.@vp has invited the female US Senators for cocktails. It is consistent with the graciousness and good cheer that seem so much a part of @vp’s personality. @MarshaBlackburn will be on that list. She is completely crazy and profoundly dishonest.
She is a purveyor of conspiracy theories that are poisoning our democracy. I love the idea of having cocktails with political opponents that you can agreeably disagree with and debate the issues of the day in good faith. We don’t live in that world and pretending we do is foolish
.@MarshaBlackburn is a purveyor of toxic insanity. She has given moral support to the murderous insurrection through her embrace of the lie that caused it and her refusal to investigate it. These aren’t people you drink with. They are indecent people who stand for an un-American
cause that has turned against democracy. No one should be drinking with them. They should be opposed 24-7. When this terrible movement has been brought to submission after multiple consecutive defeats in national elections, maybe something new will emerge, If it does, that will
be something to raise a glass for. In the meantime, when it comes to the Seditionists, the liars, the conspiracy theorists, white nationalists, fascist proud boys and US Senators like @MarshaBlackburn who are the agents of that rotten lot, let us dispense with social niceties.
These people have earned the deep contempt and disgust of all patriotic Americans and they deserve to be treated that way. All around us are signs of normalcy. The economy is red hot and we are emerging from the Covid pandemic. The President is globally respected and popular.
.@POTUS is a good and competent man. Kamala Harris is succeeding in her first trip abroad, on a mission to clean up Trump’s Central American debacle. The sea seems placid but it is violently churning below the surface. Our democracy is under assault. The lie that Trump won, has
hardened into unassailable dogma within the GOP. That lie will metastasize in a thousand virulent directions and @MarshaBlackburn is good with that. There is no compromise to be had with these people of bad faith. They must be opposed and confronted.Their lies must be exposed
and challenged. The we’re all friends after 5 o’clock era is gone. No one should be drinking with people who are obstructing a Commission to investigate the facts of a murderous insurrection that killed 5 people,including cops, 5 months ago. There should be no toasts or small
talk to be had with the most powerful elected officials in the country who are part of a systematic, sophisticated, coordinated, well funded plot to roll back voting rights for black people and other minorities.
There is a fever of delusion in Washington DC around the nature of the seriousness of the fight we are in to hold on to our 244 year old Republic. Activities that give the appearance of normality have the disastrous impact of camouflaging the extremism of @MarshaBlackburn
and others. After all, how bad can they be if the @vp is having them over for happy hour? There can be no compromise between people who believe in democracy and at long last full equality for every American vs. the assertive manifestation of 21st century knowNothingness.
being made by Trump and the toxic gaggle of extremist groups he encouraged, inspired, incited and led into attacking America on 1/6. One side will win and one will lose. Trust me when I say this. If the pro democracy side loses, the victorious autocrats won’t be hosting
Defeated opponents for drinks. They will act quickly to consolidate power and use the instruments of the state to punish disobedience by non compliant citizens. It will happen fast and it will be nothing to drink to. It’s time to wake up and understand that we are fighting an
American Cold Civil War that has turned hot on some edges already. It’s a new type of war, it’s being fought globally and it’s battle space is the contact point between the truth and the lie. It is an information war being fought in a digital world where venom, abuse and lies
abound. Reality is our friend in all of this. Bottom line: these are bad people you don’t drink with.

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