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Tuesday, May 9, 2023 10:51 AM

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I'm laughing because you have mental problems and you deserve them because karma is a bitch and you're a garbage human being.

6ix, you wrote 'Trump will be fine' a thousand times.



Second: Trump will not be fine.

Also Second, 38 minutes later: The Reason Donald Trump Can’t Be Destroyed


Trump will be fine.

The most accurate title to the article would be The Reason Donald Trump's Reputation Can't Be Destroyed In The Minds of Scumbags.

The behavior of Trumptards is not different in kind to what Trump does, but Trumptards can't go to the extremes where Trump thrives because he has lawyers to protect him and they don't. Trumptards will vote for Trump because their minds are simpatico, especially when Trump is at his worst, say, on trial for rape or being audited for not paying taxes, or being sued for cheating a contractor out of pay.

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The Wall Street Journal has urged its readers to take heed of William Barr’s recent warning about Donald Trump, and the former attorney general’s caution about what would happen if the former president won a second term in the White House.

Barr last week described Trump’s first term as a “horror show". He predicted Trump would fail to deliver on conservative policies, even if he did win the 2024 election.

The Journal wholeheartedly agreed.

“The rebuttal from the Trump establishment will be to cite his first term, but that record supports Mr. Barr’s point,” it wrote. “We also agree with many of Mr. Trump’s policies, and we backed them during his Presidency. But his most important policy victories were conventional GOP priorities delivered by people he now denounces as “RINOs.”

“A fuller account of Mr. Trump’s Presidency can wait for other days, but Mr. Barr’s warning is one that GOP voters deserve to hear,” it added. Republicans “have to decide if they want to let Democrats make their nominating choice for them, while ignoring Mr. Barr’s warning about the policy risks of a second Trump term.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wall-street-journal-donald-trump-warnin
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Tuesday, May 9, 2023 12:45 PM

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The actual "mothers" in the background should be in prison.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023 12:51 PM

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I'm laughing because you have mental problems and you deserve them because karma is a bitch and you're a garbage human being.

6ix, you wrote 'Trump will be fine' a thousand times.



Second: Trump will not be fine.

Also Second, 38 minutes later: The Reason Donald Trump Can’t Be Destroyed


Trump will be fine.

The most accurate title to the article would be The Reason Donald Trump's Reputation Can't Be Destroyed In The Minds of Scumbags.



Not just Trumptards.

Biden Trails Trump in New Post/ABC Poll, and Trump vs. DeSantis in Iowa

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2023/05/08/biden_trails_trump_
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According to a Washington Post-ABC News survey, President Joe Biden's approval rating has reached a new low and a growing number of voters doubt his "mental acuity." He now trails both Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis in head-to-head match ups.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2023 7:30 AM

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Not just Trumptards.

Biden Trails Trump in New Post/ABC Poll, and Trump vs. DeSantis in Iowa

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2023/05/08/biden_trails_trump_
in_new_postabc_poll_and_trump_vs_desantis_in_iowa.html


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According to a Washington Post-ABC News survey, President Joe Biden's approval rating has reached a new low and a growing number of voters doubt his "mental acuity." He now trails both Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis in head-to-head match ups.


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The US has had a multitude of Presidents who weren't smart but had the right beliefs and things worked out fine. Eisenhower and FDR for two examples. (If you think Eisenhower was smart, the death of his first son will knock that notion out of your head. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_of_Dwight_D._Eisenhower#Doud_Eise
nhower
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Then the US has had Presidents who are geniuses writing many books, but things go horribly wrong because they have the wrong beliefs. Nixon for example. There is a particularly wrong belief that is attached to one political party and not the other. It is guns, guns and more guns.

Give thanks to the Republican Party for making it happen:

Timothy McVeigh’s Dreams Are Coming True.

Timothy McVeigh, the right-wing terrorist who killed 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, cared about one issue above all others: guns. To him, guns were synonymous with freedom, and any government attempt to regulate them meant incipient tyranny.

“When it came to guns,” writes Jeffrey Toobin in “Homegrown,” his compelling new book about the Oklahoma City attack, “McVeigh did more than simply advocate for his own right to own and use firearms; he joined an ascendant political crusade, which grew more extreme over the course of his lifetime and beyond.”

Reading Toobin’s book, it’s startling to realize how much McVeigh’s cause has advanced in the decades since his 2001 execution. McVeigh hoped that blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building would inspire an army of followers to make war on the government. This didn’t happen immediately, although, as the historian Kathleen Belew has written, there was a wave of militia and white supremacist violence in the bombing’s aftermath. But today, an often-inchoate movement of people who share many of McVeigh’s views is waging what increasingly looks like a low-level insurgency against the rest of us.

Not all mass shootings are ideologically motivated — far from it. But when there is an ideology involved, it’s usually a far-right one. “All the extremist-related murders in 2022 were committed by right-wing extremists of various kinds,” said a February report from the Anti-Defamation League. Sixty percent of these deaths came from two mass shootings, in Buffalo and Colorado Springs.

As you probably know by now, there was another mass shooting last weekend, at an outdoor mall in Allen, Texas. Though law enforcement has not identified a motive as of this writing, the killer reportedly wore a patch with the abbreviation for “right wing death squad,” a tribute to the Chilean fascist Augusto Pinochet that’s popular with groups like the Proud Boys. According to The New York Times, investigators are looking at a social media profile they believe belonged to the gunman, which includes praise for Hitler and “hate-filled rants against women and Black people.”

There was a time when a killing like this — which left at least eight victims dead, including more than one child — would have brought the news cycle to a halt and forced politicians to respond. When the white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine parishioners in a South Carolina church in 2015, it was so shocking that the governor at the time, Nikki Haley, removed the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.

As far as I can tell, there’s little sense that this latest shooting is a watershed moment that could spur political change. Instead, it’s the kind of regular occurrence we are expected to live with, lest the right’s quest for unfettered gun access be interrupted.

The reason that America endures a level of gun violence unique among developed countries, and that we can often do little about it, is so many politicians have views on guns that aren’t far afield from McVeigh’s. It’s become common to hear Republicans echo McVeigh’s insurrectionary theory of the Second Amendment, which holds that Americans must be allowed to amass personal arsenals in case they need to overthrow the government. As the MAGA congresswoman Lauren Boebert once put it, the Second Amendment “has nothing to do with hunting, unless you’re talking about hunting tyrants.”

