The Republican Party is "leaning into fascism" as GOP candidates across the country try to position themselves as the "purest" and "most extreme" supporters of their "dear leader" — former President Donald Trump — according to Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift.
Pointing to gubernatorial races in places like Idaho, Texas, Alabama and Virginia, Clift writes that the 2022 GOP primaries are "shaping up like the Hunger Games, dystopian battles among the Trumpian faithful."
Matt Bennett, a co-founder of Third Way, a moderate Democratic group, described the primaries as "incredible races to the bottom as they one up each other to be the craziest and the Trumpiest in whatever context presents itself."
While some may dismiss the trend as mere "politics," Clift notes that Trump and his followers are putting in place "policies that could allow Republican legislatures to overturn elections when they don't like the results."
She points to a recent Washington Post essay by Robert Kagan, a neo-conservative foreign policy scholar, who argued that "we have never seen a U.S. political movement tied so passionately to one man and his lies as it is to Trump."
"What we're seeing on the populist right is rhetoric that leans into fascism and fuels primary challenges to see who can be the purest, the harshest, and the most extreme voice on the Trumpian right to win the Dear Leader's endorsement," Clift wrote.
Bennett argued that prior to the 2022 elections, one could argue that Republicans were merely trying to keep Democrats from voting, which is "odious" but "within bounds."
"Since the election, it's become super-clear that if they don't like the outcome, they'll change it," Bennett said. "When we're talking about abrogating or nullifying people's votes, that is the end of the American experiment. Our democracy, at least for now, will be over."
MSNBC's Morning Joe rips GOP as 'raging hypocrites' over deficit fight: 'This is Trump's debt, this is McConnell's debt'
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called out Republicans as "raging hypocrites" for threatening to default on the national debt after racking up deficit spending under former president Donald Trump.
Senate Republicans risked default by blocking a bill Monday that would fund the government and suspend the debt ceiling into late next year, but the "Morning Joe" host blamed them for much of the debt they don't want to pay off.
"We certainly know republicans are raging hypocrites in the era of Trump, [and] we are still in the era of Trump," Scarborough said. "Here is a party that spent like drunken socialists -- you talk about socialists, this Republican Party sent like drunken socialists over the past five years. They racked up record levels deficits and record levels of debt. The bills that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell approved, the largest budget in the history of the republic. The Republicans' budget were the largest in history of republic and ran up record deficits and debt. That's the bill, actually, that has come due now. We are not talking about what happens in the future, we don't know what's going to happen in the future. You don't default at your bank for debts. You may accrue in the future, [but] you default because of what you already done."
"This is Trump's debt, this is McConnell's debt, this is Republicans' debt," he added.
Scarborough said the numbers are clear.
"Republicans spent more money on budgets over four Trump's years than any president before -- LBJ, FDR, you name it, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton," he said. "You pick the Democrat and the person that was lied about and being called socialists, Republicans spend more money."
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A 1970 tape of John Lennon singing a hitherto unheard song called "Radio Peace" and expressing frustration at his Beatles image to a group of Danish schoolboys goes under the hammer on Tuesday in Copenhagen.
The 33-minute tape was recorded on January 5, 1970 when the former Beatle spent winter in a remote corner of Jutland in western Denmark with his wife Yoko Ono.
Back then four eager boys, writing for their high school newspaper, braved a snowstorm in the hope of interviewing their idol.
They clinched the interview. The topics ranged from the couple's peace campaign, the Beatles, Lennon's hair and his frustration with his image as part of the "Fab Four".
Lennon and Ono were famous for staging lie-ins and singing songs of peace as the Vietnam War raged.
"We went into the living room and saw John and Yoko sitting on the sofa, it was fantastic. We sat down with them and were quite close to each other," Karsten Hojen, one of the tape's owners, told AFP.
The sellers say Yoko Ono herself could buy the tape AFP/File
"I was sitting next to Yoko Ono and John Lennon was sitting next to Yoko and we talked, we had a good time," said Hojen, who is now 68.
Lennon and his wife arrived in Denmark in December 1969 to sort out the future of Ono's five-year-old daughter Kyoko, who was living with her father in northern Jutland.
By then, the Beatles had recorded their last album, Abbey Road, and even though it was not official, the group had parted ways.
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Although Lennon and Ono spent their first week in Denmark incognito, the press found out and the singer organized a news conference that coincided with the first day of the school term.
Hojen and his friends convinced the headmaster to let them skip class to talk peace and music with the singer, a few months before the Beatles officially disbanded.
The cassette will go under the hammer along with Polaroid photos of the schoolboys and John and Yoko Ida Marie Odgaard Ritzau Scanpix/AFP
Hojen and his friends said they decided to part with the audio cassette because they could not imagine sharing it among their numerous children.
"We would be happy if a museum was interested, or why not Yoko Ono herself?" the cultural consultant said.
The recording is of decent quality.
"You have to sit back and take some time to listen to it and hope for the best," said Alexa Bruun Rasmussen, director of branding at Bruun Rasmussen Auction House which is handling the sale.
"They actually play 'Give Peace a Chance', but with different words," she said.
The recording also includes the unreleased song "Radio Peace", and is "heartfelt" and "unique", Bruun Rasmussen said, adding that the tape and photos could fetch up to 40,000 euros ($46,000).
"John Lennon is talking to young schoolboys, they share the passion of the peace message. And it comes across clearly that there's a connection between them," she said.
Polaroid pictures of the meeting will also be auctioned with the tape Ida Marie Odgaard Ritzau Scanpix/AFP
Although Hojen has recounted that winter day in detail to his children and grandchildren, he will no longer have any trace of it after the sale as the owners have not digitised the recording.
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