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Brian Klaas @brianklaas London, England

Political scientist @UCL; Washington Post columnist. Author: How to Rig an Election & The Despot's Apprentice. Host of @PowrCorrupts podcast. DPhil from Oxford.

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Joined Twitter 5/11/09


Good to know Trump is getting all the “elements of medical” we need https://t.co/YnOV24sd6nTrump is clearly laser focused on the government response to the looming pandemic and the worst blow to the stock m… https://t.co/Th0SQoOaZCEvery American should see how President Trump decided to spend his time yesterday, as health experts were warning t… https://t.co/QwzDDOyYCC
Retweeted by Brian KlaasAccording to MarketWatch, the Dow was down 11.13% already this week. It’s down 3.6% today. If that holds (it could… https://t.co/Rl5zxhJxXTThe coronavirus is spreading globally. The stock market is crashing more than any week since the financial crisis.… https://t.co/4eLhLH28P0You never know with primaries until the votes have been counted, but that's one heck of a polling spike Biden has h… https://t.co/B4aO6ywZrEEvery American should see how President Trump decided to spend his time yesterday, as health experts were warning t… https://t.co/QwzDDOyYCCCan you imagine how dangerous it is to have people in positions of power during a looming pandemic who believe that… https://t.co/HxpeFEAeOOTrump attacked Obama over the Ebola outbreak *37* times on Twitter alone—and many more times in televised interview… https://t.co/TXk1pSgsNB
Retweeted by Brian KlaasHaving scientists clear their messaging with the leader is a feature of authoritarian regimes, where facts and scie… https://t.co/jepClSsw4UTrump has lied about the stupidest stuff: crowd size, carcinogenic windmills. The smallness of the lies mattered.… https://t.co/S7tclPmM3J
Retweeted by Brian KlaasGreat cover, this. https://t.co/StkfXKK9Of
Retweeted by Brian KlaasNothing says “I’m a steady pair of hands in control of the coronavirus response” better than holding an Oval Office… https://t.co/50jvGtsGbITrump attacked Obama over the Ebola outbreak *37* times on Twitter alone—and many more times in televised interview… https://t.co/TXk1pSgsNB
2/28
2020
Thanks for listening! https://t.co/DCi0zQTIpHThis podcast, @PowrCorrupts, is one of the most fascinating, informative, and scary-delightful I’ve ever listened t… https://t.co/Dnd03g6rnj
Retweeted by Brian KlaasSomeday a PhD student from the distant future who is studying the Trump era is going to stumble across archival foo… https://t.co/1bRCFAAYZtTrump literally looked down on working class Americans from his gilded Manhattan penthouse after he inherited $413… https://t.co/fm91shYNFjDo you mean to tell me that it *wasn’t* a good idea to put an unhinged, serial liar narcissistic demagogue who beli… https://t.co/UY2oaDXYBROn top of the coronavirus, now there’s this, which is likely to create dangerous escalation in the Middle East: https://t.co/tlo39FpJ56OUT NOW: S2, Ep. 4 of @PowrCorrupts The Unthinkable Olive Branch I speak to Paul Bremer, who ran Iraq & oversaw… https://t.co/CzqwZN0d9k
Retweeted by Brian KlaasOne permanent member of the UN Security Council is deliberately bombing hospitals in support of a dictator who gass… https://t.co/dACvplNqVD
Retweeted by Brian KlaasIn the latest episode of @PowrCorrupts: What do you do when a dictatorship falls but those who know how to run the… https://t.co/PqPBBpLu8FThe Dow is on track for its worst week since the financial crisis, down nearly 1,000 points already today in mornin… https://t.co/oJuO7yEj7V @portraitinflesh @ycfctilidie I also wrote a book with @Fromagehomme about this question called How to Rig an Elect… https://t.co/pUmiznB4DDOUT NOW: S2, Ep. 4 of @PowrCorrupts The Unthinkable Olive Branch I speak to Paul Bremer, who ran Iraq & oversaw… https://t.co/CzqwZN0d9kJust watch this and then think about what Trump's answer to this question would be. https://t.co/cEQ0gnHRWVMike Pence—the guy Trump just put in charge of managing a serious public health crisis—wrote an op-ed in 2000 in wh… https://t.co/CJ19GdCz6DThis is remarkable. https://t.co/JG8KkKtq1RThere’s always a tweet, pandemic response edition https://t.co/iyoA9djLhz
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2/27
2020
NOW OUT: Season 2 of the @PowrCorrupts podcast. Mercenaries. Propaganda. Biological weapons. Corruption. Purges. Tr… https://t.co/vI9Pp5COUw
Retweeted by Brian Klaashttps://t.co/E9qQLzbDM6 https://t.co/PTcRkQCMP2In May 1972 McGovern was only 7 points behind Nixon. He lost by 20 points. In May 1988 Dukakis had double digit l… https://t.co/YUlv5bpluD
