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May 27 5 tweets 4 min read
Awful: Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans are set to defy the 1/6 committee subpoenas, covering up Trump's coup.

Incredibly, the same McCarthy could soon have outsize control over which presidential electors get counted next time.

That's unacceptable:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… A great quote from scholar @Matt_Seligman about what it means if Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other House Rs have outsize control over which electoral votes get counted next time:

“It’s like putting bank robbers in charge of counting money at the bank."

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May 26 4 tweets 2 min read
This is what I'm talking about. The debate over guns needs to come to the world of sports, as I tried to argue here: wapo.st/3a26oEN As I argued today, with the help of @EdgeofSports, the gun debate entering the world of sports could help scramble the cultural faultlines on guns. It'll be harder to portray these concerns as effete liberal cultural elitism out of touch with Real America:
May 26 5 tweets 4 min read
Marco Rubio just launched a bizarre attack on the NBA for voicing support for gun safety regulations in the wake of the massacre of 19 children.

Alas for Rubio, many in the crowd cheered the idea.

Let's hope more sports figures speak out on this issue:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… It's telling that Marco Rubio attacked the NBA for urging the audience to get politically engaged and register to vote.

This comes as Republicans attack companies that cooperate with the 1/6 probe, oppose voter suppression, and support LBGT rights:

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May 25 4 tweets 4 min read
In the wake of the latest horror, Democrats should tell voters clearly that if they deliver two more Democratic senators, they will suspend the filibuster and pass new gun safety measures. Tell voters that they have recourse, and be *specific* about it:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… From @ChrisMurphyCT:

“Parents and kids are scared to death right now. Part of their anxiety is because they don’t see Congress giving a crap.”

Murphy tells me he's talking to Rs about a proposal combining improved background checks with a red flag law:

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May 24 4 tweets 4 min read
David Perdue has thoroughly debased himself on Trump's behalf:

* He embraced Trump's 2020 lies

* He turned climate into a culture-war signifier, running on the lunacy that building electric vehicles in Georgia is a Soros plot

He can't lose by enough:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… David Perdue is signaling that he might not accept his own election loss: "Depends on if there's fraud or not."

The final humiliation would be for Perdue to claim voter fraud and turn to Trump for support, only to see Trump blame him for his loss:

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May 23 4 tweets 5 min read
Will big corporations bankroll Republicans who push Great Replacement Theory? A new @ProjectLincoln ad rips Elise Stefanik for pushing "racial hatred" and names three top donors. The group tells me the campaign will target other top GOP donors as well:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… @ProjectLincoln The Lincoln Project is set to run more ads against Republicans who flirt with Great Replacement Theory, and attempt to drive a wedge between them and corporate donors.

"It’s going to be really hard for any corporation to defend,” @TheRickWilson tells me:

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May 19 5 tweets 5 min read
Trump's alarming GOP primary wins have crystallized the threat, dramatically strengthening the case for Electoral Count Act reform.

“All Trump needs to throw out American democracy is one governor and a majority in the House," @ChrisMurphyCT tells me:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… @ChrisMurphyCT Absolutely crucial point from @ChrisMurphyCT:

Governor Mastriano and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are now actual possibilities.

Trump is "arguably very close" to putting the key pieces in place for 2024, Murphy tells me.

Details here:

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May 18 5 tweets 4 min read
Stop calling Doug Mastriano an "election denialist." Let's be clearer: He's an insurrectionist who's running to use the office to ensure that a Dem presidential candidate never wins his state as long as he's governor. Key to this is Christian nationalism:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… Weak phrases like "election denier" imply that Mastriano is merely indulging a backward-looking obsession out of personal loyalty to Trump.

The real aim is to assume the power to subvert future election losses *even if they're procedurally legitimate*:

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May 17 4 tweets 4 min read
Why do these mass shooters livestream their murders and post online Great Replacement screeds? Because they think these displays will galvanize more people to the larger cause of birthing a white ethnostate. My discussion with @amyspitalnick about this:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… @amyspitalnick Fascinating exchange: Mass shooters plan these events with the express purpose of galvanizing future white supremacist violence. That's why they livestream/post logs, as the Buffalo shooter did.

"It’s all part of the cycle of stochastic terrorism."

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May 16 4 tweets 4 min read
Republicans who have pushed "great replacement theory" of late:

Elise Stefanik
Ron Johnson
Dan Patrick
Scott Perry
JD Vance

As experts in this movement point out, they all employ the scam of disguising this vile ideology in racially neutral packaging:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… “It’s been gradually moving from the fringes into the mainstream. First it was the entertainment wing of the GOP. Now it’s the political wing as well.”

@GorskiPhilip, an expert in white power movements, on the mainstreaming of Great Replacement Theory:

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May 11 4 tweets 4 min read
Big revelation buried in the new emails from Trump coup lawyer John Eastman: He basically lays out the blueprint for a 2024 stolen election. Right now Republicans in thrall to Trump's 2020 lies are running for positions where they could execute his scheme:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… Incredibly, Eastman suggests a GOP legislature should recalculate vote totals as "cover" to certify sham electors for Trump.

