I’m worried the hyperbole is getting a bit out of control with all this.
Twitter as a medium is also very, very shitty at conveying nuance (obviously) but the real problem here strikes me as about our collective inability to talk about bad things without comparing them to much, much worse things.
While I certainly think the storming of the Capitol is awful - as I’ve said repeatedly - on the scale of worst things to ever happen to America it seems a little bit less bad than 9/11 to my simplistic worldview.
You’ll be stunned to here that the follow up wasn’t “ah, shit, maybe I’m being a little dramatic” but instead “actually, you fools, it is worse!”
Me: the attack on the Capitol was very, very bad

People on Twitter: yes, imagine that Donald Trump had been a kamikaze pilot during Pearl Harbor, somehow survived, and then became the president who interned the Japanese. It’s that bad.

Me: oh well perhaps not

PoT: You fascist!
Someone will reply to this with how I was AKSHUALLY saying that it was even WORSE than Pearl Harbor or something and that it was in fact not even bad at all because this app is a manifestation of hell.

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11 Jan
There are maybe 30 separate reasons this is funny
“The architect of the fraudulent Iraq War, who has supported Democratic candidates for years, has formally broken with the GOP. Take that, Republicans!!”
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7 Jan
I’m open I let my emotions get the better of me yesterday. I don’t have a column or anything like that, so I figured I would lay out my thinking about what happened at the Capitol where I lay out most things - a not-so-quick 🧵.
First, what we saw yesterday with the storming of the US Capitol was vile, barbaric, and unamerican. There is no excuse that exists for a mob to break into a federal building, particularly one that was housing the entire US government. It was despicable.
It’s important we start here because every other piece of commentary - esp on media hypocrisy - is secondary.

Sure, we need to be able to walk & chew gum and talk about issues in parallel. But that requires defining what issues must take priority over others. This one is tops.
Read 17 tweets
6 Jan
I don’t care how much you don’t like the press.

It is absolutely, patently absurd to pretend that the riots that shook DC and other cities by BLM and antifa could hold a candle to the threatening insurrectionist activity we saw today. (1/6)
Today’s riot and assault on the US Capitol isn’t some symbolic issue.

The national guard is actively being deployed to the US Capitol in response to seditious threats against the US Congress, cheered on by a president who had rallied these rioters to DC beforehand. (2/6)
I’ve seen a lot of you on here spend your time today criticizing the media and the left for being concerned about today’s events but not the riots we saw here, in Minneapolis, in NYC and beyond last summer.

You are wrong to do so. (3/6)
Read 6 tweets
6 Jan
“Surely the problem was that the GOP moved away from its embrace of free market principles, limited government, and politeness” someone with an outsized influence on The Dialogue is thinking right now.
“If only we could go back to exactly where the GOP was in 2007!” they muse.
“If we could just have used our political capital to lower capital gains taxes a little bit more, it would’ve been smooth sailing.”
Read 4 tweets
5 Jan

If you feel like you’ve heard that something’s “worse than Watergate” before, well, it’s because you have.

By my count we’ve had about a dozen Trump-related stories that are “worse than Watergate” according to Carl Bernstein.

A stroll down memory lane, anyone?👇
You’ve gotta understand that all of this goes back to the end of 2016, mere months after Trump’s election.

Here’s ol’ Carl Bernstein saying in December 2016 that Trump’s “lies” are “worse than Nixon’s”
He dips another toe in later, this time in February of 2017, when he describes Trump’s criticism of the press as more “treacherous” than Nixon’s.
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4 Jan
How it started How it’s going
Great job here guys. Slam dunk all around.
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