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Peter Daou @peterdaou
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Friends and followers, since early last year I've been warning not to underestimate Trump's uncanny ability to mold reality to his will. History is replete with authoritarian figures who can do this, and it NEVER ends well.
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The midterms are a chance to build a firewall against encroaching fascism by giving Democrats congressional majorities. It could happen if just a fraction of non-voters showed up. We should do everything possible to make that happen. But...
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The institutions that can provide a check on unlimited executive power are failing, spectacularly. Let's start with the national media, who tilted the election in Trump's favor by obsessing over emails and giving him BILLIONS worth of free airtime.
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To this day, as Trump spits on them, mocks them, and threatens them, many mainstream reporters and pundits bend over backwards for access, lauding the "forgotten" Trump voters, pushing both-siderism and false narratives, getting high on ratings. Nauseating.
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The GOP leadership is WORSE than Trump, abdicating all oversight to ram through an extremist agenda, treating the Constitution like a doormat, violating basic American values, and gloating all the way. History will look on these sycophants with revulsion.
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So-called "moderate" Republicans are useless, cowering and caving every step of the way, while making feeble noises about being "uncomfortable" or "troubled." There are no Republican heroes who will save the day. NONE. It's a party without a moral compass.
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While there are many principled Democrats—and we know who they are—in the big picture, the Democratic leadership has failed to muster a UNIFIED voice of opposition, failed to appreciate the gravity of the moment, failed before the election and after it.
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As Trump consolidates immense power and progressive voices like #Waters and #OcasioCortez take strong stands, the highest profile Dems in America—who should be speaking in bold defiance—are either silent or calling for "civility" and defending Sarah Sanders.
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Friends, we're on our own. I've always said #Mueller wont take down Trump, and as his probe drags on, the ground has shifted so much that his findings will likely fall with a dead thud. There is no savior, no one to stop this reactionary rightwing takeover.
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If the midterms don't do it, we will enter a new, terrifying phase, when our strength, solidarity, purpose, and resilience are tested. Within lawful, nonviolent means, we will be called upon to fight desperately for the survival of our values. STAY STRONG.
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