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August 23, 2022

Media Focuses on DDT—His Election Fraud, Stolen Documents

The incompetent legal team for Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) has asked a federal judge to stop the FBI review of documents taken with a legal search warrant from Mar-a-Lago until an appointed neutral special master inspects the materials. The federal lawsuit also attacks the search which DDT’s lawyers call a “shockingly aggressive move, overly broad, and maintains that deserves a more detailed description of the seized records. According to the filing, the seizure showed “no understanding of the distress that it would cause most Americans,” indicating a possible threat. It added that the FBI and DOJ treated DDT “unfairly” and “illegally seized.” Again, DDT, who was hiding classified documents, is described as “fully cooperative” although he didn’t respond to a subpoena for them.

The DDT-appointed federal magistrate judge in Florida authorizing the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago stated he “carefully reviewed” the FBI’s sworn evidence before signing off and considers the facts contained in an accompanying affidavit to be “reliable.” Bruce Reinhart included this information in the order unsealing redacted portions of the affidavit giving evidence for the search. He also noted that “neither Former President Trump nor anyone else purporting to be the owner of the Premises has filed a pleading taking a position” on efforts to unseal the affidavit.

The judge said the necessary redactions may make the document “meaningless” to the public. He also suggested the physical description of Mar-a-Lago could hinder the Secret Service’s ability to protect DDT because of access by “private members” to the premises and made suggestions for DOJ’s redactions to address that concern. Other judicial recommendations included protecting witness identities, actual information in the files, and methods of the ongoing investigation. Reinhart refused the request from media and conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch to unseal the entire affidavit because complete disclosure “would detrimentally affect this investigation and future investigations.”

A new report from the New York Times has specific information about documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and the process. The first 150+ documents marked as classified were retrieved last January by the National Archives. The 15 boxes included material from the CIA, the National Security Agency, and the FBI covering a number of topics of national security interest. According to several people, DDT had gone through the boxes himself in late 2021 before giving them to the FBI.  

Worried about the highly sensitive nature of the material in the earlier seized boxes, archives officials referred the matter to DOJ which had convened a grand jury investigation. In May, the DOJ issued a subpoena for the missing documents, and in early June, DOJ officials made another visit to Mar-a-Lago. DDT’s lawyer Evan Corcoran went through the boxes to retrieve classified documents for the DOJ and gave them a few dozen documents. He drafted a statement which another DDT lawyer, Christina Bobb, signed. She is supposedly the custodian of the documents, and the statement declared that, to the best of her knowledge, all classified material at Mar-a-Lago had been returned. Corcoran also showed Jay Bratt, the chief of the DOJ counterespionage section of the national security division, the basement storage room and said the remaining material had been kept there.

The question is who is lying with the statement, DDT for hiding documents from his lawyers or Bobb for signing a false statement.

On June 22, the DOJ sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization for Mar-a-Lago’s security footage, including the hallway outside the storage area which is well-trafficked. It revealed people moving boxes in and out of the storage, sometimes changing containers for the documents. The DOJ is now seeking surveillance footage between the first subpoena and August 8, the date of the search. Mar-a-Lago has little control over who comes into the club, even finding a spy who stole electronic items.

Armed with a search warrant two weeks ago, FBI agents removed 26 more boxes of material with over 11 sets of material marked at different levels of classified, including the highest level of classification—top secret/sensitive compartmented information—a total of over 150 records. They were located in the basement storage and in a closet within DDT’s office.

DDT’s allies continue to insist that he had a “standing order” to declassify the material and tried to excuse his taking the boxes because the General Services Administration, not DDT’s staff, packed the boxes with the documents. No documentation has been found to indicate DDT declassified any of the documents, and the alleged crimes identified by the DOJ isn’t connected to the documents’ classification status. White House aides described the chaos in trying to pack up the White House as some records were tossed into burn bags. One source blamed former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the documents at Mar-a-Lago.

National Archives officials worked to get the material returned throughout much of 2021 because all presidential records material remains government property to be provided to the archives at the end of his term. Some of the missing documents were common knowledge such as DDT’s original letters from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the note that President Barack Obama left DDT before he left office. Former White House officials who DDT designated as his representatives to the archives tried to regain the documents for the archives, but DDT described the boxes of documents as “mine.”

Some members of the “Gang of Eight,” House and Senate leaders and leaders of intelligence committees from both parties, want access to documents seized from Mar-a-Lago. Other lawmakers want complete copies of the affidavit also, but the magistrate judge must sign any releases. Not all the “gang” supports the request. 

To overturn Joe Biden’s presidential win, DDT-related attorneys obtained sensitive election system files that they shared with election deniers, conspiracy theorists and right-wing commentators. The lawyers hired a Georgia computer forensics firm to place the files on a server where they were downloaded dozens of times to 10 accounts “associated with a Texas meteorologist who has appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show; a podcaster who suggested political enemies should be executed; a former pro surfer who pushed disproven theories that the 2020 election was manipulated; and a self-described former “seduction and pickup coach” who claims to also have been a hacker,” according to a Washington Post report.

Records obtained through a subpoena include contracts between Atlanta-based SullivanStrickler and DDT-connected attorneys, notably Sidney Powell. Data came from Coffee County (GA) and Antrim County (MI). One of the plaintiffs in a Georgia lawsuit said the recklessly handled files “go far beyond” these two counties.

Previously, Misty Hampton, a Coffee County elections supervisor in 2020, permitted a group into the offices to prove the “election was not done true and correct,” she said. Hampton resigned under pressure last year because she falsified time sheets. Coffee County files were downloaded to at least four people outside the company: Jim Penrose, a cybersecurity consultant who claimed to have worked for the National Security Agency; Doug Logan, operator of the now defunct CyberNinjas that performed the Arizona GOP election review; Conan Hayes, former Hawaii pro surfer; and “Scott T,” claiming to work with Hayes at Allied Security Operations Group that produced a discredited report on Antrim County used by DDT as proof of a stolen election.  

Hayes’ Twitter account has posted conspiracy theory material and images smearing Dominion voting systems in Michigan. He also allegedly worked with Mesa County (CO) officials to copy elections software in May 2021. One of three arrested was Tina Peters who lost a run for secretary of state but claims that the election was rigged.

SullivanStrickler’s work began in Michigan after Matthew DePerno, now the DDT-endorsed GOP candidate for the state attorney general, won a court order in December 2020 to have access to Antrim County’s election systems. The next week, SullivanStrickler employees uploaded dozens of files that were shared with attorneys representing Antrim and Michigan’s attorney general in a lawsuit opposing the county election results for DDT. Later the Antrim files were made available to a larger pool of accounts for people who made false claims about the election and promoted conspiracy theories about election fraud. Data security expert Harri Hursti said that widespread release of server images “lowers the barrier to planning an attack against any election management system running this Dominion software.”

The right wing had hoped to campaign on how horrible the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is, but news about it is barely a blip on the screen with DDT, as usual, sucking up all the time through his possible corruption and attacks to avoid backlash. One theory is that the culture war and DDT are feeding conservative activism so that the GOP can’t weaponize the IRA. The GOP sweep in 2010 came from the GOP attacking Democrats over the Affordable Care Act, but the health care is now popular. Attacking the investment of money in clean energy isn’t a good talking point.

Republicans also set their hopes on campaigning with complaints about the Democrats’ economy, but a new NBC poll gives threats to democracy at the top concern from 21 percent of registered voters. “Cost of living” was five points lower at 16 percent, and third at 14 percent was “jobs and the economy.” In the poll, 57 percent believe investigations into alleged misconduct by Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) should continue. Republicans will need to look for more issues

June 16, 2022

Primaries – June 14, 2022

After Tuesday’s primaries, over 100 Republicans moving on to the general election in November follow the “stolen election” lie that Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) used to raise $250 million and keep his following. These candidates include five for governor, four for state attorney general, one for secretary of state (who determines the voting in the state), eight for the U.S. Senate, and 86 House candidates. The number of “big lie” candidates increases from 108 state or congressional candidacies to 149 winning candidates out of over 170 races by adding candidates campaigning on restricting voting rules based on false accusations of election and/or voter fraud: 4 governors, 2 lieutenant governors, 5 secretaries of state, 3 attorneys general, 2 U.S. senators, and 12 U.S. representatives.  

What can happen if these people get elected is currently playing out in Otero County (NM) where the GOP-led three-member refuses to certify the legal vote from June 7. The state secretary of state even had to ask the state Supreme Court to order the certification. Commissioners claim the Dominion voting machines were inaccurate, one woman going to far as to say she knows it in her heart. Another commissioner, co-founder of Cowboys for Trump, still believes DDT won the 2020 election. He was convicted of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021, has to be in Washington on June 17, the deadline for certifying the election, and could be removed from his office according to state law. In 2020, he said, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” 

Last week, the commission voted to recount ballots, remove state-mandated ballot drop boxes, and discontinue the use of Dominion voting machines. According to the GOP county clerk, these new policies break state law; she said she’d recount the election by hand only under court order. The clerk also said that Dominion tested Otero County voting machines in public view and the machines are independently certified in advance. DDT won 62 percent of Otero County votes in 2020, and the commissioners are still having a fit. One commissioner ridiculed any intervention in the dispute and asked, “They’re going to send us to the pokey?” Maybe.  

