I saw a posting yesterday on social media from a talk-show host in Arizona who made a claim about Republican stupidity in the state that was so weird I had to check it out. It concerns Cochise County refusing to certify their votes. And it turns out he was 100% correct.
When someone takes an action that causes a problem for themselves because of what they knowingly did, they have no one to blame but themselves. But what the board of supervisors did in Cochise County takes that concept to such high levels, their picture should be in the dictionary under "Forced Error." Their only saving grace is that it is SO stupid that it also falls into the "Dear Lord, Please Save Us from Ourselves" category and so there likely won't be any ramifications from their lunatic action.
What's hilarious about Cochise County not certifying its votes -- which must be done by next Monday -- is that if the state didn't sue to get the votes certified (which they will do, of course), then after next Monday the state would canvass all the certified votes and by law not count Cochise County…which is heavily Republican. (In fact, Kari Lake won it!) That would not only likely flip some state races to Democratic, but it would probably also flip the Arizona 6 congressional race (which is very close) to Democratic.
This won't happen, because the state will sue (and may have already), but never mind that certification is required by law and not doing so is illegal -- the mere fact that Cochise County isn't certifying its votes shows the sheer "intentionally shooting oneself in the foot" stupidity of it.
The larger point in all this is that while the extreme right of the Republican Party is just as virulent about all their fascist angst, that seems to have blinded them to the reality that it's losing them elections. And not just that reality, but they keep compounding those problems on themselves, which will only create a greater wedge between their extreme and the rest of the country.
It gets worse for Trump in a way even HE would hate. After saying how much he liked Nick Fuentes praising him, Fuentes himself now says that Kanye West bringing him to dinner was all a set-up planned by white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulous -- who adds it was to make Trump's life "miserable."
Here's the article from NBC News about it.
This is the new that was released yesterday from the Warnock for Senate campaign. And it’s brilliant. I don’t want to give away why.
It runs about two minutes. You may have seen excerpts on the news, but this is the whole thing. I'll just note that one commentator said that the ad is so smart not only for what it does, but also because this is the second campaign of the same race, and Georgians are probably getting sick of the same old political ads they've seen endlessly, so this by comparison is a huge breath of fresh air.
This is a clip from the “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC where they ran the whole thing. The ad itself starts at the :50 mark –
The annoying problem that the NRA has these days is that when they send out their "thoughts and prayers for the families of victims of the mass shooting," if they're not fast enough with their statement, it's impossible to tell which mass shooting they're referring to. I was going to write about this Tucker Carlson broadcast last week, but the holiday and weekend got in the way. And not surprisingly, there was two more mass shootings that followed
The good news for Carlson is that at least he has some input in the whole matter. And being Tucker Carlson, he handled the Club Q mass murder in Denver with all the panache he can. And as it happens, he invited a guest on his show last Tuesday who said that shootings like that at Club Q are going to keep happening "until we end this evil agenda" of gender-affirming care.
I look forward to Carlson's attempt to explain away the mass shooting at Walmart in Virginia the very next day. (And then days later, another mass shooting in Atlanta.)
What will his guests say about these? That mass shootings will continue "until we end this evil agenda of discount shopping..."??
Or until we end the "evil agenda" of going to school? Or the evil agenda of going to church or temple? Or being on a bus with teammates? Or...??? Or...???
By the way, what will also ensure that shootings like the one at Club Q keep happening is having demagogues like Tucker Carlson continue to rile up people with guns who watch his show with guests on spewing hate about "evil agendas."
This is almost unbelievable, even in today's GOP politics and Trump World. But I swear this is true -- because there is video of her actually saying it. And without her soul shriveling before our eyes.
But here is video of one of Trump's lawyers, Jenna Ellis commenting on the Club Q shooting -- She says, "The five people killed in the nightclub that night, there is no evidence/that they were Christians. Assuming they have not accepted the truth/affirmed Christ as the lord of their life they are now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation.”
Really. Honest. She said that. Here's the video.
Though no client should be judged by what their lawyer says about their personal beliefs, it's still fair for Trump to be asked if he agrees with this statement by his lawyer Jenna Ellis if he is abhorred by its depravity.
(As a side note, the utter depravity of her statement aside, which is A LOT to put aside, there is also no evidence that they were not Christians. It just isn't an issue that EVER gets reported in a mass killing because a person's religion isn't even remotely the slightest consideration an issue, unless the shooting took place in a church or temple.)
So, Jenna Ellis sure seems to be saying that only Christians shouldn't be killed, because everyone else is reaping the consequences of not being Christian and will be eternally damned!!!!
Well...I can think of one person who may be eternally damned. And even at that, I don't wish her what she wishes on others. I take comfort knowing that she has to live with herself, corroding and rotting from the inside.
It's also worth noting that we haven't heard yet from Ms. Ellis, Esq. if she believes the mass shooting victims in Virginia (or any mass shooting victims, ever -- past and future -- for that matter) whose religion we don't know, all deserved to be killed because it's possible they might not take Jesus as their Lord and therefore are damned to hell.
By the way, putting aside all other totally depraved things she says here, even Trump supporters should be sicked by what she says here since, by Jenna Ellis's standards she supports abortion because the fetus is not a Christian who has not accepted Jesus as its lord and is now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation.
And in the end, ultimately, what a "Jenna Ellis, Esq." thinks is of almost zero consequence and would normally get no notice -- it has only gotten attention because she is tied to Trump as his lawyer. So, as long as she remains in his employ and good graces, it reflects on his support of her.
As the show writes, “You know it’s a must-listen episode when we’ve got not one, but TWO former U.S. secretaries of state as our guests. Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice are here for a fascinating discussion about American power, whether spreading democracy has actually made us safer, and how our role on the world stage should look going forward. Plus, they plan a little train trip together.”
Happily, though a podcast, the show now seems to be posting an audio Zoom version of the episode, so that's what we'll go with. And you can watch it here.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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