2020 Congressional Elections

Laura Loomer Wins Florida GOP Primary On Crackpot Bigot Platform

This is the modern Republican Party.

Far-right conspiracy theorist and all-around nogoodnik Laura Loomer won Tuesday's Republican primary in Florida's 21st Congressional District. Loomer was kicked off Twitter, where even I'm allowed to post, because she spewed hate about Muslims. The self-described “citizen journalist" enjoys stalking Nancy Pelosi and harassing random people, which she — and no one else — calls “Loomering." She was banned from Uber and Lyft after demanding a ride-share app that only exploits non-Muslim drivers. Facebook, Instagram, Medium, GoFundMe, Venmo, MGM Resorts, and PayPal don't want anything to do with her, either.

Oh, and she tried to fuck a Nazi.

This character from a cancelled TV sitcom — one with the word “crazy" in its title — won 42 percent of the vote against Christian Acosta and Michael Vilardi, who are both typical, terrible Republicans but presumably never got to third base with a Nazi. You never know what's important with voters.

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Legal

GOP Makes Voting Great Again By Murdering Ballot Drop Boxes

They've already ratfucked the post office, it was next on the list.

Having successfully ratfucked the post office to prevent timely delivery of mail-in ballots and create maximal chaos and distrust around remote voting, Republicans have now turned their attention to drop boxes for ballot collection. Because making it impossible to vote in urban areas is pretty much their only election strategy.

Well, that and racism. They're certainly not going to go out and enact policies that appeal to Americans!

In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign and RNC have filed a gobbledlygook lawsuit alleging that ballot drop boxes violate the Equal Protections Clause. 'Cause, sure, fuckit, why not.

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Elections

Trump Will Win Re-Election Over Post Office’s Dead Body

All that stands between Trump and full-on authoritarianism is us.

Donald Trump has declared voting by mail fraudulent and corrupt. He has no evidence, but he doesn't need proof when he has “instinct," and his instincts say he's just a one-term nightmare but only if people can actually vote. Republicans might've wished he wasn't so “old man yells at cloud" about it, but they have long opposed anything that makes voting easier. When turnout is high, they lose elections, so they prefer to keep turnout low. It's simple voter suppression arithmetic.

Laurence H. Tribe, Jennifer Taub, and Joshua A. Geltzer break down for The Atlantic what they call Trump's “three-pronged attack" against free and fair elections. The first step is slowing down mail service while simultaneously casting doubt on the legitimacy of voting by mail, which Washington, Oregon, and Colorado have done for years now without incident.

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2020 state and local elections

Heeeeyyyy Georgia, Sen. David Perdue Would Like To Remind You Jon Ossoff’s A Jew!

Democrat’s nose is obviously and grossly enlarged in Facebook ad.

Republican Sen. David Perdue has a tougher race than expected in Georgia. Cook Political Report declared it a “Toss-Up" last week. Perdue has taken the gloves off and is reminding Georgians that Ossoff isn't “one of them." Ossoff was born and raised in Georgia, so he's no common carpetbagger like Senator Kelly Loeffler. Still, Perdue's campaign released a Facebook ad accusing Ossoff of conspiring with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to “buy Georgia." I thought Republicans liked the free market and money in politics. Schumer and Ossoff are just spreading “free speech" in Georgia.

Democratic Senate candidates will often link their Republican opponents to Mitch McConnell or Donald Trump because both men are terrible. McConnell specifically is an obstructionist who represents everything wrong with our current government. Chuck Schumer is from New York. That's apparently the sum total of his scariness. He's also Jewish, like Ossoff, and did you notice anything ... I dunno ... odd about Ossoff's nose in this ad?

It's freaking huge and abnormally so. Ossoff doesn't actually have a long, hooked nose from Nazi propaganda. Three graphic design experts told the Jewish news site the Forward that the 2017 image of Ossoff was "changed by having his nose lengthened and widened, even as other parts of his face stayed the same size and proportions."

Ossoff's nose is "the primary difference where the altered version is larger than the original," said Maurice Meilleur, an assistant professor of graphic design at Iowa State University.

The Perdue campaign claimed this was accidental anti-Semitism. Ossoff's image was run through a spooky filter and somehow his nose ended up much larger. That's something that happens. An intern must've pressed the nose extension filter by mistake. Perdue's team deleted the ad Monday night to avoid “confusion," but the ad had already run on Facebook since July 22 and made a total of 3,000 to 4,000 impressions, all of them gross.

Campaign spokesman John Burke claimed the senator never saw the ad, which is convenient.

BURKE: In the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image.

Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook.

That's not how graphic design works, and Ossoff didn't buy the explanation because he has a brain in his head. He called out the ad for employing the “oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history."

Burke stressed how much Perdue loves Jewish people. He's cosponsored a bill condemning anti-Semitism and signed a letter urging swift action from the Trump administration regarding threats to Jewish schools. However, that doesn't earn you one free anti-Semitic ad.

Republicans like to rail against a supposed “anti-Semitic Left," seizing on statements from Rep. Ilhan Omar and cartoons in the New York Times. It's all politics. Democrats also don't hide behind their own voting records or the fact that Jewish voters overwhelmingly support them. They admit their mistakes.

Ossoff has asked that Perdue make an “unqualified apology to Georgia's Jewish community," but the Perdue campaign wants to claim that the bad actors here are anyone who'd dare take offense, which is on brand for Republicans.

BURKE: Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue's strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.

You don't have to be David Duke to traffic in anti-Semitic tropes. Omar's reference to “It's All About the Benjamins" was decried because associating Jewish people with money and shadowy control over “decent people" has a sinister history. Perdue's “campaign" has done the same thing here and his staff can't just claim he doesn't “see" color or religious background. The ad served a specific purpose — make Georgia voters see the Kennedy-esque Ossoff as “different" and weaponize that difference. The people behind this ad aren't idiots, even if the Perdue campaign hopes that we all are.

[Forward / Washington Post]

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