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The Source of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump

In the floor of misinformation, conspiracy theories and fasehoods on the coronavirus, one common thread holds true: Trump.

Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump.

Trump has in fact almost never said anything true about the virus, including his debate night vaccine claims: Moderna CEO says its coronavirus vaccine won’t be ready until spring of next year.

Trump plans big Wisconsin rallies despite White House task force calls for ‘maximal’ social distancing in the state.

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Terrorism in the US is Almost Entirely Right-Wing

As Donald Trump continues to make false statements about violence from the left and antifa being a terrorist organization, it’s important to remind ourselves that factually speaking, terrorism in the US is almost entirely a right-wing phenomenon.

Right-wing Extremists are Responsible for 76% of Extremist Murders

Right-wingers Kill Cops

Full stats and further information: https://www.adl.org/media/14107/download

Trump is Encouraging Right-wing Terrorists

Trump is encouraging right-wing terrorists, the greatest perpetrators of domestic terrorism, while spewing bullshit about the left and trying to classify antifa as a terrorist organization.

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‘Stand back and stand by’

Trump tells Proud Boys: ‘Stand back and stand by’

Uh, holy shit.

Who are the Proud Boys?

Established in the midst of the 2016 presidential election by VICE Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, the Proud Boys are self-described “western chauvinists” who adamantly deny any connection to the racist “alt-right,” insisting they are simply a fraternal group spreading an “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt” agenda.

In Their Own Words

“It’s such a rape culture with these immigrants, I don’t even think these women see it as rape. They see it as just like having a teeth [sic] pulled. ‘It’s a Monday. I don’t really enjoy it,’ but that’s what you do. I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t have the same trauma as it would for a middle-class white girl in the suburbs because it’s so entrenched into their culture.” — Gavin McInnes, Get Off My Lawn, June 19, 2018

“Muslims have a problem with inbreeding. They tend to marry their first cousins…and that is a major problem here because when you have mentally damaged inbreds — which not all Muslims are, but a disproportionate number are — and you have a hate book called the Koran…you end up with a perfect recipe for mass murder.” — Gavin McInnes, Get Off My Lawn, April 24, 2018

“We brought roads and infrastructure to India and they are still using them as toilets. Our criminals built nice roads in Australia but aboriginals keep using them as a bed. The next time someone b—— about colonization, the correct response is ‘You’re welcome.’”
—Gavin McInnes, “10 Things I like About White Guys,” Taki’s Magazine, March 2, 2017

“Well look at the canary in the coal mine called Britain. We see guys get away with raping children regularly, and they have excuses like ‘I didn’t understand the word ‘no.’’ We have a woman raped several times in one night. All these guys seem to…they don’t all get away but they seem to get away way too often. And then you have people being jailed for rude tweets and comments when they’re white, so…people in America say ‘Muslim are what? One or two percent of the population? There’s never gonna be sharia law here.’ And I say have a look at Britain. Have a look at Europe. That’s where we’re headed.”
—Gavin McInnes, “Get Off My Lawn”, November 4, 2017

“Maybe the reason I’m sexist is because women are dumb. No, I’m just kidding, ladies. But you do tend to not thrive in certain areas — like writing.”
—Gavin McInnes, The Gavin McInnes Show, June 28, 2017

“I just realized something. Cory Booker is kind of like Sambo. He’s kind of shucking and jiving for the white man. Cory Booker grew up rich in an all-white suburb. He’s basically a white guy. His parents were very wealthy executives at IBM… .But he wants to be a black dude, so he pretends that he’s down with the brothers and he acts outraged about racism all the time — for white people. That gets him votes from whites.”
—Gavin McInnes on his CRTV show “Get Off My Lawn,” January 17, 2018

