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“My top-level, expert legal analysis of the [Trump Mar-a-Lago FBI search] affidavit is: Why ain’t this dude in jail? What does this man have to do to go to jail?”

@ElieNYC @DrJasonJohnson @CrossConnection
#TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments #TrumpESPIONAGE
“Just the classification markings referred to in this [redacted Mar-a-Lago search warrant] affidavit — made the hair on the back of my neck stand up… Literally human lives can be at stake.” @FrankFigliuzzi1

@NicolleDWallace #TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments
“There is a feeling here that [if] Merrick Garland decides not to prosecute Trump, how do you hold anyone else accountable for violating classification rules going forward in the U.S. government?”@JaxAlemany

@NicolleDWallace #TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments
“Trumpism [is] no longer a political movement. It’s a violent fairytale of revenge on political enemies. Feds could’ve found a body in those Mar-a-Lago boxes and followers wouldn’t care. It’s about retribution, not facts.”

@oneunderscore__ #TrumpCult
“If there’s a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information… there’ll be riots in the streets.”
Lindsey Graham practicing stochastic terrorism 8/28/22

#TrumpIsANationalSecurityRisk #TrumpESPIONAGE
“Let me say to my MAGA Republican friends: Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you won’t condemn what happened on #January6th. For god’s sake, whose side are you on? You can’t be pro-law enforcement AND pro-insurrection.”
Biden Wilkes-Barre speech
“Every single Republican member of Congress…voted against the support for law enforcement. They talk about how much they love it yet they voted against the funding… Every Republican in the House. Every Republican in the Senate.”
Biden Wilkes-Barre speech
“The lessons that you have from authoritarians around the globe is that it’s easier to prevent them from coming into office than it is to get them out one they’re there. We learned that lesson frankly on #January6th.”

@AshaRangappa_ @JoyAnnReid #CivilWar2
“[The DOJ and FBI] found these three mundane statutes — espionage and the two others, obstruction — and they’re trying to claim that there was some sort of criminal activity.”
Alina Habba on ‘mundane’ crimes

#TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments #TrumpESPIONAGE
.@NorahODonnell 2/5/21: What’s your worst fear if Trump continues to get intelligence briefings?

@JoeBiden: “There is no need for him to have intelligence briefings... What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?”

“You cannot say that you are in favor of law enforcement if you don’t want accountability for your orange overlord. You cannot steal classified documents and expect no consequences.”

@ZerlinaShow #TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments
“My responsibility as a leader is to see a problem and try to solve it… As the next Governor of Georgia, I will continue to do my job to make certain that every legally eligible vote that gets cast, gets counted.”

@staceyabrams schools pompous Brian Kemp:
“I’m somebody that has been in Trump’s office…
I have firsthand knowledge. I have never seen that. That is not the way his office looks… He has guests frequently there.”

Alina Habba confesses to Hannity #TrumpESPIONAGE AND #TrumpIsANationalSecurityRisk:
“They asked for DOJ to punch them in the face — and that’s what DOJ did… Turns out there were documents in Trump’s office, documents all over the place. Tons of them. They have him dead to rights.”

@gtconway3d @donlemon #TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments
“Constitutionally, there’s nothing that prevents somebody who is either under investigation, convicted, or even in prison from running for President… This is a serious obstruction case that appears…it would not be difficult to prove.”
Andrew C. McCarthy

“MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic… Not every Republican — not even a majority — are MAGA… Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”
Biden Philly speech @ProjectLincoln #BidenSpeech

“Equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise. I come to this place where it all began to speak as plainly as I can to the nation… Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism.”
Biden Philadelphia speech
“America must choose: To be a nation of hope and unity and optimism — or a nation of fear and division and of darkness.”
President Joe Biden Philadelphia speech #SoulOfTheNation

#DemocracyIsOnTheBallot #VoteBlueDownBallot #VOTE
“For them to take things to the current point they probably have pretty good evidence… People say this was unprecedented; well it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put them in a county club.” Bill Barr @Acyn

“[#GinniThomas] was actively involved in strategies to overturn the results of the 2020 election… Ginni Thomas has refused to cooperate, pushing the @January6thCmte to now consider a subpoena.” @KatiePhang

@katiephangshow #SubpoenaGinniThomas #January6th
“We need answers to what Ginni Thomas has referred to ‘misconceptions’ … It matters that the wife of a Supreme Court Justice was promoting ways to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.” @KatiePhang

@katiephangshow #SubpoenaGinni #SubpoenaGinniThomas
“We also need to think about digital thefts. We don’t know what pictures were taken of these documents… This is highly problematic. [Trump] basically served up our sources and methods to our adversaries on a silver platter.”

@tracy_walder #TrumpESPIONAGE
“Even the *unclassified* documents (11,000 of them!) are still valuable intelligence for foreign adversaries because they offer a window into the people and priorities of the U.S. government.” @AshaRangappa_

@KatiePhang @JoyceWhiteVance #TrumpStoleTheDocs
“Trump [still has not said] why he took these documents, why he didn’t return them, what was in them, what he was planning to do with them, why the folders are now empty…
Why shouldn’t he have to explain to Congress @HouseIntel?”

