TrumpReich in action

Discuss whatever you want here ... movies, books, recipes, politics, beer, wine, TV ... everything except classical music.

Moderators: Lance, Corlyss_D

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Sat May 01, 2021 10:22 am

maestrob wrote:
Sat May 01, 2021 9:52 am
This will not end well.
The "auditors" may even alter or damage ballots:

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/cyber-ni ... 11955.html

But it appears 70M+ voters will buy the fraud just as they did Trump's fraudulent Presidency.

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Sat May 01, 2021 11:30 am

A private company hired by Arizona’s Republican Senate to do another presidential recount has been smacked down by a judge for battling to keep the process secret.The Cyber Ninjas company — headed by a conspiracy theorist and disciple of the “Stop the Steal” lie that the presidential election was rigged — has no election or balloting experience. Its lawyer argued in court this week that it could not reveal its “trade secrets” on how it would conduct the recount, and wanted to bar oversight of its audit process.
Clearly their intent is decidedly unethical. Their only goal is to sow doubt with the Maganderthal base.

I wonder if the judge's order to turn over their documents outlining procedures will be obeyed?

Why am I not surprised?

Never forget. :evil:

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Sun May 02, 2021 9:21 am

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/trump-ma ... 47717.html

70% of all GOP polled said they believe the 2020 election was stolen.What is clear is now they are really trying to steal it.Plus 49% GOP men, 34% GOP women per Maris Poll, not getting vaccinated.Criminal.

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Sun May 02, 2021 10:03 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 9:21 am
https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/trump-ma ... 47717.html

70% of all GOP polled said they believe the 2020 election was stolen.What is clear is now they are really trying to steal it.Plus 49% GOP men, 34% GOP women per Maris Poll, not getting vaccinated.Criminal.
Even with all the insanity now happening in Arizona, changing their electoral college votes would not even come close to changing the results of the 2020 election.

I just thought I'd point that out.

This is being done for propaganda value to rile up all the QAnon believers. Will they dare to challenge results in Georgia or even Michigan?

I'd be VERY surprised if that happens.

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Sun May 02, 2021 11:39 am

maestrob wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 10:03 am
This is being done for propaganda value to rile up all the QAnon believers. Will they dare to challenge results in Georgia or even Michigan?
I'd be VERY surprised if that happens.

Trump claims that is the plan.He and they are all crazy and criminal enough to try,the local GOP mostly cowards or just as crazy.

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Sun May 02, 2021 1:04 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 11:39 am
maestrob wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 10:03 am
This is being done for propaganda value to rile up all the QAnon believers. Will they dare to challenge results in Georgia or even Michigan?
I'd be VERY surprised if that happens.

Trump claims that is the plan.He and they are all crazy and criminal enough to try,the local GOP mostly cowards or just as crazy.
As has been said elsewhere, he will drag this out and fight to the bitter end, and inevitably lose again & again.

Doesn't that hurt?

Perhaps a bit of self-flagellation is in the works..... :roll: :evil:

lennygoran
Posts: 16870
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:28 pm
Location: new york city

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by lennygoran » Tue May 04, 2021 8:39 am

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:00 pm
Hitler youth, anyone?
Rach, talk about hitler yesterday he came up here:

Image

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppNqos2FDEE
Glad they found him guilty-throw the book at the guy! Regards, Len

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Fri May 07, 2021 12:22 pm

Philip Bump, WAPO,5/7:

"Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) will probably soon be the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House. On Thursday, she demonstrated why: She’s onboard with even the most dubious efforts to question the results of the 2020 presidential contest.
“I fully support the audit in Arizona,” Stefanik told former Donald Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in a podcast interview. “We want transparency and answers for the American people. What are the Democrats so afraid of?”

