-Nov 27: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses the GOP’s election lawsuit.
Nov 29: Health officials warn of a post-Thanksgiving coronavirus spike.
Nov 30: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a record, 96,039. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) warns that the state could run out of hospital beds by mid-December, and hit 112 percent intensive-care bed capacity by Christmas. Arizona and Wisconsin certify Biden election wins. Legislators meet to avoid a government shutdown that will happen on December 11 if they don’t avert it. The first U.S. coronavirus infections probably occurred in mid-December 2019, about a month before public health officials confirmed the first U.S. case, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. President Trump has raised more than $150 million in political donations since Election Day,
Dec 1: Attorney General William Barr admits to the Associated Press that the Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would reverse President Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
December opens with something many of us feel like we haven’t felt in a long while: hope. The CDC is meeting today to decide how the vaccine, when it arrives, will be distributed. With AstraZeneca also announcing a reliable set of tests, there are now multiple vaccine candidates that will soon be available. Who will receive it first, though no doubt contentious, is a “light at the end of the tunnel” conversation. And some members of the GOP are, however belatedly, turning against Trump’s continued self-pitying accusations that the election was somehow stolen. Arizona’s Republican Governor Greg Ducey was in the act of signing his state’s election results for Biden/Harris when Trump called him on his cell phone. Ducey took the phone from his pocket, silenced it after noting that it was the President of the United States calling—Ducey’s ringtone for POTUS is literally “Hail to the Chief,” so we could all hear who was calling—and then went on with the signing ceremony.
Trump attacked Governor Ducey, of course. He has attacked everyone who did not uphold his baseless accusations. Party loyalty makes no difference. Ducey responded with a description not only of how rigorous the voting process is in Arizona, but with a final statement that might be anathema to Trump and his followers: “That’s the law. I’ve sworn an oath to uphold it, and I take my responsibility seriously.” Later—in a space that was not either version of the Four Seasons—Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis continued their tour of lies allowing the president to continue his baseless assertions. The highlight of each of these appearances is the Trump call-in, which Ellis puts on speakerphone and holds up to a mic. Now Ducey is the target.
Importantly, these events are not even carried on Fox News anymore. Instead, it’s the One America Network (OAN), an even more extreme right-wing infotainment channel, that is airing the president’s disinformation campaign. This presidential grousing has real consequences. In Georgia, Republican election officials are being harassed by gun-toting Trumpians spouting QAnon conspiracy nonsense and placing nooses in public spaces with the names of low-level ballot employees on them.
Yet Trump’s increased reliance on OAN signals a kind of desperation. Much like his steak business, airline, clothing line, boardgame, television show, and university, his time in government is unraveling rapidly. And he’s demonstrating he will go anywhere and do anything to stay in the limelight. His advisors say he sees the “writing on the wall,” but he is not letting up on his accusations of fraud. He once claimed his followers would still follow even if he murdered someone on 5th Avenue in New York City. We assumed that said something about the unwavering devotion of his fans—that they would engage in the kinds of weaponized devotion that they’re exhibiting in Georgia presently. Perhaps an even more important issue was whether Trump, too, would go to such lengths just to keep their attention.
This is surely why today marks the unofficial beginning of the Trump 2024 campaign. Last night, the president tweeted, “A lot of Senators and House Members are very happy that I came along. Think I’ll stick around for awhile!” His son just opened up another Political Action Committee to siphon funds from donors. Shockingly, over $170 million has flowed Trump’s way since losing the election last month—the precise amount his campaign has been accused of illegally laundering, interestingly. Much of whatever the sum is will likely be spent on “legal fees,” which is perhaps why Giuliani and Ellis keep representing this lost cause.
 Selena Simmons-Duffin, “CDC Panel To Vote On Who’s 1st In Line For COVID-19 Vaccine,” NPR.org, December 1, 2020, https://www.npr.org/2020/12/01/940418718/cdc-panel-to-vote-on-whos-1st-in-line-for-covid-19-vaccine.
 Darragh Roche, “GOP Rep. Says Trump FBI Claim Is ‘Flooding the Zone with Baseless Conspiracies,’” Newsweek, November 30, 2020, https://www.newsweek.com/gop-rep-trump-fbi-claim-flooding-zone-baseless-conspiracies-1551079.
 Stephen Fowler, “‘Someone’s Going To Get Killed’: Ga. Official Blasts GOP Silence On Election Threats,” NPR.org, December 1, 2020, https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2020/12/01/940961602/someones-going-to-get-killed-ga-official-blasts-gop-silence-on-election-threats.
