Let’s toss another log on the massive bonfire of lies that fuels the extremism in Trump supporters

A protest holding a placard that reads: Stupid people are dangerous.
A protest holding a placard that reads: Stupid people are dangerous.
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As I was writing a piece on the Dirty Dozen — the senators planning to object to the electoral vote count — I came across information that one of them, Tommy Tuberville, believed World War II was fought “to free Europe of socialism.” I stared at this information incredulously. As unbelievable as it seems, this man is now a member of Congress. He also happens to be among the 147 Republicans who objected to the Electoral College vote count after the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill.

Tuberville’s comment caused me to recall past conversations with an ardent Trump supporter who often derided the Democratic party for acting like Nazis by wanting to confiscate their guns and take away their rights of free speech. Trump supporters, especially those on the far right, often paint a hysterical picture of the Left as radical socialists or communists, intent on seizing all property, possessions, and freedoms. Still, it hadn’t occurred to me that they had somehow erroneously equated socialism with the fascist Nazi regime. …

Silenced by the social media giants, Trump is becoming increasingly unhinged in his final days in office.

A crowd with their hands raised in worship.
A crowd with their hands raised in worship.
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It finally happened. After years of slinging insults, lobbing lies, amplifying fake news, dog-whistling hate groups, and spreading conspiracy theories, the social media gods, Twitter and Facebook, banned Trump from their platforms.

Twitter had been a virtual paradise for Trump. He exercised divine-like powers to create his ideal universe, an alternate reality composed of “alternate facts” where he could manipulate his blind believers’ emotions and destroy the lives of his enemies with a single tweet. The platform largely contributed to his inexplicable rise to power and exaltation by millions of followers.

Like that storied fall from grace passed down through the centuries, pride proved to be Trump’s downfall as well. Trump being Trump, allowed his wounded ego over a lost election to override any semblance of courtesy or dignity that would lead a rational person to concede defeat. He excoriated those who would dare call him out on the falsehoods and speak the truth. He put targets on the backs of governors, election officials, state and federal judges, attorneys, and politicians — regardless of political affiliation — even members of his administration, who refused to do his bidding by overturning the election in his favor. …

A MAGA mob descended on Capitol Hill in an attempt to bend legislators to their will

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While the events of January 6th on Capitol Hill were shocking, sadly, I cannot say I’m surprised. Those who have studied history have been fearing the ramifications of a Trump presidency since before his election. We knew where this would lead if left unchecked, and there have been plenty of opportunities to check his influence. Those who have excused, or even supported his many transgressions are complicit in yesterday’s events.

Shortly after Trump lost the 2020 election, many were spreading election fraud conspiracy theories on Facebook. I reached out to one by posting the following comment:

“Take a step back and look at this situation with clear eyes. Counting legally cast votes is required by law in a democracy. Demanding that the counting be stopped in states where you are leading and continued in states where you are lagging, along with “hereby” claiming states where results have not been determined, is the action of an authoritarian. Concerns about fraud deserve their day in court when credible evidence is presented. Spreading rumors and misinformation about widespread fraud in the casting and counting of these votes is dangerous as some will believe unsubstantiated rumors and act on it.” …

Twelve Republicans are on a mission to undermine the electoral process.

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On January 6th, as required by the Constitution’s 12th Amendment, a joint session of Congress will convene to count the votes of the Electoral College and officially declare the winner of the U.S. presidential election. Twelve Republican senators plan to object to the certification and hope to force an audit of the election results based on unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. This reckless band of politicians is attempting to undermine the will of the American people and sow further discord and disunity across the nation, a dastardly deed by a dirty dozen, indeed.

In the 1967 film, The Dirty Dozen, the U.S. Army selected the worst prisoners in its facility, those who were facing lengthy sentences or execution for a string of offenses from mutiny to murder, for a suicide mission. The Army sought to weaponize their malevolence against the enemy and agreed to pardon those who survived. …

Even if they read just one, they’d no longer be Trump supporters.

