Fox News, Trump, and the GOP Are Openly Threatening the Constitution and Democracy

From its inception twenty-five years ago, Fox News was a malignancy on the media. The motto that launched the network – “fair and balanced” – was intended to imply that the rest of the media was neither. It was more than an advertising slogan that criticized its competitors. It was borrowed from cult doctrine that taught disciples to trust only them and no one else.

Fox News, Constitution

Donald Trump embraced the same indoctrination tactics as he drummed into his followers heads that “the media is the enemy of the people.” He literally instructed them in Orwellian terms that they couldn’t believe their own eyes and ears, saying that “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Consequently, the results of a new study by the Pew Research Center shouldn’t surprise anyone. It found that…

“In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half – dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year. This decline is fueling the continued widening of the partisan gap in trust of the media.”

On the other hand, an overwhelming majority (78%) of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they have “a lot” or “some” trust in the national news media. The difference between Democrats and Republicans is a whopping 43%. So while Democrats rely on credible outlets with verifiable sources and documentation, Republicans are slaves to Fox News, Breitbart, OAN, and other professional propagandists. And the echo chamber linking those propaganda merchants and Trump completes the right-wing media circuitry.

On Tuesday the Republican Party went even further off kilter by making threats against telecom companies should they comply with legal requests by Congress for information. The House Select Committee on the January 6th insurrection asked the companies to preserve data in the event that the Committee might later request it as part of their investigation. That set off the House GOP leader, Kevin McCarthy who warned that…

“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States, If they pursue this path a Republican majority will not forget.”

McCarthy was unable to cite what law the companies would have violated by complying with a request from Congress. But that’s only because there is no such law. To the contrary, it would be unlawful obstruction of justice if they did not comply, as pointed out by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). In addition, GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene joined McCarthy’s mob-style threat and made one of her own. “These telecommunication companies,” she warned, “if they go along with this, they will be shut down. That’s a promise.”

Green made her threat on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program. And Carlson was quick to agree. He told her that “That sounds like a threat, and we fervently hope it is. […] You should shut them down. I mean you should take those companies down.”

Carlson, McCarthy, and Greene were appropriately criticized and ridiculed on social media for their ignorant, and ultimately impotent, threats. However, something has been missing from those critiques. What no one seems to have noticed is that these were actually attacks on the Constitution and its protection of freedom of the press. Two of the biggest telecom companies are AT&T and Comcast. AT&T is the parent corporation of CNN. And Comcast owns NBCUniversal.

So the threats by McCarthy and Greene to “shut down” these press operations are blatant violations of the First Amendment that states that “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” And the collusion with Fox News and Donald Trump turns this into a cabal of anti-constitutional conspirators who seemed determined to sabotage democracy and the principles upon which this nation was founded. They are not fit to serve in either government or media. And the American people should should shut them down before they cause even more harm.

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Consciousness of Guilt? GOP Trump-Fluffer Seeks to Obstruct January 6th Insurrection Probe

Nearly eight months ago a crazed horde of hostile Donald Trump cult disciples invaded the United States Congress in an attempt to block the constitutionally mandated certification of Joe Biden’s election. They broke windows, battered down doors, and assaulted police officers, while chanting threats to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and hang Vice-President Mike Pence.

Donald Trump Insurrection

Pelosi gave Republicans an opportunity to support an independent investigation of the January 6th insurrection, but they stubbornly refused. Pelosi then set up a House Select Committee that Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy also declined to participate in. McCarthy threw a tantrum when Pelosi nixed two of his proposed Committee members, Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, due to their support for, and personal connections to, some of the insurrectionists. Those connections created the potential that they could be called as a witnesses themselves.

As the Committee prepares its investigation, it sought documents related to the events of January 6th and any communications between the insurrectionists and persons in government positions, including the White House, cabinet departments, and members of Congress. That, of course, might include Rep. Jim Banks (R-QAnon).

In what appears to be a pre-emptive move to prevent the disclosure of activities that could implicate him in crimes, Banks fired off a letter to Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson making the specious argument that it was improper to request the materials being collected. Banks also sent the letter to the general counsels of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

“One House Republican is gearing up to fight an effort from the committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack to collect the communications of members of Congress.

“The pushback from Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) comes after committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters this week that he plans to ask telecommunications companies to turn over the records of several hundred people, including lawmakers.”

