This is some of what the Right misses when they limit themselves to their right-wing pundits !!!
“If Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, it would’ve been armed.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Jan. insurrection
"Mark Meadows Exchanged Texts With 34 Members Of Congress About Plans To Overturn The 2020 Election - The Messages Included Battle Cries, Crackpot Legal Theories, And ‘Invoking Marshall Law!!’" -Talking Points
"Arizona Democratic Secretary of State winner Adrian Fontes, first and foremost, wants election deniers addressed correctly. “Well, first and foremost, we’re not just going to call them election deniers,” Fontes said. “They are MAGA fascists. They don’t care about American voters. They don’t even care about their own voters. Based on the delay that we saw in Cochise County, which is a heavily Republican county in southeastern Arizona. And so we’re going to attack their lies with vigor and with the truth,” Fontes said. “Because we’ve got the truth on our side. We’ve got justice on our side. We’ve got American democracy and American voters on our side...
... And so we’re going to push as hard as we can against the misinformation and disinformation that they continue to peddle with no evidence, no legitimacy, and those lawsuits that are being threatened right now. They’re not going to go anywhere. So we won’t countenance even a short discussion of them.” Republicans tend to believe that their bullying would be effective. Adrian Fontes is stating that Democrats and Progressives will not just sit back. Republicans should try producing policies that Americans want instead of policies for the few. Politicians must stop selling out Americans for a few bucks...” -Medium, Egberto Willies
“Dark money fueling dangerous SCOTUS case- Untraceable right-wing money has flowed into a network of right-wing groups seeking to limit voting rights- “A report released this week by the nonpartisan watchdog group Accountable.US revealed a network of dark money groups that have donated nearly $90 million to organizations actively supporting the plaintiffs in Moore v. Harper — a bombshell case now before the Supreme Court that could alter the way federal elections are conducted across the country. The landmark case hinges on the "independent state legislature" theory brought by North Carolina legislators, who want to eliminate the system of checks and balances governing federal elections and appropriate full power themselves...
... This could mean, for example, that state legislatures are free to appoint a slate of presidential electors as they see fit, regardless of which candidate a state's voters favored... "It's obviously a fringe, extremist legal theory that's being funded by these wealthy conservative donors, and these are people who know their extreme agenda isn't popular," said Kayla Hancock, director of power and influence at Accountable.US the Honest Elections Project, which has promoted the theory extensively... The group is closely linked to Federalist Society co-chairman Leonard Leo, seen as immensely influential in building the current Supreme Court's conservative supermajority...” Salon
“Sam Bankman-Fried’s Admission About Secret GOP Donations Provoke An FEC Complaint - A watchdog says the disgraced cryptocurrency CEO's secretive methods were illegal.-A campaign finance watchdog has accused Sam Bankman-Fried – the CEO of the massive cryptocurrency exchange FTX until November when the company abruptly imploded and filed for bankruptcy – of flouting federal election law by using dark money groups to conceal millions in campaign donations to Republicans during the 2022 primary campaign...
...Bankman-Fried is widely known to have donated roughly $37 million to Democratic candidates in 2022. But in the interview, he claimed to have donated “about the same amount” to Republicans. He said he did it anonymously because he anticipated a backlash if his ties to the GOP became public. He apparently hid these donations by contributing to dark money groups that can spend unlimited money to influence elections and are not required under federal law to disclose the names of their donors... One vehicle was the Crypto Innovation PAC, which donated nearly $3.2 million to nine Republicans. Most of the PAC’s money ($2.8 million) came from GMI PAC, whose top donors include Bankman-Fried, Salame, Marc Andreesen, Ben Horowitz and Circle, a digital currency company...” Huffpost
“Conservatism as an Oppositional Culture- How a sociological concept explains the "Scam Right"- Spend some time consuming conservative media, and you’ll see it’s all just one scam after the other: “commemorative” gold coins, something about refinancing your house, Ben Carson brain pills. Often, there is barely any line between the straight reporting and scams, with the theme of the news coverage blending right into the messages of sponsors, both spatially and psychologically, as can be seen in two recent emails from Breitbart and Daily Caller. The reader needs to squint in order to be able to tell which are the news stories and which are the ads...
