Upchuck Todd is facing a conundrum about Fascism Today:
Our politics have descended into a deeper, darker place. And that descent is coming exclusively from one side of the aisle.
In Missouri’s competitive GOP Senate race, candidate Eric Greitens released a campaign video that appears to promote violence against fellow Republicans as he discusses “going RINO hunting” (shorthand for “Republicans in Name Only”) while soldiers in tactical gear burst into a home.
In Texas, the state’s Republican party released a platform calling Joe Biden the “acting” president and arguing that he wasn’t elected legitimately.
We’re going to butt-in here for just a second. Texas Republicans voted on a variety of Nutty and Terrifying changes to the state party platform (this is a sample, there’s so much more):
- A declaration that the election of Joe Biden was not legitimate, in fact they are calling President Handsome Joe Biden ‘Acting President.’ – “We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected.”
- A rebuke of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and the other Republican senators who are negotiating on gun control
- A call to repeal several existing gun laws, like the Gun Control Act of 1968
- A call to repeal the Voting Rights Act
- A declaration that homosexuality is “an abnormal lifestyle choice”
- Another one decreeing that trans people suffer from “a genuine and extremely rare mental health condition”
- A call for a law requiring schoolchildren “to learn about the humanity of the preborn child”
- A proposal to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment (federal income tax)
- Another one to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment (direct election of senators)
- Yet another one to abolish the Federal Reserve
- Opposition to any and all “clean energy” programs
- An affirmation of Texas’ right to secede from the Union. Fact check: No.
But I digest. Back to Upchuck:
In Nashville over the weekend, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. — the chair of the GOP’s Senate campaign arm — said in a speech, “The militant left wing in our country has become the enemy within,” and then added for effect: “You may think that’s pretty dramatic, right, calling them the ‘enemy within.’ Yes I am.”
And in the nation’s capital, the Jan. 6 committee is once again examining the efforts to overturn the 2020 election, as well as the violence that happened at the U.S. Capitol a year and a half ago.
Promoting violence. Believing Joe Biden’s victory wasn’t legitimate (when he got 306 electoral votes and won the popular vote by 7 million more votes). Calling the left “the enemy within.” And trying to overturn the results of a presidential election that wasn’t even as close as 2000 or 2004.
And here’s the shocking bit:
And before you say Democrats and the left do the same, there are no Democratic candidates with campaign videos of them storming into homes to go “hunting”; Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. — Scott’s counterpart at the DSCC — isn’t calling the GOP the “enemy within”; and Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump in 2016, while Barack Obama invited him to the White House the next day.
Also, if you’re trying to say the other side does it, you’re only justifying your side’s behavior.
We’re going to add into Evidence the letter that Adam Kinzinger’s family received, you know, just because:
Now, of course, Upchuck doesn’t say what he intends to do about his new revelation from the vantage point of the most famous and influential media platform in the US, and so we are left to conclude that he will do: Absolutely Nothing Different.
Republicans will still be his sole guests, Republican talking points will be promoted and amplified, and no follow-up questions will be asked.