트럼프와 바이든에서, 추수 감사절에 현실과 환상이 충돌하다

행복한 추수 감사절. This year’s holiday season is bringing Americans together, 말 그대로, despite the best advice and increasingly urgent pleas of experts, who worry that family gatherings will seed a surge-upon-a-surge of Covid-19 cases.
The solidarity that 조 바이든 당선자 called for in a speech on Wednesday feels like a distant dream compared to the state of affairs in Washington, where Trump digs deeper into his bunker. The President is at once denying his election defeat and imploring loyalists to fight it. And the federal government and Congress are effectively AWOL, leaving millions of Americans to fend for themselves in the midst of a medical and economic catastrophe.
In this weird interregnum between Biden’s victory and Trump’s departure, the lame-duck President and the incoming one have taken remarkably, if unsurprisingly, different paths.
    Trump is wrapped around the axle of his delusional bid to claw back a presidency that is receding from his grasp with each passing day. He lurches between grievance and pipe dreams, with no thought for the destruction in his path. 바이든, operating in the world as it exists, has been scrupulously building a government-in-waiting. And in the two days since a Trump-appointee allowed the formal transition to begin, Biden’s team has begun to examine the rusted nuts and bolts of the beleaguered institutions he will inherit.
    Biden’s reality and Trump’s fantasies collided on Thanksgiving eve.
    First came news that weekly jobless claims had climbed to 778,000more than three times their pre-pandemic average. 지우다, 그 동안에, only called off plans to attend a charlatan circus billed as a 유권자 사기 “hearingby Pennsylvania Republicans in Gettsyburg after his attorney, 루디 줄리아니, was exposed — 다시 — to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. Giuliani turned up anyway and Trump called in, his ravings audible via a speakerphone pressed up to a microphone.
    The President attacked the courts, which have almost unanimously dismissed his outlandish claims, 민주당, with still more plainly absurd lies, and calledon whom, it was hard to sayto overturn the election results. A few hours later, 그 issued a pardon to loyalist Michael Flynn, his briefly tenured national security adviser who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s then-ambassador.
    기후, Trump invited the Pennsylvania Republicans to the White House for a West Wing meeting, two sources told CNN. It is a reprise of a gambit the President tried with two leading Michigan GOP state lawmakers, who visited Washington last week, for a debriefing the President hoped would yield more fuel for his baseless claims of election fraud. But he received none and the Republicans quickly released a statement afterward affirming the truththat they hadnot yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.

    Galaxies away

    In Delaware, 약 120 miles and several psychic galaxies away from the Gettsyburg mess, Biden issued a sober call for caution and resolve in the face of spiraling crises.
    I know the country’s grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we’re at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other,” 바이든이 말했다. “This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts and recommit ourselves to the fight.
    As he did during the campaign, Biden channeled his own griefat the loss of his first wife and infant daughter in 1972, and his son’s death from brain cancer a little more than five years agoin a bid to soothe mourning Americans.
    It’s really hard to care,” Biden said of the breathtaking sight of anempty chairwhere a loved one once sat. “It’s hard to give thanks. It’s hard to even think of looking forward, and it’s so hard to hope. I understand. I’ll be thinking and praying for each and every one of you at this Thanksgiving.
    하루 전, future first lady Jill Biden was spotted dropping off bags of goods at a food bank in Rehoboth Beach, 델라웨어, where the Bidens are spending the holiday. The small gesture underscored the vast challenges facing so many, their lives financially devastated by the pandemic, who have turned to increasingly strained charitable organizations to temporarily satisfy basic needs.
    And Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted out a Time article chronicling the crisis, 진술: “Food banks across our nation are struggling to keep up with the demand due to COVID-19. Know that when @JoeBiden and I are in the White House, we’ll fight food insecurity and address this crisis.
    No one should go hungry in America,” 그녀는 덧붙였다.
    Washington Post survey of Census Bureau data from late October and early November found that food insecurity growing at a terrifying pace. One in 8 Americans said they had gone without enough to eat during the previous week, a figure that climbed to 1 에 6 in homes with children.
    Kellie O’Connell, the CEO of Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, described the pained scenes as hard-hit families come for help, many for the first time.
    Describing a family of four who had exhausted their savings, O’Connell spoke to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about the feelings of shame that often accompany having to ask for help.
    They came to us to be able to put food on their table this Thanksgiving,” 그녀가 말했다. “One of the parents stayed in the car because they were a little bit embarrassed about how they were getting food. 과, so that’s really tough.
    The growing lines outside food banks have become a bitter hallmark of this wretched season.

    Congress still stalled on relief package

    On the horizon: more pain. 추정 12 million people will lose the expanded unemployment benefits provided by a federal relief package passed back in March. Prospects for a second round of federal stimulus in the near future seem bleak. There is a government funding deadline a few weeks away, which could provide an opportunity for lawmakers to budget some new aid. But a Democratic-backed House stimulus first passed in May, then updated at the beginning of October, is languishing.
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to take it up and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far refused to consider smaller, piecemeal legislation. The stalemate has left desperate American workers increasingly adrift and tossed entire industries to the brink.
    The absence of a central, organizing figure in the White House has also begun to set off concerns about the processes in place for distributing coronavirus vaccines. In a mirror of the chaos this spring, when local leaders were left to bid against each other for ventilators and personal protective equipment, 일리노이’ top state health officer said the federal government had already told her it couldn’t fulfill an initial request of 400,000 doses.
    We are still waiting to see answers, and understand maybe why that is, but it seems that the initial allotment we thought would be ready to go outthat number has decreased,” 박사. Ngozi Ezike told CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson. “So as a result, all the states are going to get a smaller amount.

    Fighting the surge

    With Washington tied up in knots and the coronavirus spreading at record rates, one of the country’s most prominent health care providers, the Mayo Clinic, announced on it was bringing in staff from out of state and asking retirees to return to work fighting the virus surge in Minnesota.
    현재 10 오후. 수요일, Johns Hopkins University had reported 178,752 new cases nationwide and 2,207 사망자. That followed the more than 2,100 Covid-19-related deaths on Tuesday, then the highest single-day number since May. Public health experts worry that the millions traveling on Thursday to spend time with familyindoors and without protectionwill trigger another wave of infections.
    It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” 박사. Jonathan Reiner, a former White House medical team adviser, told CNN this week.
    In the shadow of those daunting statistics and dire warnings, the White House issued a proclamation from the President touting theservice and sacrifice” 의 “최초 대응 자, medical professionals, essential workers, neighbors and countless other patriots.
      He then proceeded to promote behavior that would further endanger them all.
      I encourage all Americans to gather,” 트럼프는 말했다, “in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.

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