Republicans are not good at humor. They never have been and they never will be. When was the last time you heard a really good joke or barb come from a member of the GOP? You haven’t.
So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Republican attack meme aimed at the Biden administration’s proposal to raise taxes on the big corporations and the richest 1% of Americans fell flat on its face, partially because the meme’s creator didn’t even understand the movie he or she built the meme around.
Here’s the meme sent out by RNC Research:
Maybe it’s been awhile since you last viewed the movie “E.T.,” but Elliott and the extraterrestrial shown in the iconic bike scene (which now features President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the lead roles) were the heroes of the movie. So apparently raising taxes on the rich is a heroic thing to do. How backasswards is that?
The mockery began almost immediately:
The GOP meme makers must have graduated from Trump University.
Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a scathing ruling in which she ordered the Justice Department to release a memo from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel which helped support former Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute failed, one-term former President Donald Trump on charges of obstruction of justice, making it clear that she believed Barr had lied to maintain a narrative that the Mueller report cleared Trump, which it most certainly didn’t.
Judge Jackson wrote:
“The review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given.”
Barr had made up his mind prior to receiving the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller: He would declare that Trump had been cleared by Mueller and urge the country to move on.
But it turns out Barr didn’t pull off his deception alone. Instead, he had lots of help from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Remember Rod Rosenstein? He’s the one who appointed Mueller after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself because he had a conflict of interest. Rosenstein was seen as a steady, reliable man who would do what was right, not what was politically expedient.
However, as attorney Dirk Schwenk points out in a fascinating Twitter thread, Judge Jackson also exposed Rosenstein as a co-conspirator who had better hope he has a good criminal attorney on retainer:
Be sure and read the above tweet very carefully. Rosenstein and Barr had the OLC memo drafted to help cover up a decision the AG made regarding the Mueller investigation: No matter what Mueller found, Trump would be protected at all costs. That was the prime objective.
Barr, Rosenstein, and the Office of Legal Counsel were all in on the fix from the beginning. They would declare Trump exonerated even if Mueller said otherwise. Mueller was used as a pawn in a larger criminal scheme to assure that Trump wasn’t found guilty.
Rosenstein set the cover-up in place; Barr took the ball and carried it over the goal line. The upper echelons of the DOJ were used to protect Trump instead of protecting the Constitution those same Justice Department officials had sworn to uphold.
Rod Rosenstein is a criminal. So is Barr. So are others at the DOJ who were part of the conspiracy. It’s time to charge them and try them in a court of law.
In their desperate and futile attempt to prove that accused rapist and one-term loser former President Donald Trump actually won the state of Arizona (and the entire 2020 election), Republicans in the Grand Canyon State are now asserting that China stole the vote from Trump and handed it to Joe Biden.
Not crazy enough for you? Well, consider this from Slate:
“On Wednesday, a member of the Arizona election audit team that has been heavily touted by former President Donald Trump revealed that its examination of the 2020 vote in Maricopa County will include a ‘forensic’ analysis of ballots to determine if the paper is made of bamboo—in order to determine whether or not China delivered tens of thousands of fraudulent ballots to tip the state to Joe Biden.”
Yep, truth truly is stranger than fiction. You simply cannot make this shit up!
John Brakey, one of the officials who is “overseeing” the Arizona audit, was the clown who floated the “Asia” theory of what took place last November, remarking:
Bamboo in the paper. He actually said that. Here’s the video for any doubters:
When Brakey was asked the logical follow-up question, Why are you looking for bamboo, he responded:
Clearly, John Brakey has been sniffing far too much of the gas in the “gaslight” he’s referring to, and it has permanently damaged what little bit of brain matter he had left in his otherwise empty skull.
So this is where we’re at when it comes to the Trump faithful and millions of Republican voters across the United States: If the GOP loses, it must have been because the Democrats cheated. Of course, all evidence suggests that the vast majority of those who commit what little voter fraud there is in the country are card-carrying Republicans. But their cheating doesn’t count because it’s done on behalf of the best interests of the poor, ignorant voters who have no idea which way to mark their ballot.
Truth is now dead among at least half of this country. They killed it and now they want to replace with a conspiracy theory they found in the darkest bowels of the internet.
Maybe we should give these morons their very own “nation” on an abandoned oil derrick out in the Pacific Ocean and let them live in their version of reality instead of running the risk they’ll infect anyone else.
Now that a federal judge has made it clear that former Attorney General William Barr lied about what was contained in the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an attempt to take the heat off failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, another question has now come to the forefront: What happens to Barr for lying to the public and, more importantly, to Congress the courts while he was under oath?
That was the topic of discussion on MSNBC Wednesday, with former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal explaining what happens next for Barr:
Katyal added that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson was very clear in her ruling that the Justice Department must release a DOJ memo Barr used to bolster his own personal interpretation of the Mueller report. She also noted that Barr had indeed lied under oath:
Host Nicolle Wallace asked Katyal what can be done to the former attorney general now that he’s out of office. Katyal replied:
All of that, Katyal concluded, suggests that Barr is in very big trouble legally:
This is an open and shut case. A slam dunk. The Justice Department needs to take action and charge Barr to send a message to all future AGs: You’re supposed to defend the Constitution, not the president.
If we’re being completely honest, we’ve all thought at one time or another that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) isn’t quite right.
Now, however, we have confirmation that Paul is indeed off-kilter, and it comes to us courtesy of a colleague of his in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
AlterNet reports that during a mass vaccination event in Columbus, Ohio, Brown remarked:
Just a couple of months ago, Paul clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Senate hearing on COVID-19. He insisted that it was “theater” for those who were already fully vaccinated to still wear a protective mask. Fauci disagreed and let the senator know just how ignorant he sounded saying such a thing. He also explained why it’s a good idea to wear a mask even after one has been vaccinated:
“The expert immunologist has warned that although the COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer and others offer major protection, it is still possible for someone who has been fully vaccinated to be infected and spread COVID-19 to others — and for that reason, Fauci recommends wearing masks as an added precaution.”
There was also this confrontation between Paul and Fauci back in June of last year:
Did you wonder why there were fewer cases of the flu last year, especially during peak flu season? Because so many of us were wearing masks! Maybe we need to do that every year when it’s flu season if only to save lives. Why does this have to be controversial? We should all be willing to do what’s best for others and not just what makes us feel good. That’s what it means to be a member of a civilized society.
But there’s something more at play here: Rand Paul is a dick. Plain and simple. He knows he is, and he plays it up because he thinks that’s what his constituents want to hear. Maybe he’s right, but he’s still a lunatic and a douchebag.