OAN Goes Full North Korea Style Ministry of Propaganda for Dear Leader Trump

These are interesting times, as the Chinese curse says. Who would have thought three months ago that COVID-19 would be surging to levels not seen since the peak days of the pandemic, mainly due to ignorant, unvaccinated people who were duped by Fox News and others into believing that vaccines were a government plot to control them? Who would have thought that Mike Lindell, the MyPillow crackpot would have pulled all of his ads from Fox News because they weren’t sufficiently bought into Donald Trump’s “Big Lie”?

Donald Trump, OAN

And who would have thought last November that, after Trump was soundly defeated by Joe Biden, he would be still kicking around trying convince a bunch of pitiful losers that the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him?

The persistence of derangement among among America’s radical, right-wing is surprisingly resilient. But nowhere is it more evident than on the fringe, Trump-fluffing “networks” Newsmax and One America News Network (OAN). And on Sunday OAN provided a frightfully apt example of just how deeply they have descended into Trump worship.

Natalie Harp anchors OAN’s absurdly named “Real Story.” But she is hardly a detached journalist, having previously served on the Trump 2020 Advisory Board and as a speaker at the Republican Convention. In the segment that follows (video below), Harp did her best impression of a North Korean television propaganda dispenser introducing a video clip of Dear Leader Trump. Here is an annotated transcript of what Trump had to say:

“What’s happening to our country has, sadly, happened to so many others. We are at the beginning of a communist system.”
Trump uses the word “communist” as an all-purpose epithet to keep his dimwitted disciples in a constant state of fear. He has no idea what the word actually means.

“Radicals are seizing power and destroying everything we hold dear as Americans. And it’s happening. And I said it was going to happen.”
Holding true to the cult leader’s manual, Trump plays the role of the prophet. And like most cult leaders, he’s making up the miracles he’s pretending to prophesize.

“They dismantled the rule of law, censor speech, take over the free press, imprison political opponents. You see that’s happening all over – look at what I’ve been through for years – and, of course, hold fake phony elections.”
Trump is now making sure that his followers are seething with anger at the completely false prospect that their rights are being stripped from them by nefarious evildoers. And he’s using himself as the image of a martyr, sacrificing his own welfare on their behalf.

“They’re still coming after me because I will never stop fighting and winning for you.”
And of course, Trump is their also their savior who goes to battle for the peasant class that he aspires to rule. Although it’s a mystery how any of his klan can believe that he’s “winning” for them when he literally lost the election eight months ago, and has been losing repeatedly in court (more than 60 times) ever since.

Following Trump’s impotent disgorging of egomaniacal bullshittery, Harp returned to deliver a painfully obsequious – let’s say boot – licking.

“We may not recognize our country anymore, but as much has changed in our country and, yes, even in the Republican Party, you want to what or who hasn’t? President Trump.

With him it’s always promises made and promises kept. And just as he promised he’d never let us down, he never has and never will. He keeps fighting. Not because of who he is fighting against, but who he is fighting for. We the people. And you know what? We will not stop fighting for him, or our country either.”

So Trump has never let America down? Not by presiding over the loss of more than 600,000 lives due to his negligent and incompetent mismanagement of the COVID pandemic? Or by being the first president in decades to leave office with fewer people employed than when he started? Or sucking up to America’s enemies, while alienating our allies? Or by embracing racist hate groups and domestic terrorists? Or by worsening the climate crisis and the future health of the Earth and its inhabitants? Or by enriching himself and his wealthy pals at the expense of the vast majority of the American people?

Harp’s humiliating harangue is typical of a fully indoctrinated cult member. And she is passing on that state of delusional devotion to her small but eagerly gullible audience. And, by the way, so is Trump. This video was tweeted by his spokes-shill, Liz Harrington (a flagrant violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service that prohibit circumventing a ban) to the suckers who are still swept up by his lies and con artistry. Let’s hope it doesn’t all end in a Kool-Aid party, or something even worse.

