[ Politics ] Open Question : Now dems claim Trump has called COVID-19 a “hoax”. We HAVE the VIDEO of what the President said and he did NOT say that. Can’t they grasp…?

…what modern technology allows us to do?  – That we can analyze what he said, realize he was calling their accusations a hoax and not the virus? – Do they have any idea why we just shake our heads in utter disbelief? –People, HERE is the quote: -“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that, right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ They go, ‘Oh, not good, not good.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa.”  -“They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”

[ Politics ] Open Question : In 2016 Sen.Bernie Sanders encouraged Elizabeth Warren to run for president. Now she says he’s sexist. Why is she lying like Hillary Clinton?

If anything, she’s turned many progressives against her as many are demanding refunds of donations made to her campaign.  Why value does she and Hillary see in attacking progressives instead of Trump?

[ Politics ] Open Question : Why do I wake up every morning feeling depressed that Trump is president and inciting hate everywhere?

I want everyone (regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, social class, education level, occupation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity) to get along. Trump’s presidency has divided us all, but many of us don’t realize it. I am hurt that this country made the decision it did in 2016. I want my children to grow up in a society where equality is emphasized. It sadly isn’t anymore. I’m also saddened knowing the economy is taking a slow downturn. Forecasters predict a recession by 2021. My children will have graduated college by then. I fear for their futures. Wages have remained largely stagnant and aren’t keeping pace with inflation, healthcare sucks because Trump has gotten rid of many components of ObamaCare, etc, etc. I just want Trump gone. I want to feel ok again. It’s hard not to have a full-on panic attack everyday. 

How many points of Benefit to be President of the United States?

How many points in the Benefit advantage would you need to be President of the United States (or the leader of a similarly powerful nation, like Russia or an alternate universe United States or something) in Mutants and Masterminds 3e? The Advantage itself says the following:

  • Diplomatic Immunity: By dint of your diplomatic status, you cannot be prosecuted for crimes in nations other than your own. All another nation can do is deport you to your home nation.
  • Security Clearance: You have access to classified government information, installations, and possibly equipment and personnel.
  • Status: By virtue of birth or achievement, you have special status. Examples include nobility, knighthood, aristocracy, and so forth.
  • Wealth: You have greater than average wealth or material resources, such as Well-off (rank 1), Independently Wealthy (rank 2), Millionaire (rank 3), Multimillionaire (rank 4), or Billionaire (rank 5).

Presumably, “being the President” could fall under all of those categories. When I looked up Lex Luthor’s writeup in DC Heros Adventures (which uses the same system), it mentions that at one point he runs for US President and wins, and his stat block gives him “Benefit 5 (wealth and resources)”, though I’m not sure if that is for him running LexCorp, him running the country as President, or both.

Does anyone have any hard rules for this? Ideally it’d involve a statblock of a reigning monarch or a sitting President, or an explicit rules statement somewhere, but something like a developer comment somewhere or rules from previous editions would work too (if they’re compatible with what 3e says).

[ Politics ] Open Question : So did anyone else watch ‘President Trump-30 hours’ with George Stephanopoulos and laugh almost nonstop?

Trump was being pretty ridiculous the way he kept patting himself on the back and denying the truth (George tried to straighten him out on a few points). He also kept insisting he was treated unfairly and that the news was fake. He especially was upset about polling data. But at the same time he said such data didn’t matter. Oh. He repeatedly said Mueller said ‘No obstruction’ when the report specifically says ‘It does not exonerate him’ (From obstruction)

[ Politics ] Open Question : Isn’t Trump a d_ckhead disguised as a president?

He refers to Adam Schiff as ‘pencil neck’. Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’. What’s next; calling Schumer ‘mushroom face’? Does this name-calling impress his childish supporters? How does a d_ckhead like this ever become a president? You guys had 16 other candidates to choose from and you chose the d_ckhead. Well you know what that says about you…