I am going to tell you about a brief — and fairly unpleasant — encounter I had with someone who believes retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is “an honorable man.”
This person delivered a bit of proof I sought to make in an earlier blog post.
It was a social media encounter. This person and I belong to the same Facebook group that features conservative commentary. She wrote something about Flynn being an honorable man. I responded that I don’t think he’s honorable. I said he lied to the FBI, he sought to persuade Donald Trump to declare “martial law” to keep his job after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden and he led the “lock her up!” chant at the GOP convention in 2016, wanting Hillary Clinton to be jailed over the email matter.
My foe said Flynn had been “exonerated” on all the charges brought against him. Thus, according to my acquaintance, he is honorable.
Her final response to me was that I am a “Democrat” and I adhere to the “fake news” being peddled by progressives. I am “involved with their ideology.”
I had made a point in an earlier blog post about the impossibility of discussing policy matters with those who adhere to Trump’s Big Lie. I believe my latest foe has proved my point. I will engage this person any longer. I did think it was useful to make this point in another post on this blog.
Debate is impossible | High Plains Blogger
It’s not that I believe I am a brilliant thinker. It’s just that every now and again individuals rise to the occasion to make me seem a lot smarter than I actually am.
There can be no doubt at all that one cannot debate intelligently the elements of The Big Lie when one side of this dispute comprises individuals who have sworn an oath of idiocy.
The Big Lie is being supported by the cultists who follow the garbage that flows from Donald Trump’s mouth about the phony theft of the 2020 presidential election.
They continue to say:
- That Trump won the 2020 election.
- That legislatures should decertify the Electoral College results showing that Joe Biden actually won that election.
- That Trump will be returned to the presidency.
- That the “insurrection” occurred in November 2020 when Americans cast their ballots for president.
These Americans are certifiably insane. You cannot engage in intelligent debate with morons … who are led by the Moron in Chief.
One aspect of the National Public Radio interview that Donald J. Trump gave deals with the conduct of the interviewer juxtaposed with the treatment he got from the subject of his interview.
I am going to presume Trump agreed to the NPR interview that was broadcast this morning to spread his Big Lie beyond the base of support to which he still clings.
The interviewer, Steve Inskeep, is a professional journalist who enjoys great standing among those of us who love the craft of journalism. Inskeep did a great job maintaining his composure while withstanding Trump’s bellicosity.
He also gave the ex-president far more respect than I believe Donald Trump ever deserved. That’s just me, I suppose, but I believe it to be true.
That’s what journalists do. The speak respectfully to their subjects and give them every opportunity to explain themselves in detail. Trump chose to avoid any detailed explanation of The Big Lie involving allegations of voter fraud, electoral theft and that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” to ensure Joe Biden’s victory.
A lesser man could have exploded at the viciousness of Trump’s lying. Inskeep, though, is a consummate professional. He knows his job is to give the subjects of his interviews the time they seek to explain their positions.
Except that Trump didn’t deliver any sort of detail. He did not attempt to offer any evidence of the specious allegations of vote fraud … because there is no evidence to offer.
Trump hung up the phone on Inskeep after nine minutes of haranguing and hectoring and interrupting him while he sought to ask probing questions.
Through it all, Steve Inskeep kept his composure and acted the part of the consummate professional. He did his job.
Steve Inskeep, National Public Radio’s main voice on all things political, deserves a high-five, an atta boy and a round of applause for the way he sought to press Donald J. Trump on The Big Lie he keeps alive.
NPR had secured a 15-minute interview with the former POTUS. Inskeep got about nine minutes’ worth of Q&A in before Trump decided he had heard enough questions about The Big Lie. So, he hung up on Inskeep.
The interview is a classic case of Trump continuing to lie, continuing to evade and continuing to produce zero evidence of what he has alleged: that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him through “widespread voter fraud.”
Steve Inskeep sought to get Trump to explain himself, to offer any shred of evidence for the serious allegations he has leveled. Trump, to be candid, was hideous in his assertion of fraud.
My goodness, he couldn’t even stay on topic when responding to specific questions that Inskeep would toss at him.
‘He’s gone. OK’: Trump hangs up on NPR after host presses him on election lies (msn.com)
It was weird that Trump would agree to talk to NPR in the first place. I mean, he has labeled media that aren’t part of the propaganda wing that promotes the lies he puts forth as “the enemy of the people.” NPR is as down-the-middle as any media outlet one can name. I know what you might think, which is that conservatives consider NPR to be a liberal/progressive media organ. Bullsh**!
Trump demonstrated why he is so insufferable. Inskeep, meanwhile, demonstrated the qualities of solid journalism, which Donald Trump simply cannot tolerate.
President Biden today laid out a most fascinating aspect of The Big Lie as he marked the first year since the former Liar in Chief incited the riot that sought to overturn our democratic process.
The Big Lie as told and retold by the 45th POTUS is that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. Why, then, did Republicans do so well down the rest of the ballot in many states? Biden asked, wondering why GOP candidates running for governor and Congress weren’t bitching about “rigged” returns.
He answered his question. It was because the only candidate for public office to question the integrity of the election system was the GOP candidate for POTUS. He lost the election. He won’t accept the result. So, he decided to cast aspersions on the election officials who conducted the most secure election in U.S. history.
Indeed, if there were serious flaws in the integrity of the election, there surely would have been questions asked about all the down-ballot races that were decided by razor-thin margins.
Just to be clear: the contest for president of the United States in 2020 did not fit the category of “narrow victory.”