@AWeissmann_ @PeterWelch
“Anyone who calls for use of violence and fails to condemn violence when it’s used — refuses to acknowledge when election has been won, insists on changing [vote count rules] — is a threat to democracy. Democracy.”

@POTUS @JoeBiden #DemocracyIsOnTheBallot
“Do you want to put your Social Security in the hands of Ted Cruz and Marjorie Taylor Greene?”
President Biden Maryland speech 8/25/22

#VoteBlueDownBallotLocalStateFederal #DarkBrandonRising
“Was I happy when I beat Donald Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the Electoral College? No. Did I ever for a nanosecond think, ‘I’m gonna claim victory and try to get Democrats to refuse to certify the election’? No.”
@HillaryClinton @NorahODonnell
“The taking of classified…nuclear top secret documents should not be a Republican vs Democratic issue…This is an AMERICAN issue… Donald is a clear and present danger to our national security.”@MichaelCohen212

@JoyAnnReid #TrumpIsANationalSecurityThreat
“Trump told you ‘the election was stolen’ to rip you off. To sucker you. To take your hard-earned money and shovel it into his pockets… Every dollar you send him pays to keep his…lavish lifestyle going. It was a sucker’s game all along.” @ProjectLincoln
Reporter: You stated that repeal of #RoeVWade would let every state decide if abortion is legal and you said that was the most constitutionally sound way.

Lindsey Graham: I thought it’d be nice to introduce a bill to define who we are.

“I do not want anyone in this room making life and death decisions for me, my daughter, my granddaughter— and for that fact, anyone.”
Katrina Shealy (Republican South Carolina state Senator) fighting abortion ban

#RoeIsOnTheBallot @therecount #RoeYourVote
“If we take back the House and the Senate, I can assure you we’ll have a vote on our [nationwide abortion ban] bill. If the Democrats are in charge, I don’t know if we’ll ever vote on our [national abortion ban].”
Lindsey Graham 9/13/22

“Republicans promised us they would leave abortion up to the states. Supreme Court reassured us they would leave abortion up to the states. So what are they doing? Pushing a NATIONAL ABORTION BAN.” @lindyli

@ZerlinaMaxwell @ZerlinaShow #RoeRoeRoeYourVote
“MAGA Republicans want to ban ALL abortions.
What’s their plan? It’s a ban. A TOTAL ban… Banning abortion in EVERY state. No freedom. No rights. No choice…
Extremism like we’ve never seen.” @CAPAction

#StopRepublicanAbortionBans #RoeRoeRoeYourVote #Roe
Trump: “If [DOJ indictment] happened, I think you’d have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before…”

Hugh Hewitt: “What kind of problems?”

Trump: “They’d have big problems. Big problems.”

Boston immigration attorney Rachel Self explains all we need to know about the lawful asylum seekers that DeSantis sent to Martha’s Vineyard.

DHS officials gave them falsified U.S. addresses, likely ensuring that they’d be deemed in our country illegally.
“Open up large parcels of inexpensive land in the outer reaches of the cities… Create thousands and thousands of ‘high quality’ tents…”
Donald Trump’s plan for American homeless people 7/26/22

#TrumpConcentrationCamps @duty2warn #TrumpCult
Trump merged MAGA with QAnon at his Youngstown Ohio rally.

#TrumpCult 9/17/22:
Samuel Alito mocked ‘foreign leaders’ who condemned his opinion overturning #RoeVsWade in his ‘religious liberty’ speech in Rome July 2022. Alito jokes about taking away our rights; the cruelty is the point.

“The Rule of Law is not assured. It is fragile. It demands constant effort and vigilance. The responsibility to ensure the Rule of Law is and has been the duty of every generation in our country’s history...”
Merrick Garland speech at Ellis Island 9/17/22

“We are filing a lawsuit against Trump for violating the law…Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us.”
Letitia James announcement #TrumpCrimeFamilyForPrison
“You pulled the plug on the [@January6thCmte] investigation you originally advocated because Donald Trump didn’t want it. Let’s tell some truth! You’re talking about truth; I’m GIVING you the truth!”

@RepRaskin @jamie_raskin #TrumpCoupAttempt #January6th
“If you’re POTUS, you can declassify just by saying ‘it’s declassified’ — even by THINKING about it. Because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago — or to WHEREVER you’re sending it.”

Where else did Trump send documents he stole?

