Trump's new interviews and appearances show that a storm is brewing

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  34 comments

By:   Brian Stelter (MSN)

Trump's new interviews and appearances show that a storm is brewing
Trump was in the middle of a fact-free rant about "vicious" Democrats cheating on elections when he said "they're destroying our country. Our country will not survive this. Our country will not survive." Then he sniffed and shifted to immigration, saying "look at where they're coming from," clearly mimicking the "great replacement theory" talking points that Tucker Carlson has been mainlining into homes across the country.

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Brian Stelter (MSN)

"Our country will not survive this."

I watched Donald Trump's entire "interview" with One America News propagandist Dan Ball, and that's the quote that stood out the most.

Trump was in the middle of a fact-free rant about "vicious" Democrats cheating on elections when he said "they're destroying our country. Our country will not survive this. Our country will not survive." Then he sniffed and shifted to immigration, saying "look at where they're coming from," clearly mimicking the "great replacement theory" talking points that Tucker Carlson has been mainlining into homes across the country.

These are all signs of the gathering storm. Trump's incessant lies about the last election (Biden "didn't get 81 million votes, there's no way," he told OAN) pose obvious threats to future elections. The so-called "Stop the Steal" movement is "racing forward," ignoring the Arizona audit "humiliation," the NYT pointed out over the weekend.

Most of us can feel the instability in the air the same way a weather forecaster can feel a storm coming on. News outlets need to be providing storm warnings -- but some are ignoring the threat. That's what my opening essay on Sunday's "Reliable Sources" telecast was about. Anti-democratic talking points are being paraded across networks like Newsmax, and averting one's eyes doesn't make the parade go away...

"Cowardly"


The "right-wing media, with a few honorable exceptions, is one giant safe space for the Big Lie," historian and "On Tyranny" author Timothy Snyder told me. So the reality-based press needs to make "democracy the story," he said, because elements of the GOP are actively working to subvert future elections through laws, regulations and propaganda efforts. Snyder quite realistically described how a presidential loser could be cast as the winner in 2024. "That is what's happening right before our eyes right now," he said, "and we're just too cowardly to look at it."

He meant "we" in the broad political sense, of course, and the people and platforms who are staring this threat square in the face deserve credit. CNN's coverage has been unwavering. At Politico, one of the most-read articles over the weekend was titled "What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal?" Over at the Washington Post, Robert Kagan's powerful essay about the looming struggle is still the most-popular link on the entire website, three full days after it was published.

Chuck Todd invoked Kagan on Sunday's "Meet the Press" and asked, "What are close elections going to look like on November of '22?" Well, that's the thing, panelist Leigh Ann Caldwell said: "It's not about the past election anymore. They're still talking about the past election, but they're trying to delegitimize future elections." Todd responded, "I think that's the concern we all have... I used to love a close election. Now I fear the impact of what unpacking that would be." That's why we need to talk about it. Why we need to forecast the possibilities...

Liz Cheney says many lawmakers privately agree with her


In Sunday's "60 Minutes" profile of Liz Cheney, Lesley Stahl asked, "Have members of Congress, Republicans, come up to you privately and whispered in your ear, 'Way to go Liz,' and encouraged you, but won't come forward and say that publicly?"

"Yes," Cheney said. "A lot?" "Yes," Cheney said. "Both in the House and the Senate."

The exchange reminded me of the word Snyder used earlier in the day -- cowardly.

The "60" profile ended with a warning by Cheney. "Silence enables the liar," she said. "And silence helps it to spread. So the first thing you have to do is say, 'No. I'm not going to accept that we're going to live in a post-truth world.' It's a toxin, Lesley, in, in our political bloodstream. Because when we allow that to continue to go on in the face of rulings of the courts, in the face of recounts, in the face of everything that's gone on to demonstrate that there was not fraud that would have changed the outcome, then we all -- if we do that, we are contributing to the undermining of our system. And it's a really serious and dangerous moment because of that."

Democracy "is in the midst of a grave recession"


Here's a sign of a compelling cable news segment: You grab the remote halfway through, rewind to the beginning, and pay attention to every word. That's what I did when Pamela Brown interviewed Rick Hasen and Ian Bassin on Saturday. Hasen said widespread acceptance of the Big Lie has greatly increased the chances that "we could see a stolen election in 2024." And Bassin added a global POV, pointing out that "if you look around the world, democracy is actually in the midst of a grave recession."

