So much more than meets the eye, and then there’s stupid fruit of the loins. So much lying and falsehoods in a masque of masks.
Kellyanne Conway: “People are not wearing masks. And I don't think they're not wearing masks because the President of the United States is not wearing a mask. They're not wearing a mask because nobody's saying put the mask on.” pic.twitter.com/xClIBni8D3— The Hill (@thehill) July 2, 2020
Breaking via WaPo: Mike Pence's trip to Arizona this week had to be postponed by a day after several Secret Service agents who helped organize the visit either tested positive for coronavirus or were showing symptoms of being infected. https://t.co/RJMCgDJb9d
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 3, 2020
Trump is fond of using the expression ‘wiseguy” which is always ironic for Eric. So Eric Trump posted a picture of Ghislaine Maxwell at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, forgetting that there are like a billion pictures of Ghislaine with his dad.
Buying the lies and their constant repetition:
Another spot-on thread https://t.co/YiE1hTHDRa
— Jessie Friend (@Jessie_Friend) July 2, 2020
1/ We know that lying is a fascist tool. We know that disinformation is used strategically by tyrants.We also know there are patterns. Trump, Putin, Orbán, and Bolsonaro use the exact same tactics. So did Mussolini. Ivan Ilyin explained why fascists leaders must lie.
2/ Steve Bannon calls the strategy of rapid fire lies, “Flooding the zone with shit.” twitter.com/brianstelter/s…Bannon coached both Trump and Bolsonaro (who has been called Brazil's Trump). mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
5/ So, was Trump delusional when he said the virus would disappear, or was he trying to con us? twitter.com/atrupar/status… Cases right now are surging. Moreover, Trump has now acknowledged that maybe we should wear masks.
Trump ludicrously claimed to Fox Business just now that “I think we're gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope.” (The virus will not disappear on its own.)
8/ Locating the problem in Trump’s psyche may obscure the larger patterns.For example, locating the problem in Trump's psyche obscures the fact that Trump’s lies are a direct outgrowth of decades of American right wing politics.
Reagan’s “welfare queens”
The “Swift Boating” of John Kerry
Birtherism Locating the problem in Trump’s psyche can also give the false impression that removing Trump will solve our problems.
11/ Getting rid of Trump will not eliminate the conditions that allowed him to come to office. We can look at Trump through different disciplines. We can take @TimothyDSnyder's historical perspective. Or we can take @jasonintrator's philosophical perspective.
14/ Adding to the list in #9: twitter.com/ExiFanz/status…Also the NRA, religious fundamentalism, and the Republican's embrace of white supremacy and nationalism. These things have been festering in the GOP for decades.Recall @SenTomCotton's recent comments about D.C. . .
It is always critical to place Trumpism within the greater context of Right-wing discursive currents Climate Change Denialism / Birtherism / Benghazi / Hillary email obsession crated this moment twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield…
15/ He said that if Washington D.C. becomes a state, the Democrats will get two more Senate seats “in perpetuity.” Whites are less than 50% of D.C.'s population. Cotton appears to be admitting that at no point in the future will the GOP reach out to minority communities.
17/ Teasing out where Trump's delusions end and his deliberate lying begins may be an interesting exercise, but I'm not sure it's productive, or that— in the end— it matters. Trump is the demagogue that Alexander Hamilton warned us about in the Federalist Papers #1.
Many on social media are questioning the historical significance of the Confederacy as the hot debate over removing statues continues pic.twitter.com/xNDrCwFNfwÃ¢ÂÂ Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) July 3, 2020
A viral image claims that wearing a mask in public threatens the rights of people who are licensed to carry guns. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs False. There is no nationwide law banning carrying a concealed weapon while wearing a mask. https://t.co/nuJMpd7aRw
Ã¢ÂÂ PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) July 1, 2020
“Trump to Retaliate Against Russia by Sending Jared Kushner to Advise Kremlin”
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— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) July 3, 2020
Great leader also swims 1 mile in 3 minutes and can jump over White House from standing start.
— Jon Blumenfeld (@jblumenfeld100) July 2, 2020