“Please, DOJ, TAKE THIS ON! These asylum seekers were following the rules set for them by the federal government. [DeSantis and Abbott deceiving them] is not merely cruel, but appears to be criminal.”@glennkirschner2

@KatiePhang #MarthasVineyard #DeSantis
“A real a-ha moment: The White House switchboard connected to a rioter’s phone WHILE [#January6thInsurrection] WAS HAPPENING… I only know one end of that call. I don’t know the White House end.” @RepRiggleman

@January6thCmte @60Minutes #TrumpCoupAttempt
“If you flip the House, we know you will put forward a FULL BAN on ALL ABORTION for ALL STATES… You want to turn a veterans bill into an abortion bill… Who do you think you are? …Shame on you!” @ElissaSlotkin

@RepSlotkin @Acyn 9/28/22 #RoeIsOnTheBallot
“[The classified documents] are most critical to the criminal investigation for the Espionage Act, which involves willful retention of national defense information, and for obstruction of justice.” @AshaRangappa_

@KatiePhang #TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments
“What you are really looking at is an attempt to do, in black robes, what Donald Trump and John Eastman tried to do in 2020 election — give state legislatures almost unfettered power…with elections.” @Dahlialithwick

#VotingRightsAct #MoorevHarper #Maddow
“Justice Jackson explicitly reading the reports from the drafting of the 14th Amendment to explain that it was ‘not a race blind idea.’ Extraordinary.” @Dahlialithwick

“Progressive originalism at work.” @mjs_DC

#JusticeKetanjiBrownJackson #SupremeCourt
“Wow. That’s an incredibly made-up figure. That doesn’t comport with any of the studies or documentation that exists from medical organizations.”
Jon Stewart to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

@jonstewart @TheProblem #VoteBlueToProtectYourRights
“I am concerned about one thing — and one thing only — at this point. So I don’t care if Herschel Walker paid to abort endangered baby eagles. I want control of the Senate.”
Dana Loesch @patriottakes #VoteBlue

#VoteBlueForSoManyReasons #VoteBlueDownBallot
“They’re on the same boards of directors... They have like interests. They don’t need to call a meeting. They know what’s good for them and they’re getting it... You have the illusion of choice. You don’t get the real important choices.”
George Carlin 2001
“Here’s the thing that’s most troubling about this: Lack of courage. Trump took JD Vance’s dignity from him on the stage in Youngstown… We need leaders who have courage to take on their own party.” @TimRyan

#TimRyanForOhio #TimRyanForSenate #OHSenDebate
“I had a small number of boxes in storage… There is no crime. It’s not a crime and they should give me immediately back everything that they’ve taken from me because it’s mine. It’s MINE.” Trump Mesa 10/9/22

Intent to illegally possess classified records:
“That [Trump’s] trying to engage in the art of the deal with respect to classified documents and he’s saying these documents were ‘all mine’ — Those are incredibly damning statements that go directly to knowledge and intent.”

@AWeissmann_ @NicolleDWallace
“[Trump reacting to the Supreme Court rejecting election fraud claims] had said something to the effect of: I don’t want people to know we lost, Mark. This is embarrassing. Figure it out.”
Cassidy Hutchinson

#TrumpCoupAttempt #January6thCommitteeHearings
“Trump’s claim that Pelosi failed to call law enforcement on January 6 is undermined by literal video evidence.”
@briantylercohen #January6thCommitteeHearings

Republicans AND Democrats worked together to end the violence, doing what Trump refused to do:
“I hope he comes, I’m going to punch him out...for trespassing on Capitol grounds. I’m going to punch him out, I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be happy.”
Speaker Pelosi video defending democracy on #January6th

#DemocracyIsOnTheBallot @therecount
“With every effort to excuse…the conduct of the former president*, we chip away at foundation of our republic. Indefensible conduct is defended, inexcusable conduct is excused. Without accountability, it all becomes normal, and it will recur.” @Liz_Cheney
“The Secret Service had advance information—more than TEN days beforehand—regarding the #ProudBoys planning for #January6th. We know now that Proud Boys and others did lead the assault on our Capitol building.”

@January6thCmte #January6thCommitteeHearings
“The former potus today threatened America’s Jews… Now is not the time to remain silent or give the GOP a pass… These [connected] acts of #antisemitic hate [are] all part of the same thing: Rising and dangerous fascism on the American right.”@mehdirhasan
@Marcus4Georgia: Did Biden win the election?
Greene: He’s the President of the United States.
Flowers: You pushed a big lie that he did not win the election.
Greene: There was election fraud and my husband has proof.

“Tudor Dixon doesn’t understand the office she’s running for, or she is lying. Either way — it is dangerous. The governor has power over abortion access in our state, and she has pledged to enact a dangerous ban.” @gretchenwhitmer

#RoeIsOnTheBallot #MIgov
“MAGA Republicans want women arrested for having an abortion. This is what that looks like.” @ericswalwell

Protect women’s rights and freedom. #RoeIsOnTheBallot

#VoteBlueDownBallotLocalStateFederal #LockHerUp
“Kari Lake announces that she wants to secede from the United States. Are we in 1860? Lake’s dangerous threat to secede would seriously harm Arizonans’ health and safety.”
@katiehobbs #AZgov #KatieHobbs

#VoteBlueToSaveDemocracy #DemocracyIsOnTheBallot
“I support law enforcement… I believe that we need safety AND justice… Like most Georgians, I [understand that] we need access to help — but we also need to know that we are safe from racial violence.” @staceyabrams

@TeamAbrams #GAGovernorDebate #GAGov
“How long will you watch people being gunned down in 1st grade, 4th grade, high school, college, church, synagogue, a grocery store, a movie theater, a mall, and a night club — and DO NOTHING?” @valdemings

