Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 18, 2:41 PM: Does he look like he's ever set foot inside of a YMCA?
Oct 18, 3:16 PM: Virtual Halloween ride! This site makes it easy to see where we stand on COVID-19 with in depth but easily consumable data. Viewer discretion advised.
Oct 18, 4:38 PM: In response to a tweet from Eric Trump that said "The salary of a U.S. Senator is $174,000 per year. This is Joe Biden’s house.... seems legit" Not sure what's worse, the fact that this is a lie, or the fact that you, of all people, would complain about seemingly misvalued real estate. And then, RPS says Speaking of stupidity, you've got a long list of tweets spreading Russian propaganda. That's what they call an opportunity for improvement.
Oct 18, 7:35 PM: In response to a tweet that said "Trump’s Team is BEGGING him to PLEASE not be himself during the debate on Thursday night in a desperate bid to woo the sane & decent people he needs.": To be fair, most people have been begging him to please not be himself during any and all waking hours, ever.
Oct 18, 10:01 PM: In response to a tweet from Ivanka Trump that said "Party Foul : Yes, that's exactly the depth of your thinking on all this governmenting stuff and recklessly hosting COVID super spreader events.
Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 19, 8:50 AM: Linked to a Politico article with the headline "The nagging unknowns that have Democrats sweating a Trump upset": Flagging “clear warning signs” for Biden, one prominent strategist circulated a memo among Democrats earlier this month citing increasing registration of white, non-college educated voters — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Oct 19, 10:00 AM: Linked to a Politico article with the headline "'He was having fun': Lara Trump defends president's attack on Whitmer": Those words are inspiring terrorists. Anyone who feels that is fun is unworthy of the office.
Oct 19, 11:00 AM: Now that he's convinced himself that he's immune to COVID, he's more reckless than ever. "It's over. We're moving on."
Oct 19, 6:00 PM: Attached to a picture of an envelope being put in a ballot box: Nothing to see here, just another Republican casting a ballot with a vote for Joe Biden.
Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 20, 8:31 AM: Linked to a Fox News article with the headline "Michael Flynn endorses Doug Collins in Georgia Senate race": That's not concerning at all...
Oct 20, 10:00 AM: Nothing has really changed. New polling shows GA tilting red by a hair, as expected, with AZ, IA, and WI momentum trending closer to red at a pace that suggests a good likelihood they'll be there at the end.
Oct 20, 10:30 AM: In response to an ad pleading for people to be civil (the candidates for Utah Governor):
This is the kind of leadership Americans deserve at every level of government. See also rest of the thread for second ad committing to upholding election results.
Oct 20, 12:00 PM: There seems to be some confusion about some basics when it comes to elections and process, so let's clarify:
NATIONAL POLLS ARE MEANINGLESS!
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE TOTALS ARE MEANINGLESS!
Hope this helps.
Oct 20, 12:24 PM: In response to a tweet that said "Here is Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda, in full uniform with badge and gun wearing his Trump mask inside of the polling location in government center. This is city funded voter intimidation. Ubeda should be suspended immediately.": Actually, more info is needed. Was he there after finishing a work shift, so he could vote? Or was he there in conjunction w/ his official duties? Was he on duty and passing through for no apparent reason? Off hand, anyone know FL electioneering laws?
Oct 20, 1:33 PM: In response to a tweet that said "Yesterday the city of miami said they were mobilizing police to polling locations to “reassure” voters and concerns were raised because this exact sort of thing. These rogue cops can’t be trusted to do this because they always think the rules don’t apply to them." If this is true, then the public REALLY needs to hear more.
Oct 20, 4:00 PM: In response to an NBC Miami article with the headline "Miami PD to Discipline Officer Photographed Wearing Pro-Trump Mask at Polling Location": Based on latest info, Ubeda was at polling spot to vote. So this will be a disciplinary matter. If any witnesses come forward to indicate he conduct wasn't consistent with voting (ex: loitering and not going through line), that would be another matter.
Oct 20, 7:01 PM: Linked to a CBN video with the explanation "Pat Robertson reports that he has been told by God that Trump will win reelection...and it will bring about the beginning of the End Times.": Ahem....
