TENNESSEE REPUBLICANS ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON DEMOCRACY
On November 3rd Donald Trump lost the presidential election. I know it’s hard for some people to hear that, but that’s all the more reason it needs to be said. It was close in some key swing states, but President-Elect Joe Biden is now up by tens of thousands of votes even in those states, and Republican secretaries of state across the country are telling us there is zero real evidence of widespread fraud.
Obviously that hasn’t stopped President Trump from refusing to accept defeat. He told us he would only accept the outcome if he won before the election, and he has followed through. He now tweets incessantly, day after day about how he has been cheated – pointing to vote counts being changed, dead people voting, Republican observers not being allowed into the counting rooms… all of which have been debunked one by one by one. Trump is tweeting about fraud publicly while his lawyers admit in court, under oath, that they are not actually saying any such fraud took place.
Simply put, there is no evidence of widespread fraud. He is lying. There is no debating that.
What is up for debate is why. Is it simply so he can drag this out as long as possible to give himself more time to milk money from his supporters? Money which he claims is going to help him fight the lawsuits he keeps losing, but which the fine print tells us he is stuffing into his own pockets?
Or does he really think he can take this all the way to the end and overturn this election with the help of Republican-held state legislatures, who would have to turn their backs on democracy, throw out the results of the election in their states, and assign their electors to him without any justification for doing so?
One would hope he knows the latter is an impossibility, since it would essentially mean the end of The American Experiment.
One would hope he would understand that even Republicans in his party would deem that to be a bridge too far.
But would they? If they’re anything like the Republicans in Tennessee, perhaps not.
So far here in Tennessee, the only prominent Republicans who have been willing to acknowledge that Joe Biden is president-elect are ex-Senators Bob Corker and Bill Frist. Senator Lamar Alexander has said nothing. Governor Lee has expressed his support for Trump’s efforts, as have Senator Marsha Blackburn, senator-elect Bill Hagerty, and both chambers of the Tennessee supermajority legislature. The Tennessee Republican delegation of congressmen have also gone right along with the charade, including Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who told a news network “what we’re seeing is fraud,” but when pressed for specifics pointed to Nevada – where the 3000 ballots in question had already turned out to be mostly military families who had been transferred.
HONORING VETERANS TODAY. @RepChuck is trying to disenfranchise military families by accusing them of fraud. He is more loyal to loser Donald Trump than to Americans who sacrifice for our country. #trumplost pic.twitter.com/iFxMZWv3gH
— Chattanooga Holler (@NoogaHoller) November 11, 2020
Is this what it has come to, Republicans? One can only imagine the outrage they would be demonstrating had Hillary Clinton refused to concede, especially if she had a 5 million vote deficit in the popular vote rather than the 3 million advantage she ended up with (in fact, they did rip her viciously for even just having questions in the aftermath of 2016).
Or worse yet, imagine their reaction if Obama were doing any of this.
Perhaps they think they’re just humoring Trump, and that at the end of the day this will have no lasting impact after he inevitably leaves the White House. But that’s shortsighted. Tennessee Republicans had a chance to stand up, finally show some leadership and backbone, and say enough is enough. Instead, they signed up to join this circus and help Trump trash our election process, a favor to our anti-Democracy enemies that ultimately means Trump’s loyal following of millions of Americans will now forever believe this was a rigged election.
Nobody knows what lasting impact that will have in the days, weeks, and years to come, but what we do know is Tennessee Republicans have shown us they put their loyalty to Trump and their own self-preservation ahead of their commitment to the democratic process that undergirds the very notion of America, and that in itself is the opposite of patriotism.
Free and fair elections, respecting the will of the people, is what makes us who we are as a country. Republicans love to invoke the Founding Fathers when convenient, but any objective reading of their intentions makes it clear they set up our constitution to guard against efforts to drag us back towards the authoritarianism our country was established in opposition to, the tyranny they fought and bled to keep us away from in favor of the freedom to elect our own leaders and center the people’s voice. A freedom many brave Americans have since died to preserve.
This is a dark path we’re heading down, one few would have believed possible even just a few short years ago. This has already become a black eye on our nation’s history, and the further down this road we go, the bigger the stain will be on the reputations of this crop of Tennessee Republicans – a stain which will not soon come off.
Justin Kanew is the Founder of the Tennessee Holler
Trump refuses to concede the election to Joe Biden despite there being no evidence of fraud and being laughed out of court in his attempts to prove his victory. Today, Secretary Pompeo said that there will “be a smooth transition to Trump’s second term.”
This is an undemocratic power grab which is the definition of a coup. It may be a coup, but it’s a coup nonetheless. We need to stay vigilant. Click here to find resources on how to get plugged in and fight back.