“The white liberal ethos tells us blacks aren’t at MIT because of racism. They say blacks dominate the prison population for the same reason. They insist America is a racist hellhole where ‘people of color’ have no future. This does way more damage to black youth than the KKK. When you strip people of culpability and tell them the odds are stacked against them, they don’t feel like trying. White liberals make this worse by then using affirmative action to “correct” society’s mistakes. When blacks are forced into schools they aren’t qualified for they have no choice but to drop out. Instead of going back a step to a school they can handle, they tend to give up on higher education entirely. Thanks to the Marxist myth of ubiquitous equality, this ‘mismatch’ leaves blacks less educated than they would have been had they been left to their own devices.”
—Gavin McInnes, “America in 2034,” American Renaissance, June 17, 2014

“I’m not a fan of Islam. I think it’s fair to call me Islamophobic.”
—Gavin McInnes, NBC interview, 2017

“Palestinians are stupid. Muslims are stupid. And the only thing they really respect is violence and being tough.”
—Gavin McInnes, The Gavin McInnes Show, March 8, 2017

“Why don’t we take back Bethlehem? Why don’t we take back Northern Iraq? Why don’t we start our own Crusades? That’s what the Crusades were. They weren’t just someone picking on Muslims for no reason — they were a reaction to Muslim tyranny. We finally fought back.”
—Gavin McInnes, The Gavin McInnes Show, March 8, 2017

“Buying woman parts from a hospital and calling yourself a broad trivializes what it is to be a woman. Womanhood is not on a shelf next to wigs and makeup. Similarly, being a dude is quite involved. Ripping your vaginal canal out of your fly doesn’t mean you are going to start inventing shit and knowing how cement works. Being a man is awesome. So is being a woman. We should revere these creations, not revel in their bastardization.”
—Gavin McInnes, “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural,” Thought Catalog, August 8, 2014

“I am not afraid to speak out about the atrocities that whites and people of European descent face not only here in this country but in Western nations across the world. The war against whites, and Europeans and Western society is very real and it’s time we all started talking about it and stopped worrying about political correctness and optics.”
—Kyle Chapman, who formed the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, a wing of the Proud Boys, Unite America First Peace Rally, Sacramento, California, July 8, 2017

“Put something on the table! Give us a reason to accept you, because you know what? Sharia law ain’t it. Raping women ain’t it. Cutting off clits ain’t it. Throwing gay people of roofs ain’t it. You are a disgrace.”
—Pawl Bazile, a production director of Proud Boys’ magazine, on Muslims, March against Sharia rally, New York City, New York, June 10, 2017

Trump is Empowering and Inspiring Hate

Trump’s comments have already been enshrined in memes, including one depicting Trump in one of the Proud Boys’ signature polo shirts. Another meme showed Trump’s quote alongside an image of bearded men carrying American flags and appearing to prepare for a fight. A third incorporated “STAND BACK AND STAND BY” into the group’s logo. One prominent Proud Boys supporter said Trump appeared to give permission for attacks on protesters:

Trump is a White Nationalist, Trump is a Fascist

Not all Trump supporters are neo-Nazis, but all neo-Nazis are Trump supporters.

Pay close attention in the weeks to come. Trump is empowering and inspiring people that want to kill you. They don’t mince words about it, so nor will I.

For those who said “It could never happen here” — well, it has. The President of the United States called for armed terrorists to turn out and help him steal our election.

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John Oliver Doesn’t Mince Words On The Future Of The Supreme Court: ‘We Lost’

“The Supreme Court is about to lurch to the right for the foreseeable future, and if things seem hopeless right now, it’s because, to be completely honest, they basically are.”
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More Reading on Trump’s Taxes