Oct 20, 7:28 PM: Retweeting and Oct 11 Rogue POTUS Staff tweet: Remember, when he talks about getting sick as a blessing from god, COVID as a purifier, medicines being miracles, etc, he's talking to segment of the people who *want* to believe the Book of Revelation will play out in their lifetime.
Oct 20, 8:00 PM: In response to a tweet by Jacob Soboroff saying "BREAKING: Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by the Trump administration.": A foundation of conservatism is that government tends to be too incompetent to take on the kind of grand, large scale projects it might wish. This tragedy highlights that. How profound the cruelty must be by those in the GOP who have sacrificed their principles to support this.
Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 21, 8:00 AM: America, meet Electoral College. Say hi, Electoral College.
*Hi Electoral College*
Electoral College doesn't give a care about the popular vote. You can hate Electoral College if you want. But you better respect Electoral College. Because if you don't, your opponent will.
Oct 21, 10:00 AM: McConnell isn't exactly in the dog house, but he's trying the President's nerves. POTUS had wanted to sign a stimulus on Nov 2, so the sense of relief is fresh in people's minds when the vote the next day.
Oct 21, 12:00 PM: In response to a tweet from Donald Trump that said "Remember, BIDEN is going to raise your taxes at a level never seen before. This will not only be very costly for you, it will destroy our economy, which is coming back very rapidly." Then again $2000 is a level you've never seen before, so it's hard to take you seriously on this.
Re: Media Oct 21, 10:00 AM: McConnell isn't exactly in the dog house, but he's trying the President's nerves. POTUS had wanted to sign a stimulus on Nov 2, so the sense of relief is fresh in people's minds when the vote the next day.
Problem is, McConnell can't get a whole bunch of his own caucus to vote in favor of it, so if he brings it to the floor it will pass with all Democrats and a smattering of Republicans voting for it. In other words, it would be the Democrats' stimulus package, not Trump's or the rest of the Republicans'.
Re: Media Yes.... The number someone was talking about last night was 20. McConnell has a solid 20 Republicans who will not vote for ANYTHING he brings to the floor to stimulate the economy and help people who are suffering. NOW they're worried about the deficit???
Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 22, 7:00 AM: Linked to an Independent article with the headline "Man charged with threatening to kidnap Joe Biden and Kamala Harris": We need to heal.
Oct 22, 10:00 AM: Linked to a Politico article with the headline "An angry Azar floats plans to oust FDA's Hahn": Hahn won't allow a political approval of a vaccine, and now poor Azar agonizes over not being able to fire him until after the election, at best. So let's make things easier for Azar. A Biden win in two weeks will make his struggles moot.
Oct 22, 12:00 PM: In response to a photo and tweet that said: "Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?
It's normally poor form to question someone's upbringing. But if you have to ask this question, then your parents failed. After all, it's not like he said that Hunter is a hot piece of ass that he'd be dating him if he could. [Note: If kissing your son on the cheek is "inappropriate", then call ME inappropriate, because I kiss my sons on the cheek all the time.]
Oct 22, 2:00 PM: Remember that Giuliani's had that copy of the purported Hunter Biden hard drive for about a year.
Oct 22, 4:00 PM: Linked to a Guardian article with the headline "Trump's Twitter hacked after Dutch researcher claims he guessed password": Now that this is public...Ask yourselves how can this man be trusted to protect America when he can't even be bothered to protect his own Twitter account?
Oct 22, 5:00 PM: In response to a tweet that said "John Ratcliffe serving as DNI is equivalent to the late Jeffrey Epstein serving as a high school principal. It’s a disaster in the making, a web of deceit, and puts everyone in danger.": Truth. Let's all remember that he was re-nominated after the first attempt failed because 1) he's unqualified and lacks relevant experience, and 2) it was obvious to everyone that he would be just another sycophant politicizing intel.
Oct 22, 6:00 PM: Smart move by Obama. Realizing that POTUS was going to use "Beijing Biden" as a sound byte during the debate, 44 beat 45 to the punch. This way, instead of sounding clever, POTUS would have to instead sound like he's stealing from Obama. And he won't want to validate Obama.
