Republican Party ‘engulfed in lies and fear’ per another former Republican legislator

In an article this weekend called “Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party ‘engulfed in lies and fear'” by Jonathan Easley of The Hill, yet another former lawmaker is sharing his concerns about how far his party has fallen. Here are a few paragraphs from the article, plus a link below.

“Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) argued in a pre-taped interview that ran Friday that the Republican Party has lost its way and become ‘engulfed in lies in fear.

Curbelo and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) teamed up as part of the nonpartisan debate series IntelligenceSquared U.S. to argue that many within the GOP are knowingly pushing a lie that the election was stolen out of fear of retaliation from former President Trump.

In his opening remarks, Curbelo said that by embracing former President Trump’s election claims, which preceded the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the GOP had lost its credibility and damaged democracy.

‘Here we only have two [political parties] and in order for one to be able to hold the other accountable, it has to be viable. It has to have credibility. With a majority of the voters in the country, it has to be a reasonable choice for most people,’ Curbelo said. ‘And the problem we have today in our democracy is that the Republican Party is losing that position. Why? Because it has lost its way. Because it’s a party engulfed in lies and in fear.’

Curbelo, a moderate conservative, lost his South Florida swing district in 2018 by only about 4,000 votes in what was a big year for Democrats. He has emerged as a vocal critic of Trump and the direction of the GOP.

In the Intelligence Squared debate, he argued that many members of Congress know Trump’s election claims are false but that they lack the courage to stand up to him, knowing that it could cost them their seats.”

Let’s be clear. Fear has long been a tool of the untruthful and bullying former president. He even bragged to NBC’s Lestor Holt in an interview that is his modus operandi. That even led two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward to entitle his book on the Trump White House “Fear,” based on 750 hours of interviews. But, lying is also a tool of the former president as he is well-documented from multiple sources and data points as routinely untruthful.

So, the fact the former president lied about rampant election fraud is not a surprise. If he is talking or tweeting, he is most likely lying. Or, as Thomas Wells, an attorney said about him in 2016, “Donald Trump lies every day even about things of no consequence.

What bothers me more is Republican legislators – Gaetz, Gohmert, McCarthy, Scalise, Jordan, Nunes, McConnell, Hawley, Cruz, Graham et all lying for this untruthful person. Too many continue to believe what Attorney General William Barr called “bulls**t” about the former president’s toddler-like election fraud claims.

To give the former president’s claims the appropriate reporting, use your best four year old voice and say “I didn’t lose. I won by a lot. It was stolen from me.” That is the veracity of the petulant and seditious former president’s claims. As his niece Mary said, her uncle will burn it all down to avoid losing. It should be noted that seven people are dead because of an insurrection he caused.

Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party ‘engulfed in lies and fear’ (msn.com)

Email to Republican Senators and conservative opinion hosts

I have posted the following email on a few websites, several conservative opinion hosts along with a few Republican Senators. My point is to ask why did these people knowingly risk it all to do the right thing? Please feel free to comment and/ or adapt and use.

What continues to fail me is when people look past the courage and conviction of folks doing the right thing to fault them on their message. I see it today with people posing death threats to Republicans who dare push back on the deceitful former president. Don’t the folks who threaten people realize that the target of their threat knows they will receive such threat, yet they share their concerns anyway? Now, why would they risk so much?

The people of courage are those who testified under oath or wrote inspector general reports over concerns about the former president’s actions. They are the Republican (and Democrat) election officials, judges, secretaries of state and governors who told the former president he lost the election. They are the ten GOP representatives who voted to impeach the former president. My question is why did only ten do so, when it is clear the former president lied to repeatedly, invited, revved up and sicced these tin soldiers on the Capitol building?

And, now there are only five Republican Senators who voted to hear the impeachment trial. Five. The five Senators match the five people who are dead because of the former president led insurrection. And, we should not forget members of Congress were in danger as well due to this terrorist attack. This former president needs to be held to account. It is that simple, says this independent and former GOP voter. What the former president did is unforgivable.