  • [Analysis] Revelations and takeaways from Trump’s tax records. Trump has paid no federal income taxes for much of the past two decades; this tax avoidance sets him apart from most other affluent Americans; Trump’s tax avoidance also sets him apart from past presidents; a large refund has been crucial to his tax avoidance; the $72.9 million refund has since become the subject of a long-running battle with the IRS; Trump classifies much of the spending on his personal lifestyle as the cost of business; Trump’s estate in Westchester County, N.Y., typifies his aggressive definition of business expenses; Trump’s companies set aside about 20% of income for unexplained “consulting fees”; Trump’s businesses lose large amounts of money; the most successful part of the Trump business has been his personal brand; Trump’s unprofitable companies help reduce his tax bill; with money from “The Apprentice,” Trump went on his biggest buying spree since the 1980s; his 2016 presidential campaign may have been partly an attempt to resuscitate his brand; the presidency has helped his business; many of his businesses continue to lose money; Trump will soon face several major bills that could put further pressure on his finances; and Trump is personally on the hook for some of these bills. (New York Times / Associated Press / The Guardian)
  • [Analysis] What Trump was trying to hide by holding back his tax returns. “For years, the political world has speculated on what Trump was trying to hide by holding back his returns, and by falsely claiming that he can’t release them until the IRS finishes an extended audit. Was it that he paid no income taxes at all in some years? Was it that he was far less successful a businessman than he let on? Was he claiming legally dubious deductions? The answer, it turns out, is all of the above.” (Vox)
  • [Analysis] What we know — and still want to know — about Trump’s company. (Washington Post)
  • [Analysis] Trump’s legal risks once he’s out of office. “Trump took aggressive tax positions and that the IRS is challenging a $72.9 million refund claimed a decade ago in an audit that has yet to be resolved. If the Internal Revenue Service ultimately prevails, Trump could be liable for millions of dollars in penalties. He potentially could be subject to criminal prosecution if the IRS mounted a case that he knowingly violated the law, though that would be very difficult to do.” (Bloomberg)
  • [Analysis] Here’s how much you had to make in 2017 to pay more income tax than Trump: A single adult without kids making $18,000 would have paid more. (Vox / Washington Post)
  • How Trump’s taxes compare to those of other presidents. Obama paid nearly $1.8 million in federal income tax his first year in office, George W. Bush’s first-year federal tax bill was $250,221, and prior presidents each paid tens of thousands of dollars in taxes during the first years of their administrations. Trump paid $750. (Washington Post)
  • [Read] The New York Times Editor’s Note on the Trump tax investigation. (New York Times)
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Trump’s Finances

The New York Times published an investigation of Trump’s taxes and financial situation, finding that…

  • The president has a personal liability of hundreds of millions of dollars due within four years and no way to pay it. This has actually been reported previously, leading some to speculate that the NYT likely has more details to release in the future. In fact, a NYT journalist has said there is more to come.
  • There is likely evidence of fraud to overvalue his properties on loan applications and undervalue his properties/worth for tax purposes. For instance, the IRS is investigating a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. Additionally: “In 2018, for example, Mr. Trump announced in his disclosure that he had made at least $434.9 million. The tax records deliver a very different portrait of his bottom line: $47.4 million in losses.”
  • Trump paid no federal income taxes for over a decade. In 2017, the first year of his presidency, Trump only paid $750 in federal income tax. Michael Cohen responded by pointing out a passage in his book in which Trump allegedly boasted about how “stupid” the IRS was for giving him a tax refund.
  • Ivanka Trump reported receiving payments from a consulting company she co-owned, totaling $747,622 – the exact sum her father claimed as a tax deduction for unnamed consultants. This scheme reduced the Trump tax bill and was likely illegal.

Time Travel to 2016

A little history, this clip from 2016:

Hillary: Why won’t he release his tax returns?

  1. He’s not as rich as he says
  2. Not as charitable as he claims
  3. He owes $650M to Wall St & foreign banks
  4. He doesn’t want the American people to know he’s paid nothing in federal taxes

Trump: “That makes me smart.”

Any Hints on Who Trump Owes?

Luckily, Trump’s sons are much more idiotic than even him, it’s not exactly a secret where this money is coming from:

Don’t forget:

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” – Donald Trump Jr. 2008

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Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.‘ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’”” – Eric Trump 2014

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And:

The New York Times reports the former deputy attorney general instructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller not to investigate Donald Trump’s personal and financial ties to Russia

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More to Come

The ultimate question to be answered: Who does Trump owe the hundreds of millions of dollars coming due soon? If we can get a solid answer that will be huge. Obviously, anyone with a brain can see the answer (coughRussianscough) but publishing the proof would be significant to say the least.

