There was a putsch; will Trump return for a revival after crashing the Hindenberg.
Barry Lyga, a novelist who organised the letter, wrote that “As members of the writing and publishing community of the United States, we affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals.”
He continued: “No participant in an administration that caged children, performed involuntary surgeries on captive women, and scoffed at science as millions were infected with a deadly virus should be enriched by the almost rote largesse of a big book deal.”
Among the letter’s signatories are staffers from the five biggest publishing houses, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan.
The Trump Hawley Putsch
— Primus Ultimus (@uniqobliq) February 15, 2021
I wrote about the warnings that the 1924 trial of the Beer Hall Putsch conspirators provide ahead of Trump’s second impeachment trial, so I’m sure my mentions will be great today https://t.co/8lIYsvkWA0
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) February 9, 2021
So the Republicans think they can control Trump, just as the old Prussian guard thought they could control Hitler, who’d spent time in prison after his first putsch. God help us.
— Noonoo (@Noonoo999) February 13, 2021
And yet, holocaust-wise, Trump's total is already approximately 1/12th of Hitler's total, and we're barely past the Beer Hall Putsch on the timeline.
— Kritik (@00Kritik) February 11, 2021
1/8 – Let's not kid ourselves, Trump’s attempted coup of 1/6 was not just a minor event. Trump AND the Republicans have a well-thought plan to overthrow democracy and install fascism in this country. #January6th #ImpeachmentTrial #ImpeachAndConvict https://t.co/UnL43LP09P
— Wear your damn mask (@lfbensimon) February 12, 2021
“Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is entitled to a mulligan.” Sen Mike Lee
Typically, oligarchies flip in one of two directions within a generation: either back to democracy, or into a full-blown fascist police state.
America is on the knife’s edge…https://t.co/fGRaVsZjny
— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) February 15, 2021
Here in America, the GOP today has a serious fascism problem, and it’s endangering all of us. It’s closer than most of us realize.
Fascism isn’t just about the merger of oligarch and state interests; it also requires a repudiation of the rule of law and the institutions of democracy itself.
This is exactly what is happening deep within the Republican Party at this very moment. Trumpism was always about fascism.
Former Virginia Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman was on CNN the morning of February 15th, saying that every single day he’s receiving private messages on Facebook with new Trump-supporting conspiracy theories.
Republicans who voted to impeach and convict Donald Trump are finding their local and state parties repudiating them, fueled by the rage of people who’ve bought into false beliefs of a Jewish- or Black-controlled “deep state” that’s working against their savior, Donald Trump.
We’ve seen this movie before, and, tragically, history tells us most countries only recognize their fascism problem in the rear-view mirror after it’s consumed their democracy.
Six (later) senators impeached Clinton in the House but acquitted Trump: Blunt, Portman, Thune, Crapo, Moran, and Wicker. Five senators voted to convict Clinton but they acquitted Trump: McConnell, Graham, Grassley, Inhofe and Shelby. Lying about oral sex worse than insurrection?
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) February 15, 2021
Georgia, DC, and NY continue to close in.
1/10. The claim that Trump won the election is a Big Lie.
— Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) January 12, 2021
2/10. A Big Lie changes reality. To believe it, people must disbelieve their senses, distrust their fellow citizens, and live in a world of faith.3/10. A Big Lie demands conspiracy thinking, since all who doubt it are seen as traitors.4/10. A Big Lie undoes a society, since it divides citizens into believers and unbelievers.5/10. A Big Lie destroys democracy, since people who are convinced that nothing is true but the utterances of their leader ignore voting and its results.6/10. A Big Lie must bring violence, as it has.7/10. A Big Lie can never be told just by one person. Trump is the originator of this Big Lie, but it could never have flourished without his allies on Capitol Hill.8/10. Political futures now depend on this Big Lie. Senators Hawley and Cruz are running for president on the basis of this Big Lie.9/10. There is a cure for the Big Lie. Our elected representatives should tell the truth, without dissimulation, about the results of the 2020 election.10/10. Politicians who do not tell the simple truth perpetuate the Big Lie, further an alternative reality, support conspiracy theories, weaken democracy, and foment violence far worse than that of January 6, 2021.
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“You’re not mopping fast enough. (Laughter) That’s a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause) Grab a mop — let’s get to work.” – Barack Obama (2009); “Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible!”