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What was JD's stance on certification of the 2020 election?
  • Remember when people said things like, "At least Trump is an idiot narcissist, if someone halfway intelligent were to come along with his politics and lack of morals we'd be in real trouble"? Vance is that guy, he can play up his bullshit blue collar back story when he's telling the Republican culture warriors we need to deregulate businesses, he can play up his Yale law school education when he's telling the business leaders he needs to go after immigrants, and he can play up his military record when he's telling Congress to defund Ukraine. He's a bullshit artist who can be all things to all people and the only consistent belief he's shown throughout his career is that he personally ought to have more power.

  • What was JD's stance on certification of the 2020 election?
  • I'm pretty convinced the entire goddamn Republican party is happy to end democracy.

    Yes, they have been slowly moving towards that view since the great depression and new deal made it so they couldn't win an election on the strength of their ideas alone. So they tried making up shit about Communists in the 1950s, and when that wasn't enough they started bringing KKK types into their party by dog whistling about civil rights laws with Goldwater and Nixon in the 1960s.

    Lying to voters and opposing the rights of racial minorities to (among other things) be able to vote without intimidation was already super anti-democratic and they have been all about that for 50 years or more. Really the only thing different now is how they're saying quiet parts loud.

  • Biden to call for 5% cap on annual rent increases, as he tries to show plans to tame inflation
  • Sounds like a good reason to get to the polls and cancel out as many of their votes as possible

  • Biden to call for 5% cap on annual rent increases, as he tries to show plans to tame inflation
  • There's nothing to reverse, he's just called for Congress to pass a law doing this

  • What was JD's stance on certification of the 2020 election?
  • Vance, a freshman senator who took office in 2023, told ABC News in February that the 2020 election had problems, and endorsing the Trump campaign's scheme to anoint alternate slates of electors from states he had narrowly lost.

    “I think there is a political solution to those problems,” Vance said. “So litigating which slate of electors was legitimate I think is fundamentally the political solution to the problems that existed in 2020.”

    “If I had been vice president, I would’ve told the states like Pennsylvania, Georgia and so many others that we needed to have multiple slates of electors, and I think the U.S. Congress should’ve fought over it from there,” Vance said.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20240716123326/https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2024/07/16/jd-vance-questioned-2020-election-results/74294067007/

  • Books @lemmy.world gAlienLifeform @lemmy.world

    An intimate view of how QAnon destroys families - In “The Quiet Damage,” Jesselyn Cook surveys the damage that the set of conspiracy theories has done to devotees and the people who care about them

    www.washingtonpost.com Review | An intimate view of how QAnon destroys families

    In “The Quiet Damage,” Jesselyn Cook grapples with the ramifications of the set of conspiracy theories for its devotees and the people who care about them.

    Review | An intimate view of how QAnon destroys families

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240716114751/https://www.washingtonpost.com/books/2024/07/11/quiet-damage-qanon-american-family-jesselyn-cook-review/

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    The Authoritarian Plot - At the National Conservatism conference, Republicans mix with racists ranting about “post-white America.”

    nymag.com The Authoritarian Plot

    At the National Conservatism Conference, Republican senators mix with racists ranting about “post-white America.”

