Wednesday, August 4

Trump advances his dangerous disinformation campaign


(CNN) — The speech that Donald Trump made before the Republican Party of North Carolina on Saturday night was a reminder of the danger posed by the former president in undermining the United States electoral system while trying assert yourself as the power behind the throne on the national stage.

His speech to party supporters was a familiar tale to anyone who has tuned in to his 2020 campaign rallies. He attacked President Joe Biden’s foreign policy maneuvers and claimed that the president is destroying the economy. He insisted that he deserves more credit for the rapid development of covid-19 vaccines and argued that the radical left and the “culture of cancellation” are destroying America’s freedoms.

But most worryingly, he continued the disinformation campaign about the November presidential race, in part because recent months have shown that a majority of Republicans accept Trump’s lies as gospel.

At a time when supporters of QAnon and online forums that support Trump are promoting the deadly military coup in Myanmar as a remedy what should happen in the United States for Trump to be reinstated, the recent polls show that a majority of Republicans believe the 2020 election was stolen even though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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And the former president continued to fan those flames of disinformation Saturday night, stating that the 2020 elections “will go down in history as the crime of the century.”

Trump’s congratulations to yours

Trump congratulated Arizona Republican state senators who forced a audit of the 2020 election results for that state’s largest county, and commended Pennsylvania and Georgia state legislators who are following suit, exploring additional counts and audits of your election results.

“We are not going to have a country if there is no electoral integrity, and if there are no strong borders, our country can be run as a dictatorship and that is what they would like to do,” Trump said. They want to silence them. They want to silence their voices. Remember that I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I’m the one trying to save her.

The former president also praised states such as Texas, Florida Y Georgia, which have pushed through laws that make it harder for Americans to vote (measures that will disproportionately affect Black and Latino Americans) by restricting voting by mail options, voting mailboxes, and extended hours that provided more access to workers by turns.

(The Texas law was about to be passed until Democrats organized a night stop which deprived the House of a quorum to pass it before the end of the legislative session).

Hard hit

Meanwhile, Democratic efforts in Congress to combat various state laws with federal legislation took a severe blow when West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he opposes eliminating filibustering to pass voting rights legislation. .

“We are now witnessing the fundamental right to vote being overtly politicized,” Manchin said in an op-ed in Charleston Gazette. “Today’s debate on how to better protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but about seeking partisan advantages.”

Trump’s remarks came amid revelations Saturday that Mark Meadows, his former White House secretary general, pressed to the Justice Department in recent weeks from the former incumbent president to investigate unfounded conspiracy theories and allegations of fraud about the 2020 presidential election, according to documents obtained by CNN and first reported by The New York Times.

The emails from Meadows – who were among the North Carolina public Saturday night – were yet another example of the excesses of the Trump administration and the former president’s blatant disregard for democracy.

Trump as a shadow power of the Republican Party

On Saturday night, Trump tried to present himself as the shadow power of the Republican Party by endorsing Republican Representative Ted Budd for the US Senate race when he said he did not “want a lot of people to show up.”

Trump suggested that his support to budd would immediately clear the field of Republicans competing to replace retiring three-term senator Richard Burr in one of the most sought-after seats by Democrats.

Likewise, the former president said that he had waited until his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, whom he invited to come on stage, had made the decision that he did not want to stand for the seat.

Budd, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, won Trump’s loyalty in part by being one of 147 House Republicans who voted against certifying the outcome of the 2020 election on January 6.

Punishment of Republicans who do not support Trump

Further south in Georgia, noisy GOP rank and file continued to punish Republicans who did not support Trump’s electoral lies on Saturday.

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Those attending the party convention of that state booed to Governor Brian Kemp, who refused to help Trump overturn the election results. They also condemned Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for standing up to Trump, calling him a “neglect of his constitutional duty,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Trump already supported the Republican representative Jody I did, who seconded her electoral falsehoods, to run as a candidate against Raffensperger.

Anti-Trump Republicans Speak Out

Although Trump continues to enjoy a strong grip on the Republican Party and flirts with the possibility of running for the White House again in 2024, a small but increasingly energetic group of anti-Trump Republican leaders are speaking out to combat his electoral lies.

This group also faces some obstacles in getting their message out, as social media platforms continue to debate how they should handle their falsehoods.

In recognition of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, Facebook announced this week that Trump will remain suspended from that platform until at least January 7, 2023 – two years after his initial suspension – and will then evaluate the circumstances to see if he is allowed to. re-enter.

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In a post on Friday, the company said that once the two years have passed, it will “turn to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has decreased. We will assess external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other indicators of civil unrest. If we determine that a serious risk to public safety remains, we will extend the restriction for a specified period of time and continue to reassess until that risk has decreased. “

Trump calls Facebook’s decision an insult

Trump called the ruling “an insult to the 75 (million) people” who voted for him. “They should not be allowed to get away with this censorship and silencing,” he said in a statement on Friday.

On Saturday night, he mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that he had begged him to go to the White House with his wife.

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Leading Republicans are increasingly speaking out about the damage Trump’s electoral lies are causing. Among them are Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was removed from the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

“He is fading as a figure”

Some, like former Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, predicted that Trump will continue to lose share of votes as he continues his electoral farce.

“He’s fading as a figure,” Comstock told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “Newsroom” on Saturday before Trump spoke.

John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, told Brown that it is “ridiculous” that Trump, according to some reports, is telling people around him that he will be reinstated in the White House later this year.

The reinstatement theory that Trump has been sharing with his aides was first reported by Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, In the past week.

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«He will not be reinstated in August. He lost the elections. People have to face it and accept the reality that he was an unpopular candidate and people did not re-elect him, “Bolton said on Saturday in” Newsroom. “

Like Comstock, Bolton noted that Trump’s influence within the Republican Party is “waning” and warned that Republican candidates could face consequences for supporting the former president’s disinformation campaign.

«The lies he tells are harmful not only for the country. They are particularly damaging to Republicans, and I think we have to understand that our opponents will condemn us if we don’t make it clear that we think the kinds of things Trump is saying are just crazy, “Bolton added.


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