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Facts for Combating Fox News Watching Boomer’s “but Obama and Swine Flu” Arguments

A look back at 2009 swine flu:

Here’s a look back on the 2009 swine flu pandemic with eight key facts from the CDC:

1. The flu strain responsible for the outbreak — influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 — was first detected in America in April 2009.

2. The strain represented a unique combination of influenza viruses never before seen in humans or animals.

3. The virus quickly spread globally, primarily affecting children and adults under 65 who lacked immunity to H1N1.

4. The WHO declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic on June 11, 2009.

5. Between April 12, 2009, and April 10, 2010, the CDC estimates swine flu caused 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths in the U.S.

6. On Oct. 5, 2009, the U.S. began administering a newly approved H1N1 vaccine to select Americans, with vaccination coverage expanding nationwide by that December.

7. WHO declared an end to the pandemic on Aug. 10, 2010.

8. Globally, an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people died from swine flu in the first year of the pandemic.

The Swine Flu Bullshit is Swirling:

Whataboutism is in full swing, because as we all know, if there’s one person upon whom we can blame Trump’s incredible ineptitude and abdication of duty…. it’s Barack Obama:

Unsurprisingly, this has become a huge Fox News talking point. If you can shift focus to the black guy, the white supremacist Trump base will jump on that train with gusto.

What are the facts here?

Surprise, Trump is full of shit. Trump has on numerous occasions, one above, accused the Obama administration of implementing a rule change that complicated testing. However, no such rule was ever put in place.

Another big Fox News talking point? U.S. President Barack Obama waited until millions were infected and thousands were dead before declaring a public health emergency concerning swine flu, the H1N1 virus.

False.

This line of bullshit appears to have started on Feb. 28, 2020, when the website PJ Media published an article claiming that U.S. President Barack Obama had waited until millions were infected and thousands were dead from swine flu, the H1N1 virus, before declaring a public health emergency in 2009. The “fact check” article got even the most simple of facts completely wrong. Almost like their part of the alt-right disinformation machine…

PJ media writes that H1N1 became a pandemic in April 2009.

That’s not true, the disease emerged in April. It was declared a pandemic in June.

The author claims that Obama “declared a public health emergency on what was already a pandemic” in October 2009.

Also wrong, Obama declared a national emergency, not a public health emergency, in October 2009. The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in April, months before swine flu was declared a pandemic. At the time that the Obama administration declared a public health emergency there were only 20 confirmed cases (pretty far from “over a million”).

PJ Media also presented a video in the article framing it as Obama addressing the swine flu after it had “already become a pandemic.”

This is false. When Obama addressed the nation about swine flu, or H1N1, in April 2009, the disease was just starting to spread. It wouldn’t be until June 2009 that the swine flu would be declared a pandemic. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a detailed timeline of  the Swine Flu pandemic on its website. It shows that the CDC first activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on April 22, 2009. At the time, there were only two confirmed cases in the United States. On April 25, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern, and the following day the Obama administration did the same. At that time, there were about 20 confirmed cases. On Oct. 24, 2009, Obama declared a national emergency.


Next time some Fox News watching boomer pulls a “but Obama” on you regarding the Swine Flu, you’ve got the facts. No whataboutism is going to forgive Trump’s complete incompetence in addressing COVID-19.

 

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Trump’s Coronavirus Incompetence & Maleficence Go Way Back

Honestly, I expected all of this, but it still shocks me to watch in real time. I’ve watched the Trump Presidency from the obvious framing of him scrambling from scandal to scandal simply to try to avoid going to jail when a Democrat gets into office next. Lying about the corruption, election interference, bullying whistleblowers, removing potential threats, hiring only sycophants, etc… all makes perfect sense in that frame. If you lie all the time and confuse people, they won’t believe anything, and that benefits Trump in the long run.

But…

Now he’s spent three months lying about all the COVID-19 stuff for absolutely no good reason. I have to admit, I now realize I’ve been giving this idiot far more credit than he deserves. He hasn’t had some grand plan to jump from scandal to scandal and lie to lie so fast that no one can hold on, he’s just an angry toddler who was lifted to the highest office by a bunch of angry toddlers.