“I haven’t read that report.” 🤔 Gov. Bill Lee plays dumb about Trump’s admission that he intentionally “downplayed” a virus that has killed 190,000 Americans, including ~2000 Tennesseans.
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COWARDLY CURCIO: “ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE TO THE VICTIMS.” — Despite promises on the house floor, Rep. Michael Curcio & the TN GOP killed Rep. Gloria Johnson’s bill to Expel admitted child sex abuser David Byrd. Curcio left the room when Rep. Bo Mitchell gave the bill a motion, but no second came. Curcio is a liar & coward.🤥🐔Here’s proof.👇🏽Pass it on. Non-Facebook Link
Yesterday In education committee where admitted child sex abuser Rep. David Byrd is a member, Rep. Gloria Johnson wore a mask that says “support victims of sexual assault” 🔥😷🙌🏽
MINNESOTA’S FURY: After police murdered George Floyd in Minnesota, protests have turned into looting and vandalism. Violence is never encouraged, but these outbursts are not unmotivated, and as MLK said: “Riots are the language of the unheard”. The officer was fired but still walks free… meanwhile Minnesota State Police arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez on the air for reporting on the protests. Non-Facebook Link
Trump did his part to enflame things with this (racist) tweet, which was flagged by twitter for “glorifying violence”:
Don Lemon’s accurate take on Trump enflaming the situation: “No one wants to hear from the man who wanted the death penalty to come back for the Central Park Five… from the guy who says Obama wasn’t born here.. who says there were fine people on both sides…” 🎯🔥 Non-Facebook Link
MLK’s daughter Bernice puts it very well:
–The president’s new fascist “online censorship” executive order (that will likely amount to nothing but betrays how sensitive and out of control he is, done in reaction to Twitter fact-checking his endless firehose of lies) reads in part: “Increased scrutiny of users based on the other users they choose to follow, or their interactions with other users” 🤔
–PANDEMIC LESSON: Fact-Checking IS NOT CENSORSHIP
–While he cries about being fact-checked, he RT’s videos calling for Democrats to be murdered… Class act all the way. But Obama is the divisive one, right?
–We asked TN GOP Rep. Bruce Griffey about his social media censorship bill here in TN and why he thinks protestors of the KKK Grand Wizard bust at the TN State Capitol should be “subject to arrest”. Non-Facebook Link
-With 100,000 Americans dead, the TN HOUSE GOP Caucus chair Rep. Jeremy Faison is complaining the seating arrangements have changed. 👶🏻 🍼 👇🏽😷Not a great speller either. #SocialDistanacingSavesLives
-When the TN GOP wasn’t persecuting LGBTQ folks or blocking student-athlete’s ability to earn💰from their name & Likeness — they were passing a permitless carry bill opposed by law enforcement that Gov. Lee was against as a candidate… but now supports. 🤔🤥👇🏽
–As Republicans spread the myth that vote-by-mail means fraud… they themselves have no problem doing it. What’s Trump’s press secretary has voted by mail 11 times since 2010.
-MUST-READ from Frank Garrison on the horrible business decision Gov. Lee & the TN GOP make rejecting $1 BILLION in Medicaid Expansion💰yearly while our rural hospitals close, our state budget suffers, and we lead 🇺🇸 in medical bankruptcies.
–State-Sponsored Travel to Tennessee has been BANNED By At Least One State Because of Anti-LGBTQ Policies 🏳️🌈 The cost of hate.
-RHEA COUNTY Farm announces “entire workforce has tested positive… and are still working” 😷😢👇🏽
-WATCH the TN GOP Kill a bill to allow STUDENT-ATHLETES to earn💰from their Name & Likeness from Rep. Parkinson & Towns. Non-Facebook Link
–CARTOON OF THE DAY By @deAdder
-WATCH: “Delete the voucher program… it’s ILLEGAL… we’re wasting the courts’ time with something we know is wrong.” – Bo Mitchell’s bill to kill Lee’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL” private school vouchers fails for lack of a second. (Left it hanging: Byrd, Moody, Dunn, White, Deberry, Cochran) Non-Facebook Link
-🚨🚨In the run-up to COVID TN GOP Rep. Phil Roe bought STOCK in ZOOM & VACCINE/DRUG companies, DUMPED stocks in cruise lines and other companies that would be harmed. Tennessee, it seem we have our very own Senator Burr.
–PANDEMIC LESSON: THE STOCK MARKET IS NOT THE ECONOMY💰🇺🇸
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“OBAMAGATE” EXPOSED: At his press conference yesterday a REPORTER asked Trump: “You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do?”
TRUMP’s response: “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody.”
