Media expert confirms worst suspicions about GOP

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“Moscow” Mitch McConnell congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after Russian leader Vladimir Putin (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia)

Last week, Senate leader Mitch McConnell finally admitted that Joe Biden won the election. It took him almost four weeks to do this. But “Moscow Mitch” only made that statement after Russian leader Vladimir Putin acknowledged Biden’s win. I said half-joking, after all, Putin is the de-facto head of the Republican Party. McConnell had to wait until the boss made the first move.

Putin’s GOP

According to a recent Daily Beast column by Julia Davis, that statement is shockingly close to the truth. Davis, who also speaks Russian and Ukrainian, makes some of the best observations about Russian media and propaganda. However, according to Davis’ latest column, Russian state media sounds shockingly like the Republican Party. …


Jim Jones Killed 900 People; Trump Has Killed 300K So Far

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Maskless Proud Boys, violent Trump supporters, rampaged through Washington, D.C. last weekend. The violence resulted in four stabbings. (Geoff Livingston/Flickr)

When former presidential candidate Herman Cain became infected with the coronavirus earlier this year, I began to see the similarities between the Trump cult and the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, which caused the death of about 900 people in 1978.

Kool Aid and Anti-Maskers

During that terrible event, members of the Jonestown temple so believed in cult leader Jim Jones that they drank poisoned Kool-Aid and followed him in death. Of course, that makes no sense. How could mothers offer their children a poisoned drink? You could also ask, how could people refuse to wear a mask and put their lives in jeopardy in the middle of a pandemic? …


Trump gave Putin exactly what he wanted

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Vladimir Putin is warmly welcomed to Japan by President Donald Trump (Shealah Craighead/White House)

The disastrous Trump presidency is coming to an end as chaotic and dysfunctional as the rest of his term. Several government agencies were hit with a widespread cyberattack believed to have been generated from Russia. (The president has said nothing.) And CNN reported that Trump briefly floated the idea of refusing to leave the White House. His staff shot down that scheme. However, it would have been entertaining to watch the former reality TV star frog-marched out of the White House. But Trump will probably leave for Florida over the holiday break and never return to the president’s residence.

But Trump leaves a trail of chaos in his wake. More than 300,000 people are dead from the coronavirus, which he tried to hide. Politico stated Trump loyalists at the Department of Health and Human Services tried to suppress negative information about COVID-19 deaths in the Black community. And even worse, some Trumpists tried to promote the spread of COVID-19 because they believed in the “herd mentality” approach. Dr. Scott Atlas, a kook recruited directly from FOX News, also pushed this idea. Atlas has no background in virology and is a trained radiologist. The Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is a case study in what not to do! …


‘Sane’ Republicans sound just as unhinged as Trump cultists

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Self-declared “alternate” electors are blocked from entering the Michigan Capitol and awarding electoral college votes to President Donald Trump. He lost Michigan. (Manny Otiko/YouTube screencap)

Do you ever read a piece of writing so awful it stops you in your tracks? I did this a few days ago. It was an article by syndicated columnist Mike Kelly. The column titled, “It’s time for Republicans to take back their party from the crazies,” was supposed to be a plea to Republicans to walk back from the edge and start listening to the sane voices in the party, not the Trump cultists.

I read it because I’ve been preaching a similar message. Unfortunately, as I got further into the column, I found some glaring errors. These are errors you would have expected an editor at a major publication such as USA Today to have caught. Towards the end of the article, Kelly quotes Steve Rogers, a retired New Jersey cop. Kelley paints Rogers, as a pragmatic Republican compared to the disgraced New York City Police Chief Bernard Kerik (also quoted), who is a dedicated MAGA cultist. Kerik, who was convicted for tax evasion, insisted there was election fraud. …


MAGA cultists’ violent protests will end badly

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A participant in the Million MAGA march protests the results of the November election. (Elvert Barnes/Wikipedia)

In his book, “The Threat,” former FBI Director Andrew McCabe says that people who work in counterintelligence are always on edge. They know they always have to be right, and if they slip up once, people die. All it takes is for one error, one oversight and you have a 9/11 on your hands. And that’s what I think about when I look at ex-President Donald Trump’s attempts to incite violence against his enemies.