#VoteBlueDownBallotLocalStateFederal #FLSenDebate
“[Marco Rubio] talked about pharmaceuticals? He voted against legislation that would help reduce the cost of prescription drugs — and cap the cost of insulin.”
@valdemings #FLSen #FLSenateDebate closing statement

“I’m really disappointed in you, Marco Rubio… You gave the biggest tax break to the richest of the rich and said that you’d pay for it with cuts to Social Security and Medicare.”
@valdemings #FLSenateDebate #FLSen

“Over half of the increased prices people are paying are coming from increases in corporate profits.”
@katieporteroc @RepKatiePorter re: #Inflation

#VoteBlueToSaveDemocracy #VoteBlueForSoManyReasons
American voters support:
85% gun law reform
83% negotiated Medicare drug prices, insulin cost caps
73% Ukraine defense
65% climate change action
62% Roe codified
55% education debt relief

#VoteBlueDownBallotLocalStateFederal #VoteBlue2022
“Democratic candidate @joy4ok pointed out that red states like Oklahoma have HIGHER crime rates than New York and California. In 2020, per capita murder rates were *40% higher* in states won by Trump than those won by Biden.” @NoLieWithBTC

“Wonder how white supremacists stopped Black voting during Reconstruction? In this century, thanks to Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s ‘election security force,’ it’s on video.”

“[Trump] took those documents specifically for two things: Power and money… He is exactly what…our founding fathers of this country feared: A president who wants to be autocrat, dictator, monarch, supreme ruler.” @MichaelCohen212

“DOJ is further along on [#TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments] case than they are on the 1/6 investigation… Because of the time sensitivity to the nature of these documents, DOJ is...obligated to move a bit quicker.” @JaxAlemany

“I have built a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before. We have stuff that you haven’t seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before.”
Trump to Woodward, ‘The Trump Tapes’

Dr Oz believes that women’s reproductive decisions should be between “a woman, her doctor, and local political leaders.”

@JohnFetterman wants to #CodifyRoe to keep politicians out of such decisions.

#VoteBlueDownBallotLocalStateFederal #RoevemberIsComing
@CharlieCrist: “Why don’t you look in the eyes of the people of the state of Florida and say to them if you’re re-elected, you will serve a full four-year term as governor. Yes or no, Ron?”

Ron DeSantis: [weakly stares]

#VoteBlueToSaveDemocracy #VoteBlue
“I would have loved nothing more than to have a debate — between the Democratic #InflationReductionAct and the Republican #Inflation Reduction Act…over which one was better — but there was only one, and it was ours. And luckily, it passed.” @PeteButtigieg
“You know why they have Social Security? They worked for it. They worked hard jobs for it. They have chapped hands for it. They had long hours and sore backs and bad knees to get that Social Security.” @BarackObama

“If you’re frustrated right now, don’t complain! Don’t tune out! Don’t get bamboozled and fall for the okey-doke that nothing that you say matters! I need you to get off your couch and VOTE. Put down your phone and give TikTok a rest and VOTE.”@BarackObama
“Every Republican politician seems obsessed with two things: Own the libs and get Trump’s approval… They’re interested in making you angry and then finding somebody to blame. And they’re hoping that will distract you.”@BarackObama

“If your reaction to attempted murder of the speaker of the House’s husband and attempted kidnapping of the speaker of the House, is to minimize, mock, or celebrate it, you’re telling us what you want instead of politics [and] instead of voting.” @maddow

“If we don’t cut this out right now — not just normalization of violence, but the idea that reality can’t even exist anymore because it cannot catch up to lies on the Internet…that’s how you lose your democracy.” @oneunderscore__

“If Republicans do not want us to have elections anymore, don’t kid yourself that there is another good option. It is democracy or it’s not. And if it’s not, it’s violence and force.”
@maddow @MaddowBlog

#VoteBlueForDemocracy #DemocracyNotAutocracy #VOTE
“We have to be clear about what’s happening here: One side is agitating for violence, violence happens, they deny it’s them — and then they say even if it was us, we would’ve been proud of it anyway.”@oneunderscore__ @NicolleDWallace

“The fundamental question that you should be asking yourself is: Who will fight for you? Who cares about you? Who sees you? Who believes in you? That’s the choice in this election.”
Obama speech in College Park, Atlanta 10/28/22

“We must in this moment dig deep within ourselves and recognize that we can't take democracy for granted any longer.”

Biden democracy speech…

#VoteBlueForDemocracy #DemocracyIsOnTheBallot
“We can be better. And it has nothing to do with political correctness or being woke. It’s about fundamental values that my grandparents from Kansas taught me... honesty, fairness, opportunity, hard work.”
Obama Philadelphia 11/5/22

“It is not freedom to tell women what they are allowed to do with their bodies [and it] is not freedom to say you can go vote — but he gets to pick the winner.”
@JoshShapiroPA Philadelphia speech 11/5/22

#VoteBlueForDemocracy #VoteBlueToProtectYourRights
“I have the privilege to concede this race… because the way this country operates is that when you lose an election, you concede. You respect the will of the people. We can’t have a system where…if you lose, someone stole it.”
@TimRyan concession speech

“And now, the announcement the former president* would have made if he could take a hint.” @colbertlateshow #Colbert

“BIDEN delivered the largest economic recovery plan since ROOSEVELT, the largest infrastructure plan since EISENHOWER, the most judges confirmed since KENNEDY, the second largest health care bill since JOHNSON, and the largest climate change bill in HISTORY.” @WHCOS Ronald Klain “BIDEN delivered the larges...
A vote for Senator Raphael Warnock is a vote for democracy.

