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Writer and scholar. Co-host of @gaslitnation. Author of the bestsellers HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT (2020) and THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY (2018)
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12 Aug
"There is a postal service purge. Postmaster general Louis DeJoy arrives in the tradition of other Trump appointees who were installed to destroy the very departments they were tasked to lead." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/tom-cott…
"On Aug 7, DeJoy purged 23 senior post office officials. Mail has slowed nationally and allegedly stopped in some areas. The destruction of the postal service hurts everybody but the ultra-rich. It also impedes our ability to vote." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/tom-cott…
"Since 2016, we've warned of four main threats to the 2020 election:

1) Domestic voter suppression as result of VRA partial repeal
2) Foreign interference
3) Unsecured voting machines
4) Trump refusing to concede

And now 5) GOP attack on voting by mail" patreon.com/posts/tom-cott…
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22 Jul
"There is an American Gestapo on the ground in Portland. We have secret police in unmarked vans kidnapping protesters and whisking them away to threaten and abuse them. The Trump admin says they plan to increase these tactics nationwide." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/american…
"Some pundits have deemed the Portland tactics 'performative authoritarianism' that Trump does to please FOX viewers. That is NOT the main purpose. The purpose is fascism, plain and simple. This is hurting real people in real time." -- @gaslitnation
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"This is not a trial balloon; it's a grenade. They are trying to eliminate the right to protest. They've released an exec order defining protests on federal activity as 'terrorism'. They also deem protest supporters as terrorists as well." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/american…
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22 Jul
"The Trump administration is a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government, with operatives all over the world. But there are a few points at which they converge. One of them is Deutsche Bank." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/american…
* DB is the only bank that would lend to Trump following his bankruptcies in the early 1990s

* DB was a primary bank of Kushner, who was suspected of money-laundering and using the bank to facilitate election interference with Russian operatives
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* DB has long been a central node of money-laundering for the Russian mafia

* DB was a primary lender to child rapist and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, working with him after his 2008 conviction up until 2019

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22 Jul
"Judges and federal officials have been increasingly attacked since Trump took office. We are living in a mafia state. Officials who investigate Trump, Kushner, Epstein or other members of this crime cult are deeply vulnerable." -- @gaslitnation
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"The judge in the Manafort case, TS Ellis, was threatened with violence and had to be guarded by deputy US marshals. The jury was also threatened. After the threats, Ellis behaved as a supplicant to Manafort and reduced his sentence." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/american…
"Roger Stone threatened to kill the judge in his case, Amy Berman Jackson. She placed a gag order on him, which he ignored. After the threats, she gave Stone a small sentence which was commuted by Trump anyway." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/american…
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12 Jul
I'm reading the scifi book Bill Barr's dad wrote and I can't decide my favorite line of dialogue; really torn between "I *enjoy* being a slaveowner" and "Women *are* at a disadvantage when it comes to necrophilia!"

Also the mineral the slaves are mining is called "Weinsteinite"
Here's a child sex slave scene written by Bill Barr's father Donald Barr, the man who hired Jeffrey Epstein and brought him to prominence
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8 Jul
"It's not a matter so much of 'Will Trump win?' as it is 'Will Trump successfully be reinstalled?' That's why you see Trump not caring at all about winning over voters or broadening his appeal." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/trump-le…
"This is a crisis of elite criminal impunity. With Barr and many others in Trump's fold -- Stone, Manafort, Epstein -- there is incredible continuity. Their circle of corrupt operatives congealed during the era of Iran-Contra." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/trump-le…
"The FBI has enabled transnational crime, from Comey removing mob boss Mogilevich off the FBI top 10 list, to former FBI heads Sessions and Freeh working as attorneys for the Russian mob, to their refusal to stop Epstein and Maxwell." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/trump-le…
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8 Jul
"SDNY's Berman was fired by Barr in what seems like an effort to control the Maxwell case much like he controlled the Epstein case last summer. As we've noted many times, it was Bill Barr's father who brought Epstein to prominence." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/trump-le…
"We warned you that Barr's cover-up tentacles would reach SDNY. We warned you not to count on those farmed out Mueller investigations. Barr was installed in the WH to ensure certain people stay above the law." -- @AndreaChalupa on @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/trump-le…
"Barr is in place to protect the coalition of corruption that stole the 2016 election and continues to threaten our democracy. This coalition of corruption needs to steal the 2020 election for their own survival." -- @AndreaChalupa on @gaslitnation
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24 Jun
"American exceptionalism teaches people that history doesn't touch us or taint us, that somehow we're free of the weaknesses of other countries. But we're not different or better; in some ways, we tend to be worse." -- Timothy Snyder on @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/oligarch…
"Post-Cold War complacency goes with American exceptionalism. After 1989, the US was coasting morally, intellectually, politically. We had forgotten we are part of the larger world, in which people can do things to us." -- Tim Snyder on @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/oligarch…
Kendzior: "Did the US win the Cold War?"