On Bulwark, Will Saletan listed three requirements for DDT’s endorsements:

  • Personal loyalty to DDT.
  • Tolerance of corruption by favored groups and persons.
  • Tolerance for the actions of Vladimir Putin.

*DDT’s endorsements.

Primaries for the past week:

The event started with Alaska’s special primary election on June 11 to replace former Rep. Don Young, who died in March, for the remainder of 2022. Former governor and vice-president candidate Sarah Palin, one of 48 candidates vying for the position, is thus far in the lead with almost 30 percent of the vote, followed by GOP Nick Begich at 19.3 percent, independent Al Gross at 12.5 percent, Democrat Mary Pelota at 7.5 percent, and GOP Tara Sweeney with 5.3 percent. Santa Claus, a self-described “independent, progressive, democratic socialist” candidate, has 4.5 percent.

The state has counted about 100,000 ballots of the 138,900 it received. Ballots must be postmarked by June 11 and received by June 21. Palin, who quit halfway as governor in 2009, promised she is serious and committed to Alaska. This election is Alaska’s first for the new law mandating a ranking system: with no one receiving at least 50 percent, four candidates advance to the general election in which voters rank the four candidates in order of preference. A special general election for this position is set for August 16, the same date as the regular primary for that position that has 31 candidates for representative.

DDT endorsed over a dozen candidates in the June 14 primaries: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Most of his picks were easy wins, incumbents and heavy favorites or unopposed.  

Maine:

Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage is attempting a comeback against Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, both unopposed in the primaries, in the general election. Faithful DDT-supporter Bruce Polquin won the GP primary to repeat his losing race against Democratic Rep. Jared Golden.

Nevada:

*Joe Lombardo, questioning the 2020 election legitimacy, has been declared the GOP gubernatorial candidate with about 38 percent. Former GPO Sen. Dean Heller came in a distant third after Joey Gilbert, who was near the U.S. Capitol when it was stormed on January 6, 2021.

*Former AG Adam Laxalt got the GOP nod to run for U.S. Senate.

*Jim Marchant, like Lazalt a follower of the “big lie,” picked up the GOP candidacy for Secretary of State with 38 percent. Still bitter about an earlier election loss, he plans to overhaul the state’s “fraudulent” elections.

Michele Fiore, Las Vegas City Council member, picked up the GOP treasurer candidacy, running on an anti-transgender platform after an embarrassing loss for the U.S. House in 2016. Her associates are domestic terrorist Matt Shea and insurrectionists the Bundy clan and Stewart Rhodes, head of the Oath Keepers. And Fiore thinks cancer is caused by a fungus.  

North Dakota:

*John Hoeven will likely return to the U.S. Senate as will unopposed *Kelly Armstrong to the House.  

South Carolina:

DDT managed a long string of successes in the state with little opposition for most of them: *Henry McMaster, governor; *Alan Wilson, attorney general; *Tim Scott, U.S. Senate; and U.S. representatives *Jeff Duncan, *William Timmons, and *Ralph Norman. Timmons defeated DDT’s “top pastor,” Rev. Mark Burns, who wants to execute all transgender people and calls people who support them treasonous to the U.S. Constitution. Plus his history of violent remarks and falsehoods. 

*Russell Fry for U.S. House will make DDT proud; he defeated incumbent Tom Rice who had voted in favor of impeaching DDT. Rice first said about Fry:

“If you want a Congressman who supports political violence in Ukraine or in the United States Capitol, who supports party over country, who supports a would-be tyrant over the Constitution, and who makes decisions based solely on re-election, then Russell Fry is your candidate.”

Realizing he needed to crawl back to DDT, he said he would support DDT if he apologizes for the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Too little.  

Rep. Nancy Mace was DDT’s big loss. DDT endorsed Katie Arrington after Mace voted to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral votes. The state GOP establishment supported both Mace and Rice, but Arrington worked hard to win. She campaigned on four priorities:    

“First thing we need to do fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, eliminate the Department of Federal Education [sic], impeach President Joe Biden, and ‘open Hunter Biden’s laptop.’”

In May 2021, Arrington lost her security clearance and was placed on leave from the Defense Department with the allegations she disclosed classified information. In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Arrington and her opponent, Nancy Mace, almost came to blows in a bitter disagreement. She got in a fight with a woman at a rally who claimed Arrington’s bracelet proved she was a Satanist. After Mace’s win, DDT tried to make up for not giving her the endorsement she had begged him for by writing in Truth Social, “Congratulations to Nancy Mace, who should be able to easily defeat her Democratic opponent!”

Texas:

In a Texas special election for the U.S. House, GOP *Mayra Flores defeated Democrat Dan Sanchez outright, avoiding a runoff changing the seat from blue to red after a Democrat resigned midterm. Flores claims she isn’t QAnon, but her conspiracy theories fit right in with those of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO). Flores also gained DDT’s endorsement. A Mexican immigrant, she married a Border Patrol agent. To keep the seat after 2022, she will need to defeat Democratic Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, who currently represents the 15th Congressional District, in a redrawn 34th Congressional District in November’s midterms.

DDT’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania will stay in the news. Mehmet Oz, the carpetbagger from New Jersey, couldn’t even correctly spell the name of the town where he registered his Pennsylvania candidacy. He is working hard to be another DDT, however, going full anti-immigrant that he connects with “soft-on-crime policies.” Studies show he lies because cities with large immigrant populations have decreased crime.

Oz’s background displays the hypocrisy of his campaigning: the GOP millionaire profits off his wife’s family-owned tree-pruning business exploiting undocumented labor. The fine of $95 million against Asplundh Tree Experts Co. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was the biggest it ever gave. Oz is a shareholder. DDT similarly abused his undocumented workers going back to the building of Trump Tower over 40 years ago, in his case Polish employees who worked for as little as $4 an hour for 12-hour days.

Oz’s opponent may be getting more votes. David McCormick has already conceded the election without a recount, but the U.S. Supreme Court restored the ruling of an appeals court, approving the counting of undated mail ballots in a contested Pennsylvania judicial election with implications for the November election. Three justices—Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas—objected. Pennsylvania requires the voter to date the ballot despite its postmarks and dates provided by election officials when the ballots are received. A lower court declared the absence of the handwritten date an “immaterial” error.  The high court made its decision without determining the merits of the case.

June 21 is a quiet day for primaries—only in Virginia.

June 16, however, has another hearing from the House investigative committee about the January 6, 2021 insurrection at 1:00 EST. That will be enough grist for the mills in the upcoming days.

January 5, 2022

Leadup to First January 6 Anniversary

On the day before the first anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, Attorney General Merrick Garland asked Congress to safeguard elections with new powers for the DOJ to protect voting rights. His speech discussed the gutting of the 1966 Voting Rights Act by Chief Roberts’ Supreme Court case, Shelby County v. Holder (2013), allowing the DOJ “to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a vote that counts.” In responding to concerns that he was not acting fast or aggressively enough to prosecute insurrections and their instigators, he guaranteed the federal government will hold all January 6 perpetrators “at any level” accountable—“whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.”

Previously released were texts from Fox network’s Sean Hannity former chief of staff Mark Meadows on January 6 pleading with him to get Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) to stop his followers from attacking the U.S. Capitol. More Hannity text texts have emerged, suggesting he knew about DDT’s complicity in the insurrection. On January 5, 2020, Hannity wrote he was “very worried about the next 48 hours” probably about plans to oppose the electoral vote certification for Joe Biden as president. On December 31, 2020, Hannity wrote Meadows:

“We can’t lose the entire WH counsel’s office. I do not see January 6 happening the way he is being told. After the 6th. [sic] He should announce will lead the nationwide effort to reform voting integrity. Go to Fl and watch Joe mess up daily. Stay engaged. When he speaks people will listen.”

 On January 10, Hannity wrote Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Meadows:

“Guys, we have a clear path to land the plane in 9 days. He can’t mention the election again. Ever. I did not have a good call with him today. And worse, I’m not sure what is left to do or say, and I don’t like not knowing if it’s truly understood. Ideas?”

The House January 6 investigation committee has asked Hannity to voluntarily cooperate with them in explaining what he knew about DDT’s and his legal team’s plans for January 6, particularly his communications with DDT, White House staff, and his legal team from December 31, 2020, to January 20, 2021.

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) also wants VP Mike Pence to tell members about conversations before January 6 and what he witnessed on the day of the insurrection. Another possible witness is Mike Pence’s brother, Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN), who was present when the former VP refused to let Secret Service take him to Joint Base Andrews because he couldn’t complete his job of certifying the electoral votes. Pence had said he didn’t trust the people driving the car. Last July, Greg Pence said, “My brother was being asked to do what we don’t do in this country.”

After the January 6 attack, right-wing social media platform Parler’s bad cybersecurity made all its data public. A year later, New America released findings from the 183 million posts made public in a report, “Parler and the Road to the Capitol Attack” by Candace Rondeaux, Ben Dalton, and Cuong Nguyen. Rondeaux said that Parler’s design “make[s] it easy to run coordinated inauthentic campaigns,” artificially boosting specific content and perspectives on social media platforms like Russia’s methods of influencing U.S. politics and right-wing James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas’ use of altered videos to spread disinformation. She said one user posted “at a rate of 1,000 posts per hour,” mostly QAnon content. More than an “echo chamber,” Parler represents bent and manipulated communication. People in Washington on January 6 likely also posted their attendance at other right-wing rallies in the U.S., using them as a gateway.

