With midterms approaching, the evil of the right is on full display

With the midterms fast approaching, and the prospect of both houses of Congress, as well as several statehouses, potentially flipping, Republicans across the country are becoming increasingly desperate. And, as you might imagine, this desperation is manifesting itself in truly terrible ways.

In Texas, with the young, dynamic Beto O’Rourke gaining momentum, Ted Cruz has decided to go full MAGA, surrendering himself completely to Donald Trump, the man who, during the 2016 Republican primary, had called his wife as ugly and suggested that his father may have participated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Cruz, at the time, said that Trump was completely unfit for office, but apparently he, as you can see in the above photo, has come to embrace our new reality, which is that there is no more Republican party, just the party of Donald Trump. And, in order to win as a Republican in today’s world, it’s becoming incredibly difficult to thread the needle and attain national office without donning a MAGA hat and groveling for favor at the swollen, orange feet of Donald Trump. And Cruz, it would seem, has neither the character nor the courage to stand up and fight on his own, like, say, Lisa Murkowski. I’m sure there’s historical precedent, and other well-known politicians have chosen to publicly debase themselves in such ways in order to curry favor, but I can’t remember seeing anything even remotely this grotesque in my lifetime.

And yet, as Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater points out in his brilliant new ad, Cruz, in his campaign materials, continues to position himself as being as “tough as Texas.” The irony is absolutely laughable.

Here, by the way, is something else that Trump said of Cruz back in 2016. It’s been following the incumbent Senator through Texas these past several weeks.

[Give to Beto O’Rourke.]

In Georgia, it’s even worse. Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for Governor, isn’t just selling his soul. He’s doing everything in his power, as Georgia’s sitting Secretary of State, to stop non-white voters from casting ballots for his Democratic challenger, Stacey Abrams. Kemp, over the past several weeks, has suspend over 53,000 voter applications for failing to meet the state’s “exact match” verification standard. And, it should be noted, 70 percent of these applications were filed by black Georgians. And it’s clear that Kemp and his people are doing this out of fear. As we just heard Kemp say in leaked audio of a speech given to a group of wealthy campaign donors, “(the Abrams turnout operation) continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote.”

For what it’s worth, when your party, in order to win, requires that people on the other side not exercise their right to vote, you should probably reevaluate your alliances. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but think, if the only way a party can stay in power is through gerrymandering, lying, and suppressing the vote, then it should probably be driven out of existence.

[Give to Stacey Abrams.]

And, in Florida, we have racist robocalls referring to gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum as a “negro” and a “monkey”, and social media campaigns suggesting that he’s just a puppet being controlled by an evil, Jewish George Soros.

Speaking of Soros, and these anti-Semitic attacks against him from the right, did you happen to see yesterday that a pipe bomb was found in his mailbox? One wonders what the civility police on the right, who are always up in arms about “Democratic mobs” keeping them from enjoying dinners out, will say about this… Call me crazy, but it seems to me like a bigger deal than Sarah Huckabee Sanders being given a free cheese plate at a restaurant and then asked to leave.

Is it a coincidence that this bomb was left at the home of George Soros after Trump and others have made it a point to repeatedly suggest that he’s conspiring behind the scenes to destroy America? If I had to guess, I’d say no… I’d also say that this, according to Hannah Arendt, is what happens as countries approach fascism. And we are, without a doubt, sliding toward fascism. If you don’t believe me, just watch video of Donald Trump praising Greg Gianforte for body-slamming a reporter to the ground, and the cheers he receives in response.

[Give to Andrew Gillum.]

And, as all of this is going on, we also have Donald Trump lying and fear mongering, telling the American people, among other things, that the Republicans are going to pass a 10% tax cut for the middle class, and that the Democrats want to allow terrorists into our country.

First, let’s talk about the 10% tax cut which Trump is saying will be passed before the election. It won’t be. Congress, as members of the press made our President aware, won’t be back in session prior to the election. So there’s no way in the world this could happen. And, if the Republicans really wanted to pass a middle class tax bill, they had every opportunity to do so. Instead, however, as you know, they chose to give over one trillion dollars to America’s most wealthy. And, by the way, they’re now talking about cutting Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for it, just like those of us on the left said that they would.