Re-upping his 2020 beagle video to spark more joy... ✨🤍

@ReverendWarnock @SenatorWarnock @TeamWarnock
#DemocracyWins #DemocracyNotAutocracy #GASenRunoff
Donald Trump 12/3/22 called for “the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

Do not ignore Trump’s intention to terminate our Constitution. Trump Constitution Truth So...
“If you don’t have facts, you can’t have truth. Without truth you can’t have trust. Without these three, we have have no shared reality, we can’t solve any problems, we have no democracy… [Social media uses] free speech to stifle free speech.” @mariaressa
“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.” Garry Kasparov

“We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself. We will try to persuade with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our acts.” #MLK

Repeat: #Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people
“18 weeks now since the MAL search. Trump has no plausible defense and has never even explained why he took the docs (and he never will). Just a matter now of WHEN he will be charged.” @AWeissmann_

GOP 2024: “Kanye. Elon. Trump.”

Mark Meadows exchanged text messages with 34 Republican members of Congress as they plotted together to overturn Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.

The Mark Meadows phone was very busy on January 6, 2021.

#TrumpCoupAttempt @ProjectLincoln @January6thCmte
@January6thCmte: Just so I understand, Mr. Herschmann said that he had already recommended to President* Trump that Trump convey a message that people should be peaceful on #January6th, and Trump had refused to do that?

Hope Hicks: Yes.

Hope Hicks: “I was…concerned that we were damaging his legacy.”

Q: What did Trump say in response?

Hope Hicks: “Nobody will care about my legacy if I lose. So that won’t matter. The only thing that matters is winning.”

#TrumpCoupAttempt @AccountableGOP
The #January6thCommittee referred Donald Trump to the Justice Department for potential prosecution for inciting insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of act of Congress.

READ @January6thCmte report:…
“Your money is not charity. It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way… I thank every American family…for your invaluable assistance.”
Zelensky Congress speech 12/21/22

@ZelenskyyUa #SlavaUkraini🌻
“The central cause of January 6th was one man, former President* Donald Trump, who many others followed. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.”

Read the @January6thCmte Final Report:

Sweet fancy Moses!
What evidence is most damning in the #January6thReport?

“Specific, brand new evidence of Trump and Meadows directing false electors effort: A key one is Ronna McDaniel’s call to Trump to say she accepts HIS request to help organize the effort.” @rgoodlaw

Trump and radical extremist allies attempted over 200 times to overturn the 2020 election.

“A single connective tissue — Stop the Steal — unifies the legal, political, and violent efforts led by Trump.” @juliettekayyem

#January6thReport #TrumpCoupAttempt
Reminder: The Trump Organization is a criminal enterprise that was found guilty of tax fraud and falsifying business records.

#TrumpCrimeFamily @MeidasTouch
Speaking of grifts, Trump’s “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT” in December 2022 was that he is now an NFT salesman pushing $99 digital trading cards of his face photoshopped onto other people’s bodies. Trump’s NFT infomercial is beyond parody.

@AccountableGOP #trumpnft
Hope Hicks complained in #January6th texts that “we all look like domestic terrorists now” — thanks to Trump’s actions and inactions.

“It tells you exactly who these people are and who they’ve always been,” @RinainDC tells @mehdirhasan.

#January6th transcripts show that Kushner BLOCKED a smooth, safe, informed transition to the Biden administration of the government’s COVID efforts… Trump ‘intentionally downplayed’ the danger.”

“Democrats will always put American values over autocracy, benevolence over bigotry, Constitution over cult, democracy over demagogues, economic opportunity over extremism, freedom over fascism, governing over gaslighting...”
Hakeem Jeffries A to Z Speech

“Congressional investigators found evidence that tech platforms — especially Twitter — failed to heed their own employees’ warnings about violent rhetoric on their platforms and bent their rules to avoid penalizing conservatives, particularly ... Trump.”

🎶 Pissing off the left, paying off the right, pushing an agenda of revenge and spite … 🎶

@RandyRainbow #SpeakerOfTheHouse #WeakerSpeaker
“Some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset… I’m glad to see [you disagree]. I enjoy conversion…
So folks, as we all agree, Social Security and Medicare are off the books now, right? We have unanimity!” @JoeBiden

“Nearly 25% of the entire national debt — that took over 200 years to accumulate — was added by [Trump’s] administration alone. How did Congress respond to that debt? They lifted the debt ceiling 3 times without preconditions or crisis.”

@MaxwellFrostFL: “Ok. Free speech… So the Trump White House — not an agency but the White House — reached out to Twitter to ask that you remove that [@chrissyteigen] tweet?”