Snyder: "Oligarchy won the Cold War. Americans did not win the Cold War. The post-Soviet oligarchy won the break-up of the USSR, and that oligarchy went on to disproportionately influence a complacent US." patreon.com/posts/oligarch…
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18 Jun
Trump asked China for election help on national television in October 2019. He also publicly attempted to shake China down like he did Ukraine. The clips are in this thread; it's genuinely disturbing that officials and pundits act like this is a revelation from Bolton.
"The election of the first anti-American president was made possible by a coterie of criminals who do not want to be punished, but delight in being caught. Flaunting impunity is part of the thrill." -- HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
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17 Jun
"Mnuchin is at the core of the Trump crime cabal along with Kushner, Pence and a few others. As predicted, they are using the tragedy of the coronavirus as pretext for a massive kleptocratic heist." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/protect-…
"Mnuchin has a long history in the world of white-collar crime. He was among the few to profit off the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. He was the finance chairman of Trump's deeply corrupt campaign." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/protect-…
"Mnuchin has spent his time as Treasurer appeasing Russian oligarchs. He was at one point under investigation for his own relationship with oligarch Oleg Deripaska, back when Congress actually investigated things." -- @gaslitnation
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15 Jun
Follow the money. It's not on a fucking ramp.
Trump's physical health is not the problem. The problem is that we have a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government that will endure whether Trump lives or dies -- unless its roots are torn out and exposed.
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10 Jun
"People worry about 'defund the police' in terms of the election, but that's not the big threat. They should be worried about how it will be manipulated *right now* by the mafia state of Donald Trump. There are two major threats looming." -- @gaslitnation
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"The first threat is Jared Kushner, who feigns great interest in 'criminal justice reform' while pushing a brutal, white supremacist agenda -- including migrant concentration camps and abusive policies toward marginalized Americans." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/protest-…
"The real reason Kushner wants 'criminal justice reform' is so white-collar crime goes unpunished. Autocrats rewrite law so that a crime is no longer a crime. Kushner wants to avoid his own prosecution and that of the Trump crime cult." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/protest-…
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3 Jun
Amazing the way pundits tip-toe around using words like "fascism" or "authoritarianism" even now. Because you know who DIDN'T hesitate to use those terms in 2016? Actual scholars of authoritarianism, who agreed that Trump was an aspiring autocrat and that democracy was in danger.
The pundits who proclaimed scholars warning of authoritarianism to be "alarmists" are equivalent to flat-earthers who denounce scientists. That's how unambiguous the warnings of the scholars were, and that's how ignorant the pundits were -- and, in many cases, still are.
Do you know how rare it is for a large group of PhDs to agree on anything?! But in 2016, scholars of varied disciplines, regional specializations, and political orientations all agreed on the threat of Trump. We spoke out, loudly, to a receptive public and a vacuuous elite.
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3 Jun
"What's markedly different now than it was during Ferguson is that the cops don't care if their brutality is filmed. Ferguson was the first major protest with widespread smartphones and live-streaming and back then the police hated it." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
"In 2014, the police wanted to intimidate people, but they didn't want to deal with a DOJ investigation or the disapproval of the public. Now they don't care. They know their brutal and racist violence is sanctioned by Barr and Trump." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
"The police have the exact same mentality as the Trump administration: they don't mind being caught committing the crime so long as they are not punished." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
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3 Jun
"The Trump admin has made antifa into a mythical entity used as a scapegoat to persecute activists. Barr's designation of antifa as 'terrorists' will be used as a pretext to round up anyone they want. This tactic is common in autocracies." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
"The Trump admin may label anyone who opposes fascism as being in antifa, which is short for "anti-fascist". So if you oppose fascism -- *which you should, because it's fascism* -- then you may well be targeted by the US government." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
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3 Jun
"We see a litany of pundits and politicians declaring their surprise at events. People feign shock to avoid accountability. They need desperately to proclaim that no one could see this coming because then no one could have prevented it." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
"When you see officials saying they can't believe this is happening -- that's their cover. That's to change your expectations of what public servants are supposed to do. They want you to forget that protecting the people is their job." -- @gaslitnation
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"Politicians want you to embrace this personality cult mentality where you cheerlead them from the sidelines as they do nothing more than tweet. They're tweeting, just like you -- only they have powers and obligations that you don't." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
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3 Jun
"The history of authoritarianism needs to be taught as a basic part of civics education so that US journalists and officials stop dismissing the obvious and deriding experts. We've told you for years that this is the dictator's playbook." -- @gaslitnation
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"There is a massive problem of conformity and self-censorship in the media. That same problem existed during the rise of authoritarianism itself. George Orwell wrote about it constantly; that's why he made Animal Farm a children's book." -- @gaslitnation
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"The war is first and foremost with your mind. They want to terrorize you so that you'll abandon each other. Don't let them. Prepare for the worst, but do not put a timeline on it. You need to have zero expectation of when it will end." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/reichsta…
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2 Jun
Yes my warnings about authoritarianism all came true -- but NONE of this was hard to predict.

