Delusional previous guy thinks he’s still POTUS. And in Arizona the cyber-ninjas are looking for traces of bamboo in the ballots. Also, Trump got caught trying to sneak back into Twitter.

“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,”

A sock-puppet account appeared on Twitter maybe because it’s not Trump, it’s only his desk…

As NYU professor Jay Rosen noted on Twitter, this has become a common tactic for Republicans like Josh Hawley. When pressed about their involvement in the insurrection, they “turn on” a “fog machine, lose most of the audience in hand-to-hand combat over important but arcane details, and run out the clock when the push back comes.”

This approach is still better than one favored by most journalists. Within weeks of the Capitol riot, many who voted to overturn the election were welcomed back to television. In April, Meet the Press hosted Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, and Chuck Todd asked zero questions about the Big Lie that Wicker had helped perpetuate. Of the five Sunday shows, only CNN’s State of the Union has declined to invite a Republican who has lied about the 2020 election.

The decision to continue treating the proponents of the Big Lie as respectable politicians is based on two factors. The first is that these figures—Kevin McCarthy, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, Hawley—occupy key leadership positions in Congress, and, in some cases, are viewed as probable 2024 candidates. A blanket ban would effectively shut out the most prominent Republicans in the country because all of these people have spent the last six months lying continuously about the 2020 election. The second is that the January 6 riot was four months ago, we have a new president now, and the country has presumably moved on. Dwelling on the riot would mean neglecting things that are happening now—debates over infrastructure, paid family leave, Joe Biden’s foreign policy.


The problem is that Republicans are still obsessing over the 2020 result. In Arizona, they are authorizing absurd forensic election audits. The new social media “platform” (it’s a blog, and a bad one at that) that Trump launched on Tuesday is devoted almost entirely to spreading misinformation about the election. Liz Cheney is being purged from House GOP leadership for acknowledging that Biden won fair and square. Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, is being heckled and berated wherever he goes for criticizing Donald Trump, while primary challenges are being mounted against nearly every Republican who failed to march in lockstep behind Trump’s election lies.…

  • May 6, 2021