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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.”

Republican senators like McConnell, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and other congress members in the insurrection caucus have the collective conscience of a bucket of snakes. Some of them are under investigation for their roles, direct and indirect, in Trump's failed - and deadly - attempt to overthrow the government.

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Posted in: Pence calls Harris to offer assistance ahead of U.S. power transfer next week See in context

Pence's call to Harris was the latest step by the vice president to uphold some of the political norms that Trump has shattered.

It's good to hear that, but hard NOT to think Pence is just trying to distance himself somewhat from Trump and the Republican insurrectionists. After all, Pence wants to run for president in 2024.

But for me it's too late: Pence was Trump's butler for the last 4 years. He bootlicked Trump, fully supporting the worst president in US history.

Pence was fully involved and needs to be held accountable for his role in the Trump regime. Pence is also responsible for the problems left behind by Trump.

And it should never be forgotten Pence has supported the Republican's anti-democracy movements by saying elections are rigged.

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Posted in: Biden unveils plan to speed U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout See in context

If Biden's plan can reduce the severity of the problems left behind by Trump it should show to the majority of the country what a leader is able to do when he actually tries to help the American people, not just his family and supporters.

And what can happen when a president's priorities do NOT include playing golf.

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Posted in: $500,000 in Bitcoin sent from France to U.S. far-right groups See in context

The global alt right movement have big bucks backing them. Their ongoing attempts to further undermine democracies and replace them with ultra-nationalistic authoritarian regimes harks back to movements of the 1930s. The far right extremists have a worldwide media network pushing their messages.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Any members of the U.S. Congress who helped a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol should face criminal prosecution

They should be fully investigated and if found by a court of law to have helped Trump's violent and deadly failed coup in any way be tried.

They should each have a capital letter S for seditionist permanently attached to their names.

As should those members of congress who threw more fuel on the country's long burning fires by claiming the election was 'rigged', and especially those who CONTINUE to say the election was rigged. Looking at Ted Cruz, Hawley, Jordan, Gaetz and the other far right extremists in congress.

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Posted in: Trump plans to depart Washington the morning of Inauguration Day See in context

lowest job approval of his presidency (29%) and increasingly negative ratings for his post-election conduct.

The majority of Americans have long known Trump was unfit for any office. Unfortunately the stench he's leaving behind will continue to harm the country long after he's gone. As will his anti-democracy, anti-American political movement which will be continued by seditionists in both houses with people like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, 'Gym' Jordan. Matt Gaetz and many others trying to undermine the republic. Expect the global alt right media to continue its anti-democracy, anti-American propaganda barrages. The Trump stench lingers.

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Posted in: U.S. capital locks down as security threats mount See in context

Trump's Republicans and others in the extreme far right are unwilling to accept their belief in wack conspiracy theories and even their direct roles in the attacks on the capitol during their failed DEADLY attempt to overthrow the government contributed to the already authoritarian state becoming even more authoritarian.. And worse, they have the gall to play the victim card, even say what they did was done by someone else.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Why else would TRUMP instigate this riot?

Because Trump was desperate to maintain the presidency and knew there were many Americans who believed each of the nearly 30,000 lies he told while in office and who'd be willing to violently attack the capital after hearing his dogwhistles and being told by his lawyer 'trial by combat'.

That he and his followers won't apologize for, even acknowledge the damage they've done and instead want to be seen as 'victims' says they're a pathetic group. That they LOL at the problems their Trump is leaving behind says they're also anti-American.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Biden’s first 100 days are starting out with a bang. Har har har.

Once again the far right are LOLing at the problems their Trump is leaving behind. That just shows they're still siding with their Trump, not the US. Their disdain for the republic is clear.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

If law enforcement identifies those involved in the deadly attack on the capitol, identifies who all backed them, including sitting politicians and financiers in the US and around the globe, and those responsible for the damage are tried in court and found guilty, then the country might be able to attempt to begin 'healing'.

But that will still be very hard to do given how deeply Trump and the far right, with help from abroad, have further divided the country.

If the violent criminals are allowed to get away with deadly assaults, the 'healing' canNOT begin. That would only make the fires hotter. Law and order needs to apply to all, even a former president and current politicians.

I'm waiting for a Trump backer to say the attack on the capitol was wrong without following it up with a 'whatabout'.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Have any Trump Republicans or any Trump backers been able to say that the deadly attack on the capital, i.e. Trump's failed coup was wrong WITHOUT saying some form of whatabout- but -however?

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Whataboutism has long been the only defense Trump and his Republicans have for the problems they've created. They are incapable of taking any responsibility for the ongoing damage they've caused. They once again play their race card pointing to certain groups of 'others'.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

“The only path to any reunification of this broken and divided country is by shining a light on the truth,

Hopefully among the truths to be shown will be how many Trump political appointees, how many Trump Republicans and how many government security personnel were directly involved, i.e. aided and abetted the mob in the failed - and deadly - violent attempt to overthrow the government.

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Posted in: Kono calls U.S. Capitol riot shocking; yearns for 'good old days' See in context

"We really hope that Washington will go back to the good old days."