Accountability and unity

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said yesterday, we cannot have unity without accountability. Yet, some Republican Senators are still echoing the planned fraud by the former president on the American people claiming unproven voter fraud. Others are saying the former president should not stand trial in the Senate.

As for those who do not want to hold the former president accountable, here is metaphor that uses a crying toddler example with intent.

-The toddler cried to anyone who would listen he was cheated.

-He took all measures he could to say he was cheated, unable to prove such.

-He bullied other toddlers to go along with him or he would be mean to them.

-He invited the tin soldiers to his room having wound them up for two months.

-He revved them up some more. Then he pointed them at the perceived enemy and sicced them to go do harm.

-Then, as per usual, he denied responsibility saying Mommy, it is not my fault.

The media did not do this. Democrats did not do this. The judges and election officials did not do this. Former Vice President Mike Pence did not do this. The instigator of all of this is Donald J. Trump. And, Senators who almost died cannot bring themselves to make him accountable. Really? After all that. 

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said if the former president is convicted in the Senate it would destroy the Republican Party. Too late, Senator. You, Cruz, Hawley, Paul, Gohmert, Brooks, Jordan, Nunes, et al have aided and abetted the destruction of the Republican Party by the crying toddler.

“Everyone knows I won by a lot. I was cheated. Mommy!” No, Little Donnie, you did not. And, five people are dead.

Letter I sent to my newspaper today – my heart is broken to see so-called leaders not be such

Please feel free to use the following and adapt as appropriate.

My heart is broken to see our country stoop so low. The outgoing president’s ongoing untruthful claims the election was fraudulent is predictable, as he planned and staged these actions for six months prior to the election and it is in keeping with his well-documented untruthfulness. Yet, what frustrates me more is seeing elected officials not stand up to tyrannical statements with some even aiding and abetting what conservative paper The New York Post called “an undemocratic coup.” Many Republican election officials, judges, governors and Secretaries of State and the US Attorney General and cybersecurity official ruled the election was fair and proper, many at great personal risk. Mr. Trump you lost the election. You lost the recounts and you lost 59 out of 60 court cases. For the sake of the country, we need you to be an adult and admit you did.

Former Republican Governor and Prosecutor Chris Christie says it all

Chris Cuomo of CNN interviewed former New Jersey Governor and prosecutor Chris Christie yesterday, which is summarized in the following piece by Paul LeBlanc: “Top Trump ally Chris Christie says it’s time to accept Biden won the election.” Here are few paragraphs, but the entire article can be linked to below.

“Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, said Thursday evening it’s time to accept that Joe Biden won the 2020 election as the President continues to push baseless conspiracy theories that his second term is being stolen.

‘Whenever anybody loses an election — party, an individual — there is great disappointment. But elections have consequences and this one was clearly won by President-elect Biden by the same margin in the Electoral College that President Trump won four years ago — by even more, nearly double the popular vote,’ Christie told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on ‘Prime Time.’

‘This election, there has been no evidence put forward that has shown me as a former prosecutor that there is any fraud that would change the results of the election. It’s time for us to accept that defeat. Also, by the way, accept the many victories we had that night. Fourteen new House members, two legislatures at the state level switched, and a governorship flipped to the Republican party.’

‘We had a great night except at the top of the ticket,’ he continued ‘So we need to accept that and we need to move on.'”

Christie’s words pretty much say it all. It is sad, we have still too many like Senator Ron Johnson, Congressman Mo Brooks and others, who are stroking the fragile ego of the outgoing president pounding the drum of frivolous and unproven voter fraud claims. But, just to add a little more gravitas, the National Review, a conservative magazine, said today:

“All in all, it’s the worst thing he’s done in his presidency and the worst exit of a defeated president in U.S. history, an effort that is not less infamous for being incompetent and risible.” The full article can be linked to below.