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Wannabe Dictator Trump Admits to Pressuring DOJ to ‘Just Say the Election Was Corrupt’

It isn’t often that a criminal under investigation for serious felonies makes public statements attesting to his guilt. That would be extraordinarily stupid, as well as an indication of a psychotic degree of arrogance and narcissism. So naturally, that’s precisely what Donald Trump has done in an astonishing statement that affirms his treasonous abuse of power.

Donald Trump Tyrant Dictator

Trump’s spokes-shill, Liz Harrington, released Trump’s statement in a tweet (a flagrant violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service that prohibit circumventing a ban). In the statement Trump was reacting to the recent revelation that he pressured the Department of Justice and his Acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, to “just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.”

Notice that Trump was not asking the DOJ to establish a factual basis for saying the election was corrupt. He just wanted them to say it, despite a total lack of evidence. Then he and his fellow coup plotters in Congress (allegedly Jim Jordan and Ron Johnson) would take it from there.

More troubling is the fact that Trump’s statement didn’t deny any of the allegations. To the contrary, he affirmed that he had these wholly improper discussions with the DOJ, who told him that “much of the info you’re getting is false,” and that they “look[ed] at allegations but they do not pan out.” Undeterred, Trump persisted claiming bizarrely that “You guys may not be following the internet the way I do,” as if that admission of idiocy validated his “Big Lie.” Trump’s statement raged that…

“The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee yesterday released documents – including court findings dealing with the rigged election of 2020 – that they dishonestly described as attempting to overturn the election.

“In fact it was just the opposite. The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote. The American people want, and demand, the the President of the United States, it’s chief law enforcement officer in the country, stand with them to fight for Election Integrity and to investigate attempts to undermine our nation. Our country has just suffered an incredibly corrupt Presidential Election, and it is time for Congress and others to investigate how such corruption was allowed to take place rather than investigating those that are exposing this massive fraud on the American people.”

So Trump doesn’t dispute any of the substance of the documents that were released. He merely provides his own utterly irrational interpretation of their meaning. Fine. People – and juries – can judge for themselves what his own Justice officials were saying when he sought to coerce them into making deliberately false comments about the election. The DOJ’s contemporaneous notes, and their outright refusal to follow his orders, make clear that they didn’t accept his fictional and self-serving version of events.

Trump’s call for an investigation is laughable considering that he has already lost more than sixty court cases due to lack of evidence. Many of those cases were before judges that he appointed, including the Supreme Court. But if he wants Congress to probe the “massive fraud on the American people,” he should commit to voluntarily providing testimony under oath himself. Yeah, that’ll happen. However, he may not like the results when he is found to be responsible for the fraud, along with his Republican confederates, Fox News, and the rest of the decaying Trump Cult.

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UH-OH: Tucker Carlson’s Biggest Advertiser – MyPillow – Pulls All of its Ads From Fox News

It must be awfully difficult to be Tucker Carlson, The Fox News Senior White Nationalist and Conspiracy Crackpot. It must be painful for him, having his brow perpetually furrowed into an expression of eternal victimhood that facilitates his constant whining.

Fox News. Tucker Carlson

After all, Carlson has had to endure repeated – albeit imaginary – offenses by a government intent on persecuting him. The list of his derangements and hate mongering would get someone who isn’t a wealthy trust fund baby and frozen food heir committed and placed under 24 hour psychiatric observation.

For instance, there is his paranoid delusion that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on him? Or his baseless accusation that the FBI orchestrated the January 6th insurrection? Or his claim that health authorities know that vaccines don’t work and they aren’t telling you? Or his overtly racist promulgation of “white replacement theory.” Or his attack on Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair, Gen. Mark Milley, as “stupid” and “a pig.” Or his whining that Rep. Eric Swalwell won’t return his calls? Or how he disgustingly smeared a January 6th Capitol Police hero?

On top of all of that, now Carlson has to contend with the devastating loss of his biggest advertiser. According to Variety

“In a statement late Thursday, Fox News confirmed a report by The Wall Street Journal that Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, had asked for his company’s ads to be taken out of their schedule after the network decided not to run a proposed ad promoting baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

“‘It’s unfortunate Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his commercial time on Fox News given the level of success he’s experienced in building his brand through advertising on the number one cable news network,’ Fox News said in a statement.”