An army of violent cultists

The MAGA cult has been activated to seek vengeance against anyone who has wronged their Messiah. This group has been brainwashed by right-wing media and the Trump administration and are primed for violence. A recent Twitter post from the Arizona Republican Party, called on people to “die for Trump.” Trump, a master of projection, has managed to convince his followers that Democrats staged a coup when he’s the one trying to install a government against the will of the people! …


White grievance plays a major role in MAGA revolt

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Trump-inspired terrorists attack the Capitol (Tyler Merbler/Flickr)

Sometimes I feel like I’m dealing with cognitive dissonance when I watch the events unspooling. My brain is having a hard time processing the information before me. Currently, 20,000 National Guard troops are protecting the Capitol against domestic terrorists inspired by President Donald Trump, who was impeached for the second time by the House of Representatives.

Trump-inspired terrorism

Although it sounds like a plotline from “The X Files,” thousands of Americans are currently involved in a quasi-religious conspiracy cult that has penetrated the top-levels of the government. Rachel Maddow recently reported that the FBI warned against IED attacks at the inauguration and attacks on all state capitols.

Malcolm Nance, a former intelligence officer, explained the current, dangerous situation in a Congressional Black Caucus hearing on Wednesday. He said the United States is currently in an insurgency. He dubbed it Trump Insurgency in the United States (TITUS.)

“It is a wholly white supremacist rebellion,” said Nance.

But the scary thing is the members of this domestic terrorist group could be anyone. “They’re your neighbors,” said Nance. If you need further proof, look at some of the people who participated in the Capitol attack. Police officers, firefighters, servicemen and women, doctors, investment bankers, and an Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer! They’ve been radicalized by Trump and believe in the nonsensical QAnon conspiracy theory. As Nance pointed out, they’re also willing to kill Americans. Five people died at the Capitol, including a police officer.

As I look at the National Guard troops milling around the Capitol, I hope they’re willing to shoot Americans because these people are no longer fellow citizens. …


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Ali Alexander (YouTube screencap)

It’s never a good sign when your name is trending on Twitter. Right now, far-right activist Ali Alexander’s name is trending. He helped plan the MAGA Capitol attack and also claimed several congressmen aided him. And of course, he posted all of this on social media.

“Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he hatched the plan — coinciding with Congress’s vote to certify the electoral college votes — alongside three GOP lawmakers: Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Paul A. Gosar (Ariz.), all hard-line Trump supporters,” said The Washington Post. “‘We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in a since-deleted video on Periscope highlighted by the Project on Government Oversight, an investigative nonprofit. …


GOP is still stupid, but now seditious

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Sen. Mitch McConnell said he will entertain mpeachment hearings on the first day of the Biden administration. (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia.)

I’ve learned long ago not to expect the Republican Party to do the right thing. They tolerated and nurtured Donald Trump, a deranged authoritarian figure, for five years. And now, even as his band of MAGA Marauders sacked the Capitol and threatened Republican legislators’ lives, many of them still refuse to do what’s right. This means that Democrats attempts to impeach a president who attacked his own country will likely fail. It will pass the House, where the Democrats still have a majority, but stall in the Senate.

Even now, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is working to gum up legislation. He says he will entertain impeachment hearings on the first day of the Biden administration, leaving Trump about two weeks to wreak havoc. No wonder Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked the military to block Trump’s access to the nuclear codes. …


Nance warns insurrectionists aren’t going away

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President Donald Trump riles up his followers before the Capitol attack (VOA/Facebook)

You would think that after reading Malcolm Nance’s books and listening to him over the last four years, I would have learned to trust his predictions. He warned of the coming MAGA terrorist attack about two weeks ago on “The Stephanie Miller Show.” Nance, a retired intelligence officer, was one of the first to sound the alarm about Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s ties to President Donald Trump. He also warned of the Russian-led influence campaign which had “hacked Americans’ minds” and convinced them to associate Hillary Clinton with emails and corruption, and overlook Trump’s checkered past. …


Army of Ignorance followed world’s greatest conman to their doom

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Capitol rioter Richard Barnett invaded Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and posted the pictures on social media (VOA screencap/Manny Otiko)

While most of the world watched in horror as an angry horde of Americans attacked their own country on Wednesday, there was a funny side to the insurrection. American democracy bent, but it held. The country was also aided by the fact the coup plotters were so darn incompetent. I bet ISIS is looking at them and saying, “Amateurs! Is this the great America we’re supposed to fear?”

Weaponized stupidity

The common denominator running through this coup was ignorance and weaponized stupidity. How can anyone believe in the QAnon conspiracy, which is laughably insane? QAnon sounds like an Internet hoax that got out of control. Satanic elites who drink blood? Really? My nurse friend points out the human body can’t ingest blood. Plus, with all the diseases out there, these so-called elites would probably be riddled with HIV and Hepatitis unless they asked for the victims’ health records. …

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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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