It would be difficult to find a speaker from this weekend’s CPAC in Texas who didn’t use the stage as a pulpit to preach The Big Lie that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from the Republicans’ candidate when simple math proved that the Democrats prevailed. But Dear Leader has lawyer bills to pay, and he’s not going to reach into his own pocket to do that, so he needs to keep his base fired up and ready to send him their last dollars because he makes them feel needed.
Along with perpetuating the Big Lie, Trump and his loyal henchpeople are working overtime to keep the base Big Mad. Calling the event “America UnCanceled,” Donald Trump Jr. warmed up the crowd on Friday night with weak condemnations of “cancel culture” and digs at Hunter Biden. But his biggest applause line wasn’t even his own. During his speech, an attendee bellowed “Trump won!” eliciting a standing ovation and setting off a round of “Trump” chants.
Fighting against that mentality is proving to be all but impossible as the Trump faithful are still being fed all that red meat. Cult leaders throughout history have always known how to manipulate their followers even when the chips are so down, your own lawyer just got disbarred. There’s always a new way to twist the story to squeeze out just one more grift.
Hoping the FBI is watching #CPAC there are many terrorists and supporters of terrorism there. It’s like an AL qaeda convention
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) July 11, 2021
How is the rest of the country supposed to view an event with the Proud Boys as well as the founder of the Oath Keepers in attendance? He has not yet been charged with criminal wrongdoing in connection with his role in the January 6th insurrection, but he’s been photographed with Marjorie Taylor Greene and others. During the CPAC conference, white cards were circulating among some attendees with a “7-Pt. plan to restore Donald J. Trump in days, not years.” After the violence at the Capitol on January 6, federal officials are paying more attention to those sorts of fringe theories.
The GOP has been talking about "Communists" all weekend at #CPAC, but they never talk about how two of Trump's wives were Communists or that Melania's parents were Communist party apparatchiks. Also, 4 GOP senators spent July 4, 2018 in Moscow and no one blinked. Just saying. pic.twitter.com/ut7WhuTkq4
— Victoria Brownworth #TaxTheRich🎃💀 (@VABVOX) July 11, 2021
The Justice Department this week warned that Donald Trump’s rhetoric could inspire more violence. A court document shows the DOJ suggested Trump’s election lies, including that he will be “reinstated” without an election, is used in their legal argument to keep monitoring an accused capitol rioter, who is a Marine Corps veteran. MSNBC legal contributor and trial attorney, Katie Phang, and MSNBC contributor and former Watergate prosecutor, Jill Wine-Banks, discussed the legal ramifications of such dangerous rhetoric. Watch their panel discussion, below.