Republicans Are The Best At Torching the Arizona Fraudit

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sat, 07/31/2021 - 8:03pm

Over 60% of Arizona's population lives in Maricopa County. State Senate Republican leaders refused to accept that Biden had won the county by 45,000 votes, thus giving him a 10,00-vote victory statewide. Election results were audited twice with no evidence that there had been a significant error in the original count and no evidence of chicanery, but state Republican officials still refused to accept the results. They refused to accept the results, even though the Maricopa County Recorder and four of the five members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBS) were Republicans. The state Senate Republicans sued the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to force them to hand over their voting machines and ballots so that they could hire their own auditors to do a forensic analysis of the machines as well as a hand recount of all the votes. The State Senate won their lawsuit and the clown show officially known as the Arizona audit was off to the races.


I will discuss why we should view the audit as a clown show in more depth in another column. For now let's just say that it isn't just the Democrats who see it that way. The Maricopa County Republicans wrote a blistering letter on May 17 to the Arizona State Senate President, Karen Fann that made it clear that they thought the audit was a circus. Much of that letter is technical and will be of little interest to the average reader. I know few people will read the entire 13-page letter, so here are the highlights in their raging glory.

Trouble In Paradise? The Fight Between Kraken Lawyer Jenna Ellis and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 07/12/2021 - 10:53am

The Fight


Jenna Ellis, one of Donald Trump's Kraken lawyers, may have said the quiet part out loud. Look at this tweet. Then read the Business Insider article attached to it.



Here is the beginning of the Business Insider article.


Last November, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis received an email that forwarded a note from Republican National Committee (RNC) chief counsel Justin Riemer, with the GOP official questioning the former president's election claims, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.


In the note, Riemer reportedly wrote to his RNC colleagues asking why they were backing Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud, while also expressing that the organization raised more cash battling Democrats than challenging election results.

Ellis, who was having dinner with Rudy Giuliani and former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, passed her phone around for everyone to view the message, which reportedly left them "stunned."

Trump's Claims of a Rigged Election Is Nothing New. It Is His Modus Operandi

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 06/14/2021 - 2:54pm

Donald Trump’s claim that the election was rigged is nothing new. He made that claim BEFORE the election. In fact, that’s been his schtick for years. ABC News put together a nice summary of Trump's history of calling elections rigged. We can't directly see Trump's tweets where he complained about the election being rigged since he lost his Twitter account due to repeated lies about the election and his continuing threat to our democracy. But we can do the next best thing. There is a Trump Twitter Archive where we can see the remnants of his tweets, if not the tweets themselves.

Trump complained that the 2020 election was going to be rigged more than five MONTHS before the actual election.  What follows is a partial list of Trump's claims that the election would be rigged, followed by Trump's standing in national polls as compiled by FiveThirtyEight at the time that he made those statements.


Tweet, May 24, 2020: "The Democrats are trying to Rig the 2020 Election, plain and simple!"

Poll: Biden was leading by 5.8% on May 24

Don't Let The Republicans Whitewash The Insurrection!

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 06/02/2021 - 7:11pm

Republicans want the January 6th Insurrection to disappear down an Orwellian memory hole, never to be heard of again. Or at the very least, they want to whitewash it to the point where we see the insurrectionists as little more than tourists who got a little carried away with their enthusiasm. Congressman Andrew Clyde denied that an attempted insurrection had occurred because those at the Capitol were unarmed. He acknowledged that there were some rioters and some acts of vandalism, but he said that to call it an insurrection was a "bald-faced lie." He then bizarrely claimed that the people who entered the Capitol looked like normal tourists.


Congressman Tom Reed, A Brick, And A Flag: Why Won't Reed Denounce Donald Trump's Stochiastic Terrorism?

Submitted by Robin Messing on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 1:35pm

Congressman Tom Reed posted the following statement on his official government Facebook page on October 23.


STATEMENT: Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning.

The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger.

We thank the local police and federal authorities, who are already investigating this disgusting attack against my family. 

Across the country, politics has taken a disturbing turn. 

We have to overcome this. I know that we can. We are all Americans first. What unites us is far greater than our political differences

Congressman Tom Reed, Donald Trump, and the Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Submitted by Robin Messing on Fri, 10/23/2020 - 3:48pm

Congressman Tom Reed, like nearly all Republicans, used to distrust Russia and Vladimir Putin. He slammed his opponent, John Plumb, and President Obama during the 2016 election campaign for being soft on Russia. I managed to get snapshots of five of his Facebook posts before they disappeared.


Tom Reed's March 20, 2016 Facebook postTom Reed's April 12 Facebook Post

Donald Trump's Attacks On Our Democracy: Pt. 5--Trump's Refusal To Commit To A Peaceful Transfer Of Power If He Loses

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 10/21/2020 - 8:31pm


Donald Trump's Attacks On Our Democracy: Pt. 4--Donald Trump Is A Stochiastic Terrorist

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 10/21/2020 - 2:11pm provides an unusually detailed definition and description of "stochiastic terrorism." Here is part of their article on the subject.

Stochastic terrorism is “the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted.”

The word stochastic, in everyday language, means “random.” Terrorism, here, refers to “violence motivated by ideology.”

Here’s the idea behind stochastic terrorism:

  1. A leader or organization uses rhetoric in the mass media against a group of people.
  2. This rhetoric, while hostile or hateful, doesn’t explicitly tell someone to carry out an act of violence against that group, but a person, feeling threatened, is motivated to do so as a result.
  3. That individual act of political violence can’t be predicted as such, but that violence will happen is much more probable thanks to the rhetoric.
  4. This rhetoric is thus called stochastic terrorism because of the way it incites random violence.

Donald Trump's Attacks On Our Democracy: Pt. 1--Trump And Bill Barr's Department of Injustice

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 10/21/2020 - 2:06pm

I wrote a column two weeks before the 2016 electon entitled "Donald Trump Is An Existential Threat To American Democracy."  I not only stand by that claim; I will double down on it. We are well on our way towards autocracy. Donald Trump has launched an unrelenting assault on the institutions that support our democracy, and his fellow Republicans are either looking the other way or they are rooting for democracy's demise. Mike Lee, a Republican Senator from Utah, let the cat out of the bag. He, at least, would not mind seeing our democracy die.



The Justice Department is part of the Executive Branch of government and is under the control of the President--to an extent. The President can set broad policy for the Department and can pick, with the consent of Congress, the person he wants to lead the Department. But it was never intended for him to be able to use the Justice Department as tool to help his political allies escape punishment for their crimes or as a hammer to wield against his political adversaries. President Trump tried to use his influence via the Justice Department to try to reduce the sentencing guidelines for Roger Stone after Stone was convicted of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. This set off alarm bells, prompting Joyce White Vance, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, to write:


Among the Founding Fathers’ chief goals was to do away with a government where the king was above the law and had absolute power over the lives of his subjects. In our system, the President, like every other citizen, is meant to be subject to the law. The Founding Fathers were explicit about that intention when they debated the shape the new government they were creating would take. And that quintessentially American view that no man is above the law has been the case up until the presidency of Donald Trump.


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