Daily Beast: “‘Just think of it,’ Trump said. ‘We would be in World War II very quickly if we’re going to be relying on this man.’ This is unlikely; World War Two ended 78 years ago. Trump also seemed to suggest that he is leading former President Barack Obama in polls of the 2024 race, despite Obama not being in the contest. ‘As you know, crooked Joe Biden and the radical left thugs have weaponized law enforcement to arrest their leading political opponent, and leading by a lot, including Obama—I’ll tell you what,’ Trump said.”
OK Cupid via Lincoln Project.
Rolling Stone: “Members of white supremacist and antisemitic hate groups marched outside Orlando, Florida, on Saturday screaming invectives, raising the Nazi salute, and yelling ‘Heil Hitler’ and ‘white power.’
“’We are everywhere!’ neo-Nazis can be heard shouting in a video shared by former Florida House of Representatives member Anna V. Eskamani. Later in the footage, they yelled, ‘Heil Hitler’ while performing a Nazi salute…
“When right-wing figure Laura Loomer appeared at the march, recording the Neo-Nazis with her cell phone, the crowd began to chant ‘faggot, faggot’ in her direction. Loomer explained she was at the rally because she was getting her hair done nearby.
“’We’re not voting Trump, Laura!’ one marcher shouted at her. ‘We’re not voting for the right wing! It’s the kike wing.’
At this, another marcher shouted, ‘We’re all DeSantis supporters!’”
From an urgent plea to donors from Puddin’s Super PAC: “Said strategist Jeff Roe, on a leaked recording: ‘Now let me tell you a secret — don’t leak this. We need to do this now. We’re making a move now. The day after Labor Day we’re launching and we need your help to stay up and go hard the rest of the way. We need 50 million bucks.'”
“Didn’t hurt himself. Didn’t really help himself either. It says something that no one felt the need to attack him.”
– Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist and founder of the anti-Trump Republican Accountability Project, discussing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s mediocre performance during the first GOP presidential debate
Fakery from the Lincoln Project.
In May 2021 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 90, which effectively cleared the voter rolls of Florida citizens who had requested mail-in ballots. Previously, Florida voters could file one request for mail-in ballots and would receive one for any and all elections.
Although a federal judge removed several of the most egregious provisions of the law, it nonetheless is still suppressing mail-in voting, according to the Florida Reporter:
Studies show that voters who are registered to vote by mail are more likely to cast a vote.The impact on voting by mail from this new law is already coming into sharp focus: last year, Miami-Dade County had 438,000 mail ballot voters, but as of July 1st of this year, a mere 92,000 voters were enrolled in vote by mail. In Hillsborough County, only 70,000 voters are signed up to vote by mail as of July 1st, down from 320,000 before the new law went into effect. In Broward County, it’s even more dramatic: a recent review confirmed just 35,000 vote by mail sign-ups, compared to 428,000 last year. In Orange County, only 23,000 voters have requested mail-in ballots for the upcoming cycle after 140,000 voters used them in 2021.
In a subscribers-only piece in The Bulwark, Jonathan Last pretends we could go back in time to January 2017 and tell people that in six years:
“My point is that six years ago I don’t think many people on either side would have believed that today’s reality was likely. Or even possible. Yet here we are, actually living in something close to the worst-case scenario.
“And yet we are so habituated to this dark reality that we’ve come to see it as normal.”