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MLK is revered today but the real King would make white people uncomfortable

(Michael Harriot/The Guardian) Although, in death, he became one of the most revered figures in US history, for the entirety of the 39 years that King lived and breathed, there wasn’t a single day when the majority of white Americans approved of him. One does not have to reach back into the historical archives to explain why King was so despised. The sentiments that made him a villain are still prevalent in America today. When he was alive, King was a walking, talking example of everything this country despises about the quest for Black liberation. He railed against police brutality. He reminded the country of its racist past. He scolded the powers that be for income inequality and systemic racism. Not only did he condemn the openly racist opponents of equality, he reminded the legions of whites who were willing to sit idly by while their fellow countrymen were oppressed that they were also oppressors. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it,” King said. “He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”


They're Too Extreme for QAnon -- and Right at Home at Trump's Rally

(Rolling Stone) One full day before Trump spoke to an estimated 15,000 die-hard Republicans in Arizona, a group of JFK Jr. obsessed QAnon fanatics arrived at the venue grounds here. They drove all the way from Dallas, Texas, where they’ve been holed up in a Hyatt hotel for over two months amid a series of failed prophecies that JFK Jr. would return from the dead. The first among them was Stephen Tenner, right hand man to the group’s leader Michael Protzman. “I’m the first person and only person,” Tenner said in a video posted on social media. “I’m the number one mofo.”


Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022

(New York Times) Former President Donald J. Trump returned on Saturday to Arizona, a cradle of his political movement, to headline a rally in the desert that was a striking testament to how he has elevated fringe beliefs and the politicians who spread them — even as other Republicans openly worry that voters will ultimately punish their party for it. It was the first stadium-style political event he has held so far in this midterm election year in which he will try to deepen his imprint on Republicans running for office at all levels.


Clowns like Sen. Rand Paul should stop trolling the adults determined to get us through the pandemic

(Houston Chronicle) Although he often speaks with a straight face and assertive tone, he lacks seriousness at a deeply serious time in this nation’s history. He could be using his position as a second-term United States senator to help defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Paul spends his time downplaying a worldwide crisis that has killed more than 840,000 of his fellow Americans, and spreading lies and conspiracy theories about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser on the coronavirus.


Fla. Republican loses by 59 percentage points, won't concede

(Business Insider) A Florida Republican who last Tuesday lost a congressional special election by a landslide margin in a heavily Democratic district has declined to concede the race, according to CBS Miami. With all precincts reporting, Cherfilus-McCormick defeated Mariner by a 78.7% to 19.6% margin in Florida's 20th District — representing a 59.1 percentage-point victory. The congresswoman-elect received 43,663 votes to her opponent's 10,883 votes in a clear victory. However, in a move reminiscent of former President Donald Trump, who continues to dispute his election loss to President Joe Biden, Mariner has pointed to irregularities in the South Florida district.


Mike Lindell Rages At 'Disgusting' Fox News For Not Talking About 2020 Election

(Huff Post) MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell raged at Fox News at a rally on Saturday, criticizing the network for no longer promoting conspiracy theories about the 2020 election all the time. “The biggest problem we face, it’s not the media, the fake news media — we’re all onto them — it’s the conservative media, the ones that don’t talk,” Lindell said at former President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Florence, Arizona, during a spiel filled with baseless claims about electoral fraud. “One of them rhymes with Fox. OK? Disgusting. They’re disgusting.”


Liz Cheney's Wyoming Nemesis Is an Oath Keeper Who Was at Capitol Rally

(Daily Beast) When the Department of Justice indicted members of the Oath Keepers last week for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, one Republican official might have taken more notice of the arrests than others. Frank Eathorne, who was revealed in a leak last year to be one of 191 Wyoming-based members of the far-right militia group, was in Washington for protests on Jan. 6. But Eathorne is no rank-and-file fringe crank. He is the sitting chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party.


Republicans losing faith in their doctors makes the Covid pandemic worse

(MSNBC) For the first time since 2002, a Gallup poll finds that more Democrats than Republicans express confidence in their doctor’s medical advice. According to that poll, conducted during the first two weeks of November, more Republican respondents say they "usually feel it is necessary to check for second opinions or do [their] own research on the subject." While consulting another physician may be wise, people who are doing their “own research” are often just playing Dr. Google and searching the internet. And, unfortunately, given the amount of misinformation online, what they call research can put them in danger.


Wealth of World's 10 Richest Men Doubled In Pandemic, Oxfam Says

(BBC) The pandemic has made the world's wealthiest far richer but has led to more people living in poverty, according to the charity Oxfam. Lower incomes for the world's poorest contributed to the death of 21,000 people each day, its report claims. But the world's 10 richest men have more than doubled their collective fortunes since March 2020, Oxfam said.


Trump dogs "dull" DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup

Donald Trump is trashing Ron DeSantis in private as an ingrate with a "dull personality" and no realistic chance of beating him in a potential 2024 showdown, according to sources who've recently talked to the former president about the Florida governor. Why it matters: The two are among the most popular Republicans in the country, and as the former president eyes another run in 2024, he's irked by DeSantis' popularity and refusal to rule out running against him. * DeSantis is a favori ...

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