It's really pitiful seeing people like Politico's Tim Alberta, who was Paul Ryan & John Boehner's personal scribe for decades suddenly start getting compunction now that they don't need GOP access.

Admit to how you helped pave the way for Trumpism, @TimAlberta. We're waiting.
Tim started his career at National Review where he shamelessly flacked for the Republican congressional leadership.

He then became an affirmative action hire by Politico who needed better access to Republicans.

Real journalists in DC have no respect for his shallow nonsense.
He has spent his entire career rewriting press releases from Paul Ryan and never covering the radicalism of the pre-Trump GOP.

It finally came back on him in 2020 when the DNC finally called him out as the GOP propagandist that he is…
But because Politico had partly paid for the debate, Tim the shill was allowed to be included among much better qualified PBS reporters as a 2020 Democratic debate moderator.

As usual, his performance was mediocre…
But don't take my word for it, here's a GOP consultant absolutely gushing at how great Tim did at portraying Democratic candidates as "laughable"…
Tim is one of many Republicans who enabled GOP racism, religious bigotry, and extremism who now try to deceive the public into thinking that Trumpism isn't the end result of their Faustian bargain with fascists.

And like all of them, Tim runs away when confronted by his record.
The vast, vast majority of people at Politico aren't Republican propagandists like Tim. Here's a great example of one of them discussing the racist dog whistles of Paul Ryan:…
Compare that article with this one Tim wrote about John Boehner's "muscular, leathery legs" and great wisdom…
To my knowledge, Tim hasn't written even one article about the vast power and influence of Christian supremacism within the GOP. And it literally was his job to cover Republicans for Politico.

People who research the radical right, who foresaw Jan 6, see him as a joke.
If you can find such a piece from Tim, please tweet or DM me. I want to be wrong about this. But I'll bet that I'm not.
According to Google, Tim has never once examined Paul Ryan's decades of love of the right wing fascist Ayn Rand.

Her writings about poverty being the product of laziness, as real journalists have reported, are the foundation of his worldview…
I could add scores of examples of Tim shilling for the GOP. But rather than bore you with that, I'll link this detailed essay from @jonathanchait on how Paul Ryan masked his ruthless radicalism behind a goofy grin and how people like Tim enabled him…
In conclusion, while Tim is a particularly odious, he's just one of many GOPers who lie about how they personally helped create Trump.

Don't trust any "former Republican" who won't admit what they did to bring us to the precipice. I deeply regret my role. They must as well.

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9 Jan
As they sought to break into the inner rooms of the Capitol building Jan. 6, Trump terrorists were recorded screaming "Hang Mike Pence."

This video appears to be a validation of @jimbourg's earlier report.
It's now apparent who the terrorists intended the gallows for that they constructed before going into the Capitol. Image
Meanwhile, inside the White House, Trump is privately regretting condemning the violence he had incited against Vice President Pence.

As per usual, teleprompter Trump said the right thing while the real Trump was busy looking out for "very fine people."… Image
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8 Jan
Fox News and the rest of right-wing media is about to blame the entire #TrumpCoupAttempt on a random leftist from Utah who was there to document the insurrection. They're gonna try to pin it all on him, watch.
Right on cue. The sausage factory is in motion.

This dude is about to make some serious bank.
More sausage being made. Fox News was more careful with their actual article but the headline gives away what they're trying to do.

John Sullivan needs to lawyer up, stat, to put the kibosh on this defamation. Where are the progressive legal groups?
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7 Jan
Republican politicians condemning the #TrumpCoupAttempt who are also not calling for his immediate removal and irrevocable prohibition from holding any federal office are nothing more than rats leaving a sinking ship.

The GOP will have no political future unless it does this.
Any conservative pundit who does not call for Trump's removal and permanent ban from federal office should never be invited onto any mainstream media TV show. Any right-wing columnist who fails to do this should be fired.

The MSM must show leadership here. It's easy. Do it.
Shareholders in any corp run by Rupert Murdoch must also demand his immediate resignation & that of his son, Lachlan. Both men deliberately poisoned the minds of hundreds of millions. They must pay for their sins.

No sports league, athlete, or celebrity should work w/them again.
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7 Jan
The absolute state of American conservatism: Incite a violent insurrection and then blame the opposition for it.

This is literally what Nazis did with the Reichstag fire.
And just for the record, there is no evidence for Brooks's absurd and self-serving lies:…
And now we have Matt Gaetz repeating this execrable lie on the floor of Congress. Of course, he presented no proof.

This nonsense is going to become the new "Democrats are the real racists," an idiotic shibboleth repeated by conservatives to avoid facing their serious problems.
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6 Jan
Trump fascists are running around with an effigy hung by a noose. Trying to confirm the purported gallows photo that's being circulated.…
OK this gallows image is real. It's just outside the Capitol building complete with a noose and ready for a lynching. Saul Loeb / Getty Images
More: A Trump worshipper kneels before a giant cross amidst the radical Christian terrorism. Win Mcnamee / Getty Images
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For the past 6 years, I & a few other journalists have been trying to get the mainstream press and political elites realize the major danger posed by the radical right. Unfortunately, moderate and liberal elites deluded themselves into thinking that conservatism wasn't a cult.
There is no secretly powerful "Republican establishment" that will fix things. There are thugs, deluded people, and there are quislings. There is no one else in the GOP. Instead of focusing on the radical right's danger, editors wanted stories about Trump tweets.
Instead of calling out the dangerous radicalism of the GOP, television debate shows and opinion pages invited the enablers of fascism to speak and write about how we all needed to give powerful insane people the benefit of the doubt.
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