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Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

File: 8c6577df099ae55⋯.png (1.04 MB, 1080x2160, 1:2, Screenshot_2020_09_08_22_0….png)

 No.9815

Johnny Neptune, Just like his President, Donald J. Trump, makes his entire life about President Donald J. Trump.

We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Hate-Speech from Johnny Neptune…

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The "Death Star": At the beginning of this year, that's what Donald Trump's then-campaign manager, Brad Parscale, dubbed the billion-dollar fundraising operation at the heart of the Trump campaign.

The choice was a telling one, largely as a reminder that many Republicans in the Trump era are not only aware that they're the bad guys, but are proud to align themselves with some of the notorious villains of pop culture history. But more than one commentator was also quick to point out that the Death Star isn't just a symbol of evil, but of hubris, because it's destroyed by the plucky heroes who may be outgunned but have the wit and courage to defeat the foolhardy tyrants of the Empire.

"Dude, the Death Star gets blown up in the end of just about every Star Wars movie," MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tweeted back in May, in response to Parscale bragging that he was about to "start pressing FIRE for the first time" on Trump's "juggernaut campaign."

Life rarely plays out like a children's sci-fi movie, but I am happy to say that the people who made Death Star jokes turned out to be right. The Trump campaign's Death Star had its own version of the ray-shielded particle exhaust vent that allowed the Rebel Alliance to fly directly into its reactor core to blow up the entire apparatus: The greed and incompetence that defines Trump and everyone around him.

On Monday night, the New York Times published an article so satisfying that it felt almost pornographic, about how the Trump campaign has burned through most of that Death Star cash, with little to show for it — except, of course, when it comes to the bank accounts of the Trump family and their ancillary leeches.

It appears much of the problem was the way that Trump himself, along with Parscale, the Trump's family and other associates, treated the campaign as a personal piggybank. Trump paid his family's enormous legal bills with campaign cash. Money was routinely spent to fluff Trump's ego, as with the reported $11 million spent on Super Bowl ads. Nearly a third of the cash was routed through "a single limited liability company linked to Trump campaign officials." The partners of Trump's two sons are literally on the payroll. Trump's own incompetence is also a factor, leading to massive losses as he impulsively switched the Republican convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville to and then, effectively, to Washington. And the campaign spent far more money on fundraising than is typical, suggesting that Parscale was more interested in bragging about his Death Star than making it run efficiently.

Say what you will about Darth Vader, but at least he didn't destroy the Empire by greedily sucking all its resources dry so nothing was left to fight the rebels.

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 No.9816

File: 6cc602627e03c0b⋯.jpeg (79.31 KB, 960x540, 16:9, Death_Star_I_copy_36ad250….jpeg)

What makes this entire situation even funnier is that it was entirely predictable: Give Donald Trump a billion dollars and he blows it all. That's how the man has operated his entire career. Trump's history of running various businesses into bankruptcy — including Atlantic City casinos — isn't exactly some big secret. Of course he runs his campaign the same way. Giving the man money is like lighting it on fire, and always has been.

Affluent people are often keen to disproving the American faith that wealth reflects intelligence. Trump has managed to survive for decades as a financial vampire, getting by on his ability to talk rich people into wasting their money on him. First, it was the banks who kept loaning him money, long after he proved he couldn't be trusted with it. Now it's big Republican donors who keep giving Trump money, even though the thanks they get for it, as billionaire Sheldon Adelson recently discovered, is Trump yelling at them for not giving more.

The rational thing for rich Republican donors to do right now would be to cut their losses and stop giving Trump cash. It's possible that this is, in fact, happening. Republicans have still not released their August fundraising numbers, although the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, released his record-setting numbers with great fanfare. The silence from the Republican camp strongly suggests their haul might not be so impressive.

Still, it's worth remembering that, in the past, banks have kept writing checks to Trump — even giving him an "allowance" of $450,000 a month in 1990 — in the vain hope that by keeping his real estate empire afloat they might can recover some of the money he had already lost. This is literally called the "sunk cost fallacy," and it's famously hard for people — including people at supposedly savvy financial institutions — to stop throwing good money after bad. There's always the hope that all that previous investment will pay off if just a little more scratch is put into the project.

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 No.9817

File: 3328917028d94da⋯.jpg (85.32 KB, 960x540, 16:9, 21.jpg)

And make no mistake, wealthy Republican donors see their spending on the party as an investment. Helping get Trump elected in 2016 has paid off enormously, leading to a major tax overhaul that is redirecting huge amounts of money from the pockets of working people toward the already wealthy. Keeping those tax cuts is a major priority for people of the Sheldon Adelson class. So even though Trump as squandered all the other money they've given him, there's still an incentive to try to push this grifter over the finish line with one last cash infusion.

