November 5th, 2020 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Sacred Fire of Liberty!
It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
Trump Campaign: We Won Pennsylvania, On Track to Win Re-election by End of the Week President Donald Trump’s campaign on Wednesday announced they had won the state of Pennsylvania and were on track to win both Arizona and the president’s reelection by the end of the week. “We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said on Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. Currently, President Trump holds a margin of about 454,000 votes in Pennsylvania and 1.12 million votes are still outstanding. For Biden to win, the campaign estimated, he would need to win 78 percent of the remaining votes. Stepien noted that there were still 170,000 votes in Philadelphia County, and 61,000 in Montgomery County, both of which favored Biden. But there were still a lot of votes coming from “Trump Country” areas of Pennsylvania such as York County, Butler County, and Blair County. The Trump campaign announced a press conference for Wednesday afternoon with Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Former Mayor of New YorkCity Rudy Giuliani, Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and campaign Senior Advisor Corey Lewandowski to make sure all the votes cast were legal.
Pollsters, once again, are utterly, completely wrong CNN’s notables, in early morning discussion of election results, nodded and smiled when the subject of polling came up, and pundit S.E. Cupp said this: “I want to caution against calling the death of polling just yet.” Wrong. It is the death of polling. It’s time for the burial. On Monday, Monmouth had Democrat Joe Biden beating President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, 51 to 44. By 7 points. On Monday, CNBC/Change Research had Biden beating Trump 51 to 44 in Michigan. By 7 points. Reuters/Ipsos had Biden beating Trump in the general election 52 to 45. By 7 points. CNBC/Change Research had Biden beating Trump in the general election 52 to 42. By 10 points. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa was a goner. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was a has-been. Sen. Susan Collins in Maine was no more. Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina hadn’t a chance. And surprise, surprise — to the pollsters, anyway: Republican Tommy Tuberville in Alabama defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Doug Jones. That wasn’t supposed to happen. Neither was the tight Trump-Biden race. Biden, depending on the month and week of polling, depending on the polling firm, depending on how his fawning supporters in the media spun it — Biden had upwards of 15-point leads in some spots, had double-digit leads in others, had comfortably wide single-digit margin leads in still others.
The left just got crushed When every legally cast vote has been counted, Joe Biden will probably have prevailed in enough states to claim victory in the presidential race, perhaps even ending up with a few more Electoral Votes than Donald Trump managed to earn four years ago. That means Trump will probably be out, defeated in his bid for re-election. But this is not a moment for Democrats to celebrate. In the expectations game, the Democratic Party whiffed and whiffed badly. The Biden campaign and its allies managed to drive up turnout — but so did Trump. Republicans put up a hell of a fight, and not just, or even mainly, in the battle for the White House. Democrats have almost certainly failed to win a Senate majority, and so far they have lost some ground in the House as well (while still on track to maintain control of the lower chamber of Congress). That means that Biden is on track to be a weak, ineffectual president governing at the mercy of Mitch McConnell’s Machiavellian machinations. So much for the Democratic fantasy — the one that seemingly never dies — of unobstructed rule. Democrats didn’t just want to win and govern in the name of a deeply divided nation’s fractured sense of the common good. No, they wanted to lead a moral revolution, to transform the country — not only enacting a long list of new policies, but making a series of institutional changes that would entrench their power far into the future. Pack the Supreme Court. Add left-leaning states. Break up others to give the left huge margins in the Senate. Get rid of the Electoral College. Abolish the police. Rewrite the nation’s history, with white supremacy and racism placed “at the very center.” Ensure “equity” not just in opportunity but in outcomes. Hell, maybe they’d even establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to teach everyone who voted for or supported the 45th president just how evil they really are.
GOP Senate wins wreak havoc on Biden transition plans Republicans’ likely hold on the Senate is forcing Joe Biden’s transition team to consider limiting its prospective Cabinet nominees to those who Mitch McConnell can live with, according to people familiar with the matter. Why it matters: The new Senate political math could dash the ambitions of some Democrats, including those who have clashed with Republicans.
