GOOD MORNING DC: Farewell To Trump

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Good morning, DC! 

The people of Georgia have spoken. Democrats now hold the Senate's reins, and Joe Biden has been given a full mandate to run his legislative agenda. In a 50-50 Senate, Kamala Harris will be the one to break ties. 

America has sent Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue packing. Raphael Warnock is the first elected black Senator from Georgia and he and John Ossoff are the first Democrats to represent Georgia in 20 years. “With hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock thanked Georgia this morning for his Senate win in an uplifting speech. The 2020 Election finally concluded, and it's time for President Trump to concede. 

The biggest loser of the Georgia Senate runoffs is Mitch McConnel, who has failed the most significant political test of the century: He blocked the vote on $2000 stimulus checks. Americans have now passed the Bye Mitch Act in return. Trump was for $2000 stimulus checks, but too late. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi can now do what she hoped to be able to do before the election on November 3, and that is to go much bigger with a stimulus bill without having to make any concessions to the Republicans. 

Chris Pappas (R-NH) laid out a legislative list the Democrats can now execute. These include $2000 stimulus checks, the Equality Act, Dream Act, infrastructure, Voting Rights Act, and they can take climate action. 

President Trump will be speaking to a rally on the Ellipse in Washington, DC, at 11:00 AM today. “Looks like they are setting up a big “voter dump” against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?” he tweeted last night, setting the stage for the Stop the Steal protest this morning. 

He is likely to beat the same drum, droning on about how the Democrats stole the election from him and how they stole the Georgia election from the Republicans. The fact is, Trump has exhausted all avenues towards a second term, and, if he had any responsibility, he would say to people who came to DC from all over the country that it's over. In the words of Lindsey Graham from 2016, the GOP nominated Trump to be destroyed in the process. Did the GOP "deserve it"? Graham thought so then; What does he think now?

Today is D-Day in the power center of Washington, DC. It's also a survival test for the fast-shrinking Republican party. Congress is set to ratify the certified electoral votes for Biden, and it will. Still, Trump placed public pressure on Mike Pence to overturn the election by stating that  the VP "has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors." It is unclear who is giving Trump lessons on the Constitution, but scholars refute his claim in awe, Josh Howley included. 

On FOX NEWS last night, Lara Trump said that Trump believes that he won the election and that Trump is counting on Pence to assure a free and fair election. She pushed for Ted Cruz's initiative for the formation of an Election Commission. "This is about Americans knowing that our system works," she said. Lara also announced that Trump will ultimately run again for 2024 and that he will win. Her husband, Eric Trump, issued a public threat to the Republicans, stating that if they do not support his father to object to the vote on January 6, "their career is over because MAGA movement is going nowhere." In other words, "they will get primaried." The Trump family believes that they are omnipotent rainmakers. This type of presidency works in autocracies, but not in the United States. 

However, no system is immune to violence in a scenario where people are told that the election has been stolen and DC is filled with angry citizens. Trump supporters poured into the nation's capital to show their support for the United States' outgoing president. Violence on the streets of DC happened, and the Press Secretary issued a statement naming Antifa as a perpetrator and said that "this violence and lawlessness has no place in the United States and will be called out for the domestic terrorism that it is."

On the Eve of the Electoral College vote, Pelosi sent a letter to Democrats asking them to remain dignified. "We will have a civics lesson about protecting the integrity of our democracy," she stated, confident that after Georgia's victory, the trust in the American democratic system is guaranteed. Finally, George W. Bush's Spokesperson Freddy Fred announced that Bush is planning on attending Biden's inauguration given that: "witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old." 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting a divorce. Page Six reported the news that is now the talk of the national body politique that would otherwise stay within the entertainment section. Former presidential candidate West not only lost the election, but also his marriage. Kim hired a hot-shot lawyer, Laura Wasser, and is looking at a settlement. 

Amber Heard won't be able to charge her ex-husband Johnny Depp $100 million for damages. The British judge dismissed her claim that Depp launched an online campaign to remove her from the role of the spokesperson for L'oreal and the sequel of the Aquaman superhero movie. Lawsuits are an expensive pursuit, and, for many, justice means money or the lack thereof. 

Meanwhile, at the Old Bailey court, the Judge denied bail to Julian Assange. On Good Morning Britain, Assange's fiancee, Stella Moris, said that until Monday's extradition ruling, she had not seen Assange since October at Belmarsh prison.

The first wave of coronavirus vaccines is rolling out. The pandemic keeps disrupting lives, and the vaccine does not move as quickly as people would like. In the UK, 1 in 50 people got infected last week, Boris Johnson said in a conference call, and the projections for the infection rate go up to 1 in 20 with the most cautious predictions. All efforts of the UK government are focused now on getting millions of vaccines to people. According to Labor Leader Keir Starmer, who spoke in the House of Commons this morning, the “vaccine is now the only way out.” Given the mutant strains and rising infection rates, should coronavirus anti-vaxxers be prosecuted? Starmer thinks so. Pay attention, America. He called for emergency legislation to prosecute anti-vaxxers. Will Democrats of America do the same?

Regardless, the UK will stay in the lockdown until March 31, not because we expect the national lockdown to continue until then," PM Boris Johnson said, but to allow a steady move down the tiers.

In New York, essential workers and older New Yorkers are next up to receive the vaccine. Once New York has completed administering the vaccine to health care workers as part of Phase 1A, the next step is Phase 1B, which comprises essential workers and New Yorkers aged 75 and up. Roughly 2.5 million New Yorkers make up this group.

While the WHO investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in China has been planned to happen since July, it looks like it’s not going to happen afterall. China is blocking the WHO team from entering the country to study coronavirus origins, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is “very disappointed with the news.” What is China hiding? 

And that's a wrap for this historic Wednesday morning. The clock is ticking. Trump at any cost or the US Constitution? The clock is ticking. What's it going to be, America?

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