Retweeted by Brian KlaasTrump has been lucky—he’s a dangerous, unfit chaos agent, but he has only really had to deal with crises that he cr… https://t.co/7ZVwDhPFVzSure, modern life is awful. But just occasionally a reporter accidentally activates a filter on his phone and doesn… https://t.co/heMsUV9WKT
Retweeted by Brian KlaasDemocratic Senate Minority Leader is requesting $8.5 billion in emergency coronavirus spending, more than triple wh… https://t.co/uYm2NtvZ5OOther than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln? https://t.co/1y1HthzRUb @withloveelizab2 I’ve lived in several actual dictatorships. I’ve interviewed torture victims, dissidents who were… https://t.co/E7o8e6KuqcThe right answer to the absurd “what’s your motto” question in last night’s debate was “Beat Donald Trump.” If Dem… https://t.co/nMPHxpacvRThe problem with Trump and the White House spending 3+ years shredding what was left of their credibility is that p… https://t.co/XSPdwjDcryThis isn’t amusing; it’s just alarming. The man in charge of staving off a devastating pandemic in the US cannot sp… https://t.co/p7AyM5ESjFNeither India or the U.S. are autocracies, but the illiberal tendencies of their leaders offer some insight into wh… https://t.co/z8u1WGlwx0
Retweeted by Brian KlaasTwitter debates about Bernie often descend into unproductive shouting matches. Some critiques of Bernie are terribl… https://t.co/I1RQVjOvwPCan Bernie Sanders beat Trump in Midwest swing districts? @brianklaas offers a cautionary tale from Minnesota: https://t.co/4br0CrguwI
Retweeted by Brian KlaasWhether you love or loathe Bernie Sanders, Democrats shouldn't neglect the very real warning signs about the challe… https://t.co/bokUF3wNJPWell this is insane and depressing, but not *quite* as insane and depressing as the fact that Trump previously put… https://t.co/wOPjBYg4HZ
2/26
2020
@brianklaas @PowrCorrupts @Kasparov63 Friends, do not deprive yourselves of Brian Klaas’s excellent, original, vast… https://t.co/MZkuEDiQAU
Retweeted by Brian KlaasAlways good when the guy overseeing Homeland Security is off on basic facts about mortality rates by a factor of 20 https://t.co/xgWJnkD9UsExperts say that Trump has clearly made the US significantly less prepared for the looming coronavirus pandemic. An… https://t.co/M4Gw2w3bmN @StigAbell Can you even imagine?Here’s a particularly weird one from 2014. Presumably Trump therefore thinks he has a personal responsibility to vi… https://t.co/EMKlhBezOYThere are serious warning signs for Bernie Sanders in Midwestern swing districts, @brianklaas writes https://t.co/hNTuxi5Q0W
Retweeted by Brian KlaasWell, this isn’t good. A Harvard epidemiologist is predicting that 40-70% of the world population will get the coro… https://t.co/BMZHD9gd4hMaybe it's not good to have a person who has spent his entire life lying and torching his credibility in charge of… https://t.co/zGfszcL6yyNOW OUT: Season 2 of the @PowrCorrupts podcast. Mercenaries. Propaganda. Biological weapons. Corruption. Purges. Tr… https://t.co/z1WAmmWwPH
Retweeted by Brian KlaasI think we are also currently underestimating how terrible it is to have a man with blatantly authoritarian instinc… https://t.co/rZv0cMpHODThe last 3 years have been the chaos of Trump largely dealing with problems he created. We’ve been lucky. But inevi… https://t.co/4KaPdV8hCYWould Bernie beat Trump in Midwestern swing districts? Nobody really knows. But there are serious warning signs for… https://t.co/L81WUUheOZ
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2/25
2020
2020 will likely be decided by swing districts in swing states. I took an in-depth look at one such district in sou… https://t.co/e5NDjZYJEEThe Very Stable Genius says the stock market is looking good on a day in which the Dow is down over 1,000 points, a… https://t.co/Y0QaEqP2LLcc: @danielfeehanCan Bernie Sanders beat Trump in Midwest swing districts? @brianklaas offers a cautionary tale from Minnesota: https://t.co/vckAcNFOmV
Retweeted by Brian KlaasThis really inspires confidence when the Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security is tweeting to figure out whe… https://t.co/1QrONIAmVqWould Bernie beat Trump in Midwestern swing districts? Nobody really knows. But there are serious warning signs for… https://t.co/L81WUUheOZCan Sanders beat Trump in Midwest swing states? Nobody knows. 2016 should have taught us some humility. But I zoome… https://t.co/EzBiox7k8EI guess it just depends on which Taj Mahal you’re referring to... https://t.co/LuKCKwHjWx https://t.co/qHa8GFztfW