To make things worse, the New York Times story — which was co-authored by perpetual Trump beat-sweetener Maggie Haberman — is stuffed with assurances that the campaign's days of reckless spending are over.

"Since Bill Stepien replaced Mr. Parscale in July, the campaign has imposed a series of belt-tightening measures," the article reassures skittish would-be donors.

The article also quotes senior Trump strategist Jason Miller claiming that the campaign's relatively light ad spending at present reflects a decision to "sav[e] it for when it really matters" and promising that the Trump team will "have the firepower that we need" for fall advertising.

This, of course, is the same Jason Miller who was getting paid $20,000 a month by a nonprofit currently entangled in the fraud investigation that led to the arrest and indictment of former 2016 Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon. So it would be foolish to take Miller's word on anything, especially the topic of whether the campaign is acting less like a giant grift and being more responsible with donor money.

Ultimately, Trump has never really planned on trying to win this election through the traditional means of campaigning and persuading Americans to vote for him. Instead, his focus appears to be on leveraging taxpayer money and the immense power of his office in a series of schemes to steal the election. If he "wins," it will almost certainly be due to the success of those schemes, not because of the money given to him by members of the ultra-wealthy elite who are happy to sell out our democracy for tax cuts.

Still, we all need a laugh in these dark times, so don't feel the slightest bit guilty for making fun of all these rich, immoral monsters who kept writing checks to Trump, even though it was obvious he would either waste their money or steal it. Trump still needs to get a good deal closer to Biden in the polls than he is right now to get the election within stealing range. If he fails to snag a second illegitimate term in office, his own greed and incompetence will have played a role in his downfall. That will be poetic justice, and we can all take pleasure in that.

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 No.9818

File: 934ff30100bacb4⋯.jpg (364.53 KB, 925x1280, 185:256, 20200908_222422.jpg)

Already spent over eight hundred million dollars… With only two hundred million dollars left….

And he's still trailing in the polls

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 No.9819

File: 2b25cb601989e0d⋯.png (665.24 KB, 1080x2160, 1:2, Screenshot_2020_09_08_22_5….png)

Before Donald Trump was improbably elected president, he was best known for playing a successful businessman on TV while squandering his inheritance, putting six businesses into bankruptcy, and going broke in the 1990s. Now, he has apparently applied that monetary savvy to his reelection campaign to similar results, i.e. near financial ruin.

The New York Times reports that despite the RNC and Trump campaign having raised a combined $1.1 billion from the beginning of 2019 through July, Team Trump has blown through more than $800 million and may run out of cash before the November election. Where did the money go? According to the Times, $11 million was spent on Super Bowl ads to prevent the president from having an epic meltdown over Mike Bloomberg’s 60-second spot. But Bloomberg is worth approximately $54 billion, or roughly 17 times as much as Trump, and can afford to air commercials with the express purpose of fucking with people. Not only was the Super Bowl ad a financially questionable “vanity splurge” to make the uniquely sensitive 45th president feel better about himself, it also made little sense; according to the Times, it was more than the campaign spent on TV in major battleground states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota. A similar phenomenon occurred thanks to former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale who, in addition to reportedly treating himself to a personal driver, also reportedly dropped more than $1 million on ads that aired in Washington, D.C. While Trump has no chance of winning there, he consumes roughly eight hours of television in the area per day, and the thinking was that he’d be pleased to see the spots talking him up in between mainlining Fox & Friends and Hannity

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 No.9820

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 No.9821

File: 1db777a970ee720⋯.png (1.05 MB, 1080x2160, 1:2, Screenshot_2020_09_09_00_2….png)

Money concerns are very real for President Trump's campaign — an unusual predicament for a sitting president, and one that worries veteran Republican operatives, with Trump so far behind in swing states as the race climaxes.

Why it matters: The campaign's view is that Trump will get his message out, and he depends less on paid media than normal politicians. But the number of states Trump has to worry about has actually grown, and Joe Biden's massive August fundraising haul has given his campaign a lift as early voting begins.

The New York Times leads today's paper with a big Labor Day scene-setter with several intriguing references to money problems for Trump:

"The light television spending and advertising blackouts in some key states have mystified allies," The Times reports.

Trump "is expected to increase television spending next week, but several Republicans said that Bill Stepien, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager since July, was taking a cautious approach after the former leadership spent huge sums on television and digital ads earlier this year, to no discernible effect."