Second, I know Trump said a few days ago that, tanks to his leadership, we have the “best jobs numbers in the history of our great country,” and that the Democrats could “never do even nearly as well,” but that too is simply a lie. As Dan Pfeifer just pointed out, 3.58 million jobs were added in the first 19 months of the Trump administration, whereas 3.96 million jobs were added in the last 19 months of the Obama administration. “Job growth,” as Pfeifer pointed out, “has technically slowed since Trump became President.”

Third, I know Trump is saying that a caravan of 7,000 bloodthirsty killers, including terrorists from the Middle East, are, at this very moment, making their way to our southern border, and that the Democrats want to welcome them into the country, but that’s simply not the case. These are poor people fleeing the crime and poverty of Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras, and they’re still over 1,000 miles from our border, traveling on foot. They are not hardened criminals looking to sneak into our country, but people motivated by hunger and death, seeking asylum in the United States in accordance with our laws. And no evidence exists that Middle Eastern terrorists are among them, regardless of what Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and members of their administration say.

But this was never about a real threat to our nation. It was never really about a caravan of criminals that the Mexican authorities couldn’t stop. It was always about the midterms. The Republican agenda, as we know, is not popular with American voters, who want good health insurance, good schools, protections for people with preexisting medical conditions, and middle class jobs. So, here we are, talking about the only thing the Republican party now has, which are lies created to stoke fear and racism.

As Republican columnist Bill Kristol wrote today, “Hondurans are no danger to our freedoms, our democracy, or our well-being. We are. As Lincoln said in his Lyceum Address, the danger won’t come from abroad. It will ‘spring up amongst us’.”

Fourth, no matter what Trump may say, there is no voter fraud, at least not in the sense that he’s referring to when he warns of efforts on the part of liberals to change the outcome of these midterm elections. While he has said repeatedly that millions voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in 2016, no evidence has ever been offered to substantiate that claim, and several independent investigations have proven that mass voter fraud does not exist in America.

As for why Trump is talking about this again, I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect it’s possible that he’s not only trying to keep people who might not want to run the risk of being accused of voter fraud away from the polls, but that he’s also trying to lay a foundation from which to argue that Democratic victories on election day are invalid. I surely hope that’s not the case, but, given how things are going, we’d be foolish not to at least consider that he may attempt to invalidate the election if he doesn’t like the results. But we can’t worry about that now. Right now, all we can do is plan for election day, and do everything in our power to get the vote out for Democrats.

The good news is, the Democratic party is doing a good job of recruiting candidates like Beto O’Rourke, Stacey Abrams, and Andrew Gillum, who we can rally around… people who, if they get into power, can serve as a check against the Trump administration’s abuse of power. And there’s a damn good chance that this party of ours may take back several governorships, state legislatures, and seats in Congress. And, here, because I don’t want to end on a low note, is Gillum’s closing statement from last week’s gubernatorial debate in Florida. This, my friends, is why we keep fighting.

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40 Comments

  1. John Brown
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Good summary. Don’t forget that Agent Orange continues to do pootins bidding by withdrawal from nuke treaty. And despite being dependent on the farm vote, he is responsible for the 20% drop in soybean price and likely persistent drop in market share due to his trade war. And in a predictable twist a Chinese mega Ag Corp is qualifying for farm bailout funds meant for farmers screwed by his stupid policy. Yet the magats give him frothing at the mouth under questioned support. No wonder the zombie genre is so popular in entertainment.

  2. Eel
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    You could not convince me that, had Trump leaned over to Cruz at that rally and whispered in his ear, “Your wife is mine tonight,” that Cruz would not have smiled weakly and thanked him.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Did you see this USA Today headline?

    https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/1741406002

    “Georgia NAACP files complaints alleging voting machines incorrectly registered votes”

  4. Catherine
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the roundup of merely the latest outrageous and untrue statements of the Occupant. We are on a precipice and we need to do everything we can to avoid falling over.

    I would also urge local residents to go to the One Michigan campaign office, 418 W. Michigan Ave., to help with the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort here. They’re open 12-8 PM from here till the election, and even earlier the weekend before and day of. These last-minute efforts to reach voters and encourage them to cast their vote are demonstrated to be effective.