The “audit” to which Stefanik refers is a remarkable exercise in trying to gin up doubt about the results in the state. Authorized by the Republican state Senate, it is being managed by a firm with no demonstrable track record in validating ballots and run by a man whose embrace of debunked conspiracy theories about fraud were elevated by former Trump attorney Sidney Powell. The effort to review every ballot cast in Maricopa County — which by itself gave President Biden his margin of victory in the state — has been undertaken using an opaque, often inscrutable process, outside of the close view of objective third parties and with the assistance of obviously motivated actors, such as a former legislator who was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

All of this has been known for a while, and all of it suggests that the motivation for the audit is not “transparency and answers” so much as “cobbling together a rationale for claims about fraud.” But no element of the review better captures its nature than an element that was revealed on Wednesday.

One of the people helping coordinate the review is John Brakey, founder of AUDIT Elections USA. Speaking to a reporter from a local CBS affiliate, he explained one of the tests that was being conducted as part of the review process.
“There’s accusations that 40,000 ballots were flown in to Arizona and it was stuffed into the box, okay?” Brakey said. “And it came from the southeast part of the world, Asia, okay? And what they’re doing is to find out if there’s bamboo in the paper.” Because, he added later, “they use bamboo in their paper processing, people in southeast Asia.”

He discussed the high-definition cameras being used to photograph the ballots, noting that it was a process that could identify if ballots were hand-completed. He also made clear that he didn’t really believe the bamboo-ballot theory.
“I don’t believe any of that,” Brakey said. “I’m just saying that is part of the mystery that we want to un-gaslight people about and this is a way to do it.”

There’s obviously value in debunking false narratives. The problem with the Great Bamboo Conspiracy, though, is twofold: first, that the claims about ballots being flown in don’t pass an initial smell test and, second, that the process being used by the volunteers in Arizona wouldn’t be able to detect bamboo anyway.

It’s actually a bit hard to track down the source of the “40,000 ballots from Asia” story. Before the election, Trump and his allies repeatedly claimed that ballots could be brought in from overseas and added to counts, a claim that by itself was never feasible. It requires precisely forging ballots, completing them without detection, ensuring that they are from registered voters who hadn’t already voted and, perhaps most importantly, getting them into the country without detection.

One theory behind that latter necessity emerged on a conservative online radio show in December. Host Stew Peters elevated a claim made by a man named Ryan Hartwig, a past contributor to the right-wing group Project Veritas. Hartwig claimed that he got a tip from a Veritas staffer about a woman named Staci Burk who knew someone who’d seen ballots being loaded into planes in Seattle and flown around the country. Hartwig went to the airport in Phoenix, allegedly in the company of a congressional staffer, and saw someone loading boxes onto a Korean Air plane. A lot of spy-movie stuff ensued but, unsurprisingly, no actual ballots were seen.
Incidentally, this all purportedly happened on the evening of Nov. 7, 2020, hours after Biden had already been declared the winner of the election.

In another broadcast, Peters published audio of a man purporting to be affiliated with the Defense Department and also a nephew of the Koch brothers who alleged that he knew about ballots being unloaded in Arizona, under the protection of the National Guard. That audio was allegedly recorded by Burk — though, again, there’s nothing offered to substantiate the claims.

This appears to be the genesis of the ballots-from-Asia claim. By itself, it should be obvious that there is no reason to assume that any of this is true. There is certainly not enough here to decide to double-check more than 2 million ballots for signs that some of them might have originated in Asia, much less to do so by trying to figure out if the paper used to print them included bamboo.
Not that what the volunteers were doing would detect that anyway.

Steven G. Drexler is a forensic document examiner from Birmingham, Ala. He has decades of experience in forensic science, including two decades in analyzing documents, including as an expert witness in criminal trials.
Drexler spoke with The Post on Thursday afternoon and explained that the only way to actually determine what the paper used for the ballots was made out of was destructively.