Anika Collier Navaroli: “From my understanding, yes.”

@therecount #TwitterFiles
“GOP ‘oversight’ means whining about Twitter’s years-old internal decision making [instead of] investigating real threats of massive Russian disinformation and white nationalist violent incitement on social media.” @RepRaskin

@jamie_raskin #TwitterFiles
“Jim Jordan’s new ‘Weaponization of the Federal Government’ subcommittee is a psychological projection and political confession. Their obvious—and demonstrable—purpose is to abuse the power of Congress to send Donald Trump back to the White House in 2024.”
“We get it: My Republican colleagues wish that the Hunter Biden story would have helped them win the 2020 election. And that didn’t happen — and so they’re angry about it — and that’s the point of this hearing.”

“Republicans [had] ‘dozens’ of secret meetings with whistleblowers yet provided no notes [from] those meetings to Democrats. If there are notes, let us see them. If there are no notes, how can you write a ‘report’ based on those interviews?”
“[Republican leaders] are going to use lies, misinformation, and outright conspiracy theories to attack the President and advance really dangerous MAGA agenda…”
@StaceyPlaskett on future @Weaponization committee investigations

@CapehartJ @weekendcapehart
“Free speech is about the GOVERNMENT limiting speech… I’d love to see this committee bring in some of these governors who are abusing their power — like Governor DeSantis [in] Florida — to limit the free speech of people.”
@MaxwellFrostFL #FreeSpeech

Rep. @AOC: “So Twitter changed their own policy — AFTER [Trump] violated it — in order to potentially accommodate his tweet?”

Anika Collier Navaroli: “Yes.”

@RepAOC: “Thank you. So much for bias against right-wing on Twitter.”

#TwitterFilesHearing #AOC
RASKIN: There were hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Twitter accounts set up by Russian propaganda and disinformation?
ROTH: That’s right. Those accounts are still active on social media today.
@RepRaskin: Well, we should be having a hearing about that.
“[At Twitter] we saw Russian operatives playing both sides and often playing them against each other… Accounts operating out of the same Russian troll farm, arguing with each other — manufacturing drama both on Democratic and Republican sides.” Yoel Roth

“There has been a 66% increase of antisemitism on Twitter since Elon Musk set it ‘free’ … Not all Republicans are Nazis, but I gotta tell ya: Nazis seem really comfortable with Donald Trump… Why is that?” @RepMoskowitz

#TwitterFilesHearing #Antisemitism
“Rather than conspiring to suppress right-wing MAGA speech — as my colleagues claim — Twitter and others knowingly facilitated Trump’s spread of disinformation…and gave voice to his followers’ glorification of violence and calls for civil war.”
“In America, private media companies can decide what to publish or how to curate content however they want… That’s what the first amendment means… Elon Musk [chose to] reinstate an unrepentant and still clearly lying Trump to the platform.”
Representative @MaxwellFrostFL: “When President Biden took office, did your agents stop enforcing the border and just allow everybody to come in, thus creating, what we hear here, is an open border?”

#BorderPatrol Chief Gloria Chavez: “The answer is no.”

In Sept 2022, House Democrats passed Mental Health Matters Act — a bill to provide more mental health support in America’s schools.

205 Republicans voted against it.

Only 1 Republican voted for more mental health access. Only 1.

2022 House vote on school-b...
“These [#FoxNewsTexts] expose Fox as a propaganda network. That’s what they do at the core… Fox KNEW the election fraud claims from the Trump team were nonsense.”
@oliverdarcy on Dominion defamation lawsuit

“What you see in these #FoxNewsTexts is essentially a network that is afraid of its own audience— afraid to tell them the truth and extremely conscious of the tradeoff that if their network tells truth…they will lose viewers.”
@nickconfessore #FoxNewsLies
“[Fox ‘News’ hosts] were intentionally peddling lies... It’s like they were packing the kegs with gunpowder, using these lies as a vehicle to keep the viewership.”
@glennkirschner2 on Dominion’s lawsuit

@KatiePhang @katiephangshow #KatiePhangShow
“I think we’re just communicating wrong. Because what I know ‘woke’ to mean is, learning new things about people, or the world, and then acting accordingly, like basic kindness, maybe a gesture of care to people who are more vulnerable.”

Sarah Silverman explains that social media, cable news, and politicians profit from our anger.

Fox, Facebook, and Twitter have a business model that incentivizes them to keep us outraged; often that compels them to spread lies.