You should ask why so many people with power lied about what was right in front of us and why they were willing to sacrifice the lives of the most vulnerable in the service of that lie.
My mentions are full of folks claiming no one listened to me or to other scholars of fascism. Wouldn't that be a sweet simple story? In reality a shitload of people listened to us, many with the power to protect people. They instead chose to sacrifice democracy to a death cult.
They chose their course of action, and I chose mine. I chose to tell the truth and document it. People bring up me getting harassed but that was the least of it. If you only knew. And I don't regret a thing. I gave you what you needed to hear, even if you didn't want to hear it.
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27 May
"The Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube -- used by Weinstein, Cambridge Analytica, people targeting Obama admin officials, and more -- was supposed to be investigated by Congress, but they dropped it. So did most of the press." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/walter-d…
"Among the few journalists who wrote about Black Cube is Ronan Farrow, who documented their threats against him and others in 'Catch and Kill'. But when NYT wrote a hit piece on Farrow and his book, it didn't mention Black Cube at all." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/walter-d…
"In 'Catch and Kill', Farrow describes his shock that NYT and Black Cube shared a lawyer, and that Black Cube was attempting to kill NYT reporting. This salient fact was also not mentioned in the NYT hit piece on Farrow!" -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/walter-d…
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27 May
"There is no such thing as a 'red state' or 'blue state'. All are purple states. There are predominantly Dem or GOP *governments*, but they don't necessarily reflect the culture on the ground due to gerrymandering, voter suppression, etc." -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/walter-d…
"They want to break up the US into parts and then profit off the wreckage, ala the Soviet Union, and so they need to compartmentalize it. One way to do that is to harden and weaponize these categories of 'red' and 'blue.'" -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/walter-d…
"I live in a 'blue city' with 'purple suburbs' in the 'red state' of Missouri, but the St Louis metro area extends across the Mississippi River into the 'blue state' of Illinois. The US is not so easily broken into 'red' and 'blue.'" -- @gaslitnation patreon.com/posts/walter-d…
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27 May
"It's not inevitable that Biden will win. Trump and the far-right pirates who hijacked the White House in 2016 could do it again. They know how do it, and there are signs of them doing it again now." -- @AndreaChalupa on @gaslitnation
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"Trump is doing what he got impeached for, these quid pro quos with the states. The other byproduct of these tactics is the strengthening of state seccessionist movements. This is how you destroy a republic from within." -- @AndreaChalupa on @gaslitnation
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"The GOP is organized crime. The ultimate product they've brought us is Donald Trump. That was the end game of their decades of corruption, their decades of dark money and voting restrictions." -- @AndreaChalupa on @gaslitnation
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