    The Authoritarian Plot

    >...Hillsdale College professor David Azerrad warned that liberal “idols” are “centered on the aggrieved groups who have the greatest of all contemporary privileges, the privilege of having their purported oppression be recognized by the state. Black people, first and foremost, followed closely by women, especially if they’re childless, followed closely by members of the so-called LGBTQ community with Hispanics, Muslims,” and “Native Americans” as people with disabilities “trail far behind.” Azerrad later described the white-nationalist website VDARE as being merely “anti-immigrant” and portrayed it as a victim of political persecution at the hands of New York attorney general Letitia James. “At its core, the regime today is anti-white, anti-male and anti-Christian,” he added, before repeating familiar — and false — great replacement theories. He complained of an “intentional demographic transformation of America into a majority minority country through large-scale immigration,” and said, “What diversity ultimately really means is fewer whites. In the end, it may well mean no whites. Whites are bad, non-whites are good.” > >... > >Vance first spoke at NatCon before he was a senator, and he was comfortable here, talking to friends. At the dinner, he shied away from sweeping pronouncements — conscious, perhaps, of outshining his potential boss. But he knew the crowd well and spoke of a country invaded by immigrants, controlled by elites who were crushing the American Dream. “Look, the thing on immigration that no one can avoid is that it has made our societies poor, less safe, less prosperous, and less advanced,” he said. The city of Springfield, Ohio, had been inundated with Haitian immigrants, he complained, before saying that America is not an idea but “a nation.” He will be buried in his family’s ancestral plot in eastern Kentucky, he said, and he hoped his children would follow him. “That is a homeland,” he declared. > >Whose homeland will it be? Vance seems to think it belongs to him, or to his wife’s immigrant family, who did not “abuse” asylum laws as he claims Springfield’s new residents have done. His future is bleak; his America is paltry. An alternative is necessary, but as NatCon drew to a close, liberalism seemed more shambolic than ever. NatCon speakers relished President Biden’s apparent decline and saw an opportunity to press the attack. They thought little of Vice-President Kamala Harris, whom Vance sarcastically called “the prize at the end of the rainbow.” The prospect of a Black and South Asian woman at the top of her ticket forces NatCon’s racism into sharper focus — and illustrates the stakes.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240716114223/https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/national-conservative-conference-josh-hawley-j-d-vance.html

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    www.tennessean.com Deaf prisoners in TN lacked interpreters, videophones in violation of ADA, judge rules

    Judge Aleta Trauger said deaf prisoners often did not have access to interpreters or videophones as required by federal law.

    Deaf prisoners in TN lacked interpreters, videophones in violation of ADA, judge rules

    Archived at https://ghostarchive.org/archive/I7m0q

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    Springfield IL woman who called sheriff's office over possible intruder killed by deputies, attorney says

    www.nbcnews.com Illinois woman who called sheriff's office over possible intruder killed by deputies, attorney says

    Sonya Massey, 36, died after an early-morning encounter with deputies from the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office on July 6, authorities said.

    Illinois woman who called sheriff's office over possible intruder killed by deputies, attorney says

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240716114442/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/illinois-woman-called-police-possible-intruder-killed-deputies-attorne-rcna161673

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    Gun violence and incarceration issues go ‘hand in hand’ in Shreveport Louisiana, residents say

    www.mpbonline.org Gun violence and incarceration issues go ‘hand in hand’ in this Louisiana city, residents say

    Some residents say Shreveport’s history of mass incarceration has changed their community — and their families.

    Gun violence and incarceration issues go ‘hand in hand’ in this Louisiana city, residents say

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240716114421/https://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/gun-violence-and-incarceration-issues-go-hand-in-hand-in-this-louisiana-city-residents-say/?1720725435153

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    apnews.com Judge removed from long-running gang and racketeering case against rapper Young Thug and others

    The judge who has been overseeing the long-running racketeering and gang prosecution against Young Thug and others in Atlanta has been removed from the case after two defendants filed motions seeking his recusal citing a meeting the judge held with prosecutors and a state witness.

    Judge removed from long-running gang and racketeering case against rapper Young Thug and others

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240716114231/https://apnews.com/article/young-thug-trial-judge-removed-4f62abf6197358455829eb4498007a59

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    www.washingtonpost.com Musk, other pro-Trump billionaires have helped shape shooting narrative

    The right-leaning business community on Twitter, including Elon Musk and hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, used their megaphones to endorse Trump and fuel storylines about Saturday’s attack.

    >The right-leaning business community on twitter, including Elon Musk and hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, used their megaphones to endorse Trump and fuel storylines about Saturday’s attack

    https://web.archive.org/web/20240716114927/https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/07/14/elon-musk-billionaires-trump-shooting-dei-antifa/

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    Opinion: The shooting of Donald Trump wasn't politically motivated
  • Apparently no one has been able to confirm this screen shot is legit. I could believe Meta would sweep something like this under the rug and make it impossible to prove, but as it stands we don't have any evidence to support the conclusion that Epstein was the motivation.