“The destructive test to do fiber content of the paper is, like, punching a pinhole in the paper,” he explained. “But you’ve got to take like 20 samples to make sure you’re using a good random sample.” Those samples are then closely examined to determine what fibers they contain.
In other words, it takes more than just eyeballing the paper or photographing it. It requires taking multiple physical samples of the paper and examining them independently. It requires knowing what you’re doing and what you’re looking for.
Drexler pointed out that there were other, easier ways to evaluate the legitimacy of a document.
“The first characteristic I would look at is how a genuine document was printed,” he explained. “What type of process was used to print and produce the documents? And then I would examine the disputed documents and determine whether or not they followed the same printing process as a genuine document.” “A lot of times a forger will mess up somewhere in the document,” he said.
This, too, requires an experienced eye. It seems unlikely that such experience is in great supply at the vote-counting site in Maricopa County.

We should not jump to conclusions about what the Arizona effort will find. Perhaps the conspiracy-theorist running the show will come to the lamentable determination that no fraud was manifested in his review. Perhaps the volunteers will step forward to explain their work and to validate the original, nonpartisan audit of the tally done by the county.
Or maybe, instead, we’ll be treated to a battery of allegations about what might have been found, about photographs of ballots that appear to show what some have concluded look like the fibrous tissue from bamboo shoots. Maybe this team will introduce all sorts of new questions based on their opaque review process, more than enough, by their measure, to throw the results in the state into doubt.

If you had to guess which outcome seems more likely, which would you pick? "

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Fri May 07, 2021 12:23 pm

By Michael Wines,NYT
May 6, 2021

Untrained citizens are trying to find traces of bamboo on last year’s ballots, seemingly trying to prove a conspiracy theory that the election was tainted by fake votes from Asia. Thousands of ballots are left unattended and unsecured. People with open partisan bias, including a man who was photographed on the Capitol steps during the Jan. 6 riot, are doing the recounting.

All of these issues with the Republican-backed re-examination of the November election results from Arizona’s most populous county were laid out this week by Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, in a scathing six-page letter.

Ms. Hobbs called the process “a significant departure from standard best practices.”

“Though conspiracy theorists are undoubtedly cheering on these types of inspections — and perhaps providing financial support because of their use — they do little other than further marginalize the professionalism and intent of this ‘audit,’” she wrote to Ken Bennett, a former Republican secretary of state and the liaison between Republicans in the State Senate and the company conducting it.

The effort has no official standing and will not change the state’s vote, whatever it finds. But it has become so troubled that the Department of Justice also expressed concerns this week in a letter saying that it might violate federal laws.
“We have a concern that Maricopa County election records, which are required by federal law to be retained and preserved, are no longer under the ultimate control of elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors, and are at risk of damage or loss,” wrote Pamela Karlan, the principal deputy assistant attorney general with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

The scene playing out in Arizona is perhaps the most off-the-rails episode in the Republican Party’s escalating effort to support former President Donald J. Trump’s lie that he won the election. Four months after Congress certified the results of the presidential election, local officials around the country are continuing to provide oxygen for Mr. Trump’s obsession that he beat Joseph R. Biden Jr. last fall.

In Arizona, the review is proving to be every bit as problematic as skeptics had imagined.

Last month, the Arizona Republic editorial board called for the state’s G.O.P. Senate majority to stop “abusing its authority.”

“Republicans in the Arizona Legislature have set aside dollars, hired consultants, procured the hardware and software to conduct what they call ‘an audit’ of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County,” the editorial said. “What they don’t have is the moral authority to make it credible.”

Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, said the process had ignored long-established safeguards against mistakes or deliberate manipulation of the election results.

Republican state senators ordered a review of the election in Maricopa County, whose 2.1 million ballots accounted for two-thirds of the entire vote statewide, in December, after some supporters of Mr. Trump refused to accept his 10,457-vote loss in Arizona. Democrats had flipped the county, giving Mr. Biden more than enough votes to ensure his victory statewide.

