Abbreviated Pundit Abstract: The Inextinguishable Stain of Republican Incitement

William Saletan / Slate:

Trump ends Russia’s smear campaign against America

In 2016, Putin had a plan to discredit the US elections. In 2020, Republicans are running it.

When Trump won, the Russians Popped champagne and suspended their plan.

Now the plan has been revived. But this time, Putin doesn’t have to do it because Trump and the GOP are doing it for him. Almost every day – and some days almost every hour – Trump denounced the choice as “manipulated” and “repaired”, with “Late Night Ballot” dumps “, “Massive evidence of widespread fraud” and clandestinely manipulated voices “by machines”. With him on Saturday At a rally in Georgia, Trump claimed the Democrats had “crammed the ballot boxes with votes from the” dead “and” illegal aliens. “He called it” the biggest scam in our country’s history “and called on Americans to reject Biden.” They can never accept if they steal and manipulate and rob, “Trump told his supporters. On Thursday he said Biden was” an illegitimate president, “and quoted a supporter who called the election a” coup “.


It’ll be next summer and GOP congressmen will be asked if they’ll admit Joe Biden is president and they’ll say, “Donald Trump just tweeted an intriguing theory from @ QFan6969 about why he’s still the president playing trial out . “

– Paul Waldman (@ paulwaldman1) December 13, 2020

Dan Balz / WaPo:

Republican officials have followed Trump on his dangerous and destructive path

Many Republicans remained silent as Trump pursued his baseless claims. When a team of Washington Post reporters contacted all Republicans in Congress, only 27 said Biden won. Two others actually said Trump was the winner, while 219 either didn’t answer or were not final.

Such approval was ruinous for elected officials who took an oath on the Constitution. These lawmakers helped perpetuate falsehoods about the election by not refuting or reprimanding the president.

Newt is mad that people are voting:


Ummmm why are Republicans so afraid of people who vote?

– Nolan Ring (@ iluvk9s) December 13, 2020


A Wall Street Journal on Jill Biden combines virulent sexism with academic elitism

The article was heavily criticized for attacking Biden for using the title “doctor” before her name.

The play “Is there a doctor in the White House? Not When You Need an MD, ”by Joseph Epstein, senior lecturer emeritus in English at Northwestern University, is supposedly a foray through one Ongoing debate whether only doctors can claim the title or whether it can also be used by doctoral students or other post-doctoral people such as Biden, who has a doctorate in educational leadership (Many publications, including Vox, follow the Associated Press style book, where “Dr.” is reserved for doctors.)

Epstein’s comment went beyond this argument, however, to specifically belittle Biden’s credentials and area of ​​expertise, beginning with addressing Biden – who is 69 years old – as a “child.” In the statement, he describes her decision to use the title of a doctor as something that “sounds and feels deceptive, not to mention a touch comic”. He also dismissed her doctoral thesis on enrolling community college students as “promising,” though he doesn’t make it clear whether he’s read it.

Lots of women in science struggle be addressed with the same respect for their male colleagues. And community colleges are long fought a stigma The The education they offer is inferior to their four-year-old colleagues.

Epstein’s comment played in these two tropes – and hit a justified nerve.


There is 50 years between Pelosi and AOC, but the visceral hatred that each provokes in angry men is exactly the same.

– Tom Watson (@tomwatson) December 13, 2020


In the challenging election defeat, Trump cemented his control over the Republican Party

From libertarians to moderates to far-right conservatives, Republican officials across the country bow to Trump’s will and show performative loyalty in an unprecedented assault on the peaceful transfer of power.


Coronavirus vaccines can have side effects. That usually means they’re working.

Scientists will also watch out for severe allergic reactions. Last week, two UK health workers who were among the first to receive the vaccine after it was approved developed anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction.


Rand Paul is making a pretty good run to take on the coveted “Most Disgustingly Hated Person in the Senate” slot. But Ted Cruz is still pushing him out.

– Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) December 13, 2020

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