    Plus, a rhetorical suggestion. I wonder if the message you convey would be stronger if you were to open each segment with the truth of the matter and then describe just how 45 is lying about it. Reiterating the truth again, so that his lies are sandwiched between reality, might be an effective framing device. (He already gets far too much attention for his lies simply by holding his office.)

    I appreciate all you do, Mark, to keep our community informed about matters of importance to us, both great and small.

  5. iRobert
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    A bomb was found at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s house also.

    Where has HW been, by the way?

  6. iRobert
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Now another bomb was intercepted which was being delivered to the Obama’s home.

  7. Buzzfeed News
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    White House statement on the potential explosive devices sent to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s homes

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/explosive-devices-clinton-obama-homes

  8. John Brown
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Juan Cole makes a real good case for why we should be preparing to defend our values, our institutions and our lives from Mussolini wannabes in the WH.

    https://www.alternet.org/donald-trump-cribs-nationalist-mussolini-drive-destroy-america

  9. Holly Fιɢυeroα O'Reιlly
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    As at least 9 explosive devices have been found targeting the Clintons, Obamas, Soros, Eric Holder, John Brennan and news organizations that Trump has repeatedly called out, Fox News is busy talking about Mitch McConnell being heckled at dinner.

    https://twitter.com/AynRandPaulRyan/status/1055146111445360640

  10. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Those bombs had a flaw in the design that caused them not to go off. Nice little sympathy play there. You don’t give a shit that Steve Scalise got shot, don’t care Rand Paul was attacked…All you care about is obvious bullshit trying to make Trump people look like the wackos on your side.

  11. iRobert
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Mark’s like that, HW. I think he’s trying to appear “reasonable.” That’s why I have been suspecting he might run for office. If he does, I’ll immediately volunteer to manage his opponent’s campaign.

  12. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    In what universe is that reasonable?

  13. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Soros’ gravel truck of a voice:

    “We’ll have them mailed to our homes. With absolutely no danger to ourselves we will generate tremendous sympathy in advance of the elections. Our media outlets will blame Trump himself of course and possibly enough people will buy it to help our cause. Imagine the power of you merely appearing at rallies after the news of such a terrible threat.”

  14. iRobert
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    HW, Mark even says he believes Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter and acted alone in the JFK assassination. It’s absolutely ridiculous, But that’s how desperate Mark is to appear level-headed. It’s really the only reason a person would spew that pure bullshit.

    I’m not yet convinced these IEDs today were the work of professionals creating a false flag ploy, but we’ll see. It will be interesting to note when and if the feds ever arrest a suspect. If they do arrest a suspect, it will be interesting to see who it is, especially if it is soon.

  15. Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Gillum is still killing it today.

    https://twitter.com/girlsreallyrule/status/1055268885279186944?s=21

  16. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Gillum takes money from a real live WWII Hungarian Jewish Nazi collaborator. Lolling won’t work. Soros admitted it himself. He said confiscating the property of fellow jews was the best time in his life. Imagine that: having the life of a billionaire but pining for the good old days of WWII when he could steal the property of other jews for the Nazis…

  17. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Mega fuckin’ money too.

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/08/23/andrew-gillum-gets-another-650000-from-billionaire-donors-soros-steyer/

  18. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Of course that’s nothing compared to what he gave your girl.

    Soros Fund Management $10,556,793

    George Soros. That’s who you have cast your lot with. Sucks to be you!

  19. John Brown
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Every time things get more absurd I say to myself “trumptards cant be this gullible can they?” and then HW steps up to the plate and proves there is no limit to their self delusion….

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/george-soros-ss-nazi-germany/

    But I sure he wont deliver a ranting rebuttal furthering my case.

  20. Frosted Flakes
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    JB,

    It is not as cut and dry as you and snopes are making it out to be. The truth is somewhere in the middle. A lot hinges on how we define “collaborator”. A lot hinges on how, upon viewing the unedited interview, you interpret Soros’ lack of feeling any responsibility. Snopes is often flawed. Snopes is often trying to spin things, imo.

    Soros was in a difficult situation for sure. His response and reflections on that difficult situation are very odd, no?

  21. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Snopes! That’s a quality source. Watch the whole interview. He sat there and watched while they looted jewish people’s property and called it the greatest time of his life.