Facebook also contributed to the insurrection. A study revealed at least FB 650,000 posts between Election Day and the January 6 insurrection attacking the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s win for president; many of them called for executions and other political violence. These 10,000+ daily posts set up the storming of the Capitol with followers of Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) calling for his illegal return to the White House through the use of force. The number is considered a serious undercount because the analysis included only a portion of public groups and did not examine comments and posts in private groups or on individuals’ profiles.

Facebook refuses calls, even from its own Oversight Board, into an internal investigation and will not submit January 6 information requested by the House committee although he company claims it is negotiating with the committee. Posts provide evidence of Facebook’s role in the spread of false narratives inciting the days events; any small effort to stop the disinformation began too late to be effective. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, blames DDT and others who made the posts.

Before the election, Facebook created a task force to police toxic groups focusing on U.S. politics but elimated it after the election it rolled back other enforcement measures. Former employees report that the company prefers to not enforce group posts because groups are important to Meta’s profit margin. Testifying to Congress, Frances Haugen, former member of the company’s Civic Integrity team, said many of the group posts were identified as “harmful non-violating narrative”—content not breaking Facebook rules but causing people to “act in ways which are harmful to themselves, others, or society at large.” The result of these narratives, according to the study, is “substantial negative impacts including contributing materially to the Capitol riot and potentially reducing collective civic engagement and social cohesion in the years to come.”

Before his banishment on January 6, DDT used Facebook to post his lies about the election with unequaled reach to his lies. Only after serious damage, including world disasters, does the company consider enforcement. Facebook resumed enforcement against election disinformation on January 6. The Russia-based Internet Research Agency spread disinformation in support for DDT and other Republicans on Facebook until months after the 2016 election. Myanmar military leaders used Facebook to incite murders, rapes, and forced migrations of minority Rohingya people. 

Last Friday, high-school dropout and convicted felon Bernard Kerik, once the New York City Police commissioner, submitted documents to the House committee, including a plan to overturn the government. “Strategic Communications Plan—Giuliani Presidential Legal Defense Team: We Have 10 Days to Execute This Plan & Certify President Trump” for “swing state Republican senators—AZ, GA, MI, NV, WI,” Repubican [sic] members of the House,” and “Republican members of the Senate” defines ways to pressure congressional members into voting against Joe Biden on January 6, including protests at “weak Members homes.” Also in the plan was recruiting possible QAnon leader Ron Watkins and mobilizing a MAGA Twitter troll for the protests.  Kerik is withholding other documents, perhaps a letter about Michael Flynn’s and Sidney Powell’s plan to “rerun” the 2020 election by declaring martial law and seizing the voting machines.

To provide fodder for the Fox network, House Republicans will release their own report for January 6. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the legitimate House investigation committee, takes the lead. On January 6, Banks voted against certifying Joe Biden’s electoral college votes and later voted against any investigative committee. His report will purportedly cite security failures at the Capitol on that day and interviews with Capitol Police members, their union, and other officials. Last September, Banks had sent out letters claiming he was the ranking member of the official House committee, and the Indianapolis Star falsely gave him this status last July.

At least 57 people involved in the January 6 events, including some arrested for the insurrection, are running for elected office this year. Last year, at least six protesters were elected to office.

In a flip-flop, DDT canceled his press conference intended to replay his lies about a “stolen” election and defend the rioters who chanted about killing Pence. It had been scheduled at his golf club in Palm Beach (FL) for the same time as the Capitol commemorative services on January 6 with historian Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns, a prayer vigil, a moment of silence, and time for lawmakers to share their experiences on January 6, 2020. DDT’s excuse for the cancelation was the “total bias and honesty” of the media and the House committee. DDT now plans to present the same lies and defense at a January 15 rally in Arizona.

In this cancellation, DDT showed a modicum of sense, but Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) are filling the gap with stupidity. They plan a press conference as “a Republican response.” The funeral of Georgia’s former GOP senator, Johnny Isakson, is also scheduled for the same day.

Adam Kinsinger, a Republican from Illinois on the committee, said that House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) “made an epic mistake” when he refused to appoint members to the committee because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would not put two possible insurgents on it. “I think part of the reason we’ve gone so fast and have been so effective so far is because we’ve decided and we have the ability to do this as a nonpartisan investigation,” and it would have been “a very different scene” if Trump allies were on the committee, obstructing their work, according to Kinzinger. Politico’s Kyle Cheney said that McCarthy’s decision allowed the committee to “stay relentlessly on message,” describing Liz Cheney as “a singular, and singularly disciplined, force.”

The January 6 committee is considering televised hearings during prime time.   

November 6, 2021

More Off-Year Election News

With 95 percent of the votes counted for New Jersey’s and Virginia’s governors, the top two contenders in each state are both separated by 2.3 percent. The only difference is that winner Phil Murphy in New Jersey is a Democrat and winner Glenn Youngkin in Virginia is a Republican. Oh yes, the other difference is that Republicans found Virginia’s vote to have “integrity” whereas New Jersey’s election of a Democrat is a “fraud.” The sour-grapes loser refuses to concede and wants people to “report any perceived or real irregularity” to the sour-grapes party’s “voter integrity hotline.” The GOP has found another campaign against democracy. As Dana Milbank wrote, “Heads I win, tails you cheated.”  

The day before these elections, Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) declared:

“I am not a believer in the integrity of Virginia’s elections; lots of bad things went on, and are going on.”

Since the GOP win in Virginia, not a peep from Republicans about “integrity” in that state’s election. Republicans try to keep Democrats from winning; when they don’t, they delegitimize the winner and discredit another “free and fair election.”

Virginia did have at least one case of attempted fraud: the 17-year-old son of the GOP winner tried twice on Election Day to vote. Minimum age for voting in Virginia is 18. In opposing education making white students “uncomfortable,” the governor-elect promised to teach children “how to think … not what to think.” He might want to teach his son, Thomas, how to look up voting laws.

Despite the GOP wins for Virginia’s governor and the state assembly, the Senate has maintained its Democratic majority, meaning a strong possibility of gridlock there. On the other hand, New Jersey has a Democratic majority in both legislative houses.

The night of Election Day, former Atlanta two-term mayor Kasim Reed was in second place for Atlanta mayor, allowing him into the runoff for finalist on November 30 against Felicia Moore. When all the votes were counted, however, he was replaced with city councilman Andre Dickens. Both the top two winners had complained about corruption scandals while Reed was in office causing him to politically disappear after his departure from office in January 2018. On his return last summer, he promised to solve Atlanta’s crime problems.

Federal campaign finance is regulated by the independent agency Federal Election Commission (FEC), but the rules are at the discretion of its six members unless federal law is specific. Foreign contributions to federal, state, and local candidates are specifically made illegal, but the group with four DDT appointees and two George W. Bush appointees are dabbling in donations for other areas. The FEC has now decided that foreign nationals can donate as much money as they wish in ballot initiatives which change and create statutes and amendments, which includes congressional redistricting. The agency has determined that these measures are not technically “elections.”

Therefore, an Australia mining giant can fund opposition to a Montana ballot measure tightening water pollution rules for the mining industry. A Russian-owned oil giant can shut down U.S. oil companies through ballot initiatives. A foreign car manufacturer can break unions through ballot measures if state legislatures haven’t already done this for them. Other foreign donations can fund pro-gun, pro-militia measures to damage U.S. security.

The vote to permit foreign donations was 4-2 with a consensus among DDT’s appointees using loophole made possible by the Supreme Court. In 2010, the majority ruling for Citizens United loosened the law and permitted foreign interests to avoid the foreign donation ban by using domestic subsidaries. In 2014, Russia’s Internet Research Agency tried to secretly influence U.S. elections through thousands of social media accounts, and Robert Mueller’s report in 2019 described Russia’s attempts to undermine the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Seven states have made foreign donations to ballot measures illegal; the other 43 states still have open season from around the world on elected decisions for ballot initiatives. Yet the Supreme Court recently ruled in United States Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. that “foreign affiliates are foreign organizations, and foreign organizations operating abroad have no First Amendment rights.” The case came from state and local laws and ordinances to keep foreign money out of their elections. Corporations had claimed the First Amendment free speech rights that the Roberts court gave them in Citizens United. States passing these laws against foreign interference in state elections, include Washington, North Dakota, and New Hampshire.

November 2, 2021, was an important off-year election for many states but vital for hundreds of QAnon followers who traveled to Dallas (TX) where they waited for John F. Kennedy to return and decree DDT as “king of kings.” DDT would then become the 18th president of the United States because all presidents since 1871, the date when the Sovereign Citizen movement made the U.S. a corporation, is “illegal,” according to the QAnon fantasy world. Then DDT would step down to make Kennedy, born 104 years ago, president for seven days before his son, John Jr., dying in a plane crash in 1999 supposedly orchestrated by Hillary Clinton, returns to take over. Disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would become Jr’s vice-president. Followers can find this set of lies on Whiplash347 which has 250,000 subscribers. Negative 48 on Telegram has a different point of view: Jr will become DDT’s vice-president.

The faithful of QAnon gathered in Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was assassinated almost 58 years ago. Kennedy didn’t show up, but 58-year-old Michael Brian Protzman, considered the manifestation of God on earth, was there. By building his cult, he developed over 100,000 followers on his Telegram channel, spreading ant-Semitic content and pushing suspect financial investments to desperate people. A Holocaust denier, Protzman supports the film pushing the false belief that Jews created Communism and start both world wars by provoking innocent Nazis trying to defend themselves.