The letter that Banks sent sounds strikingly similar to the pleading of a defense attorney trying to suppress evidence that incriminates his client. Banks gave the telecom companies unsolicited advice saying that “recipients of legislative subpoenas retain their constitutional rights throughout the course of an investigation.” So what we have here is a member of Congress (who does not serve on the committee of jurisdiction) attempting to persuade corporations that possess materials relevant to an investigation to withhold those materials. That’s not suspicious at all, is it?

Banks is taking a page from the playbook of his mentor and messiah, Donald Trump. When Trump heard about the subpoenas by the Committee, he released a statement, via his spokes-shill, Liz Harrington (whose proxy Trump tweeting is violating Twitter’s rules against circumventing a ban), claiming that…

“Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation.”

You have to wonder if it’s the result of Trump’s narcissism, ignorance, or dementia that causes him to believe that he still has the power to invoke executive privilege.

Finally, it should be noted that the letter Banks sent was probably written in consultation with his communications director, Buckley Carlson. Buckley is the son of Fox News ranter, Tucker Carlson, who last month viciously slandered one of the police officers who heroically defended the Capitol on January 6th.

Banks has proven that Pelosi was right to block him from the Committee. His extremist views show that he would not have been interested in an honest investigation, but rather only in protecting Trump and defending his “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. The very lie that Trump used to incite the insurrectionist riots in Washington, D.C. in the first place.

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Sen. Collins Lets Slip that ‘There Were Many Communications with Trump’ on January 6th

The investigations into Donald Trump’s culpability for the riots in Washington, D.C., on January 6th have barely just begun. So far there has been a one hearing that featured four law enforcement officers who were assaulted by Trump’s Insurrection Brigades. Naturally, Fox News immediately set out to malign the officers.

Donald Trump Insurrection

There is still much be learned as the investigation continues. The documentary and testimonial evidence is growing by the day. In that regard, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine helpfully added herself to the list of witnesses. On CNN’s State of the Union, Collins was questioned by host Jake Tapper about the House Select Committee that is probing the Trump-incited mob violence that sought to disrupt Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty to certify the election.

Collins told Tapper said that she “fought very hard” for an independent, bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. But she failed to note that it was her Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, whose opposition killed it. Then she goes on to complain about the Select Committee not being bipartisan, despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi placing two Republicans on the panel. It was GOP House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, who refused to seat three other Republicans.

Tapper pointed out that two of McCarthy’s GOP picks for the Committee, Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, were “election liars,” and Jordan is likely to be called as a witness. To which Collins replied that, “There were many communications with [then] president Trump that day.”

Really? Who would that be? We know about Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan who, by their own admissions, spoke with Trump. Although both are declining to reveal the substance of their conversations. But if there were “many” others, then maybe Collins needs to be subpoenaed as a witness to disclose what she knows about those members of Congress. Were they calling Trump to plead with him to call off his insurrectionist brigades? Were they calling to plot strategy for the attempted coup after the assault on Congress?

These questions must be answered. And now Collins has woven herself into the investigation as a material witness. We know that Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to subvert democracy. It is imperative that he be held accountable to restore faith in the American experiment. But all of those who were complicit in the domestic terrorism that Trump incited must also be held accountable. Including members of Congress who aided and abetted Trump’s treason.

Consequently, Collins must now be required to disclose what she knows, under oath, before the Committee. The seriousness of the crimes committed by Trump cannot be overstated. He was recently described as a war criminal by Carl Bernstein. And his accomplices must not be allowed to escape responsibility.

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Wait, What? Did Trump Just Concede that Reports of ‘No Evidence of Voter Fraud’ is a Fact?

Donald Trump continues to be fixated on his “Big Lie” that incited the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. His obsession with these dangerously inflammatory allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him remains the focus of his public commentaries. It’s the same insanity he’s been dispensing for months. And the madness that he’s spreading is almost certainly going to lead to further violence.

Donald Trump, Insane, Straight Jacket

On Saturday Trump issued another of his ego-soaked press releases. And his spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, obediently posted it on Twitter, a violation of Twitter’s terms of service for which she should be suspended. The message was a tedious reprise of the very same tantrums Trump has been throwing for months but which, for some reason, his glassy-eyed cult followers never seem to tire of.

