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MAGA Begins Hunting People Who Made Trump Assassination Jokes
  • Because kowtowing to the American Nazi Party is obviously the right solution

    This is what people say when it's not them being targetted. United States Congresspeople refused to convict Trump. Cities had to beef up security when announcements about his trials happened. This isn't your average joe. This is a man with unlimited resources at his disposal, millions of lone wolves willing to do his bidding, including committing acts of violence, and a national megaphone to call them to action.

    But hey, you do you. I'm sure that when you become the target of the Trump Hate Machine, you can show all of us how to handle daily death threats, family members being targeted, losing your job, and maybe having your home broken into and getting hit in the head with a hammer. Or having to go into hiding. Go ahead, I'll wait. Let me know how random citizens are supposed to handle that. I'm sure Ruby Freeman and Shea Moss would like to know too.

    In case you haven't been paying attention lately, I'll clue you in on something: MAGA morons have no problems using violence to get their way. And it's very possible any attempt at retribution could include something happening at one of his shows. And if there are credible threats being made to him or his band, continuing the tour just tells his would-be assaulters where he is every day. It would be practically suicide.

  • MAGA Begins Hunting People Who Made Trump Assassination Jokes
  • More evidence of the GOP mantra; use threats of violence to get what you want. This is what their voters want for the country. To be able to get what they want, and use violence whenever they don't to force compliance.

    And what's worse, if the examples in the article are any indication, is that companies are going along. Those examples will encourage more doxxing because it worked. And especially if Trump ends up winning, it'll soon be apparently a fireable offense to have the wrong political opinions.

  • 32 percent of Americans believe a military regime or authoritarian leader would be a good way of governing the country.
  • And here's where the Democrats run into a massive problem.

    The Democrats are running on two fronts: A policy position, and warning people of the authoritarianism that Trump and the GOP will bring if they return to power.

    The problem is that the Republican base is basically saying "Yeah. We know. We want it that way. Screw your policies." And they have enough on their side to actually win the election. How the hell do you compete with that?

  • Missouri Democrat defends trans grandchild against GOP secretary of state candidate’s attack
  • This is how the GOP works now. If they can't get you to back down, they'll go after your family. And it's a pretty successful intimidation tactic. It's gotten congressmen to refuse to vote or even speak against Trump out of fear of retribution. It got Hunter Biden convicted. It got one of their own state senators to quit the race once Trump and his followers decided he wasn't Trumpy enough for their liking.

    But what's more important is what effects it has downstream. Prominent politicians have resources at their disposal to handle threats, and even they still have to worry about this shit. Your average joe doesn't stand a chance in hell. How the hell is your average joe supposed to protect themselves against a lone wolf attacker that could strike anywhere without warning? Where are they going to get the money for security? Are they just supposed to quit their jobs and go into hiding every time they get doxxed? Your average joe has absolutely no chance in hell of surviving the Trump Hate Machine, and no way to gather the resources necessary to even try if Trump wakes up tomorrow morning and decide that, for whatever reason, they're the new target of the day? Ask the two election workers from GA how it is.

    The GOP knows this and are capitalizing on it. They want the message to be loud and clear: Get on board, or get run over. They've attacked multiple family members of multiple people with infinitely more resources than you to get their results, and they'll go after you and your family too.

  • Trump Site Launches Limited-Edition Assassination Attempt Sneakers
  • Trump stands to make $1.5 million (minus expenses) from selling these. That's pocket change to Trump. Not worth getting involved with to clear maybe $1 million after the dust settles. He seems to always charge $300 each when he peddles his crap, which makes me think that's simply the sweet spot to maximize how much Trump can grift out of the rubes without going into sticker shock.

    If this were money laundering, there wouldn't be a limit and the sneakers would be a lot more expensive. They wouldn't want rubes buying them because that means they'd have to actually produce the sneakers, increasing their expenses. They would simply be "available" at stupidly expensive prices so Trump's associates can funnel thousands or millions of dollars at a time to "buy" sneakers that will never arrive. You know. For re-sale. Or as a collector's item. Or to give away to friends/supporters. Or whatever excuse they can come up with when they're asked where the sneakers they supposedly bought ended up.

    If this were money laundering, it's the dumbest money laundering scheme in the history of ever. Maximum exposure and risk for minimum reward. With that said, that could also be used as the reason to believe Trump would be dumb enough to do this. But he's got $45 million a month coming from Musk alone; he's not going to bother getting into elaborate money laundering schemes for 2% of that. Selling the sneakers to rubes is simply grabbing the low hanging fruit.

  • Trump Site Launches Limited-Edition Assassination Attempt Sneakers
  • Of course. When you have literally millions of suckers in your cult begging for reasons to throw their money at you, you milk it for all its worth. This isn't geared towards the normal people who know how tacky this shit is. This is geared towards the ones that are so far to the right and have his dick shoved so far down their throat that they're flossing their teeth with his pubes.

    That, and the MTGs of Congress who will buy these just to kiss Trump's ass "show their solidarity with the President". 5,000 pairs of overprices sneakers isn't tough to move when there are enough people who will buy them for the sole purpose of sucking up to him. Whether or not you've bought any of his products will likely be a test of loyalty in the near future, if it isn't already.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Dems Could Lose Presidency and Senate If Biden Remains in the Race
  • I can think of few other Democrats as uniquely qualified to run on the “Trump is an existential threat to our democracy” platform that the DNC seems content to put all it’s chips on.

    The problem is that Schiff has the personality of a block of wood. Even in pre-Trump times you needed something resembling a personality on the national stage.

  • Donald Trump sues Gretchen Whitmer for making VA medical centers a designated voter registration site
  • It's not under the radar. He says it right out in the open. He always, always accuses Democrats of doing whatever thing he's planning to do next, so when he does it and the Democrats call him out on it, it appears to be petty revenge to the general public.

    Assuming you weren't an only child, remember when you were a kid fighting with your siblings? When you ran to mom. who always won? Whoever got there first. Whoever got their second gets to hear "Leave your brother alone and knock it off". Being the first to run to mom and dad to settle dispultes was a huge advantage, sometimes leading to whoever got there second being punished even if whoever got there first was the antagonist.

    Trump has just shown that this strategy works. As long as you accuse them of doing it first, you significantly soften the blow when they accuse you of doing the same thing, because the accusations appear to be less genuine and more retaliatory.

  • Donald Trump sues Gretchen Whitmer for making VA medical centers a designated voter registration site
  • Aaand moreover, propaganda and rhetoric from Trump and prominent Republicans who have embraced the stolen election conspiracy are empowering right-wing zealots to intimidate voters at polling places. Some even consider becoming election or poll workers to “stop the steal.”

    This is actually what I'm most worried about going into this election, because of how easy it would be, how few people are needed to do it, and how few resources are necessary to pull it off.

    Throw a couple of "poll watchers" into majority-minority districts to intimidate voters. Maybe call in a bomb threat or two to a couple of key polling places in swing states. Or just one or two lone wolves committing acts of violence.

    Remember, they don't need to actually win the popular vote, and winning the popular vote by millions of people doesn't matter. They only need to skew a few thousand votes in key swing states. An attack, or even just the threat of an attack, could easily be enough to swing the state if not the entire election. You don't need some elaborate international conspiracy that comes straight out of a James Bond movie. All you need is one idiot calling in a bomb threat, "poll watching", or outright committing a mass shooting and you could do just as much damage with no significant resources spent and no way for law enforcement to stop you before it's too late.

  • Biden to call for 5% cap on annual rent increases, as he tries to show plans to tame inflation
  • Let me tell you why this will never, ever happen. Ever.

    Private companies increasing supply is supposed to be the goal. But the side effect is basic supply and demand; as the supply increases, demand decreases. When demand decreases, prices fall. When the value of people's homes fall, they go underwater. This leads to a lot of homeowners who were on solid financial footing when they purchased the property suddenly facing financial ruin.

    You will never, ever get homeowners to vote in favor of something that will put them in serious financial risk. You will never, ever get landlords, corporate or private, to vote away their primary source of income. And in the medium to long term, you would be putting the financial stability of millions of homeowners at risk if this were to become a thing, along with risking collapsing the housing market entirely via oversupply.

    I'm not saying what side is right or wrong, morally, ethically, etc. I'm just pointing out the realities of the situation and what is the most likely result. I don't claim to know what the solution to the problem is, but I do know that this isn't it, and is likely to cause more problems than it solves over the long term.

  • Trump documents case dismissed by federal judge
  • Cannon’s ruling is going to be appealed. If it gets appealed all the way to the supreme court, again (and Clarence Thomas has specifically asked for this in one of his prior rulings), and the supreme court holds with them, then any charges brought by a special counsel in any case are gone.

    Have you been paying attention? For the last two and a half years, we've seen the entire court system bend over backwards to carve out special exemptions that only apply to Trump, or make Trump exempt from certain laws because reasons. Trump has received special accomodations for no reason other than the fact that he's Donald Trump. They could very easily declare that the Supreme Court will determine which special counsels are valid and which ones aren't on a case-by-case basis. And in this case, the special counsel is invalid because Trump couldn't have been investigated for official acts in the first place, per their previous ruling. And since this presidential immunity doesn't also cover the president's children, the special counsel in that case is valid and therefore Hunter's conviction stands.

    If you objectively follow the logic of their previous rulings, this is pretty much where that road leads to. Special counsels investigating Trump are invalid because Trump is covered by Presidential immunity. Special counsels against Hunter biden are valid because that immunity doesn't cover a president's son (until Eric, Don, Ivanka, or Jared need it to). Special counsels currently investigating Biden are valid because it's not the court's place to interfere in ongoing investigations, and removing the special counsels would be too disruptive. Or something. It makes sense as long as you don't think about it too hard. Or at all. Or if you're a brazenly corrupt Supreme Court judge.

    Precedent doesn't matter any more. The rules now apply when the Supreme Court says they do. And if they say that the rule only applies to Trump because fuck you that's why, they're going to say that the rule only applies to Trump because fuck you that's why.

  • www.cnn.com Judge Aileen Cannon pushes back on idea that more hearings will delay Trump classified documents case | CNN Politics

    Judge Aileen Cannon wants to hold additional hearings on Donald Trump’s attempts to challenge key evidence in his classified documents case and will allow the former president’s lawyers to question witnesses about the investigation and search of Mar-a-Lago.

    Judge Aileen Cannon pushes back on idea that more hearings will delay Trump classified documents case | CNN Politics
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    Opinion: The credit reporting system shouldn’t punish Americans for getting sick

    www.cnn.com Opinion: The credit reporting system shouldn’t punish Americans for getting sick | CNN

    Medical bills shouldn’t be on credit reports, writes Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Rohit Chopra.

    Opinion: The credit reporting system shouldn’t punish Americans for getting sick | CNN
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    www.cnn.com Judge signals she may postpone Trump’s trial in Mar-a-Lago classified documents case | CNN Politics

    The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago document-mishandling case cast doubt on the viability of having a trial in May 2024, signaling she may postpone the criminal proceedings.

    Judge signals she may postpone Trump’s trial in Mar-a-Lago classified documents case | CNN Politics
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    Interim GOP speaker orders Pelosi and Hoyer out of Capitol offices

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    www.cnn.com ProPublica report offers broadest look yet at Clarence Thomas' luxury travel bankrolled by wealthy friends reveals private jet and helicopter rides and VIP sporting event tickets | CNN Politics

    The list of gifts and hospitality Justice Clarence Thomas has received from wealthy friends is more extensive than previously known, according to a new ProPublica report.

    ProPublica report offers broadest look yet at Clarence Thomas' luxury travel bankrolled by wealthy friends reveals private jet and helicopter rides and VIP sporting event tickets | CNN Politics
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    www.cnn.com Judge Cannon asks about legality of using DC grand jury in Florida-based Mar-a-Lago case | CNN Politics

    Judge Aileen Cannon is asking the Justice Department and Donald Trump co-defendant Walt Nauta to weigh in on the legality of special counsel Jack Smith’s ongoing grand jury activity in Washington, DC, which relates to the obstruction portion of the Mar-a-Lago documents case before her in Florida.

    Judge Cannon asks about legality of using DC grand jury in Florida-based Mar-a-Lago case | CNN Politics
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    www.cnn.com Judge in Trump classified documents case tells prosecutors that a mid-December trial date would be too soon | CNN Politics

    US District Judge Aileen Cannon signaled she is likely to push back the start of a trial in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case beyond the mid-December date proposed by federal prosecutors – but appeared deeply skeptical of arguments from Donald Trump’s lawyers that he couldn’t get a fair trial...

    Judge in Trump classified documents case tells prosecutors that a mid-December trial date would be too soon | CNN Politics

    As expected, Cannon is giving Trump what he wants.

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    www.cnn.com Trump asks courts to throw out evidence and disqualify DA in Georgia probe of 2020 election aftermath | CNN Politics

    Donald Trump is seeking a new court order to essentially neutralize the Fulton County investigation into the former president’s conduct after he lost the 2020 election, as potential indictments loom in Georgia.

    Trump asks courts to throw out evidence and disqualify DA in Georgia probe of 2020 election aftermath | CNN Politics
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    www.cnn.com Trump asks court to delay setting trial date in documents case | CNN Politics

    Former President Donald Trump’s defense team asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case in Florida to postpone the trial, according to a filing late Monday night, saying there is “no reason for any expedited trial.”

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