  • Donald Trump Suggests ‘Second Amendment People’ Could Act Against Hillary Clinton (August 2016)
  • See also - that time Trump joked about Paul Pelosi getting bashed with a hammer

    He's consistently in favor of his political opponents being threatened with violence, it's one of the few things he's been consistent about in his life

  • JD Vance opposes military aid, NATO membership for Ukraine. He's now Trump's VP pick
  • Oh yeah, the one that goes "cut my land into pieces, for oligarchs' resorts"

  • Biden campaign will blame pro-Palestine protests for political violence and 'disorder', report says
  • For what it's worth, MSN's reprint of Reuters' report had this passage

    Rather than verbally attacking Trump in the coming days, the White House and the Biden campaign will draw on the president's history of condemning all sorts of political violence including his sharp criticism of the "disorder" created by campus protests over the Israel-Gaza conflict, campaign officials said on condition of anonymity.

    But in Reuters version of it (which has been updated more recently) that passage is gone - https://archive.is/cpvVW

    I'd bet some old dipshit who's been doing campaign work for the Democratic party long enough to have a soundbite about school bussing integration programs said this idiotic crap, then someone on Biden's campaign under the age of fifty read it and told the old dipshit what an incredibly stupid self-own that was, and forced the old dipshit to call up Reuters and ask them to pull that quote.

    It would be a lot better if we didn't have to go through these episodes of old dipshits saying fucking stupid and offensive shit about their own base, but I think there are at least people on the Biden campaign who realize how completely fucking stupid this talking point would be.

  • It's Only One Vote
  • No no no, you don't understand, you can only ever be critical of one thing at a time, so either you don't care about people not voting or you think every candidate and campaign the Democratic party has ever run was flawless, you have to pick one or the other /s

  • Trump’s VP pick is a naked authoritarian
  • He's an Ivy League educated social climber who hobnobbed with Peter Theil and lawmakers before he got famous writing a book where he cosplayed as a poor person so he could tell rich people exactly what they want to hear about poor people

    From a quick glance at my résumé, you might think me an older, female version of Vance. I was born in Appalachia in the 1960s and grew up in the small city of Newark, Ohio. When I was 9, my parents divorced. My mom became a single mother of four, with only a high school education and little work experience. Life was tough; the five of us lived on $6,000 a year.

    Like Vance, I attended Ohio State University on scholarship, working nights and weekends. I graduated at the top of my class and, again like Vance, attended Yale Law School on a financial-need scholarship. Today, I represent people who’ve been fired illegally from their jobs. And now that I’m running for Congress in Northeast Ohio, I speak often with folks who are trying hard but not making much money.

    A self-described conservative, Vance largely concludes that his family and peers are trapped in poverty due to their own poor choices and negative attitudes. But I take great exception when he makes statements such as: “We spend our way into the poorhouse. We buy giant TVs and iPads. Our children wear nice clothes thanks to high-interest credit cards and payday loans. We purchase homes we don’t need, refinance them for more spending money, and declare bankruptcy. . . . Thrift is inimical to our being.”

    Who is this “we” of whom he speaks? Vance’s statements don’t describe the family in which I grew up, and they don’t describe the families I meet who are struggling to make it in America today. I know that my family lived on $6,000 per year because as children, we sat down with pen and paper to help find a way for us to live on that amount. My mom couldn’t even qualify for a credit card, much less live on credit. She bought our clothes at discount stores.

    Thrift was not inimical to our being; it was the very essence of our being.

    With lines like “We choose not to work when we should be looking for jobs,” Vance’s sweeping stereotypes are shark bait for conservative policymakers. They feed into the mythology that the undeserving poor make bad choices and are to blame for their own poverty, so taxpayer money should not be wasted on programs to help lift people out of poverty. Now these inaccurate and dangerous generalizations have been made required college reading.

    [Bolding added]

  • Trump picks Sen. J.D. Vance as his running mate
  • A whole network of family and friends stepped in to raise him when his parents fell apart, and the generosity of scholarships and government grants for the economically disadvantaged paid his way through a Yale education, all so he could turn around and write a book about how poor people are actually lazy and just need to tug those bootstraps harder and start hitting their kids again

  • Trump picks Ohio Sen. JD Vance for vice president
  • For a certain class of voters who might not care about those issues (which I will agree are all actually very important) - point out how he's an Ivy league educated elite, whose military service was being a PR officer, and who's said things like this about the working class whites he supposedly speaks for

    People talk about hard work all the time in places like Middletown. You can walk through a town where 30 percent of the young men work fewer than twenty hours a week and find not a single person aware of his own laziness.