However, this statement began with an awkwardly phrased assertion that serves as an inadvertent admission. Trump wrote that it’s…

“Very interesting, funny, yet sad, that every time I read or hear a story in the Lamestream Media about the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, it always is preceded by the fact that, “while no evidence of voter fraud is available,” or statements to that effect, this could not be more incorrect or “fake.” Massive evidence has been accumulated which shows voter fraud at a level that is virtually beyond comprehension.”

So Trump is now conceding that all of these stories about alleged election fraud are “preceded by the fact” that, “no evidence of voter fraud is available”? That’s good to know.

Of course, Trump isn’t really acknowledging reality. Just like he stubbornly fails to accept the reality of his humiliating election loss to Joe Biden. He’s just incapable of forming a coherent thought. And that is evident in the rest of this press release that purports to show that “Massive evidence has been accumulated which shows voter fraud at a level that is virtually beyond comprehension.” He must be keeping all of that “massive evidence” locked up at his Mar-All-Ego resort on Florida. And what is “beyond comprehension” is that anyone would believe his ravings.

Right off the bat Trump claims that there was something amiss with 35,000 votes in Georgia. But while says to “check out the recent story,” he doesn’t bother to provide a link or even cite the publisher. That may be because it comes from a single – and utterly disreputable – source, the ultra-rightist Federalist. And then Trump says to “watch what is happening in Arizona, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania,” where there is nothing notable happening at all, other than some Kool-Aid drinking Trumpists trying unsuccessfully to manufacture “proof” of election fraud.

Following that, Trump whined about “Republicans in name only (RINOS)” who he believes are deliberately covering up the “corruption” of Democrats, for which he is still unable to offer even a sliver of evidence. Nevertheless, he babbles about the “fake” “Mainstream Media” and insists that “People and facts are coming out at a level which can only be called ‘fast and furious.'” But the only actions coming out “fast and furious” are investigations into criminal election interference by Trump and his anti-democracy minions. Those probes are currently ongoing in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia, so far.

In addition to Saturday’s press release, Trump also called in to Fox News for his regular tongue-bathing by Maria Bartiromo. The shamelessly sycophantic Bartiromo let Trump ramble on about the shooting of violent insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt. Naturally, Trump suggests that the shooting was a Democratic assassination plot of an “innocent, wonderful, incredible woman.” that originated in the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer:

When the subject came up about the House Select Committee that is being assembled to investigate his January insurrection, Bartiromo approached it tenderly, leaving out any remnant of context or facts:

Bartiromo: It may very well be that Kevin McCarthy is called to testify under oath. Do you want to tell us what took place on that phone call?
Trump: No, I don’t have to because Kevin will speak and I’m sure Kevin will be very good from that standpoint. But I will tell you this: If they’re gonna do this very partisan investigation because they couldn’t get support to do a straight investigation, a big part of that investigation is the reason people went to Washington, and that’s because of the fraudulent presidential election of 2020. And that has to be a part of it.

And everybody that got there, I think, those people want to talk about the reason they were there. Because to me, that’s the biggest crime of all. We had a corrupt election. We had a rigged election. We had a stolen election. And that’s why you had over a million people march to Washington.

Notice that Trump, who ordinarily won’t shut up for two seconds, doesn’t want to talk about what happened in his phone call with McCarthy. That was McCarthy’s call for help during the Capitol siege that Trump refused saying that, “I guess these people are more upset about the election then you are.” And McCarthy wasn’t particularly interested in talking about it either when asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

What’s more, Trump correctly observed that the Select Committee was only established “because they couldn’t get support to do a straight investigation.” To be clear, it was Republicans who refused to support the bipartisan commission, despite the fact that Democrats agreed to all of their requests.

Finally, Trump goes into his all-fiction song and dance about the “rigged, corrupt, stolen” election. And to add some new spice, Trump is now applying his infamously deficient math skills to claim that “over a million people” participated on Insurrection Day. Which is another inadvertent admission that the rioters were his supporters, not Antifa or Black Lives Matter, as Trump and his Fox News apologists have been trying so desperately to spin.

All of this contributes to the “massive evidence” that Trump and Fox News are depraved and unrepentant liars. Although on Trump’s part there may also be some measure of metal illness producing his hysterical delusions and paranoia. And their brazen dishonesty is creating an environment of peril for democracy and America. Not that they care. They have already killed more than 600,000 American with their purposeful lies about the COVID pandemic. So what’s a little nation destroying after that?