 Jim Acosta and Caroline Kelly, “Trump Sees ‘the Writing on the Wall’ despite What He Maintains Publicly about the Election, Advisers Say,” CNN, December 1, 2020, https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/30/politics/trump-writing-on-the-wall-election-advisers/index.html.
 Alex Isenstadt, “Donald Trump Jr. Aides Launch Super PAC as Georgia Worries Mount,” Politico, November 30, 2020, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/30/donald-trump-jr-super-pac-georgia-worries-mount-441205.
 Russ Choma, “The Trump Campaign Is Accused of Laundering $170 Million,” Mother Jones (blog), July 28, 2020, https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elections/2020/07/trump-campaign-accused-of-laundering-170-million/; Jeremy Diamond, Fredreka Schouten, and Betsy Klein, “President Donald Trump Raises More than $170 Million since Election Day as He Pushes Baseless Fraud Claims,” CNN, December 1, 2020, https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/01/politics/president-donald-trump-raises-more-than-170-million-since-election-day/index.html.
John Brownstein, “The race for a COVID-19 vaccine,” ABC News, December 1, 2020, https://youtu.be/GccK0aUBcp0
Peay, Periloux C., and Tyler Camarillo. “No Justice! Black Protests? No Peace: The Racial Nature of Threat Evaluations of Nonviolent #BlackLivesMatter Protests.” Social Science Quarterly (December 2020). https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12902.
Outraged Georgia election official decries threatening rhetoric against election staff: “Mr. President…senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop! We need you to step up—and if you’re going to take a position of leadership, show some.” pic.twitter.com/48hxIJn33k— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2020
LET’S GIVE THEM SOME SPACE Is the Ducey-Trump bromance over? This is a really bad public breakup. pic.twitter.com/nn3C3cxK3p— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) December 1, 2020
.— Maria Lorraine (@MariaLorraine_) November 30, 2020
New Jersey Attorney General @NewJerseyOAG:
Add this to the list:
Money laundering Trump Taj Mahal
In addition to Bedminster: undocumented workers, much more.
This article is from 2017. We know a lot more now about the $ con game Trump ran.https://t.co/NKbp0giKaP
We’ve been doing early voting since 1992. Arizona didn’t explore or experiment this year. We didn’t cancel election day voting as some pushed for — we weren’t going to disenfranchise any voter. 2/— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 1, 2020
Trump won.— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) December 1, 2020
One hypothesis here — these kinds of false narratives are even stickier for those who believe them (than more top-down propaganda) due to that participatory dimension & the positive reinforcement of having their “discoveries” repeated by their media & political celebrities.— Kate Starbird (@katestarbird) December 1, 2020
The legislature is set to tackle money laundering. Donald Trump has, of course, issued a veto threat, though he says it’s about keeping Confederate names on military bases. https://t.co/aI7kYnAPGj— Esquire (@esquire) December 1, 2020
President Trump has raised $170 million since Election Day to overturn the election. But, 75% of each contribution goes to a PAC that can be used to fund travel or staff for President Trump and his family. He’s scamming his supporters. https://t.co/8RJbHhG8wl— Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (@CongressmanRaja) December 1, 2020
THEY PUT ELECTION WORKERS and USA THRU HELL JUST TO MAKE A FAST BUCK‼️ Barr says Justice Department found no evidence of voter fraud that would change election outcome, according to the AP https://t.co/wSwRhhUI6U— Jude Green (@judemgreen) December 1, 2020
Thank you for paying tribute to my husband! https://t.co/H0rfvJHCgb— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) December 1, 2020
BREAKING and DEVELOPING:A federal judge partially advances a lawsuit accusing Felix Sater of laundering money through Trump Organization properties. Ruling inside, @LawCrimeNews. https://t.co/zD3F8iXa1g — Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) November 30, 2020
Poor thing. Her orange dress is about to become an orange jump suit Ivanka Trump jewelry line embroiled in an alleged money laundering scheme, report says https://t.co/o1r5Q4Q8Qu— Paul Cogan (@PaulCogan) November 30, 2020
Why would Rudy Giuliani ask for a pardon? Oh yeah. He’s CURRENTLY under federal investigation for money laundering and palling around with sanctioned Kremlin agents. Also, a full pardon would dismiss PAST crimes, which may be why these sycophants served trump in the first place. https://t.co/rH8VZ1h46o— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 1, 2020
Trump associate Felix Sater is in trouble for laundering stolen Kazakh money through Trump properties in Russia & has already been to prison for stabbing a guy in the face with the stem of a broken margarita glass and @JohnCornyn wants Biden transparency. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/GCwYrJFSCm— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 1, 2020