UPDATE: In the Harris County case, Judge Hanen has ordered that the 127,000+ drive-thru votes will be counted, and drive-thru voting can continue tomorrow. However, he also ordered that tomorrow’s drive-thru votes be put on a separate drive in the event of an appeal to the Fifth Circuit and/or Supreme Court. Foolishwatcher’s legal expert advises that if you have not voted yet, that you do so in-person, not drive-thru, if at all possible. As someone who voted in-person, I can attest they make it safe. Good luck and Godspeed.
It’s the Monday before Election Day. We’re going to get through this, y’all.
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Alright. Deep breaths. We’re either almost there or we are on the edge of a dangerous and chaotic precipice. I’m genuinely not sure which. But the President of the United States is out there saying that if he isn’t declared the winner on Election Night — something that never happens (we project a winner on Election night, we don’t officially declare a winner until a few weeks after Election Day) — he will send out his teams of lawyers to try to prevent legally valid ballots from being counted.
Full Trump quote:
"We'll see what happens at the end of the day [on Election Day]. Hopefully it won't go longer than that. Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won't be allowed by the various courts."
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) October 28, 2020
The quiet part, screamed: Trump tells reporters that "we're going to go in the night of, as soon as that election is over [in PA], we're going in with our lawyers … if people wanted to get their ballots in, they should have gotten their ballots in long before that." pic.twitter.com/sAMA0Pw6Tg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 1, 2020
This is not a drill.
This is how Trump could still try to steal the election if he loses on November 3 pic.twitter.com/WgecQppOpi
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 29, 2020
His side is clearly worried they don’t have the votes, and they are staging desperate stunts like organizing Trump Truck parades blocking traffic on major highways across the country.
lol they’re so bad at this https://t.co/jdvBnpXcnY
— Peter (@shadowfuzz) November 1, 2020
The Law and Order when it suits me Trump Train idiots are randomly shutting down the Garden State Parkway for absolutely no reason at all cause MAGA….
Interesting how there are no police shooting teargas and rubber bullets at them… I wonder why that is🤔 https://t.co/C3qIZRUzZH
— Hadley Sheley (@HadleySheley) November 1, 2020
Loop 610 Trump rally draws more than 1,300 vehicles https://t.co/lacaCvttBV
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) November 1, 2020
A second vehicle rally with about 200 cars & trucks is now making its way southbound on the 610 West Loop into the Galleria area and plans to circle the Loop freeway system.
Please avoid the 610 Loop and expect traffic delays for the next hour or so.#houtraffic #hounews
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 1, 2020
First of all, I am old enough to remember when protestors shutting down thoroughfares were considered “terrorists” by some on the other side, and it was enough provocation for the police and national guard to use tear gas and other violent means against them.
But second of all, these “caravans” are not meant to convince anyone to vote for President Fascist — if you get stuck on Loop 610 behind some dipshit driving a dualie with eight Trump flags flapping behind it, you’re not going to be inspired to vote for their guy. Instead, I suspect these “parades” were organized so that when the popular vote doesn’t swing in President Detestable’s favor, his supporters can scream “FRAUD!” and point to these images to show the “enthusiasm” for the Trump campaign and seed some sense of doubt on the actual results.
And speaking of dipshits in dualies with eight Trump flags driving recklessly around Texas, the big story from the election this weekend was how a bunch of President Right-Wing Terrorist’s supporters surrounded a Biden campaign bus, harassing it, and slowed down to either try to make it stop in the middle of the highway or force it off the road:
— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) November 1, 2020
One actually side-swiped a Biden campaign staffer’s car:
These tactics have no place in Texas, my home state, and no place in America.
Please vote. Please volunteer this weekend. The future of our democracy is at stake. pic.twitter.com/G0O4yg2vnJ
— Dr. Eric Cervini (@ericcervini) October 31, 2020
The Biden campaign canceled the Pflugerville event they were headed to when this happened, for obvious reasons. (Although, I genuinely wish they hadn’t. The only way to shut down these bullies is to stand up to them and not let them intimidate you with their dumb loud toys.)
President Caravan obviously thinks this is GREAT! and in general, the right is claiming that the trucks were just “escorting” the bus and the Biden campaign are being a bunch of whiny babies.
I LOVE TEXAS! pic.twitter.com/EP7P3AvE8L
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2020
Fortunately, the FBI doesn’t think this was just harmless fun and is looking into it, much to the irritation of President LAW AND ORDER!