Oct 22, 6:30 PM: In response to a video: Here and a tweet saying "Hey, guys - watch Watch Hallie Jackson stuff Hogan Gidley into a locker when he starts spewing voter fraud conspiracies...": Here's the funny thing: Hallie Jackson speaks, shall we say, gently, when she's on air. Off air, she can be rather unfiltered. So really, this is her being nice to Hogan.
Oct 22, 7:00 PM: Linked to video of Nikki Haley and a tweet that said "A confused Nikki Haley says they have the right to ask about the President’s relationship with China and how much money he’s taken from China"
Oct 22, 8:30 PM: The idea of winning or losing debates is misguided, at best, but likely is damaging. It wrongly contributes to the idea of politics as a spectator blood sport. Two candidates tell you how they see a series of issues, and you make a voting choice. It's as simple as that.
Oct 22, 9:20 PM: We won't have a country anymore at the rate people are dying from COVID.
Oct 22, 10:15 PM: Every time he says it's China's fault COVID came to America, he admits that his decision to ban travel from China (and only China) was an entirely inadequate (as experts advised it would be).
Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 23, 12:56 AM: All that wasted energy preemptively trashing Kristen Welker, and she just turned herself into the gold standard. Idiots...
Oct 23, 10:00 AM: How soon is too soon to start packing your desk, without looking suspicious?
Oct 23, 3:00 PM: We can all agree that POTUS is the world's greatest expert in wind. He's got it in the bag.
Oct 23, 5:00 PM: The two candidates gave you a clear choice on the pandemic. One promises to lead, the other promises to wait for it to fix itself. You choose, America.
Oct 23, 6:00 PM: There is nothing extraordinary about Biden's plan to deal with COVID. A high schooler could have turned it in as a homework assignment and gotten a B. But it will be effective. Yet POTUS has found a way to achieve a failure that was more difficult than success.
Rogue POTUS Staff Oct 24, 12:24 AM: Referring to the lawyer letter threatening a libel suit against The Lincoln Project: Political speech is the most protected speech under our constitution. These jerks chose to take on political appointments. They deserve every ounce of criticism for the ineptitude and malice with which they've carried out those roles.
Re: Media (CNN) - Conservative New Hampshire paper backs Biden -- its first Democratic endorsement in 100 years
The New Hampshire Union Leader, a conservative-leaning newspaper, has endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden for president, despite its century-long history of backing Republicans. In backing Biden, the newspaper endorsed its first Democratic candidate in over 100 years.
"Building this country up sits squarely within the skill set of Joseph Biden. We have found Mr. Biden to be a caring, compassionate and professional public servant," the Union Leader editorial board wrote on Sunday. "He has repeatedly expressed his desire to be a president for all of America, and we take him at his word."
The paper's editorial board did however highlight what it calls "significant" policy disagreements with Biden, which the board says it expects to spend a "portion of the next four years disagreeing with."
"Joe Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need," the editorial continued. "He will be a president to bring people together and right the ship of state."
Re: Media You liked all of those Lincoln Project ads? Looks like there may be plenty more where they came from.
Scoop: The Lincoln Project is becoming a media business Sara Fischer - Axios
The Lincoln Project is looking to beef up its media business after the election, sources tell Axios.
Driving the news: The group recently signed with the United Talent Agency (UTA) to help build out Lincoln Media and is weighing offers from different television studios, podcast networks and book publishers.
Why it matters: Lincoln's plan is part of the new trend of activists developing massive audiences for political influence that they are then able to spin into commercial media success.
Flashback: After the 2016 campaign, former Obama staffers launched Crooked Media, which now boasts a sprawling network of podcasts, streaming video, live tours and events.
Catch up quick: The Lincoln group, which is run by prominent "Never-Trumper" Republicans like Ron Steslow, Rick Wilson, George Conway, Jennifer Horn, Reed Galen, Mike Madrid and Steve Schmidt, has transformed from an election-focused advertising PAC into a media company with millions of followers.
Already, its main account boasts a following bigger than the GOP's main account and the main accounts of groups like Crooked Media on Twitter.
To date, it has focused its media efforts mostly on podcasts and streaming, with some experiments in newsletters and enormous success selling merchandise.