The Republican Party’s fetishization of guns and its fetishization of insurrection — one that’s reached a hysterical pitch since Donald Trump’s presidency — go hand in hand. Guns are at the center of a worldview in which the ability to launch an armed rebellion must always be held in reserve. And so in the wake of mass shootings, when the public is most likely to clamor for gun regulations, Republicans regularly shore up gun access instead. In April, following a school shooting in Nashville, Republicans expelled two young Black Democratic legislators who’d led a gun control protest at the Tennessee Capitol. A few days later, the State Senate passed a bill protecting the gun industry from lawsuits.

Today’s Republican Party can scarcely tolerate anything getting between an eager buyer and a deadly weapon.

The normalization of both right-wing terrorism and periodic mass shootings by deranged loners is possible only because McVeigh’s views have been mainstreamed. “In the nearly 30 years since the Oklahoma City bombing, the country took an extraordinary journey — from nearly universal horror at the action of a right-wing extremist to wide embrace of a former president who reflected the bomber’s values,” wrote Toobin.

As it happens, in the hours after the Oklahoma City bombing, before the authorities knew who McVeigh was, he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop and then arrested for carrying a gun without a permit. In 2019, however, Oklahoma legalized permitless carry. Under the new law, McVeigh would have been let go.

https://web.archive.org/web/20230510002819/https://www.nytimes.com/202
3/05/08/opinion/timothy-mcveigh-mass-shootings.html


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Wednesday, May 10, 2023 8:47 AM

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Your reply to me is asinine and once again has nothing to do with what you quoted.

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Thursday, May 11, 2023 4:29 AM

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Your reply to me is asinine and once again has nothing to do with what you quoted.

Essentially that is what Mr. Clarence "I follow the Founding Fathers' Intentions" Thomas said, that unlearned and asinine critics could not prove beyond doubt that Clarence changed rulings because he was paid to change. Clarence only changed out of his deeply held belief in the majestic and all-encompassing wisdom of the Founding Fathers. Clarence is not a crook, according to Clarence.

Quid pro quo: Clarence Thomas reversed his position after gifts and family payments

The Supreme Court justice switched sides on a landmark legal doctrine, satisfying his benefactors’ conservative advocacy machine.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas changed his position on one of America’s most significant regulatory doctrines after his wife reportedly accepted secret payments from a shadowy conservative network pushing for the change. Thomas’ shift also came while he was receiving lavish gifts from a billionaire linked to other groups criticizing the same doctrine — which is now headed back to the high court.

The so-called “Chevron deference” doctrine stipulates that the executive branch — not the federal courts — has the power to interpret laws passed by Congress in certain circumstances. Conservatives for years have fought to overturn the doctrine, a move that would empower legal challenges to federal agency regulations on everything from climate policy to workplace safety to overtime pay.

Thomas wrote a landmark Supreme Court opinion upholding the doctrine in 2005, but began questioning it a decade later, before eventually renouncing his past opinion in 2020 and claiming that the doctrine itself might be unconstitutional. Now, Thomas could help overturn the doctrine in a new case the high court just agreed to hear next term.

Groups within the conservative legal movement funded by Leonard Leo’s dark money network and affiliated with Thomas’ billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow have organized a concerted effort in recent years to overturn Chevron. That campaign unfolded as they delivered gifts and cash to Thomas and his family in the lead-up to his shift on the doctrine.

In 2010, Crow bankrolled a dark money group led by Thomas’ wife, Ginni, that paid her $120,000. Leo was on the group’s board of directors. In 2012, Leo’s dark money network steered undisclosed consulting payments to Thomas’s wife. The Leo network has funded Republican politicians and several nonprofits pressing the Supreme Court to overturn the Chevron doctrine next term.

Crow, meanwhile, provided luxury travel to the Thomas family for two decades. The justice did not report those trips, and similarly failed to disclose that Crow bought his mother’s house and allowed her to keep living there rent free and paid his grandnephew’s boarding school tuition.

Last year, Crow’s wife joined the board of trustees at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank that pressed the Supreme Court to hear the new case aimed at ending the Chevron doctrine.

Crow also co-founded the Club For Growth, a pro-business dark money group that issued a memo pining for the end of the Chevron doctrine.

Thomas abandoned his own stated principles on an issue at the heart of one of the conservative movement’s most significant crusades to limit government regulation.

At issue is the 1984 Supreme Court case Chevron U.S.A v. Natural Resources Defense Council, brought by environmental advocates to challenge the Reagan administration’s weakening of air pollution regulations.

The Supreme Court deferred to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interpretation of the Clean Air Act, over the protests of environmentalists. The ruling was initially seen as a win for polluters, but it created the so-called Chevron doctrine, which became a landmark principle in administrative law, empowering federal agencies to interpret and implement statutes.

Justice Thomas was initially a defender of the Chevron doctrine. In 2005, he penned a decision upholding it — over the dissent of his fellow conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Much More at https://www.levernews.com/clarence-thomas-reversed-position-after-gift
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Vote for Republicans in 2024 because America needs more Supreme Court Justices like Clarence Thomas!

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Thursday, May 11, 2023 10:41 AM

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Say what you will about 'ole Clarence, but at least he doesn't need a Biologist on hand to tell you what a woman is.

And he's not even a woman like the women on the Supreme Court that can't give you that answer when pressed for it.



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Say what you will about 'ole Clarence, but at least he doesn't need a Biologist on hand to tell you what a woman is.

And he's not even a woman like the women on the Supreme Court that can't give you that answer when pressed for it.

Clarence Thomas was placed on the Supreme Court and gets regularly bribed to give favorable rulings for right-wing businessmen. Thomas is an exaggerated version of a welfare queen, feeding off the generosity of wealthy white benefactors.

Thomas attended Yale’s law school in 1971 through an affirmative action program but opposed a similar program in a judicial opinion.

Thomas is committed to subjecting other groups — particularly Black people — to a rigid “bootstrap” individualism. In other words: opportunity for me, but not for thee.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/05/video-clarence-thomas-sca
ndals-harlan-crow-billionaire-black-nationalism
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Sunday, May 14, 2023 1:21 PM

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Hey check it out. It's Jack...

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Sunday, May 14, 2023 6:20 PM

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Explain the picture and how it relates to me then, Ted.

I bet you can't.

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Sunday, May 14, 2023 7:39 PM

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Vote for Republicans!

Mexicans “would be eating cat food out of a can and living in a tent behind an Outback” Steakhouse restaurant if it were not for their nation’s proximity to the US, and their country should be invaded because of the presence of drug cartels there, the US senator John Neely Kennedy said.

