Iron County Progressive

Donald Trump tried to attack Former McCain Campaign Strategist Steve Schmidt (a
lifelong Republican) on Twitter and, in his reply, Schmidt didn't hold back:
>> “You’ve never beaten me at anything. This isn’t our first dance. Did you like, Covita? We are
so much better at this than your team of crooks, wife beaters, degenerates, weirdos and losers.
>> You are losing. We heard you loved Evita. You saw it so many times. Where will you live
out your years in disgrace? Will you buy Jeffrey Epstein’s island? One last extra special deal
from him? Or will you be drooling on yourself in a suite at Walter Reed? Maybe you will be in
>> I bet you fear that. The Manhattan US Attorney may not be around to cover for you or your
crooked kids anymore. Eliza Orlins doesn’t believe in different sets of rules for the Trumps.
What about the State Attorney General? You know what you’ve done.
>> Oh, Donald. Who do you owe almost $500 million in personally guaranteed loans to? It's all
coming down. You think you and your disgusting family are going to be in deal-flow next year?
Are you really that delusional?
>> You are lucky Chris Wallace interrupted you after Joe Biden said you weren’t smart. You
started to melt down. That’s the place that hurts the most. Right? Fred Sr., knew it. You’ve spent
your whole life proving it. You aren’t very smart. You couldn’t take the SAT on your own. What
was the real score? 970? We both know you know.
>> Are the steroids wearing off? Is the euphoria fading? Do you feel foggy? Tired? Do you
ache? How is the breathing? Hmmm. Are you watching TV today? We will have some nice
surprises for you. Everyone is laughing at you. You are a joke. A splendid moron turned deadly
>> Did you watch Senate candidate Martha McSally in her Arizona debate against American
hero, fighter pilot, test pilot, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly? She is so embarrassed by you. She is
ashamed and full of self-loathing for the choice she made in following you over the cliff. She is in
free fall now. She will lose, like most of them, because of you.
>> We hear from the White House and the campaign everyday. They are betraying you. They
are looking to get out alive and salvage careers and their names. It’s Ivanka Trump and Jared
Kushner vs. Donald Trump Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle on the inside. They are at war over
scraps and who gets to command what will be the remnants of your rancid cult.
>> It’s almost over now. You are the greatest failure in American history. You are the worst
president in American history. Disgrace will always precede your name. Your grandchildren and
great-grandchildren will grow up ashamed of their names.
>> One day, I suppose there will be some small and not-much-visited library that bears your
name. It will be the type of place where a drunk walks by, staring at the wall for a minute, before
deciding it is beneath his dignity to piss on. That’s what is waiting for you.
>> Joe Biden is a better man. He’s smarter. He’s winning.
>> Do you remember when you didn’t want to name Donald Trump Jr., Donald because you
were worried about him being a loser named Donald? You were right about that. He is.
>> But it is you who will be remembered as America’s greatest loser. You will be crushed in the

Prestigious medical journal calls for US leadership to be voted out over Covid-19 failure

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN


(CNN)In an unprecedented move, the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published an editorial written by its editors condemning the Trump administration for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic -- and calling for the current leadership in the United States to be voted out of office.

"We rarely publish editorials signed by all the editors," said Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal and an author of the new editorial.

The editorial, which Rubin said was drafted in August, details how the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths. So far, more than 7.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and more than 200,000 people have died of the disease.

"This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy," the editorial says.

It does not endorse a candidate, but offers a scathing critique of the Trump administration's leadership during the pandemic.

"Anyone else who recklessly squandered lives and money in this way would be suffering legal consequences. Our leaders have largely claimed immunity for their actions. But this election gives us the power to render judgment," the editorial says. "When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs."

The New England Journal of Medicine began publishing in 1812. There have been only four previous editorials collectively signed by its editors in the recent past: one in 2014 about contraception; an obituary that same year for a former editor-in-chief; an editorial that year about standard-of-care research and an editorial in 2019 about abortion.

"The reason we've never published an editorial about elections is we're not a political journal and I don't think that we want to be a political journal -- but the issue here is around fact, not around opinion. There have been many mistakes made that were not only foolish but reckless and I think we want people to realize that there are truths here, not just opinions," Rubin said.

"For example, masks work. Social distancing works. Quarantine and isolation work. They're not opinions. Deciding not to use them is maybe a political decision but trying to suggest that they're not real is imaginary and dangerous," he said. "We don't have the right leaders for this epidemic. I think we need better leadership."