Trump's unleashed the demons in America's Pandora's box and his followers, particularly those in his white nationalist base, will continue to try to take America back to what they thought were 'good old days', i.e. the days when separate but equal (hardly) kept peoples divided and apart. It could be Trump and his Republicans have humpty-dumpty-ed the country.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

But after telling the crowd he would be right behind them, he peeled off for the White House to watch it all on TV.

Remember after one of the mass murders he told the crowd (governors?) that he would have chased after the shooter who had used an automatic weapon to murder people? Trump made a finger gun and said 'boom boom'.

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Posted in: Twitter chief says Trump ban admits 'dangerous' precedent See in context

members of the far right who say it stifles free speech.

It will be interesting to see whether anyone will take the 'stifles free speech' issue to a court, and if so in the US whether it might make it to the Supreme Court, currently 'conservative'.

The issue of what constitutes free speech definitely needs a re-think in the social media era. Should anonymous posters be able to post anything they want with no reprisals?

Now, as I understand it, inciting a riot is not permissible. Will the conservative US Supreme Court continue to uphold that?

I'm curious what the new court would determine if say a pandemic is sweeping the US, killing hundreds of thousands, sickening millions, damaging an economy, and whether the court would say it's all right for people to claim the virus is a hoax, nothing serious and there'd be no consequences for doing so.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

 has hardly any mention in the elite controlled left msm narrative.

I read a range of news sources, including right wing, and though the hugeness of the impeachment is today's biggest story still read - today - lots about the virus and the damage it's doing.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

but they're well within their right to self-defence

I'm assuming that's an opinion. If stating it as a fact, kindly provide a source. Or are you confusing what's legally permissible in your country with what's allowed in the US.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

In all honesty, I am surprised at how much the left fears Trump

Not just the left. If you look at videos of the deadly - deadly - assault on the capitol, you might see why American people across the spectrum fear Trump. How do you think people in your country would respond to a violent assault by an armed mob on your capitol?

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Posted in: Public trust crumbles amid COVID, fake news: survey See in context

I really dont understand the Putin fetish on the left

I do.

I believe 'western' intelligence sources that have long said the Kremlin's various troll armies are pouring fuel on long burning fires in a number of democracies in attempts to further weaken them. So are China, Turkey and other authoritarian states. And I do not support any nation, including the US doing anything similar. If Putin's keyboard warriors are interfering in your country's politics trying to weaken it would that be OK?

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Posted in: U.S. carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953 See in context

President Donald Trump, an ardent supporter of capital punishment, resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

Another case of Trump having blood on his hands, to be added to those killed in his failed coup attempt, maintaining US involvement in wars for oil plus funding proxy wars.

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Posted in: Public trust crumbles amid COVID, fake news: survey See in context

Let people express their views freely.

Indeed, this is especially true in authoritarian-ruled countries like China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. They should allow their citizens and residents to speak freely. And should allow their citizens and residents access to the full range of Internet sites.

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Posted in: New York City ending business ties with Trump Organization, mayor says See in context

Following the Capitol riot, the PGA of America and the R&A both announced they would shun two golf courses owned by the president

Expect to see 'big golf' added to the alt right glossary.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

Dehumanization tactic.

Read the article. It FULLY humanizes Trump and his followers.

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Posted in: Public trust crumbles amid COVID, fake news: survey See in context

Trust in governments, business chiefs and media is crumbling

Lots of reasons for that, including paid (and 'volunteer') keyboard warriors from the US and others in the global alt right including authoritarian nations like China, Russia, Turkey, North Korea and elsewhere pushing fake news in attempts to further weaken democracies.

But - countries like the US need to get serious about trying to understand why so many of its citizens are living in poverty, why so many can't find work and why so many feel angry and alienated. Until the US takes serious steps to ensure that the range of individual voices are heard, expect the anger to increase. The US canNOT continue to take away voting rights. It's one of the few, perhaps only way for people's voices to be heard.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

Trump has to be removed from any position where he has the tiniest bit of influence over anyone outside his family. He's a 'clear and present danger to the country. This link from @expat https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-shared-psychosis-of-donald-trump-and-his-loyalists/

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Posted in: Some House Republicans join impeachment push; Pence says he will not move to expel Trump See in context

Pence says he will not move to expel Trump

Pence probably will run for president in 2024 and doesn't want to risk losing Trump's base.

"There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

Nutshell. Trump needs to be held accountable for all the damage he's caused the country to have, for making it even more divided, for all the virus deaths and the damages done to the economy, among others.

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

And yet congress approval rating hasn’t been above 20% since 2009. So who should go first?

Moot question - Trump's gone.

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Posted in: Justice Department pursuing seditious conspiracy cases in probe of Capitol riot See in context

Lock up the losers.

After charging them and ensuring they're given a fair trial. The US, especially after the Trump era is already far too authoritarian. Regardless how the trials turn out, those who participated in the attempts to violently overthrow the government are still each and all losers who blindly followed their Trump, the biggest loser in modern US history.

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

I think the rioters in DC in summer should be held equally accountable, don't you?

I see zero equivalency.

I don't recall the US capitol being attacked by a violent mob intent on overthrowing the government to install Trump as authoritarian, carrying bombs and other weapons while setting up a gallows while chanting hang the vice-president.

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