  22. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Roll the tape. The events of 1944 were a very happy-making, exhilarating experience!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDAd7gInWbI

  23. John Brown
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I think HW is Roseanne Barr! Makes sense now that she has so much time on her hands thanks to consequences of her racist ignorance. More consequences are in the pipeline for the rest of the deluded bigots. Consider the company you keep, if you can stop lying to yourself and the world long enough.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2018/05/30/unpacking-the-george-soros-was-a-jew-killing-nazi-conspiracy-theory-that-roseanne-barr-spreads/?utm_term=.52080fac47d8

  24. EOS
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Talk about gullible! You think Snopes is legit. Ha!

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/22/the-daily-mail-snopes-story-and-fact-checking-the-fact-checkers/#7ec626ce227f

  25. M
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    CNN: Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border to help border officers in stopping migrant caravan. Troops on ground as soon as next week, with fencing material and other tech assistance.

    ME: These are poor people traveling on foot, 1,100 miles from the border.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/25/politics/mattis-troops-southern-border/index.html

  26. Frosted Flakes
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    JB:

    transitive fallacy+ composition fallacy+ name-calling fallacy= garbage comment

    (Just an inexcusable disaster of a comment.)

  27. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    They know they are the real bigots. Deep down it is inescapable. They hate people based on genetics. Even by their own standard they are racist. Now they are just some more whiteys trying to exclude a black man from becoming the next Senator of Michigan. It’s painful reading their posts they are so stupid and backwards.

  28. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    M, how can you stand losing every single point you make? It’s so easy it’s pathetic.

    https://thehill.com/latino/412564-migrant-caravan-numbers-tops-7500-should-reach-us-in-a-week-report

  29. wobblie
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/10/25/white-man-kills-two-black-shoppers-at-kentucky-grocery-store/

    we do know is that a witness to the shooting claims that after taking out his gun to protect himself, Bush allegedly told him, “Don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites,” the Chicago Tribune wrote.

  30. wobblie
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    https://www.ebony.com/news-views/idaho-assault-case-acquittal?amp&fbclid=IwAR0PmwEIw0O-x9ubzQVnpSqfC6d4aYLuve5vsixVwerYlRhguwDyytG8RtQ

  31. wobblie
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Milo upset that the bombs didn’t explode
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/instagram-refuses-to-pull-down-milo-post-praising-mail-bombs?ref=home

  32. wobblie
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Right Wing terrorism is as American as apple pie.
    Timothy McVeigh
    Army of God
    Eric Rudolph

    https://psmag.com/social-justice/americas-long-and-often-forgotten-history-of-violence-toward-abortion-providers

  33. wobblie
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/here-are-5-worst-far-right-and-white-supremacist-terrorist-attacks-recent-years

  34. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Well it’s a good thing I don’t have anything to do with white supremacists or any of that shit. What about your Bernie Sanders guy that tried to shoot as many repubs as possible? What about the train wreck with all those repubs aboard? You think that truck just happened to stall out in front of it? How fucking dumb are you?

  35. Anonymous
    Posted October 26, 2018 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    A hit dog will holler.

  36. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 26, 2018 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Who ever heard of a hollering dog? Like the dog gets hit and goes “EYYYYY!!!”

  37. John Brown
    Posted October 26, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    HW, ever hear of “vernacular”? Oh, fascism doesn’t allow for cultural diversity does it? Seems like you do nothing but holler. Here’s a video of you and Fascist Flakes all riled up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lO8RRK3X6E

  38. Jean Henry
    Posted October 27, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    “Texas election officials confirmed that voting machines used in 30% of its counties (including its biggest) are switching people’s votes, including the Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. The GOP-appointed officials say they have “no legal authority” to update them.”

  39. Shep Smith on Fox News
    Posted October 30, 2018 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Shep Smith: “Tomorrow is one week before the midterm election, which is what all of this is about. There is no invasion. No one is coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about.”

    https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1057023531429507072?s=21

  40. Dan Pfeiffer by proxy
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Trump is fighting a fake war against an imagined threat with real troops paid for with real taxpayer dollars all in order to try to win an election.

    We continue to live a House of Cards plot that was discarded as too absurd.

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