“Eastman was seeking to implant a new mathematical calculation contrived to produce a Trump win in PA,” @RepRaskin tells me:

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May 10 4 tweets 3 min read
Trump's contempt for his own voters is amazing. In the WV primary, he's backing one GOP candidate to punish his opponent for backing the infrastructure bill! Infrastructure $$$ was once a central promise of Trumpism. Now it's a mark of disloyalty to Trump:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… It's hard to overstate the seething, bottomless contempt that Trump is displaying toward MAGA voters. The guy who vowed to make our infrastructure great and beautiful now says a vote for infrastructure spending is an unforgivable betrayal:

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May 6 4 tweets 3 min read
Another vile right wing propaganda trope is imploding: The NYT has obtained new evidence debunking the lie about Ray Epps as FBI false-flag plant on Jan 6.

But an even bigger right wing lie about 1/6 and our institutions is imploding along with it:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… Republicans have insisted Ray Epps whispered incitement in the ear of a man who then confronted cops, showing a false flag operation in motion.

It turns out the man informed the FBI that Epps told him to "relax." And that's what Epps has also claimed:

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May 5 4 tweets 4 min read
Anti-elitist JD Vance's Senate run is partly the creation of billionaire Peter Thiel, who chipped in $15 million. I took a look at this alliance with help from Thiel's biographer. He told me Thiel is a "reactionary capitalist," which explains a great deal:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… Peter Thiel has bankrolled many candidates who are loyal to Trump's lies about 2020.

Disdain for democracy and politics is central to Thiel's worldview, his biographer @chafkin tells me. We dug into Thiel's worldview here. It's
really dark and tortured:

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May 4 5 tweets 4 min read
Dems just scored a big upset in a Michigan state House district that Trump won by double digits twice.

While the GOP candidate was a real MAGA loony, Dem Carol Glanville tells me she won in part by going bigger, by attacking extreme GOP radicalization:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… Democrat Carol Glanville defeated the Republican who said he tells his daughters to "lie back and enjoy" rape.

But that's only part of the story. As Glanville told me, the much bigger target was GOP extremism more broadly:

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May 3 5 tweets 3 min read
The draft decision striking down Roe should refocus everyone's attention on the gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. They all have GOP legislatures, and GOP gov candidates in all three have vowed to act against abortion:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… Again and again and again, Democratic governors in PA, WI and MI have vetoed anti-abortion bills passed by GOP legislatures.

Now imagine those states with Republican governors, after a SCOTUS decision overturning Roe:

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May 2 5 tweets 6 min read
The culture warring of DeSantis and JD Vance is motivated by "cultural panic" and "perpetual persecution and victimization."

The Musk-worship is "laughable."

I talked to @DavidAFrench about his dissent from the right's cultural crusades. He went deep:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… @DavidAFrench Right wing culture warring is often justified by the myth that the left exerts terrifyingly hegemonic control over all our institutions.

Here's a rebuttal from @DavidAFrench, who notes that cultural conservatism's power is wielded through the church:

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Apr 29 4 tweets 3 min read
Elon Musk's absurd depiction of the GOP and Dem parties should be understood as a *statement of intent.* His silly chart literally depicts him turning a blind eye to right wing and GOP extremism. That's what his Twitter will likely do as well:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… No matter how much nonsense Musk's fanboys push about this, the debate over "free speech" simply does not map onto the debate over how to moderate a platform where free exchange flourishes:

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Apr 27 4 tweets 3 min read
Stop saying Republicans are "cowards" who would hold Trump accountable but "fear" doing so. Too soft. Rs like McCarthy have covered up 1/6 as concerted strategy, to keep Trump voters affirmatively energized. That's the real story behind the leaked audio:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… On the latest audio, Kevin McCarthy seemed genuinely horrified by the "rope" that the rioters brought to the Capitol. He was audibly shocked at the number of House Rs who attended on 1/6.

McCarthy then spent the next year helping Trump with the cover-up:

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Apr 27 6 tweets 4 min read
Interesting response to @DouthatNYT here. I want to add a few points, however. It's true, as Ross says, that the new populist right does break with "everyday libertarianism" in its vision of how the private sector and government interact. 1/ @DouthatNYT This New Right does allow that markets/distributive outcomes are in part created by government. They agree we can use gov't/politics to reconfigure markets to achieve better social outcomes. 2/

I think there are some good things about this. Me recently:

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Apr 20 4 tweets 5 min read
Mallory McMorrow's epic takedown displayed something you rarely hear from Dems: A willingness to forcefully call out right wing degeneracy for what it truly is.

James Carville tells me this is a good way forward for Dems to address the "wokeness" problem:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… When @JamesCarville blasted "wokeness," he was approvingly quoted by @maureendowd and @Edsall.

Now Carville says Mallory McMorrow got this debate right.

"I'd show this clip as an instructional video," he tells me.

Time for more columns on this!

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