- It could push Biden to go with more centrist options, like Lael Brainard for Treasury or Tony Blinken for State, sources tell Axios.
- Susan Rice and Stacey Abrams could be early casualties, depending on McConnell’s posture.
- But it could also open paths for others, like Sen. Chris Coons, who could benefit from a tradition of senatorial courtesy for quick confirmations of nominees within its ranks.
A source close to McConnell tells Axios a Republican Senate would work with Biden on centrist nominees but no “radical progressives” or ones who are controversial with conservatives.
- The Biden agenda would be severely restricted by GOP control, the source added: “It’s going to be armed camps.”
The state of play: The process is in its early stages as Biden officials await final numbers on the size of the majority, and any potential signals from McConnell about whether he’ll fight every nominee or focus on one or two examples.
- Traditionally, an incoming president is given wide berth to pick his desired team.
Biden Faces Prospect of Gridlock Presidency After Party Losses Joe Biden may have the inside track on Donald Trump to win the White House, but his party’s otherwise poor performance on Election Night sets up a gridlock presidency, with faint hopes of achieving liberal policy aspirations. If he prevails, Biden would become the first president since George H.W. Bush to enter office without control of both the House and Senate — promising him at least two years of stasis and gridlock. In the immediate term, there will be little incentive for Republicans to give in on the sweeping coronavirus stimulus package Democrats hoped a big election victory could secure. But that battle would likely be the first in a string of GOP efforts to stifle a Biden administration at every turn. There’s virtually no chance a Mitch McConnell-led Republican Senate would approve Biden’s planned tax hike on the wealthy and corporations, much less a $2 trillion plan to fight climate change he hoped the new revenue would fund. Nor is a GOP Senate likely to entertain expanding access to government health care programs, overhauling the nation’s immigration system, or a major infrastructure package.
Tea Party Patriots to Hold ‘Protect the Vote Protests’ Across Country on Thursday Tea Party Patriots is holding “Protect the Vote” protests in battleground states across the country on Thursday, as votes are being counted in the presidential election. There are four happening in Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; Detroit, Michigan; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to a Tea Party Patriots press release. Tea Party Patriots said in the release: Please recruit other Trump supporters to come as well. This is important. It is important that election officials see the public pressure to ensure that we have a valid and legitimate count of the vote. If the public is deemed to not care, it will be immensely easier for nefarious things to happen,The slogan of the Washington Post is: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Ironically, if patriots don’t show up and make their voices heard, The Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets will let our democratic process of selecting the President of the United States die in darkness. Let’s be the light. The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia to demand better access for campaign observers at locations whether ballots are being counted.
Election fraud, COVID, currency reset So far, the most specific and potentially damaging charge from the Trump team is: on election night, 138,000 votes for Biden in Michigan suddenly showed up, and at the same time no new votes were recorded for Trump. The NY Times denies this happened. Instead, the Times claims, there was a typo. An extra zero was added to the end of those Biden votes. Actually, the new chunk of votes for Biden should have been 13,800. There’s only one problem with that claim. Even 13,800 votes in a row for Biden, without any change in Trump’s total, would be ridiculous. Also, the Times states that the typo-error in Michigan was corrected, as soon as it was found. I was watching network coverage of the election off and on, during the first long night of the election, and I saw no announcement from the networks that a mistake had been made in the Biden count in Michigan. I may have missed that announcement, but I’d think it would have been a big story and repeated often by the networks. Bottom line: very strange. Makes no sense. Whether it’s 138,000 or 13,800 votes in a row for Biden, this is an issue that should be investigated to the hilt. The question is, does Trump really have the organized legal team to do it? And is that team filing compelling motions in several states to challenge the vote-count process? Will those motions contain enough evidence to work their way to the Supreme Court, if necessary?