The senators later assigned oversight of the effort to a Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, whose chief executive had publicly embraced conspiracy theories claiming that voting machines had been rigged to deliver the state to Mr. Biden. Since then, supporters of Mr. Trump’s stolen-election story line have been given broad access to the site of the review, while election experts, the press and independent observers have struggled to gain access, sometimes resorting to going to court.

In one much-noted instance, Anthony Kern, a former state representative photographed on the Capitol steps on the day of the insurrection — and who was on the Maricopa ballot both as a legislative candidate and as a presidential elector — was hired to help recount ballots.

Among other concerns, Ms. Hobbs’s letter contended that stacks of ballots were not properly protected and that there was no apparent procedure for preventing the commingling of tallied and untallied ballots.

The security violations spotted by observers, the letter stated, included ballots left unattended on tables and ballots counted using scrap paper instead of official tally sheets. Counters receive “on the fly” training. Ballots from separate stacks are mixed together. Software problems cause ballot images to get lost.

The letter also noted that some aspects of the process “appear better suited for chasing conspiracy theories than as a part of a professional audit.”

For instance, some ballots are receiving microscope and ultraviolet-light examinations, apparently to address unfounded claims that fraudulent ballots contained watermarks that were visible under UV light — or that thousands of fraudulent ballots were flown in from Southeast Asia using paper with bamboo fibers.

John Brakey, an official helping supervise the effort, said high-powered microscopes were being used to search for evidence of fake ballots, according to a video interview with the CBS News affiliate in Phoenix.

“There’s accusations that 40,000 ballots were flown in, to Arizona, and it was stuffed into the box,” he said in a taped interview. “And it came from the southeast part of the world, Asia, OK. And what they’re doing is to find out if there’s bamboo in the paper.”

“I don’t believe any of that,” he added. “I’m just saying it’s part of the mystery that we want to un-gaslight people about.”

Republicans in the Senate signed a contract agreeing to pay $150,000 for the vote review, a figure that many said then would not cover its cost. A variety of outside groups later started fund-raisers to offset extra expenses, including the right-wing One America News cable channel and an Arizona state representative, Mark Finchem, who argues the election was stolen. How much in outside donations has been collected — and who the donors are — is unclear.

The letter from the secretary of state also said that equipment and software being used to display images of ballots had not been tested by a federal laboratory or certified by the federal Election Assistance Commission, as state law requires. That left open the possibility, the letter said, that the systems could have been preloaded with false images of ballots or that the software had been designed to manipulate ballot images — concerns similar to those that believers in a stolen election had themselves raised.

Ms. Hobbs also said the procedures for checking the accuracy of the effort included no “reliable process for ensuring consistency and resolving discrepancies” among the three separate counts of ballots.

It also appeared that the task of entering recount results into an electronic spreadsheet was performed by a single person rather than a team of people from both political parties, the letter stated.

Mr. Bennett, the liaison between Republicans in the State Senate and the company conducting the vote review, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But Ms. Hobbs concluded her letter to him by saying, “you know that our elections are governed by a complex framework of laws and procedures designed to ensure accuracy, security, and transparency. You also must therefore know that the procedures governing this audit ensure none of those things.

“I’m not sure what compelled you to oversee this audit, but I’d like to assume you took this role with the best of intentions. It is those intentions I appeal to now: either do it right, or don’t do it at all.”

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Fri May 07, 2021 1:08 pm

I'm just waiting for this whole sham to be challenged by federal election officials.

At this point, only Maganderthals will believe it if any "discrepancies" are "revealed" by these nitwits. Not only that, but in the unlikely event that the nitwits actually proclaim that no new reasons to challenge the already certified results in Maricopa County, they still won't believe that either. :mrgreen:

There is simply no credibility here.

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Fri May 07, 2021 5:37 pm

Adam Sullivan, Cedar Rapids (Iowa ) Gazette, 5/7/21:

" The Freedom Governor "

The Iowa Legislature is in overtime, scrambling to strike a compromise on a multibillion-dollar budget. It could be several more weeks, we’re told.

