60 Minutes The Good and Not So Good

Leslie Stahl and Scott Pelley interviewed Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and two key officials in Georgia who were involved with the voting there. As the title suggests there were good points and certain weaknesses in the reporting. The way to understand all of this is like walking on a road where you take notes, especially if you either know more than what is being presented or if you happen to disagree.

Let’s go to the Brad Raffensperger interview first with Scott Pelley. Trump wanted to find 11,700 votes in order to win that state and to push his objectives. As the segment started we looked or stared at the 11,700 votes on the screen and that was important as Trump sought one more vote than Biden. Trump wanted Raffensperger to find the votes and The Donald hit him with all he had including lies about the machines, the throwing out of votes, and the probable crime that Raffensperger was committing by not finding the votes. There will be more about this later, but let’s look at the words in question and use them in another context. How about these? I want you to find a gun on the ground after a shooting (of anyone Black or other). Or I want you to find a way for me to get into a bank to rob it. Or I want you to find me a way to get into the jewelry store below the apartment above the store.  This was not about finding Trump another woman to play around with.

One of the lies was about votes being removed in suitcases and thrown out.  Which never happened. This resulted from Republican ads depicting the votes being held in suitcases which were later opened and counted, giving viewers of that segment the false impression of fraud. This should be taken up in a court of law in the future as well.

Then there was Trump claiming 5,000 votes of dead people when the truth was that there were 2 such votes. These things are known to happen in elections. The Donald has been known to make numbers “huge” and he has been doing that since the inauguration or before (you can go back to his roots in New York City as well). Under other circumstances I guess Trump could walk away and say to the public that he thought there were really 5,000 and now has learned his lesson. But he went on talking about the electoral fraud outside The Capitol.

So he walked away empty headed with the facts and learned nothing. Do you think that all of that would make a great case for his insanity? Based on information like this, it could if it qualifies in court, but the insanity might shift to his voters who fell for all of that as well. On the other hand, even Trump didn’t think of Republicans as insane as he called them “stupid” decades ago. I have talked to a couple of Trump supporters and they never minded all those outrageous things Trump has talked about (they know he does that), but they always pointed to his successes (success by Trump).

What 60 Minutes left out either from their research or on the cutting room floor as the show got edited is that Trump made a comment about producing EVIDENCE on Monday during that phone call to Raffensperger. Trump never produced the EVIDENCE. And his troops invaded The Capitol. This piece of information is just like the icing on the cake and I expected to hear it on 60 Minutes which broadcasts to a worldwide audience.

A very, very key moment in the interview was when Raffensperger told that he had no knowledge of the recording and that means either Trump provided the tape or it was done in secret. Could the government (the Trump Administration) had placed a wire tap on The Donald finally? Or if not finally are there other similar phone conversations that were recorded? Could it also be that Trump signed off on a wire tap himself while brushing his hair? Or could the recording have been the work of people in Georgia that Raffensperger knew nothing about?

Among the books that I have read in recent years are two things that tell us about photographic evidence. There were thousands of soldiers massacred in the Katyn Forest and about ten percent of them were Jews. These were Poles who were taken in groups and shot in the back of the head. Hitler blamed Stalin and Stalin blamed Hitler. But there were aerial surveillance photos of the scene which had proof that the deadly deed was caused by Stalin. A second event was a massacre of people in the street by police. The police claimed that they were attacked, but they did not know that they were being filmed at the time. The EVIDENCE came forth about the massacre of Puerto Ricans in Ponce, Puerto Rico. And Puerto Rico just like now was part of the United States at that time and its people were (and are) citizens of the United States.

The 8 months delay was brought up in passing another stimulus package for the American people. This was surely the failure of our system just as there is systemic racism. Money was badly needed by millions of people and the checks were not written out because our government failed to act. Trump did not sign the bill that was passed, asking for $2,000 and not $600 just in time to try to prevent the Warnock-Ossoff victories in Georgia, but Trump’s manipulation failed badly as both Democrats won. That was not mentioned as well. Nor was anything similar to it mentioned except Leslie Stahl was visibly upset at Nancy Pelosi for not sharing the blame of that 8 months delay.

I wrote this on June 5, 2020 just days after the death of George Floyd.

I can assure you that I had no idea that things were going to turn the way they have since the killing of George Floyd but I have continuously called for massive demonstrations or rallies in the past. I have a sense that the worst is not yet over and my comment is not about the spread of COVID-19. I had previously written that Trump is the Corona Virus and we have to see what steps Republicans take to oust Trump to return things closer to normal. As early as February 10, 2020 (my late father’s birthday) I was referring to Trump as the Corona Virus. Here is a paragraph from that article “We, the American people, will not be brainwashed nor will we allow Trump sins against the United States and the world be forgotten.  Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, LGBT members, African Americans, Puerto Ricans, immigrants of all nations that have been afflicted by Trumpism, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Christians of good faith are not going to perish nor will they allow our nation’s moral position to perish in this so-called One Nation Under God and Trump.  Let the Re-Impeachment of Donald Trump take place soon.  Germans were in denial of what Hitler and Germany had done and it took decades to wake people up there.  With November quickly approaching, it is urgent to wake up Americans to the importance of re-impeachment and the ouster of Donald Trump.  The Corona Virus must not destroy Trump’s record and the truths about all the terrible things he has done to US.  This is not a nation for “Norwegian types only” as this nation is For All of US.”

With about a week left before the inauguration of Joe Biden, we can think back to the “huge” crowd that came out to 2017 and The Donald and Trump tweeting things. There will be no Trump tweet this time; however, I can visualize a much smaller crowd again for the inauguration, can’t you? Trump will somehow TTTRRREEEEEET his thoughts on his own network to his supporters about the size of the crowd indicating something. What? The size proves that his election was really a landslide and the election was stolen.

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