Tag: Political violence

Right-Wing Media Is Preparing People for a Civil War After Election Day

The group, Political Tours, seems to turn a profit by taking tourists to some of the most contentious elections around the world. The company website says most clients come from New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S., as well as England and Europe. The six-day U.S. tour costs £3,950, about $4,500, and includes a visit to […]

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Suspected Pelosi Attacker Wanted to Use Nancy to “Lure Another Individual”

Here is the deleted tweet from @CaptClayHiggins, a member of @HomelandGOP. pic.twitter.com/2GRdhwiOvz — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2022 Ever the chaser of his father’s approval, Donald Trump, Jr. posted a crude photo of a hammer and men’s underwear on his Instagram, with the caption “Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready”—echoing Higgins’ anti-LGBTQ smear: […]

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A Democratic Candidate Was Beaten and Knocked Unconscious At His Home

Ringer for the 51st District A Democrat running for a state House seat in Pennsylvania says he was attacked and knocked unconscious at his home early Monday morning, and that he believes he’s being targeted with election-related harassment.  Richard Ringer, 69, is running for a swing seat in Fayette County, about an hour southeast of […]

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Republicans Are Literally Laughing at the Pelosi Attack

Here is the deleted tweet from @CaptClayHiggins, a member of @HomelandGOP. pic.twitter.com/2GRdhwiOvz — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2022 Ever the chaser of his father’s approval, Donald Trump, Jr. posted a crude photo of a hammer and men’s underwear on his Instagram, with the caption “Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready”—echoing Higgins’ anti-LGBTQ smear: […]

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The Right-Wing Media Is a Conspiracy Engine That Enables Political Violence

As Media Matters’ Matt Gertz subsequently reported, as these falsehoods gained traction, these conspiracy theories were spun out of the early reporting of the incident, in which reporters and their sources, on a similar scramble to nail down the facts, allowed imprecision to enter the reporting: A retracted report that both Pelosi and DePape were […]

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Paul Pelosi Almost Died, and Most Republicans Don’t Have a Big Problem with That

This, friends, is a moment. I encourage you—especially if you’re younger, and you have five or six decades of life in these United States ahead of you—to remember and reflect on this moment, because if democracy dies in this country, and if violence overwhelms discourse and the bullet replaces the ballot, the beating of Paul […]

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The GOP’s Cult of Election Deniers Are a Growing Threat to the Nation

Attorneys general defend their states in court, meaning that they decide what kinds of legal mischief to go after and what to leave alone. Big Lie candidates are on the ballot, Fiddler writes, in 10 states. They’re mostly red and purple states. To read about some of these people is mind-blowing. Arizona candidate Abe Hamadeh […]

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The GOP’s Cult of Election Deniers Is a Growing Threat to the Nation

And what body might give them that authority? Ironically, the Supreme Court. The highest legal authority in the land appears poised to make potential election theft the law of the land. This term, the court is hearing Moore v. Harper, a case in which Republicans in six swing states are arguing that state legislatures should […]

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Trump’s Legal Troubles Won’t End Well for Him—or Us

So that’s the first horrible, vicious, sick, terrifying thing. The second, of course, is that he’ll foment a civil war, or at least a mass violent insurrection. Trump is going to get more and more unhinged as the law bears down on him. Next month, on October 24, a trial is scheduled to start based […]

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It Matters That Joe Biden Used the F-Word

I do not hope to provide a comprehensive scheme for discerning fascists for non-fascists. Fascism, after all, is not merely a political program. In more modern language, fascism is also a vibe. It is ultra-nationalistic in nature, with adherents fantasizing about the return to a national idyll that supposedly existed in the hazy recent past. […]

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Donald Trump Is Increasingly Cornered, and Yes, This Should Terrify You

That, after all, is what Hitler’s brownshirts did. They were an explicitly Nazi Party militia. We saw that in an ad hoc way on January 6. That was a fascist militia that stormed the Capitol. It just wasn’t a standing one. If Trump is indicted, it is alas no longer farfetched to imagine that some […]

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Conservatives’ Lies Are Getting Their Own Supporters Killed

What is most remarkable about Shiffer’s language is that it is somewhat unremarkable by the standards of contemporary right-wing discourse. He viewed the results of the 2020 election as corrupt and illegitimate, drawing upon lies spread by Trump and many of his Republican allies after the former president’s defeat two years ago. He framed his […]

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Melania Trump says she ‘was unaware of’ Jan. 6 violence as it happened

Former first lady Melania Trump told Fox News on Thursday that she “was unaware of” the violence occurring at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, which is why she did not immediately condemn the insurrection.  Trump’s assertion that she was “fulfilling one of [her] duties as First Lady” and as a result unaware of the […]

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How Safe Will We Be on Election Day?

Wasn’t the 2020 election supposed to be a rebuke of the culture of political violence Trump and his ilk famously promulgated? Apparently not: “Far from reducing violence, the 2020 election and its aftermath heralded a step-change in the mainstream acceptance of violence as a political tool,” writes Rachel Kleinfeld at Just Security. “Why would a faction of Republicans […]

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