#FoxFiles @SarahKSilverman
“Tucker Carlson is a pro-Putin, pro-Orbán, pro-autocrat propagandist.”
@RepRaskin on Kevin McCarthy giving Tucker exclusive access to 41,000 hours of January 6 Capitol security footage

#FoxFiles @thereidout
“Historic. Timely. Brave. I welcomed @POTUS in Kyiv as Russian full-scale aggression approaches its one-year mark. I am thankful to U.S. for standing with Ukraine and for our strong partnership.”@ZelenskyyUa

“Trump on more than 20 different occasions defended the performance of the Chinese government in terms of COVID… so if there is a problem with the Chinese government unleashing the virus… you would have to pin that on… Trump, not Joe Biden.” @RepRaskin

“I dropped some truth bombs about the (alleged) sexual predators at CPAC and what ‘anti-woke’ really means. It may not be pretty but this is the unvarnished truth.” @lindyli

“What you’re telling me is that you don’t mind infringing on free speech to protect children from [drag shows] — but when it comes to kids who have died from guns, you don’t give a flying f.”
@jonstewart @TheProblem

“With regard to [Tucker Carlson’s] presentation on Fox last night, I want to associate myself entirely with the opinion of the Chief of Capitol Police about what happened on January 6th.”
Mitch McConnell 3/7/23 @Acyn

#TuckerCarlsonLies #FoxNewsIsNotNews
“America must reject the GOP’s dangerous nihilism about impossibility of separating truth from lies, a derangement… now infecting their whole party. Our system of democratic governance rests on truth and facts—not lies and conspiracy theories.”
“Their big lie has to stretch all the way over January 6. We have to disbelieve the evidence of our own eyes, of our own ears… They’re back on the news with big lies saying, ‘No no no, it was a tourist visit,’ like these real tourists up here.”
@DWStweets: Journalists should avoid accepting spoon-fed, cherry-picked information if it’s likely to be slanted. Would you agree with that?

Taibbi: I think it depends

DWS: Really? [plays clip of Taibbi basically agreeing with the premise]

“Americans can see through this. Musk is helping you out politically, and you’re going out of your way to promote and protect him… There are many legitimate questions about where Musk got the financing to buy Twitter.” @StaceyPlaskett
“Women aren’t just going to stand by and allow government officials, priests and pastors, and religious figures, tell us what we can or cannot do with our bodies. This is our country; this is not anyone’s church.”
@lindyli #RoeRage

@rosemaryCNN #RoeVsWade
“In 2016, I declared: I am your voice. Today, I add: I am your warrior. I am your justice. For those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution… I will totally obliterate the ‘deep state.’”
Trump speech CPAC 3/4/23

Too dangerous to ignore:
“History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.”
Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy
@POTUS @JoeBiden #DarkBrandon

Biden Canada Irish toast 3/25/23
“This has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with politics. And I won’t be listening to another second of it.”
@RepMaxwellFrost 3/23/23

Watch @MaxwellFrostFL walk out of #EndGunViolence hearing— TY @manueloliver00 @therecount.

“We’re not gonna fix it.”
— Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett bluntly explains Republican values about what Congress should do about school gun violence


Vote out leaders who refuse to work on solutions.
“I’d challenge any of my Republican colleagues to explain to a 17-year-old who’s been impacted by gun violence what they’re doing to keep our kids safe. The answer is nothing… We, as a society, need to step up.”
@ElissaSlotkin @RepSlotkin

“An Office of Gun Violence Prevention would save lives… Barbara Jordan said, ‘What the people want is simple — an America as good as its promise.’ Part of that promise is being safe, and we will fight for that every day.” @RepMaxwellFrost

“My Republican colleagues who pretend to be powerless to prevent gun violence and mass shootings:
If you’re not in Congress to protect public safety and protect children from mass murder… what are you here for?”
@RitchieTorres @RepRitchie

“Republicans won’t do SHIT when it comes to gun violence, but try to tell me to calm down. NO. We can’t calm down. People are dying everyday while we wait.”
@JamaalBowmanNY @RepBowman


“Children are dying! 9-year-old children!”
“Republicans voted NO on [amending Parents Bill of Rights] to remove lead pipes from schools… to prevent monitoring students’ menstrual cycles… to prevent the censorship of teaching the Holocaust.”
@tedlieu @RepTedLieu

Also no freedom from gun violence.
“I’m proud to be a Vice-Chair for the launch of @RepCori and @RepPressley’s @ERACaucus —demanding 2023 be the year that equal rights for women and LGBTQ folks are FINALLY enshrined by our Constitution.”
@RepSummerLee @SummerForPA

#ERANow #ERA #ERACaucus
“The indictment didn’t change Republicans. It revealed them — exposed them for who they are.”
@lindyli #TrumpIndictment

@KatiePhang @katiephangshow
@CapehartJ @weekendcapehart
Hannity: “I can’t imagine you ever saying, ‘Bring me some boxes we brought back from the White House. I’d like to look at them.’”

Trump: “I would do that... I have the right to take stuff! You know they ended up paying Nixon $18 million for what he had.”

