In a no-holds-barred analysis of Donald Trump's 100-minute speech on Saturday before adoring supporters in Arizona, CNN's Stephen Collinson leveled the ex-president for his "incoherent" ranting about unproven election fraud.
Getting right to the point, the CNN analyst called out the former president as a "sore loser" before summing up what Americans who watched Trump on-line saw from the man who used to occupy the Oval Office before being forced out after one term.
"On a late afternoon of delusion and incitement, Trump offered a preview of how he could exploit grievances of millions of supporters who buy his lies about voter fraud to power a possible new presidential run in the future," Collinson wrote before adding, "The one-term, twice-impeached ex-commander-in-chief related prolonged and false stories of election fraud across the country...Trump's appearance was full of the usual bluster, boasting, self-pity and too many falsehoods to count, and was in many ways a sideshow compared to the critical current challenges — including a pandemic that is quickly worsening again because millions of Republican voters will not get vaccinated."
According to the analyst, Trump harping on what is called "The Big Lie" may be putting Republicans in a bind as they look over the horizon at the 2022 midterms.
"Among unanswered questions is whether Trump's campaign of falsehoods and refusal to accept the result in 2020 — which is rife among his base voters — will further alienate the suburban and more moderate voters who were crucial in his defeat last November," he wrote. "The coming months and years will also show whether Republican voters — especially when the next presidential primary race heats up — want to spend the entire campaign going over lies about the last election or will seek new candidates who might share Trump's populist extremism but offer a path to the future."
Collinson went on to state that the Republican leadership is enabling Trump's "grand illusion" by not calling out the ex-president and by attempting to help him whitewash the Jan 6th insurrection that had its genesis in his bogus claims of election fraud.
"Trump's perpetuation of his own election fraud is taking place alongside a broader Republican effort to not just whitewash the behavior of the ex-President and his supporters during the Capitol insurrection on January 6 but to write an alternative history of events to cover up the truth. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has anchored the GOP's bid to win back the House next year on Trump, and Republicans are arguing that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to blame for what happened, apparently because she did not beef up security at the Capitol (even though the speaker is not in charge of security)" he wrote before warning, "These claims are coinciding with regular releases of footage from the Justice Department and elsewhere of Trump supporters beating up police officers as they forced their way into the citadel of American democracy. But there is no place for evidence inside Trump's parallel reality bubble."
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During a CNN segment on Americans who are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at a time when cases are exploding due to a new variant, the network's media expert was asked about rival Fox News which has done an about-face and is imploring viewers to get the shots.
Speaking with hosts Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez, CNN host Brian Stelter explained why the conservative media outlet has suddenly "changed its tune" and has been running public service announcements about vaccinations.
"Brian, in recent days it's been really surprising to watch Fox News," Sanchez began. "For months they peddled lies about COVID and in the last few days they changed their tune about the vaccine. What do you think that has to do with? Is it a fear of lawsuits or maybe trying to fix some of the insecurities we saw in financial markets earlier in the week before they rebounded? Why?"
"There has been a lot of speculation about the root causes of this," Stelter replied. "My reporting indicates there was a real concern about the delta variant, especially affecting Republican strongholds. The numbers do not lie, even though some people want them to."
"So, as a result, you saw Fox News for the first time in weeks, actually months, promoting vaccines.gov, urging viewers to go there and get information about shots," he added before warning, "But I want to be clear here. I think there was a slight change in tune. I don't think that this network -- that Fox deserves much credit on this. There are lots of irresponsible segments on the air about COVID and the vaccines. It seems like there has been this concerted effort, even if it was subtle and short-lived, among political leaders and television right-wing leaders in order to change messaging about the shots."
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke Friday night to the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, an event for which the media had been told to leave after a press availability beforehand.
But the conservative Alabama website www.yellowhammer.com managed to be in position to report on Greene's remarks. It happily described the event as one that "went off with no disruptions and instead, spells of raucous applause from the attendees."
The reporting did offer a glimpse into what Greene says behind closed doors when tossing out the rarest of the red meat. Here's how that went:
"Greene kicked off her speech by reiterating three of her 'favorite things' she often says while speaking before crowds," Yellowhammer reports.
"That's like three of my favorite things: impeach Joe Biden, expel Maxine Waters — we've got to take out the trash in Washington, D.C. — and fire Dr. Anthony Fauci," she said to applause.
"I'm not going to apologize for saying what I'm about to say, but I'm a big fan of President Donald J. Trump," she continued. "That's how I always test my crowd. Then I'm going to tell you something else: I believe Trump won the election."
The website added, "Greene spoke for an hour and hit some highlights of her first seven months in the U.S. House of Representatives, including her interactions with U.S. Reps. Marie Newman (D-IL), Cori Bush (D-MO) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
What she had to say about those three was left to the imagination. But Yellowhammer did report that Greene reiterated her comments from earlier in July distancing herself from fellow wacko Mike Lindell's claims that Donald Trump would be reinstalled as president in August.
That's not news: Greene pushed back against Lindell publicly earlier in July. But unbiased observers would have been choking on their fried green tomatoes listening to Greene impersonating a sober voice of reason in Alabama:
"I will tell you this: Sometimes you hear people saying crazy things like, 'President Trump is going to be back in the White House in August,'" she said. "That is not going to happen. Please don't believe anyone who is telling you those kinds of things. I get so frustrated with that. There are three members of Congress sitting right here that will tell you that's not going to happen. The process for putting President Trump back in the White House — it's not there."
"We don't have a constitutional process for that," Greene continued. "So, I don't want anyone to get their hopes up over something that is not going to happen. What we've got to do is reveal the fraud that took place in the 2020 election — reveal it, then hold people accountable that made it take place, make sure we have good election laws, get rid of this crazy absentee ballot voting, make sure our machines are OK. Then we win in 2022 and 2024."
Somehow, hearing Greene use the phrase "crazy things" when discussing someone else's conspiracy theories is a bit much. She gets "so frustrated" with people becoming misinformed by this one? Really?
Greene is just a few short years away from spreading the grossest of QAnon craziness, from 911 denial to Pizzagate to Frazzledrip to Jewish space lasers and more. She was not some QAnon apologist: She was full Q.
Here's how that was recaptured in a Business Insider analysis laying out the litany of Greene's wildness:
"Greene said "Q" is "someone that very much loves his country, and he's on the same page as us, and he is very pro-Trump." And she said, "There's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it."
That was four years ago, not four decades. Within a year came Greene's unspeakably cruel deceits claiming that mass shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook and Las Vegas were "false flag" events staged to promote gun control.
As Business Insider noted, "A recently resurfaced video from earlier that year shows Greene accosting David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, who was 17 at the time, in Washington, DC. Hogg was in town to advocate for gun control at the Capitol. Greene followed the teen down the street, calling him a "coward," just weeks after the shooting at his high school killed 17 people."
Now, instead of stalking some poor young survivor on the streets outside the nation's Capitol, Greene works in the building. In another time, Greene was the sort of individual who might have been housed in an institution for troubled souls.
In 2021, tragically, that's the Republican caucus in Congress.
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