When Lies Replace Plans

Unable to articulate how they would govern differently than their opponents, both Trump and Koziatek resort to smear tactics.

Carl J. Petersen
6 min readOct 22, 2020


A few months back, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson each made the mistake of asking Donald Trump what his plans for a second term are. After the President struggled to answer that, the right-wing media got the message: Don’t ask that question.

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As the country plunges deeper into the COVID-19 crisis, Americans are headed to the polls. Instead of making a case for his reelection based on his record and any specific plans he has to stop the pandemic and begin recovery, Trump has doubled down on a campaign based on character assassination, temper tantrums, and lies. His base eats it up with cult-like devotion while Joe Biden retains his lead.

It is not just Trump that has failed to make a case for the electorate, but the entire Republican party. While operating under the same pandemic restrictions as their counterparts were, the Democratic party managed to complete a 92-page platform. The best that the GOP could do was a single page resolution stating “that the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda.” The party of Lincoln has given up on running on ideas, they are now a full-fledged cult of personality willing to drink whatever Kool-Aid that Trump is serving.

In Los Angeles, two school board races will also be on the ballot. Like the GOP, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) and its supporters do not care if their chosen candidates have any plans to improve education for the 80% of students who attend LAUSD public schools, they just want their candidates to win. If winning requires the use of anti-semitism, rewriting history, and lies, then the end justifies the…



Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com

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