Protzman said:

“There are no Jews. Period. Anywhere. Period. There is no Jewish race. And the Jewish leadership are basically the British empire, the Roman empire, it’s just the criminals.”

Protzman’s followers believe his system of numerology, gematria, the Jewish system of assigning a numerical value to a name, word, or phrase based on the letters used and making up a spiritual or mystical meaning behind the phrase. Based on English instead of Hebrew in a method developed by English occultist Aleister Crowley, Protzman’s system links Christianity, QAnon, and the Kennedys as proof for his lies. The Kennedys are descended from Jesus Christ after he married Mary Magdalene and had four children with her. The Christ bloodline has blood-type O, and the “New World Order” is using COVID PCR swabs to find these people. John F. and Jackie Kennedy are the physical second incarnation of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, their son JFK Jr. is the Archangel Michael, and DDT is the Holy Spirit.

After Kennedy failed to appear on Tuesday, many of his followers went to a Rolling Stones concert where they claimed to meet Michael Jackson.

QAnon may be front and center in Arizona’s primary this coming year: Ron Watkins, suspected of having invented the series of conspiracy theories as “Q,” has said he will be running for the U.S. Congressional District #1 from Arizona. Three other candidates have officially signed up, but the field will likely grow. The district he has chosen currently has a Democratic representative, but it has changed lines since redistrict after Arizona picked up another representative for a total of ten. Watkins moved to Arizona within the past three weeks.

The year-long lies of a “stolen” election by DDT and his minions continue to haunt the courts. In Wisconsin, a Dane County judge ordered Assembly Speaker Robin Vox to turn over secret records of his opaque review that Republicans have conducted since last summer. Documents include calendars, emails, and internal reports.

The judge also accused Vos of a “shell game” to hide records by changing the people responsible for the records. Vos waited too long to make arguments against producing them, according to the judge. With a taxpayer-funded budget of $676,000, the project is headed by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who began by claiming the presidential election was stolen from DDT despite courts repeatedly upholding President Joe Biden’s victory. Gableman refuses to give the names of his staff of five.

Now we’re launching into a year of primaries and lies culminating in the midterm election on November 8, 2022 for 435 House seats, 34 Senate seats, and more governors, state legislators, ballot measures, etc., etc.

October 30, 2021

Zuckerberg Faces Big Problems

Mark Zuckerberg has skated along since he was a teenager who used a website for a contest between female classmates and farm animals for desirability and then stole the invention of a social-networking site from other students. At the time, he said he discovered how “voyeuristic” people are and has used that cynicism to make over $120 billion with his Facebook empire.

Throughout his career, Zuckerberg has skirted scandals, but his callous indifference to helping the January 6 insurrection may be the tipping point. After two whistleblowers came forward with testimony and a treasure trove of damning internal documents, 18 news outlets formed the “Facebook Consortium” to report on those documents, called “The Facebook Papers.” The announcement led to Facebook warning staffers about upcoming “bad headlines.” An overview of the news outlets and their reporting.

Multiple articles have resulted in public revelations about Facebook activities:

Promoting the “Stop the Steal” movement lying about the election: FB removed “guardrails” used before the 2020 election to slow the spread of hate and misinformation after Joe Biden was elected president and replaced “only after the insurrection flared up,” according to whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony. Other FB employees maintain leadership decisions helped create conditions for the January 6 attack on the U.S. capitol.

Facilitating human trafficking: FB has known it was responsible for advertising “domestic servitude” for at least three years but didn’t work to correct it until Apple threatened to drop FB and Instagram access to the App store. Yet FB has failed, offering women for physical and sexual abuse, deprived of food and pay, without travel documents for escape.

Stoking political violence: FB employees warned about the company’s failure to incite violence in “at risk” countries such as Ethiopia during its civil war when “problematic actors,” including states and foreign organizations, spread hate speech and discontent against ethnic minorities. FB estimates 72 percent of its 1.84 billion daily active users are outside North America and Europe. Haugen called Myanmar and Ethiopia “the opening chapter” in killing “a large number of people.” In 2018, the UN said FB had “turned into a beast” for promoting violence and hatred against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya population. FB’s permitted disinformation in India resulted in similar hate messages.

Another indictment of FB is Maria Ressa’s Nobel Prize for her independent news outlet, Rappler. She had tried—and failed—to convince Zuckerberg of his social responsibility as she told him about the problems he was causing in her native Philippines by Duterte’s dictatorship and his abuse of her and her reporters. When she told him that he was spreading disinformation to 97 percent of the people in the country, his only response was how to get the other three percent onto FB.

Supporting foreign elections: As FB CEO, Zuckerberg gave Vietnam’s Communist government almost complete control over postings before the country’s elections. Because they could, leaders crack down on dissidents’ free speech ahead. Zuckerberg said he was promoting free speech, but his motivation was the country’s threat to shut down his $1 billion market in Vietnam. 

Permitting QAnon to develop on FB: The company knew the extremists’ false beliefs reached users unchecked for over a year but even created sites from research to promote them.

Pushing people toward radicalizing content for business interest: A FB researcher invented accounts to promote and spread QAnon conspiracies to examine the use of recommendation systems to misinform and polarize users.  

Failing to block disinformation about the pandemic: Internal documents show studies of how damaging the lies about COVID were, but FB refused to remove the instigators except for a few direct complaints.

Allowing foreign troll farms to run top Christian pages: With the knowledge of FB, Eastern European organizations deliberately created conflict and manipulated opinion through coordinated offensive and provocative online posts on 19 of the top FB pages for U.S. Christians in 2019. They reached 75 million users a month, 20 times the next largest Christian FB page.

Fostering rage through algorithms: Using the reaction emoji to push more provocative content, FB weighted the “anger” response at five times more valuable than the ones for “like” or “love.” The method of growth is keeping people engaged, an easier response if they are upset. Researchers discovered that pushing these “controversial” posts could open “the door to more spam/abuse/clickbait inadvertently,” but FB didn’t stop the practice to use hatred and rage in shaping its readership for a much wider audience.

Growing FB at any cost to people: In a reflection of FB’s indifference, Andrew Bosworth, now chief technology officer at the company, sent a memo to employees in 2016 justifying growth at any human cost, connecting people whether they commit suicide, die in a terrorist attack, or suffer other disasters. To Bosworth—and FB—”questionable contact importing practices” and “subtle language that helps people stay searchable” are acceptable growth tactics.

Destroying the environment: This year, Oregon passed a law to regulate submarine cable projects because of FB’s destruction of part of the coastline. The company’s project suffered a massive drilling fluid leak and abandoned tons of abandoned equipment and two sumps while the state receives only $500,000 from the company. Another FB problem for communities is its high level of water for data centers. An internet search finds most articles cover how the company promises to develop water conservation methods in the future, but the reservoir for Prineville (OR), also home to Apple data centers, was at 21 percent of its capacity last summer. 

Zuckerberg denied the accusation in Max Chafkin’s newly published book The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power that he promised DDT he wouldn’t fact-check the campaigner’s political post in exchange for not being regulated, but his actions demonstrate a high level of support for DDT:

  • A secret dinner between the two of them at the White House a week after Zuckerberg promised not to fact-check political ads.
  • Removal of the fact-check of a “partly false” article about climate change published by right-wing news site, The Daily Wire, by top FB official.
  • DDT’s posts calling for violence against Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters and his “Big Lie” about the “stolen” 2020 election.

A major complaint from conservatives is that social media favors liberal views, and noted conspiracy theorist Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) complained about his belief during a committee hearing on October 29. Mary Anne Franks, law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, explained the need for regulation of right-wing content because it isn’t covered by constitutional free speech in the case of social media:

“Yes, we do have a First Amendment. We do have a right to free speech but we also know, of course, that private companies are not obligated under the First Amendment to take all comers. They are allowed to make their own decisions about what is considered to be high-quality and low-quality content. They can make any number of decisions and I think we would applaud them in many cases to make those decisions…

“The data actually do indicate that right-wing content is more amplified on these social media platforms than left-wing content and that right-wing content is more disproportionately associated with real-world violence; not hurt feelings, people being upset but, in fact, actual violence, actual armed insurrections, actual notions of terrorism, and anarchy.”

Despite DDT’s complaints about not being allowed on social media, he has effectively skirted that ban as well as the law preventing him for using his current fundraising for another presidential campaign. His primary PAC, Save America, has weekly spend $100,000 in October on Facebook advertising, many of them using the lies about a stolen election for donor requests. The money funds his current political operation—travel, staff, rallies—before he announces a campaign. When he starts fresh with a new account, he can rent the updated donor list collected by the current PAC and transfer the funds to another outside group for his campaigning. By the end of July, his three principal fundraising operations had over $100 million; the next reporting deadline isn’t until January 1, 2022. The ads, news releases, and rallies are ways of lying to the U.S. public.

Avoiding any repair of FB’s toxicity, Zuckerberg plans to change the Facebook name to Meta although he still faces 2018 charges in the District of Columbia for permitting Cambridge Analytic to collect personal data about 87 million users, including over half D.C.’s residents. Although the term “meta” has a rather nebulous definition in current slang—not quite crystalized, as one source wrote—it has a number of other definitions that Zuckerberg might not like: concerned with cultural conventions, reference of oneself in an ironic way, behind or at the back, either of the conical columns at each end of a Roman circus, and, in chemistry, a compound formed by dehydration.       