With real work yet to be done, Gov. Kim Reynolds is calling on the Legislature to spend time debating young Iowans’ genitals.

A bill to restrict transgender girls from participating in girls sports is apparently a top priority for the governor. She didn’t mention it during her Condition of the State address five months ago, but instead during a Fox News broadcast a week ago, after the Legislature’s targeted adjournment date.

Reynolds’ late addendum to the legislative agenda was part of a panel discussion among a select group of GOP governors on Laura Ingraham’s prime-time program. The forum was meant to highlight how the governors “preserved our God-given freedoms” during the pandemic, Ingraham said in the show’s introduction.

Reynolds and her peers delivered a topsy-turvy vision of freedom — one where you don’t have to wear a mask but where classroom speech is dictated by the government, social media companies are heavily regulated and the contents of kids’ underwear are subject to state-sanctioned inspection.

Panelists lashed out at a federal proposal to increase legal protection for LGBTQ Americans. When the Mississippi governor boasted of being the first to sign legislation “to protect female athletes,” Reynolds jumped in to say she would do the same.

“We are working on legislation. I should have that on my desk by the end of this legislative session and we will sign that bill,” Reynolds said, drawing applause from the Florida audience.

However, lawmakers aren’t actually working on that issue. They introduced legislation to that effect early in the session but never even hosted a subcommittee hearing.

Under the proposal, which was dead until Reynolds ordered its revival, “students of the male sex” (including transgender girls) would be ineligible to participate in girls sports.

Such a policy is spiteful and unnecessary, but what’s really enraging is a section on “Disputes of biological sex.”

To prove their biological sex, an athlete would have to get a signed statement from a doctor to verify their “internal and external reproductive anatomy” and “normal, endogenously produced levels of testosterone.”

What constitutes a legitimate dispute? The legislation doesn’t say. Anyone potentially could file a frivolous complaint to force a star athlete to go have their junk checked out at the doctor’s office. It’s a free country, after all.

One of Reynolds’ fellow GOP governors took issue with such infringements on privacy.

“You have a right to participate in society without them asking you to divulge your health information,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

OK, DeSantis wasn’t really talking about trans athletes. He was talking about vaccine passports.

Conservatives are moving to restrict COVID-19 vaccination verification schemes, even if they are imposed by private businesses. It’s a tricky issue, but vaccine passport bans can reasonably be seen as infringing on our rights to private property and free association.

The Iowa Legislature recently finalized a vaccine passport bill, which Reynolds is expected to sign.

“It’s a marginalized society, this two-tiered society, either adhere or be marginalized — and that is ridiculous, that is not who we are as Americans,” Reynolds said of vaccine passports.

Adhere or be marginalized? Imagine how transgender kids feel.

The vaccine passport discussion was teed up by a question from the audience. The asker offered an interesting frame: “Human beings have a right to free movement and to not have their daily activities infringed upon.”

Governors nodded along, but within the hour they had forgotten about the right to free movement when they took turns fear mongering over the surge of migrants at the southern border. Reynolds reiterated that Iowa would not aid migrant children, again calling it President Joe Biden’s problem.

Free movement, except for those people.

Governors participated in rounds of one-upsmanship, bickering over which one of them loves bloated police budgets and hates Big Tech the most. The common theme is using state power to impose a specific set of social values.

Their idea of freedom is flimsy, dissonant and plainly un-American. Freedom for some, genital inspections for others."

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Sat May 08, 2021 9:01 am

“You have a right to participate in society without them asking you to divulge your health information,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.OK, DeSantis wasn’t really talking about trans athletes. He was talking about vaccine passports.
That cognitive dissonance made me LOL! :roll: :lol:

Now, I hear that Norwegian Cruises is contemplating pulling up their Florida roots because of Gov. Desantis's misguided executive order barring them, as well as all other businesses and schools, from requiring that passengers be vaccinated in order to board!

https://www.wesh.com/article/norwegian- ... n/36368476

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Sat May 08, 2021 10:46 am

Liz Cheney Refuses to Lie, So Elise Stefanik Steps Up

May 7, 2021
By Michelle Cottle

Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.

