Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Kari Lake, the Armor of God, and the Filter of Vaseline


Having spent something like a year and 3/4ths insisting she actually won the contest for AZ governor and only appeared to have lost due to voter fraud rather than conspicuous own goals like eschewing the support of "John McCain Republicans", has now decided to show a more moderate side by (checks notes) suggesting holy war and armed conflict: 

It is not the first time Ms. Lake has alluded to armed conflict with her and her supporters. Last year, she said: “If you want to get to President Trump, you are going to have go through me, and you are going to have to go through 75 million Americans just like me. And I’m going to tell you, most of us are card-carrying members of the N.R.A.,” referring to the National Rifle Association. She added, “That’s not a threat — that’s a public service announcement.”

Her voice is just one in a rising chorus of violent, authoritarian or otherwise aggressive political rhetoric from Mr. Trump and his allies. The former president shared a video late last month featuring an image of President Biden, his Democratic rival, hogtied. He has also said that migrants are “poisoning the blood of our country” and described his political opponents last year as “vermin” who needed to be “rooted out.”

I don't know about the John McCain Republicans, but this is a very familiar and tragic theme to Gabrielle Giffords Democrats. It is also a grave concern for AZ elections officials. And I think it is doubtful she will back off based on her previous history with such language and associations. Lake's true flaws are too big to airbrush away. She is a reckless demagogue. 



Grung_e_Gene said...

Republicans have been on a multi-pronged assault on Democracy and the Rule of Law in America for years. As Tom Cotton illustrates the generation which grew up and fucking loved War Crimes in Iraq simply wish to apply the lessons learned in the GWoT here in the States. Rightwing violence has already started and as part of their effort to steal the 2024 election and usher in full-blown fascism under Traitor Trump violent attacks by rightwingers will be an integral component of the Election Fraud this year.

Vixen Strangely said...

I had wanted to expand on the part where Tom Cotton suggested people "take matters into their own hands" re: protesters. It shows a lot of depth on his part--I thought he was mostly down for actual state violence like martial-law, but a bit of fashy street-thuggery is apparently also very much his bag.

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