Chris Christie: Top Trump ally says it’s time to accept Biden won the election – CNNPolitics

National Review Says Donald Trump’s Refusal to Concede Is ‘Worst Thing He’s Done’ (msn.com)

“This is not an America I recognize” says Republican Chris Krebs

In an article by Josh Feldman of Media-ite called “Chris Krebs Pleads With His Fellow Republicans to Push Back on Election Conspiracies: ‘This is Not an America I Recognize,’” Krebs testimony at the Senate Homeland Security hearing led by Chair Ron Johnson (R), his words are telling. Here are a few paragraphs.

Chris Krebs, the former DHS top cyber official who President Donald Trump fired after he publicly and repeatedly debunked election misinformation, pleaded with his fellow Republicans during Wednesday’s Senate hearing to quit spewing conspiracies.

While more Republicans have started to acknowledge Joe Biden won the election, a significant number of them are still digging in on the president’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

The hearing Wednesday comes in the wake of judge after judge — including ones appointed by the president — completely rejecting the fraud claims brought by the Trump legal team and other allies. The Supreme Court shot down two separate cases just last week.

But with Republicans continuing to indulge in the president’s claims, Krebs made a point of sending a message to his party:

‘I think it’s, again, an affront to democracy that the citizens of the United States of America that are responsible for executing this sacred democratic institution of elections are being threatened on a daily basis. I mean, you name it, whether it’s emails, it’s phone calls, whether it’s people showing up at your house. This is not an America I recognize. And it’s got to stop. We need everyone across — through the leadership ranks to step up. I would appreciate more support from my own party, the Republican party, to call this stuff out and end it’.”

‘We’ve got to move on. We have a President-elect, Krebs said.”

To be frank, I am tired of talking about this. The question that must be asked, is it easier to believe there is a vast voter fraud conspiracy which would include many Republican (even Trump appointed) election officials, governors, secretaries of state, judges, the US Attorney General, head of election cybersecurity and election leaders OR is it easier to believe a person well documented as being untruthful, long before being president, is lying yet one more time, especially after staging for six months the fraud claims?

This independent and former Republican voter sees the outgoing president as threat to national security as he endangers our democracy and people, many of whom are hard working Republicans just trying to do their job. It is time for Mr. Trump to concede after failing to prove voter fraud while losing 58 out of 59 court cases. Plus, the recounts confirm the voter tallies and that he lost.

Let’s follow Krebs closing words above. “We’ve got to move on.”

Chris Krebs Pleads With His Fellow Republicans to Push Back on Election Conspiracies: ‘This is Not an America I Recognize’ (msn.com)

The Republican Party no longer exists, it is the Trump Party

I like to keep it simple. The Republican Party did not pass a platform at their nominating convention. A reporter noted on NPR that the platform is whatever Donald Trump wants. This was the ceremonial anointment of the Trump Party and the official demise of the Republican Party. So, what does it mean to be a member of the Trump Party?:

– truth is a commodity only to be used if it works in our favor; lying is perfectly acceptable
– conspiracy theory is permissible if it helps to win seats
– retrenching from global leadership and relationships are fine
– protecting our planet and environment is secondary to short term profit
– civil rights matter more for some than others
– competence in governance is secondary to loyalty to the leader

As conservative SE Cupp noted, what is being passed as journalism on Fox Primetime and other places is actually “fan fiction.” For some reason, the fact the outgoing president and his supporters have lost 55 out of 56 court cases, is truly lost on the MAGA crowd. If the outgoing president was a baseball player, he would have been sent to the minors 30 lost cases ago.

I encourage folks to call their Republican Senators and Congress people. Thank the ones who are pushing back on the outgoing president. Tell the ones who are silent to speak up as people are getting death threats and some were stabbed Saturday. And, the ones who are supporting the outgoing president’s efforts, remind them that he has lost those 55 cases. He had his chance and he lost. It is hard for him to lose more than he is losing.

