Blackburn, Hagerty to join effort to challenge presidential election

Bill Hagerty attends the Tennessee Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner in Nashville on June 15, 2019. At right is U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood). (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Both Tennessee senators are joining an effort among 11 Republicans to challenge the outcome of the presidential election. While all allegations of voter fraud have been thrown out in the courts, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood and Sen.-elect Bill Hagerty of Nashville said in a statement they will oppose the certification of the vote on Wednesday.

“American democracy relies on the consent of the governed,” Hagerty and Blackburn said in a joint statement. “Allegations of voter fraud, irregularities and unconstitutional actions diminish public confidence in what should be a free, fair and transparent process.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.) along with Senators Ted Cruz (R—Texas), Senator Ron Johnson (R—Wis.), Senator John Kennedy (R—La.), Senator Mike Braun, (R—Ind.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Senator James Lankford (R—Okla.) and Senators-elect Bill Hagerty (R—Tenn.), Cynthia Lummis (R—Wyo.), Tommy Tuberville (R—Ala.) and Roger Marshall (R—Kan.) announced they will vote to oppose the results of the 2020 election. They are also calling for Congress to immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states.

“On behalf of Tennesseans, we are taking a united stand against the tainted electoral results from the recent Presidential election,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator-elect Bill Hagerty. “American democracy relies on the consent of the governed. Allegations of voter fraud, irregularities and unconstitutional actions diminish public confidence in what should be a free, fair and transparent process. Protecting the integrity of the electoral process is paramount to preserving trust and legitimacy in the final outcome.”

“For critical moments like these, the Constitution reserves the right to challenge the Electoral College results to members of Congress. On January 6, we will vote to oppose certification of the 2020 election results.”

Senators Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R—Texas), Senator Ron Johnson (R—Wis.), Senator John Kennedy (R—La.), Senator Mike Braun (R—Ind.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Senator James Lankford (R—Okla.) and Senators-elect Bill Hagerty (R—Tenn.), Cynthia Lummis (R—Wyo.) Tommy Tuberville (R—Ala.) and Roger Marshall (R—Kan.) released the following statement:

“America is a Republic whose leaders are chosen in democratic elections. Those elections, in turn, must comply with the Constitution and with federal and state law.

“When the voters fairly decide an election, pursuant to the rule of law, the losing candidate should acknowledge and respect the legitimacy of that election. And, if the voters choose to elect a new office-holder, our Nation should have a peaceful transfer of power.

“The election of 2020, like the election of 2016, was hard fought and, in many swing states, narrowly decided. The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.

“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.

“And those allegations are not believed just by one individual candidate. Instead, they are wide-spread. Reuters/Ipsos polling, tragically, shows that 39% of Americans believe ‘the election was rigged.’ That belief is held by Republicans (67%), Democrats (17%), and Independents (31%).

“Some Members of Congress disagree with that assessment, as do many members of the media.

“But, whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democrat-ic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations.

“Ideally, the courts would have heard evidence and resolved these claims of serious election fraud. Twice, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to do so; twice, the Court declined.

“On January 6, it is incumbent on Congress to vote on whether to certify the 2020 election re-sults. That vote is the lone constitutional power remaining to consider and force resolution of the multiple allegations of serious voter fraud.

“At that quadrennial joint session, there is long precedent of Democratic Members of Congress raising objections to presidential election results, as they did in 1969, 2001, 2005, and 2017. And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged.

“The most direct precedent on this question arose in 1877, following serious allegations of fraud and illegal conduct in the Hayes-Tilden presidential race. Specifically, the elections in three states—Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina—were alleged to have been conducted illegally.

“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy. Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission—consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices—to consider and resolve the disputed returns.

“We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.

“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.

“We are not naïve. We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise. But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue. A fair and credible audit—conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20—would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People.

“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend. We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it. And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.