His new concept is a “metaverse” moving people from reality into emersion of a fabricated dystopian science fiction inside the computer instead of being with actual people—an elaborate, permanent video game. Zuckerberg has faced much ridicule for his new name but now much more in the Jewish community: meta means “dead” in Hebrew.

September 21, 2021

Republicans Refuse to Pay Their Debt, DDT’s Election Fraud Goes Public

Just nine days before government funding expires on September 30, the House of Representatives voted to stop a shutdown of federal services by a party-line vote of 220-211. If the Senate passes the same measure, funding would continue until December 3, and the U.S. borrowing limit (aka debt ceiling) would be good until December 16, 2022. It also provides $28.6 billion in disaster relief and $6.3 billion to help Afghanistan evacuees.

GOP senators won’t make it easy. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) loves to make up irrational rules. For example, in 2016, he said that that a president could not appoint a Supreme Court justice within 11 months of the end of his term. That president was Democrat President Obama so McConnell’s rule didn’t last: in 2020, he put a new justice on the high court within 11 days of an election.

Now McConnell has invented a new rule about the debt ceiling. Last week, he said:

“Let me make it perfectly clear. The country must never default. The debt ceiling will need to be raised. But who does that depends on who the American people elect.”

He added:  

“They have the House, the Senate, and the presidency. It’s their obligation to govern. And, you know, the essence of governing is to raise the debt ceiling to cover the debt.”

McConnell invented a rule that no Republican would vote to increase the debt ceiling. That has already held true in the House vote. The Senate, however, has only 50 Democrats, and a GOP filibuster requires ten Republican senators to move the bill to a vote, something McConnell promised they would not do. McConnell wants all his Republicans to campaign against the “tax-and-spend liberals” despite the current debt increase came from the “tax-and-spend” Republicans for four years when the GOP greatly lowered taxes and spent money that they didn’t have. If all the Republicans stayed out of the way, Democrats could govern.

The rule from McConnell doesn’t apply when he needs Democrats; i.e., in 2019 when he wanted bipartisan support to increase the debt ceiling. He knows what Treasury Department Secretary Janet Yellen, formerly chair of the Federal Reserve, knows—“default … would precipitate a historic crisis.” McConnell wants all his Republicans to campaign against the “tax-and-spend liberals” despite the increase in the debt that needs to be covered came from the “tax-and-spend” Republicans for four years when the GOP greatly lowered taxes and spent money that they didn’t have. 

The debt ceiling always sounds as if the current Congress wants to spend more money, but this legal cap on how much money the federal government can owe to all its debtors—including other government accounts—happens when former administrations, in this case a Republican one, have approved spending over revenue. At the debt limit, the Treasury can no longer issue new bonds to fund spending over the revenue coming in. A 1917 law during World War I allowed Congress to wait for set debt limit expirations to raise the ceiling. The current debt limit of $28.5 trillion was reimposed on August 1 at the expiration of the two-year suspension signed by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT).

The national debt doesn’t change with the increase in the debt ceiling; lifting the limit simply means the government can pay its previously incurred expenses. The Republicans who want to blame Democrats for the debt are the ones who participated in raising the debt ceiling several times without any debt reduction and using only GOP votes to pass the $1.9 trillion tax cut bill in 2017 under DDT’s term.

In his 2016 campaign, DDT promised to reduce the national debt, but he and his GOP-controlled Congress increased it $7.8 billion, about $23,500 new federal debt for everyone in the U.S. Only George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln had higher relative debt increases, but they had either two foreign conflicts or a civil war. DDT promised his massive tax cuts and tariffs would eliminate the budget deficit so that the U.S. could pay down its debt. It never happened.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) explained how Republicans were responsible for a goodly portion of the debt: 

“We’ve already incurred these debts. In fact, 27% of the debt that has been created has been created by Donald Trump during his administration. Only 3% under the Biden administration. The money that we spend on the rescue plan, where we propped up businesses, we propped up people who were unemployed, that is all spent. Everyone supported it. We had 44 Republicans who supported that. So on the one hand, they want to support it, but then they don’t want to pay for it? I mean it is just irresponsible.”

She added that “there is going to be blood on their hands … You’re going to see Social Security recipients not receiving their checks, and we’ll point to the Republicans and say that this is the reckless behavior of Republicans who are so irresponsible they won’t even pay for something that they have already voted for.“

Interest rates have gone up with the increased national debt. During the 2020 fiscal year, the $523 billion was higher than all spending on education, employment training, research, and social services. Last October, DDT lied about starting to pay off the national debt before the pandemic and claiming that future economic growth would allow it. Two months later, the GOP Senate passed $900 billion of economic stimulus—financed by debt.

McConnell’s refusal to compromise dropped Dow Jones stocks by 600 points yesterday. A default would go beyond the U.S., damaging the global financial system, especially because international transactions frequently use the U.S. dollar and believe their trillions in Treasury bonds are safe assets. McConnell says he wants to see spending cuts to bring down the deficit. Yet Republicans just blocked funding to catch federal tax cheaters from the new infrastructure bill, although the commissioner of the IRS, Charles Rettig, estimates a loss of $1 trillion a year in unpaid taxes.

More GOP election fraud information has gone public. According to newly discovered court documents, the campaign of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) debunked DDT’s false claims of a “stolen election” before his allies such as Rudy Giuliani promoted the lies. DDT’s campaign let them spread although it knew that Dominion and its leadership had no ties to Venezuela and “left wing ‘antifa’ activists.” Also debunked were lies that Dominion used voting technology from rival voting machine Smartmatic with machines also involved in election fraud claims. A few days later, Giuliani and right-wing lawyer Sidney Powell pushed the fraud claims at a televised press conference during the Republican National Committee. Dominion’s security director filed a defamation lawsuit, and his company filed other defamation suits against Giuliani, Powell, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Fox News, Newsmax, One America News Network and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for spreading the election fraud claims about their voting machines.

In more fraud, conservative attorney John Eastman tried to persuade VP Mike Pence to overturn Electoral College votes on January 6 by rejecting electors from seven states—enough for DDT to stay in the White House. Robert Costa and Bob Woodward’s new book, Peril, explained the scheme. Eastman sent his six-step plan to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Giuliani tried to persuade Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to support DDT’s conspiracy theory of election fraud. The change in seven states would give DDT 232 electoral votes, more than Joe Biden’s 222. Pence could then send the election to the House of Representatives where each state would get one vote, giving DDT the majority with the 26 states where Republicans rule. Both senators refused. 

At a meeting in the Oval Office, DDT urged Pence to listen to Eastman, who DDT called “a respected constitutional scholar.” Eastman said Pence should give no warning for his actions because “the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the ultimate arbiter.” At that point, Pence asked George H.W. Bush’s vice-president, Dan Quayle, and the Senate Parliamentarian for advice. They both told Pence his only authority was to count the votes. Pence refused to intervene, and DDT attacked Pence on Twitter as the January 6 insurrection was being planned. Eastman spoke at DDT’s January 6 rally leading up to the attack on the Capitol and then retired from his job as Chapman University professor a week later after faculty protests.

DDT hasn’t stopped his attempts to overturn Biden’s election: last week, he wrote Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, telling him he should decertify the 2020 election. Criminal investigators in Georgia are still probing DDT’s earlier efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election results. This includes DDT’s call to Raffensperger in early January demanding he find him exactly enough votes to take the state by changing them. Graham is also being investigated for his call to Raffensperger, which Graham claims was only to understand how signatures on mail-in ballots were verified.

July 24, 2021

The Big Lies: Anti-Vaccines, ‘Stolen Election’

As GOP politicians begin to figure out that their constituents are hospitalized and dying because Republicans have opposed vaccinations, a few lawmakers begin to advocate, sometimes reluctantly, for the COVID vaccine. House Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced he got his first vaccination last week, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said “it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for COVID. The unvaccinated, Ivey said, are “choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain” and added that the unvaccinated are “choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.” With only one-third of Alabama adults vaccinated compared to 69 percent in the U.S., the state has a 92 percent increase in infections and 72 percent rise in hospitalizations over the past week.  

Even Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, defensively protecting lack of vaccinations in the past, presented data about the almost 100 percent of hospitalized people not receiving their shots and said “these vaccines are saving lives.” Florida is one of three states, along Texas and Missouri, currently having 40 percent of new virus infections.

 

Only 51 percent of Republicans have gotten their shots compared to 83 percent of Democrats, and Republicans are deadset against vaccinations—only 12 percent of unvaccinated Republicans saying they plan to get vaccinated. GOP pollster Frank Luntz said:

“I think [Republican politicians have] finally realized that if their people aren’t vaccinated, they’re going to get sick, and if their people aren’t vaccinated, they’re going to get blamed for COVID outbreaks in the future.”

Yet Luntz, reporting on his most recent focus group with vaccine holdouts, said he saw a shift from skepticism into complete refusal:

“The hesitation has transformed into opposition. And once you are opposed, it is very hard to change that position. And that’s what’s happening right now.”