Even by the standards of the Republican Party’s descent into Trumpian nihilism, the latest bloodletting within the ranks of its congressional leadership is gripping — the car crash next to the dumpster fire that you can’t look away from.

House Republicans are on track next week to oust Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming as conference chairwoman, the third-highest position in the conference. Ms. Cheney is being purged for her stubborn refusal to accept — much less peddle — the dangerous, crackpot lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. In today’s G.O.P., fealty to the defeated president’s false allegation of electoral fraud is the ultimate litmus test.

Ms. Cheney has not simply failed this test, repeatedly — she brandishes her defiance like a weapon.

On Monday, Mr. Trump issued a proclamation: “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Ms. Cheney fired back on Twitter (from which the former president is still banned): “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”

“The Republican Party is at a turning point,” she warned in a May 5 opinion piece in The Washington Post, “and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”

Clearly, such apostasy cannot stand.

But with a House leadership dominated by white men, and a party plagued by a longstanding gender gap, Republican lawmakers recognize the potential risk of replacing their top-ranking woman with another white guy. Such bad optics. So it is that Republican House leaders have been whipping votes to install another woman in the job, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York.

Unlike Ms. Cheney, Ms. Stefanik is happy — make that eager — to go along with Mr. Trump’s pernicious election-fraud fiction. Just this week, she sat down for interviews with Steve Bannon, Mr. Trump’s onetime political guru, and Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump aide, to praise the former president and suggest that there are many, many questions that still need to be answered about the outcome. Among other Trumpist talking points, she accused judicial officers in Pennsylvania of “unconstitutional overreach,” and she endorsed the sketchy election audit that Republicans are conducting in Arizona.

Ms. Stefanik is assumed to have more than enough votes lined up to replace Ms. Cheney. Her ascension is considered close to a done deal.

Here’s where things really get awkward. Aside from her Trump bootlicking, Ms. Stefanik is a terrible pick to help lead House Republicans, with both an ideology and a political style ill-suited to the conservative zeitgeist. At least they were until recently. In aiming to swap out Ms. Cheney with Ms. Stefanik, Republican leaders are revealing — again — just how hollow their party has become and how far it has fallen.

With her establishment pedigree and her neocon foreign policy views, Ms. Cheney may not be a perfect fit for today’s Republican Party, but she is a rock-ribbed conservative who has for years fought fiercely in the party trenches. Like her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, she is tough and aggressive, and she delights in lobbing partisan bombs at Democrats. She is pro-torture and anti-abortion. In other words, she has long been the kind of Republican that Democrats love to hate.

Ms. Stefanik, on the other hand … Most of America had never heard of the New York lawmaker before her emergence as a passionate Trump defender during his first impeachment. Her toadiness has only grown since, earning ever more love from Mr. Trump. On Wednesday, he endorsed her for conference chairwoman.

But before all that, Ms. Stefanik was seen as an exemplar of the kinder, gentler future of the Republican Party. Elected in 2014 at age 30, the polished, media-savvy Harvard alumna was a fresh, friendly, moderate face that many hoped would help the G.O.P. shed its image as a bunch of angry old white guys. Pro-business and uninterested in culture warring, she fit in well with the party’s establishment wing. Her first political job was in the Bush 43 White House. In 2017, she was elected co-chair of the Tuesday Group (since renamed the Republican Governance Group), a caucus of moderate, centrist House Republicans.