Lets not mince words here, COVID-19 will mostly hurt the Trump base. The data speaks for itself:

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For Trump and Wealthy Republicans Collapse due to Coronavirus is a Feature Not a Bug

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, back to 2014, as usual Trump says the quiet part out loud:

That’s right, Republicans, especially wealthy ones and evangelicals, having been praying for a collapse for quite some time. Their lack of response, thus, is expected. They want collapse because it gives them power, the wealthy have plenty of cash sitting around to now buy fire-sale stocks and Republicans are using the distraction to push horrifying bills through congress while ignoring & blocking bills that may actually aid the American public.

Now for the scary part, I would not be surprised at all as conditions in the country degrade if Trump were to call upon the alarming emergency powers afforded him to further the misinformation campaign, harm his detractors, who knows what he might get up to. And if he oversteps the bounds? Undoubtedly, the Kangaroo Supreme Court will readily expand his powers.

The Trump Administration Set Us Up for Coronavirus Failure

  1. Trump fired the entire pandemic response team two years ago and then didn’t replace them
  2. Trump also cut funding for the CDC, forcing the CDC to cancel its efforts to help countries prevent infectious-disease threats from becoming epidemics in 39 of 49 countries in 2018. China was among the countries abandoned.
  3. In the spring of 2018, the White House pushed Congress to cut funding for Obama-era disease security programs, proposing to eliminate $252 million in previously committed resources for rebuilding health systems in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Under fire from both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump dropped the proposal.
  4. But other White House efforts included reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated.
  5. In May 2018, Trump ordered the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down.
  6. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton pressured Ziemer’s DHS counterpart, Tom Bossert, to resign along with his team. Neither the NSC nor DHS epidemic teams have been replaced.
  7. Although Congress has so far managed to block Trump administration plans to cut the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps by 40 percent, the cadres have steadily eroded as retiring officers go unreplaced.
  8. Public health officials have been warning for two years that the United States was in grave danger should a pandemic emerge.
  9. How testing failures allowed coronavirus to sweep the U.S. The Trump administration’s decision to forgo a World Health Organization test and create its own had fateful consequences, experts say.
  10. The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus.
  11. Trump reportedly won’t meet with Pelosi on a coronavirus bill, or for any reason, because he’s mad at her

Trump’s Response to Coronavirus

Trump says, “We have it totally under control,” Trump told CNBC. “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

Senior officials from the CDC brief senators about the latest developments about the virus. Trump posts his first tweet about the coronavirus. He praises the Chinese government for its “transparency” and says, “it will all work out well.”

January 29

“Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China. We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!”

January 30

“We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you.”

February 2

“Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. … We can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. So we’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”

Trump speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Later, Trump tweets that China “will be successful” in stopping the coronavirus, “especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.” Scientists reject Trump’s outlook.

At a political rally in New Hampshire, Trump mentions the coronavirus and says it “looks like, by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

February 14

“We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

Trump tweets, “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.”

Trump tells reporters during his trip to India that the virus is “a problem that’s going to go away.”

At a White House press conference, Trump defends his administration and contradicts the CDC assessment that the virus will definitely spread throughout the US. Trump says, “I don’t think it’s inevitable. I think that there’s a chance that it could get worse, a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing’s inevitable.”

February 28

Trump, at a political rally in South Caroline, calls the Coronavirs Democrats’  “new hoax”.

“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

March 4

“Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

March 5

“With approximately 100,000 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and 3,280 deaths, the United States, because of quick action on closing our borders, has, as of now, only 129 cases (40 Americans brought in) and 11 deaths.”

March 9

“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American.’ ”

“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!

 

Yes, Let’s Think about that!

Coronavirus by the Numbers

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Without adequate testing, it’s almost impossible for US public-health officials to grasp the scope of the outbreak’s spread and determine how dangerous it is. Currently, the US has one of the highest death rates in the world – about 3.6 percent – but that’s probably because so few mild cases have been counted. South Korea, which has the third-highest number of cases behind Italy and China, has a death rate of 0.7 percent.