Lindell, who has problems of his own, is furious at Fox News for refusing to run a commercial for his upcoming “cyber symposium,” a livestreaming event in August that he says will prove that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, and restore him to his throne. Of course, that’s a fantasy that Lindell and other Trump cultists have been harboring for months, despite having zero evidence and a string of 60+ cases being laughed out of court.

Lindell is joining Trump on the anti-Fox bandwagon. Trump became disenchanted with his Ministry of Propaganda when the network failed to be sufficiently worshipful, in his egomaniacal view. And on what appears to be his own “channel” (Lindell TV), he bellows that “I’m pulling all my ads from Fox indefinitely and immediately … Shame on Fox News.”

Carlson’s problems with advertisers began last year after some of his overtly racist ranting that is the hallmark of Carlson’s show, and of Fox News more broadly. At the time several major advertisers ditched him, including T-Mobile, SmileDirectClub, Disney and Papa John’s.

That left Carlson with only some lower-tier advertisers that aren’t as discriminating. They include reverse mortgage lenders, dubious vitamin supplements, personal injury lawyers, and gold coin peddlers. Where this gets sticky for Carlson is that Forbes reported at the time that…

“According to iSpot, Tucker Carlson Tonight’s biggest advertiser is My Pillow, which spent more than $40 million on spots during 2019 and 2020. That is about ten times as high as the show’s next biggest advertiser and more than the next four sponsors’ combined spending.”

With Lindell’s announcement that he’s pulling all of his Fox News advertising, Carlson’s show will become a charitable project for Fox News. It was already probably losing money, but now there is no way that it could be profitable.

While it is still Fox’s highest rated primetime program, it is not immune to cancellation. Bill O’Reilly was dropped after having to shell out millions of dollars to multiple women who accused him of sexual harassment and assault. Lou Dobbs got the axe after the voting software company that Dobbs slandered filed a billion dollar lawsuit against him and Fox News.

Both O’Reilly and Dobbs were already suffering from an exodus of advertisers who couldn’t tolerate their bigotry. And now Carlson finds himself in exactly the same spot. Will Fox News do the right thing and end Carlson’s Nightly Disinformation Hour? Well, Fox isn’t known for being honorable or respectful of journalistic principles. So this could go either way. Stay tuned (but not to Fox News).

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Poor Peter Doocy of Fox News Fails to Grasp that the COVID Pandemic is a Moving Target

There really should be some minimum standards set in order to acquire press credentials for the White House briefings. The press secretary should not have to be burdened with responding to childish nonsense and politically loaded set ups.

Fox News, Peter Doocy

Early in the Biden administration, his press office articulated criteria for access saying that, “Organizations or individuals who traffic in conspiracy theories, propaganda, and lies to spread disinformation will not be tolerated.” But for some unexplained reason Fox News is still there. It is plain that they fail to meet the necessary criteria. For example, On Thursday, Fox’s White House correspondent, Peter Doocy, asked Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre this puzzling question about new guidance from the CDC about COVID protocols (video below):

Doocy: President Biden says that we are not returning to lockdowns, shutdowns, and school closures, but he also once said that we didn’t have to wear masks anymore once we were vaccinated. So, why should Americans trust him now?

Doocy’s question is founded on the ludicrous premise that things never change. So anything that a president says at one time must remain operative for eternity. If, for instance, President Biden told you it was unnecessary to turn on your headlights at noon, then he should not be trusted if he later tells you to turn them on after the sun has set.

This is the situation that currently exists with regard to the COVID pandemic. A few weeks ago it appeared that cases were declining and preventive behaviors like mask wearing could be set aside for people who had been vaccinated. However, with the emergence of the much more transmissible Delta variant that has become dominant, there is now more risk for the unvaccinated, but also for the vaccinated who can contract “breakthrough” cases.

