“This man is a liar”
A video that shows a Texas Republican elector and State Republican Executive Committee official spinning a blatantly false tale is going viral on social media, with outraged conservatives insisting it is proof the U.S. Supreme Court, and especially Chief Justice John Roberts, are compromised. Some are even calling for the Chief Justice to be arrested.
GOP presidential elector Matt Patrick of Dallas, who cast his vote for President Donald Trump on Monday at the Texas State House, also took to the floor and delivered an easily-debunked fake news story about why, he says, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s frivolous lawsuit – joined by 17 other state attorneys general and 126 Republican members of Congress.
Had it been successful that lawsuit would have voided the votes of voters in four battleground states that Joe Biden won.
Remember, all nine justices said they would have voted against the case had they taken it, but they refused to hear in for lack of standing.
Before you listen to Matt Patrick’s speech, know that conservative attorney Ed Whelan – who clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, is the President of the right wing Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank, was deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, and is a National Review contributor – totally debunked Patrick’s claims as “an absurd fantasy.”
Patrick’s entire story focuses on a supposed meeting the nine justices had in a “closed room” with no computers or phones at the Supreme Court to debate whether or not to take the Texas case.
As several experts have noted, the Supreme Court justices have not met in person in months, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Patrick refers to a report he claims to have read “online,” describing it as something that “was written by someone who was a current staffer for one of the current Supreme Court justices,” he says in the C-SPAN video also posted to Twitter by producer Howard Mortman:
TEXAS ELECTORAL COLLEGE:
“The Justices went into a closed room…When Texas case was brought up he said he heard screaming through the walls as Justice Roberts and the other liberal Justices were insisting…afraid of what would happen if they did right thing…Moral cowardice” pic.twitter.com/JhnPN59wkP
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 14, 2020
“I’ll just describe for you the report that I read, and you can make of it what you will,” Patrick tells the Texas group of electors. “He said that the justices, as they always do, went into a closed room to discuss cases they’re taking or do debate. There’s no phones, no computers, no nothing. No one else is in the room except for the nine justices. It’s typically very civil. They usually don’t hear any sound, they just debate what they are doing. But when the Texas case was brought up, he said he heard screaming through the walls, as Justice Roberts and the other liberal justices were insisting that this case not be taken up.”
“And the reason – the words that were heard through the wall when Justice Thomas and Justice Alito were citing Bush vs. Gore, from John Roberts were, ‘I don’t give a ____ about that case, I don’t want to hear about it. At that time, we didn’t have riots.'”
“So what he was saying was that he was afraid of what would happen if they did the right thing. And I’m sorry, but that is moral cowardice. And we in the SREC [State Republican Executive Committee], I am an SREC member, we put those words in there very specifically because the charge of the Supreme Court is to ultimately be our final arbitrator, our final line of defense for right and wrong, and they did not do their duty. So I think we should leave these words in because I want to send a strong message to them.
(It’s unclear what “words” he’s referring to, but immaterial to his false story.)
Here’s Whelan weighing in:
This is an absurd fantasy. For starters, the Justices haven’t been having in-person conferences. https://t.co/G7Pl6ORkNf
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) December 17, 2020
And here’s Andrew Feinberg, Managing Editor of Breakfast Media:
I’m not quite sure what is happening here but this man is a liar. The nine SCOTUS justices haven’t met in-person in months. pic.twitter.com/FCLiMNwfBZ
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) December 17, 2020
Well-known political scientist Norman Ornstein:
Of course they did not meet in person. This is not just delusional. It is flat out lies.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) December 17, 2020
Here’s a conservative going ballistic, rather than checking Patrick’s absurd story. This is Dan Gainor, who works for a right wing media “watchdog” yet can’t fact check this speech:
— Dan Gainor, BA, MA, MBA (@dangainor) December 17, 2020
Of course the story is now showing up in right wing media, again, because they can’t bother to fact-check:
— ⭐ Choice News Network ⭐ (@Choice_News_Net) December 17, 2020
Right wing conservative commentator:
It’s now being reported that Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t want to take the Texas Supreme Court case because he was scared there would be mass riots.
We all know that means they would rule in @realDonaldTrump‘s favor!
— Evan Kilgore 🇺🇸 (@EvanAKilgore) December 17, 2020
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Jim Jordan Blames Democrats for 1/6 Insurrection After Pelosi Boots Him: They ‘Normalized Anarchy’
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) attacked nearly half of American adults Wednesday, falsely claiming Democrats “normalized anarchy,” after Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to allow him on the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Jordan suggested because Democrats supported the Black Lives Matter protests against police killing of unarmed Black people, Trump supporters had every right to break federal laws, damage federal property, attempt to overturn an election, and threaten the lives of duly-elected House and Senate representatives, and the vice president of the United States.
Jordan insisted the “fundamental question” the January 6 Select Committee should investigate is not who lied to the American people, who incited the insurrection, and the attempted coup – but “why wasn’t there a proper, proper security presence at the capitol that day.”
That is one of many questions that must be answered, but Jordan claims to already have the answer, which is straight out of far right wing extremist social media posts.