The question that must be asked, is it easier to believe there is a vast voter fraud conspiracy which would include more than several Republican (even Trump appointed) election officials, governors, secretaries of state, judges, the US Attorney General, head of election cybersecurity and election leaders OR is it easier to believe a person well documented as being untruthful, long before being president, is lying yet one more time?

Let’s hope the Electoral College is permitted to and does their jobs. The Trump Party is very riled up by their deceitful figurehead, so I am certain more death threats will occur.

What if they caught the bus?

One of the thoughts I have been having lately around the fraudulent claims of the outgoing president and his sycophants about voter fraud, is the following, “what if they caught the bus?” This is an old line about a dog chasing a vehicle, like a bus, begging the question, what would the dog do if he or she caught it?

Ken Paxton, the Attorney General in the state of Texas has been joined by seventeen other Attorney Generals on a case without much merit and standing. It is expected the US Supreme Court will kick it out and not hear it, but stranger things have happened. Here is what was said in n article this morning:

“Texas’s own senior GOP senator, John Cornyn, said, ‘I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory‘ behind it. Jeb Bush responded by saying there was no theory and predicted that the court would reject it out of hand. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) even went so far Thursday as to suggest it was a ‘PR stunt rather than a lawsuit‘ and that (the Texas Attorney General) Ken Paxton (R) might be merely seeking a Trump pardon for his personal legal problems.”*

But what if this last ditch effort worked and for some reason, the current president remained in office. In essence, what if they caught the bus? Then, democracy in America would be over. We would be an autocracy. The will of the people in votes would be overturned. Using the president’s niece, Mary’s comments, her uncle will “burn it all down” to avoid losing. His ego is that shallow. He must burn it down to keep his little precious ego in tact.

I wish I did not have to write this. Truly. But, only 60% of Americans view Biden’s win as legitimate. That floored me. That is the power of a person known for lying who has told his base that everyone else is lying. The silent Senators coupled with the some who have been outspoken have left a vacuum that has been filled with conspiracy theory fans and a president who simply cannot admit he lost the election. Make no mistake – this is weakness.

What the outgoing president is doing is predicted and predictable. He has staged this fraud for about six months. I wrote a post in September after reading about the 1,000 attorneys the Trump campaign hired called, “Take it to the bank, the president will sue to avoid losing the election.” Or, just watch Senator Bernie Sanders on the Jimmy Kimmel Show in October who, with eerie accuracy, summarized what Trump would do come election.

What is lost on this conspiracy spreaders – Trump, Giuliani, Hannity, Limbaugh, Ingraham, etc. – is the Trump campaign and supporters have lost 49 court cases, by my count, winning only one. And, to add insult to injury, many of the judges are Republican and some are Trump appointees. SCOTUS refused to hear a Pennsylvania court case from some Republican legislators – simply saying “no” with no known dissents.

So, my question to these sycophants – what happens if they catch this bus? People who support the president said he has a right to sue and ask for recounts. He has done that and he still lost. What he wants to do is do a recount until the count turns his way. What I would add is 60% of Americans think their vote is important. So, if this bus is caught, it will end up very ugly for America.

Let me close with a final comment I often use – it is a fool’s errand to take Donald Trump at his word. Are you listening Trump sycophants?

*Note: From a Newsweek article by Jason Lemon called “GOP Senator Ben Sasse Suggests Texas AG Looking for Trump Pardon With SCOTUS Lawsuit” A link to the article is below:

GOP Senator Ben Sasse Suggests Texas AG Looking for Trump Pardon With SCOTUS Lawsuit (msn.com)

Mountains of misinformation

The following are paragraphs from an article by Michael Warren of CNN called “State Republicans continue to break with Trump, while those in Congress remain silent.”

“Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (of Georgia), a young, ambitious Republican, told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday that ‘mountains of misinformation’ from allies of President Donald Trump alleging large-scale voter fraud in the presidential election were hurting GOP efforts in the runoff elections for US Senate. Hours later one of those Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler, continued to offer lip service to Trump’s baseless claims…

The contrast illustrates a growing rift inside the Republican Party, between those who are willing to call out Trump on his baseless attempts to overturn the election results, and those who aren’t. It’s been state officials — governors, lieutenant governors, and secretaries of state — who have been the most outspoken, not only in acknowledging Biden’s victory, but also in pointing out the damage Trump’s false narrative is doing.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress, typically among the standard-bearers of the party, have largely been silent, save for a few exceptions. And it’s unclear whether those on Capitol Hill are going along with Trump for short-term political reasons or because they actually agree with him.

The above speaks for itself. Today, two more court cases put forth by Trump or his supporters were thrown out in Michigan and Georgia. By my count that puts the Trump campaign at 1 win and 49 losses in court. That is a 2% winning percentage. I know the outgoing president mocks polls, but this judicial poll show him losing 98% of the time.

Sadly, armed Trump supporters have been picketing in Michigan around the Secretary of State’s House. This is on top of the death threats. Someone will get hurt and take it to the bank, the unaccountable person in the White House will absolve himself of fault.

To the silent Republican Senators and Congress people in Washington, it is now time to serve your country. Join me in the following admonition – Man-up Mr. Trump, you lost.

State Republicans continue to break with Trump, while those in Congress remain silent (msn.com)

Trump continues to lose in court, but that does not seem to matter

The news from Saturday revealed the outgoing president continues to lose in court. By my count, Trump and his supporters have lost 46 court cases, winning only one small one which threw out about 600 votes in Pennsylvania. Yet, per David Brooks, about three-fourths of Republicans believe the election has been stolen from the outgoing president. That is the power of conspiracy theory, a cult-like faith and the lack of political courage in people who know better, but are silent..

Here are just two paragraphs from and article called “Donald Trump’s brutal day in court” by Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein of Politico (see link below).

President Donald Trump and his legal allies earned a platinum sombrero Friday, striking out five times in a matter of hours in states pivotal to the president’s push to overturn the election results — and losing a sixth in Minnesota for good measure.

It was another harsh milestone in a monthlong run of legal futility, accompanied by sharp rebukes from county, state and federal judges who continue to express shock at the Trump team’s effort to simply scrap the results of an election he lost. Several of the most devastating opinions, both Friday and in recent weeks, have come from conservative judges and, in some federal cases, Trump appointees.”

And, just after reading this, I read that the outgoing president is going to sue again in Georgia, after two recounts, an audit and two certifications of results. This is due to the conspiracy engine firing up yet more footage that is sure fire evidence of corruption. The Georgia election people saw this and recertified their results.

I am beyond embarrassed for the Trump Party. I am disgusted by the lack of comments and courage to condemn the outgoing president. There are a few extreme Congress people and Senators who are backing the outgoing president’s efforts. But, most are silent and hope it and he goes away. Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman calls the silent ones “unethical.” The ones backing Trump’s efforts (like the Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Matt Gaetz crowd) are aiding and abetting a fraud against the United States of America, in my view.

It is not uncommon for conspiracy theorists and their followers to get pointed down a dark and sinister path. It is in part to deflect their attention from the real conspiracy, the real fraud. The real voter fraud looks back from the mirror at the outgoing president when he shaves. He has planned and staged this fraud for over six months. It is disappointing, dangerous, but not a surprise. It is also depressing that people by into this fraud.

Yet, a simple question needs to be answered. Is it easier to believe that there is a vast conspiracy across the country which has been kept secret, that must include Republican, even Trump appointed, election officials, Secretaries of State, Governors, Judges, Attorney General and staff, Cybersecurity and staff, Election Commission director and staff OR is it easier to believe that a person well-documented as being untruthful is lying yet again?

The answer is obvious. Mr. Trump, man up and admit you lost.

Donald Trump’s brutal day in court (msn.com)