In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA, who run around burning down our Democrat run cities and hurting our people! https://t.co/of6Lna3HMU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2020
The other stunt that the GOP is trying to pull here in Texas is disenfranchising some 127,000 Harris County voters on the eve of Election Day.
Harris County set up drive-thru voting and over one hundred thousand people took advantage of it. And now, because Harris County is a blue county, a GOP activist and some Republican candidates have sued in federal court to throw out all of those votes.
Some things you should note: Harris county received the Texas Secretary of State’s approval to set up drive-thru voting; Harris County used drive-thru voting in a runoff in July without complaint; other, redder counties had drive-thru voting for this election and no one sued them; and the very Republican Texas Supreme Court has ruled twice now that it’s fine.
A Harris County official told me they were “surprised” to find Republicans suing over the centers bc the party had been consulted extensively in their conception & design. See that fan? It’s there because Republicans asked for them, to prevent carbon monoxide buildup pic.twitter.com/NsScxFbSSe
— Molly Hensley-Clancy (@mollyhc) October 31, 2020
Another group the official said the drive-in centers had been helpful for: disabled folks and older people who didn’t walk well but still wanted to vote in person
These are the kinds of voters for whom showing up on Election Day will be difficult if the ballots are thrown out
— Molly Hensley-Clancy (@mollyhc) October 31, 2020
Taking this to a federal judge and saying that the states shouldn’t determine how elections are held is not exactly a traditionally conservative position. Then again, if the past four years have taught us anything, “traditionally conservative” means absolutely bupkis.
A hearing before a very partisan federal judge is taking place on this issue as I write this. I don’t know how it is going to turn out, but if you happened to vote drive-thru, I hope you plan to return to the polls tomorrow to cast a provisional ballot.
But please see these two events, the violent threat against the Biden bus and this effort to strip over one hundred thousand Texans of their vote, as part of the same GOP malady: a potent combination of insecurity and fear. These are acts of an insecure and terrified party suddenly watching their ill-gotten power slip away from them. They long betted on gerrymandering and voter suppression on keeping them in power.
They bet wrong.
One state I am a bit curious about is Texas. Our forecast has been pretty skeptical about Biden's chances there, expecting Trump to close well. But instead Biden got a decent run of polls there this weekend and it now it has him within ~1 point. https://t.co/486ZZ385cV pic.twitter.com/efAeDAaXaX
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 2, 2020
They’re losing, and instead of trying to come up with winning policies and platforms, instead of trying to win on ideas, they are choosing violent intimidation, cheating, and the shredding of democracy altogether.
Don’t despair. Vote. We have one more day to push this whole thing into the lane of inevitability and to avoid chaos and uncertainty, but only if people vote, and vote in numbers they can’t fuck with. Let’s do this thing.
Wow — a "Fire Fauci!" chant at the Trump rally
"Let me wait until a little after the election," Trump replies pic.twitter.com/bRHLqzzcRF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 2, 2020
Other fun things that President Psychopath said this weekend at his superspreader events: kids don’t get COVID-19, and that healthcare workers, somehow, are profiting off of COVID-19 deaths.
"Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that, right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people." — Trump pushes a baseless conspiracy that greedy American health care workers are overcounting coronavirus deaths pic.twitter.com/fsajGTvvN3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2020
I’ve already ranted about this as someone who grew up in a family full of doctors, but I want to make one more point about this completely insane allegation: it’s just one more example of President Superspreader encouraging and repeating anti-science and anti-elite conspiracies that appeal to the less educated and hyper-religious. It’s dangerous not just because it undermines people’s confidence in our health care system — DURING A PANDEMIC — but also because it intensifies the cultural divisions that we are going to be dealing with long after President Burn It All Down is gone.
Chances are, some of those people chanting “Fire Fauci!” at last night’s rally are going to catch COVID-19 from being there, some might actually die of it. A study has linked some 30,000 cases of corona to these rallies and at least 700 deaths.
My dad *sniff* died by face eating leopard. *dries eyes* We miss him *blows nose* soo much. But I'm still voting for the LEPFP. He would have wanted it that way.
— Spooky Empty Pants (@rubiconseaside) November 1, 2020
Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson reveals the right’s true beliefs: “a secular society cannot handle a pandemic like this, because a secular society denies that death is real.” Now, if I’m giving Tucker the benefit of the doubt, I think he means a secular society denies that death is inevitable, not “real.” But as a secularist monster, I would counter that what we believe is that some deaths related to COVID-19 were, of course, inevitable, but that most are — or were — preventable. Shame we didn’t even bother trying.
