When President Joe Biden called out “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans” last Thursday as representative of “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” he drew a clear line between those supporting the former president and those from all parties who support democracy. He quite deliberately drew a line between Trump supporters and “mainstream Republicans” who do not embrace the “extreme ideology” of their former allies.
This evening, as I was picking up a take-out order from one of my favourite restaurants in New Mexico, the manager said "Get out of here", to two MAGA customers, who may have been making comments about the waitress, a Hispanic woman, who was born and raised in the town where the restaurant was located. The two left in a hurry, jumped in their truck, and hightailed it out of the lot. This is a town that went for Trump, twice. The veneer is wearing thin.
Rubio and Senate Intelligence is an oxymoron.
I am a fierce fight. I marched for women's rights and civil rights in the sixties and seventies. I reveled in the glory of seeing change. I knew my voice mattered. I have remained politically active and will never give up. I do this for the love of country and my grandchildren.
Today, I cried.
"New Mexico judge Francis J. Mathew ruled that Couy Griffin, the founder of Cowboys for Trump, must be removed from his office as Otero County commissioner for participating in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol."
At least there is one promising development in today's news, Heather. May it be a precursor of many, many more similar rulings against all who participated in the insurrection, including those who are still members of Congress.
What about seditionist Ginni Thomas and her close ties to her husband, [In]Justice Clarence Thomas? Is there any hope he can removed from SCOTUS under perhaps a stretch of the 14th Amendment?
If Republican-dominated courts end up compromising or even stopping the investigation of Trump's blatant theft of classified documents, we might as well hold a funeral for the rule of law.
Judge Cannon has essentially fired what appears to be the first shot in a budding judicial coup to protect the wannabe dictator from prosecution. Or perhaps it's a new offensive to the failed coup on Jan. 6. Am I being paranoid of hyperbolic? Possibly. But we painfully know that Republicans will try anything, even it means sanctioning severe damage to the nation's security and potentially that of our allies.
Cannon is, literally and figuratively, a useful idiot in a scheme to use the courts to save Trump.
Kristol was forthright in the Greg Sargent interview. He didn’t duck questions, admitted that he, personally, contributed to rise of Trumpism, and said he has not voted for a Republican since Trump was elected. All of this surprised me. He had hinted at these things before but never so clearly, as far as I know.
Numerous events have taken the US into uncharted constitutional waters. Trump’s being impeached twice. Trump’s never ending claims that the election was fraudulent. The fake electors scheme. The attack on the Capital and Congress as the election was being certified. The refusal by Trump to peacefully had over power. Trump’s death grip on the Republican cult. Trump’s theft of highly classified documents regarding national security. The Republicans defending Trump’s egregious, traitorous actions. The rule of law has been subject to numerous beatings since 2015 when Trump announced his bid for office. The Republicans keep shrugging their shoulders and saying, “So what?” Enough!
Rubio has to go. The guy is literally a U.S. traitor.
This is a continuing slow motion coup attempt and it won’t end till the leaders are found guilty and sent to prison.
The most dangerous part is the control over the courts.
What are the chances that many of these Trump appointees are dirty, all the way to the SCOTUS? What effort is being made to investigate these judges and justices with an eye to removal if warranted?
First: It's scary when I find myself agreeing with Kristol. Wow. Though I admit to not having any clue where that party is going to be by the end of the year, or in 2024. Will they survive? Be stronger? Have disintegrated? I find myself knocking on the wooden table next to me. And the wall. And the coffee table...
Second: Marco Rubio- fight over document storage? He can't possibly believe what he is saying, can he? Idiotic.
Great letter, Heather!
It is the Francis J. Mathew judges of the country against the Aileen Cannon judges of the country who will play a big role in deciding the future of our democracy. Luckily everyone is paying close attention despite the significant distractions (pandemic, recession, Trump's diarrhea of the mouth, media that has been neutered, etc.). If the basic functioning of our courts can not withstand this scrutiny, then we lost our democracy a long time ago. The judicial system withstood the Trumpanze blizzard of ca ca directed at it by Eastman-Giuliani-et al. It has always been the case that the court system is riddled with partisan judges, just ask any Black defendant or plaintiff's lawyer trying to hold Big Tobacco or any big corporation to account. I worry more about the determination of the prosecutors. If they are determined, adequately skilled and provided sufficient resources, MAGAs lose. Look at the prosecutions of the Insurrectionists. Yeah a few judges bent over backwards for the Insurrections but as a group they are getting adequately punished. Personally I'd like to see longer sentences as mentioned by Chief Judge of D.C. courts, but lots of defendants and some getting decent jail time.
We have really gone down the rabbit hole and the mad tea party has begun and things keep getting curiouser by the day. Thom Hartman has some YouTube videos from two psychiatrists who both assert that a violent meltdown by TFG, is ahead. If he is to be arrested and indicted, they had better bring a net to throw over him. Color me worried.
My goodness what a week.
I'm wondering if there's a $ trail to Cannon - or a property trail, a la Charles Rettig?
I'm also wondering if the friendly (or hostile!) nation whose nuclear data was found would be irritated enough to skip due process. Could be horrifying for FL if so.
A reminder to Democrats and liberal independents who accept only perfection in a presidential candidate; who stay home or vote third party rather than suffer any flaw in the party’s candidate, looking into future campaigns.
How different would the world be today if we were in the middle of the second term of a Hillary Clinton Administration? How utterly, obscenely, trivial those emails are now.
Running through the list of items in today’s HCR letter, I began to imagine how different the world would be if only…
Nobody stays home on election day again. Ever.
Seven years and counting. For someone who never watched a minute of "The Apprentice" or "Celebrity Apprentice" and when he was aware of Trump at all (beyond that scowling presence at the White House Correspondents Dinner, some time during the Obama administration when President Obama ripped him a new one), thought he was nothing but a sideshow clown and a joke, that is how long now this cretin has been a part of my consciousness and all of our lives. (Longer for many who were paying closer attention.) We are being held hostage by a morally bankrupt bully and liar . . . a worthless and unworthy human being. It seems all of the country is in court - or, perhaps, arming themselves - thanks to or because of him, while people I used to respect for our differences in opinion have tossed in with this narcissistic, cowardly, violence-inciting, bloviating horror show. His complete lack of principle and civility has unleashed the toxic bile lurking under the surface of our lives, poisoning a country of which I used to a proud citizen. Every night I affirm safety for Merrick Garland and others who are bold enough to stand up for what is right . . . to honor their oaths to protect and serve the Constitution. And I fall asleep hoping they will be there again in the morning. How much longer? I thought I would survive him. Now I am not so sure.
In the questioning of Judge Aileen Cannon before confirmation, she was asked about recusal when there was the appearance of partisanship and she said that she would do so. She lied and today she showed so.
But this is not the only lie circulating. The lie that I’ve heard, over and over, from Fox News and some Republicans is that President Biden criticized all those who voted for Trump in 2020 (“half of America”). They’re obviously trying to: 1) deflect from the classified documents kept in Trump’s desk and 2) create an impression that President Biden feels contempt toward anyone who voted for Trump in 2020 (cue Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables”).
It would seem that the far right candidates are just now remembering the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 and are trying to cover up their true feelings about outlawing abortion and contraception.