Such cases are still rare because the vaccines continue provide excellent protection. And if a vaccinated person does get infected, they will likely have mild symptoms, or none at all. However, they could still transmit the virus to someone who has not been vaccinated. Which is why they should wear masks in public places. It’s mostly a protection for others.

These concepts appear to be way over Doocy’s head. He regards the changing guidance as some sort of admission that the vaccines don’t work. That’s a conspiracy theory peddled by his Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson nightly. They also try to fear monger about mask wearing as a government plot to control the population. But no one on Fox News has yet explained the logic behind such a plot, how it would enforce any type of control, or how it would benefit Democrats to annoy people with mandates that are allegedly unnecessary and unpopular.

Jean-Pierre was too polite to humiliate Doocy with the obvious answers above. She just calmly explained to him, as she would to a child, the reality of managing an ongoing health crisis:

Jean-Pierre: Well, because we listen to the scientists; we listen to the experts. This is a public health situation. This is not about politics at all. This is about saving lives. And this is what the President is all about. He wants to make sure that we are saving lives. If you look at, Peter, the last six months, that’s what he’s done every day. And you see that in the numbers.

Now we’re at a point where we have to double down and make it very, very clear to people that we can’t let the pandemic win. We have to continue to fight.
Doocy: So if you’re listening to the science, if scientists come to you at some point down the line and say, ‘It is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures, you would do that?
Jean-Pierre: Well, like I said, we listen to the CDC and the experts and their guidance. The CDC is a body that is very well respected. And again, we follow their guidance.

Jean-Pierre seems to have picked up the patience and intellect of her boss, Jen Psaki. It’s too bad that Doocy has picked up neither. He will surely come back to the press room tomorrow with more painfully stupid questions that are aimed only at making political points, rather than enlightening the public. But then, that’s why Fox “News” hired him in the first place (at the request of his daddy, Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox and Friends).

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Fox News Legal ‘Expert’ Spews Utter Nonsense About COVID Vaccine Mandates

As the Delta variant of COVID is spiking throughout much of the country, Fox News is determined to help it infect and kill more people. Because it is primarily spreading among those who refuse to get the shot that could save their lives and defeat the virus, it has been called the “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated.” But it would be more accurate to call it the “Pandemic of the Fox News Infected.”

Fox News, Covid

All of the available data shows that the COVID hot zones in America line up perfectly with areas dominated by Republicans and Fox News viewers. These willfully ignorant folks are endangering, not just themselves, but all Americans, including those who have been vaccinated.

The disinformers on Fox News would have you believe that that is a admission that, as Tucker Carlson keeps saying, the vaccines don’t work. But they are either too stupid, or too intent on lying, to acknowledge that a viral pandemic is a fluid event that changes as the virus does. And the more available hosts there are, the more opportunities the virus has to mutate.

On Wednesday Fox News hosted law professor and Trump-fluffer, Jonathan Turley, He is a frequent guest on Fox since he argued incoherently in a congressional hearing that the impeachment of Donald Trump was unconstitutional. However, he is now representing the rights of the coronavirus to spread unchecked. He told Fox News that…

“The Biden administration is all in on a type of coerced consent approach. And what that involves is getting private companies to make life as difficult as possible for people who are not convinced. And you would like to – CNN’s health expert said ‘we have to make their life as miserable as possible.’ Even in Germany, you have an official saying you’re gonna have fewer freedoms unless you consent.

All of this is to force people who are against getting vaccines into sort of a smaller and smaller point of existence, a very difficult space. But it also means that private companies become a type of shadow state. They become the vehicle by which the government can do indirectly what it’s not doing directly.”

There’s a lot of flagrant foolishness in that comment, beginning with the phrase “coerced consent” Turley is employing it as a purposefully scary buzzword. But an alleged constitutional expert should know that it actually describes something no more frightening than a common law. Does Turley think that red lights are “coerced consent” to stopping at a busy intersection?