The New England Journal of Medicine is not the only medical or scientific publication to take a political stance amid the pandemic and ahead of this November's presidential election.

In September, the magazine Scientific American announced it was endorsing former vice president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden over President Trump, who it criticized for dismissing science. That announcement marked the publication's first endorsement of a presidential candidate in its 175-year history.


Levin Report

Trump Casually Confirms Medicare Is on the Chopping Block

From “I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid” to hell yes I’m coming for your social safety net.

By Bess Levin

Something you’ve probably noticed about Donald Trump by now is that the man is a full-fledged pathological liar. Whether it‘s big lies like “imminent” attacks on Americans or small lies like the number of people at a Beto O’Rourke rally, if there’s an opportunity to lie, the 45th president of the United States will jump on it like a spread of fast food laid out on the White House’s finest china. For Donald J. Trump, no lie is too ridiculous, as evidenced by the claims that Hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama, that Ivanka Trump has created 14 million jobs, and that he, Donald Trump, “saved” the pre-existing provision in Obamacare. Some people collect stamps or take up Jazzercise—Donald Trump lies.

And while many of Trump’s lies are stupid and pointless and have little effect other than to potentially drive a person to scream “Jesus Christ do you ever tell the truth about anything you unrepentant lunatic,” other lies very much impact people’s lives. For instance, the one he told on the 2016 campaign trail about how he will never touch Medicare (or Social Security, for that matter), which he basically admitted on Wednesday was another one of his patented whoppers. (Without actually admitting it, of course; the Second Law of Trump Lies is to never, ever cop to the fact that he’s completely full of shit, even if there is literally audio or video proving as much.)

In an interview with CNBC, Trump was asked, “Entitlements ever [going to] be on your plate?” To which the man who said “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid” responded, “At some point they will be. We have tremendous growth. We’re going to have tremendous growth. This next year I—it’ll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that’s actually the easiest of all things, if you look, cause it’s such a big percentage.”

Asked specifically about Medicaid, Trump told host Joe Kernen, “We’re going to look” and then launched into a typical speech about how he‘s done so much for African Americans, who despise him, and failing to give his predecessor any credit whatsoever for the numbers.

That Trump would lie about a plan to slash “entitlements” obviously comes as little surprise, given that lies for him are like oxygen for other living things. Also, there was a hint about it last August, when Senator John Barrasso told the New York Times that Republicans had brought up the prospect of gutting “Social Security, Medicare and other contributors” to the budget deficit to the president, who reportedly “talked about it being a second-term project.” So this must be very exciting for them.

What is your vote plan?

Wisconsinites can now cast their ballot in-person starting today (October 20) during the early voting period.

Voters can request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office or other designated early vote location possibly through November 1, 2020. Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipalities may not offer weekend in-person absentee hours. Contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours.

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Joe Biden has a plan to create millions of good-paying, family-supporting union jobs, promote worker safety, and put working people first during this unprecedented economic downturn. Biden respects the dignity of work and is proud to support working people, our unions, and our middle class.

Use your power. Use your voice. Be a 2020 voter.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer

Democratic vs Republican Stand on Controversial Issues*

The Democrats and Republicans have varying ideas on many hot button issues, some of which are listed below. These are broadly generalized opinions; it must be noted that there are many politicians in each party who have different and more nuanced positions on these issues.

   Social Programs

   Democrats across the board believe that government should run such  programs

   as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, unemployment benefits, and

   programs that support seniors and people in need. They believe more tax dollars

   should be funneled into these programs.


   Republicans question the need for these programs and want to abolish many of

   them, favoring private businesses to take over select ones.

Tax Policy

   Both parties favor tax cuts, but each party takes a different view on where those

   tax cuts should be applied. The Democrats believe there should only be cuts for

   middle- and low-income families but believe that taxes should be higher for

   wealthy individuals and corporations. The Republicans believe there should be

   tax cuts but only for those in the higher income brackets and corporations.


   Democrats support progressive taxes. A progressive tax system is one where

   high-income individuals pay taxes at a higher rate. This is the how federal

   income tax brackets are currently set up. For example, the first $10,000 in

   income is taxed at 10% but income over $420,000 is taxed at 39.6%.

Some Republicans are proponents of a "flat tax" where all people pay the same percentage of their income in taxes regardless of income level. This would result in middle- and low-income earners paying the same tax rate as wealthy individuals. 

