Former President Donald Trump joined Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday night to sing his own praises and declare that he was right about a litany of things.
His comments were similar to a news post that Trump's staff released on the website. One of those things he said he was 100 percent correct about was the power of hydroxychloroquine. Not only was he proven wrong about hydroxychloroquine, but some states that invested in the drug are also now losing money because they trusted Trump.
Oklahoma, for example, spent $2.6 million on the much-hyped drug to treat COVID-19. But when it came to May 2021, the state started scrambling to find places they could get rid of it before the drug expired.
"Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said Friday the state had reached an agreement with FFF Enterprises Inc. to take back the 1.2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine," reported Oklahoma Watch. "The agreement means the company won't face a lawsuit alleging the state overpaid for the drug, which is commonly used to treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and to prevent malaria. FFF denied overcharging the state."
"The state of Oklahoma is no longer interested in owning or possessing the products purchased from FFF Enterprises and has sought to return the products in exchange for a refund of total purchase price," the settlement agreement said, according to the report.
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) had an awkward moment with a Newsmax host Wednesday evening when discussing why AR-15s and military weapons should continue to be legal for anyone to use.
Cawthorn tried to argue that assault rifles are necessary to protect America against the federal government, which he works for.
"If anybody ever wants to say 'oh, well you know what, citizens with a few small arms fire would never be able to stop the federal government' - I absolutely disagree. Ask the Viet Cong how they handled the Marines and the Army in Vietnam," said Cawthorn.
The Viet Cong had a military force that fought the United States during the war. The United States lost the war against them.
One person resurrected a video of Fidel Castro similarly singing the praises of the Viet Cong.
Some went on to question if Cawthron was attempting to label the Democrats as Communists and Viet Cong as the real Americans.
See the video and comments below:
Democrats are Communists, while real Americans seek to emulate the Viet Cong. https://t.co/nDIBb8VWfB— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket) 1623887953.0
Republicans now regard the Viet Cong as Second Amendment heroes. https://t.co/1mNZssFc3m— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™) 1623889614.0
Wasn’t expecting to see a US congressman talking up the glories of the Viet Cong, TBH…. https://t.co/WO1ADTOwYE— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff) 1623889557.0
Let's review: -Confederates must be honored -Nazis are very fine people -the Russian military makes the best ads -t… https://t.co/d5Y9azyXhX— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman) 1623890512.0
The Viet Cong taught us that a small guerrilla army backed by another nation's regular army, with all war productio… https://t.co/bDHK7NtpZV— Stan "Cool kids get vaccines" O. (@Stan "Cool kids get vaccines" O.) 1623885710.0
Propaganda expert explains how Tucker Carlson has become the anti-American parrot of Russian talking points
Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson falsely told Fox News viewers that it's possible that the FBI dressed up like supporters of President Donald Trump and attacked the U.S. Capitol as part of a false flag event. It's the same kind of conspiracy that Alex Jones has been touting about mass shootings starting with Sandy Hook Elementary. Jones was ultimately sued by the parents of the children who died.
"The same people like Kevin McCarthy whose adrenaline was rushing through their cheeks in the wake of the fight or flight response when they huddled into secret locations or could recognize the danger of what they saw in the moment," said host Chris Hayes. "All of the folks, up to and including Mitch McConnell are now running cover for this propaganda."
Speaking to Hayes on Wednesday, history professor and propaganda expert Ruth Ben-Ghiat explained that she is growing increasingly more concerned that the right-wing and Russian far-right are converging on the same propaganda.
"Some of the through lines are the same as the right-wing playbook for 100 years and where the GOP and Russian far-right are converging. One of them is that liberal democracy is a failed system and brings chaos and anarchy and, so, you are trying to build an appetite for authoritarian rule," said Ben-Ghiat. "And another is that liberal democracy is tyranny. So, we hear talk of Biden being a dictator and wanting to impose a dictatorship and he's going to take our guns away and make us wear masks and force-feed critical race theory."
This is the point at which the Republican Party turns to invent or mischaracterize facts to craft conspiracy theories that promote themselves as the saviors.
"So, there you have the GOP which poses — and this is where Jan. 6th becomes an act of patriotism," she continued. "They pose as defenders of freedom. And I'm also concerned about the military. There's a retired military issued a letter where they said our constitutional rights were threatened and the nation was in peril. It's like coup talk. And some of it reminds me of what I used to see in Chile before the coup there. This is all concerning and propaganda connects with violence and it justifies violence. The GOP has become a far-right party using disinformation and violence and renders them acceptable ways of doing politics. This is the bottom line."
See the full conversation below:
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