The Louisiana Republican’s racist remarks drew a strong condemnation from Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, who called Kennedy “a profoundly ignorant man”. Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, meanwhile, urged the 37 million Americans of Mexican descent – along with other Latinos in the US – “not to vote for people with this very arrogant, very offensive and very foolish mentality” in the future.

Kennedy delivered his tirade against Mexico in a southern American accent that many of his detractors have likened to the voice of Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn. Kennedy began his political career as a Democrat before switching his party affiliation to Republican in 2007.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/may/14/senator-john-kennedy-m
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Sunday, May 14, 2023 9:48 PM

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The Louisiana Republican’s racist remarks



Not racist.

Nationalist.

Fuck Mexico.

And fuck you.

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2024 GOP candidates are 'radioactive'

In 2020, the stupidest single line in American politics was ever uttered: it was 'defund the police.' It was a poison with everybody, including African American voters.

‘Six-week abortion ban' is 'defund the police' for Republicans. Everyone hates it. Republicans -- look -- about 25 percent of Republican women are pro-choice.

"The Republican Party that I grew up in was about getting the government out of life, out of your personal decisions, out of your bedroom, out of your wallet, out of your behavior, within the law," he elaborated. "And this six-week abortion ban stuff? It is radioactive waste for the Republicans right now. And in the states where they passed it, Democrats have a chance to make real inroads."

https://www.rawstory.com/gop-2024-2660176266/

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We're still paying for Defund the Police.

We'll probably be paying for that for the rest of our lives.

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We're still paying for Defund the Police.

We'll probably be paying for that for the rest of our lives.

Voters will remember that Republican politicians pretend that "abortion is murder" and "Trump is fine", but Trump is crazy.

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Trump’s Sexual Abuse Makes The Senator Want To Vote For Him Twice!

On Tuesday, a panel of nine jurors in New York unanimously found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation against E. Jean Carroll. The following day, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, he openly mocked his accuser to the laughter and applause of Republican voters in the audience. It was definitely disturbing, but unfortunately not necessarily surprising. Because why should Republican voters take Trump’s wrongdoing seriously when the party leaders never call him out? Let’s be honest, this shouldn’t be a difficult question. If someone asks you, do you stand by somebody who is found liable for sexual abuse? The answer should be some version of no. But outside of a handful of Republican lawmakers, they have, by and large, pretty much avoided criticizing the former president.

Take Senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee. He responded to the verdict this week, saying that, quote, Trump has been amazing and his ability to weather these sorts of attacks. Attacks from who? A unanimous jury that found him liable for sexual abuse? Amazing. That’s amazing.

Then there’s Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama who said the ruling only makes him want to, quote, vote for Trump twice. You heard that right. Trump’s sexual abuse makes the senator want to vote for him twice.

Other Republicans took a defensive approach, responding with the same tired attacks on the integrity of the legal system. Senator Lindsey Graham declared that, quote, The New York legal system is off the rails. While Senator Marco Rubio called both the jury and the case, quote, a joke. I’m not sure what’s a joke to the senator about sexual abuse. Maybe he can explain that to us.

But the most common Republican refrain was indifference to a jury finding the de facto leader of their party liable for sexual abuse. Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, brushed off the verdict, saying it’s not, quote, where the American people are focused. Call me crazy, but I think more than a few people out there do care when a candidate has committed sexual abuse.

And here’s presidential candidate Nikki Haley just this morning when she was asked if this verdict undermines the party.

NIKKI HALEY: I have always said that anyone that feels like they have been sexually assaulted in any way should come forward and have their voice heard. I also think anyone that’s been accused should be able to defend themselves. I was not on the jury. I am not the judge. I think that both of them had their voices heard. There has been a verdict and there’s been an appeal.

Well, that was a pretty accurate summary of the legal process. I will certainly give her that. But what I didn’t hear was any kind of condemnation of someone who was just found liable for sexual abuse. Look, all of these Republicans are free to say something as simple as this. Donald Trump’s behavior is not what my party stands for. They are free. They have been free to do something about him. But I guess why start now?

The problem for them is no matter how hard they try to spin themselves as the party of family values to create fake controversies, that’s hard to do with a straight face, given that the de facto leader of their party has now been branded a sexual abuser.

https://www.mediaite.com/news/trumps-sexual-abuse-makes-the-senator-wa
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Monday, May 15, 2023 5:39 PM

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Joe Biden won't debate him, RFK Jr. says he can beat Biden

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'The CIA Killed JFK'


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Lindy Li @lindyli

Clinton NSA Sandy Berger lost his law license, was fined $50,000 & sentenced to 2 years of probation for taking 5 pages of top secret documents

Reality Winner took ONE page & was sentenced to 5 years

Trump took 200,000 pages

He’s still out golfing and holding Klan rallies

https://twitter.com/lindyli/status/1578921332041220096

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Monday, May 15, 2023 7:39 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Hey SECOND, as a former enlisted man (ahem! You claim!) you must know that RHIP. Especially the power to declassify.


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Monday, May 15, 2023 9:55 PM

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We're still paying for Defund the Police.

We'll probably be paying for that for the rest of our lives.

Voters will remember that Republican politicians pretend that "abortion is murder" and "Trump is fine", but Trump is crazy.

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Nobody cares about your hyperbole and words when Democrat policies are negatively impacting their lives at every angle.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 9:15 AM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Hey SECOND, as a former enlisted man (ahem! You claim!) you must know that RHIP. Especially the power to declassify.

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"It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal." - Henry Kissinger

RHIP == "rank hath its privileges." Trump lost, so he cannot keep top secret documents. By the way, Signym, your summation can’t be trusted because your Henry Kissinger quote can’t be trusted. Here is what Kissinger actually said:

Henry Kissinger said in November 1968, after Richard Nixon was elected U.S. president but before he took office: “Nixon should be told that it is probably an objective of Clifford to depose Thieu (South Vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu—ed.) before Nixon is inaugurated. Word should be gotten to Nixon that if Thieu meets the same fate as Diem, the word will go out to the nations of the world that it may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.”

The quotation referred to America’s role in Vietnam. If America doesn’t stand by its friends and allies, the quotation explains, then it might ultimately be less dangerous to be America’s enemy.

Much more at
https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/it_may_be_dan
gerous_to_be_americas_enemy_but_to_be_americas_friend_is_fatal


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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 9:45 AM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Hey SECOND, as a former enlisted man (ahem! You claim!) you must know that RHIP. Especially the power to declassify.

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"It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal." - Henry Kissinger

RHIP == "rank hath its privileges." Trump lost, so he cannot keep top secret documents.



