While many of us stepped back from our computers and gadgets to be outside for walks and barbeques there was a steady litany of truly incredible statements coming from the right-wing in our nation. Some were callous and cold. Some were just pathetic and sad. Some were so ludicrous they created laughter. Others can only be labeled as dangerous.
I will let my readers make their own call as to which of the following earn one of the depictions above.
Congressman Mo Brooks told Fox News that he is opposed to any new restrictions on guns — even regarding military-style assault weapons — because we need them to “take back” our government. That strongly implies that an armed insurrection is to come, with the one at the nation’s capitol being a dress rehearsal.
As has been noted on Twitter Brooks exploded at the Fox News host when she insisted there was no evidence that the 2020 election was rigged.
Conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell was one of the early supporters of Donald Trump’s autocratic efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Now, she is making news again.
“Working with a well-funded network of organizations on the right, including the Republican National Committee, she is recruiting election conspiracists into an organized cavalry of activists monitoring elections,” NYT’s Alexandra Berzon writes . “In seminars around the country, Ms. Mitchell is marshaling volunteers to stake out election offices, file information requests, monitor voting, work at polling places and keep detailed records of their work.”
Meanwhile, Trump continues to attack the integrity of our political, electoral, and Constitutional process of electing a new president.
Donald Trump called the insurrection on January 6, 2021, a hoax, The Guardian reports.
Said Trump: “As one of the nation’s leading proponents of the insurrection hoax, Liz Cheney has pushed a grotesquely false, fabricated, hysterical partisan narrative.”
Trump lumbered up on stage this weekend in Wyoming–many new outlets lately have commented on his weight gain since losing the White House. At some point, he will need to use a golf cart to get to the podium.
Saturday, Trump found his new personal low moment targeting marginalized groups for ridicule in a long meandering series of tirades.
Politico reported the following.
“No teacher should ever be allowed to teach transgender to our children without parental consent,” he said, just as some of the MAGA faithful started to trickle out. “Can you imagine?”
On the perimeter of the arena, some attendees headed for their cars stopped and began listening again on an outside monitor. Trump briefly got distracted when he caught a glimpse of himself on a video screen and noticed his hair was thinning in the back.
But he then returned to the subject.
“We will save our kids and we will also keep men the hell out of women’s sports. Is that OK?” he said, using what’s become a common GOP refrain. He continued with an animated tale about a female swimmer about to start a race who turned and noticed a new opponent, a “huge person who was a guy recently.”
He continued. He said the trans woman set a new record that would stand until “some guy comes along and breaks it again.” He pantomimed his way through a story mocking trans women in weightlifting competitions. He imagined himself as a women’s basketball team coach recruiting players, such as LEBRON JAMES: “Did you ever have any thoughts, LeBron, about one day becoming a woman?”
It was disgusting but typical in both what he does in front of people, and how his base, with their laughter and approval, are equally unhinged.
When it came to saying the craziest things before a microphone a contest seemingly developed between two Republican Senate candidates.
Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker offered a bizarre proposal on surveilling social media to prevent mass shootings.
“what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women, that’s looking at their social media? What about doing that, looking into things like that, and we can stop that that way?”
Not to be outdone for lunacy an interview from 2021 has surfaced where Ohio Senate nominee J. D. Vance said pornography should be banned because it’s stopping Americans from getting married and starting families.
“I think the combination of porn, abortion have basically created a lonely, isolated generation that isn’t getting married, they’re not having families, and they’re actually not even totally sure how to interact with each other,” Vance said in a newly unearthed interview with Crisis Magazine from August 2021.
But I save the most soulless story for the conclusion of this post.
“Gov. Greg Abbott said that the Uvalde school shooter had a ‘mental health challenge’ and the state needed to “do a better job with mental health” — yet in April he slashed $211 million from the department that oversees mental health programs,” NBC News reports.
“In addition, Texas ranked last out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for overall access to mental health care.”
It is clear that while most Americans were cooking their meat on the grill too many right-wingers were just going off ‘half-baked’.