It’s happening once more. In fact, it never stopped. But it has seemed to ramp up recently. All of the online fuckery that kept us in a nearly constant state of anger and agitation in 2016, while simultaneously creating an opening for Trump to get into the White House, is upon us again. Several news reports have indicated that Russian troll-farms are filling social media with disinformation meant to keep Americans divided, attack Democratic candidates, and sow chaos in the run up to 2020.
One particularly insidious concept has been simply flipped and re-applied in reverse. In 2016, Twitter and Facebook saw frequent use of the #NeverHillary hashtag. The idea was that Hillary Clinton was such a monster (she wasn’t) and that Bernie Sanders had been cheated out of the Democratic nomination (he wasn’t – he lost) that people could not in good conscience vote for her. Even against Trump.
It was bullshit, and it’s happening again. Only this time it’s #NeverBernie folks who are pissed off at Bernie for various reasons, including how long it took for him to finally endorse/stump for Hillary, as well as the damaging political narratives that he espoused during the campaign.
Look, I’m not happy with Bernie these days either. Although I supported him early in the 2016 race and he was by far my first choice, I ultimately voted for Clinton. Because that’s what reasonable people do. But the point is, since then, a lot of things have changed. I no longer see Bernie as someone I will throw my support behind. Does this mean that I would not vote for him, should he become the Democratic nominee? OF COURSE NOT.
This is not a game. Trump and Republicans are taking us down a road to authoritarianism. They are fascists. The lot of them. Not to mention, they are part of a larger scheme by Russia to install Trump as an authoritarian puppet of Vladimir Putin. No matter how odious people might find Bernie, he is by far – BY FAR – a better choice than Trump. Unless the 2020 race reveals Bernie to be a serial killer or something along those lines, I refuse to buy the argument that he even remotely comes close to Trump’s incompetence and complete void of human empathy, compassion or values. We have to remember that there is a good chance some of those “#NeverBernie” hashtags are generated and/or pushed by Russian bots or trolls. We have seen what can happen when people in large enough numbers stomp their feet and fold their arms on election day. If the choice comes down to Bernie or Trump, the right thing to do is obvious. As it was in 2016. Let’s not repeat the same mistakes. Our country and democracy depend on it.
So, earlier this year, comedian Michelle Wolf stirred things up by being brutally honest about the Trump administration. Needless to say, the man-baby squatting in our White House wasn’t happy, and it appears that the White House Correspondents’ Association has buckled. For the 2019 dinner, a historian will do the speaking (sounds thrilling.)
Upon hearing this news, this quote from John Lennon was the first thing that came to mind.
No, this is not the most important issue we are facing, by far. But it’s an embarrassing symbol of just how out of touch this disgusting family is with anything less than opulence. And if you think they’re not aware of how this looks, I’ve got a wall to sell you, which Mexico is going to pay for.
Anyone who has been paying attention already knew. But this week, Trump confirmed it on the world stage, as he stood next to his boss, Vladimir Putin, and slammed his own country’s intelligence agencies, blamed current relations with Russia on the United States, and accepted Putin’s narrative that Russia wasn’t behind the 2016 election hacks.
Let’s see…Between the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, the desire to cut Social Security, and the attempts to destroy Obamacare – I would say that Republicans are 0 for 3 in the context of this quote.
I thought Fox News and their viewers were totally against government tyranny, etc. At least they were when Obama was in office. And one of the most tired arguments that we often hear from 2nd Amendment people is that guns are needed to protect against tyrants, dictators, etc.
Now, right-wingers are apparently just swell with Trump literally saying he wants to be like the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un.
The disdain for Obama must have been for a different reason…Can’t quite put my finger on it…
Trump once again talked straight out of his ass to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, and falsely claimed that our country has “thousands” of immigration judges, with the need to hire thousands more.
We actually, as of April, have 334 of these judges, and the plan is to hire about 100 more. That is per the Washington Post. But Trump never let a little truth get in his way of promoting an attitude of fear and hysteria about all of the brown people invading the country, did he?
The clip is below (I might have added some extra footage for additional context.)
When you look at the big picture of how Trump has either leaned on, or directly asked top officials in the investigation into Russia’s interference in our 2016 presidential election for their loyalty or to help him out in some way, the pattern of behavior becomes quite clear. Trump wants the FBI and United States intelligence apparatus to function as his own personal arm of protection. He clearly does not view these officials as that which they are supposed to be – independent of partisan or personal influence on the part of the president – and wants them to do his bidding, which in this case is clearly to obstruct the Russia investigation.