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TODAY’S HOLLER: THE INSUR-REACTION

INSUR-REACTION

Last night the FBI executed a surprise search at Mar-A-Lago. The former president put out a statement confirming it, doing all he could to paint the FBI as a “radical left”-controlled agency out to get him – which is, of course, absurd.

If you actually believe the FBI is “Radical Left”, you are dangerously gullible. 


Not much is known about the nature of the search, but word is it has something to do with classified documents, which ironically is exactly what they used to chant “lock her up!” about when Hillary was in the mix.

Of course, now that it’s their guy’s day in the barrel his wildly hypocritical flock is calling for “civil war” and talking about how the Department of Justice and FBI are being “weaponized” – despite the fact that TRUMP APPOINTED THE CURRENT HEAD OF THE FBI, and a Trump-appointed judge would’ve had to sign off on the search warrant.

Many, like Marsha Blackburn, are attempting to use Hunter Biden as a shield, essentially saying if Hunter isn’t imprisoned that means Trump should be able to get away with anything and everything.

But what they leave out is the pesky fact that Hunter WAS federally investigated, and has not yet been found guilty of any crimes.

And we don’t remember Democrats threatening civil war over it.

None of this has anything to do with Hunter. The law is the law. If you’re viewing this through a political lens rather than what’s right and just, you’re already doing it wrong and proving that “law and order” is not what you actually value.

We also can’t help but notice how none of the people bringing up Hunter Biden today seem to care that Trump’s daughter’s husband got $2 BILLION from the Saudis months after leaving office. 🤷🏻‍♂️

The reactions here in Tennessee from Republicans are very troubling. Knoxville Rep. Jason advocating for a sheriff to defy the law to protect a corrupt president, and county mayor Glenn Jacobs, Chuck Fleischmann, and Diana Harshbarger are all implying Trump should be above the law.

Never let the TN GOP claim to be about the rule of law ever again.

As horrific as Trump’s obvious crimes have been, It’s really the reaction to this that should alarm everyone.

Trump’s people are not saying he’s innocent. They’re not saying he has nothing to hide.

They’re saying he should be above the law, and they’re proving that their loyalty is not to the country or the constitution, but instead to the most corrupt president this country has ever seen.

Their reaction is an INSUR-REACTION. The insurrection is ongoing, and the cover-up is part of it.

The irony is actually holding a corrupt former president accountable IS what makes America great, as this Russian will tell you.👇🏽 🇺🇸

If you’re more upset about an obviously corrupt former president getting searched by law enforcement under judges and officials he appointed than you were about him leading a violent insurrection against our country, you have lost the thread.

Nobody should be above the law.

If Trump his guilty, the process needs to play out and prove it. And in the meantime, we will watch as Republicans across the country tell on themselves and reveal how little they actually care about the Rule of Law.

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NEW: Trump wanted American generals to be more like Hitler’s generals. Any questions?

WATCH: “Republicans have been completely overwhelmed by the extremist MAGA branch… I wish we had more bravery in the GOP.” On WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville the Holler’s Justin Kanew says the GOP is now an extreme party, and claiming that to be true of both parties is wrong and runs cover for them.

BLACKBURN & HAGERTY OPPOSE AN INSULIN CAP“IT WOULD MEAN LIFE… more people will die… Republican senators Blackburn & Hagerty voted to take out a provision that would also cap insulin costs for those with private insurance…” 😳

-1 in 3 Tennesseans have medical debt
-4 out of 5 diabetics went into debt to pay for insulin
-700,000+ Tennesseans have diabetes
-100,000+ die yearly of diabetes
TLDR: Tennessee’s senators are cruel and don’t care about human suffering.


HOW IS THIS LEGAL: So former senator Brian Kelsey – who is under federal investigation for campaign finance issues – is now the lawyer representing Gov. Lee’s voucher program he helped pass? 🤔 Get a law passed, then go get rich being a lawyer for it?

“CLEAR THE LIST” — while Gov. Lee brags about a budget surplus and steers millions of public dollars to private schools “Tennessee teachers are facing a financial crisis in the classroom, reaching into their own pockets to pay for school supplies…”

KANEW: “Glen Casada is no longer in the legislature, and Justin Jones is.” – On Fox Nashville The Holler’s  Justin Kanew highlights the fall of ex-speaker Glen Casada vs. the rise of Rep Justin Jones — says “Justin needs to be Justin” and not worry how petty GOP leadership will treat him. (Just ask Gloria Johnson)

BIDEN: “There’s a whole range of things in the Inflation Reduction Act that are really game-changing for ordinary folks.” Blackburn & Hagerty just voted against lowering health care costs for seniors & diabetics.🤔😳

👀FOX’S DOOCY: “The Inflation Reduction Act let’s Medicare negotiate lower drug prices —- if you’re on a fixed income and older you love that, regardless of party.” Even Fox hosts are on board, as Senator Mike Lee struggles to frame a negotiation (capitalism!) as “price fixing”🤔

Everything Marsha says is a lie. 🤥

Hard to argue. Dems are governing while republicans try to make us afraid of one another.

