(Hat tip: Crooks & Liars)
AOC gives us some hard truth: our tongue-in-cheek moniker for Republicans —the Coup Klux Klan— may be more on the nose than we realized.
The LATimes email thingie tells us that DHS has declared a warning for white domestic terrorism, and you’ll never guess which side it is coming from:
The Department of Homeland Security has issued a national terrorism bulletin warning of the potential for lingering violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after Biden’s election, suggesting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks.
Online, far-right leaders across the nation — disillusioned by Trump’s defeat and banished from mainstream social media — have launched recruitment drives in new radicalization efforts that have turned into a “meme war” among groups.
Meanwhile, one of six men charged in an alleged plot to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to plead guilty to a kidnapping conspiracy charge, according to a court document.
And in California, the FBI said a suspected far-right extremist and radicalized Trump supporter facing federal explosives charges may have been targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Bay Area headquarters of social media giants Twitter and Facebook.
The bulletin itself marks a bigly shift from disgraced former Prznint Stupid’s DHS, where they’d lose their jobs by issuing even internal warnings about the threat of domestic extremism. Welcome to the post-Hair Füror era, where a national terrorism alert is proof that things actually have gotten better!
Meanwhile, The Cook Political Report tells us:
“Unreleased survey research—both quantitative polls and qualitative focus groups—since the January 6th attack on the Capitol suggests that between 25 and 30 percent of Trump voters now have very mixed feelings about having backed him. They are less likely to believe that the election was stolen, and they were alarmed by the attack in Washington. They care more about the coronavirus pandemic and the direction of the economy.”
And over at The Hill:
More than 30,000 voters who had been registered members of the Republican Party have changed their voter registration in the weeks after a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the Capitol — an issue that led the House to impeach the former president for inciting the violence.
The massive wave of defections is a virtually unprecedented exodus that could spell trouble for a party that is trying to find its way after losing the presidential race and the Senate majority.
It could also represent the tip of a much larger iceberg: The 30,000 who have left the Republican Party reside in just a few states that report voter registration data, and information about voters switching between parties, on a weekly basis.
You don’t have to be Kreskin to see that the GOP has become toxic to regular people, who are fleeing it before any of the Ick gets stuck on them. Which means that those who remain are really bad players, unsalvageable souls. We’ve long said that there is no point in trying to argue with them, you might as well argue with plywood. They are only trolls now.