"As a media business, we're putting a pretty big bet on the idea that they know how to get audiences," says Ra Kumar, a UTA agent representing Lincoln Project.
Kumar notes that the level of outreach UTA has received about Hollywood firms wanting to work with the project has been unprecedented.
To that end, the group recently launched a new ad campaign promoting a music video it made for Demi Lovato’s new song, “Commander in Chief."
Details: The group, formed in late 2019, has been approached by several media and entertainment companies and podcast platforms looking to launch franchises from its brand.
The company is currently working with a documentarian and a motion picture producer to create a non-fiction film after the election.
It's also attracted interest from TV studios looking to work with the Lincoln Project to help develop a "House of Cards"-like fiction series.
One source notes that a few linear TV networks have indicated interest in having Lincoln Project's streaming show "LPTV" on their networks.
UTA has also signed the group to work with Fletcher and Co., a literary management company, to land book deals.
By the numbers: The Lincoln Project's current media efforts were never meant to be spun out into independent media ventures, but they've grown quickly enough to catch the attention of Hollywood heavyweights.
The Lincoln Project podcast, which launched in mid-June, has consistently been ranked as one of the top podcasts on Apple in news and politics. It sees roughly 1.5 million downloads per month, and is on track to hit 2 million downloads in October.
LPTV, which streams on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, includes two shows, "The Breakdown," hosted by senior advisor Tara Setmayer and co-founder Rick Wilson, and" Vote for America," hosted by co-founder Jennifer Horn. The company says it had 16 million views so far across both shows.
Its gear store has already fulfilled 70,000 orders accounting for more than $1.8 million in total sales through mid-October, $670,000 of which the group says is profit.
In terms of staffing, the group has 4 full-time staffers working on its podcast, and several more working on its TV shows.
Between the lines: The group has poured millions of dollars into pithy anti-Trump advertising spots, all of which have been produced in-house.
Its media success has helped it secure record levels of fundraising, making it one of the top outside spenders of the 2020 election. Those media channels have also helped it lure thousands of small-dollar donations from fans, which is notable, given that most big political PACs are floated almost exclusively by donors with big pockets.
Be smart: For the Lincoln Project, becoming a media entity happened serendipitously, but it's been helpful in accomplishing its advocacy goals nonetheless.
"We discovered in doing research that voters are getting lots of information from streaming and podcasts," says Rick Wilson, veteran Republican strategist and co-founder of the Lincoln Project.
"We decided to build those things as advocacy vectors. We didn't set out to become a media company, but we've inadvertently become a content creation machine."
Yes, but: The company will face new scrutiny as it further explores media.
Already, it's being criticized by the online left for stealing memes without attribution.
Its brand of Republicanism may have a limited future in a country where Trump has long commanded unquestioning support from vast swathes of the GOP.
It may also have difficulty sustaining interest after Election Day.
What's next: For now, the group's immediate focus is next week's election. But in its effort to defeat "Trumpism," a culture of blind loyalty to the president, the group says it will be pushing harder into media products that help it speak to centrists.
"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." - Bullwinkle Moose
You liked all of those Lincoln Project ads? Looks like there may be plenty more where they came from.
I raise one skeptical eyebrow.
One of the reasons their ads are so punchy, one of them said (maybe it was Steve Schmidt, I forget) is that they don't have a client who demands more of this or less of that, and they can say what they want.
If they go commercial and have clients, will that take out some of their punch?
Re: Media Won't that depend on their contracts with their clients?
I was wondering how effective they would be after election day, if Biden wins. But I read further. Their purpose seems to be to rescue the Republican Party from Trumpism. Is that right? Don't they want the Republican Party to be the way it was before Trump? (If so, they must be missing the fact that the logical conclusion of what the Republican Party was before Trump was Trumpism.)
Re: Media Yes, Belle and Brick. I think this COULD be the vehicle that drives a rebirth of the Republican Party. After all, some of the leaders of the Lincoln Project argue that the Republican Party left them; others still claim to remain in the Republican Party, but are trying to get "Trumpism" out of it.
It will be interesting to see where this goes after the election. A lot of their financial support has come from Democrats, and if the Lincoln Project starts opposing a President Biden in order to become a more moderate Republican policy, they'll lose that support....