    The guy is the exact sort of elite phony that ought to piss off Trump's core supporters if anyone could get them to realize it

  • They just walking outside now
  • Nashville dreams of tourists spending all their money on live music and dining that draws on the city's rich cultural heritage so it can use that tax revenue to oppress the shit out of those cultures

  • Forbes rule.
  • Gosh, I can't believe Forbes whiffed on a social justice issue, they've been so deeply committed to those principles throughout their publication history /s

  • Trump documents case dismissed by federal judge
  • I bet they'll stall until after the election so they can look reasonable if he loses but make the power grab if he wins

  • ‘It is not sustainable for a democracy’: Tighter security likely at political events after shooting at Trump rally

    www.bostonglobe.com ‘It is not sustainable for a democracy’: Tighter security likely at political events after shooting at Trump rally - The Boston Globe

    New security measures could include wider perimeters to check for weapons, a heavier law enforcement presence, and greater use of unmanned drones to assist with surveillance, according to Ed Davis, a former Boston police commissioner.

    ‘It is not sustainable for a democracy’: Tighter security likely at political events after shooting at Trump rally - The Boston Globe

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240715124722/https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/07/14/nation/tighter-security-after-trump-rally-shooting/

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    “Gods in the Building”: How the Texas Senate Buries Sexual Harassment Complaints and Enables Bad Actors

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240715124633/https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/texas-senate-sexual-harassment/

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    apnews.com Missouri execution plans move forward despite prosecutor trying to overturn murder conviction

    The Missouri Supreme Court is moving forward with execution plans for Marcellus Williams, even as a prosecutor tries to overturn his murder conviction.

    Missouri execution plans move forward despite prosecutor trying to overturn murder conviction

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240715124700/https://apnews.com/article/marcellus-williams-execution-missouri-innocent-6682d62c804425f6e19f3bb2190343c2

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    Cori Bush receives boost in endorsements from unions

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240715123424/https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/cori-bush-receives-boost-in-endorsements-from-unions/

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    Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • @[email protected] made a really good comment here that I think starts to answer this

    I imagine it’s just incredibly difficult to take your job super seriously when any given thing only happens like once every 5-10 years, and probably not to you. I imagine most secret service people who are doing security spend 100% of their careers just standing around and then retire with nothing having happened.

    At one point, US embassy security details had this problem, and what they settled on was rotating active-duty combat troops in straight from the field so they were super alert. After about 6 months they would start to relax, and they would rotate them out and have fresh people.

    I won’t claim to know what the answer is for the SS but clearly there are some issues with the way they’re doing it.

    I could see something like - someone is the best of the best, gets selected for a very prestigious Secret Service posting, then nothing happens and they just have to pick up dry cleaning and watch the fanciest and most pretentious people in the world attend cocktail parties for several years, and eventually they end up visiting sex workers and drinking on duty and things like that

  • Political Violence Makes The Task Of Stopping Trump And Fascism Much Harder
  • Yeah, there are definitely some parts of this where I disagree with the author, but the very next paragraph makes a good point

    A fascist party can only come to power when it attracts multiple constituencies, whose members do not think of themselves as fascists. The fascist leader represents the compromises necessarily involved in democratic politics as unmanly. But fascism needs to appeal to a broader ideology than the mere destruction of democracy. Patriarchy is just such an ideology. By doubling down on traditional gender roles, by the restriction of women’s rights, and by villainizing LGBT, a fascist party attracts religious conservatives. The strutting masculinity of the fascist leader appeals to powerful business elites, who tend to view the world in terms of “winners” and “losers”, and often view their own success as a product of their masculinity (it doesn’t hurt if the leader also vows to promote their interests). Survival in a violent struggle for power is the ultimate badge of honor in the fascist worldview. Violence leans into and supports it.

