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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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.

Donald Trump

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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I Alone Can ‘Fix’ It? Trump Claims for Himself the Exclusive ‘Right to Destroy’ America

Throughout his single term as “president,” and his subsequent habitation of loserville, Donald Trump has demonstrated an impressive ability to make a total and complete arse of himself. Some of the highlights include his belief that stealth fighters are actually invisible, his claims that windmills cause cancer, his proposal to nuke hurricanes, his praise for how George Washington’s Army took over airports, and his advocacy of injecting bleach to cure COVID.

Donald Trump

It may be going too far to suggest that his latest hysterical outburst surpasses any of those beauties, but it is at least in the same league. At his recent cult rally and coronavirus super-spreader in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump told his enrapt disciples that…

“Our country is being destroyed by people who have no right to destroy it. People that won an election illegally, people that should not have been elected. They lost in a landslide.”

Let’s begin at the end of that vacuous verbosity. The only one who lost in a landslide was Trump himself. And despite months of hyperventilating, he still hasn’t presented a shred of evidence of any “illegal” election activity. He’s been peddling his inflammatory “Big Lie” rhetoric months without any concern for the violence that it has caused and will likely cause in the future.

However, what truly deserves recognition for downright idiocy is Trump’s assertion that the people who he, in his egomaniacal delirium, alleges are destroying the country have “no right” to do so. That implies that there are people who do have that right. And of course, in his cartoon brain, that means him. To his credit, he already made a pretty good attempt at it.

This must be what Trump meant when he insisted that “I alone can fix it.” Although he was using the word “fix” in the way a mobster would with regard to a boxing match wherein he wanted to insure that the fighter he was betting on would win. It was revealing phrasing that is now the title of an anti-Trump book by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post. Rucker appeared on Face the Nation Sunday to disclose just how close Trump came to his aspirations of destroying the country:

“It wasn’t until Trump left office that…we learned how much worse it really was. How close the country came to the brink, not only of chaos but of democracy falling.”

In addition to the above, Trump dropped a few other Loony Tunes this week. For instance, he still thinks that he can be returned to his throne this year:

“The Radical Left Democrat Communist Party rigged and stole the 2020 election. The time to act is not in 2022, or in 2024, the time is right now here in Arizona. We don’t have the luxury to sit back and wait for the next election”

He learned a new word (routers), but not the definition:

“The county has, for whatever reason, also refused to produce the network routers. We want the routers, Sonny, Wendy, we got to get those routers, please. The routers. Come on, Kelly, we can get those routers. Those routers. You know what? We’re so beyond the routers, there’s so many fraudulent votes without the routers. But if you got those routers, what that will show, and they don’t want to give up the routers. They don’t want to give them. They are fighting like hell. Why are these commissioners fighting not to give the routers?”

And he’s repeating an old word that isn’t exactly family-friendly at his cult rally where children (and childish adults) are in attendance:

“Democrats don’t want you talking about the election because they say, ‘Holy sh*t! They caught us!'”

Never mind that no Democrat has ever said or even thought that about the election. Also, Trump called the New Green Deal, “New Green Bullsh*t.” He’s so presidenty.

These are just a sampling of the peculiar lunacies Trump has laid down and that America has had to tolerate for the past five years. It doesn’t include the far more serious matters, such as violent insurrection and hundreds of thousands of viral fatalities. And the ordeal is still not over.

As long as Trump and his confederates have not been brought to justice, the nation will continue to suffer. Even after Trump has left the scene, his successors will take over where he left off unless the rule of law is restored. And it’s up to the American people to demand it.

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The Pandemic of the Unvaccinated? No! It’s the Pandemic of the Fox News Infected

The past few weeks has seen a disturbing resurgence of the coronavirus. After appearing to have come under control due to the Biden administration’s success in making the vaccines widely available, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, are once again on the rise. And the cause of that is plainly attributable to the holdouts who are either reluctant or opposed to getting vaccinated.

Fox News, Covid

The data is clear that the increased viral activity is a preventable phenomenon that the CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky, has tagged as the pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Drilling deeper into the data reveals that the new COVID-19 hot zones are predominantly located in red states or Republican dominated areas.

However, even that doesn’t tell the whole story. The vaccine-averse are digging in even as the Delta variant, the most contagious yet, has become dominant. According to research conducted by an Axios/Ipsos tracking poll, Fox News viewers are significantly trailing viewers of other media in getting vaccinated:

“According to the combined sample, 62% of adults who use Fox News as their main news source have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s not nothing, but it’s still relatively low.” […]

“The people who get their news from CNN or MSNBC, for example, had a vaccination rate of 83% in the same polling. Likewise, 79% of adults who rely on network news have had at least one dose of a vaccine. About three-quarters (74%) who get their news from public television or radio were at least partially vaccinated.”