Well, what do you know about this? The first reports of the “forensic audit” that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched — at the behest of Donald J. Trump — of balloting in four Texas counties shows minuscule discrepancies.
That means the voting was not rife with “widespread” fraud that Trump has alleged without offering a shred of evidence.
Trump came to Texas this past summer and got Abbott to call for an audit of four of the state’s most populous counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin. I live in Collin County. Of the counties audited, Collin voted for Trump narrowly, while the rest of them all voted for President Biden.
The Texas Tribune reported: The first phase of the review, released New Year’s Eve, highlighted election data from four counties — Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin — that showed few discrepancies between electronic and hand counts of ballots in a sample of voting precincts. Those partial manual counts made up a significant portion of the results produced by the secretary of state, which largely focused on routine voter roll maintenance and post-election processes that were already in place before the state launched what it has labeled as a “full forensic audit.”
Texas secretary of state’s partial audit of 2020 election finds few issues | The Texas Tribune
Hmm. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that the audit of these counties won’t find anything worth mentioning. The audit that Abbott seeks was done because Trump continues to perpetuate The Big Lie about the results of the 2020 election. Trump lost! Biden won! The election was fair and legal and clean. Texas went for Trump, giving the then-POTUS its 38 electoral votes.
However, Trump wants to continue fostering doubt into the most secure election in U.S. history.
I will say once again that Donald Trump’s Big Lie only defames the hard work done at the local level by elections officials who take an oath to ensure that our elections are secure.
Someone once said — and I am going to paraphrase it — that a lie can lap the field before the truth jumps out of the starting blocks.
So it is with the myriad lies that continue to flood our minds, our airwaves, our newspaper columns. The lies deal with mostly with The Big Lie, the one that suggests that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from Donald Trump. It wasn’t, of course.
When will the lying run its course? When will enough of us will say, “Enough is enough; enough, already!”?
Will that moment arrive sometime in this new year that is about to dawn on us? Someone needs to tell me, “Yes. It will happen.”
Too many Americans continue to kneel in front of the cult leader who once occupied the U.S. presidency. He is perpetuating The Big Lie. He has yet to say out loud that Joe Biden defeated him in the freest, fairest, most legal, most secure presidential election in U.S. history. He talks about the election being “rigged” in 2020 and yet he seeks to rig it in real terms by persuading state election officials to pursuing legal avenues to overturn the results of the most recent presidential election.
Do you see the irony in this “rigged election” scenario?
I am acutely aware of the naivete in wishing the lying will stop. I know that politicians of all stripes aren’t always truthful. They say they are, but we all know better. The lying that comes from the Trump cultists takes that truism an illogical step further.
Accuse me of being naive if you wish. I will declare right here that I want the lying to stop and I will express the hope that my wish will come true.
I never thought it was possible to embellish The Big Lie but the Republican nut cases who occupy public offices have managed to do so.
It goes like this …
There are those within the GOP who contend now that Democrats are fabricating the impact of various COVID-19 variants to “cheat” their way to winning future elections. One of the Republican nut jobs in Congress, Rep. Ronny Jackson of Amarillo, went on Fox News to suggest that very thing. The hosts on “Fox and Friends” let the moronic physician-turned-politician mutter that trash without challenging him.
One of the hosts said Jackson is “probably right.” Umm, no! He’s not right! He is wrong. So are those who suggest that the impact of the latest variant, called Omicron, is made up, that it’s a fabrication.
The Big Lie was born out of Donald Trump’s phony claim of “widespread voter fraud” in the 2020 election. It has now grown more legs and to my utter horror it is beginning to take root in the gullible mindlessness of Republican cultists’ noggins.
Good grief. Is there no end to this idiocy?
Texas, in its bid to fight nonexistent widespread voter fraud, has a new law on the books that allows the state to audit the results of every November election in four randomly selected counties.
The state already is coming after the phony fraud in Collin County, where I live, along with Harris, Dallas and Tarrant counties. Good luck finding anything untoward in any of those counties.
I also suspect the state will come up empty no matter where it looks in its hunt for widespread vote fraud that — and I know I am repeating myself, so bear with me — does not exist!
All of this effort is a trumped-up hunt (pardon the use of that adjective) for vote fraud emanating from the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump carried Texas by about 5 percentage points, yet he insisted that Gov. Greg Abbott call for a “forensic audit” of the four large Texas counties. Abbott bowed to his good buddy Trump and got it done.
Those who adhere to the cult beliefs of the 45th president of the United States keep telling us that the will and wishes of “74 million American voters” should not be ignored.
OK. I get that. More than 74 million voters cast their ballots for the guy who finished second in the race for the presidency in 2020. That is the second-greatest vote total ever recorded; the greatest vote total was rolled up by President Biden, who pulled in more than 81 ballots.
And, yes, they were legitimately cast ballots.
So, to the sore losers who cannot accept that their guy finished second in a two-man for the presidency in 2020 I say only: Get the fu** over it!
They won’t. Not as long as their cult hero continues to foment The Big Lie about vote fraud and insist that even with all the “forensic audits” he is demanding that he still won the 2020 election.
There have been many photo finishes over many decades of presidential elections. Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy by 100,000 votes in 1960; he accepted the result and moved on. Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in 2000; that election wasn’t settled until the Supreme Court stopped a recount in Florida with Bush leading by 537 ballots; Bush was awarded the state’s electoral votes and he took the oath … after Gore conceded defeat and pledged his support of the new president.
The yammering that continues to this day about POTUS 45 collecting 74 million votes ignores the obvious, which is that his opponent received 7 million more votes and won the election!