention week?

Yet Trump worsened his situation by showing up at the Convention and alleging without a scintilla of evidence a Democratic conspiracy to steal the election by VBM fraud.

Regarding this latest Trump demagogic slander, CNN Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported by Tweet the following:

A senior GOP strategist, who is not a “Never Trumper” and often gives the president the benefit of the doubt, tells me: “If what we just heard is a preview of the President’s message for the week, he loses and we lose. We can kiss the Senate goodbye if the tone doesn’t change.”

https://twitter.com/jeffzeleny/status/1297942590969589760?s=20

In addition to the aforesaid Trump political shipwreck, the New Jersey Republican delegation has four additional Trump nightmares to confront, each of which is discussed hereinafter separately:

A Nationally Renowned Doctor from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a Most Highly Prestigious Medical Institution in South Jersey, Exposes the Trump Vaccine Gambit as a Fraud

Trump’s criminally negligent handling of the Coronavirus issue has been the issue which in itself virtually destroyed his reelection chances.   He has been desperate for a breakthrough on the vaccine front, and he has no scruples when it comes to pushing the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into prematurely authorizing the use of a vaccine not yet proven to meet the legal standard of “Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective.”

The US Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19, saying the “known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.”

https://www.kten.com/story/42532193/us-fda-announces-emergency-authorization-for-convalescent-plasma-to-treat-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR3yIbyOIKtwzYldGziDButod9cpl9V_Sqkd77jUhCR0lL6bTcsAsorneGQ

I previously served as an in-house attorney for a pharmaceutical company.  For those of us familiar with FDA drug clearance procedures, this Trumpean “historic breakthrough” smelled fishy in the extreme, particularly in the absence of sufficiently randomized trials.

And our suspicions were confirmed by Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the most highly prestigious medical institutions among South Jersey voters.

Dr. Offit said he thought it likely the White House pressured the FDA into pushing through the EUA.

“I think what’s happening here is you’re seeing bullying, at least at the highest level of the FDA, and I’m sure that there are people at the FDA right now who are the workers there that are as upset about this as I am,” Offit told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

So Dr. Offit has thoroughly debunked the Trump claim of an historic breakthrough on the vaccine front.  Donald Trump strengthens his claim to be the most mendacious president in American history.

Please, Mr. President, Please Let Chris Christie Speak!

Our former governor, the Bovine One, Chris Christie has been left off the Convention Speaker list!  Not fair!  Who other than Alex Azar has acted with more obsequiousness towards Donald Trump than Chris!

The excuse has been expressed that since Chris is appearing as a contributing journalist for ABC television, his appearance as a convention speaker would constitute a conflict of appearance.

Oh please, Donald!  When did a conflict-of-interest issue ever get in your way before?

In view of scheduling issues, I have a constructive solution suggestion.

Have Chris appear in a cameo role, sitting on a beach chair in a beach shirt and sandals, chomping on Jersey food, with a large picture of the George Washington Bridge in the background! What could better exemplify the Chris Christie gubernatorial years!

Jeff Van Drew is a Convention Speaker – and That is Great News for the Amy Kennedy for Congress Campaign

Van Drew, the incumbent Member of Congress in the New Jersey Second Congressional District is speaking within one week of the NJGOP filing, in conjunction with the Trump campaign its lawsuit against Phil Murphy.  This suit has the obvious attempt to suppress the Black vote in New Jersey by vitiation of the VBM option.

Approximately 13 percent of the residents of the Second Congressional District are Black.  Anything that increases their awareness of the Trump-Van Drew connection also increases their likelihood of voting for Kennedy – especially after the aforesaid NJGOP lawsuit.

If I were Amy Kennedy, I would get volunteers to pass out circulars in African-American areas of the Second Congressional District, urging the voters to watch Jeff Van Drew on television laud Donald Trump.  Amy’s election chances increase exponentially every day.

Kellyanne Conway, nee Kellyanne Fitzpatrick of Atco, New Jersey Departs the White House

The departure of Kellyanne as Counsellor to the President and her husband, George Conway as a principal in the Lincoln Project occurred on the same day that their 15-year-old daughter, Claudia expressed via Twitter her desire for emancipation.  This was cited by both George and Kellyanne as the principle factor in their political resignations.

As a father and grandfather, I sympathize with George and Kellyanne and wish them well.

Still, I can’t help but wonder why they have waited until now to resign.  I suspect that both of them have recently concluded that a Biden victory and the defeat of Trump is a foregone conclusion.  Thus, there is no purpose in continuing in their respective positions.

My other question:  Given her proximity to the White House center of decision-making, does Kellyanne have any information that may be of interest to federal prosecutors – especially with regard to her former cohort, Steve Bannon?

The Trump presidency is for certain almost over, but the Trump criminal investigations and prosecutions will continue.  Stay tuned.

 

Alan Steinberg served as Regional Administrator of Region 2 EPA during the administration of former President George W. Bush and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.

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