Minimum Wage

Democrats favor an increase in the minimum wage to help workers.

Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage claiming it hurts businesses.


Democrats support a woman’s right to choose and keeping elective abortions legal and safe.

Republicans do not believe in a woman’s right to choose and believe abortions should not be legal and that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

Gun control laws

Democrats favor preserving the Second Amendment while adopting gun controls laws that require strict background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.  They believe this will help prevent massacres like those that have occurred in the nation’s schools. 

Republicans oppose gun control laws.


Democrats are reluctant to using military force against countries like Iran, Syria, and Libya.

Republicans have a more hard line stance against countries like Iran, with a higher tendency to deploy the military option.

   Energy Issues and the Environment

   There have always been clashes between the parties on the issues of energy and

   the environment. Democrats believe in restricting drilling for oil or other avenues

   of fossil fuels to protect the environment while Republicans favor expanded

   drilling and dismiss the idea that it has a negative environmental impact.

   Democrats support alternative energy solutions, such as solar and wind power,

   while the Republicans favor allowing the market to decide which forms of

   energy are practical. Republicans also deny that there is a climate warming

   problem which threatens future generations. 

   Crime and Punishment

   Democrats are progressive in their views, believing that crimes which do not

   involve violence, such as using drugs, should have lighter penalties and

   rehabilitation. They are also against capital punishment.

   Republicans generally believe in harsher penalties when someone has committed

   a crime, including for selling and the use of illegal drugs. They also generally

   favor capital punishment.



   The parties have different views on the education system of the country, but

   both agree there needs to be change. Democrats favor more progressive

   approaches to education, such as implementing the Common Core System,

   while Republicans tend to favor more conservative changes such as longer hours

   and more focused programs. They are also divided on student loans for college,

   with Democrats favoring giving students more money in the form of loans and

   grants while Republicans favor promoting the private sector giving loans.


Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy has traditionally been relatively consistent between Democratic and Republican administrations. Key allies have always been other Western powers like the UK, France. Allies in the middle east were—and continue to remain—countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.

Nevertheless, some differences can be seen based on the Obama administration's handling of relations with certain countries. For example, Israel and the U.S. have always been strong allies. A major contributor to tension has been the Obama administration's Iran policy. The U.S. tightened sanctions on Iran in Obama's first term but negotiated a deal in the second term that allowed international inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities. The U.S. and Iran also found common ground against the threat from ISIS.

 Republicans in Congress opposed the Iran deal and the easing of sanctions against Iran. 

Another country where the Democratic Obama administration reversed decades of U.S. policy is Cuba. Republican Rand Paul supported the unfreezing of relations with Cuba but his opinion is not shared by a majority of Republicans.  Republicans like presidential contenders Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have publicly opposed the normalization of relations with Cuba.


Politicians from both parties are often heard saying that "The immigration system in this country is broken." However, the political divide has been too wide to let any bipartisan legislation pass to "fix" the system with "comprehensive immigration reform."

Undocumented immigrants

In general, the Democratic Party is considered more sympathetic to the immigrant cause. There is widespread support among Democrats for the DREAM Act which grants conditional residency (and permanent residency upon meeting further qualifications) to  immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were minors.

Republicans have been opposed to the act.

Legal immigration

Republicans favor legal immigration to be "merit-based" or "point-based". Such systems allow entry visas only to individuals with in-demand skills who can contribute to the economy. The flip side of such a system is that not enough visas may be available for family-based immigration.

A merit-based system is also the opposite of the what the Democrats profess: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore." 

Civil Rights

Abraham Lincoln belonged to the Republican Party, so the roots of the party lie in individual freedom and the abolition of slavery. Indeed, 82% of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while  69% of Democrats did, but that was because the then strong Southern wing of the Democratic party was vehemently opposed to civil rights legislation.

In any case, the present dynamic is that minorities like Hispanics and African Americans and are much more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. There are prominent African American Republicans like Colin Powell who have now said they will vote democratic.

Voter ID laws

Democrats criticize the GOP for pushing for voter ID laws.   They believe that these laws disenfranchise senior, black and Hispanic voters who tend to be poorer and unable to obtain ID cards

Republicans believe these laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud while it has been proven that voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

*Compiled from several published articles.


This warehouse in the Town of Kimball is listed as the residence on the nomination papers of Iron County's Republican  District Attorney Matt Tingstad.