 

GOP lawmakers have pushed anti-vaccine positions for months: downplaying the virus’ severity, refusing to be vaccinated, signing bills protecting the unvaccinated, and rolling back health mandates to protect people from COVID. Tennessee went so far as to block all outreach about any vaccinations for youth and fire the state’s top immunity official until the state changed its position after two weeks. Yet the state’s health department may not promote social media information promoting vaccinations for children. Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) is still praising anyone choosing against vaccinations, blaming Democrats for the GOP distrust.  

The GOP blame continued in a House news conference advertising information from Republican doctors in Congress about the increasingly common delta variant of the coronavirus. Instead of pushing vaccinations, the group complained about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Joe Biden hiding the origins of the COVID virus. Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) commented on vaccine “side effects” and “a personal decision.”

Trump Party (TP) leaders like QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and founder of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk push the lie that up to 1.2 million people may have died after receiving the vaccine. Asked if she feels “any responsibility” for spreading disinformation about COVID in reference to a five-year-old’s death, Greene laughed and said, “Gee, you crack me up. You know what, I think people’s responsibility is their own.”

Praised for recommending vaccinations, Fox’s Sean Hannity: “I never told anyone to get a vaccine!”

Obstetrician Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) sticks with his anti-vaccination position. During a hearing with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, he claimed, with no evidence, that “probably zero” of the 400 youth who died of COVID had no pre-existing condition. Marshall proved he wasn’t concerned about death when he pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure. Reputable sources purport over four million children in the U.S. may have contacted the virus, and almost half of them “may have lasting symptoms.”

A few statistics on the vaccine:

Sixty-nine percent of people in the U.S. who are 18 years old have at least one vaccine shot, but rates are as low as 48.4 percent in Mississippi, 51.3 percent in Wyoming, and 54.7 percent in West Virginia.

Three states with lower vaccination rates, Florida, Texas, and Missouri, had 40 percent of all the nation’s cases. 

Over 91 million people live in US counties with high Covid-19 infections, counties with the lowest vaccination rates.

The U.S. averaged over 37,000 new cases each day for a week with the number averaging over 65,000 for the past two days.

Cases of COVID have doubled among children since late June, last week over 23,000 at 16 percent of weekly reported cases.

The vaccines are 90 percent effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization, and 99.5 percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths this year have been among unvaccinated people. As of July 12, CDC reported 5,492 severe infections, including 1,063 deaths, among the 159 million vaccinated people in the U.S.

Free-lance writer and lawyer Dean Obeidallah has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Fox network regarding an alleged violation of the 2020 Covid-19 Consumer Protection Act in which a corporation or individual may not “engage in a deceptive act or practice in or affecting commerce associated with the treatment, cure, prevention, mitigation, or diagnosis of COVID–19.” It is the responsibility of FTC to protect the public from false information intentionally peddled by for-profit businesses. According to Obeidallah, “people receiving accurate information about the Covid vaccines is literally a matter of life and death.” Tucker Carlson’s lies have received the most attention, but Media Matters reported “57 percent of segments [between June 28 and July 11] about coronavirus vaccines on [Fox] network included claims that undermined or downplayed vaccination efforts.” These varied between Biden’s vaccination outreach taking “freedom” to suggestions “that vaccines are unnecessary or dangerous.” For example, Laura Ingraham rates “natural immunity” over the vaccine. As Obeidallah concluded, people are “entitled to accurate information about entitled to accurate information about Covid-19 … [L]ives depend on it.”

In Arizona’s big lie about a “stolen election,” a ballot recount suffered more problems, this one from a leaky roof, before a visit by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) to the state today. Unlike much of the West suffering a huge drought with wildfires, Phoenix is in the midst of the monsoon season with torrential rains. Because of no maintenance at the Coliseum, a former site for the fraudulent count, fire was considered a danger. The lease there ended in May, and ballots were again moved, this time to the Wesley Bolin building, named after a governor who died after only five months in office. The building is not air-conditioned, and temperatures make the building unsuitable for summer use, this year skyrocketing to almost 120 degrees in the past few months. A former state GOP chair claimed, “No ballots are at risk,” yet experts following the “fake” audit have questioned the veracity of the secret process at every turn.

In another glitch, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, supposedly assigned as the ballot count’s “director,” cannot enter the building because he gave data to outside experts showing the recount followed “very closely” with earlier counts and recounts. It is reported that state Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, gave the order.

Doug Logan of Cyber Ninjas, is making new demands for more information and recounting the number of ballots, not the presidential votes. Inside observers report Logan believes his own hand count missed thousands of votes and is in a desperate attempt to support his QAnon belief of the “stolen election” when he began the process over three months ago, that DDT actually won Arizona in the 2020 election instead of being short by over 10,000 votes.

Publicly, the contractors maintain that they are working on the trail to the “stolen election.” If demands are granted by a subpoena, contractors could keep searching; if they don’t get what they want, they can cry “foul.” After DDT falsely claimed that the investigation found “hundreds of thousands” of missing votes for him, one of the contractors, who invented some of the more fantastical claims, lied about fraud denying DDT of electoral college votes. Privately, however, people working on the project realize their efforts point to the conclusion that Biden won Arizona’s electoral college votes.

Delighted with the “fraudit” surrounding the big lie of the “stolen election,” Texas is considering the same path. State Rep. Steve Toth introduced the Texas Voter Confidence Act for a “forensic audit” with Republicans—the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House—to select what he called an “independent third party” to conduct the election audit. According to the proposed bill, the review focuses on votes in Texas’ 13 counties with populations over 415,000, stopping at the counties voting for DDT. In fact, DDT carried the state, and GOP senate incumbent John Cornyn was also easily victorious. Yet Biden won areas such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Like Arizona and other states considering the same fraudulent ballot counts, only areas voting in favor of Democrats are subject to GOP questions about “election integrity” or “voter fraud.”

Toth was clear about his intent. Asked about including smaller counties in the election review, he responded, “What’s the point? I mean, all the small counties are red.”

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/23/politics/arizona-audit-politicians-invs/index.html     Candidates running on the “stolen election” big lie have the same evidence-free opinion as Oklahoma pastor Jackson Lahmeyer: “Who could possibly believe the idea there were 80 million votes for Joe Biden?” And who would believe that conservatives would define “freedom” as being hospitalized, having long-term physical and mental effects, and dying from COVID.

July 17, 2021

Democracy at Risk in Voting Supression

[Updates for COVID: Trying to stop all vaccinations, the state of Tennessee fired the top vaccine official, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, after she included a state law in a public memo last spring: teens in Tennessee have permission to receive medical care without parental consent. A Tennessee Supreme court case made that ruling 34 years ago. Only 38 percent of people in Tennessee are vaccinated, ten percent under the U.S. average. The firing came a week after Fiscus received an anonymous package containing a dog muzzle. 

Unvaccinated people have caused COVID cases in the U.S. to rise almost 70 percent in the past week. Hospitalizations increased 36 percent from two weeks ago, and deaths rose 26 percent for a weekly average. Center for Countering Digital Hate reports that 65 percent of the anti-vax disinformation on social media platforms comes from only a small group of people called the “Disinformation Dozen.” The government can do something about these falsehoods without violating free speech because algorithms can legally be regulated.]

The Cyber Ninjas, starting their fake ballot count on April 23, are still in Arizona to communicate more disinformation about the 2020 election and reinforce QAnon conspiracy theories. Last week, a Maricopa County judge permitted a lawsuit by the watchdog American Oversight to obtain documents related to this thus-far 12-week attempt to find votes for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT). The judge also dismissed the GOP attempt to combine the American Oversight lawsuit with one from the Arizona Republic’s request for public records.

The fake process was to have been completed within two weeks, but the Ninja’s conspiracy theory leader, Doug Logan, has continued to stall. Now he’s demanding the county’s computer network routers and time to send workers door to door, asking voters if they participated in the election. In addition, he wants images of mail-in ballot envelopes, security keys for administrator-level access to voting machines, a diagram of the county’s router network, and a copy of the county’s voter-registration database. 

Releasing the routers and their passwords would cause significant security risks, according to Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, who wrote about risks to “critical evidence,” “private information,” and other “sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County’s citizens—including social security numbers and protected health information.” GOP supervisors listed problems that would “cripple County operations.”

In early May, the DOJ had told the Arizona Senate their plans to canvass voters by going to their homes could violate federal law. At that time, Fann had put this plan “on hold.” Keeping the ballots in private custody may also violate the law, according to the DOJ although Fann claimed strong security to ensure no ballots or other voting documents were destroyed. Observers have noted serious security problems, and everything the Senate gave the Ninjas has been moved at least four times.

Arizona GOP senators and their president Karen Fann are still insistent on giving Logan what he wants for his “review” of the 3,387,336 ballots already recounted and audited by experienced professionals. At last week’s Judiciary Committee “hearing” about Logan’s requests, only two Republican senators could question Logan and others working on the audit; Democrats could only sit in the audience. Soon after the meeting, the committee GOP vice chair, Wendy Rogers, tweeted, “DECERTIFY THE ELECTION.” Jeremy Stahl gave a complete report on the event in Salon, and Logan and Ben Cotton, head of the data forensics firm CyFIR, presented disinformation throughout the hearing. 

GOP senators want to block the use of Sharpies to mark ballots for the purpose of “election integrity.” People at the fairgrounds a few miles from the capitol are still counting thousands of ballots, but machines for paper counting and stacking paper are giving them trouble as well as not counting as fast as they wanted. 