Look to countries like Hungary, Poland and Venezuela, he said: "They're no longer really democratic, although they still purportedly hold elections. And now three of the four largest democracies in the world -- India, Brazil, United States -- have been governed by autocrats in recent years." He said "the thing that is going to stop us from falling down that path is if we recognize that we are not immune to this global trend. It's only by thinking that it can't happen here that it could."

It's only by thinking that it can't happen here that it could...


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Is America ever going to wake the fuck up? 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

Yes. The coming  midterms will destroy the duplicitous Dem demons and devils

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago
 Then he sniffed and shifted to immigration, saying "look at where they're coming from," clearly mimicking the "great replacement theory" talking points that Tucker Carlson has been mainlining into homes across the country.

"look at where they're coming from," is blatant and INTENTIONAL racism

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2    3 weeks ago

So anyone who believes in American sovereignty is a racist?

And everyone coming over that border is non-white?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago

New Americans do not cause America to lose sovereignty.

I think we do need to lessen immigration for a while, but it needs to be done in a comprehensive way that keeps the opportunity there for those who need asylum or to be reunited with their families. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago
"look at where they're coming from,"

is a blatant racist appeal. If you dont see that then you are missing the point. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.1    3 weeks ago
New Americans

"New Americans?"  We are talking about people entering the country illegally and entering en masse.


I think we do need to lessen immigration for a while,

I agree and illegal immigration needs to be prevented entirely. It will take Republicans giving up on using the border crisis for political purposes and democrats giving up on their new found love affair with the fruits of open borders.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.1.4  Ozzwald  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago
So anyone who believes in American sovereignty is a racist?

No, anyone who believes in American sovereignty over "shithole countries", is a racist.

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Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1.5  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

Only because that's how YOU want to label it

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.6  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

Another open ended Trump quote?  Where did most of the Haitians come from?  Was it Haiti or other parts of South America?

"For starters, a majority of the Haitians who illegally crossed into the United States to seek asylum did not come directly from Haiti. Due to Haiti's long-standing problems and natural disasters, many Haitians have left the country and settled in other countries in Central and South America, particularly Chile and Brazil."


While speaking with the immigrants at the  makeshift camp under the international bridge  in Del Rio, we noticed they could speak Spanish. Most Haitians who live in Haiti speak Haitian Creole or French. One man said he had been living in Chile the past few years before recently making his way up towards the United States, another said he was living in Brazil. The evidence the majority of Haitians not coming directly from Haiti is due to discarded identification documents having been found on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

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the reason Haitian migrants discard their Chilean and Brazilian ID cards over here on the Mex side is to obscure from asylum reviewers that they were already safely and prosperously situated for years and years before coming for the American upgrade.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1.7  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

Illegal immigrants do. 

No one has a problem with legal immigration; they follow US laws. What those crossing the southern border are doing violate US laws. Biden's failure to enforce our borders and immigration laws is sickening. 

Democrats in Congress are so upset they will not get their 8 million VISA's in their reconciliation porkulus bill. Now they will have to actually negotiate immigration reform. Like that will ever happen.

 
 
 
Duck Hawk
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2.2  Duck Hawk  replied to  JohnRussell @2    3 weeks ago

Most of the right don't care about racism, they are proud to have it in open display.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Duck Hawk @2.2    3 weeks ago

Of course, that is what it is all about. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.2.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Duck Hawk @2.2    3 weeks ago

Most of the right don't care about racism, they are proud to have it in open display.

That's how they keep their base voters.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

The progressives clearly wish to replace the white citizens of the US

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Greg Jones @3    3 weeks ago

Trump is appealing to race war in order to reinstall himself to power. 

 
 
 
freepress
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4  freepress    3 weeks ago

Republicans created this monster when they failed to address Bush and all the lying about WMD, etc. Then Republicans got behind the fake "tea party" to change the subject from the economic crash and the failures of the Bush administration.

This was always, always going to be dumbed down to the lowest point because Republicans were never about the people or policies that actually solve anything. Why solve it when it can be milked for fake outrage to the base.

All Republicans want is for Corporations to donate to Republican candidates, and then reward them after an economic crash by designating Corporations as "people" using backwards speak and calling it "Citizens United". 

Republicans never wanted the Roe v Wade issue settled because without it they can't milk the base for fake outrage.