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GOP Rep Calls It By Its Name on Fox News: ‘A Trump-Inspired Insurrection on the Capitol’

On this Sunday morning truth got a twofer. It’s rare that honesty ever creeps into a story on Fox News. and it’s even more rare when the truth-teller is a Republican member of Congress. However, that political oddity occurred when the subject of the January 6th MAGA riots in Washington, D.C. came up during this week’s Fox News Sunday.

Donald Trump Insurrection

Chris Wallace interviewed Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been a frequent critic of his party confederates for sucking up to Donald Trump and promulgating the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. Kinzinger unleashed a flurry of honesty that is not often seen in Republicans, and almost never on Fox News (video below):

“The American people deserve the truth, and my party to this point has said things like it was hugs and kisses. It was Antifa and BLM. It was anything but what it was, which was a Trump-inspired insurrection on the Capitol. And I think now what’s gonna happen if this thing fails is that Nancy Pelosi will run a Select Committee and this could go all the way until 2024.”

That commentary is poles apart from anything that most of the GOP StormTrumpers are saying. McCarthy himself has tread on the surreal by insisting that “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.” Somebody should introduce McCarthy to the former reality TV game show host who is pathologically obsessed with it.

During the segment the subject of the Democratic initiative to impanel an independent, bipartisan committee came up. The purpose of the committee would be to investigate the circumstances that led to the January 6th riots. Wallace asked Kinzinger whether the objections to the committee by House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, were a conflict of interest since he was likely to be called as a witness. Kinzinger replied…

“I wouldn’t say it’s a conflict of interest because Kevin is the leader. There is probably a lot of people that are gonna be subject to be called in front of any investigation on this. Even criminal investigations.

But I do think Kevin has failed to tell the truth to the Republicans and to the American people. […] The 74 million voters who voted for Donald Trump, a number of them believe that the election was stolen, believe it because their leaders have not told them otherwise. The people they trust have either been silent or not told them the truth.”

Kinzinger added that McCarthy’s positions have been strikingly hypocritical. He pointed out that McCarthy originally criticized Trump for failing to call off his insurrectionists. On the House floor McCarthy said that “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” But instead, Trump told the rioters that he loved them. And shortly thereafter McCarthy made the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago to kiss Dear Leader’s… let’s just say ring.

Now McCarthy refuses to even answer questions about whether his caucus members were in communication with the rioters during the assault. That’s how most of the GOP has fallen in line behind Trump. Which makes Kinzinger’s contrary position all the more courageous.

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McCarthy Won’t Deny that Republicans Were Communicating with Capitol Rioters

It’s been more than four months since Donald Trump’s Insurrectionist Brigades stormed Capitol Hill in an attempt to prevent members of Congress from completing their constitutionally mandated duty to certify of the 2020 presidential election. It was a deadly and profoundly anti-democratic assault on the rights of the American people.

Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy

The StormTrumpers were incited by the ex-president, along with his accomplices from the ranks of the Republican congressional caucus and the right-wing media. And in the months that have transpired since the atrocities of January 6th, none of those conspirators have been held accountable.

A bipartisan, independent commission was proposed to study what happened and to develop practices to avoid any similar events in the future. However, Republican leaders in Congress have have come out against it. It is isn’t hard to imagine why they would want to avoid such a study. What is already known through public remarks and accounts by witnesses is highly incriminating to GOP members of Congress and Trump. And that explains the nervous reaction by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy when questioned about the matter on Thursday:

Question: Do you think it’s a conflict of interest for members to be voting on a Commission that they might have to potentially be witnesses for and provide information on?
McCarthy: No, because who knows what they’re gonna do on the Commission. So no, I don’t think so.
Question: Can you be absolutely certain that none of your members were in any communication with any of the people who stormed Capitol Hill?
McCarthy: Thank you for the question. Everybody have a nice day.

First of all, McCarthy’s lack of concern about any conflicts of interest completely ignores the question. For one thing, he knows exactly what the Commission will do. It’s purpose has been clearly defined. And it’s impossible not to notice the glaring conflicts of interest by people like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Sen. Josh Hawley who promoted the protests and cheered on the protesters. Not to mention Leader McCarthy himself who admitted that he spoke to Trump while the riots were in progress. His testimony would be mandatory for the Commission to complete its mission.

