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  • -Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another

  • attic show without tacos.

  • And I say without tacos.

  • Because that's an anagram for addict shows.

  • And personally, I think coming up with anagrams

  • is a fun way to pass time during a pandemic --

  • denim cap, which is a good one

  • because maybe the only thing worse than wearing

  • a denim cap is going through a pandemic. See?

  • Aren't anagrams more fun than baking a loaf of sour dough

  • or noon day rye, which is an anagram for Andy Rooney,

  • who I realize I'm starting to sound like.

  • Have you ever noticed how anagrams are just

  • the same letters in a different order?

  • But look, I'm not here to talk about Portland mud.

  • I'm here to talk about Donald Trump.

  • Because the president and his political allies are,

  • once again, trying to subvert the 2020 election,

  • sue it the 2020 convertible by using the levers of power

  • to target political opponents and disrupt

  • the voting process, itself.

  • For more on this, it's time for "A Closer Look.

  • ♪♪

  • Donald Trump is a deranged man.

  • We have been over this. You guys know the deal.

  • If this show were a book, that would be the subtitle.

  • His brain is likely the gelatinous texture

  • and consistency of pumpkin pie filling,

  • and there is no way to treat a brain ailment

  • like that, though, I guess we're going to find out

  • if hydroxychloroquine helps.

  • Trump is a deeply paranoid guy who sees enemies

  • and shadowy plots everywhere he looks.

  • And he encourages others to see those same conspiracies.

  • On Tuesday, for example, he met with farmers

  • and told the potato farmer from Virginia

  • that the state government was somehow trying

  • to take away the Second Amendment.

  • -We're going after Virginia with your crazy governor.

  • We're going after Virginia.

  • They want to take your Second Amendment away,

  • you know that right?

  • You will have nobody guarding your potatoes.

  • -I have been in quarantine for two months with two kids

  • and I still haven't said anything that crazy.

  • You know that farmer was like, "Oh, damn.

  • am I supposed to be guarding my potatoes right now?"

  • You know what's guarding your potatoes,

  • the fact that they cost about 12 cents a pound

  • and grow underground.

  • Of course, Trump probably thinks potatoes grow in bags

  • on supermarket shelves. I'm just kidding.

  • He's never been to a supermarket.

  • But that's how Trump's mind works.

  • He sees deranged conspiracies everywhere.

  • Take voting.

  • We like to think of it as perhaps

  • the single most sacred principle underpinning our democracy.

  • Voting is a universal right, not a privilege.

  • Even the Republican Party, which has for decades committed

  • itself to suppressing the votes of marginalized people

  • through voter I.D. laws and gerrymandering,

  • knows enough to at least pay lip service to that idea.

  • But on Wednesday, as is his want,

  • Trump just blurted out the truth during an incoherent rant

  • on mail-in voting.

  • He sees voting as an honor, not a right.

  • -I think just common sense would tell you

  • that it's massive manipulation can take place.

  • Massive.

  • And you do, you have cases of fraudulent ballots

  • where they actually print them

  • and they give them to people to sign.

  • Maybe the same person signs them

  • with different writing, different pens.

  • I don't know. A lot of things can happen.

  • Now, if you can, you should go and vote.

  • Voting is an honor.

  • It shouldn't be something where they send you

  • a pile of stuff and you send it back.

  • -They send you a pile of stuff and you send it back.

  • That's mail. That's how the mail works.

  • Now you go to a restaurant and send chicken to a stranger

  • you've never met, and the next thing you know

  • they bring it to you on a plate.

  • It makes no sense.

  • You know, voter fraud is virtually

  • non-existent in this country.

  • The most famous recent example with a voter fraud scheme

  • concocted by Republicans to cheat in an

  • Congressional election in North Carolina in 2018,

  • which invalidated the election and resulted in a redo.

  • Now, you might be wondering if Democratic voter fraud

  • is so supposedly widespread as Republicans claim,

  • why do we only know about voter fraud cases

  • involving Republicans?

  • MSNBC asked the then executive director

  • of the North Carolina GOP that question,

  • and he did not have a particularly good answer.

  • -We constantly are hearing Republicans say

  • that Democrats are engaged in voter fraud.

  • There is almost never any evidence of that,

  • and right here you're holding a board that has at least

  • 22 cases of voter fraud in the state of North Carolina

  • and executed by Republicans in one district.

  • -In one Congressional district on one election.

  • -So, 22 cases of voter fraud by a Republican.

  • Where are the Democratic cases of voter fraud?

  • -Well -- well, I-I-I'm not keeping score of that.

  • -Well -- well -- well, it looks like you caught me

  • with my britches down, but as you have insulted

  • my honor, I have no recourse but to challenge

  • you a dual tomorrow morning in the potato field.

  • And yet yesterday, Trump threatened on Twitter

  • to unilaterally withhold funding from the states of Michigan

  • and Nevada simply for mailing out applications

  • for absentee ballots, which is perfectly legal

  • in which states with Democratic

  • and Republican governors have done for years.

  • Just five months, after he got impeached for threatening

  • to withhold funding from Ukraine

  • unless they interfere in the election.

  • In two months after he said governors who want help

  • from the federal government have to treat him well,

  • he keeps using the same move over and over.

  • It's only a matter of time before he threatens to withhold

  • funding from the post office, unless they promise to look at

  • every ballot and dump the ones marked for Biden in the shredder

  • he uses for his tax returns.

  • It comes with an extra large bin.

  • And the Republican party is fully

  • in lock step behind Trump.

  • In the middle of a pandemic that has killed more

  • than 90,000 Americans and created the economy,

  • they're transforming the Senate into an arm

  • of the Presidents' campaign.

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee,

  • led by Lindsey Graham is moving forward

  • with an investigation of the origins

  • of the Russia probe in an effort to target Obama administration

  • officials in the Senate Homeland Security

  • and Governmental Affairs Committee led by Ron Johnson

  • who voted to subpoena documents

  • as part of an investigation of Hunter Biden.

  • The same investigation Trump got impeached for,

  • and Republicans are fine with all of it.

  • You might get a little grumble, you know, from Mitt Romney

  • and Susan Collins might form a committee

  • to look into the possibility of furrowing her brow.

  • But otherwise the GOP is done with all of it.

  • They're like bank robbers who get caught planning a heist

  • and then say, "Should we do it anyway?"

  • Republicans are just as paranoid and conspiratorial as Trump.

  • He didn't come out of nowhere. He fits perfectly in the GOP.

  • They've concocted an insane fantasy

  • in which Obama spied on Trump by secretly monitoring

  • suspicious calls by Michael Flynn

  • and not telling Trump about it,

  • as Johnson claimed Tuesday on Fox News.

  • -So if that were the case, that they were genuinely

  • concerned that there was some compromise or something

  • going on, it was nefarious on those phone calls,

  • why would they have not told the incoming

  • President of the United States?

  • -Because it's a corrupt transition process.

  • You know, it's exactly what they should have done.

  • -They did. This isn't secret.

  • Obama warned then President-elect Trump

  • about Flynn during a meeting in the oval office

  • two days after the election.

  • I mean, do you remember?

  • That incredibly bizarre meeting where Trump sat stone-faced

  • next to Obama like a terrified seventh grader

  • who just got called into the principal's office?