The madness festers on. Newly pardoned, still-convicted felon Michael Flynn, raving about "the international and domestic socialist/communist left," calls for martial law and a new election. Trump, in a seriously bonkers, 46-minute flood of lies videotaped at the White House and released on social media that he says "may be the most important speech I will ever make," spews every unhinged conspiracy theory of the last few decades of his reign - fake ballots, flipped votes, evil Mueller, global bad guys - to expose "fraud that has never been seen like this before." "We used to have what we call election day. Now it's days, weeks, months, and lots of bad things happen during this ridiculously long period of time," he says. “It’s like living in hell” - to which, we admit, we can relate. He continues to be echoed by his faithful, mad minions - Stop the Steal cranks who held a rowdy, God-fearing event Wednesday - Hugo Chavez lives! - Elite Strike Force member Sidney Powell who's filed charges of election fraud in a Michigan county that doesn't exist, wingnut allies who randomly argue he should win the state anyway, his so-called lawyer Joe diGenova calling for Chris Krebs to be shot. The sound and fury has brought MAGA-born attacks, insults, death threats and online harrassment of poll workers, election officials and voting machine companies around the country, as in, phone messages snarling, "You guys are fucking dead" - this, in what even William 'I'll Sell My Soul In A New York Minute' Barr concedes was this country's most straight-up, legit, secure election ever, except for GOP dirty tricks, resulting in a landslide against the guy instigating all the insanity.
In the face of it: A deafening, sickening silence from a spineless GOP cowards who long ago lost their souls, or what was left of them, in the Trumpian rubble. Carl Bernstein has named 21 senators - thanks Collins - who privately, repeatedly express "extreme contempt" for Trump and his unfitness, while publicly remaining mute: "If fear of losing your job keeps you from defending your country, you don't deserve the job. Frankly, you don't even deserve the country." In contrast, in Georgia, whose close races have sparked some of the worst abuse - MAGA caravans, sexual threats, hung nooses - kudos to top GOP election official Gabriel Sterling, who gave a rare, impassioned press conference to blast the folly underway. "I can’t begin to explain the level of anger I have right now over this," he said. "All of you who have not said a damn word are complicit...This all has to stop. Someone is going to get hurt. Someone is going to get killed. And it’s not right. It’s not right.” Ultimately, Sterling asked Trump to "step up." Unsurprisingly, he didn't. Nor did, or has, a GOP cult of "psycopathic shamelessness," still whining about civility and partisanship. "We are a people of notoriously short memories," notes a furious Leonard Pitts. "But one hopes we recall the stink of this cowardice for a very long time...This is a display of gutlessness historians will be dissecting for years." It's a common theme: The crimes are such that many, including longtime conservatives, summon a future in which kids will inevitably ask, "What did grandpa do about Donald Trump?" A century of history, from Nixon's henchmen back to Vichy's accomplices, suggests Trump and his enablers will not fare well. Writing a year ago, with only impeachable crimes but not yet mass murder to consider, Frank Rich declared their ugly fate: "Trump's collaborators, our Vichy Republicans, will own all of it."
On this date in 1954, the Senate at long last found enough backbone to vote 67-22 to censure Joe McCarthy, the bullying Trump of their era, charging he'd "acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute." Lawyer Joseph Nye's famous query: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" For him and them, still an excellent ask.
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French Vichy leader and Nazi collaborator Marshall Philippe Pétain welcomes Hitler to Paris.
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Archival photo of August Landmesser, German shipyard worker and former Nazi party member, refusing to salute Hitler.