I believe I warned Sydney Morris about my brother, Mark Presco, who may be alive. Mark wrote Donald Nut’s facsit script. I think Mark got to Whitey Noodles. My reason for becoming a Republican, in order to stop the Neo-Nazis, has proven prophetic.
I believe Roland Barthe has Trump’s number. I have compared him to the wrestler, Gorgeous George. Sure he lost THE FAKE wrestling match, and his followers demand a REMATCH. The Rematch Feud is fake, but, the Democrats are too stupid to get the simple-minded myth-picture.
I watched Donald Trump’s entire “interview” with One America News propagandist Dan Ball, and that’s the quote that stood out the most.
Trump was in the middle of a fact-free rant about “vicious” Democrats cheating on elections when he said “they’re destroying our country. Our country will not survive this. Our country will not survive.” Then he sniffed and shifted to immigration, saying “look at where they’re coming from,” clearly mimicking the “great replacement theory” talking points that Tucker Carlson has been mainlining into homes across the country.
These are all signs of the gathering storm. Trump’s incessant lies about the last election (Biden “didn’t get 81 million votes, there’s no way,” he told OAN) pose obvious threats to future elections. The so-called “Stop the Steal” movement is “racing forward,” ignoring the Arizona audit “humiliation,” the NYT pointed out over the weekend.
Most of us can feel the instability in the air the same way a weather forecaster can feel a storm coming on. News outlets need to be providing storm warnings — but some are ignoring the threat. That’s what my opening essay on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” telecast was about. Anti-democratic talking points are being paraded across networks like Newsmax, and averting one’s eyes doesn’t make the parade go away…
The “right-wing media, with a few honorable exceptions, is one giant safe space for the Big Lie,” historian and “On Tyranny” author Timothy Snyder told me. So the reality-based press needs to make “democracy the story,” he said, because elements of the GOP are actively working to subvert future elections through laws, regulations and propaganda efforts. Snyder quite realistically described how a presidential loser could be cast as the winner in 2024. “That is what’s happening right before our eyes right now,” he said, “and we’re just too cowardly to look at it.”
He meant “we” in the broad political sense, of course, and the people and platforms who are staring this threat square in the face deserve credit. CNN’s coverage has been unwavering. At Politico, one of the most-read articles over the weekend was titled “What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal?” Over at the Washington Post, Robert Kagan’s powerful essay about the looming struggle is still the most-popular link on the entire website, three full days after it was published.
Chuck Todd invoked Kagan on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” and asked, “What are close elections going to look like on November of ’22?” Well, that’s the thing, panelist Leigh Ann Caldwell said: “It’s not about the past election anymore. They’re still talking about the past election, but they’re trying to delegitimize future elections.” Todd responded, “I think that’s the concern we all have… I used to love a close election. Now I fear the impact of what unpacking that would be.” That’s why we need to talk about it. Why we need to forecast the possibilities…
Liz Cheney says many lawmakers privately agree with her
In Sunday’s “60 Minutes” profile of Liz Cheney, Lesley Stahl asked, “Have members of Congress, Republicans, come up to you privately and whispered in your ear, ‘Way to go Liz,’ and encouraged you, but won’t come forward and say that publicly?”