No wonder Donald Trump lost

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– Huge rally crowd size has never been an indicator of voter turnout. It didn’t work for Eugene Debs when he drew huge crowds in 1912, or for Wendell Willkie when he drew huge crowds in 1944; they both got blown out. Trump drew crowds in 2016, but he lost by three million votes. Not sure why anyone thought crowd size would be an indicator of voter turnout in 2020. It’s a reminder that even after four years in power, Trump and his acolytes still don’t know how politics works. No wonder he lost.

– Speaking of Trump losing, it’s clear now that Vladimir Putin simply didn’t have the muscle this time around to pull off rigging the election for Trump again. Putin is certainly a far more savvy and powerful villain than Trump ever was. But it’s time we stop thinking of Putin as an all-powerful supervillain. His capabilities are clearly finite as well. In the end, no one has a magic wand.

– Twitter deserves credit for the system of warning labels that it’s been affixing to Donald Trump’s false and misleading tweets for the past ten days. But there has to be more to it now, right? Did Twitter think ahead to what it would do if Trump just kept tweeting false things despite the warning labels? At some point Twitter has to escalate the penalties against Trump, because they’re not working.

   

– After four years, do you know how nice it is to finally go into a Friday night without having to worry about what crazy stupid crap the President of the United States is going to pull as the night goes on?

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