Joe Biden* had top secret documents everywhere from before he was President*.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:28 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:

Joe Biden* had top secret documents everywhere from before he was President*.

Biden has a top-secret clearance and Trump does not. If both have top-secret documents at their homes, only one has committed a crime.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:31 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:

Joe Biden* had top secret documents everywhere from before he was President*.

Biden has a top-secret clearance and Trump does not. If both have top-secret documents at their homes, only one has committed a crime.



He didn't when he took them. In fact, some of them he had from before he was even vice President.

Are you playing dumb here or do you actually not know these facts because you only ever listen to your echo chamber?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:35 PM

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Why Wait Until 2024? Republicans Have Gone Mad Today!

In New York we have this dude Daniel Penny who killed an annoying subway rider—and the entire right wing is backing him up. This comes a week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised to pardon a convicted murderer because the guy had only killed a BLM protester, after all.

The Durham Report is out, and it appears to be the usual Durham farrago of innuendo and speculation but without any real evidence of any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama says people need to go to jail or we might as well cancel elections in this country. What?

Joe Biden has given up on his "no negotiations" position on the debt ceiling, which provoked a growing mountain of crackpot demands from Republicans.

Elon Musk's latest is to compare George Soros to X-Men supervillain Magneto.

Oh, and I almost forgot about Rudy. He's being sued for what? Sexual assault and selling off pardons?

This seems like just the tip of the iceberg of crazy.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:41 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by second:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:

Joe Biden* had top secret documents everywhere from before he was President*.

Biden has a top-secret clearance and Trump does not. If both have top-secret documents at their homes, only one has committed a crime.



He didn't when he took them. In fact, some of them he had from before he was even vice President.

Are you playing dumb here or do you actually not know these facts because you only ever listen to your echo chamber?

You are such a freak, 6ix. Trump denied and lied to the FBI about those top-secret documents, which he has no security clearance to have. The FBI had to use force on Trump to get him to release the top secrets. Trump got very angry about losing his precious papers, which are NOT his papers. Plus, Trump was showing those papers to anybody who wanted to see them. He is such a mentally troubled man.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:43 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Why Wait Until 2024? Republicans Have Gone Mad Today!

In New York we have this dude Daniel Penny who killed an annoying subway rider—and the entire right wing is backing him up. This comes a week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised to pardon a convicted murderer because the guy had only killed a BLM protester, after all.



Daniel Penny is a hero who saved a subway car full of strangers from a lunatic.

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The Durham Report is out, and it appears to be the usual Durham farrago of innuendo and speculation but without any real evidence of any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama says people need to go to jail or we might as well cancel elections in this country. What?


It proved that Trump was innocent of all that pre-Presidential bullshit you and your Masters accused him of. People should be going to prison for it. Not jail. In fact, election meddling to this degree for a Presidential election should be treason.

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Joe Biden has given up on his "no negotiations" position on the debt ceiling, which provoked a growing mountain of crackpot demands from Republicans.


Joe Biden* did no such thing. Joe Biden is incapable of making any decisions and half the time doesn't know who Joe Biden* is.

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Elon Musk's latest is to compare George Soros to X-Men supervillain Magneto.


That gives Magneto a bad name.

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Oh, and I almost forgot about Rudy. He's being sued for what? Sexual assault and selling off pardons?


#BelieveNoWomen

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This seems like just the tip of the iceberg of crazy.


You're right. Democrats have lost the plot.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7:15 AM

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday said that foreign leaders saw former President Donald Trump as a "laughing fool" and rejected his ex-boss's claims that he could have stopped Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine had he still been in office last year.

During an interview on CNN's "This Morning," Bolton — an experienced diplomat and defense hawk who served under Trump from April 2018 to September 2019 — pushed back against assertions that the former president made about Ukraine last week as he participated in the network's controversial town hall. While speaking with journalist Kaitlan Collins, Trump said that Russia would not have invaded Ukraine had he been in the Oval Office and also said that he could "settle" the conflict in 24 hours if voters send him back to office — both highly questionable claims for a war the US is not a direct participant in.

Bolton, while speaking with Collins and journalist Poppy Harlow, quickly rejected such talk.

"Trump has this impression that foreign leaders, especially adversaries, hold him in high regard — that he's got a good relationship with Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un," Bolton said of the leaders of China, Russia, and North Korea, respectively.

"In fact, the exact opposite is true," he continued. "I have been in those rooms with him when he met with those leaders. I believe they think he's a laughing fool and the idea that somehow his presence in office would have deterred Putin is flatly wrong."

Bolton then said that if Trump had won reelection in 2020, the former president's push to weaken NATO would have aided Russia in their quest to take over Ukraine.

"If anything, if Trump had won a second term and done what I think he intended to do which is get out of NATO, Putin would have just waited and let him do it," he said. "Even the weakening of NATO would have it made a lot easier for the Russians to have prevailed."

Bolton, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush, has been a huge critic of Trump since leaving the administration. The diplomat, while on CBS News just last month, said that it was a "big mistake, politically" for the GOP to continue aligning itself with Trump headed into 2024.

https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/former-national-sec
urity-advisor-john-bolton-says-world-leaders-saw-trump-as-a-laughing-fool-and-disputes-that-the-ex-president-could-have-stopped-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/articleshow/100284740.cms


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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7:49 AM

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Biden v Trump: US is unenthused by likely rematch of two old white men

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/apr/29/biden-trump-2024-polls
-old-white-men



maybe Guardian wants one Black, Arab, Brown or a Transexual?


How different the stage show is...well at least its not a Monarchy?




Australian politics seems stuck in Punch and Judy mode
https://www.watoday.com.au/politics/federal/australian-politics-seems-
stuck-in-punch-and-judy-mode-20180803-p4zvfw.html



Punch & Judy Politics
https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/punch-and-judy-politics

Punch & Judy Politics An Insiders' Guide to Prime Minister’s

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton



A Neo-Con piece of filth, I thought you called yourself a Democrat?

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7:59 AM

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A Neo-Con piece of filth, I thought you called yourself a Democrat?



You must be new here. Both Second and Ted fall head over heels in love with any Neo-Con trash that say anything bad about Trump.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:25 AM

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I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Bolton is a neocon piece of trash, and so is SECOND.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 9:06 AM

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Bolton is a neocon piece of trash, and so is SECOND.