“My answer is because what happened all last year,” Jordan said Wednesday at a press conference. “The Democrats normalized anarchy. They normalized rioting and looting and rioters and looters attacks on law enforcement personnel, when rioters and looters destroyed small businesses, what did Democrats did? They went out and raised money to bail them out of jail and they continued to talk about defunding the police,” Jordan said.
Jim Jordan says Jan. 6 happened because “the Democrats normalized anarchy.” pic.twitter.com/xy0zFCsr9m
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 21, 2021
‘Unhinged’ GOP Congressman Is Claiming Google ‘Absolutely’ Changed Its Algorithm to ‘Move 15 Million Votes’ to Biden
U.S. Rep Ken Buck (R-CO) says Google flipped 15 million votes away from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Buck last year, on tape, as the chair of the Colorado GOP, allegedly tried “pressuring an El Paso County GOP official to falsify election results in the State Senate District 10 race.”
“Google, by the way, changed its algorithm, in May of 2020 to disadvantage Donald Trump and to advantage Joe Biden,” said Buck in a secret recording (below) made by Lauren Windsor, who was posing as a Trump supporter.
“Changed its algorithm. And when you ask them about this, I know people that, that own newspapers and asked them about it. They say, ‘Oh, well it’s just a technical thing we don’t know what the result was we just know that we did that a technical person did this.’ Nonsense. They chose the winner. They can move, the estimates are, they can move 15 million votes, because every time you ask for an article on Donald Trump or every time you Google ‘Donald Trump,’ and people here, obviously Google in a more sophisticated way, but, but people out there. They’re hearing about Donald Trump and they’re wondering, you know, Donald Trump/Hunter Biden?”
“I heard what you said about Google, that they changed the algorithm and penalized President Trump. Can you talk more about that, like, they flipped 15 million votes to Biden?” Windsor asks Buck.
“What I’ve heard from some of the academics on this issue is that by, by changing the algorithm, you can flip 15 million votes, you can influence 15 million people to move one direction or another, in that situation,” Buck claimed.
And claiming that “absolutely happened,” Buck went on to say, “So you talk to people, you know, in conservative publications. And what they’ll tell you is the day after that algorithm went into effect, their readership went down. So if you were looking for something on the Washington Examiner or the Washington Times or the conservative newspapers in this area, you, you would have to go further down you have to go to page two or three, to find the story you were looking for and that’s what that’s what Google did was, by changing their algorithm. And that absolutely happened.”
Buck, who last year threatened President Joe Biden to “come and take” his AR-15, also went on to reveal the GOP’s intention to focus on attacking transgender children and Critical Race Theory that he expects will help the GOP take back the House next year and use the House to win the presidency in 2024.
“The people are so obsessed with boys playing girls’ sports, and, critical race theory, and all the other things that are going on that we will win the majority and we will hold hearings on this very issue in 2023, and that that happens before the 2024 election.”
Last year NCRM documented some of Buck’s long history of questionable acts.
EXCLUSIVE–> GOP Rep Ken Buck: Google changed its algorithm “to disadvantage Donald Trump and to advantage Joe Biden… they chose the winner,” moving an estimated 15 million votes
…Btw, Buck is the ranking member on the committee leading the antitrust fight on Big Tech 😬 pic.twitter.com/oBzCDm39oX
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) July 8, 2021
Buck’s remarks attacking Google and suggesting the election is tainted led some to call him “unhinged,” while one noted Harvard Law professor disputes the possibility:
“Unhinged” suggests Ken Buck (R.. CO 4th) was ever hinged. The evidence suggests not. https://t.co/0O5DN9ba4U
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 8, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner’s Campaign Announcement ‘Landed With a Thud’: MSNBC
As Republicans push ahead with their long-shot bid to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, former Olympian and transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner filed the paperwork to challenge him as a Republican — but on MSNBC, reporter Scott Cohn noted that her controversial candidacy is already flailing in the water.
“What are folks saying about her candidacy?” asked anchor Alex Witt.
“Well, Alex, we know who’s not saying anything so far. Caitlyn Jenner’s daughters, Kylie and Kendall, have not had any comment. Neither has ex-wife Kris Jenner or any of the Kardashians,” said Cohn. “But there are other indications that the idea of a Gov. Caitlyn Jenner is not taking off. She is presenting herself as a ‘compassionate disrupter,’ in her words, and one of the things she thinks she can disrupt is some of the traditional political calculus here in California, running as a socially liberal, fiscal conservative. Well, that, at least in the early going, appears to have landed with a bit of a thud.”
“Equality California is the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group,” said Cohn. “They tweeted right away yesterday, ‘Make no mistake, we can’t wait to elect a trans governor of California, but Caitlyn Jenner spent years telling the LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump.’ They say they will take a hard pass. And that may be the least of Caitlyn Jenner’s worries. She broke with President Trump back in 2018, but there’s also just the issue of the demographics in this state. It is deeper and deeper blue every year, and experts point to the recall campaign and the signatures that have come disproportionately from Republican pockets in the state, think Fresno, San Diego, Orange County. They say that as a Republican, Caitlyn Jenner does not have the math on her side.”
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