Marc Lipsitch told CBS News in an interview on Monday that “40 to 70 percent” of the global population could become infected with coronavirus and that it’s “almost inevitable” that the virus will impact the “entire globe.”

What’s that actually look like in the US?

If we take the current best case scenarios of a 0.7 percent death rate and 40 percent infection rate:

327 million US citizens * 40% infected = 130,800,000 infected in the US

130,800,000 infected * 0.7% death rate = 915,600 deaths in the US alone

If the infection rate is closer to 70%: 1,602,300 deaths

If the infection rate is 70% and the death rate stays at 3.6%: 8,240,400 deaths

For the world:

327 million US citizens * 40% infected = 30,800,000,000 infected in the world

130,800,000 infected * 0.7% death rate = 215,600,000 deaths

If the infection rate is closer to 70%: 377,300,000 deaths

If the infection rate is 70% and the death rate stays at 3.6%: 1,940,400,000 deaths

Good thing it’s all just some Democrat hoax…

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The GOP is Compromised

Big news day yesterday as Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 counts and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty and implicated Trump in a campaign finance violation. Manafort being Trump’s campaign chairman during one of the most pivotal parts of the campaign (when the RNC suddenly changed its tune on Russia and when Pence was selected VP). And Cohen being Trump’s attorney and cleanup guy since about 2006. Cohen was also the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2017 to 2018.

There’s a lot of swamp to drain here.

The GOP is 100% compromised.

They are currently working with the Russians to steal another election.

Over the last few weeks Republican politicians in Congress have been meeting Russian politicians, inviting Russian politicians to Washington, a GOP Senator handed Putin a letter penned by President Trump, have blocked anti-Putin resolutions, and have refused to increase election security funding all the while Russian state media brazenly joke about having President Trump in their pocket.

4th of July, 2018 A group of Republican Senators travel to Moscow and meet Foreign Minister Lavrov.[1] Russian state propaganda brazenly asserted that “Trump is ours,” and joke that the U.S. lawmakers traveled to Russia *“to make deals with our hackers, so they can rig the midterms in favor of Trump’s team.”*[2]

The Eight: Sens. Richard C. Shelby (Ala.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Hoeven (N.D.), John Neely Kennedy (La.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) , plus Rep. Kay Granger (Tex.).

TOP NRA CONTRIBUTIONS AMONG THESE SENATORS:

18th of July 2018 Congressional Republicans blocked a series of measures related to Russian interference, Republicans blocked anti-Putin resolutions.[3]

In the Senate, Republicans objected to two nonbinding measures that would have put the body on record as being in support of intelligence agency conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, called on Mr. Trump to fully impose sanctions against Russia and pressed for oversight of the summit meeting, including the production of any notes taken by Americans.

…Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted down a request to subpoena testimony from the State Department interpreter who accompanied Mr. Trump into his private meeting with Mr. Putin in Helsinki, Finland. And on the House floor, Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to add hundreds of millions of dollars in grant funding for election security to a spending bill.

18th of July, 2018 House Republicans refuse to renew election security funding.[4]

1st of August, 2018 Republican Senators block $250 million amendment for election security.[5]

1st of August, 2018 In a joint press conference top Trump administration officials Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and NSA Director General Paul Nakasone accuse Russia of continuing their information warfare and election meddling against the United States of America.[6]

6th of August, 2018 Republican Senator Rand Paul invites Russian politicians to Washington.[7]

8th of August, 2018 Republican Senator Rand Paul visits Moscow and delivers a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin.[8]

The decisions made by Republican politicians in Congress have been outrageous. It should be noted that not every Republican in America supports the current GOP leadership’s ridiculous, complicit attitude towards Russian aggression. For example Rick Wilson,[9] Steve Schmidt,[10] and David Jolly[11] have all been consistently calling out the Republican party – going so far as to publicly state that they won’t be voting for the GOP until things change.

It’s time to wake the fuck up and understand what’s really going on and stop pretending. Republicans have a plan to steal the 2018 election and are moving forward with it.

We need to vote overwhelmingly Democrat this cycle because there is a clear attack by Trump and Republicans on the constitution and the rule of law.