⛽️ GAS PRICES DOWN: Interesting how quiet Marsha & co. Have gotten about gas prices lately…

WATCH: Tennessee’s Senator Bill Hagerty calls a booming jobs report (and low unemployment) “VERY DISCOURAGING” 🤔 He’s being honest — Adding jobs is bad when all you care about is your side clinging to power. When they tell you who they are, believe them.

LOL 😂

MEANWHILE ON THE BULLSHIT FACTORY:  Fox says the Inflation Reduction Act means the IRS will Come rob you at gunpoint 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫🥴🥴

Even Manchin isn’t having it from the Republicans. #InflationReductionAct

🚨👇🏽BANNON: “The school boards are the key that picks the lock.” Texas CFO: “We took over four school boards.” (By “we” he means anti-public school extremists who want to keep our kids ignorant… should sound very familiar and frightening to Tennesseans)

SUMNER COUNTY: A Commission race in the most diverse district is TIED between Brenda Dotson (D) & Terry Boyt (R) – Word is Rep William Lamberth is pressuring the commission to CHOOSE Boyt, not allow a run-off🤔 Worth mentioning: The County Commission is entirely white and Republican. Email them here.

TN-5 —- Rep. Jim Cooper wastes no time endorsing Senator Heidi Campbell over far right extremist Andy Ogles as his replacement👇🏽

WATCH: “Ogles is as extreme as it gets. Senator Heidi Campbell is the adult in the room and the unifier.” The Holler’s Kanew on the TN-5 face-off between Sen Campbell and far-right election denier Ogles (called the pandemic “fake”, racist to Asians, wants to impeach Biden, etc.)

Hey TN-5, THIS is the choice you face 👇🏽 Do you want a Rep like Andy Ogles who thinks we’re at “war” with each other? Or Rep Campbell who wants to find common ground and bring us together? Pretty easy choice if you ask us.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: ReminderThe teacher shortage is a feature not a bug for PRIVATIZERS like Gov. Lee who want to see public funds redirected to private schools.

🔥DR. JASON MARTIN: “BILL LEE HAS FAILED YOU ALL.” Newly minted Democratic nominee for Governor Dr. Jason Martin didn’t hold back about Gov. Lee in his victory speech, listing ways lee has failed Tennessee. #WarOnSchools #WarOnTeachers #ExpandMedicaid #BansOffOurBodies

Reminder: It’s not just an insulin cap we need… #MedicareForAll

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REP. COHEN: “I THINK TRUMP WILL BE CHARGED.”

TODAY’S HOLLER: YES, IT WAS A COUP ATTEMPT. YES, TRUMP DID IT.

YES, IT WAS A COUP ATTEMPT.
YES, TRUMP DID IT.


Last night the world watched in horror as the January 6th committee recounted, in gripping detail, how our capitol was attacked in a coordinated effort to subvert our democracy and stop a peaceful transfer or power led by the president of the United States, who at one point aimed the deadly weapon that was that mob at his own Vice President.

They chanted they wanted to hang him. Trump said maybe they should.

This was a crime. Even a federal judge has said so, as Rep. Liz Cheney pointed out last night, saying “A federal judge evaluated the facts and concluded Trump likely violated 2 FEDERAL CRIMINAL STATUTES.”

There are only 2 options: A) Charge Trump B) Don’t charge Trump

Knowing what we now know — how can you not bring charges against him? What kind of precedent does that set?

Rep. Cohen agrees, and told us in an interview this morning he believes Trump will be charged.

🔥 SENATOR AKBARI, often more mild-mannered, tweeted: “THOSE BASTARDS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.”

Again – it was a COORDINATED ATTACK, as laid out in this 5 minute summary of how the Proud Boys and Oathkeepers carried out the plan to attack the Capitol.

A coup attempt, and nothing less.

And TRUMP was clearly involved, as evidenced by the fact that he PLACED NO CALL – “Leaders on Capitol Hill begged the president for help, including Republican leader McCarthy… Trump PLACED NO CALL to any element of the 🇺🇸 government to instruct that the Capitol be defended,” Rep. Cheney told us.