... My favorite story in the genre of conservative scams is how Newt Gingrich after he left Congress would ask businesses to pay an annual $5,000 fee for him to name them an “Entrepreneur of the Year.” This would pop up in the news... . During the Obamacare debate, Gingrich repurposed the scam so that for $5,000 doctors would get a plaque declaring them a “Champion of Medicine.” Potential recipients were told by fax that they were among an elite 100 physicians selected, without informing them that hundreds, if not thousands, got the same message. The question isn’t why corrupt people exist on the Right. Rather, it’s why there are so few norms on the political Right against telling blatant lies to your followers and scamming them...” Richard Hanania, substack
"Another Keystone Pipeline oil leak proves activist opponents correct-Nearly 600,000 gallons of oil spilled from a leak in the Keystone Pipeline despite the assurances of the oil industry, and affirming an accusation by critics of the pipeline." MSNBC
“Environmentalists have argued that the incidents come with such a pipeline and that they're not worth the convenience of more direct transportation for fossil fuel in a world coming to terms with global warming caused largely by burning it. The Sierra Club said it was the 22nd time the pipeline it calls Keystone 1 has been the site of a spill, breach or accident.” NBC
“The old-school, jingoist, Patriot response to having a U.S. woman taken hostage and imprisoned by an anti-American fascist would have been to celebrate Griner’s release with some full-on Hulk Hogan flag waving. Griner is the in-group. Putin is the out-group. Simple. But instead, there was a bizarre, polarized response to Griner’s release, with many conservatives suggesting not just that the hostage trade was ill-advised, or a bad deal—but that Griner deserved to be imprisoned in Russia because she had flouted Putin’s sacred rule of law. In this view, Griner—a black lesbian with liberal politics—is a member of the near out-group and so is marked for special contempt. Meanwhile, Putin—a Russian autocrat who hates gays—is a member of some distant, far out-group, and so is either an NPC (non-player character) or even an ally, since he shares some of the same antipathies as American conservatives...” Jonathan V. Last, bulwark
“US Marine Trevor Reed who Biden got released from Russia. His release was delayed by Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene. Reed said Trump failed to fight for his release and Russians are “big fans” of MAGA. Remember this as you see GOP outrage over Brittney Griner.” Brian Tyler Cohen
“Donald Trump, who ignored Paul Whelan for two years, says deal to return Brittney Griner to US was ‘stupid.' Mr Trump did not mention Mr Whelan’s name a single time during the two years he was held in Russia on his watch, nor did he bring up the former US Marine during a 2019 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.” -Independent
“In late 2018, Trump released Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the top leaders of the Taliban, along with 5000 other Taliban fighters, in exchange for... *checks notes*... nobody.” Tristan Snell
“If the Hunter Biden story did not turn out to be the October Surprise that swung the election, it is partly because other news outlets found it hard to corroborate; even the New York Post could not get its veteran reporters to touch it. It was also because Hunter Biden’s seedy personal life was already widely known and few swing voters seemed inclined to transfer their judgment of the son to his father.” Bulwark
The Lesson of Trump: Character Matters - The events of the past few weeks validate a core Never Trump claim—that character and intellect are important... The glaring faults of Trump’s moral character—notable even when measured against the low bar set by other politicians—clearly made this unfolding disaster inevitable... A normal person has an internal faculty of self-criticism that prompts him to ask tough questions and consider counterarguments. But long ago, Donald Trump killed off his internal process of self-criticism. The result is a dangerously irresponsible mind with no capacity for self-monitoring. It is the kind of mind that will bring us to the brink of insurrection and civil war just to avoid having to admit failure...
...The Twitter account for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee just in the past few days got around to deleting a tweet proclaiming the future of the Republican party to be “Kanye. Elon. Trump...” Speaking of Elon Musk, the world’s most flamboyant billionaire has recently developed an interest in conservative ideas. But he immediately bypassed all of the sane conservatives and thoughtful classical liberal commentators and went straight to having deep conversations with Catturd and a catalogue of the internet’s most ridiculous charlatans. Kanye. Elon. Trump. That seems to encapsulate the price conservatives are going to pay, and keep paying for a long time, because they were too opportunistic in following flamboyant celebrities and willingly sacrificed any concern about principles, character, and intellect. It’s a lesson to keep in mind when conservatives get tired of all the losing.” Robert Tracinski
"These are incredibly dangerous and should be called out" --Karine Jean-Pierre on Elon Musk's attacks on Fauci"
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