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Feb 27 9 tweets 2 min read
1/ So the Dominion lawsuit depositions from Rupert Murdoch and Fox News are lighting up the Internet tonight, and there's a true frenzy over the revelations that the entire network, even the performative nightside trio of terror.

They knew Trump lost. They knew there...
2/ ...was not then (nor is there now) a scintilla of fraud. They knew, and lied. Over, and over, and over. They chose guests they knew were lying. They allowed story meetings promoting a massive, dangerous lie that reduced faith and belief in the American system.
3/ The entire top level of Fox management knew their lies were leading to danger for this nation.

Just as the GOP once ruled the base and now the base rules the GOP, a slavering, inchoate rage beast demanding more and more...
4/ ...so to is Fox owned by its base. Rupert and Roger's machine ran off the rails, and they fear their audience will follow the conspiracy crack at OAN or Newsmax or some damn Telegram channel.

They knew the lies were lies. They fed and fed the beast.
5/ The Fox audience is, let's be honest, unsophisticated. They're addicted to "hot women with great hair, big tits and degrees from cheap J-schools" (as Roger used to say) and ragey bros telling them that their hatred of immigrants, blacks, gays, readin' and ideas is logical.
6/ The question the Fox audience should but won't ask is, "What else is behind the curtain? What else is a lie? What else do they say about us off-camera.

Here's your answer: it's all a lie. The entire thing is a big, dumb, loud performance piece.
7/ They're lying about Ukraine. About Biden (at scale). About all the catalog of imaginary culture war demons. ("TONIGHT ON TUCKER: Will Transtifa Terrorist Drag Queens FORCE your kids into Gay Sharia Marriage Veganism?")
8/ This is Rupert and Roger's model at its end state, a seething, metastasizing cancer consuming the minds of millions of Americans convinced by the cynical playhouse of a network of liars, arsonists, and enablers.

Dominion called their b.s.
Fox will lose. They'll settle and offer a fat check and an elliptical apology.

If their viewers had the slightest curiosity they'd start asking what Fox is lying about to them now...and tomorrow...and the next day.

Because one thing is certain. The lies will continue.

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Feb 27
Here's what I wrote in #ETTD about Trump and Reince:

"Not long after Trump entered the race, Priebus feared Trump would bolt the party, run as an independent, and wreck the GOP’s chances against Hillary Clinton. He absurdly believed that if he convinced Trump to sign a GOP...
2/...loyalty pledge, Trump would support the party after he lost the primary and that the oath would moderate some of Red Hat Don’s more grotesque excesses.
3/ So Priebus went to Trump Tower with a cheesy parchment that looked like it was extracted from a bin of discount award certificates at Office Depot and run through a knockoff-brand inkjet printer and had Trump sign it.
Read 4 tweets
Feb 27
1/ Let's be clear about the RNC loyalty pledge Ronna wants Trump to sign.

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2/ This is the same horseshit fantasy thinking that led Reince to scuttle up to Trump Tower with an Office Depot award certificate for Trump to Sharpie-splooge over.

If you think Trump has ever, ever, ever considered any contract, vow, oath, agreement...
3/ ...memorandum of understanding, or blood oath sworn on an ebon altar in the depths of Hell, I have some overpriced mid-tier golf club memberships to sell you.

Anyone from Ronna on down who thinks this would stop an angry Trump...
Read 6 tweets
Feb 4
1/ Earlier this week, @projectlincoln announced its targeting of 18 vulnerable Republicans to the usual pissy complaints from the GOP, its ancillary media, and even some centrist types who say...

@ProjectLincoln 2/ ... "But wait...they're not AS bad as Marge Sporkfoot or Biggs or Boebert or Gaetz or blah blah blah."

Bless your hearts. They ARE, though. They're all of a piece now, and ideological and political conformity is the core of the MAGA caucus.
@ProjectLincoln 3/ Our mission isn't to save the GOP from MAGA. The infection is too widespread. They're post-ideological.

They're all in on the nihilist games that will lead to a default when the debt ceiling fight becomes the main test of MAGA purity.
Read 8 tweets
Jan 6
1/ It was two years ago today that Donald Trump incited and encouraged a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol.

It wasn't a tourist visit.

It wasn't a protest.

It was an attack at the root of our republic and democratic governance.
2/ He had help. Inside, the cadre of "men" like Josh Hawley, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz et al were cheering the mob and efforts to undo the election.

On his agitprop channels from Fox to Bannon to OAN, the lie of a phony election fueled the apocalyptic fervor of his horde.
3/ It was only by the luck, providence and the unrivaled courage of the Capitol and Metro police that the mob was prevented from killing Members of Congress.

Mobs do what mobs do, and this mob was intent, violent, and ready for blood. Luck and courage aren't the worst things...
Read 11 tweets
Nov 29, 2022
1/ A bit of faffing about on the anti-anti-Trump right at the moment. I know, I know you hate us with the fire of 1000 Suns, but you don't get to escape as easily as "I love Ron DeSantis! He's DREAMY!"

God, after 7 fucking years, don't you get it?
2/ In 2016 you said, "Never" and meant, "Do me harder, Daddy" once Trump won. Oh, you did the "I hate the tweets love the policy" bullshit but you know in your heart how false and reprehensible that was from the start.

You don't get to walk away from that.
3/ To quote the political philosopher Bane, "Your punishment must be more severe."

Here's how it plays out.

You can write a billion NRO columns saying DeSantis craps gold bullion and smells like summer rain, but the seething, hideous mass of the MAGA base is always there.
Read 8 tweets
Nov 18, 2022
1/ Fam, we'll see if y'all are still here in the morrow, but I've got a flight to London tomorrow (a trip that just jumped up a notch) and I'm going to get some sleep.

Before I go, since it may be the last, I have five assertions for assertions for you.

ITEM 1: Everything Trump Touches Dies is an inexorable and inevitable law of the universe. #ETTD

ITEM 2: America was always great. Imperfect but great and worth fighting for.

ITEM 3: Diet Pepsi tastes like yak urine filtered through a Soviet-era diesel engine.

ITEM 4: Small teams of serious people do 99% of the work.
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