Wisconsin law requires that anyone holding public office must live in the state.  Tingstad is also not registered as a Wisconsin voter.




Debunking President Trump's 2020 Election Myths

By Madison Feller

 Living under Donald Trump's presidency for the last four years means we've gotten used to the nation's leader making false or misleading statements. And in the run-up to November, Trump has stayed true to himself, spouting several deceptive—and concerning—comments about the 2020 election. Here, we'll be keeping track of (and helping to debunk) Trump's election myths.

Myth: Trump can delay the election.

On July 30th, Trump claimed that due to mail-in voting, the 2020 presidential election would be "the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history." He then suggested delaying the election until "people can properly, securely and safely vote."

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With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020

According to CNN, Trump has "no authority" to delay the presidential election. In fact, the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the voting date, and as CNN reports, "Lawmakers from both parties said almost immediately there was no likelihood the election would be delayed and even some of Trump's allies said his message reflected the desperate flailing of a badly losing candidate."

NPR also reported that Trump later said that he did not actually want a "date change" but warned the procedures for the 2020 election would be "fraudulent," "fixed," and "rigged."

Prompted by Trump's tweet, the New York Times answered some questions relating to Trump's power over the election, including whether Trump can cancel or postpone the election with an executive order (no) and the likelihood of the election being postponed (highly unlikely).

Myth: Mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud.

Referring to that same tweet from Trump, CNN reported there's "no evidence" that mail-in voting leads to fraudulent voting, though Trump has claimed as such several times. (Some Democrats have also raised concerns.) The Times also reported in its Q&A that mail-in voting does not lead to voter fraud and that studies have shown voter fraud is "very rare" in the U.S. Also, fun fact, Trump voted by mail in the 2016 election.

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Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans. @foxandfriends

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2020

The Times also reports that in five states (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington), "most or all votes are cast by mail" while in three other states, more than half are cast by mail. "And states that use vote-by-mail have encountered essentially zero fraud," the paper reports.

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"You get thousands and thousands of people sitting in somebody's living room, signing ballots all over the place. No. I think that mail-in voting is a terrible thing" -- Trump totally makes stuff up on Tuesday to discredit mail-in voting

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 8, 2020

Trump has also made claims that mail-in voting is particularly detrimental to Republican candidates, though Vox clarifies, "There’s little evidence that mail-in voting disproportionately helps Democrats, but that hasn’t stopped Trump and other Republicans from opposing it on a partisan basis."

He's also, falsely, said that there's a difference between absentee voting and mail-in voting. CNN reports there isn't really one and many states "make no distinction at all."

However, it is true that some experts have concerns going into this election. Politico reports: "It’s unknown whether the United States Postal Service can handle a surge of mail-in ballots in a timely fashion, and other officials have cautioned about long lines and a shortage of workers at in-person polling stations, which have been limited during the coronavirus outbreak. Some have predicted the crush of remote voting could mean a final winner in the presidential race between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden won’t be known for days or even weeks. "

Myth: Trump can successfully reject the election results.

During a Fox News interview in late July, Trump would not say whether he would accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. When asked to give a "direct answer" about whether he would accept the election, Trump said: "I have to see. I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either." (Forbes pointed out that during the 2016 election Trump said, "I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if I win.")

Then when asked, during an interview with Axios's Jonathan Swan, what not accepting the results would look like, he said, "Hillary Clinton never accepted them. She still doesn't accept them."

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Trump on accepting the election result in November: "Well, Hillary Clinton never accepted. She still doesn't accept it."

Swan: "She conceded on election night, now she grumbled about it-"

Trump: "Grumbled? She wrote books about it."

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) August 4, 2020

In response to Trump's statements, GEN explored the question of what exactly happens if Trump refuses to accept the results of the presidential election. One potential scenario the site describes is a situation where Trump is ahead on election night but Biden wins days or weeks later, once every vote is counted.

GEN reports: "It’s conceivable in a close race that the Democratic governor certifies one result and one set of electors, but the Republican legislature certifies an entirely different result and set of electors. That’s where all these scenarios can start to go haywire."

However, the site confirms that it's unlikely the fallout from such a scenario would happen: "It requires a very specific set of circumstances where Trump loses, challenges the validity of the election, and then still has enough allies in state legislatures and Washington, D.C., to be able to formally overturn the Electoral College results—to say nothing of the popular vote—under color of law."