Bolton was in the room with Trump and Kim. Trump and Putin, too. Bolton sized up who knows what they are doing and it is NOT Trump. Kim is a third-generation dictator who got to his position by being able to read people and know who to kill. Trump got his position by being a con man with diarrhea of the mouth. Trump's loud and stupid mouth (I will end the war in 24 hours) cannot win against Kim. Or Putin. Just in case you misunderstand Trump, no matter how much the US spends on the military, no dictator is scared that Trump will actually use the US military sensibly.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023 7:31 AM

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Why Trump Wants U.S. to Default on Debt

Trump urged Republicans to allow a default “unless they get everything they want. Do not fold!!!”

Lest you have any doubt, the three exclamation points are Trump’s. You could be excused for thinking he wants a default. He loves chaos.

But he also has a purely self-serving reason to seek an economic catastrophe. You don’t need to be a stable genius to know that a bad economy typically hurts the incumbent in a presidential race. And Trump is desperate to get the immunity from prosecution that being elected president would provide him. He’s terrified of what’s coming from Special Counsel Jack Smith. So he’ll apparently nuke the world economy to protect himself.

His MAGA minions in the House of Representatives also understand that voters’ first instinct for an economic crisis is to blame the incumbent president. But just in case that point was missed by the few GOP representatives who still worry a bit about what’s best for the country, Trump’s Truth Social post on Friday was sending them a message. He might as well have written, I’ll come after you if you vote to raise the debt ceiling.

The dynamics of the House Republican Conference — with a small number of the most Trumpy members able to disrupt or end McCarthy’s speakership — make it difficult for McCarthy to give an inch in negotiations, especially now with Trump himself piping in. Which means that the risk that no agreement will be reached is very real. The American people would be nothing but collateral damage to Trump.

https://www.thebulwark.com/why-trump-wants-u-s-to-default-on-debt/

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023 9:23 AM

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But he also has a purely self-serving reason to seek an economic catastrophe. You don’t need to be a stable genius to know that a bad economy typically hurts the incumbent in a presidential race.



You mean like this?



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Tuesday, May 23, 2023 11:05 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by second:
But he also has a purely self-serving reason to seek an economic catastrophe. You don’t need to be a stable genius to know that a bad economy typically hurts the incumbent in a presidential race.



You mean like this?

Trump attempted to buy the 2020 election by increasing the national debt by about $7.5 trillion. Now Trump is attempting to buy the 2024 election with the help of the Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.

Trump had the third-biggest primary deficit growth, 5.2% of GDP, behind only George W. Bush (11.7%) and Abraham Lincoln (9.4%). Bush, of course, not only passed a big tax cut, as Trump has, but also launched two wars, which greatly inflated the defense budget. Lincoln had to pay for the Civil War. By contrast, Trump’s wars have been almost entirely of the political variety.



https://www.propublica.org/article/national-debt-trump

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023 6:23 PM

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lol

Where's Biden on the graph?



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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 12:29 PM

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Hey SECOND, as a former enlisted man (ahem! You claim!) you must know that RHIP. Especially the power to declassify.







Hmm, who is right? Always wrong signym or all the x prosecutors saying Trump is most likely going to jail, hmm.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 12:31 PM

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Biden will be fine.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023 8:24 AM

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lol

Where's Biden on the graph?

Trump is off the charts: The deepening radicalization of Donald J. Trump

In the immediate aftermath of Jan. 6, 2021, President Donald Trump stayed mostly silent, and when he finally delivered his farewell address to the nation, he disavowed the attack on the U.S. Capitol as something that “all Americans were horrified by” and “can never be tolerated.”

Now, as Trump seeks to return to the White House, he speaks of Jan. 6 as “a beautiful day.” He says there was no reason for police to shoot the rioter attempting to break into the House chamber, and he denies there was any danger to his vice president, Mike Pence, who was hiding from a pro-Trump mob chanting for him to be hanged. He has promised to pardon many rioters if he becomes president again.

On this and a host of subjects, Trump’s positions have become even more extreme, his tone more confrontational, his accounts less tethered to reality, according to a review of Trump’s speeches and interviews with former aides. Where he was at times ambiguous or equivocal, he’s now brazenly defiant.

Embracing extreme positions is nothing new for Trump: Since launching his 2016 campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and then pledging to ban Muslims from entering the country, he has promoted divisive policies, made inflammatory comments and prompted constitutional showdowns with Congress and the courts. But a return to the White House, in Trump’s own articulation, would be his chance to take revenge on his political opponents and push even further on his most polarizing programs.

The hardening of Trump’s stances comes as he has been operating for more than two years without the official apparatus of the White House, putting fewer gatekeepers and layers of review between him and the public. It also follows a long list of grievances he has accumulated from his eight years in politics.

To experts who have reviewed his proposals, Trump is sketching out the contours of a second term potentially more chaotic than his first. Critics across the political spectrum have voiced alarm at his increasingly menacing rhetoric. But Trump’s most loyal supporters have relished his combative speeches and followed him in espousing harsher stances.

“I was a Democrat before,” said Greg Bouchicas, a construction business owner from Plaistow, N.H., who came to hear Trump speak in Manchester last month, which he said was his first political event ever. “The fake FISA warrant on Trump tried to take the election from him and failed,” he said, referring to the court-approved surveillance of some of Trump associates’ contacts with Russians in 2016. Bouchicas raised his arms and extended two fingers on both hands when Trump spoke about rebuilding the economy.

In the storyline Trump presents, he is always the victim, but so are his supporters: The shared experience of suffering through conflicts brings them closer and strengthens their bond, according to Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at New York University and the author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.”

“When authoritarian leaders lose office, they come back, like, 10 times worse — they never get less extreme, they always get more extreme,” Ben-Ghiat said. “January 6 was a profoundly radicalizing event for the base, for the GOP and for Trump himself, because even assaulting the Capitol you could get away with. His campaign events have to be seen as that of an extremist radicalizing people and emotionally reeducating people to hate people.”

At a rally in Waco, Tex., this year, Trump sought to discredit criminal investigations and the indictment he faces, disparaging them without evidence as examples of “prosecutorial misconduct,” and added, “when they go after me, they’re going after you.” Later in the speech, he repeated a refrain that has become a standard line at his rallies: “Together, we are taking on some of the most menacing forces and vicious opponents our people have ever seen, some of them from within. But no matter how hateful and corrupt the communists and criminals we’re fighting against may be, you must never forget, this nation does not belong to them — this nation belongs to you.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung pointed to a recent report by special counsel John Durham to support Trump’s claims. The report criticized the FBI’s investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, though it acknowledged the agency’s “affirmative obligation to closely examine” the initial allegations.