Logan may want to continue for a variety of reasons: he wants Arizona’s notoriety and money until more states get suckered in, DDT is coming to Arizona on July 24 for a rally and needs a backdrop, and—perhaps most important—the audit appears to have found nothing wrong when it finished its contracted responsibilities three weeks ago. After the Maricopa County supervisors and state Secretary of State Katie Hobbs gave Logan everything he wanted, he resorted to whining about lack of cooperation. With a new set of demands, Logan avows no report until his demands are met. 

After an “examination” of over three million ballots from the 2020 election, workers confused by 182 cases turned them over for review. Four reviews led to charges of voter fraud but none from people trying to vote more than once. Two cases were about Democrats, and the other two about Republicans. Only one potential voter fraud case about a person who might have been registered to vote in another state was found in the 2.1 million votes from Maricopa County, the source of the audit. Several eliminated cases were people stopped from voting more than once. Even if all 182 cases were fraudulent, which they weren’t, and by Democrats, which they weren’t, DDT would still have lost the state by 10,218 votes. Yet DDT claimed that these 182 review cases were “hundreds of thousands of votes or, many times what is necessary for us to have won.”

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plans to investigate the Cyber Ninja company with concerns about the “highly unusual effort to undermine faith in the nation’s election system.” Independent election observers allege the pretend “audit” has violated basic audit standards, including breaking basic ballot security protocols and compromising electronic voting machines costing over $2.1 million to replace. The committee will request such documents from the company as past business deals and the current business arrangement with Arizona state Senate Republicans as well as post-election communications with DDT, his administration and campaign officials, and members of his legal teams including Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn. Another part of the request is evidence regarding the “fraud” supposedly unearthed or suspected, including bamboo paper ballots and CIA agents involved in any fraud scheme.

Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has asked the state AG Mark Brnovich to investigate election interference by DDT and his allies while ballots were being tallied last fall. Texts and voicemails from the White House, DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and the state GOP chair Kelli Ward attempted to exert political pressure on the Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors’ GOP members to find a majority of votes for DDT in the state. Brnovich supported the state’s new anti-voting bill on the basis of “election integrity,” the purpose of the proposed investigation. Hobbs asked him to refer the investigation to another law enforcement agency if his ethnical duties are in the way of his probing the issue.

On two occasions after the election, DDT tried to contact GOP Supervisor Clint Hickman; Giuliani also made attempts to contact Hickman, hoping to “get this thing fixed up.” Ward told supervisors “to stop the counting,” to delay certifying the results, and to look into whether voting software added votes for Democrats. When they didn’t obey, she called them “unAmerican” and stated they were playing for the “WRONG team.”

The Arizona “fraudit” has a new tactic: change state law for 2022. Voters may legally fix early ballots within five days after Election Day, but the assistant AG Drew Ensign asked a federal appeals to refuse ones that voters forgot to sign and didn’t fix by the night of the election for the 2022 election.

DDT’s “big lie” about a “stolen election” is still working its way through Georgia’s Fulton County where plaintiffs are running out of options to examine 147,000 ballots. 

DDT’s ally, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano has contacted “several counties” for his probe into their ballots that he describes a “forensic investigation” with sweeping requests—all ballots cast in the 2020 election with “all ballot production, processing, and tabulation equipment” along with various “forensic images” of computer equipment and logs of databases. He also wants information on grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life—a nonprofit receiving an influx of cash from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to provide money to cash-strapped local elections offices across the country. Letters threatened subpoenas if counties failed to comply. Mastriano is considering being a gubernatorial candidate. Democratic State AG Josh Shapiro, also considering a run for governor, said his office will defend counties that choose not to comply.

According to John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate candidate, all the state’s voter fraud, under ten cases, was by Republicans who had their dead relatives vote for DDT.

In Oklahoma, where Biden received under one-third of the vote, legislators tried for a “forensic audit” of ballots, but the state’s chief elections official refused, indicating state law does not permit this process by an outside group. In 2020, DDT won every one of 77 counties in the state, and no state or federal candidate has asked for a recount.

North Carolina’s State Board of Elections also rejected the request from the state’s House Freedom Caucus to inspect “randomly selected voting systems for security issues. A major concern is decertification of voting machines that states will not reimburse.

Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of John Lewis. People who want democracy to continue in the United States are fortunate that the brave are causing “good trouble”—nonviolent protest, activism and left-leaning politics—to protect our land from fascism and dictatorships.

May 11, 2021

Arizona’s ‘Fraudit,’ Lies about ‘Stolen’ Election Continue

California has a $75+ billion surplus while Gov. Gavin Newsom is the object of a recall because he went to a dinner with lobbyists during a block on gatherings a year ago; it’s the sixth attempt in two years. He plans to give bonuses to the state’s residents next year. Will these people vote against him?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her House leadership position because she won’t agree that the election was “stolen” from Dictator Donald Trump (DDT); McCarthy said he is doing it because “unlike the left, [Republicans] embrace free thought and debate.”

Rhode Island’s Gov. Dan McKee may also be history after he canceled a fundraiser co-hosted by a DDT supporter; he said:

“I do not like Trump…he is dishonest, divisive, and his ‘Big Lie’ is a threat to our democracy.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the GOP is dead without DDT; his disowning of DDT after the January 6 insurrection was short-lived

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wants to have both sides, but he also wants to unify the party with GOP policies. Republicans have no policies except supporting DDT and opposing Democrats—it’s their platform. Then they take credit for popular laws that they unanimously voted against.

Cancel culture” is the only GOP comeback, and Republicans don’t know what it means. Today, Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, used the expression because the horse failed its drug test. Baffert is suspended from Churchill Downs, pending an investigation, and he whined about losing his due process. At least four other horses trained by Baffert have been found with drugs in the past three years. Medina Spirit makes the 29th violation noted in Baffert’s career.  

The insurrectionists won: they succeeded in continuing the false narrative of a “stolen” election.

Republicans lie to the world about the “peaceful” insurrection and the “stolen” election, but they also lie to other Republicans about DDT’s polling in core battleground districts: his unfavorable were 15 points higher than favorable, almost double.

Nowhere, however, has DDT World become more ridiculous than in Arizona. Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone blamed the “Senate Republican Caucus’ audit of the Maricopa County votes” for “[jeopardizing] the entire mission of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,” according to the Arizona Republic. The GOP senators demanded “certain routers,” causing a “significant security risk to Sheriff’s Office law enforcement data” if they are released. Another danger is the demand for “passwords to the county’s ballot tabulators used on Election Day at voting centers” to have “administrative access to voting machines.” County Attorney Allister Adel has told the Senate ballot-count fraudit liaison, Ken Bennett, the county has no more passwords beyond what it has released. Penzone stated:

“Access to this information would adversely affect the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office ability to protect critical evidence, data shared between law enforcement agencies, protected private information and individual passwords, all of which could be used to the detriment of citizens and law enforcement infrastructure.”

Penzone wrote that the move “puts sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County’s citizens—including social security numbers and protected health information—at risk as well.” GOP Supervisors Chair Jack Sellers agreed, stating problems with the routers would “cripple County operations and cost as much as $6 million.” Chris DeRose, a Republican Arizona election law attorney, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that “no good can come” from the Senate’s efforts. 

Not satisfied with the third ballot recount in Arizona (making it the fourth count) by a private company who believes the election was “stolen” from DDT, QAnon conspiracy theorists want to invalidate all state election results since 2018 and immediately remove all elected officials. The citizens filing the lawsuit will then take over those elected positions—with no election. Among the group “We the People,” a common QAnon term, are a losing GOP candidate in 2020 and a prospective one for 2022.

One independent observer, Elizabeth Howard from Brennan Center, was permitted into the facility by a judicial order. She wrote:

“The point doesn’t have to do with election integrity based on procedures I witnessed. The procedures are drastically different from professional and effective procedures in use across the country by election officials. For instance, when counters are supposed to count ballots, the ballot is placed on a spinning turntable.

“Ballot counters are tasked with watching that ballot as it whizzes by, checking for marks for two races, marking the tally before the next ballot comes whizzing by them. It also allows for multiple instances where the counters’ tally sheets don’t match. In a normal post-election procedure where you are reviewing individual ballots, there would be a fair bipartisan official that agreed on how to count individual ballots. That’s not what we’re seeing at the colosseum. That’s another concern along with the fact they continue to change the procedures that are in use.”

Despite the $15 an hour frauditors are paid, only one-third of the counting tables are occupied. Tables spend between six seconds and 20 seconds or more on each ballot, and half the counters don’t do anything because of the time between batches of ballots.

One Republican senator who voted for the procedure is now disgusted with choosing auditors with “preconceived notions” and a focus on pursuing conspiracy theories. He said:

“There’s not even a perception of independence.”

Another GOP state senator, also voting for the current recount, now suffers buyers’ remorse. He said:

“It makes us look like idiots. Looking back, I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point.”

No, it’s just embarrassing to be a Republican state senator.

The Arizona clown show has become a joke throughout the world, and Republicans know it. Many of them just want the ninjas to leave. Georgia wants the circus show next, and Michigan and Wisconsin are considered the fraudits after that.

Investigative reporting reveals the foundation for the “big lie” about a stolen election was started in a Texas airplane hanger soon after the GOP 2018 losses. Behind it is Russell Ramsland Jr, a Republican businessman selling such bizarre products as technology beaming light into the human bloodstream for disease cures. Unsuccessful in his own congressional run, Ramsland held meetings on electronic vote manipulation for challenging election results. His funding came from Republicans whose wealth came from the oil, gas and fracking industries.