A trail of open books
A trail of open books
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If you want to understand who Trump is, just read The Art of the Deal, right? Trump would have you believe he wrote the book, it’s the best insight into his “genius,” and the nation needed the “leader that wrote The Art of the Deal.” Yet, none of those claims are true. Just ask the man who wrote it, ghostwriter Tony Schwartz.

In reality, Trump is nothing like the man in the book. First, Trump didn’t write it and possibly didn’t even read it all. Second, Trump is not the business leader he claims to be. Schwartz says the book is a total fabrication, intended to sell a successful businessman image. Third, Trump is no genius. According to Schwartz, “malignant narcissist” is a more fitting description. …

A poem for the new year.

Scrabble tiles that spell out “speak truth”
Scrabble tiles that spell out “speak truth”
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I gaze upon the proclivity of the world

To disregard the poor, neglect the old.

Will the scrolls of iniquity soon be unfurled?

For the love of so many waxes cold.

I fear the sheep have gone astray.

What has happened to the mensch?

He sits on the sidelines day after day;

His torpor forms a deep trench.

What has happened to our sense of comity?

There are few attempts to ameliorate.

It’s vanished with the rise of anonymity,

And the baser instincts to spread hate.

What has happened to Christianity?

I despair it’s near moribund.

Promoting ceaseless bellicosity,

Tithes filling venal coffers to fund. …

Once again, the far-right predicted the unveiling of a “Democrat criminal cartel” that failed to materialize.

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A Trump supporter praying for a Christmas Miracle sent me a YouTube video dated December 24, 2020. The video didn’t identify the speaker, nor is any information provided about the YouTube channel’s creator. Fortunately, it does not have a large following, and I will not generate additional views by posting a link here. It appears to appeal to those on the fringe.

The video claims that Trump’s impending appointment of Ezra Cohen-Watnick to the Public Interest Declassification Board is to prepare for the release of classified materials that will prove that President-elect Joe Biden is a puppet of Communist China. Oh, and Watnick is presumed to be the mysterious Q, originator of the far-right conspiracy theorist group, QAnon. …

A Christmas song for the president

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You’re a tax cheat, Mr. Trump

Employed by your father

A consultant/landlord/banker, when you were just a toddler, Mr. Trump

You’re doing the same thing with your sons and daughter!

You’re a fraudster, Mr. Trump

Can’t disclose my taxes

I am under audit

IRS said, “That’s not it,” Mr. Trump

Supporters somehow bought it; enthusiastic with their plaudits. I think I want to vomit!

You like despots, Mr. Trump

For Russia you’ve been rootin’

Genuflecting to Putin, a lamplighter like Rasputin, Mr. Trump

You say no collusion, Mueller is highfalutin!

And in a faraway land

Lives the Little Rocket Man

Who says you have very big…

This winter solstice Jupiter and Saturn will align for the first time in 800 years to form what’s called the Christmas Star, and it’s sure to be magical.

Star-filled night sky
Star-filled night sky
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For us parents, we often want to recreate the fond memories of our youth for our kids. For me, it meant summers wading in local watering holes, catching fireflies at dusk, building sandcastles at the beach, and drinking root beer floats on a blistering August afternoon. It meant football, caramel apples, pumpkins, and playing in a pile of raked leaves in the fall. In the winter, it meant sparklers and fireworks on New Year’s Eve, building a snowman on the rare snow day, roasting marshmallows over a bonfire. In the spring, it meant picking wildflowers, blowing bubbles, dancing in the rain, stomping in mud puddles, and hiking in nature. …

Those within her borders shrug and say, “Meh, that’s nothing new,” but should we be worried this time around?

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After the Supreme Court denied a Texas lawsuit for lack of standing, some Texas Republicans voiced their outrage over the dismissal of a “legitimate lawsuit” by hinting at secession.

Someone should’ve told them it was better to keep their mouth shut and seem a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

These individuals would benefit from attending the University of Texas Law Professor Steve Vladeck’s class. The professor, an expert on constitutional law, delivered a smackdown — ahem, explanation — on Twitter that may help enlighten them. It was certainly entertaining to read.

Steve Vladeck on Twitter: “Here’s my response: https://t.co/wwIBz1jYOs" …


Melissa Janda

Former Corporate Finance Executive, Writer

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