What was she wearing?
Now that 13 members of a militia group have been charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and put her on trial for "treason" — and maybe execute her, who can say — wingnuts are scrambling to explain that the plot miraculously had nothing to do with Donald Trump's call to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN" or his frequent rhetorical attacks on Whitmer and other Democratic governors during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dear Leader himself took to Twitter to say he's never encouraged extremist violence, and to accuse Whitmer of being insufficiently grateful that Trump's very own Justice Department and FBI saved her from the plot. And then he went right back to accusing her and all Democrats of being in cahoots with dangerous radicals. We'll just transcribe his three-tweet rant here:
Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband's boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced...
...today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities...
...I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!
Thoughts and prayers! Remember, when armed militia guys — including some of those arrested yesterday — were protesting Whitmer's coronavirus lockdown and calling her a Nazi, Trump was supporting them, calling them excellent folks, and urging Whitmer to compromise with them.
Oh, that thing you've been waiting years for is kind of a flop? Thoughts 'n' prayers.
“This is the nightmare scenario. Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn't happen before the election," a GOP congressional aide whined to Axios about news that US Attorney John Durham won't be finished with his inquest into the origins of the Russia investigation by November.
And, honestly, honey, we feel ya. We put a lot of faith in Robert Mueller to actually turn over all the rocks and find out what the hell happened in 2016 — and after, since nothing in the intervening four years has disabused us of the notion that Trump is scared of pissing off Vladimir Putin — only to find out that the Special Counsel wouldn't even try to look at the president's finances. Having amassed a mountain of evidence of obstruction of justice, the guy we'd built up as a fearless paragon just handed it to Congress and said, "I trust you guys will know what to do with this."
We'll probably never find out who Trump is in debt to up to his beady eyeballs. And dollars to doughnuts it ain't Deutsche Bank using house money to lend a reprobate like Trump $420 million.
It is what it is. And so it will be with our fellow partisans on the Right, who believe that if they only keep digging they'll find evidence that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton illegally spied on the Trump campaign and tried to frame poor, innocent Putin for election interference. It's a dastardly plot!
Meanwhile over at Fox Business, Maria Bartiromo is doing her darnedest to keep the dream alive.
When lying becomes the law of the land ...
And Mark Meadows takes the lead again for Lyingest Sack of Crap in the White House Not Named Trump. Better step up your game, Kayleigh!
See, yesterday FBI Director Christopher Wray had the temerity to tell Congress the truth about voter fraud. And that truth is that there is no serious problem with voter fraud.
"Now, we have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise," he testified to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, adding later, "Certainly to change a federal election outcome by mounting that kind of fraud at scale would be a major challenge for an adversary, but people should make no mistake, we're vigilant as to the threat and watching it carefully because we're in an uncharted new territory."
Well! Bill Barr and Donald Trump and Sean Hannity and Rick Scott and Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell and all the other Gippers have been telling us for weeks that mail-in ballots are rife with voter fraud, so Chris Wray needs to get with the program. His job isn't to testify about what's true, it's to tout the party line, TRUE OR NOT!
How Many Pennsylvania Ballots Can You Fit In A Trash Can? None, Really, But That Won't Stop Bill Barr's DOJ!
Malevolent incompetence? Incompetent malevolence?
It was a wild ride at the DOJ shop in the Middle District of Pennsylvania yesterday, with the Department of Jutstice putting out a breathless press release implying that nine military ballots for Trump had been thrown away in a nefarious plot. Then deleting the press release an hour later. Then reposting it to say seven Trump ballots and two unknown ballots had been discarded. Then issuing a letter admitting that this was probably an issue with poll workers, who tried to reconcile two conflicting ballot laws and called the FBI themselves to ensure that no one would think they were deliberately cheating, only to find themselves smack in the middle of the Trump administration's efforts to pretend that mail-in voting is rife with fraud.