Showing posts with label Jennifer Rubin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jennifer Rubin. Show all posts

June 12, 2023

Sorry, Jennifer Rubin, Bill Barr can't play a vital role in helping Republicans accept that Trump is unfit for office

 



The words in Jennifer Rubin's opinion piece in The Washington Post (here, subscription) which I've highlighted below are why I say that Bill Barr can't play a vital role in helping Republicans accept that Trump is unfit for office:

 As Trump’s former attorney general, Barr’s willingness to speak out tells Republicans still capable of reason that the case is real, it’s serious, it cannot be brushed off and that the Justice Department didn’t engage in misconduct. Barr could break through the right-wing media bubble that shelters millions of Republicans from reality. They have convinced themselves that Trump is innocent and/or that this will all go away. Even after word of the indictment spread, Republican politicians continued to attack the Justice Department as if it, not Trump, were on trial. Barr is there to shake them by the lapels, effectively telling them, “No, he’s in big trouble because he did something very, very wrong.”
To be capable of reason one has to be willing to engage in critical thinking. People who aren't seriously mentally impaired are capable of reason, of rational thought, but before they exercise these "brain muscles" they have to be willing to accept they may have to alter beliefs they have not only held before, but shared with others, sometimes in very public ways.

Barr has said that if even half of what Trump has been accused of can be proved in court, he's toast.



Consider that following these remarks by Barr, Trump called him 
 a "disgruntled former employee' & lazy Attorney General who was weak & totally ineffective" and wrote on Truth Social:

"He doesn't mean what he's saying, it's just MISINFORMATION.Barr's doing it because he hates 'TRUMP' for firing him. He was deathly afraid of the Radical Left when they said they would Impeach him. He knows the Indictment is Bull.... Turn off FoxNews when that 'Gutless Pig' is on!"
Jennifer Rubin wrote that "Trump’s former counsel Ty Cobb told CNN, 'I think Trump is in an enormous amount of trouble. This indictment is about as carefully structured and evidentially supported as any indictment in history.' Law professor Jonathan Turley, who frequently defended Trump’s behavior during his impeachments, wrote, 'For two years, I have said that the Mar-a-Lago charges — particularly obstruction — represent the greatest threat to Donald Trump. It remains baffling why Trump forced this issue over these documents rather than just give them all back.'" Nobody who isn't a political junkie really knows who they are (although they might recognize Cobb with his mustache and flowing locks). 

Consider that Daddy Trump even turned on his most favorite progeny, Ivanka after she supported Bill Barr:

Posting to Truth Social -- the social media network Trump launched after being kicked off Twitter -- Trump continued to repeat false claims about the 2020 election as he mocked the committee's work and lashed out at comments Ivanka Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr made in videotaped depositions.

"Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results," Trump wrote after she said she agreed with Barr's assessment that there was no amount of fraud sufficient enough to overturn his loss.

"It affected my perspective," Ivanka Trump told the committee about Barr's assessment. "I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying."

Trump fired back Friday that Ivanka "had long since checked out, and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!)."  Reference


Even if there was a cat in the presumably petless Mar-a-Lago who had hidden away Melania's tongue and it was returned to her along with all the copies of the couple's prenuptial agreement, and she decided she could reign as a queen in the Manhattan social scene as a redeemed heroine, none of the dyed in the wool Trump supports would blink when Trump disavowed her. 

Trump after all could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and they'd shrug it off, and he could call his dear Melania any horrific name in his book of insults and they'd figure she deserved it for her disloyalty. Remember Megyn Kelly?

There's a Trumptown cult and it's members would drink his Kool-Aide if he told them to.

So, so sorry Jennifer Rubin, even Bill Barr won't be able to get enough  members of Trump's cult to think rationally. 

Update:

Trump continued by calling Barr "weak" and taking a shot at his weight.

"And now he goes and he sits down — if they can find a chair for him, because it's not that easy — and he sits down and he just bloviates and it's disgraceful," Trump said. "It's actually unpatriotic. It's so bad for our country, just so bad. But, you know, he's got a lot of hatred." From:

Trump rages at Bill Barr on Truth Social for admitting Mar-a-Lago indictment is "very, very damning"

Real mature, Donald...






November 7, 2022

Trying out Tribel and Mastodon, alternatives to Twitter

Tribel

Mastodon


Elon Musk has showed that he's hellbent into turning Twitter into his personal playground of a hellscape. 


His latest pronouncement that he recommends everyone vote for Republicans in the election. He doesn't care about what it will mean for democracy. His reason is that he believes that if there's a Democratic president there should be a Republican Congress. His explanation shows that even with his 155 IQ, he's no deep thinker.

His actions since taking over Twitter have led a growing number of users to seek out our similar social media platforms.

I've been on one Twitter alternative, Tribel, for about two weeks. I find it easy to navigate and post there. Today I am just starting another one called Mastadon.

Both are small compared to Twitter but eventually by posting on one or both it seems to me what a non-famous person posts on either is more likely to be seen than on Twitter.

On Mastodon tweets are called toots. This is their logo, better than a blue colored bird in my opinion.



My Mastodon page, click image to enlarge.

This isn't to say well known people aren't using them. I haven't found any on Tribel but Jennifer Rubin is giving Mastodon a try and somewhere Kathy Griffin is as well.


I just have some "favourited" one of my posts a half hour after I put it on.


It was this article about Kathy Griffin and her feud with Elon Musk that clued me in about Mastadon:


Griffin, meanwhile, continued to troll Musk from her dead mother’s Twitter account. It’s uncertain how long she’ll be able to do that. Yet, even if Musk bans @TipItMaggieG, Griffin is still making fun of him over on Mastodon.

“The bros are coming for me! 😆She’s irrelevant! I thought carrot top was dead! You know, the usual,” Griffin wrote on her Mastodon account on Monday. “HE’S SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN 😂”

Here's a story about what she is doing from Salon.


As far as I can tell https://twitter.com/TipItMaggieG is still active.

Here are some articles about Mastadon:


TodayBERLIN (Reuters) -With Twitter in disarray since the world's richest person took control of it last week, Mastodon, a decentralised, open alternative from privacy-obsessed Germany, has seen a...
 Here are some articles about Tribel:

Nixon and Kennedy were evenly matched intellectually in their first debate. Nixon lost because of how he looked on TV. Trump may lose because he "loses it" on TV. By Hal Brown, MSW

  Read: Team Biden bets an unfiltered Trump at the debate can shake up the race GOP pollster Frank Luntz said the June 27 faceoff will be &q...