Hour 2 Special Guest – Julie Dean Richards
Julie Dean Richards started her journey to helping others communicate in a better way with a bachelors in interpersonal communication and research from BYU-Idaho. She has been working in the research field since college, with more than 6 years of experience. She has spent much of her career doing research fulfillment, consultation, and design for corporate entities such as Google, Amazon and Nike as well as prestigious schools like Harvard, Yale and Stanford. While working at Qualtrics, she had the opportunity to give seminars on, and work in relationship management and communication strategies for her team and the company as a whole while working on the council for working women. After leaving Qualtrics, she served as the director of research for a small nonprofit, where she designed and headed the research used to help municipalities communicate and advocate in a mutually beneficial way. She now teaches courses about recognizing good research and how to communicate about health freedom, vaccines, and other controversial issues without damaging relationships or inciting anger while getting your message to stick.
Lancet Study Suggests U.S. Is Massively Undercounting Covid-19 Cases While most Americans have their eyes focused squarely on the results of the Presidential election, there’s another number that we should be careful not to lose sight of: the skyrocketing number of new SARS-CoV-2 infections across the US. Over the past week, the country has seen record highs, with almost 100,000 new cases every single day. Those numbers are distressing enough, but the real number of new infections is likely much, much higher—far closer to a million newly infected each day than one hundred thousand. Most will never know they were infected, likely spreading the infection to family and friends as well as to strangers encountered while not wearing a mask. A recent Lancet study suggests we are grossly undercounting the number of Americans with Covid-19. Researchers examined data from 28,000 patients who received dialysis in July and were tested monthly for a variety of markers, including for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The routine testing gave the researchers a regular, unbiased assessment of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in the random sampling of patients. What they found was that roughly ten percent of patients had antibodies to the virus, but only 9.2% of that group had been officially diagnosed.
Everyone’s Life is at Stake Now: Don’t Get Distracted by Politics As Americans are fixated on the U.S. elections, which it appears will dominate the corporate news cycle for days on end now, the truly big story is not what is happening here in the U.S., but across the pond in the U.K. where the medical tyrants try to force a second lockdown on its citizens today (November 5th). Samuel May of Off-Guardian reports: SO, DURING ‘PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS, 31 OCTOBER 2020’, THE USUAL TRIO OF JOHNSON, WHITTY AND VALLANCE ‘DID THEIR THING’ ONCE AGAIN, AND SOLD US A LIE.We were shown some graph projections, made by the same people who were wrong in all their previous graph projections and which lacked any context whatsoever (like, for instance, what did last autumn’s hospital admissions look like by comparison?). Yet these graphs were nevertheless unanimously and alarmingly clear, apparently: We’re all terribly, terribly at risk from the RONA, don’t you know, and we need a further 4 weeks of lockdown. Johnson said: “From Thursday until the start of December, you must stay at home.” (Read the full article at Off-Guardian.) The second lockdowns are scheduled for here in the U.S. as well, by the tyrannical medical oligarchy, and no matter who is crowned President of the U.S., all these political medical authorities will keep their jobs which many of them have had for decades, as they watch presidents come and go.
Denmark, Fearing New Vaccine-Threatening Coronavirus Strain, Orders Cull Of 17 Million Minks Denmark’s prime minister has ordered the culling of up to 17 million mink, the country’s entire herd, amid fears the animals will transmit a dangerous new coronavirus strain back to humans that could threaten the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines in development. Minks appear to be particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, with outbreaks tearing through herds around the world which, in some cases, make the move back into human populations. This kind of disease transmission can be quite dangerous — and it’s how Covid-19 initially moved into humans — because when pathogens cross the species barrier they can present something novel, and challenging, to the immune system, which may struggle to adapt to the new threat. Prime minister Mette Frederiksen described the threat from the mutated virus—which she says has already been found in 12 people in the country’s north—as “very, very serious” with potentially “devastating consequences worldwide.”