Across the pond, the U.K. is going on lockdown. Boris Johnson has recognized that the virus is raging out of control there. Fun fact! In the U.K., their deaths per one million is 687. Here in the States, it’s 713.
Kirstie, you are welcome to change the channel – just like countless viewers did every time “Veronica’s Closet” came on TV. But don’t downplay the loss of nearly 230K American lives. And please, wear a mask.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 30, 2020
All Other TV News
The Bob Ross Experience is a real thing in Indiana, and is that dose of happy little trees I think we could all use right about now.
While CBS has quite the roster of interconnected shows, no one has built quite the fictional universe as Dick Wolf. Related: on The Goldberg‘s season premiere, the Goldberg family flew to Miami on “Oceanic Airlines.” Does this mean The Goldbergs takes place in the same universe as Lost? Considering how much that show jumps around in the 80s, I would say absolutely, yes.
- Filthy Rich and neXt have both been canceled after one season on Fox.
- This Country, a mockumentary, has been given a series order at Fox.
- Activation, a disaster drama, and The Tempest, a conspiracy drama are being developed at CBS.
- The Princess has been ordered at Hulu.
- Beacon 23 has received an order at AMC.
- Harlot’s Ghost is being adapted into a TV series.
- Molly Shannon, Jon Gries, Jolene Purdy, Kekoa Kekumano, and Lukas Gage are joining The White Lotus on HBO.
- Sarah Drew is joining Cruel Summer on Freeform.
- Sophie Turner is joining the voice cast of The Prince on HBO Max.
- Odette Annable is joining Walker on The CW.
- Vondie Curtis-Hall and Gabriel Sloyer are joining Triage on ABC.
- Rachel Keller is replacing Odessa Young on Tokyo Vice on HBO Max.
- Jacques Colimon has joined the cast of The Sky Is Everywhere for Apple TV+.
Mark Your Calendar
- Transhood will debut on HBO on November 12.
- I Hate Suzie will stream on HBO Max on November 19.
— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 30, 2020
- The Witcher will return on Netflix sometime in 2021.
- The Disney Holiday Singalong will air on ABC on November 30.
- Chappelle’s Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, Nathan for You, and Reno 911 are now available to stream on HBO Max.
- Josh Gates Tonight will debut on Discovery Channel on November 11.
- iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One will air on The CW on December 14.
Sean Connery, Oscar-winning movie star, and the original James Bond
Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed. pic.twitter.com/VaFPHCM5Ou
— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean . RIP that great man , that great actor . https://t.co/W8MQrFYlJ0
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) October 31, 2020
Sean Connery A Great Star, Brilliant Actor and a wonderful friend. The Man Who Would Be King was THE KING
— Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) October 31, 2020
Sorry to hear of the passing of #SeanConnery, my condolences to his family. Always loved doing my silly impressions of him, RIP 🙏🏻
“Mr Connery you wear me out!“
“You didn’t say that last night when I was pumping moo goo gai pan all over your tonsils!”pic.twitter.com/v1lUYS0MFV
— Darrell Hammond (@DarrellCHammond) October 31, 2020
Eddie Hassell, Actor on Surface and Devious Maids
Nikki McKibbin, American Idol season one finalist
David Rodriguez, Producer and director on The Chi
Nate Burrell, A star of the docuseries 60 Days In
Charles Gordon, Producer of a number of movies, including Field of Dreams and Die Hard
The Good Doctor: Dr. Shaun and the team deal with COVID-19 in the season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
The 2020 SNL Election Special: Remember Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush and how we used to think he was the worst president of our lifetimes? LOL, good times. 9 p.m., NBC
Below Deck: The charter season is already in question when Captain Lee is sent to the hospital, and it’s only the first episode, you guys! Season premiere. 8 p.m., Bravo
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Anthony Anderson, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown featuring Killer Mike & Big Rube
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Mulaney
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Oliver, JoJo
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Pete Buttigieg, Travis
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: John Lithgow, Freddie Highmore, Giveon
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Andy Daly
- Watch What Happens Live: Eddie Lucas, Francesca Rubi
|ABC||Dancing With the Stars
|The Good Doctor
|CBS||The Price is Right At Night
|CW||Whose Line is it Anyway?
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|Penn & Teller: Try This At Home Too
|The 2020 SNL Election Special