118 Responses to Blackburn, Hagerty to join effort to challenge presidential election

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    James White says:

    I see Stewart’s favorites Green and Blackburn voted for perpetual war and big money to the establishment war machine and military industrial chamber. National Defense Authorization Act

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I believe this is the legislation that provides for capitulation #102,573 to the Grievance Industry by changing the names of bases named after Confederate Generals. I would have voted “No” on that basis alone.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        Well, it’s a good thing you couldn’t vote, Stuart. The big majority of our legislators apparently disagree with your view that military bases should be named in honor of traitors who led an armed revolt against the United States of America. But you go on shaking your fist at history.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I know that’s the nonsense we were all taught in government schools, at least in the North, but that doesn’t make it so. Perry, are you angry at the Slovaks wanting to break away from the Czechs? How about the Scotts who, according to the latest public opinion polls want to break away from the U. K. and you probably still haven’t forgiven the Irish for doing the same thing in the early 1920’s. Then there are the Croats, Slovenes, Montenegrins, who wanted to get the hell away from the Serbs to say nothing of the Quebecois who want out from Canada. I could go on, but being as consistently wrong as you are regarding so many subjects exclaims why you always seem as one hell of an angry guy.

          No Perry, the South wasn’t revolting against anyone. They simply wanted to leave. Ole Abe Lincoln sent military forces in to suppress them and forced them to stay. Sort of like the Russians in the Soviet Union did to the Ukrainians and others after the Bolshevik revolution. I know, Perry, it’s not what you learned in school, but education doesn’t end when you graduate don’t you know.

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            Cryan says:

            Stuart, are you a Trumpidian now or a RINO still? Do you support $2,000 checks like Senator Hawley (Heritage-92%) and Donald Trump?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            No. We libertarian conservatives believe aid should be targeted to industries and workers particularly adversely affected by the Chinese Flue Pandemic rather than a mass drop of thousand dollar bills to everyone making below a certain amount of money especially in states where control freak liberal Governors are needlessly making things worse by shutting the economy down.

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            James White says:

            We of the Constitutionalist Conservatives can not find anywhere in the constitution where the federal government can give any private individual or business money.

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            Cryan says:

            Libertarians don’t believe in aid for anyone. Nice try Chamber RINO.

            You act like you have this Republican Civil War under control. Well, it is under control, and your side lost. Trump owns the Party. Get in line or get out. Stop trying to save face with this “theatre” nonsense. You aren’t controlling anything. Trump is and always will control the Party of Lincoln.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            There are degrees of libertarianism, conservatism, liberalism, etc. but there are no degrees of Trumpidianism. Trumpidians simply follow a political huckster, a narcissistic jerk of a human being wherever he leads. You Trumpidians are either going to remain in the Republican Party and support the best parts of Trump’s policies while being a political player in years to come or you will drop out and disappear into “third party” irrelevance just like FORMER President Blowhard.

            As for the Republican Party, Trump is now a loser as well as a jerk. Political parties often support the latter, but not the two in combination. It’s over Cryan, your guy was an incumbent who lost to a partially demented old man who didn’t even campaign. It must have been fun while it lasted, but it’s over so you best find another enthusiasm.

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            Cryan says:

            If it’s over, then why are Hawley, Marsha, and Bill still fighting? I’m glad you’ve admitted it’s a theatrical sham.

            Trump voters will not get in line with RINOs. Clearly the Trump voter is necessary for Republican electoral success or Marsha wouldn’t be wasting her time. Keep deriding them and the party’s leader and President of the United States, though. It’s no wonder you’re such a great puppet master: your strategy of alienation is flawless politics.

            Sounds like your side needs to get in line with Trump or you’ll never win again. The “Huckster, narcissistic jerk” has decimated Tucker Carlson and Fox’s ratings, blown up many of McConnell’s best-laid plans, forced the purist of Heritage conservatives to embrace direct payments and tariffs, and may very well cost the establishment their RINO senators in GA – all since “losing” the election. Good luck, Stuart and Kemp.