Retweeted by Brian Klaas(To reply to everyone below, this isn’t a critique of anyone’s age so much as an observation — it’s a peculiar tur… https://t.co/93mW0aOqr8 @LPDonovan The narratives that emerge from low-turnout caucuses certainly do matter. You don't think that Iowa and… https://t.co/kHi9YGW2TqWe are on track for a Democratic race in which, of the three most likely candidates to win, the youngest is 77.Turnout up 19% in NV. Sanders retains his big win, but Biden was more clearly in 2nd place than initial results see… https://t.co/H5Gv7S8yqMTrump stands in front of a Taj Mahal that he didn't bankrupt, for a change. https://t.co/VPLaHQUaQ1
2/24
2020
I dunno whether the conventional wisdom is overrating or (still) underrating Bernie's chances (maybe it's properly… https://t.co/ETsVyMMWtD
Retweeted by Brian Klaas @AJMartinSky @PowrCorrupts It’s underway! 3 episode are out already...and a new one every Thursday.[David Attenborough voice]: "The fingertip stalks its prey, inching toward the subscribe button, ready to pounce wh… https://t.co/2O1FiBTIwZ
Retweeted by Brian Klaas @sahilkapur Sure, but Cruz was desperate. The campaign was already basically over. Biden has lost three states. 2 m… https://t.co/LsYp24EhDL @sahilkapur On April 27, 2016. And Harris, Warren, Abrams would all bring way more than Fiorina did. So yes, if Bid… https://t.co/socmzWpJVV @LPDonovan Sure, it might not work. Keep in mind that Cruz/Fiorina happened on April 27, 2016 — more than 2 months… https://t.co/cQcOFO6GCOAn important reminder before everyone agrees it’s all over: 3 states have voted, with a combined population of 7.5… https://t.co/KusB9DO2FDIf Biden’s advisers are any good, they’ll be telling him to try to find a progressive VP while pushing non-viable c… https://t.co/4FlmWknZ6T"Mad Mike" Hughes believed the Earth is flat. He made homemade rockets to (somehow) prove it. He died yesterday whe… https://t.co/ck4O9PpnZ6Yes, it seems that the main (and perhaps only) way that Sanders faces a genuine threat to his delegate lead is if s… https://t.co/dXRuXsO3rZHow to Discredit an Election - the opposition playbook taking root, from #Albania to #Zimbabwe. How opposition part… https://t.co/aXii9fplEZ
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2/23
2020
To clarify, the point of this tweet is that Trump is dragging the US more toward the authoritarian-style world of T… https://t.co/kJJuDYbEk0Turkey’s despot, Erdogan, faced a criminal investigation in 2013/14. He called it a “deep state" plot and a "witch… https://t.co/6Nstc4aFaOThank you! If you haven't checked it out yet, the first three episodes of @PowrCorrupts Season 2—The Dark Art of Pr… https://t.co/w1VXXvbqpG
2/22
2020
YIKES: New @ODNIgov @RichardGrenell probably shouldn't even have a security clearance, because he failed to report… https://t.co/ouGuPt8pzR
Retweeted by Brian KlaasBreaking from WaPo: Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaig… https://t.co/vgsBeXqBno
Retweeted by Brian KlaasStephen Miller is now saying his mission in life is to block migrants & refugees from getting a better life. Meanwh… https://t.co/t94REjOiL4At some point in every modern president's time in office, around two-thirds or more of Americans approved of the jo… https://t.co/ClTltlwGhPHighest approval obtained in Gallup polls, by president: W. Bush: 90% (9/11) GHW Bush: 89% (1st Gulf War) Truman:… https://t.co/PR177nj97TA bad sign: that the unhinged president ranting in all caps while showcasing that he doesn't understand how tariffs… https://t.co/NBzv7eop7nTrump is taking the very real, nonpartisan warning from the intelligence community that the Kremlin is attacking ou… https://t.co/TKIM0a66i9What a totally normal thing to say. He definitely seems like a really nice guy. https://t.co/gkFacohFDt
Retweeted by Brian KlaasRussia attacked our elections in 2016. Trump and Congressional Republicans did nothing because it benefitted Trump.… https://t.co/W5NVCy1grYNOW OUT: Season 2, Episode 3: How to be a Dictator Why did Thailand's junta kidnap a journalist and then wine & d… https://t.co/wboLz5bqkZ
Retweeted by Brian Klaas“My father told me to never leave power.” It's now been 57 years since the Gnassingbé family came power in #Togo.… https://t.co/XaulFmggTB
Retweeted by Brian KlaasIt's all happening right out in the open. None of this is mysterious or clandestine. https://t.co/GT5WOb2918
Retweeted by Brian KlaasWhat matters for a Democratic candidate is whether they can beat Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin—and per… https://t.co/uCTXwFyebpThailand’s military regime masquerading as a democracy again bans a party/leader that threatens its grip on power.… https://t.co/y90K2GrAPE @BradleyWhitford @NormOrnstein Agreed. https://t.co/rQUfQcru4U
2/21
2020

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