Denouncing Nazis Is ‘Leftist Crap’?
In a rare statement Mitt Romney Friday morning took to Facebook to urge President Trump to apologize for his “both sides” comments, to denounce white supremacists, and to state “unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville.” He’s getting attacked by the thousands for it.
The former GOP presidential nominee penned a strong and wise statement in which he says that no matter whatÂ Trump may have meant, “what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.”
Romney last year denounced candidate Trump during the campaign, calling him a â€œphonyâ€ and a â€œfraud,â€ and saying his â€œpromises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.â€Â But he met withÂ President-elect Trump to discuss becomingÂ Secretary of State in a dinner that some say Trump set up only to embarrass and humiliate theÂ former MassachusettsÂ governor.
Other GOP politicians have also come out strongly against Trump remarks. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) delivered a stunning rebuke of Trump on Thursday, saying he has not demonstrated the qualities or skills to do the job of president.
Romney on Friday also said Trump’s “apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric,” he warned.Â
He also warned, “who would want to come to the aid of a country they perceive as racist if ever the need were to arise, as it did after 9/11?” and added: “TheÂ potential consequences are severe in the extreme.”
Trump “shouldÂ address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize,” Romney advised. “State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville. Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency between the Nazis–who brutally murdered millions of Jews and who hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat–and the counter-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute.”
In two hours there are alreadyÂ over 15,000 comments.Â
It’s impossible to read them all, but wading through some of the top comments may make a decent American weep for this country.
“Take your leftist crap back to Utah, buttercup. Better yet, take it all the way out of the US.”
“Did Obama hack Mitt Romney’s FB account? I am confused because Mitt sounds like a liberal right now.”
Denouncing Nazis is now “leftist crap”?
“the president told the truth. BLM and Antifa are both domestic terror groups, and filled with hate,” wrote one commenter. “By this logic, you defended Antifa and helped create credibility for left-wing violence,” wrote another.
“They’re exactly the same. They both use violence to gain their ends–or did you miss the anti-fa riots and BLM chants somehow?”
Both Black Lives Matter and “Antifa,” which does not exist as a group in any formal sense,Â are working to fight racism and fascism. If that terrorizes someone, what does that say?
The “left-wing violence” trope is pure Fox News bunk, by the way.
“The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent. But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists,”Â The Washington Post reportsÂ in an article titled, “Who are the antifa?”
The vast majority of domestic terror attacks are from right wing extremists.
“While the September 11, 2001, attacks were perpetrated by foreign violent extremists, from September 12, 2001 through December 31, 2016, attacks by domestic or ‘homegrown’ violent extremists in the United States resulted in 225 fatalities, according to the ECDB. Of these, 106 were killed by far right violent extremists in 62 separate incidents, and 119 were victims of radical Islamist violent extremists in 23 separate incidents,” a 2017 report by the U.S.Â government reads. “According to the ECDB, activities of far left wing violent extremist groups did not result in any fatalities during this period.”Â
But back to the Fox News crew on Mitt Romney’s Facebook page.
“You must not realize that 50 % of the people in the USA actually love Trump and are 100 % for him. Go away nobody wants to hear any remarks from you.”
“Um, which ‘racists’ are you talking about? The ones that had a permit to exercise their Fist [sic] Amendment right (whether you like the content or not), or the ones that violently attacked them? Please clarify, or else you might look like a complete moron.”
“You are part of the problem. Yes you! If you listen to The President’s words they were entirely reasonable.”
“The President told the truth and you should stand behind him. Instead all you’ve done is shown you’re part of the problem in Washington. Just another Rino.”
“Trump was 100% accurate — BOTH SIDES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT VIOLENCE AND SHOULD BE CALLED OUT! Trump did not equivocate or excuse the Nazis and White Supremacists. He is absolutely correct that ALL SIDES are responsible. I believe anything less is nothing but pandering.”
“Oh and FYI obama started this race War you are speaking of but NO ONE stood up.”
“Quit blaming everything on the president. You people only hear what you want to hear, you yourself are spreading hate by your lies.”
“What about the incendiary comments coming from the racist liberals and democrats? Why aren’t you condemning them? Obviously being politically correct is more important to you than doing the right thing.”
“Mr Romney you are clueless; one side is bigoted, racist, enemy of the country and the other side is delusional racist neo nazis. When you accept that one hate group is worse then the other you identify yourself as the problem.”
There’s noÂ question that thanks to Trump this is an America that may haveÂ existed before, but was largely unseen. Now, thanks to Trump and Fox News, denouncing Nazis and white supremacists is “leftist crap”?
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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights
“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.
Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.
“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”
“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”
She begins her dissent by explaining the case:
“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”
“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”
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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part
Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.
A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.
“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”
NEW: @IvankaTrump's spokesperson tells me Ivanka "just learned" of the 1/6 Committee's invitation to appear before them, but from the response below, it sounds as though she isn't planning to do so: pic.twitter.com/VXpUXDnEuP
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 20, 2022
But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021
Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference
A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.
Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.
“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”
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