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Election Day is 3 Weeks Away — Imagining a Post-Trump (and McConnell) America

This week on democracy-ish, there are fewer than 20 days to go until the election ends, and the race is a hot mess.

  • If the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court teaches Democrats anything, it’s that waiting for permission doesn’t accomplish shit.

  • It’s time for Dems to get tougher on a whole bunch of fronts. Toure wants them to “make justice moves, not gangster moves.”

  • If things go well for Joe Biden over the next three weeks, a lot of Trump administration staffers are going to be looking for new work soon. Let’s hope they’re making license plates.

What’s worse? NBC rewarding Trump for avoiding the next debate by giving Trump an hour-long town hall –– at the same time as Joe Biden? Amy Coney Barrett’s refusal to answer any substantive questions? Trump's epic failure on COVID, exacerbated by his seemingly miraculous recovery and a fuckton of steroids? Or his lack of an argument for why he should be reelected?

“It's hard to pick which one is making me more infuriated,” says Danielle.

“If Trump had actually done his job, and combated coronavirus … rather than constantly pretending nothing to see here, he might be reelected,” says Toure. “But now Senate Republicans don't want to consider a stimulus bill, because they expect Trump will lose. That bill would help President Biden, especially at the beginning of his term.”

They’d rather see American voters suffer –– ”which is disgusting, but it's the kind of craven politics they’ve been playing throughout the McConnell era,” he adds.

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‘Amy COVID Barrett’

“I'm drowning in the hypocrisy of the rush to confirm Amy COVID Barrett,” says Toure.

Danielle was disgusted by her “even tone” –– while we know “she's gonna rip away health care and she doesn't believe in a woman's right to choose, because she had five kids and adopted two. So why can't every woman do that?”

It’s galling when we remember that Republicans refused to confirm Merrick Garland with about 300 days until the election.

“But this is three minutes before the election. People are already voting. All the anger we have toward Trump, we should train even more of it toward Mitch McConnell, because he has been a significantly evil figure in the destruction of democratic norms.”

Democrats need to learn a lesson from this era, says Danielle. “When you have power, go fucking HAM. Don't wait for permission; don't look for collaboration. Look 10, 20, 30 years down the road.”

That’s what Republicans have been doing for decades, she adds.

“You want to be them?” asks Toure.

‘Strategic and surgical thugs’

That gets an unequivocal yes from Danielle.

“Here's why: Because Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education and Obergefell –– all of these Supreme Court cases folks would like to believe are settled law, are not. Democrats don't do a good job talking about the importance of the courts.”

Plus, she adds, “they allowed Mitch McConnell to upend the power of the executive branch, as long as it was being occupied by a Black man … If you want equity and justice, you have to fucking fight for it. Power is not granted, it is taken.”

“I want a stronger, tougher Democratic Party,” says Toure. “But I don't know if I want to turn into the blue version of the GOP. I don't want to be part of a side that mistreats the country, its traditions and its democracy, the way they do.”

But he thinks the measures Dems should take –– like adding to the Supreme Court, and pushing for Puerto Rican and DC statehood, could restore some balance to this country.

“Those are justice moves, not gangster moves,” he says.

“I think that you can be an absolute strategic and fucking surgical thug,” Danielle replies.

Smash, grab and stack the courts

Republicans are “doing a smash and grab job right now,” Danielle says. She wishes that, during the Obama administration, Democrats would have fought in the courts nearly as hard as Trump is –– “us