REP. COHEN: “I THINK TRUMP WILL BE CHARGED.”
This morning @RepCohen (D-Memphis) told us he believes Merrick Garland will charge Trump for what Cohen calls “The Worst Crime In American History”
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) June 10, 2022
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.
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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)
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.
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.”
In case you’re wondering, this is what we got everyone we know for Christmas…
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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
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-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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