Odds and Ends — 17 June 2022
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“A stake was driven through the heart of American democracy on January 6, 2021, and our democracy today is on a knife’s edge.” — Retired Judge J. Michael Luttig, in prepared testimony to the January 6 Committee.
One of the intended takeaways from today’s presentation is that Trump — knowingly — almost got Pence killed.
President Trump demands “EQUAL TIME” pic.twitter.com/uycIpgoCnV— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) June 16, 2022
Well, I’m sure the Jan. 6 House committee would gladly offer The Donald equal time so that he can testify under oath.
Two new big stories out tonight (here and here) make even more clear that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, was actively involved in the effort to overthrow the American republic. While they don’t say so directly they make it seem overwhelmingly likely that Thomas was feeding Trump lawyer John Eastman details of the internal deliberations of the Court. They also show that Trump lawyers hoped a show of violence on January 6th would cow the Court …to accept one of Trump’s challenges.
Call it a guess, but NATO wouldn’t play along.
Nevada Republican Jim Marchant insisted there hadn’t been a legitimate election in his state in more than a decade. All of Nevada’s election winners since 2006, he said on a recent podcast, were “installed by the deep-state cabal.”
But when Marchant won the Republican nomination for Nevada secretary of state this week, he immediately celebrated the victory as legitimate.
Such inconsistency has become a hallmark of election deniers in Republican primary contests across the U.S. in this year’s midterms.
John Eastman plead the fifth 100 times when deposed by the Jan. 6 committee. pic.twitter.com/Ugh1VNGOAZ— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) June 16, 2022
Beyond the grift, the key to understanding Bannon — and his influence on the MAGA right— is recognizing that he’s a revolutionary, who knows he doesn’t need to persuade, and who doesn’t need a majority. Bannon knows that he just needs a hard-core vanguard willing to do whatever it takes.
And his goal is to burn it all down.
The Environmental Protection Agency warned Wednesday that a group of human-made chemicals found in the drinking water, cosmetics and food packaging used by millions of Americans pose a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought.
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