People pushing for unity and outreach need to immediately cease.

I’ve read a slew of messages from people on the right and they aren’t taking that as an interest in peace.

They’re taking it as a confession of prior wrongdoing.

They are taking it to mean Dems know they have no actual reason to hold a burning grudge or animus - WHILE THEY DO.

Stop. Fucking. Doing. That.

No, we absolutely don’t need to lead with hugs and olive branches.

Republicans stole the Supreme Court; looted the Treasury; corrupted the entirety of our federal government; and tried their very best to steal another four years.

We should be holding truth and reconciliation hearings.

Do not offer unity on our behalf. It is not yours to offer.
And it is horribly backfiring already.

There is only one set of offenders these past four year: Trump and his party.

We will make no peace and have unity absent justice.

There cannot be unity absent justice.

Don’t get us steamrolled by failing to grasp that.

Seriously, I can’t stress this enough:

People on the right are taking the talk about unity to mean Dems know they have nothing to be mad about while Repubs do.

It is amplifying their false belief they are victims.

It is doing the opposite of what it intends.

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After he moved, he apparently jumped into the Fox News pool with both feet.

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It was so irrational, it bordered on psychosis.

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