As for making people’s lives miserable, nothing would do that more than contracting COVID. Getting a shot or wearing a mask is a trivial imposition by comparison. And Turley surely knows that all laws technically “reduce” freedoms. Society makes a choice between unfettered freedom (i.e. anarchy) and reasonable regulations agreed to by the people and their representatives. Does Turley miss having the freedom to kill his annoying neighbor? You’ll have far fewer freedoms if you’re intubated in a hospital bed – or dead.

Turley’s argument that “private companies become a type of shadow state” seems almost deliberately dishonest. Regulations that make life as safe as possible are common, necessary, and popular. They are supported. by virtually all of Society’s institutions including government representing the state’s interests, corporations representing employer’s interests, and unions representing the interests of workers. A recent survey found that 70% of U.S. employees support making vaccines a requirement to return to the office.

Those who are against getting vaccines deserve to be segregated from the rest of the population who don’t want to be forced to be exposed to their higher degree of risk. And private companies are not serving as “shadow states” when they implement vaccine mandates. They have always required certain behaviors that insure the safety and well being of their workers and customers. That’s why you’re required to wear a helmet if you work on a construction site. You’re required to wear goggles if you’re a welder. You’re even required to wear a hair net at McDonald’s.

Many companies already have vaccine mandates, including Disneyland, Morgan Stanley, United Airlines, Google, and many hospitals and universities. And – oh yeah – Fox News! That’s right, Fox requires its employees to be vaccinated and has even created a vaccine passport program that they call Clear Pass.”

So Turley is arguing against private companies imposing mandates while he’s on a private company’s network that imposes mandates. That’s how deep the hypocrisy and has sunk on Fox News. And it should be embarrassing to both Turley and Fox News that their legal analysis is bereft of logic or reason. but then again, if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be on Fox News.

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Watch Sen. Durbin Scorch the ‘Braying Chorus’ at Fox News for Defaming the Police

Every now and then a political leader expresses thoughts that are so compelling and compassionate that they need no elaboration. And in the wake of the first hearing of the House Select Committee investigating Trump’s January 6th insurrection, Sen. Dick Durbin delivered just such a speech on the floor of the Senate.

Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham

What follows is a transcript and video of Sen. Durbin’s inspirational condemnation of Fox News cretins Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham:

In an effort to plumb the depths of political meanness and irresponsible, it is just too hard to choose between Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. First they became our nation’s leading anti-vax quacks making their specious arguments against life-saving COVID-19 vaccines and sowing doubt among their viewers who are literally putting their lives at risk because of lies that these two individuals [and Donald Trump] are spouting.

And now they are creating a braying chorus focused on the police who defended this building on January 6th. Their mockery of the bravery of the Capitol D.C. Police who risked – and some lost – their lives in the January 6th situation in this Capitol building is cowardly and shameful.

It took courage for the police to face the Trump mob. It takes no courage for these Fox talking heads to belittle these officers. It takes no courage to practice their well worn smirks reacting to the bravery in these pleas. It’s hard to imagine reading a press account of what they said yesterday and last night about the hearing that took place, the things that they did.

Ingraham gave the “Best Performance in an Action Role” to Washington Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who during the testimony recalled hearing he’d be shot with his own gun. Ingraham said, and I quote, “Well there was certainly a lot of violence that day. But it wasn’t a terrorist attack. It wasn’t 9/11. It wasn’t the worst thing that ever happened to America. It wasn’t an insurrection.”

And then Tucker Carlson responding with a smirk to footage of Fanone telling the hearing he experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Throughout the monologue Carlson piled on to his previous claims about the violence being just quote, “A political protest that got out of hand.”

First the vaccines. Now defaming the police. This is irresponsible from start to finish. I would ask those at Fox network – not exactly my friends and allies in politics – to show common decency and common sense. Common sense when it comes to these vaccines, which we know if more people were vaccinated we wouldn’t be facing this resurgent need for masks and fear of this new variant. And common decency when it comes to the men and women in uniform who risked their lives for this building, this Capitol, this democracy, and this government.

Certainly there’s freedom of speech, but let’s hope that good sense will dominate this discussion over at the Fox network as to whether these two ought to be allowed to continue their rant.

