The Forward Five – Wednesday, 8/19/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! If you look at the “what’s new on the site” box at the bottom of this newsletter, you’ll notice a story that uses the term “Trump cult.” I considered whether to use that term or not, but in the end decided to do so.

The story itself goes into some of the reasons for using that term:

  • The ability of the cult leader to deny reality, and to have their followers deny reality
  • Requiring strict obedience to the cult leader
  • Cult members not believing any evidence that portrays their leader in any negative way

This is not to say that all Trump supporters are part of the Trump cult. Many (most?) are not. But there is no doubt that there is a Trump cult, and that it has a large sway over the Republican party.

Much more could be said about this, and we may explore more of it over the coming days and weeks. But one thing is clear: If someone is a member of the Trump cult, you cannot reason them out of it. They have to come to reality on their own. Thinking that you can somehow run an ad or present evidence and they will stop supporting Trump is a fool’s errand.

Instead, if we are going to get rid of Trump this fall (getting rid of Trumpism is a different topic), we have to do two things:

  • Turn out the Democratic and progressive base, including those who don’t always vote
  • Reach out to independents and Republicans who are disaffected with Trump, such as suburban women

Campaigns have to do these two things, and you should too. Look around at your family, friends, and co-workers, and find those that fit into those two categories. Talk to them, encourage them, get them to vote and to vote for Biden. That’s the way to win this fall.

And by the way – Wear your mask, wash your hands, do what it takes to slow the spread and get that curve back down. We’re going to get through all of this, together.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

8/18 update — Beshear calls for patience as coronavirus case numbers rise again

Gov. Andy Beshear called for patience Tuesday as the state continues to battle the novel coronavirus that he said had infected 627 more Kentuckians. Also, Dr. Steven Stack outlined how the state will be sharing cases in schools. (Forward Kentucky)

White House report puts over half of Ky. counties in ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ danger zone

The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report on Kentucky showed an increase in both red and yellow zones last week, with the number of counties in the red zone increasing by 54 percent. (Forward Kentucky)

Postal Service halts some changes amid outcry, lawsuits

Facing mounting public pressure and a crush of state lawsuits, President Donald Trump’s new postmaster general announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics blamed for widespread delays and warned could disrupt the November election.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would “suspend” several of his initiatives — including the removal of the distinctive blue mail boxes that prompted an outcry — until after the election “to avoid even the appearance of impact on election mail.”

“We will deliver the nation’s election mail on time,” DeJoy said in a statement. (Kentucky Today)

Centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage recognized

Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, as it was on this date in 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Kentucky had the first women’s suffrage group in the South. (Kentucky Today)

Louisville’s other crisis: 100 homicides and a record pace have city seeking answers

Louisville’s most violent year ever was 2016, when the city hit 100 homicides on Oct. 19. This year, 100 Louisville homicides were reported by Aug. 17. (Courier-Journal)

Drive for 100 New Poll Workers

Forward Kentucky is asking its readers to volunteer to become poll workers for the first time. Our goal is 100 new poll workers from our readership. You can volunteer at If you volunteer to be a new poll worker, let us know so we can add you to our list. Let’s show our civic values by helping the election run smoothly!

Update: Added another volunteer on Tuesday. How about you?

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This Friday on The State of Kentucky

Mike Broihier and Liam deClive-Lowe

Join us as candidate Mike Broihier and his campaign manager Liam deClive-Lowe discuss running for the Senate, what the campaign was like in the midst of a pandemic, and what’s next for each of them. Streaming live at noon on both Facebook and YouTube.

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before

[new] The Trump cult goes shopping – I never saw a Bush, McCain, or Romney souvenir trailer come to Mayfield, my deep western Kentucky hometown. But the proprietor of a Trump trailer has been doing a land office business. (Commentary)

[new] Yarmuth releases statement on “no-confidence” resolution aimed at Fischer – Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) released this statement regarding the resolution for a “no-confidence” vote in Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer by the Republicans on Metro Council. (News)

[new] “Which side are you on?” – new video from Four Rivers Indivisible – Four Rivers Indivisible is ON IT when it comes to calling out Mitch McConnell: Burma Shave signs, billboards in western Kentucky. Now they’ve got a new video out, and it’s a winner. Watch and share! (Media)

8/17 update – Beshear says Ky. faces character test in suppressing virus so schools can open safely on his Sept. 28 date – Gov. Andy Beshear continued to implore Kentuckians to wear masks and keep their distance so all schools can safely resume in-person instruction Sept. 28, the date he has recommended. (News)

Louisville mayor could face vote of no-confidence – The seven Republican members of Louisville Metro Council are co-sponsoring a resolution seeking a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, and requesting his resignation from office. (News)

The “Masked Up and Mad As Hell!” Rally – The Mitch McConnell Retirement Committee held a rally they called the “Masked Up and Mad as Hell Rally!” It was held in Lexington, both beside a busy thoroughfare and in front of McConnell’s headquarters. Nick Lacy attended the event and snapped these photos. Some great posters and at least one great line that Amy McGrath should steal. Enjoy! (Media)

The USPS letter to Secretary of State Michael Adams – The Postal Service sent letters to almost all the states, warning them that mailed ballots might not be delivered in time. Here is the letter sent to Kentucky SOS Michael Adams. (News)

Having General Assembly meet at State Fair is ‘un-fair’ to citizens – News that KYGA will conduct meetings at the State Fair, as it has in the past, raises concern. Unlike past state fairs, this one is closed to the public. How, then, will lawmakers be able to meet open meetings laws? (Commentary)

Scott pre-files “Breonna’s Law” to end no-knock warrants, increase accountability – State Rep. Attica Scott announced today that she has pre-filed legislation, “Breonna’s Law,” to end the use of no-knock search warrants in Kentucky and to increase police accountability. (News)

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