The project began with locating losing candidates, such as wealthy real estate developer Don Huffines who lost his second run for the Texas legislature. Huffines met James “Trey” Trainor III, a DDT-appointee for the Federal Election Committee, for advice in challenging his loss, but Huffines decided not to pursue a case against the election. Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) was the second subject. He complained to state AG Ken Paxton, but nothing came of it.

By 2019, Ramsland was spreading the lie about U.S. election software originating in Venezuela and massive voting manipulation. By 2020, he added the evidence-free claim about the Spain-based election technology firm Scytl, “housing all of our votes … in an insecure fashion.” The next claim listed a server in Frankfurt, Germany as the location. Raumsland gave a two-hour briefing to seven members of the House Freedom Caucus and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell information for his movie about alleged election fraud.

DDT started to spread these claims as a cover for his possible election loss later in 2020. After DDT’s loss, Ramsland and his associates continued briefing right-wingers such as Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and DDT’s conservative lawyer Sidney Powell who had been in Rumsland’s loop for two years. Raumsland’s lies continued to be the source for burgeoning cases thrown out of court for months.

A major falsehood appeared from Raumsland’s misunderstanding of “errors”: he translated “ballot has been reversed” as evidence of tampering when it actually meant the ballot was spit out and the voter had to feed it back into the machine. Officials said that claims in his report were baseless. A hand recount in one county Raumsland considered highly problematic showed the original count was off by only 12 votes out of 16,000 ballots. DDT is still using that country as his proof of how the election was rigged. 

DDT’s Department of Homeland Security called the 2020 election the “most secure in American history,” but one-third of the U.S. population believe fraud caused DDT to lose—almost half of those thinking it was from hacked machines. Although many people believe the election was stolen, Ramsland’s organization was the font of inaccurate information shaping public perception. Florida’s “hanging chads” in 2000 had led to paperless touch-screen voting machines, cheaper but open to hacking and lacking any paper trail.

The lies will continue until Republicans revolt against DDT–and they won’t. 

May 5, 2021

Bullies Control the GOP

People have accused the GOP of being a personality cult since Deposed Dictator Trump (DDT) took it over in 2016. DDT is no longer in the white House, but the loyalty mandate to him as a Republican requirement has grown only stronger. With no policies or messages, the complete focus of the GOP is an agreement with the “big lie,” rejection of the 2020 election results if Democrats won. Across the nation, the GOP leadership is censuring its elected officials for recognizing Joe Biden as the president. 

A Michigan woman represents the GOP belief “that Trump has never done anything wrong.” About DDT’s lies that he lost the election to widespread fraud, she said, “He’s not just going to spew something out there that’s wrong and not verified.” She plans to help remove Jason Cabel Roe from state GOP executive director because he said that “the election wasn’t stolen” and that “there is no one to blame but Trump.”

DDT’s incited January 6 insurrection provides another GOP litmus test: officials are forced out for criticizing the party’s Dear Leader and believing people attacked the U.S. Capitol. A county leader in Iowa was called a “traitor” because he said DDT should be impeached for his “atrocious conduct” in pushing the attacks. Threats drove out Missouri’s state GOP executive director because she had failed to help overturn Biden’s election.

Charles Pierce points out that the GOP “swore undying fealty decades ago to supply-side economics, which has no more bearing on reality than does the idea that the 2020 election was stolen.” The party agreed with Reagan’s false claim about trees causing air pollution and then smeared the Clintons and President Obama. Now the one test for being a Republican: “Do you accept the results of the 2020 election?” Only those saying “no,” promoting the end of democracy in the U.S., can be GOP insiders.

Paul Waldman writes about the same theme:

“Today’s Republican Party believes many things. Taxes should be lower, particularly for rich people; health and safety regulations are presumptively bad; we have too many immigrants; abortion should be outlawed; we shouldn’t do much about climate change; America is simultaneously the most perfect nation that has ever existed and a cesspool of depravity and cultural decline….

“In states and counties and cities across the country…, state and local party officials who admit Joe Biden is the legitimate president are being censured, harassed and driven from their jobs…

“The arguments among Republicans have nothing to do with policy or substance… They all want to see ruthless voter-suppression laws passed and they all oppose Democrats’ efforts to reinforce voting rights.”

Waldman tracks the lack of GOP policy to Tea Party candidates elected in 2010—their only position being to destroy government. Lacking any policy, DDT followed their ascendancy in 2016 and stocked his administration with “grifters and extremists.” Republicans completely focus on loyalty to DDT, determined by their extent of cruelty, smears, and lies, highlighted by the hoax of “cancel culture” for anything they don’t want.

The next election, according to Waldman, will focus on the “culture war” and DDT’s legacy—perhaps even DDT running himself—on the right busy attacking anyone who disagrees with them and any issues important to the people on the left.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), once the GOP standard bearer as its presidential candidate, was booed at his state GOP convention. DDT praised his followers for booing Romney and called the senator a “stone cold loser.”

The GOP leadership in the U.S. House plans to eject Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her position as GOP conference chair, but Cheney is fighting back. DDT tried to co-opt the term “big lie” with his statement, “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Cheney tweeted in response that “anyone who claims” the election was fraudulent “is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”

After that tweet, she spoke with former House Speaker Paul Ryan at the conservative American Institute retreat in Sea Island (GA).:  

“We can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy. We can’t whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”

Cheney called for the “peaceful transfer of power” to be “defended” and described the U.S. Constitution as “our shield.”

Congressional sources say Cheney will be removed from her leadership position as soon as May 12 at the next scheduled meeting after Congress goes home for a couple of weeks. McCarthy tried to maintain getting rid of Cheney came from “concern about the job ability” and not her vote to impeach DDT. Cheney’s spokesman responded:

“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”

McCarthy, who has worked hard to get back into DDT’s favor after negative comments about DDT’s behavior about January 6, was caught on a hot mic before an interview with Fox’s Steve Doocy saying, “I’ve had it with her.” “Job ability” has been no concern regarding Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who promotes QAnon conspiracy theories and was behind a new caucus to support only “Anglo-Saxon” beliefs. Or for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is being investigated for sex-trafficking, fraudulent actions,  showing photographs of naked women to his colleagues on the floor of the House chamber without the women’s permission, and several other crimes supported by witnesses.

On Fox and Friends, McCarthy said, “We all need to be working as one… Majorities are not given, they are earned.” It appears that earning the majority comes from the “big lie” about a stolen election. McCarthy has not said whether Cheney is right about the election not being stolen.

McCarthy has been attacked by a bigger bully, wannabe presidential candidate and chief DDT mimic Tucker Carlson. For the second Fox show in a row, Carlson went after McCarthy for his relationship with Frank Luntz, longtime pollster for conservative politicians, and accused McCarthy of giving Luntz “outsized influence over the Republican Party’s policy positions.” Carlson finished with “the top Republican in the House lives with a Goggle lobbyist.” McCarthy’s spokesperson finally confirmed that, during the pandemic, the House minority leader “rented a room in Washington at a fair market price from Frank.” Carlson wasn’t satisfied that McCarthy cosigned the television host’s attacks on Big Tech and so-called censorship of conservatives. The big sin is that Luntz, who created the language spins for Republicans, separated himself from DDT and the GOP.

White supremacist Carlson, a trust-fund child attending boarding school before rejected by the CIA after he graduated from college, went after George W. Bush’s former speechwriter David Frum as one of “the people you’d be worried about” to save the United States:

“It’s the Monday editorial meetings at The Atlantic magazine, where David Frum is treated as an important intellectual rather than some dopey middle-aged Canadian Twitter celebrity whose life goal is to force America into yet another unwinnable pointless war.”

Maybe Carlson got upset after Frum pointed out that he criticizes the Afghanistan and Iraq war after being a “FEROCIOUS advocate of both wars … when it mattered.” He described Carlson’s “cowardly,” amoral opportunism.

Carlson also bullies trans youth, he opposed them as athletes in 27 segments. That number is over 20 percent of the 126 anti-transgender student-athletes aired on Fox during the past year after the network hosts found nine of these athletes throughout the nation. Two of them had not competed in years, and no athlete dominated their sport.

The conservative mainstream press has come out against McCarthy. The editorial board of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal wrote, “GOP leaders shouldn’t have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.” It continued:

“Mr. McCarthy knows Ms. Cheney is right. The election wasn’t stolen, yet Mr. Trump wants an endorsement of his stolen claim to be a litmus test for every Republican candidate. She may be ousted because she is daring to tell the truth to GOP voters and at personal political risk.”

The GOP’s and DDT’s narcissism and other behaviors are reminiscent of school bullies. People have reacted to his mental illness just as schools sometimes do to bullies, as if it’s a conflict and not serious. The “cure” always fails with this approach. The idea that there is right and wrong on both sides isn’t necessarily true, especially when one side is being victimized. Name-calling escalates into violence.

Bullies may be abused or neglected in their homes, leading to a need for control and a need to hurt others. Disciplinarian parents with high expectations create stress in children who then turn on others. Bullies can be bullied themselves. Often these bullies are never taught that their behavior is wrong. All these reasons apply to DDT because of how his father treated him. Now he promotes bullying in the entire Republican party.

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