The INSURRECTIONISTS themselves blamed Trump also, saying in no uncertain terms: “TRUMP ASKED US TO COME”

It’s no coincidence that former Trump campaign chief Steve BANNON said “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow” on the eve of the insurrection — which is why he refused to testify.

(Spoiler: The ones who wouldn’t testify are the guiltiest)

And it wasn’t just Trump – Rep. CHENEY said “Rep. Scott Perry and multiple other Republican congressmen sought presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn a presidential election.”

A seditious conspiracy. Many have been charged with it already. As Rep. CHENEY said “It was not a spontaneous riot… Trump oversaw a 7-part plan to subvert the election and stop the peaceful transfer of power… we’ll show you.”

All based on a BIG FAT LIE.

BILL BARR, AG ON ELECTION DAY said to the committee “I told the president saying the election was stolen was BULLSHIT… it’s part of why I left when I did.”

TRUMP’S OWN DAUGHTER WASN’T BUYING IT. IVANKA said “I accepted what AG Barr was saying (that election theft claims were ‘BULLSHIT’)” 

And we saw a TRUMP CAMPAIGN LAWYER add “We weren’t finding anything to change the results… THERE’S NO THERE THERE.” 

And yet, Trump pushed and pushed until our capitol was attacked.

Here’s the COMPLETE VIDEO of the previously unseen video just aired by the January 6th committee. Horrifying.

Mick Mulvaney, who served as former Trump’s White House chief of staff for more than a year, called the video “STUNNING”:

CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER CAROLINE EDWARDS described her experience: “What I saw was a war scene… officers were bleeding and throwing up… I was slipping in people’s blood…” 

Rep. CHENEY, did a masterful job presenting the facts. She has sided with the truth over her party, and will be remembered for it.

Her message last night to people like Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty, and our TN GOP reps who continue to stand with Trump:
“To my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible — there will come a time where Trump is gone… but your dishonor will remain.”

Your dishonor will remain.

We can only hope our country will also. The attack on the capitol is in the past, but the attack on our democracy is ongoing.

We’ll keep yelling the truth and fighting for it. We hope you will too.

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MEMPHIS: “Top Tennessee Prosecutor Shelby County DA Amy Weirich Prides Herself On Being Tough On Crime. It’s Soaring Anyway — District Attorney General Amy Weirich is not tough on crime when it comes to police.” Weirich is who should’ve been recalled. Help STEVE MULROY beat her.

REPUBLICANS SHOW URGENCY ON PROTECTING… REPUBLICAN SUPREME COURT JUSTICES: It really is amazing to see how much more they care about protecting Republican Supreme Court justices than they do about protecting children.

WATCH: “BLOOD MONEY.” AOC uses these weird things called “facts” to back up an observation that as gun sales have risen, so have gun deaths. #ProfitOverKids #HowManyMore 🇺🇸

MAURY COUNTY: Gov. Lee gets cozy with Jason Gilliam, Republican primary challenger to Scott Cepicky — we hear because Cepicky voted against Lee’s TISA school (privatization) funding plan? Gilliam posts call COVID a “sham”, Kamala a “ho”, etc— the usual extremist nonsense🙄👇🏽

TARGETING FOX SPONSORS: “A nonprofit aiming to defund disinformation online that has taken💰 out of pockets of several prominent far-right websites now has its sights set on its most formidable target yet: Fox News.” 

TN REPUBLICANS OPPOSE GUN REFORM: All 7 TN GOP reps put guns over kids and voted AGAINST The “Protecting Our Kids Act”, a common sense gun reform bill that would have saved lives, with provisions supported by most of the country. They are the radicals.

LEE’S GREAT SHAME: Little known fact we don’t post about lightly: in high school Governor Lee’s daughter took 1 of their guns and shot herself in the head.
She survived, but you’d think he’d be less callous. Red flag/storage laws mostly prevent suicide—TN Repubs block both.

SHERYL CROW BLASTS GOV. LEE

🔥 PAM SOHN: “Chilling. Just chilling… the chill of Gov. Bill Lee’s gun arrogance is horrifying.” Nobody is buying Lee’s transparently hollow gun violence photo op. Everyone sees through out little he cares about stopping the death. #HowManyMore

UVALDE SURVIVOR MIAH CERRILLO: “I thought he would come back into the room, so I grabbed the blood and put it all over me.” #HowManyMore 🇺🇸
Our children shouldn’t have to live like this.