TRANSLATION: “OBAMAGATE”, currently trending because of right wing desperation, is bullshit. 💩
They want us to believe Obama is going to prison, but it’s Trump’s capos who are in prison, convicted, or having their charges dropped because of pure corruption. Non-Facebook Link
–MEMPHIS ELECTION COMMISSION QUESTIONS: The MEMPHIS Election Commission needs to be watched. Election administrator Linda Phillips has conflicts of interest with their voter registration software company, including her sons working there. This is in addition to their lawyer sharing office space with the lobbyist for the touch screen voting machine company they just awarded another contract to, even though touch screens take 3x longer, and they recently *miscounted* black votes. Voter suppression in minority-heavy areas continues.
OBAMA RIPS TRUMP’S RESPONSE: OBAMA calls Trump’s Pandemic Response “a CHAOTIC DISASTER”, adding “when that mindset of what’s in it for me and to heck with everybody else is operationalized inside our government.” Boy is he right. And boy do we miss him. Non-Facebook Link
–A CONTACT TRACING SHORTAGE is being reported in TN, where we have just 25% of the recommended amount of contact tracers – 1,500 people short for the critical disease mitigation effort. Rep. Mike Stewart is right… with so many unemployed, this is a win-win way to put folks to work.
-A BULLSEYE 🎯 target was placed at NASHVILLE NAACP President Keith Caldwell’s house. He says the responding officer “shrugged” & said the target was “pretty cool.” Unacceptable… Racists sure are feeling emboldened lately.
-An unreleased White House report has VIRUS RATES SPIKING IN THE HEARTLAND — “10 top areas recorded surges of 72.4% or greater over 7-day period… They include Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas and Central City, Kentucky… and NASHVILLE, TN.”
-Yesterday TRUMP had the nerve to say “We have met the moment, and we have prevailed.”Most cases in the world. Most deaths in the world. 80,000+ dead Americans and their loved ones would likely disagree. 🇺🇸
-SEARING new Biden ad🔥: “We have an economic crisis because we have a public health crisis… and we have a public health crisis because Trump refused to act…Trump didn’t build a great economy. His failure to lead destroyed one.” 🔥🎯Non-Facebook Link
-WASH POST EDITORIAL BOARD: “WHISTLEBLOWER paints shocking picture of White House Bungling COVID Response”
–BROOKINGS: “As states reopen, COVID-19 is spreading into even more Trump counties”
-This is Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary, who just tested positive for COVID-19, at the healthcare facility where Pence just *heroically* delivered masks. The ONLY ONE not wearing a mask. 😷🤔
-We took the liberty of fixing this for Trump:
-UC BERKELEY STUDY: a simple solution to help us emerge from this nightmarish lockdown? ALWAYS social distance in public and, most importantly, wear a mask… There is no excuse not to mask up at this point. It’s not brave, it’s selfish. 😷
-It didn’t have to be this way.
-4 Americans Died At BENGHAZI — Hillary faced hours upon hours of interrogation. 80,000 Americans are dead. Worst outbreak on 🌍 — yet Trump won’t let the task force answer questions? What is he hiding? 🤔😷 🇺🇸 SHARE THIS
-RESIGN, BARR: “Nearly 2000 former Justice Department officials have signed onto a letter calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign over his improper intervention in the criminal case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.”
–CARTOON OF THE DAY: Obama’s Crime, revealed! #Obamagate
-Tennessee says absentee ballots are now available “for those eligible”, but this isn’t good enough. We should all be “eligible” to not have to risk our lives to vote. Holler at Hargett: 615-741-2819 ☎️
-California will send ALL voters mail-in ballots for the November election. THIS is what states that actually want people to vote and believe in democracy do during a deadly pandemic. We’re at the bottom in voter turnout by design. Voter suppression is real. 🇺🇸🗳
-Suddenly Marsha and the Republicans pretend to care about the debt again, right as folks need help and they know a Dem may be in charge soon? REMINDER: Blackburn voted to blow a $2 TRILLION HOLE in the deficit to hand a tax cut to corporations and the wealthy even before the virus. Spare us. 🙄
-Chris Hayes said it best…
-HOLLER GRAPHIC OF THE DAY: Tennessee is #1 in MEDICAL BANKRUPTCIES… #1 in RURAL HOSPITAL CLOSURES per capita… We lose $1 BILLION EVERY YEAR we don’t EXPAND MEDICAID… Not expanding Medicaid is POLICY MURDER.
-Senator Lamar Alexander called the DOJ’s anti-Obamacare lawsuit that would rip coverage from millions “REALLY FLIMSY” 👀🔥
-The President of the United States shared a video which concluded there had been a “silent coup” attempted against him. This guy is reckless and dangerous in so many different ways.
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David Weissman was an avid Trump supporter, actively trolling folks on twitter. He saw the light when Sarah Silverman took the time to talk to him, and has become a proud Democrat.
“When you learn to have empathy, your heart feels lighter.”