Thus, it isn’t surprising that when McCarthy was asked whether he could “be absolutely certain that none of your members were in any communication with any of the people who stormed Capitol Hill,” he chose to terminate the press conference and slink away. Had he answered he would have had to include himself, his fellow Republicans, and Trump, all of whom had such communications.

Consequently, the bill that passed in the House to create the Commission is almost certain to fail in the Senate. Trump has dictated that he is opposed to it, and his minions – McCarthy and Sen. GOP leader, Mitch McConnell) are nothing if not obedient.

However, there may be a silver lining to the failure of the bill. Afterward, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, would be free to create a Select Committee to do what the Commission would have done. And she wouldn’t have to compromise with Republicans on the ground rules. She could have a majority of Democrats on the Committee, and control the procedures such as the issuing subpoenas.

So in the end, the Republican intransigence at the behest of Trump will only come back to bite him in the behind. But not to worry, he has plenty of GOP flunkies who will kiss it and make it better.

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Crime of the Century? Rage-a-Holic Trump Lashes Out at GOP, Fox News, and Newsmax

It’s been six months since the 2020 presidential election was won decisively by Joe Biden. It’s been four months since Biden was inaugurated. And yet, the “Big Lie” that the election was “stolen” and/or “rigged” by a cabal of thousands of conspirators continues to eat away at Donald Trump. It is, according to Trump “The Crime of the Century!”

Donald Trump Angry

Never mind that this cabal would have to include participants from both the Democratic and Republican parties, both of whom control the fifty states that have certified the voting results. And multiple nations would also have to be among the anti-Trump colluders, including Venezuela, Ukraine, and Germany. Sixty judges, many of whom were appointed by Trump, and the Supreme Court as well, are, in Trump’s diseased mind, all out to deny him a second term as president.

And on it goes. On Saturday morning Trump posted a series of comments on his laughably lame new blog (which was down for most of the morning). These bug-eyed outbursts speak for themselves as to the mental deterioration of the Former Guy. It went something like this…

“As our Country is being destroyed, both inside and out, the Presidential Election of 2020 will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!”

This is a “crime” that has no evidence whatsoever to prove that it was committed. Dozens of courts dismissed it as unsupported, frivolous, and totally lacking legal foundation.

“The 2020 Presidential Election was, by far, the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. The good news is, the American people get it and the truth is rapidly coming out! Had Mike Pence had the courage to send the Electoral College vote back to states for recertification, and had Mitch McConnell fought for us instead of being the weak and pathetic leader he is, we would right now have a Republican President who would be VETOING the horrific Socialistic Bills that are rapidly going through Congress.”

Trump is actually correct that “the American people get it.” By significant majorities (62%), voters believe that the election was free and fair. Although gullible Republicans continue to buy the Big Lie myth. Despite that, Trump is still mad at Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell for not finding a way to violate the law and declare Trump president-for-life.

“Fox News is afraid to cover it—there is rarely a mention. Likewise, Newsmax has been virtually silent on this subject because they are intimidated by threats of lawsuits. One America News (OAN), one of the fastest growing networks on television, and the “hottest”, is doing a magnificent job of exposing the massive fraud that took place. The story is only getting bigger and at some point it will be impossible for the weak and/or corrupt media not to cover. Thank you to OAN and other brave American Patriots. It is all happening quickly!”

In addition to the weaklings that Trump has branded as traitors, he is also perturbed at his Ministry of Propaganda (aka Fox News) and the even more sycophantic Newsmax. But there is good reason to be concerned about lawsuits considering that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic have both filed defamation suits against Fox News and Newsmax. However, OAN is hardly a fast growing network. It has so few viewers that it isn’t even tracked in the Nielsen ratings.

Trump’s persistence in continuing his futile war on democracy is only making him and the GOP look ever more delusional. Which wasn’t that difficult to begin with. The House Republican minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, told Sean Hannity this week that “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.” Someone should introduce McCarthy to Trump. Their shared inability to comprehend reality might make them perfect match.