“President Trump has been proven right time and time again,” Cheung said in a statement. “The American people know the illegal witch-hunt by the [Justice Department] and Deep State tried to take down his Presidency, influence the 2020 election, and are now running the same playbook to influence the 2024 election,” he added, referring to the criminal probes the ex-president is facing, which Trump has attacked as politically motivated.

Trump’s aides have repeatedly encouraged him not to talk so much about Jan. 6 and the rioters, believing it is not a winning issue politically, according to advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal discussions. They have tried to get him to talk about the ongoing criminal probes he faces as “election interference” rather than looking back to the last presidential election. But Trump has regularly talked to some of the families of people in prison, aides say, and has convinced himself that they are being mistreated. He also has a number of aides now who stay in touch with Jan. 6 families and rioters.

Trump’s former White House chief of staff John F. Kelly said he understood Trump’s recent defense of Jan. 6 to be his actual view, adding that Trump is prone to changing his position.

“All those people who tried to overturn the election, that’s exactly what he wanted them to do. He can’t be turning his back on the people who tried to save him in the election,” Kelly, who is no longer working with Trump, said in an interview. “There’s no compass. What is right today is not necessarily tomorrow. What’s right this morning may change four times before this evening. It all depends who he’s talking to and what he’s trying to accomplish in that moment.”

Trump’s escalation is not merely rhetorical. In 2018, he signed an executive order distancing himself from the “zero tolerance” policy that separated migrant families at the border, aiming to tamp down the public outrage at photos of children in cages and a tape of children crying for their parents. But in a recent CNN town hall, Trump defended the policy and suggested he might reinstate it to deter people from immigrating.

Not only has Trump never acknowledged his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, but over time his false claims of rampant fraud have become more elaborate. In the past, he attacked the expansion of mail voting during the pandemic to suggest the Democrats could have inflated their tallies; now he claims (falsely) to have definitively found millions of fraudulent ballots stuffed into drop boxes.

Even in the rare instances when he has appeared cowed or contrite, such as after Jan. 6 or after revelations about comments he had made on sexual assault, Trump has gone on to deny, dissemble or even outright defend, as evident in some of his recent remarks.

When The Washington Post first reported that Trump bragged about groping women in a 2005 tape from the set of “Access Hollywood,” he started shedding support from top Republicans only weeks before the 2016 election. He scrambled to privately apologize to his shaken running mate and release a video apology. He also apologized for his remarks during a debate the next night with Hillary Clinton.

But later, Trump started privately questioning whether the remarks caught on tape were really his. And in a videotaped deposition for the lawsuit by writer E. Jean Carroll accusing him of sexual abuse and defamation, Trump took a different tack: standing by his assertion that famous men can have their way with women. Trump doubled down on that defense during the recent CNN town hall.

Trump has a long pattern predating his current campaign of backtracking or even apologizing in the face of public outrage, then later retrenching and taking an even more defiant position, according to The Post’s review. In the latest instance, earlier this month he suggested that he would rehire Michael Flynn, whom he fired as national security adviser in 2017 for lying about contact with the Russian ambassador.

“He has a unique talent and skill and understanding that he has the ability to revise history,” Marc Short, a top adviser to Pence, who is taking his own steps toward running for the 2024 nomination, said of Trump. “He’s not one to ever retreat. He views confessing errors as a weakness. He’s always going to double and triple down.”

Trump has also said that he regrets letting local officials lead law-enforcement responses, and that in a second term he would be more aggressive in deploying the National Guard and even active-duty military to put down social unrest, street demonstrations and crimes. His speeches are often punctuated with graphic descriptions of violent crimes that are frequently embellished or unsubstantiated.

And over the years, Trump has intensified his vilification of Democrats and those Republicans who don’t support him. In 2016, he said he was running against “globalists” and elites; in 2020, it was radical-left socialists. Now, he now routinely describes the 2024 election as an apocalyptic showdown with nothing less than the irreversible destruction of the country at stake.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/05/24/trump-language-poli
cy-2024-race
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Disney shares are down $108 from their peak 2 years ago.

Disney has laid off 7,000 employees so far in 2023.

Disney lost 4 Million subscribers to Disney+ which makes two straight quarters of losses for their
streaming service.

Disney is being sued for lying to investors about their Disney+ numbers.

Disney just pulled 6 shows that they own off of Disney+, including Willow which hadn't even been
on the service for half a year so they didn't have to pay the writers residuals.

Disney just announced they're shutting down their failed $2 BILLION Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser
Hotel at the theme park.

Disney can't sell any toys for once popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel even at discount
brand stores like Ollies and a lot of them are ending up in landfills. This is because of their
"diversity" practices that say for every Spider Man and Iron Man they produce, they will also
produce a Rose Tico and every gay and/or minority character from the Eternals movie. Spider Man
and Iron Man aren't making it to the landfill, btw.

Disney seems to have a new brawl happening at one of their American theme parks every week.

Disney has lost their "family friendly" and "kid safe" expectations. Teachers have been getting fired
for showing kids movies like Strange World and they're now sending kids home with permission
slips to see Disney movies in school to cover their asses.

Except for Guardians of the Galaxy which is doing moderately OK for a Marvel flick, and White Men
Can't Panther last year, they've put out one losing movie after another for going on 2 years now
(I'm not counting the few winners put out by FOX Studios, who Disney is rewarding by downsizing,
and SONY pictures).

Indiana Jones 5 is already hated by critics and is going to be the woke disaster that everybody
was predicting that it would be.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/indiana_jones_and_the_dial_of_destiny

Disney's last two live remakes went straight to Disney+ because they knew they'd bomb in the
theaters. They're stuck putting The Little Mermaid in theaters because of their identity
politics and they hyped it up so much and already sunk more money into marketing it than it
cost to make.

Let's see what happens this weekend.


My recommendation to Disney, if they're really pro-business, is to start ACTING like a business
and stop acting like a band of coffee house baristas from Seattle.


And fire Kathleen Kennedy already.

And then fire whoever Kennedy had blackmail material on because there's no other way that woman
should have a job at Disney doing anything but getting somebody coffee.



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Originally posted by SIGNYM:

Hey SECOND, as a former enlisted man (ahem! You claim!) you must know that RHIP. Especially the power to declassify.







Hmm, who is right? Always wrong signym or all the x prosecutors saying Trump is most likely going to jail, hmm.

T





You've been saying this dumb shit for 6 years. Trump will be fine.

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Friday, May 26, 2023 10:13 PM

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A Lot Has To Change Quickly For Republicans To Have A Chance in 2024

Friday, May 26, 2023 - 06:40 PM
Authored by Matt Towery via RealClear Wire,

To be clear, I am writing this as a pollster, not as a politician or partisan.

