“‘I’m so pissed you stood up for victims of sexual assault I’m gonna punish you’ is peak Republicanism.”
A well-known senior editor at the right wing website The National Review is getting totally owned after he posted a tweet claiming – and claiming to explain why – anti-Trump Republicans are motivated to run to the polls for the November midterms.
Jay Nordlinger, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, says the way Democrats handled the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination has re-energized Republicans to vote next month.
Nordlinger quotes what he says is a “conservative who has been disgusted by the Trumpified GOP,” and says this feeling is “common” among many anti-Trump Republicans.
“I didn’t think I could drag myself to the polls. But after the Left’s performance in the Kavanaugh affair, I would crawl across broken glass.”
Whether or not that sentiment is “common,” we’ll find out four weeks from Tuesday, but the thought process is just astonishingly illogical and insane.
Here’s how some are blasting Nordlinger and his anti-Trump conservative pal via social media:
“it makes me so sick that y’all asked for a comprehensive investigation into someone credibly accused of multiple sexual assaults so i have no choice but to vote for fascist white supremacists now, look what you made me do” https://t.co/A6zqM6saY3
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) October 8, 2018
And the Charlottesville affair is okay with you?
Children in cages affair
Stormy Daniel’s affair
The tax evasion affair
17 indictments and counting
Trump tower Russian visit
— Tam (@rolinesdaughter) October 8, 2018
You were always going to vote R. I see this BS narrative every election year, it’s always some “horrible thing” the demon left does in October to roil up the base and it just isn’t going to work anymore. If it wasn’t Kavanaugh, it would be the NFL, or some favorite strawman.
— Patty (@suo_gan) October 8, 2018
come on, Mr. Nordlinger. You know you are not telling the truth.
— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) October 8, 2018
I’m still amazed that people think “My principles apply only insofar that I’m not provoked by my political opponents” is exculpatory and not just an admission that your “principles” were never actually such. https://t.co/8VuiSZtLHw
— jamelle g-g-ghoulie 👻 (@jbouie) October 7, 2018
I too will crawl over broken glass. To vote for Democrats who will act as a check on Trump’s unrestrained and unprecedented abuse of power. https://t.co/iagmwh3Nea
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) October 7, 2018
Your buddy is terrible and his sentiment is disingenuous. https://t.co/fH3gIWYJ8f
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 7, 2018
“I never thought I could throw my unstinting support behind all these people I know are dishonest and vicious and immoral, but actually I could. It was mostly that I’d never thought about it.” https://t.co/sTT4EwMMmx
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) October 7, 2018
The party of personal responsibility https://t.co/Y7PaLP5GxL
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 7, 2018
“I didn’t like a corrupt President with a history of tax fraud and multiple top advisers pleading guilty and an obvious connection to a hostile foreign government’s election manipulation, but then he nominated a screaming partisan credibly accused of sexual assault, so I’m good.” https://t.co/WgC4Lb5Um7
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) October 7, 2018
Ah, too bad, should’ve just let Kavanaugh go through without any objection whatsoever, then things would be different! https://t.co/Qv8v6EUNDV
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 7, 2018
“I’m so pissed you stood up for victims of sexual assault I’m gonna punish you” is peak Republicanism. There are no good Republicans and this whole episode reminds us of that. https://t.co/KeEE8IZzB8
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) October 7, 2018
This whole tack of “they made me do it” that we see on the Right is so cowardly. It’s an inherently suppressive action. It says to the Left, “Either protest or dissent in ways that make us feel comfortable, or you will pay dearly.” That is the oppressor’s trick. https://t.co/3GDXhJEPgr
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 8, 2018
Crawling over broken glass to own the libs and proud of it: what a screwed-up way to live. https://t.co/ycfOOLQKZd
— James Surowiecki (@JamesSurowiecki) October 8, 2018
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 7, 2018
So the next time the GOP hides most of the records of a demonstrably serial liar, openly-Roe-threatening lifelong political hack credibly-accused-sex offender who’s being rushed to the scotus we should all just be polite about it? Get fucking real. https://t.co/4PYARhlKak
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) October 7, 2018
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Watch: Trump Laughs, Jokes After Supporter Calls for Shooting Migrants
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday night was the usual raucous affair – except for one exchange which has many even more outraged than usual.