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SRSLY? House GOP Leader Heaps Praise on Trump for Sleeping Less than Biden

The political debate in America has significantly devolved since Donald Trump rose to (and fell from) power. Trump’s idea of a substantive argument is to either fling infantile insults at his opponents, or to exalt himself for things he’s never done. And Fox News hasn’t helped with their manic promotion of trivial issues like the “cancelling” of Mr. Potato Head, or President Biden being responsible for a sauce shortage at Chick-fil-A.

Trump in Bed, Eating, Sad

On Friday evening’s episode of Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, the House Republican minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, was interviewed along with the GOP Whip, Steve Scalise, and the newly installed GOP conference chair, Elise Stefanik. That trio at the top of the Republican food chain have the distinction of all having voted to overturn the election on behalf of their messiah Trump.

During the interview, Hannity sought to elicit some commentary from his guests that would cast Biden as unfit to serve. That led to this exchange with McCarthy:

Hannity: What observations did you see as it relates to the President? Did he seem engaged? Did he have a high level of energy? You’ve been around Donald Trump, you’ve been around Joe Biden. What’s the difference between the two men?
McCarthy: This is the first time I saw Joe Biden as President since he’d been – I saw him at inaugural and State of the Union night. He was with it, and he was engaging, and he was giving me numbers, and he was talking. But at no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump. We both know it. Donald Trump didn’t need to sleep five hours a night.

Hannity must have been bitterly disappointed that McCarthy acknowledged Biden’s engagement and grasp of detail. Hannity has been trying in vain to portray Biden as weak, frail, and struggling cognitively.” But McCarthy’s response failed on multiple levels.

First of all, the assertion that Trump was bursting with energy is contradicted by four years of unprecedented presidential sloth. Trump didn’t begin his work day until 11:00am. He refused to sit through daily briefings. He insisted on what his staff called “executive time,” that consisted primarily of tweeting and watching Fox News. And he has spent a record amount of time on the golf course (usually at his own properties) that accounts for upwards of 20% of his time in office. And who can count the wasted hours Trump spent performing his psycho-comedy routine for the cultish followers at his campaign rallies?

What’s more, McCarthy’s admiration of Trump’s “wokeness” is a peculiar argument. Lack of sleep is not an indicator of strength. It’s an illness with severe consequences. Sleep deprivation diminishes mental acuity, produces hallucinations, and causes anxiety and psychoses. There’s a reason that it’s often used as a form of torture. So no one should be impressed that Trump doesn’t get sufficient sleep. And if Trump is suffering from insomnia, it would interesting to know what’s causing it. Some common causes are anxiety, stress, depression, and medications such as Adderall.

America can rest comfortably knowing the President is getting sufficient sleep to competently do his job. But we still have to worry about the fact that the hopelessly lost Republican Party is controlled by “Sleepy Don” and the “Big Lie” spreaders at the top of the GOP pile. Then again, that may be the best thing that can happen for Democrats.

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GOP Leader McCarthy’s Brain Dead Statement on ‘the Legitimacy of the Presidential Election’

The Party of Trump (aka Republican Party) has affirmed its long-standing aversion to democracy. They officially drummed ultra-conservative Rep. Liz Cheney out of her party leadership post, and probably out of the party entirely. And that’s just the latest action taken against the apostates who dare to challenge the supremacy of Trump.

Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy

Even prior to the Cheney exile, a frenzy of censures had been imposed on the disobedient disciples who betrayed Dear Leader. They include Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Ben Sasse, Sen. Pat Toomey, Sen. Mitt Romney, Rep. Peter Meijer, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Tom Rice, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Gov. Brian Kemp, and Gov, Doug Ducey, so far. All of which makes clear that the Republican Party (aka Party of Trump) has no tolerance for independent thinking or truth telling.

Adding absurdity to the demise of irony, the GOP minority leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, spoke to reporters following the Cheney ouster. Responding to inquiries about Trump’s relentless promulgation of the “Big Lie” (that the election was stolen) McCarthy said that…

“I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. I think that that is all over with. We are sitting here with the president today. So from that point of view I don’t think that’s a problem.”

WHUT? Apparently McCarthy is unfamiliar with the raving former reality TV game show host who is pathologically obsessed with “questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.” Donald Trump hasn’t stopped ranting about it for the six months that have transpired since his humiliating defeat to Joe Biden. So far this week he has posted two tirades on the subject over at his new, and hysterically lame, blog:

If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned. The Fake News media refuses to cover the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country.”