Here’s the bottom line. As it gets closer to the summer of 2023, I would rate the Democrats as more likely to again take/keep the White House. They might even hold on to the Senate and re-take the House.

This is a tough message to deliver to the Republican faithful at a time when inflation is way up, millions have crossed the border illegally, China and Russia both pose true threats to international stability, and crime has spiraled in many areas of the nation.

Sure, events and issues would seemingly favor the 2024 Republican nominee for president. But consider this. On Oct. 25, 2022, immediately following a Wall Street Journal poll showing Republicans up by two points in the “Generic ballot” midterm contest, my firm, InsiderAdvantage, also showed Republicans leading Democrats by four points, well within the WSJ poll’s margin of error. Sixteen national polls followed ours in the RealClearPolitics average with only two of the polls showing Democrats leading and one showed a tie. The other 13 polls had Republicans ahead. CNN had the same four-point advantage our survey showed. ABC News/Washington Post along with CBS News had the GOP with a two-point lead. NPR had it at a three-point GOP lead.

For whatever reason, only a few national pollsters chose to survey the battleground Senate contests in the last few weeks of the 2022 midterms. Many of us who did, such as one of the most accurate over the past four cycles, Robert Cahaly of Trafalgar, showed Republican candidates in competitive states trending ahead, reflecting what the many national organizations were indicating in their generic ballot polls.

But the building “Red Wave” disappeared on Election Day. Sure, as pollsters we will be examining our data and weighting for the next cycle. But it may be that for Republicans, opinion surveys, whether suggesting a win or a loss, won’t matter. A loss is more likely regardless.

Why?

In part because there exists a not-so-subtle Democratic machine that goes far beyond politicians and now includes significant segments of corporations, media and “nonpartisan” governmental entities.

INCLUDING DOJ, DHS, FBI, and CIA
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Presidential and battleground Senate races are currently won at the slimmest of margins and Republicans face a system that now requires that their nominee blow past those margins on the crest of not just a possible “Red Wave” but riding a true “Red Tidal Wave.”

Only that massive “Red Tidal Wave” can carry a Republican back into the White House. Here’s a list of why such a GOP meltdown is possible again and the potential remedies for the party that, at present, seem unlikely to materialize in time to avert disaster for Republicans in 2024.

If a Tree Falls…

You know how this goes: If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound?

In the political forest, the answer is no if the tree is Republican or conservative. This is by far and away the biggest obstacle Republicans face in having a fair chance of winning in 2024.

While Fox News remains the dominant cable news network, it cannot possibly serve to counterbalance the three broadcast news networks along with CNN and MSNBC. Even with Newsmax thrown into the mix, the “conservative” broadcast and online media, based on total viewership and readership, is overwhelmed day in and day out. Other than Rupert Murdoch, conservative-leaning financiers have either lacked the will or have been stymied at forming consortiums to purchase or challenge the “legacy” media. And Republican operatives seem hellbent on spending all their money in short-burst primary and general election cycles. They just assume that everyone knows their view of the news: that President Joe Biden is “cognitively challenged”; the economy is in decline; the border is flooded daily by undocumented immigrants; that crime is destroying the nation’s once great and revered cities; that the U.S. appears weak and unprepared for future aggressions by major foes. You get the point.

But the average voter doesn’t. Polls asking voters about issues provide conservatives with the appearance that their issues are important to voters as well as the foibles of Democrats. But most issue-oriented polling questionnaires assume that their respondents are aware and have an opinion on the matter. [Actually, when asked to prioritize 12-14 DNC "issues", they almost always miss my top 3 bc the DNC never asks about national debt or pointless foreign wars. I assume GOP polls are equally clueless bc they would never have the balls to ask about things like health care costs and instead focus on 2nd Amendment or some such] And respondents rarely want to confess that they haven’t a clue. Put that same respondent in an unaided survey where they must articulate the issues of the day and one will find that those opinions on most issues dissolve into a mishmash of general concepts and less definitive answers.

It seems that Republican leaders just assume that everyone else lives in the bubble they live in. But they don’t.

Most voters whose vote the GOP might otherwise win don’t much know about critical race theory, the consequences of mounting federal debt, or much of anything conservatives talk about amongst themselves or to their audiences.

Were it not for Twitter CEO Elon Musk, what little information conservatives manage to get out beyond their bubble would be shut down by the social media establishment.

Consider the following:

On the day after news reports of an IRS whistleblower’s allegations of potential wrongdoing concerning the Department of Justice’s handling of the Hunter Biden investigation and the revelation that Secretary of State Antony Blinken allegedly requested a letter from members of the intelligence community to label the younger Biden’s laptop “a Russian Hoax,” the daily White House briefing was devoid of questions on the two issues.

Weeks later, when the House Oversight Committee presented financial records of members of President Biden’s family and their business associates receiving over $10 million from foreign corporations linked to China and Romania using a labyrinth of corporations, a massive tree fell. But virtually no one heard it.

The three “legacy” TV networks did not cover it in their news broadcasts and mostly ignored it on their websites. But taking the old “tree falls” to a new level, The New York Times decided to ignore the tree falling and instead proclaim renewed sturdiness and growth for the tree. Their headline: “House Republican Report Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by President Biden.”

The selective and slanted nature of news now often starts at its initial gathering point and continues in its final presentation to a busy public, most of whom grab their news from social media and news aggregations on their smartphone. Republicans and conservatives have missed the boat in educating voters in a non-controversial and balanced manner, about the true facts and news of the day.

And consider that conservatives are routinely labeled by the mainstream press with the pejorative phrase “far-right wing” while even the most “out there” liberals are labeled the more upbeat moniker of “progressives.” Republicans haven’t even been able to address the simple matter of the lexicon used in political battle.

No Check on the Checkers…

The business of “fact checking” arose with the same foundational financial and logistical support that brings “legacy” news to us. Have you noticed how journalists, and I mean top ones, are willing to use definitive terms like “lies” and “debunked” in their description of certain people and issues rather than the more cautionary and traditional terms like “disputed” and “alleged”? That’s because the fact checkers make definitive statements that allow journalists to definitively dismiss certain matters and embrace others. While the NewsGuards and PolitiFacts of the journalistic world were being incubated and lovingly made into “institutions,” there was no formidable effort made by those who long for a more balanced media to create credible and less politicized alternatives. And that’s a fact!