Complaining to supporters from the Florida panhandle that migrants are trying to enter the U.S. through the Southern border, the President asked, “How do you stop these people?”
One supporter, as The Guardian reported, responded, “Shoot them!”
President Trump laughed, paused, then turned it into an applause line.
“That’s only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement,” Trump proclaimed. As the audience broke out into cheers and applause, Trump, who himself has called labeled immigrants “animals,” repeated: “Only in the panhandle.”
At his rally tonight, Trump says the government is unable to violently attack immigrants, someone in the crowd shouted “Shoot them!”
The crowd & Trump erupt in laughter & cheers. Trump says, “Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement.”pic.twitter.com/SgQd2OH9ti
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 9, 2019
White House Aides Scrambling to Deal With Fallout From Trump’s Thinly-Veiled Threat of Violence: Report
Staffers Are Trying to Justify Remarks by Saying ‘That’s Just the Way the President Talks’
White House aides are reportedly struggling to figure out how to “spin” comments the president made prior to the New Zealand mosque massacre that could be viewed as incitements to violence.
In an interview with Breitbart ostensibly about a free speech order he’s about to sign, the president referenced all the “tough” people he has in his corner.
“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump said. “But the left plays it cuter and tougher.”
CNN host Wolf Blitzer noted the comments were “disturbing” when asking White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins about how things are within the administration.
“Aides behind the scenes were pushing back on this saying, ‘that’s just the way the president talks,’” Collins explained. “That’s something you hear when the president makes a remark like this.”
She added that she wasn’t surprised by what he said because he’s made similar comments “in front of cameras, at rallies and events like that.
“Aides don’t know how to respond to this,” Collins added. “They don’t know how to spin this or anything like that. They hope that this is one of those comments, because the president says so many things, that they can just kind of let go by with the news cycle.”
Dictionary.com Reveals Spike in Searches for This Disturbing Term After Trump’s Thinly-Veiled Threat of Violence
President Donald Trump issued a thinly-veiled threat of fascistic violence this week in an interview with the far right wing website Breitbart. While largely ignored on the right, Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale’s tweet on Thursday highlighting a disturbing quote by the President went viral.
Trump to Breitbart on how the left plays tough: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 14, 2019
Several experts on authoritarianism and others who closely follow President Trump’s moves and remarks reminded followers on social media Trump’s words are another example of “stochastic terrorism.”
Trump’s rhetoric has already been associated with spikes in hate crimes and extremist violence. The comment below is a prime example of stochastic terrorism, and none of us should
be surprised when it leads to political violence. https://t.co/hBdT1sBH9a
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 14, 2019
This, too, must be read as part of Trump’s campaign of stochastic terrorism. He is inviting average people to commit violence on his behalf, but distancing himself from it with the pretense that he’s just stating a “truth” about “the way it is.” https://t.co/0vyV9gIg90
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) March 14, 2019
Stochastic terrorism. Incitement. Call it whatever you want, but this alone is a grave abuse of his office.
I repeat: Waffling on #impeachment is a terrible message about whether Dems will defend the Constitution.
This is just another example of how emboldened Trump is. https://t.co/vVotysLPaH
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 14, 2019
If you’re like most people, the term “stochastic terrorism” is confusing at best. (So is pronouncing it.)
Clearly, many folks looked it up, because Thursday evening the people at Dictionary.com revealed that searches for the term are trending today on their site:
Trending on https://t.co/OeJELgy3YL: Stochastic terrorism.
It means the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act.https://t.co/2xI3HNIjXh
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) March 14, 2019
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explains how Trump’s thinly-veiled threats of violence work:
It’s important to unpack how Trump’s veiled incitement really works.
He isn’t *calling* on his supporters to be violent. He’s just saying, hey, they *might* get violent under certain circumstances, and by golly, you’d better hope it doesn’t!https://t.co/K34XltBT2Y
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 14, 2019
Back in January Wired took a look at “stochastic terrorism,” which they define as, “Acts of violence by random extremists, triggered by political demagoguery.”
Bottom line: The President of the United States is engaging in fascistic behavior. Or, if you’d rather, he’s play around with fascism, trying it on seeing how it fits. And it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he thinks it fits just fine.
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