And…

All States should pass Voter ID laws along with many other fair and comprehensive election reforms, like eliminating mass mail-in voting and ballot harvesting, so we never again have an election rigged and stolen from us.”

So much for nobody questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. What on Earth is McCarthy talking about? Can he possibly be this cognitively comatose? And it isn’t just the Former Guy. Many GOP disciples of Trump are also still asking the same preposterous questions. Cheney’s expected replacement, Elise Stefanik is among them. Also, Ron Johnson, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Paul Gosar, to name a few.

This could turn out to be a problem for McCarthy. What will Trump think of his declaration that the election of Biden was legitimate? Trump has castigated anyone who suggested such a thing in the past. It’s the whole reason why Cheney was banished to the corn field. And on Wednesday morning Trump lashed out at her, calling her “a bitter, horrible human being.” So what does that make McCarthy?

McCarthy and other Trump apologists are pretending that the election is old news and they just want to move on. But no one has told Trump that. What’s more, it would be unwise – even dangerous – to dismiss Trump’s persistent lying. It was his hostile rhetoric that incited the Capitol riots on January 6th. And ignoring that fact would only serve to make the prospects of further violence more likely.

But then, maybe that’s what McCarthy and his GOP confederates really want. If they had any integrity or principles they would listen to what Cheney said Wednesday morning before the vote to oust her:

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Crybaby Trump and His Whining Republicans Threaten Illegal Retaliation Against Facebook

Several months ago, Donald Trump was suspended by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among others, for disseminating lies and disinformation that had a certifiably dangerous impact on the nation. On Wednesday morning Facebook released the decision by its independent Oversight Board to uphold that suspension, at least for the time being.

Donald Trump WTF

The Board found that…

“…in maintaining an unfounded narrative of electoral fraud and persistent calls to action, Mr. Trump created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.” […] “At the same time, the panel found the indefinite suspension inappropriate and asked Facebook over the next six months to review the decision and develop a ‘proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform.'”

The reaction to that decision by the Trump camp was as swift as it was ludicrous. Trump’s response was a post to his pitifully comical new “communications platform” saying that…

““What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before. The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.”

To give credit where credit is due, Trump knows plenty about being “a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country.” However, his assertion that “free speech has been taken away” from him proves that he doesn’t have any idea what the term means. For the record, free speech is the constitutional protection against the government (not private business) suppressing speech.

What’s more, Trump apparently doesn’t think that being able to appear at will on national cable TV propaganda networks (i.e. Fox News, Newsmax, OAN, etc.) and a multitude of other right-wing media outlets (i.e. Breitbart, Daily Caller, New York Post, etc.) constitute platforms for free speech. If he’s really concerned about free speech, he might want to stand up for Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who is presently being shut down for telling the truth about Trump and his incitement of the deadly Capitol insurrection.

More troubling is Trump’s overt threat that “social media companies must pay a political price.” That is, in itself, an attack on the free speech rights of the businesses that operate social media sites. And it is purely political retaliation for what he imagines is bias against conservatives. Never mind that the highest trafficked pages on Facebook are by right-wingers:

Joining Trump in this directed assault on social media are his Republican Party confederates. They are now openly threatening to retaliate against Facebook with legislation aimed at punishing them and even breaking them up. Those threats are, of course, being amplified by Fox News.

To be sure, there are problems with the power wielded by Facebook, Twitter, et al, that need to be addressed in a rational and fair manner. But Trump and the GOP are mounting a knee-jerk assault based entirely on their political peeves. You won’t see them make the same complaints about Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson not giving airtime to Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi. But you will see House GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy threatening to rein in big tech power. Or GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida introducing a bill to hold big tech accountable.”

Now Trump likely doesn’t know that these actions are blatantly illegal because he’s a raving ignoramous. But these legislators undoubtedly know that the Constitution prohibits them. They are called “Bills of Attainder,” and defined as “a legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment.” Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 of the Constitution states plainly that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.”

So whatever you think about Facebook’s decision regarding Trump, it is unarguable that Trump and the Republican Party are proposing to break the law with their retaliatory smackdown. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who has paid attention to Trump and the GOP for past four years (or 40 years?). They simply don’t care about the law. The only thing that matters to them is the acquisition and preservation of power by any means necessary. And that, as Trump says, is something that “the people of our Country will not stand for.”

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