Update … Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement: "President Trump’s fundraising is breaking records and we are paying close attention to the budget, allowing us to invest twice as much from now until Election Day than we did in 2016."

"President Trump's reelection strategy reflects the unique 2020 campaign calendar and we're confident that his success in rebuilding our economy … will prove the pivotal contrast this fall."

Last Monday, AP's Brian Slodysko reported that the Trump campaign had pulled most TV ads over the previous week, ceding the airwaves to Biden, who was outspending Trump by more than 10 to 1.

Biden and DNC raised a stunning $365 million in August, breaking the record for one month of presidential fundraising.

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 No.9822

Labor Day has come and gone, and as the presidential race enters the top of the home stretch, the New York Times reports the Trump campaign (and the Republican National Committee) has blown through a staggering amount of its cash by midsummer. A Times analysis found that the campaign and the party committee had already spent more than $800 million of the $1.1 billion raised over the past 18 months to support President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. The fact that nearly a billion dollars has added up to a 10-point deficit in national polling doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the campaign or the candidate’s competency.

When Biden finally emerged from the Democratic field, it was basically starting from scratch for the general election, putting him at a sizable disadvantage, but the Times reports, over the past five months the Trump campaign has squandered its financial lead, though the exact numbers are difficult to pin down. “But interviews with more than a dozen current and former campaign aides and Trump allies, and a review of thousands of items in federal campaign filings, show that the president’s campaign and the R.N.C. developed some profligate habits as they burned through hundreds of millions of dollars,” the Times reports. “Since Bill Stepien replaced Mr. Parscale in July, the campaign has imposed a series of belt-tightening measures that have reshaped initiatives, including hiring practices, travel and the advertising budget.”

Part of the problem appears to be that running a disciplined, functional campaign for an undisciplined, dysfunctional leader might just be impossible. Throw in that the candidate is vain, unfocused, and corrupt at a cellular level, and you have a recipe for campaign grift and graft, both of which point to unprecedented waste. The Trump campaign, for example, paid $11 million to run Super Bowl ads in February. That might not seem like much when you have a billion dollars to throw around, but, by comparison, the two game day ads cost more than Trump would spend through the end of July on local TV ads in four pretty important upper midwest battle ground states combined: Wisconsin ($3.9 million), Michigan ($3.6 million), Iowa ($2 million), and Minnesota ($1.3 million).

As with every campaign ever, it’s hard to look good if you’re losing—and impossible to look smart if you lose. But the Times data shows the shady decadence of a number of now typical Trump-style expenses has started to add up: more than $1 million in TV ads in the D.C. market solely to flatter the president’s ego and millions spent at Trump properties, office space in Trump Tower, lavishly courting donors at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and at the steakhouse at Trump’s Washington hotel. And that doesn’t even include the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been paid out through the shady limited liability company, American Made Media Consultants, to God knows where. The opaque company is thought to pay the Trump family and assorted hangers-on abnormally high sums for their campaign “services.” The campaign even spent nearly a million dollars in ads promoting its now former campaign manager Brad Parscale’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Let’s not forget, Trump and his clan have never shied away from spending other people’s money.

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 No.9823

File: c6a16e1e125b557⋯.jpg (396.76 KB, 952x1280, 119:160, 20200909_003409.jpg)

Trump reportedly doesn’t want to do Zoom fundraisers despite the fact that they have ended up being an efficient fundraising tool for his opponent that requires no travel, virtually no expenses, and only about 90 minutes of the candidate’s time. As a result, the Trump campaign has seen real-world shortfalls and had to scale back in some places to reprioritize for the final months of the campaign, when candidates generally believe they get more bang for their buck because voters are paying more attention as Election Day nears. “Most visibly, the Trump campaign slashed its August television spending, mostly abandoning the airwaves during the party conventions,” the Times notes. “In the last two weeks of the month, Mr. Biden’s campaign spent $35.9 million on television, compared with $4.8 million for Mr. Trump, according to Advertising Analytics.”

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 No.9824

File: 6d85ce3a74f2401⋯.jpg (197.14 KB, 1280x714, 640:357, 20200909_110138.jpg)

lol @ already spending more than 80% of

the money to acheived THESE results !!!

smooth

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 No.9825

File: f637868f6e563bf⋯.jpg (37.13 KB, 300x452, 75:113, imrs_php.jpg)

lol @ the recorded phone calls with trump

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 No.9826

File: 8c7c4c3db5ec342⋯.png (226.73 KB, 2160x1080, 2:1, PicsArt_09_09_04_35_05.png)

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 No.9835

>>9826

Trump could win and have a high chance then ever before. Thanks protesters

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