According to a report from the Daily Beast's Will Sommer, support for Donald Trump at conservative Breitbart.com plummeted as right-wing extremists stormed the Capitol and threatened lawmakers at the president's urging on January 6th.
According to Slack chats, one editor -- while arguing with other staffers -- reached her limit and wrote, "Destroy Trump."
As Sommer explained, the internal messages at Breitbart revealed many who were extremely angry at the scenes of the rioters tearing up the building and battling with Capitol police -- believing it undermined every achievement of the Trump administration -- while others tried to make excuses that the president was not to blame even though he suggested they march on the lawmakers as they certified the Electoral College votes.
On the morning after the assault, international news editor Frances Martel wrote to her colleagues, "I am just not feeling charitable AT ALL. Destroy Trump."
Martel then added, "He set us back like 10 years. We have worked so hard to promote our values, values that made him president when he hawked them, and now he does this, leaving everything in shambles? Nah, destroy him. Let it be a lesson to every other 'populist.'"
Breitbart columnist John Nolte attempted to make the case that the president wasn't to blame, writing, "Trump explicitly asked people to be peaceful and respectful yesterday, and then almost immediately called for the violence to stop," but Martel wasn't having it.
"Dude told rioters 'We love you, you're special,'" Martel messaged back. "Done with this guy, get him outta there with the stage cane."
Senior editor-at-large Rebecca Mansour also chimed in and referenced the death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, by writing, "I do blame Trump for all of this. Her death is on him as far I'm concerned."
According to Sommer, the break with Trump was stunning.
"Breitbart, like other outlets closely tied to Trump, has shied away from ever directly criticizing him, especially for his election-fraud lies and heated rhetoric leading up to the deadly riot. But the internal chat messages demonstrate that anger over the outgoing president's role in inciting the MAGA mob has reached even the Trumpiest strongholds of right-wing media," he wrote.
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Minnesota newspaper attacked for column calling ethnic studies 'extremist boot camps' before MLK Day
The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a column Sunday by white conservative Katherine Kersten, who claims that colleges and universities teaching any kind of ethnic studies is actually an underground "extremist boot camp."
Kersten has a history of being called out for racism in her columns. One counter to a 2020 story of hers claiming racial justice was a "religion," claimed that she simply can't admit her own racism.
"Kersten denies this. In fact, she rejects the existence of 'white privilege' and 'white supremacy' and rails against the very idea of 'systemic racism,'" wrote Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. "She claims that 'racial justice' is a new 'secular religion' with followers guilty of 'Puritan-style intolerance.' Ironically, her denials illuminate her racism as well as the reasons for my own confession."
Her weekend column addressed a 2020 essay from an appointed committee member of the Minnesota Department of Education drafting standards for social studies classes. Jonathan Hamilton, along with lead author Brian Lozenski, argues that avoiding talking about racism throughout history just ignores the reality.
"What we are taught in school maintains the status quo of racial hierarchy in our thoughts and actions," the authors explained. Indeed, history in K-12 comes overwhelmingly from white teachers, white authors and from the white perspective, even when talking about the history of slavery or the Native American genocide.
Now, the far-right are rushing to ban the teaching of slavery, civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks under the guise that talking about those historical events could make white students feel sad. Parents are concerned that their children shouldn't be forced to hear about bad things people did decades before them.
Kersten just outright claims that teaching about people of color, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is some sort of madrassa move to turn students into terrorists.
The part some took issue with, however, is that the Star Tribune ran the column days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
See the comments below:
Cool just white nationalist talking points running in the paperhttps://twitter.com/teresa_m/status/1482732626935001090\u00a0\u2026— LEFT COAST RIGHT WATCH (@LEFT COAST RIGHT WATCH) 1642360271
Translation: "White power!!!" - Star Tribune commentary editor.\n\n Ethnic studies will turn schools into extremist boot campshttps://www.startribune.com/ethnic-studies-will-turn-schools-into-extremist-boot-camps/600136277/\u00a0\u2026— That Guy on Twltter (@That Guy on Twltter) 1642343182
How @StribOpinion troll factory works - saying schools will become 'extremist boot camps' if kids learn about other ethnicities besides white Christians. Tomorrow there will be 5 letters saying what a racist dolt Kersten is. Strib's idea of 'discourse"https://www.startribune.com/ethnic-studies-will-turn-schools-into-extremist-boot-camps/600136277/\u00a0\u2026— Rob Levine (@Rob Levine) 1642338619
Shame on the @StarTribune for running this pile of rot, a collection of hysteria, fabrications, & cherry-picking by a right-wing hack who repeatedly tries to scare MN parents into supporting fascist propaganda in schools. Fire the editor who ok'd this.https://m.startribune.com/ethnic-studies-will-turn-schools-into-extremist-boot-camps/600136277/\u00a0\u2026— Herr Dr. Prof. Emeritus \u20a5\u0246\u20a6\u20ae\u20b3\u2c60 \u20a9\u0142\u20a5\u20b1 (@Herr Dr. Prof. Emeritus \u20a5\u0246\u20a6\u20ae\u20b3\u2c60 \u20a9\u0142\u20a5\u20b1) 1642353202
Lady, if learning well-rounded US history makes you worry that kids will be angry about our true past... you're probably correct. Truehttps://www.startribune.com/ethnic-studies-will-turn-schools-into-extremist-boot-camps/600136277/\u00a0\u2026— Newfangled Dad (@Newfangled Dad) 1642348273
If I saw this on my timeline I would think \u201cthis is fake news\u201d. Unfortunately, it is not. This article was published 16 hours ago.https://www.startribune.com/ethnic-studies-will-turn-schools-into-extremist-boot-camps/600136277/\u00a0\u2026— Ben Caswell (@Ben Caswell) 1642351920
Donald Trump's most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.
Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what's next in the Trump movement.
"I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election," Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. "I do think it’s possible, very possible."
His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.
"Can you feel the storm building? It’s America," he said using the allusion of "the storm" which is part of the conspiracy group's messaging.
The storm, "refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of 'The Great Awakening,' explained Murray State University.
See the photos from the event at Politico.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) revealed that the phrase "Jewish space lasers" hurt her feelings after it was reported that she had complained about the idea.
The phrase "Jewish space lasers" became widely used by outlets last year after Media Matters found that Greene had blamed orbital lasers for wildfires in California. She claimed in a Facebook post that the lasers had been funded in part by the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish family.
During an interview with Mike Huckabee earlier this year, Greene reflected on the way she had been represented by the press.
"Terrible attacks, especially about silly things about something called 'Jewish space lasers,'" Greene said. "That was a term I had never used in my life but someone wrote an article and then they copied and pasted and put it all across the media."
"That really hurt my feelings," she added. "Because I'm a Christian and I would never say anything against any group of people, especially Israel. I would never do that."
Greene has said that she did not intend to blame Jews for the space lasers.
Watch the video below from Newsmax.
Marjorie Taylor Greene says "Jewish space lasers" is a phrase that "really hurt my feelings" pic.twitter.com/HkoV2iVnJp
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) January 16, 2022