For slavery apologist Tom Cotton, the greatest enemy to America is not racism, or racial violence or white nationalism or insurrection: it's racial equity.
For example, African people and all of their progeny being enslaved by European-descended people and all of their progeny was an example of an American society that lacked racial equity. Cotton calls that a "necessary evil."…
But a society that tries to place Black people and White people on the SAME societal level; i.e., one that reaches racial equity, would in @SenTomCotton view be an outrage, since White people are SUPPOSED to be at a higher societal level than Black people. Is that the gist, Tom?
Oh, and when ole' Tom talks about what was "necessary" in our nation's past, even if somewhere deep down in his Tom Cotton soul, he also thinks it was "evil" (which I struggle to believe) ... it's clearly personal...…

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Republicans/Republican groups have opposed and/or run ads attacking these Biden nominees:
- Vanita Gupta (AAPI woman/DOJ)
- Neera Tanden (AAPI woman/OMB)
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...and they are gearing up to fight Deb Haaland’s nomination as Interior Secretary (she is an Indigenous American woman). I think that’s something we should just notice about Republicans, who have not generally attacked Biden’s white male nominees.
It’s pretty gross for any Democrat to get on that train, though looks like Joe Manchin is grabbing a ticket to ride. But the bottom line is, these transparent Republicans had no problem confirming the worst of the worst Trump cabinet nominees, from Bill Barr to Mike Pompeo.
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This point exactly. @LindseyGrahamSC @tedcruz @HawleyMO @mattgaetz @laurenboebert @govkristinoem @mtgreenee and the rest are examples of the kind of perforative trolling-as-government the GOP has devolved into. They don't DO any governing. They only exist to troll.
It suits a base that is frankly disinterested in governance, and economically comfortable enough to believe they don't need government anyway. So all they want from their representatives is the visceral pleasure of watching them yell at, swing at and try to hurt those THEY hate.
This, from @laurenboebert ... is performative trolling-as-government. There is literally no point to what she's doing here, other than to troll, and to send a signal to armed militia types, gun nuts and far right wing paranoiacs that she is their girl...
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