“It is a felony to falsify business records with intent to defraud and intent to conceal another crime. That is what this case is about: 34 false statements made to cover up other crimes. These are felony crimes in NY — no matter who you are.” Alvin Bragg

“The big picture of what Alvin Bragg is saying is: For a candidate who ran on fake news — and he was the truth teller — this was all about presenting a fake story of who he is to the electorate.”
@AWeissmann_ @NicolleDWallace

#TrumpIndictment @DeadlineWH
“We called for you all to ban assault weapons, and you respond with an assault on democracy. That is why the nation is watching you today… Generations of young people see what is going on.”
Rep. Justin Jones (@brotherjones_)

#TennesseeThree #Tennessee3
“In a country that was built on a protest… You say to protest is wrong because you spoke out of turn. You spoke up for people who are marginalized. You spoke up for children who won’t ever be able to speak again. You spoke up for parents.” @Justinjpearson
“The idea that needs to be spread among the majority of this country is that their voice is not being heard [by] state legislatures. The only answer is more protests [and] more voting.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin

@DorisKGoodwin @JoeNBC @TheTNHoller #Tennessee3
“Civil disobedience is what built this country… I will not forget [the] people—especially children—who marched… Our lives are at stake. And we fight for our lives, just like they’re fighting for the NRA.”
@Justinjpearson @allinwithchris

“[Clarence Thomas’] job is to judge… In this case, he used his judgment in the face of what he contends is ‘ambiguous’ wording to say he can take…millions of dollars worth of gifts and not tell anyone.”
@chrislhayes @js_kaplan

“If you’re going to buy a Supreme Court Justice, why would you spend all that money on luxury yachts and planes for Clarence Thomas?? You could have bought Brett Kavanaugh for a bottle of Jager…”
@roywoodjr @TheDailyShow

#ClarenceThomasIsCorrupt #SCOTUS
“Harlan Crow made a $500,000 contribution to Ginni Thomas’ Liberty Central, which in turn paid her $120k a year salary! Clarence Thomas failed to disclose his wife’s income.”
@MeidasTouch #SCOTUS


Portrait at Harlan Crow Library:
“One of the really galling issues with ‘Justice’ Sunken Place is that he will very soon tell the world that he is able to determine with certainty whether or not a woman has the right to choose.”
@ElieNYC @DrJasonJohnson

#ClarenceThomasMustResign #SCOTUS
“Medication abortion accounts for 54% of abortions, so this really puts to lie the notion that it was going to be enough to send this back to the states. It was NEVER enough.”
@Dahlialithwick #mifepristone

#AbortionPill @DeadlineWH #AbortionIsHealthcare
“The courts rely on the legitimacy of their rulings — and when they make a mockery of our system, a mockery of our democracy, a mockery of our law [then] the executive branch has enforcement discretion.”

#ReproductiveRights #DemocracyInDanger
“The decision when or whether to bear a child is the most consequential decision economically that a family or woman will make… Government has no business getting between women and their doctors.”
@GovWhitmer @gretchenwhitmer

#ReproductiveFreedom 4/5/23:
@mehdirhasan: “They flagged 3000 [tweets]. So you were off by 21,997,000… It’s just error after error [in Twitter Files reporting], Matt.”

Taibbi: “Well, that is an error.”

#TwitterFiles @MehdiHasanShow
“The greed of the gun lobbies and the manufacturers is obvious. Money talks, but the cowardice and selfishness of the legislators who are so scared to death of being primaried and losing their job [and] power…”
Popovich gun speech 4/9/23

“When Ted Cruz said we should arm the schools more, [the] evidence he had to back that up was ‘we protect our banks with armed guards and we should treat our kids like that.’ Well, look what happened a week later.”
@Timodc @NicolleDWallace

“One Trump-appointed, right-wing extremist judge should NOT be allowed to strip our #AbortionPill of FDA approval. Rogue judges and politicians shouldn’t be policing our bodies!”
@lindyli @rosemaryCNN

#BansOffOurBodies #mifepristone
“[#ReproductiveRights] is an issue Republicans have been largely on the wrong side of. We have, over the last nine months, not shown compassion towards women… We’ve got to show some compassion to women.”
@RepNancyMace @NancyMace

#AbortionFreedom 4/10/23:
“We are going to have hearings on this, and a number of us [in] Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to Chief Justice Roberts asking for an investigation into what ‘Justice’ Thomas was… my gosh.”
@maziehirono @AliciaMenendez

“Clarence Thomas was accepting free trips — free gifts from Harlan Crow. And Harlan Crow [was] sending cases to #SupremeCourt [asking] Thomas to decide… It is time for Congress to pass the Supreme Court Ethics Act.” @ChrisMurphyCT

“The requirement that Justice Thomas disclose real estate transactions in which he’s involved is [in] Ethics In Government Act… The law specifically says that real estate transactions MUST be disclosed.”
@SenWhitehouse @Lawrence

Torture memo author John Yoo: “All of us…thank Harlan Crow and his family for making this wonderful facility available to us… I know Harlan hates that.”

‘Justice’ Clarence Thomas: “That’s why I wouldn’t say it. I like to keep that friendship.”

“I don’t understand the connection between opinions that people disagree with and legitimacy of the Court. If the Court doesn’t retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution, I’m not sure who would.”
Chief Justice Roberts 9/9/22

“The last thing the #SupremeCourt wanted was to have Dobbs [again]. You told us we’d be able to have interstate travel and told us this would be decided by the political branches, not the judiciary.”
@Dahlialithwick @alexwagner

#ReproductiveRights #SCOTUS
“A Late Show Exclusive: Fox ‘News’ apologizes for spreading election lies…”

@colbertlateshow #Colbert

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