The only problem with Durbin’s eloquent address came at the end when he suggested that Fox News was capable of either common decency or common sense. Neither of those traits have ever been evident on the network devoted to right-wing lies and propaganda, to dividing America, and more recently to Donald Trump and his aspirations of tyranny built on pathological lies and malignant narcissism. Other than that, Durbin was spot on.

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Trump Doubles Down on His Deadly, Sociopathic, Pro-COVID Agenda

The stubborn determination of Donald Trump to see thousands more Americans suffer and die from a preventable illness is becoming harder to comprehend with each new comment he makes on the subject. Trump is already going down in history for having presided over the loss of more than 600,000 Americans due to his negligent and incompetent mismanagement of the COVID pandemic. But now he seems to be trying to put his dreadful record even farther out of reach of future genocidal leaders.

Donald Trump, Coronavirus

On Tuesday Trump released another of the alt-tweets that he has been having his spokes-shill, Liz Harrington, post on his behalf since he was banned from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” She is doing that in clear violation of Twitter’s terms of service that prohibit attempts to circumvent a suspension, and her account should be reported and suspended for her repeated breach of Twitter rules. On this occasion, Trump reprised his pro-COVID position insisting that…

“We won’t go back. We won’t mask our children. Joe Biden and his Administration learned nothing from the last year. Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back. Don’t surrender to COVID. Don’t go back! Why do Democrats distrust the science? Don’t let this happen to our children or our Country.”

So Trump has decided, once again, to completely ignore the science that is alerting us to increasing risks. He says that he doesn’t want to “go back,” but the new guidance regarding masks is based on forward looking data that the pandemic is surging due to the new Delta variant, which is infecting a much younger population, including children. In fact, it is Trump who is going backwards to the days when he dismissed the coronavirus as a hoax or the flu, which he knew at the time was a lie. That position led to unimaginable grief and hardship.

What’s more, Trump’s assertion that “Joe Biden and his Administration learned nothing from the last year,” is about as far removed from reality as it can get. Biden is responsibly following the experts at the CDC. By continuing to dismiss the science, it is Trump who has learned nothing. But then, when has he ever learned anything?

Trump refers to “Brave Americans” who have “learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back.” He must not be referring to the hundreds of thousands who are dead. Perhaps he means the approximately 100 million who have yet to get vaccinated, and who are mostly Trump supporters and Fox News viewers? They are the primary reason that the Delta variant is spreading so rapidly and necessitating the new masking guidance.

It is Trump who is going back. It is Trump who who is surrendering to COVID. It is Trump who not only distrusts, but demeans science. And it is Trump who is spreading the ignorance that will let the horrors of the past year happen all over again.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Last week Fox’s Peter Doocy asked press secretary Jen Psaki if Biden should ask Trump to join him in promoting the vaccine. Psaki replied that Trump didn’t need an “embroidered invitation.” He could have done his own PSA at any time in the past six months but chose not to.

Which makes it all the more grotesquely irresponsible that, even in this new statement by Trump, he still doesn’t bother to encourage anyone to get vaccinated. But that’s only because he simply doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.

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Snowflakes Gaetz, Greene, et al, Flee Their Paltry Pro-Insurrection Press Conference

On Capitol Hill Tuesday morning a bipartisan committee initiated hearings on the January 6th insurrection incited by Donald Trump. The first session (which Trump to upstage) focused on the testimony of heroic police officers who were among the victims of the riotous mobs that hoped to disrupt the functions of Congress and to overturn the will of the American people. They failed.

Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene

Also on Tuesday morning, another less ethical group of representatives staged their own partisan sideshow in a pitiful attempt to draw attention away from the hearings. They also failed. However, the Republican Pro-Insurrection Caucus press conference did manage to score a mention in the congressional hearing by Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, who noted that…

We’ve got people right now in front of the Justice Department asking to release some of the very same people to be released, even though we’re testifying about the trauma and the agony and everything that happened to us. It’s pathetic, and they shouldn’t be elected officials anymore.”