🔥 MCCONAUGHEY: “Responsible gun owners are fed up with the 2nd amendment being ABUSED AND HIJACKED” #HowManyMore

KIMMEL: “WHY are you so optimistic?! It makes no sense.”
BIDEN: “Look at the kids… the best educated, least prejudiced, most giving generation in American history. We can’t give up.” — AMEN, JOE. 🇺🇸 ❤️

KIMMEL: “A lot of Dems are frustrated because we got out and voted, won the house, senate, White House… and yet we’re moving backwards on a lot of things.”
BIDEN: “Need more senators.” TRANSLATION: ABOLISH THE FILIBUSTER.

😳LUNDBERG: “SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST BORN BAD” This doc on #AlmeerNance (Black Knoxville teen who got 51 years for being at a robbery where a man was killed by someone else) has this cruel quote from anti-criminal justice reform Sen. Jon Lundberg👇🏽

MEMPHIS: Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy pushes a homeowner away from his own house when he doesn’t have the proper paperwork… all ego and flexing until the other officer tells him to back off…

“2000 MULES” BASED ON A LIE: 🚨🔑 MAJOR REPORT 👏🏽 — BIG LIE GRIFT: “True the Vote (which that Dinesh Dsouza “2000 MULES” MOVIE IS BASED ON) raised millions claiming it discovered voter fraud… never released evidence… sent $1 million+ to its founder (& allies)…”

This sign holder deserves all the awards. 🏳️‍🌈 👏🏽🏆

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TODAY’S HOLLER: TRUMP VS. HIS BASE, GOV. LEE COOL WITH GUNS ON PLANES

TRUMP VS. HIS OWN BASE
When the former president revealed to Bill O’Reilly that he was in fact vaccinated and boosted (as are ALL the Fox News hosts who rail against the vaccine every night), and did his best to take credit for the rollout, his base was very upset. They can forgive insurrection against the country, stealing from his own charity, cheating on his pregnant wife, trying to overturn the election, and generally being the most corrupt president this country has ever seen… but telling the truth about a life-saving medicine? THAT SHALL NOT STAND. 

New Nashville resident Candace Owens tried to come to his rescue to give him a chance to retract, but to his credit, he didn’t. TRUMP TOLD CANDACE OWENS: “The vaccine worked… PEOPLE AREN’T DYING WHEN THEY TAKE THE VACCINE… if you do get it it’s a very minor form.”

He’s right. The vaccine is working as intended. The VAST majority of COVID hospitalizations are now unvaccinated people.

Of course, his base can’t handle the truth. They went nuts over this. ALEX JONES RIPPED TRUMP, saying he is “either completely ignorant or one of the most evil men who ever lived” 👀

Candace Owens then took to social media to say Trump was just too old and out of touch to use the internet to get *REAL* information from the Facebook fever swamps – we’re betting Trump didn’t like that one AT ALL. 

Of course, not everyone was upset with him. People who understand that the vaccine is working as intended were more than willing to credit Trump with getting this right. Even White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki echoed Trump’s COVID vaccine recommendation… a sentence we never thought we’d type. 😷

But the backlash to Trump by his base for saying positive things about the vaccine has been severe. It seems the only thing they can’t forgive him for is telling even the slightest bit of truth about this life-saving medicine. Perhaps this is because many have lost their jobs or even gotten arrested over their refusal to take this life-saving medicine, clearly viewing it as a loyalty test, a way to show they support Trump to the bitter end.

But what do you do when even Trump doesn’t agree with taking that stance?

Life must get pretty confusing when you devote yourself to a grifter whose only true commitment is to himself.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. We’ll be following this story closely. Please consider chipping in monthly if you’re not yet doing so, even if it’s just a few bucks – the monthly support truly keeps us going. 

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TODAY’S HOLLER:
LEE COOL WITH GUNS ON PLANES: Q: “Would you support guns on planes?” GOV. LEE: “That’s up to airlines.” 😲😳 Q: “Yet private companies can’t require employee vaccines?” LEE: “…uhhhh I didn’t agree with the bill I signed 🧐🙃…” How many different ways can Lee pander to extremists and fail to lead?

WAR BUDGET GOES UP EVEN DURING PEACE: 5% increase ($768 BILLION/year, $7.7 TRILLION/decade) to the war budget DURING PEACE — The GOP will vote for this but reject 1/5th of it for child care, pre-k, health care, climate, housing, etc? They care more about defense contractors than people.

Hospitalization rate by vaccine status… blue is unvaccinated… green is vaccinated… Get vaccinated. 😷

WHAT A SCHMECK: “I meant no disrespect” 🧐 – Jared Schmeck, who said “fuck you” by another name to Biden after a very cordial call in front of children, including his own, says he meant no disrespect, when in fact he meant only disrespect… Doing it is classless. Trying to walk it back is cowardly. Don’t be a Schmeck.