Ms. Stefanik’s voting record reflects this brand. She has a measly 44 percent lifetime score from the American Conservative Union — compared to Ms. Cheney’s 78 percent — and a 56 percent from the conservative Heritage Action, versus Ms. Cheney’s 82 percent. Ms. Stefanik’s ratings from conservative groups like FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth are even lower (37 percent and 35 percent), and both organizations have come out against her joining leadership. During Mr. Trump’s presidency, Ms. Stefanik voted with him 77.7 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight, but Ms. Cheney did 92.9 percent of the time.

One of Ms. Stefanik’s top priorities has been to improve her party’s image with women and, more specifically, to get more Republican women elected. Her PAC is credited with having contributed to the victories of several women in this year’s freshman House class. Her efforts, which can run up against the G.O.P.’s professed disdain for identity politics, have occasionally put off some party brethren.

Ms. Stefanik is, in short, the kind of Republican that conservatives generally love to hate.

Despite the seal of approval from Mr. Trump and some congressional leaders, not everyone is thrilled by the idea of Ms. Stefanik’s likely promotion. Some of her male colleagues have grumped that they were not even considered for the post because of their gender. The conference vice chair, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, has reportedly been griping about the “coronation.”

Trickier still, some hard-core MAGA loyalists suspect Ms. Stefanik of being a pretender — a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” as one far-right site put it — and are raising a stink about her voting record and political background. Lou Dobbs, the deep-MAGA former TV host, declared her a RINO — that is, a Republican in name only. Her more creative critics at the website Revolver coined a fresh term for her: TINO — Trumpist in name only. They also dubbed her “another neocon establishment twit.”

So much for Republican unity.

To be fair, having sold their soul to Mr. Trump, Republican lawmakers cannot allow Ms. Cheney to remain in leadership. Unlike most of her colleagues, she refuses to let the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol fade from memory, pretend it was no big deal or falsely claim that it was perpetrated by lefty extremists. Every word out of her mouth is an indictment not merely of Mr. Trump but also of her fellow lawmakers’ degeneracy and opportunism.

Ms. Stefanik, by contrast, is scrambling to reassure MAGA voters that she is worthy of their support. In addition to doubling down on election-fraud nonsense, she has been test-driving a more populist, own-the-libs persona, whining about “cancel culture” and “Trump derangement syndrome” and the anti-conservative bias of Big Tech.

In other words, Ms. Stefanik is forsaking the ideology and the political brand that brought her to Congress as she grovels before the gold-plated altar of Trumpism. All this to impress the followers of a defeated president who would just as soon see the Republican Party burned to ash.

In that sense, she may be a perfect leader for her House colleagues after all.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/opin ... e=Homepage

Rach3
Posts: 3484
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by Rach3 » Sun May 09, 2021 11:46 am

From AxiosAm today:


" The fracas over school reopening is fueling a surge of candidates for school boards across the country, Axios' Stef Kight writes.

Why it matters: What was long a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling debate, as conservative and progressive parents clash over when and how to reopen classrooms
Grassroots conservative groups are getting involved in school board races all across the country.

"Patriots for Delaware" endorsed five pro-school-reopening candidates for the state's May 11th elections.

Parents in Pennsylvania formed a PAC to support school board candidates running to keep kids in school in person.

In El Paso, the Facebook group "Let Schools Ring" supported Leslie Hoard, who reportedly questioned the use of masks in school and supported school reopening. Hoard lost.

A group called "Moms for Liberty" has been pressuring the school board in Brevard County, Fla., to drop its mask mandate for students.

What we’re watching: The next flashpoint for local school boards is the debate over critical race theory, an academic movement focusing on systemic racism in U.S. laws.

The issue has already become divisive in Texas, Utah and Oregon, and it could drive even more interest in school board elections."

maestrob
Posts: 10699
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: TrumpReich in action

Post by maestrob » Sun May 09, 2021 1:30 pm

We really are splitting into two societies, aren't we?

Seems nobody cares about the external threats we face.

This is how Rome disintegrated. Can it really be happening here so quickly?

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 18 guests