The protagonist of the story as told is Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the top position in the U.S. military. He was deeply alarmed that Trump kept denying that he had lost the election in late 2020, and worried that the president might try to use the FBI, the CIA and the Defense Department in such a bid. Milley saw Trump’s refusal to concede the election as a “Reichstag Moment,” saying that Trump was “preaching the gospel of the Fuhrer,” the German word for “leader,” referring to Adolf Hitler.
Source: Shaken by Trump’s ‘Fuhrer Moment,’ Gen. Milley had to Blockade Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day ‘to Keep the Nazis out’
if you listen to him long enough — no easy chore — Donald Trump will tell you all his secrets. Witness this line from his July 3 speech in Sarasota, Florida: “If you say it enough and keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”
Source: Donald Trump just accidentally told the truth about his disinformation strategy – CNNPolitics
he is reportedly happy about the indictments, “thrilled” they are what he thinks of as light charges, and already anticipating how the cases can be leveraged for his big comeback in 2024 because it will “hurt Sleepy Joe.” He plans to make this latest “witch hunt” a theme of his upcoming rallies and since his political career has been built upon relentless whining, which his followers eat up with a spoon, he may just be right.
Source: Yes, Trump should be “thrilled” by this week’s news — indictments and all | Salon.com
Still, it’s deeply concerning that the rhetoric of justified violence is increasing, and not just in fringe social media circles, but on cable news networks being projected into millions of American homes. It’s also timed alongside this Arizona “audit” and its accompanying conspiracy theories, and placed in the summer months, when people are far more likely to be out and ready to gather in person than in the dead of winter, when the Capitol riot happened. The fire may not spark, but there can be no mistaking the immense amount of fuel that right-wing media is gleefully pouring over the kindling.
Source: Filling the Trump Void: Right-wing Media’s Calls for Violence Grow Louder | The Smirking Chimp
The QAnon conference came amid reports that Trump is attempting to orchestrate another election coup from his far-off kingdom at Mar-a-Lago. According to a Tuesday tweet from the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, the former President has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August.” Trump’s reported thinking echoes that of his former lawyer’s, Sidney Powell. On Saturday, Powell told attendees to the QAnon conference that Trump “can simply be reinstated.”
Source: “A new inauguration date is set”: Inside the latest QAnon conspiracy theory to “reinstate” Trump | Salon.com
Email Sometimes people refuse to ask a question when they know the answer will be painful. Instead, they convince themselves that not asking the question will make the underlying reality change. Donald Trump and his regime committed many criminal, evil and otherwise despicable acts in plain sight. Those include, with no attempt to be comprehensive:
Source: Trump regime’s amazing list of crimes keeps getting longer — but we can’t afford to look away | Salon.com
Their concern is that the “true lender” rule—one of the last moves by the Trump-era Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a federal office that supervises nationally chartered banks—upends more than a century of legal precedent to make it easy for non-bank financial institutions, like payday lenders or fintech companies, to evade state-level interest limits, lending at sky-high rates and trapping low-income customers in debt.
Source: A Trump Rule Paved the Way for Predatory Lending. The Window to Reverse It Is Closing. – Mother Jones
“…because Rudy’s an idiot,” Cohen said. “And that’s the problem — Rudy drinks too much. Rudy behaves in such an erratic manner that who knows what’s on those cellphones or what’s on those computers.”
Source: Michael Cohen says Rudy Giuliani will rat on Trump because he’s an “idiot” who “drinks too much” | Salon.com