Add to that “fact” the amazing coincidence that AI has burst on the consumers of news and social media just in time for what might be the most critical presidential election cycle in American history. Now facts, figures, biographies, and narratives can be gathered, edited and selectively presented to consumers who have no idea who or how their AI database or algorithms were programed or written in the first place. If those wanting a more balanced media don’t fund their own legitimate and well-funded fact-checking organizations, an entire generation will become reliant on one-sided and often extremely biased groups claiming to be the ultimate arbiters of truth.

‘Existential’…

This is the most overused word of the last three years. Everything, it seems, is deemed “an existential threat” to the world. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard must be rolling over in his grave at the endless use of his central concept.

So let me keep Kierkegaard spinning. The failure of the GOP to flood nursing homes, bingo halls, and mortuaries (OK, that one is a joke, of a sort) in search of voters willing to cast early ballots remains, as of today, unaddressed, And it really is an “existential threat” to the Republican leaders. They must come to understand that in our post-COVID era, the rules for who votes when and where, and under the aegis of “voter outreach,” has changed forever. Democrats know how to spend buckets of money to advance what could best be termed “selective democracy.” They know just how to bump against the line of what is allowed and what is not, should anyone with any authority and objectivity care.

The GOP has only months remaining to create armies and methods to match those efforts.

If the Shoe Fits…

Republicans must wear it. In recent years Republicans have suffered from a tenuous relationship with white suburban women and younger voters. They are being made to feel guilty in the classrooms, carpool lines or suburban tennis matches that they were born white or were provided opportunities while growing up. It translates as “Republicans are the racist party” by default.

When Roe v. Wade was overturned, some Republican leaders in various states decided to up the ante on abortion laws. It’s logical for Republicans, given their position on the matter, to advance protecting unborn lives. But to do so without a massive ad and public relations outreach campaign to those essential demographic groups to explain their legislation, creates a political shoe so tight that an elephant’s foot has no prayer of fitting. Hence, a contributing factor to the massive turnout and marginal losses for Republicans in many marginal contests in 2022.

It’s the same for the issue of gun control versus gun rights. If Republicans want to continue to support a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment, they need to educate a public overwhelmed by a media that does not.

How about a massive paid ad campaign exposing voters to statistics supporting the claim that in areas where everyone is “packing heat,” so to speak, gun violence drops? If that is indeed the case, don’t just say it on conservative-leaning cable news shows, prove it to the public in well-reasoned ads with real live statistics. Ditto for the value of armed security in every school. If the evidence exists to support those concepts, why is it not front and center in ads on popular TV shows and the web? Shucking and jiving through endless mass shootings isn’t working — and is costing the GOP with younger and suburban swing voters.

The Tooth Fairy vs. the Dentist and Periodontist…

Lord knows both parties know how to pander, but Republicans let their “fiscal responsibility” stand in the way.

Democrats under Joe Biden have been described as “the Tooth Fairy,” promising outrageously massive handouts to various demographic targets with no apparent way to pay for them. Meanwhile, the Republican counter to this Democratic approach is to serve as national dentist and periodontist. Incrementally trying to fight cavities and oral decay but with nothing new to offer voters. Ask yourself “Tooth Fairy or Dentist?” Most would choose the Tooth Fairy every time!

For the sake of argument, try this idea on for size, Republicans: Propose that the government eliminate all these programs you view as needless handouts, unappreciated foreign aid and government waste.

Put it all into the Social Security “trust fund” as a sort of “matching contribution” and give seniors a real live retirement that they can live on. Instead of raising the age requirement for benefits, lower it over time! And jack those payments way up while cutting out the “left-wing woke funding” you claim to despise in order help pay for it.

No one would ever expect that from the GOP. Yet that would consolidate (and could increase) for Republicans a senior base they began to lose during the pandemic, and which continues to be problematic. Based on exit polls of battleground Senate races, increasing the GOP share of the vote among those age 55 and over is the most likely way for Republicans to expand their vote and create a true “Red Tidal Wave.”

The choice between forgiving college loans of over-educated millennials who offer little potential for significant vote gains, versus an enhancement and expansion of benefits to more senior Americans of all backgrounds, would seem to be a no-brainer. And it would put to rest the constant Democrat go-to of last-minute ads warning seniors that “Republicans want to cut your benefits.”

How about a national bonus or additional tax credit program for police and firefighters across the nation? How else are we ever going to motivate the next generation to consider taking on these increasingly dangerous and thankless jobs?

The GOP has become the party of the working person, including those who have worked hard all their lives. Why not seal the deal by promising to reward those voters and taking resources away from programs that encourage the opposite? That is exactly how Democrats under Biden are seemingly operating. They arguably penalize those who work to have good credit by rewarding those who don’t. The Green New Deal makes the future far more expensive and impracticable on the average worker while searching for ways to transfer resources to others in the name of “energy and climate equity.”

Take from one group and give to another. Republicans better learn to do it big — and soon — or they will wither as a party.

It's likely, for the GOP I know, that the shoe won’t fit their agenda either. They will deem such ideas “unworkable and fiscally irresponsible.” As if the Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act” was?

A Better Class of Prisoner…

In the 1960s, one governor, when asked about the sorry conditions of his state prisons, responded by saying that what the state needed was “a better class of prisoners.” When it comes to Republican campaigns, a better class of prisoners might be called for. Or at least a truce among inmates. For decades Republican political operatives have approached one another as rival “political gangs,” more interested in capturing all the dollars from political donors and spending them through their associates and fellow “gang members,” than winning. “Diss me and my gang and we will cut funds off from your candidate.” We saw that same mentality prevail once again in 2022, and Republican candidates once again were the casualties of it.

Democrats take a different approach. They tend to work toward one common goal of winning. The spoils of victory are then rewarded after the votes are in and the political power has been gained. Of course, to be fair, Democrat “dark money” is more plentiful, and Republicans often must scrounge around for funds in order to compete.

A lot has to change in a short time period to give former President Trump or any other Republican nominee a sporting chance of winning in 2024. No GOP nominee, even Trump (who tends to pull more voters to the polls than other modern-day Republican nominees could have hoped for) cannot win if these substantial changes don’t start to take place, and rapidly.

If not, the elephant walk of 2024 could once again be one straight off the political cliff. But for this upcoming cycle, pollsters will likely be extra careful not to march off that cliff with them.




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Saturday, May 27, 2023 10:11 AM

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Steve Forbes: Biden Will Not Be The 2024 Democratic Nominee

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2023/05/26/steve_forbes_biden_
will_not_be_the_2024_democratic_nominee.html


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Biden will be fine.

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Biden will be fine.

T







Biden* is not fine. Biden* doesn't even know who Biden* is.

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