    So long as we're still in an electoral situation, violence is a bad look. I'm not even saying the Democratic party should or can do anything here, I'm just underscoring that this weekend's events has made this election tougher to win.

    e; grammar are confusing

  • Political Violence Makes The Task Of Stopping Trump And Fascism Much Harder
  • nobody else is going to feel sympathy

    The undecided voter who only pays attention to the news when something "big" is happening doesn't like assassins and think fist pumping after a bullet flies by your head like a cheesy movie scene is super cool.

    Beyond that, the rhetoric of violence just kind of validates all the claims about might making right that fascists hold on to anyway, which is probably a bit to esoteric for a lot of people to see but I'm pretty sure it shows dividends that will undermine future efforts at a better society. I won't say violence is never justified (e.g. self defense situations), but just as a political tactic against fascism assassinations are like cutting the head off a hydra.

    e;

    We are on the brink.

    This I emphatically agree with.

  • www.thedailybeast.com Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request

    The denial comes after a Republican claimed Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had refused to boost protective measures.

    Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240714210429/https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-agency-said-it-had-upped-its-capabilities-as-donald-trumps-travel-increased

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    zeteo.com Political Violence Makes The Task Of Stopping Trump And Fascism Much Harder

    Philosophy professor and fascism expert Jason Stanley responds to the assassination attempt on the former president, in an exclusive essay for Zeteo

    Political Violence Makes The Task Of Stopping Trump And Fascism Much Harder

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240714210413/https://zeteo.com/p/political-violence-makes-stopping

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    www.rollingstone.com Republicans Try to Blame Democrats, the Media, CRT for Shooting

    GOP Sens. Ron Johnson, J.D. Vance, Tim Scott tried to blame Democrats and the media for rhetoric they claim without evidence led to the Trump shooting.

    Republicans Try to Blame Democrats, the Media, CRT for Shooting

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240714175119/https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/republicans-blame-democrats-media-crt-trump-shooting-1235059966/

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    Books @lemmy.world gAlienLifeform @lemmy.world

    New book spotlights why Iron County Wisconsin residents decline to move, long after mines and jobs have left

    www.wxpr.org New book spotlights why Iron County residents decline to move, long after mines and jobs have left

    Now that mining has long since departed, leaving continued economic challenges, why do people still make their home there?

    New book spotlights why Iron County residents decline to move, long after mines and jobs have left

    An interview with Amanda McMillan Lequieu, author of "Who We Are Is Where We Are: Making Home in the American Rust Belt."

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240712143043/https://www.wxpr.org/local-news/2024-07-12/new-book-spotlights-why-iron-county-residents-decline-to-move-long-after-mines-and-jobs-have-left

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    www.washingtonpost.com GOP jump-starts 2024 election challenges with Trump-inspired lawsuits

    Democrats view the lawsuits as legally frivolous but still damaging to public confidence and a potential precursor to efforts to overturn the vote.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240712114410/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/republican-trump-election-voting-lawsuits/

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    illinoisanswers.org The U.N. Calls Restraint Chairs Torture. Illinois Jails Use Them Every Day.

    Explore the frequent use of restraint chairs in Illinois jails, where detainees face prolonged restraint and potential abuse.

    The U.N. Calls Restraint Chairs Torture. Illinois Jails Use Them Every Day.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240712115055/https://illinoisanswers.org/2024/07/09/the-u-n-calls-restraint-chairs-torture-illinois-jails-use-them-every-day/

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    Malfunctioning swamp coolers, air conditioning confirmed at Nevada prisons amid heat wave

    nevadacurrent.com Malfunctioning swamp coolers, air conditioning confirmed at Nevada prisons amid heat wave • Nevada Current

    As record-breaking heat waves cripple the West, air conditioning units and swamp coolers have malfunctioned or stopped working in at least three Nevada state corrections facilities. “We haven’t had air conditioning for at least 45 days,” Leslie Meier, who is incarcerated at Jean Conservation Camp, l...

    Malfunctioning swamp coolers, air conditioning confirmed at Nevada prisons amid heat wave • Nevada Current

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240712114450/https://nevadacurrent.com/2024/07/09/malfunctioning-swamp-coolers-air-conditioning-confirmed-at-nevada-prisons-amid-heat-wave/

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