… and welcome to another day of coverage of US politics, the coronavirus outbreak in the US and the politics of the coronavirus outbreak in the US – which are, as ever, inter-twined and all-consuming.
On Saturday Trump supporters came to Washington, Trump left Washington, to play golf, and at the end of the day Johns Hopkins University had counted 166,000 or more new Covid cases countrywide.
Trump is refusing to concede defeat to Joe Biden, who won the electoral college by 306-232, as it happens the same result which when it went his way, over Hillary Clinton, Trump called a landslide. Trump’s legal efforts to scrap counts in key states are going nowhere, Biden will be inaugurated on 20 January, but Trump is stretching it out.
Welcome to the dark, damp farce of US politics in the fall of 2020.
Instead of working on his concession speech, or allowing for a proper transition of power, or even basic national security briefings for the new guy, or even working strenuously to contain those ballooning Covid numbers, Trump is holed up at the White House … doing this:
Attacking Fox News is Trump’s current thing. Fox News has pushed back, at least when it comes to questioning its ratings, if not when it comes to pushing out promo videos blaring Trump’s election conspiracy theories to the masses.
It seems almost beside the point out that Trump has not tagged the real Alfred E Neuman, meaning the differently spelled MAD magazine mascot, meaning not a real person at all, in his attempt to insult former South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, a regular Fox News guest recently, and celebrated for it by liberals.
The user behind this account named for “Alfred E Newman” describes his or herself as a “lover of music, boxing and bike racing. Lifelong Leeds Utd fan. Occasionally confused and continually demented self opinionated tit”.
No further questions, your honour.
Much more of rather more weighty import to come. Here’s some further reading about Trump and Fox News: