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  1. Zugzwang
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    07 Jan '21 18:571 edit
    https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/right-s-new-conspiracy-theory-blame-left-capitol-riot-n1253250

    "The right's new conspiracy theory: blame left for Capitol riot.
    The cognitive dissonance is bewildering: The rioters are simultaneously patriots
    who did the right thing and "masquerading" leftists to be condemned?"
    --Steve Benen

    "As much of the world recoiled after a pro-Trump mob, incited by the
    president, attacked the U.S. Capitol, it seemed inevitable that some
    on the right would claim it only appeared to be a pro-Trump mob."

    "Among the first hints of this that crossed my radar was a tweet from
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), one of Congress' most right-wing members, who
    suggested that the riot incited by the president was an example of "leftist violence."
    Soon after, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said on the House floor that he
    believes there were "antifa" members "masquerading as Trump
    supporters" committing acts of violence at the Capitol.

    The idiocy spread quickly. ... You can expect an email along these
    lines from your weird relatives who consume far-right media all day."

    "There are, of course, some glaring problems with this. First, it's stark raving mad.
    Second, we can say with confidence that it's stark raving mad because many
    of the far-right rioters made little effort to hide the fact that they
    were far-right rioters. They took selfies. They tweeted their attack.
    Some quite literally livestreamed the riot in real time.

    To see this as some kind of "masquerade" is to think antifa ne'er-do-wells
    had reconstructive plastic surgery to make themselves look like
    people we already know to be right-wing activists.

    But even if we put all of that aside, what I find especially amazing is
    the cognitive dissonance. Donald Trump spent months lying to these
    right-wing rioters, before practically begging them to come to D.C. for a
    gathering designed to coincide with the certification of Joe Biden's victory.
    The president then rallied them, dispatched them to the Capitol,
    and directed them not to show any "weakness."

    After he incited the violent attack on the Capitol, Trump praised
    the rioters, offered a justification for their crimes. In a missive that
    Twitter soon after removed, the president referred to his supporters
    as "great patriots," before adding, "Remember this day forever!"

    These were not the words of a man who was disappointed with an attack
    on his own country's Capitol; these were the words of a man who approved
    of what he saw and was sympathetic to those who acted at his behest.

    Which makes the "antifa" talk that much more bewildering.
    The rioters are simultaneously patriots who did the right thing and
    secret leftists to be condemned? The mob is both a source of pride
    and an embarrassment?"
  2. Standard memberSoothfast
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    07 Jan '21 19:19
    @duchess64 said
    https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/right-s-new-conspiracy-theory-blame-left-capitol-riot-n1253250

    "The right's new conspiracy theory: blame left for Capitol riot.
    The cognitive dissonance is bewildering: The rioters are simultaneously patriots
    who did the right thing and "masquerading" leftists to be condemned?"

    "As much of the world recoiled after a pro-Trum ...[text shortened]... ng and
    secret leftists to be condemned? The mob is both a source of pride
    and an embarrassment?"
    Bizarre conspiracy theory, right?

    Especially when one considers that, even as the mob was storming the Capitol building, Trump still refused to authorize sending in the DC National Guard. It was Pence, himself on the run from the hordes, who had to be the grown-up and sign the paperwork.
  3. Subscribershavixmir
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    07 Jan '21 19:42
    It’s like something from Game of Thrones.
    Or the end of the Vietnam war...
  4. Standard memberSoothfast
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    07 Jan '21 19:56
    @shavixmir said
    It’s like something from Game of Thrones.
    Or the end of the Vietnam war...
    The Trump administration motto:

    "Malevolence Tempered By Incompetence."
  5. Zugzwang
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    07 Jan '21 20:05
    @soothfast said
    The Trump administration motto:

    "Malevolence Tempered By Incompetence."
    That's been an excuse of many Republicans and other Trump sympathizers.

    "Granted, Trump aspires to be a dictator, but he's too incompetent to be very
    effective at being an oppressive dictator, so don't worry about anything."
  6. Zugzwang
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    12 Jan '21 12:281 edit
    @duchess64 said
    https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/right-s-new-conspiracy-theory-blame-left-capitol-riot-n1253250

    "The right's new conspiracy theory: blame left for Capitol riot.
    The cognitive dissonance is bewildering: The rioters are simultaneously patriots
    who did the right thing and "masquerading" leftists to be condemned?"
    --Steve Benen

    "As much of the world recoiled ...[text shortened]... ng and
    secret leftists to be condemned? The mob is both a source of pride
    and an embarrassment?"
    Reportedly, President Trump's blaming Antifa for storming the Capitol building.
    That seems like a way for the Republican propaganda machine to excuse him.
  7. Zugzwang
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    12 Jan '21 19:59
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/12/donald-trump-texas-impeachment-effort

    "'Totally appropriate': Trump shows no remorse over role in Capitol attack"

    "An unrepentant Donald Trump has denied inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol,
    in an attempt to shift blame Democrats rejected as “despicable”."

    "The president then sought to draw an equivalence with last summer’s mostly
    peaceful protests against racial injustice, falsely referring to them as “riots”."

    "Behind the scenes, he has reportedly continued his retreat into paranoia and unreality,
    repeating in a conversation with the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, the
    outlandish lie that so-called “antifa” leftwing activists, not his supporters, were
    responsible for death and destruction inside the Capitol.
    “It’s not antifa,” McCarthy reportedly replied. “It’s Maga. I know. I was there.”"

    "Last week’s huge security failure is under growing scrutiny. The Washington Post
    said it had obtained an internal FBI document from the day before the attack warning
    extremists were preparing to commit violence and “war”. The report undermined
    previous claims that the FBI had no intelligence about an imminent attack."
  8. Subscribershavixmir
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    @duchess64 said
    That's been an excuse of many Republicans and other Trump sympathizers.

    "Granted, Trump aspires to be a dictator, but he's too incompetent to be very
    effective at being an oppressive dictator, so don't worry about anything."
    trump’s major failure at dictatorship is down to him not having a moustache.

    Now, if the orange baffoon had a gorgeous
    70’s style porn moustache... topped off by a military style general’s hat... instead of a baseball cap... he would have been a serious force to reckon with!
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