The president keeps trying to shut down dissent…again and again.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/27/trump-twitter-social-media-threat-conservatives?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1

Their isn’t an autocrat in history that has not taken over the radio station, meaning media of course, before anything else.

“Donald Trump has threatened to “strongly regulate” or close down social media platforms that do not meet his standards for ideological balance, a day after Twitter, for the first time, slapped a warning label on a pair of Trump tweets spreading lies about mail-in voting.”

This president, who was made by the media, lives by the media, now wants to control it. Lawsuits against major papers and opinion writers were just the beginning.

Tossing IG’s who were doing their jobs, ignoring Congressional oversight, dumping regulations without even considering the impacts, encouraging and spreading conspiracies, purposely confusing Americans in an admitted tactic…and the list goes on.

The only comfort I can find is that he is honestly so ignorant of and uninterested in the real world around him, even if it is served up to him on a platter of pretty pictures for just a few minutes. And the results can be seen in the calls from the ranks of conservatives and influential Republicans to stop with the nonsense.

IMHO

14 thoughts on “The president keeps trying to shut down dissent…again and again.

  1. “And the results can be seen in the calls from the ranks of conservatives and influential Republicans to stop with the nonsense.”

    Until those calls get louder, greater in number and sounded off by Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, OANN and the like, it will make no difference to him.

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      1. And then there is our old friend Rush Limbaugh and is fanciful defense of all lies Trump. This is from the Bulwark newsletter that I signed up for recently. I recommend it, especially for those on the left who are looking for some common ground with the hidden majority on the right.

        “”But the thing here is when you get to Trump and his conspiracy theories.” Rush Limbaugh explained to his listeners Wednesday, “he does it in a really clever way. And this is where people don’t get the subtlety of Trump because they don’t think he has the ability to be subtle. Trump never says that he believes these conspiracy theories that he touts. He’s simply passing them on.”

        There are many mountains Rush could choose to die on, but the subtlety of Donald Trump?

        Was the Medal of Freedom really worth this?

        Trump has been pushing a debunked conspiracy linking Joe Scarborough to the murder of a young aide. There is no basis to the smear, but the president continues to ignore pleas from the woman’s husband and others to stop. Even some of Trump’s reliable allies seem appalled by the malignancy and cruelty of the attacks.

        But Rush is here to explain that it’s all about the “fun” of triggering folks who care about morality.

        The lie doesn’t matter. Moralizing is a joke. Cruelty is cleverness.”

        There is a Twitter link in there if Rush’s “coomentary” that I refuse to link out of respect for others.

        Then Charlie Sykes goes on to say about the clip “This is, of course, vintage Rush.

        The two-minute clip captures the full range of his sophistry and cynicism: his divination of eight-dimensional chess, his pretzeled rationalizations, the hint that he is letting his audience in on some clever “secret knowledge”, and of course the “fun” of “watching these holier-than-thou leftist journalists react like their moral sensibilities have been forever rocked and can never recover.”

        The newsletter opened with this quote that explains a lot about the cult.

        “Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow.” — Hannah Arendt”

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        1. ‘You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.’”

          Confuse and confound. The most successful agenda of the president.

          Our president is saying that even if the stories are true, which most are, he does not want his fellow citizens to know that.

          Toss in folks like Limbaugh, Ingraham, Hannity and the rest of the propaganda folks, and we have a concerted effort to destroy America from the roots.

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    1. I think you’re wrong. It will make NO difference who tells him to stop. He’s a troll. Trolls don’t derive pleasure from being right or wrong. Trolls derive pleasure from the discomfort, pain and displeasure they sow.

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          1. “TOC”…???

            Try TIC. Perhaps more apropos for a variety of reasons related to “tick” as in…never mind. Kinder and gentler is better than imitative.

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    1. The Republicans and the president are desperate. Somebody told them he was lying and they flipped out.

      Sooo…now we know who is really trying to steal the election.

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