Republicans don't want immigration solved because if they really wanted it they would have solved it with Bush as governor of Texas and with Bush as President, with Rick Perry as governor of Texas and with Jeb Bush as governor of Florida, Reagan as governor of California and as President.

Republicans play with their base knowing they will go along with anything as long as they can be easily distracted from their failures by stoking outrage on social issues or lying about policies. They lie about WMD, invading the wrong countries, they lie about immigration, lie about anything under the sun if they think the base will get riled up and re-elect them to "own the libs". 

The reckoning has arrived and if Republicans don't start stepping up to save America and all of us by denouncing the extremism that has gone to far we really are in trouble. They created this mess but I truly don't think could see what was coming.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  freepress @4    3 weeks ago

Trump flat out tried to steal the election and the Republicans remained almost totally silent. They are not going to do anything and America is in trouble like we havent seen since the Civil War.  Meanwhile much of the population remains essentially apathetic. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  freepress @4    3 weeks ago
Reagan as governor of California and as President.

What was the deal for amnesty in 1986?

The deal known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 granted amnesty immediately in return for trusting Congress to deliver on border security later. 

That's how we got here!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2    3 weeks ago

Vic, you support someone who tried to steal the election and undermine American democracy. He has to be bum rushed out of American politics before he causes a catastrophe in our society. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2.1    3 weeks ago
Vic, you support someone who tried to steal the election and undermine American democracy.

That's what I regard as a loaded question.

Do I think that Donald Trump is wrong to keep claiming the election was stolen, when he can't prove it?  Of course he is wrong!

Do I think Trump was wrong to try and get Republican officials, including his own VP to stop certification?  Of course he was wrong!

That being said, I am very much in favor in the policies he put forward as President and I am totally against that ideology now in control of the democratic party. Therefore, despite my objections to his conduct, I would gladly vote for him again.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.2.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.2    3 weeks ago

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Just Jim NC TttH
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4.2.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2.3    3 weeks ago

I honestly don't think it's Vic John. Seriously

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.2.5  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4.2.4    3 weeks ago

Donald Trump is eligible to be criminally indicted for trying to steal the election in Georgia. 

Donald Trump approved a plan to try and steal the election through manipulating state electors. 

Donald Trump says he won Arizona in a landslide even though a right wing audit of the votes showed Biden won, and Trump knows it. 

Seriously. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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4.2.6  r.t..b...  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.2    3 weeks ago

“I would gladly vote for him again.”

Idiosyncratic on its face, dystopian in its reality. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2.7  Vic Eldred  replied to  r.t..b... @4.2.6    3 weeks ago
Idiosyncratic on its face, dystopian in its reality. 

Gee, this is like those Sundays when I used to watch Firing Line. You'll have everyone here reaching for a dictionary!

We have seen and lived under the dystopian reality for 8 months now. The polls show it.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.2.8  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.7    3 weeks ago

Your view of America is completely upside down. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2.9  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2.8    3 weeks ago

At some point, around the time of Derrick Bell's teachings, liberals wound up on the wrong side of history.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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4.2.10  r.t..b...  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.7    3 weeks ago

“We have seen and lived under the dystopian reality for 8 months now. The polls show it.”

Equating poll numbers now to the possibility of another trump administration is to dismiss the long term effects on our future as a democracy for short term affectation.

Specious. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.2.11  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.9    3 weeks ago

If racism had ended with the end of slavery things would be different today. Instead formal racism continued for another 100 years, and formed the basis for what we have now.

Now there has to be a national reckoning. It could be peaceful of course, but the white grievance crowd would rather go down fighting. Now they wish to be the victims. It is beyond absurd. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2.12  Vic Eldred  replied to  r.t..b... @4.2.10    3 weeks ago
to dismiss the long term effects on our future as a democracy

What kind of democracy allows rampant migration, disminished citizenship, devaluation of it's own monetary system, rampant crime and indoctrination of it's young?

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2.13  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2.11    3 weeks ago

The left swapped equality for equity & Marxism.

Yes, the good fight will be fought.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.2.14  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.13    3 weeks ago

The right is bizarrely obsessed with Marxism. Rather than admit up to four centuries of racism and white supremacy and put the issue behind us they are obsessed with proving that POC color are fostering communism. Its ridiculous. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.2.15  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2.14    3 weeks ago

Remove class and insert race and you have CRT as created by Derrick Bell.  

BLM isn't afraid to tell us who they are.

 
 
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