SCHMECK: “Trump is my president, the election was 100% stolen.”🙄 After saying he wasn’t a Trumper and “meant no disrespect”, the ex-cop who said “Fuck You” to Biden by a different name on a Santa call with kids (but says he’s a “Christian” first 🧐) sings a different tune to Bannon.

DEAD VOTER CLAIM DIES: “False claims thousands of ballots cast in the names of dead Georgia voters can rest in peace… Election investigators found just 4, all returned by relatives… latest in a series of unsubstantiated claims of fraud since debunked…”

It’s good that Georgia only found 4 ballots sent by relatives after death, but also— why are they getting fines when Crystal Mason (a black woman) got 5 years in Texas for thinking she could vote and casting a provisional vote that wasn’t even counted? Obscene.

LAWSUIT: “2 Georgia election workers who were the target of vote-rigging conspiracy theories sued far-right OANN & Giuliani for allegedly spreading lies about them…” (One is Ruby Freeman, who Kanye’s publicist and a Trump aide tried to pressure)

🚨BIDEN: “I support making an exception on voting rights for the filibuster.” #SaveDemocracy 🇺🇸

VP HARRIS: “Half of the senate (all the Republicans) REFUSE TO EVEN DEBATE voting rights legislation… Stand up before the American people. Defend your position. See if it stands up to logic and reason.” #EndTheFilibuster 🇺🇸

👂LISTEN: “Probably because you keep touching them, you nasty perv!” – CLEVELAND, TN televangelist Perry Stone interrupted during service 11/30 – he is accused of sexually harassing multiple ministry members. There is a federal investigation.

Paid for by taxing those who can afford it — thanks for the breakdown, Fox! imagine thinking these are bad things. 🧐🙃 #PassThePeoplesBudget

UNITED MINE WORKERS TO MANCHIN: “REVISIT YOUR OPPOSITION TO BBB” – America’s largest coal mining union that reps West Virginia miners is urging Senator Manchin to support Biden’s bill AND get voting rights legislation passed. 🇺🇸 🗣 

A fair question for Senator Schumer…

LEE WANTS THE RNC HERE IN 2024: Oh boy – this is just what we need around here. 🎪

LEE PUTS PRISON GUARDS OVER TEACHERS: Perhaps nothing shows Governor Lee’s misplaced priorities like his decision to have entry-level correctional officers earn what it takes a teacher with a bachelor’s degree TEN YEARS to make… budgets are moral documents.

LAKELAND COUNTY:  Anti-LGBT parents threaten to pull their kids out if the school board allows a GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE to exist… board says it can’t pick which clubs to allow.🏳️‍🌈

MADISONVILLE: Officer Wes Martin for Monroe County Commission 1st District arrests a Latino man for “HOOTIN’ & HOLLERIN’” because he says he disturbed his coffee, then arrests the man filming it. They say he was annoyed the waitress played their music. Cops on power trips is a danger to us all.

UNDERCOVER KKK INFORMANT: “came across dozens of police officers, prison guards, sheriff deputies, other law enforcement officers involved with the klan and outlaw motorcycle groups…” – How many more must there be?

OFFICER FANONE RESIGNS: “Clearly there are some members of our department who feel their oath is to Donald Trump and not to the Constitution… I no longer felt like I could trust my fellow officers.” 😳 — Be alarmed. 🚨

FORCED BIRTH ACTIVISTS HAVE NO ANSWERS: Anti-reproductive freedom activists have very few answers as to why they also support cutting programs (Medicaid, food stamps, child care, etc.) that help women feel they can afford to go through with a pregnancy.

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NASHVILLE STRONG: Nashville restaurants Rodizio Grill & The Melting Pot post notes about the Christmas bombing 1 year ago: “A lot was lost but we remain grateful nobody was injured.” 

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In case you’re wondering, this is what we got everyone we know for Christmas…

And while we’re talking about Marsha, let’s always remember this little gem…

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“I JUST WANT TO FIND 11,780 VOTES” – Trump Pressures Georgia’s Secretary of State

 Add election fraud to the long list of Trump’s crimes. In this extraordinary phone call obtained by the Washington Post Trump pressures Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat. Listen to excerpts in the video below and read more here.

Hagerty Staffer: Trump Voters “Ignorant Sheep”

KANEW: “TENNESSEE REPUBLICANS ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON DEMOCRACY”

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.

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’s Stupid Coup Attempt

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.

Governor Lee Plays Dumb

“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. ‬

Jim Cooper Grills Postmaster DeJoy

Representative Jim Cooper:  “Did you pay back several of your top executives for contributing to Trump’s campaign?”

DeJoy:  “That’s an outrageous claim, sir.”

According to employees, it’s not so outrageous at all.

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