The people that Sgt. Gonell was referring to at the Justice Department were the cream of the GOP’s Lunatic Brigade: Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louis Gohmert, and Paul Gosar. They gathered together in support of the domestic terrorists who tried to shut down the U.S. Congress as it was carrying out its constitutional duty to certify the election. It did not go well for them.

First of all, it’s clear that the press didn’t appear to be particularly interested. The StormTrumpers were outnumbered by protesters and security. The protesters made sure to get their signs in front of the cameras with messages like “Pedophiles for Trump” and “Traitors and Rapists Sit down.” And a lone whistleblower added some audio activism to the affair.

Facing this handful of “intolerant leftists” (as one of the GOP shills called them) was apparently too much for the Trumpublicans. So they turned tail and bravely ran away. All the while complaining about having been “shut down.” Which is ironic considering that they didn’t care at all about their own Capitol being shut down by the cretins they were there to defend.

Notice that none of the protesters vandalized any property or assaulted anyone with flagpoles or bear mace. This is what a peaceful protest actually looks like. And it didn’t take much to send the QAnon Quartet scampering off. Greene tried to show some gumption. “To the guy that’s blowing the whistle,” she gamely declared, “we are not deterred.” Then she immediately deterred herself into her getaway car.

Gaetz was followed by a persistent reporter, Lauren Windsor, asking a perfectly relevant question. “Are you a pedophile, Congressman Gaetz” she aske at least eleven times. And with all of those opportunities, Gaetz didn’t bother to deny it even once.

This fiasco comes on the heels of another recent catastrophic political event headlined by Gaetz and Greene. They went on a national “Put America First” tour. But they forgot to put their financial house in order and, as a result

“Their campaigns and joint fundraising committee reported a combined loss of $342,000 within two months after kicking off their tour on 7 May at The Villages in Florida while pulling in less than $60,000 in contributions, according to Federal Election Commission reports reviewed by the publication.”

If this is any indication of how the 2022 congressional mid-term election is going, Republicans may be in a heap of trouble. But that is no reason for Democrats to get complacent. The future of American democracy is on the table, and those who value it need to work harder than ever to keep and expand the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. While episodes like this are entertaining and encouraging, they must not lead to letting down our guard. The stakes have never been higher.

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Trump Rants About Crime to Deflect From the January 6th Hearing Probing His Crimes

Tuesday morning the House of Representatives held its first hearing to investigate the January 6th insurrection incited by Donald Trump. The bipartisan committee is looking into what happened, what caused it, and what actions were taken to respond. Much is already in the public record, and most of it incriminates Trump and his Republican confederates.

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The committee has already been dismissed by Republicans as partisan, despite the fact that GOP House Leader, Kevin McCarthy, is the one who refused to allow three of his members to take seats on the panel. Now he’s whining about the absence of the GOP perspective that he prohibited. Meanwhile, Fox News covered portions of the hearing with a chyron that politicized and belittled the probe reading “Pelosi-Selected Committee Holds First Jan 6 Hearing.”

However, as usual it is Trump who is desperately yearning to be the center of attention. Consequently, he released another of his pseudo-tweets that is a pitifully transparent attempt to deflect from the hearings that he knows expose his guilt. Trump began…

“The fraudulent nightly network newscasts have devoted ZERO minutes to crime recently, even though crime is eating away at our cities and our Country.”

That is an easily provable lie. All of the cable and broadcast news networks have been reporting regularly on crime. Trump must be watching channels that don’t cover news, like Fox “News,” Newsmax, and OAN. He went on to babble that…

“They don’t want to talk about it because it will hurt the political narrative of the Communist Democrats.”

Trump has called Democrats “communists” before, but now he is doing it almost daily. For him it is just a handy epithet in his 3rd grade vocabulary, because he surely couldn’t define it if his life depended on it. And he went on to say…

“Just think, six months ago we had the most secure border in our history. Today, it is the least secure in our history with criminals illegally flooding into our Country-many spreading COVID into our communities-and other Countries prisons being emptied into out neighborhoods.”