So the percentage of Fox News viewers that have been vaccinated is 21 points lower than viewers of CNN or MSNBC, and 17 points lower than those who get their news from the broadcast networks. While that is a troubling set of statistics, it isn’t especially surprising. After all, Fox News has been telling their audience for months that COVID is either a hoax or a flu. Even worse, Fox has warned that the vaccines have dangerous, even deadly side effects, or that they contain microchips or are otherwise key to a clandestine plot to control the population.

Fox fear monger Tusker Carlson recently warned his viewers that vaccines don’t work and “they” aren’t telling you. Just this week Fox’s Sean Hannity appeared to briefly concede that the vaccine was beneficial and should be taken. But the following day he reversed himself and told his audience not take his advice anyway because he’s not a doctor. As for Donald Trump, he gave his disciples at his latest cult rally a decidedly mixed message:

“How about the vaccine? I came up with the vaccine. They said it would take three to five years. Gonna save the world. I recommend you take it, but I also believe in your freedoms 100%.”

First of all, Trump asserting that “I came up with the vaccine.” may be one of the most thoroughly demented things he’s said since his proposal to inject Clorox as a virus treatment. More to the point, though, Trump isn’t going to persuade his flock to get the shot if he immediately qualifies his rather weak recommendation with a suggestion that their “freedoms” rest on not getting it.

The result of this leads to the conclusion that a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is not the best description of our current state of affairs. This is more accurately described as a “pandemic of the Fox News infected.” Whether or not someone watches Fox News may be the best indicator of their vaccination status, or their likelihood of getting vaccinated in the future. Consequently, for the safety of everyone else, it might be best to avoid any contact with Fox News viewers. They are the ones most likely to be infected and transmitting the virus. Stay safe America.

UPDATE: It’s getting much worse. The red/blue vaccination divide was about two points in April. Now it’s six times greater:

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Donald Trump is ‘An American War Criminal in His Own Country’ ~ Carl Bernstein

For the past six months Donald Trump has persisted with his reckless and inflammatory “Big Lie” rhetoric that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. That egomaniacal blather led directly to the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. And it continues to this day with Trump’s most recent cult rally in Phoenix, Arizona, where he spent nearly all of his 90+ minutes ranting about the last election.

Donald Trump, QAnon, Dictator

However, Trump’s phony election fraud fetish only scratches the surface of his danger and dementia. On Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN, famed Watergate reporter, Carl Bernstein, delivered a convincing argument for changing the context with which we view Trump. His self-serving distortions of reality are not merely examples of his narcissistic thirst for adoration and power. They represent a much more serious breach of societal norms and international law. Bernstein began by noting that “What we’re talking about is a kind of delusional madness.” Then he elaborated saying that…

“I think when we’re talking about Trump’s crimes as an American war criminal in his own country, that he has perpetrated upon our people, including the tens of thousands who died because of his homicidal negligence in the pandemic, putting his own electoral interests above the health of our people as they were slaughtered in this pandemic.

“Looking at his actions in terms of fomenting a coup to hold on to office, in which the head of the American military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff [Gen. Mark Milley], has now compared Trump – not the press, not reporters comparing Trump to Hitler – but rather the head of the American military, comparing him and his movement to Brownshirts, to the Reichstag fire. This is a huge wake up call to this country.”

Bernstein is articulating what many Americans have already been thinking for months (years?). And he is providing just the right evidence to support his opinion. Trump has brazenly placed his own interests above those of the nation. He has gone to extreme lengths to persuade his dimwitted cult disciples that his goals are the same as theirs. And he has grievously harmed millions by doing so. This same point was made by historian Steven Beschloss, who tweeted that…

“We are living in a country in which tens of millions are continuing participants in a death cult committed to a sociopathic conman and criminal who occupied the White House to enrich himself and feed his broken ego.”

While Trump is certainly guilty of forming and encouraging that “death cult,” the liability of the conservative, Trump-fluffing media cannot be ignored. First, and still foremost, is Fox News, where Trump’s lies are not just tolerated, they are supported by a roster of anchors, contributors, and guests, who are almost uniformly devotees of the Cult of Trump. They believe the coronavirus was a hoax created to hurt Trump. They believe that President Biden is a communist. They believe that Trump won the election. In short, they are hopelessly bonkers. And they are spreading that sickness to their viewers.

It is crucial that the nation recognize just how detrimental Trump has been to America, and will continue to be if the American people don’t hold him accountable. That means our legal institutions need to step up and charge him for the crimes he’s committed. Unless they do it will just be setting the precedented for the next aspiring dictator to take over where Trump left off. Bernstein and Beschloss are saying exactly the right things. But if we do nothing in response, the American experiment will end in failure.

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How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
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