‘Name One Country Where This Happened and It Ended Well’
The only appointment that appeared on President Donald Trump’s official schedule Monday was a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Now chilling and disturbing video of a portion of the rally is going viral.
In the video, posted by Vox’s Aaron Rupar, President Trump, with Air Force One as a prop in the background, accuses the FBI and the Democrats of treason. The crowd chants, “lock them up!”
The President then brags about his “great new attorney general who will give it a very fair look,” meaning, who will investigate the FBI and the president’s political enemies for treason.
The former head of the federal government’s Office of Government Ethics called it “Shades of 1937,” which seems to be an apparent reference to the rise of Hitler and his Gestapo.
Shades of 1937. https://t.co/de71iHq5pD
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 21, 2019
A former Obama administration official offered this warning:
Watch this video. See all the red hats. Hear the chants. Then name one country where this happened and it ended well and peacefully. https://t.co/I14gq6vDZx
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) May 21, 2019
Scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders:
— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) May 21, 2019
Former foreign correspondent, columnist, and editorial writer at The New York Times:
This could be a rally in Nuremberg circa 1935: https://t.co/XmjJ9MNk5B
— Clyde Haberman (@ClydeHaberman) May 21, 2019
US President publicly stating HIS Attorney General will go after his polical opponents, both real and imaginary, for treason. Which carries the death penalty. Not. A. Drill. https://t.co/5B7zgpJaIY
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) May 21, 2019
Impeach the miserable Nazi already, Democrats, what are you waiting for, an engraved invitation to a concentration camp? https://t.co/MHeqYZFfW7
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) May 21, 2019
If Mussolini had seen this speech he would have said “Now THAT guy gets it!”. This is what fascism looks like. https://t.co/LGZUZRPWIx
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) May 21, 2019
If you know the history of past revolutions, it’s not hard to see where this is going. He will end up going after Republicans too. Just wait. https://t.co/uythj5mLbw
— manu saadia 🖖 (@trekonomics) May 21, 2019
With our United States of America plane behind him, the lying demagogue Donald Trump fuels the crowd to shout hostility toward the FBI & other Americans. It remains shocking. It will never be normal. This anti-American behavior by the Abuser-in-Chief must be brought to an end. https://t.co/8H0RLyvooz
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) May 21, 2019
This is literally the behavior you see in quasi dictatorships & banana republics – and even there it is sometimes not this overt. The Congressional GOP is aiding & abetting this criminal enterprise run out of the White House with the help of Trump’s personal assistant Barr. https://t.co/N0kRRbNMsk
— Not Individual-1 (@yottapoint) May 21, 2019
This CON tears down America. He is nothing more than a cheerleader for this MAGA hat wearing base. He is not interested in being President and does not deserve to be treated as one. He is inciting this minority of citizens against the majority. WHY? https://t.co/TLRPoRsCp7
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 21, 2019
The President of the United States of America, armed with the stature and symbols of his office, accused his investigators of treason while his followers chanted “lock them up.” We aren’t at risk of sliding into authoritarianism. We are already there. https://t.co/4sQg4nfPfn
— Conor Marcus Shaw (@ConorMarcusShaw) May 21, 2019
The face of autocracy and fascism. Treason is working with our enemies even indirectly to influence our elections; inciting war when there is no reason to; defying the most democratic branch of government; representing some Americans and oppressing the rest #GOP #MAGA #Complicit https://t.co/JRDjnQ8VjQ
— Jim Saranteas (@JimSaranteas) May 21, 2019
Fascism always feels inconceivable. Until it’s not. https://t.co/nJy7xZZuEM
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) May 21, 2019
Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint
This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.
Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.
Retiring Republican lawmaker blames Trump’s ‘petty, childish bullsh*t’ for massive GOP exodus
In an examination of the record-breaking number of Republican lawmakers who have decided to quit or retire despite holding a seat in solidly conservative congressional districts, one lawmaker admitted that he grew weary of having to deal with Donald Trump's daily Twitter habit and other shenanigans -- so he is calling it quits.
As the Washington Post reports, "Since Trump’s inauguration, a Washington Post analysis shows that nearly 40 percent of the 241 Republicans who were in office in January 2017 are gone or leaving because of election losses, retirements including former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis)."
Internet rains hell on ‘fake Christian’ Karen Pence’s new Twitter account: ‘I can’t wait for the rapture’
The Internet reacted with scorn over the weekend after Second Lady Karen Pence announced a new Twitter account aimed at reelecting President Donald Trump.
In her first tweet, Pence posted a video lavishing praise on the president.
"There are probably a lot of things you don't know about me," Pence says in the video. "For example, I enjoy painting, I love to ride my bike and I like nothing better than reading a good book. On my new Twitter account, I will share what I'm up to when I'm not in the office at the White House."
Excited to start a new #Twitter account to help tell the story of all the accomplishments under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence! Follow along to KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RaPwC5ThyR