There isn’t a single word in that that is true. It is merely more of Trump’s robo-talking points. Refugees at the border have a COVID positivity rate of less than 6%, lower than the Texas average. And there is no evidence whatsoever of “prisons being emptied.” Trump just makes this stuff up as he goes along.

[By the Way: It should not go without notice that Harrington’s postings are blatant violations of Twitter’s terms of service that prohibit attempts to circumvent a suspension. (more on that here). She has posted Trump’s pseudo-tweets at least 60 times just this month. Harrington’s account should be reported and suspended for her repeated breach of Twitter rules]

Trump and the Republican Cult are struggling to malign Democrats in order to avoid being held accountable for their complicity in the insurrection. Lindsey Graham went on Fox News Monday night to lie to Sean Hannity about crime. He blamed it all on Democratic states like California saying that…

“If you do this crap in South Carolina, you’ll be lucky if you go to jail. You’ll be lucky if someone doesn’t shoot you. So I say that because we’ve lost deterrence. These big Democratic cities and states have lost deterrence. People no longer feel afraid to assault someone in the street. Nobody feels afraid to go into Walmart and clean out the place because nobody in the prosecution level is gonna do a damn thing.”

Graham apparently knows nothing about his own state, much less California. South Carolina is currently #7 nationally for homicides (11.0 per 100,000), a ten year high. That’s more than twice the rate of California at #29 (4.5 per 100,000), a ten year low.

So using crime as a deflection from the January 6th hearings might not have been a very good idea after all. But then again, what else do they have? They could reprise the old “lock her up” chant about Hillary Clinton. Or they could complain about the dozen or so Trump associates who have been indicted on felonies. Or they could brag that Trump is only responsible for a few hundred thousand of the 600,000 dead Americans due to his negligent and incompetent mismanagement of pandemic. After you’ve been called a war criminal by Carl Bernstein, there really isn’t any place left to go.

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Fox News Remedial Reporter Peter Doocy Tries – and Fails – to Set Up Jen Psaki

On Monday morning, Peter Doocy, the nepotism hire serving as Fox News White House correspondent, sputtered out another of his pitifully impotent attempts at a gotcha question for Jedi Press Secretary Jen Psaki. This is becoming a daily episodic farce that is way too predictable to last another season.

Jen Psaki, Fox News, Peter Doocy

You might think that after humiliating himself repeatedly, Doocy would take some time off to ponder what career path he might actually be suited for. It surely isn’t journalism. In just the past few weeks Doocy has presented his behind for spanking too many times to list, but here are a few standouts:

The latest moment of shame came when Doocy asked a short, but fatuous question concerning the troubling increase in COVID pandemic activity that all the data shows is hitting predominantly Republicans and/or Fox News viewers. The exchange with Psaki went something like this…

Doocy: On COVID, Dr. Fauci says we’re going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?
Psaki: Well, I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated, and we have the most transmissible variants that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic, that more people are getting sick with COVID. Those numbers are not moving in the right direction. I think that’s accurate and you can see it by data.

The strikingly thin premise of Doocy’s question was aimed at prodding Psaki to assign blame for the viral spike. That is hardly an appropriate line of inquiry. The only purpose of such a question would be to goad Psaki into pointing fingers at Trump or Fox News or Facebook or any of the other sources of deliberate disinformation.

Following that, Doocy, or his confederates back at Fox’s studio, could complain bitterly that Psaki was taking partisan pot shots and pushing responsibility to others. Then, of course, the Fox Newsers would blame the Biden administration for COVID spreading in some contorted illogic devised just for the occasion.

Unfortunately for Doocy and Fox, Psaki, as usual, didn’t take the bait. Instead she provided a beginners lesson for Doocy on how viruses work and what makes them so dangerous. Not that he’ll be able to comprehend or retain such knowledge. But she has give it a try. Doocy will surely return the next day with yet another imagined zinger that will turn out to be another dud. And this show will continue until Fox News decides to have some mercy and cancel it.

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