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            Roger Fleenor says:

            The rub in you recount of events leading to the Civil War leaves out a serious event. There would have been no war, in my opinion at least had the states succeded and remained individual states as they were before the Union. Instead they formed a Confederacy, a competing nation on the border of the Union. With Great Britian or other great naval power as an ally, the Confederacy would have controlled the Mississippi Basin, The Gulf Of Mexico, the Caribbean,and the Atlantic access by the Union. The exploitation of everything west of the Mississippi would have been the Confederacy.’s The Generals esp. Robert E. Lee would have recognized this and motivated their devotion to the cause. Lincoln wasn’t weak and the British demurred on an alliance. Old Abe and the Union saw the writing on the wall and ended an existential threat to the Unions very being/

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          MARLE says:

          Perry ….there would not have been a UNION but for the fact that slavery was permitted. The slave states would not have joined the Union.

          S0….they joined a Union that Permitted slavery and States’ Rights. Then the rules changed on them and they decided to Un-join. Traitor? Doesn’t seem so.

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    steve cates says:

    What a pair!! It’s Pete and Repeat, as we used to say. They’ll be a match for Tuberville!!!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Ah, yes steve. If Hagerty and Tuberville would only duplicate Marsha’s 85% Heritage score we would go from Lamar (Heritage-52%) and Jones (Heritage 17%) to 85%. Now that’s change we can believe in.

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    Keith Richardson says:

    As a former U S Army officer, I can recognize sedition when I see it. To quote my good friend John, ” They will qualify to be inducted into the Aaron Burr Assembly of leading Americans who tried to subvert the democratic process and betray their country.”

    In a democracy, if you do not agree with the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box, you either work harder to convince them that there is a better solution or you look at yourself and change to make yourself better. These despicable Senators are not willing to do either, so they grandstand and act as if the vote of the people does not count. History will not be kind.

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      MARLE says:

      They don’t care a whit about the long-term future retribution of history analysis; they are scared to death about the retribution of Trump in the present and for their next election cycles. Cruz Rubio and Graham want some of Daddy’s stash raised from the so-called “Legal Defense Fund” and Daddy’s blessing for their 2020 prospects. This is beyond pathetic.

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        MARLE says:

        2024

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        Misty Pardner says:

        This is it right here. A lot of elected officials, at all levels, are scared to death of Trump and his kool-aid drinkers. It’s embarrassing that our Senators are a part of this but when one of them wrapped his arms around our friend from west Tennessee and newly minted bureaucrat it should come as no surprise.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Decades of the Grievance Industry going to court to appear before liberal jurists who weaken the security features in our election laws have resulted in our elections becoming more shoddy as the time goes by. The Chinese Flu pandemic was a good excuse to weaken security in the laws even further. I am all in favor of shinning the brightest of spotlights on this process that has eroded our democracy over the years so the process can be reversed lest we lose all confidence in elections as we slouch towards becoming a banana republic.

      Keith, hopefully we are teaching our military officers, both commissioned and noncommissioned, to look at the facts of a situation and proceed accordingly. To accuse members of Congress acting in a perfectly constitutional manner of being “despicable” and engaging in “sedition” (i.e. “An insurrectionary movement tending towards treason. . . .) is an over-the-top emotional response of a leftist partisan rather than a “. . .a former U S Army officer. . . “

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        Cryan says:

        Thank God Marsha and Bill fully embraced Trump. I’m sure you advised them to do as much. Hopefully they will overturn this election and we will have $2,000 (adjusted for inflation) bi-weekly checks during Trump’s next three terms. Also, increase tariffs and the deficit. Populism and loyalty to Trump must replace intellectual conservatism. Otherwise, the Republican Party is dead.

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          MARLE says:

          Populism and conservatism (fiscal) Used to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. Used to be. $2000 for everybody, in need or not, and who cares about 27 Trillion of debt. A debt unlikely to be paid by anyone in the Trump legacy since neither he, nor Ivanka have paid any income tax in years.

          Trump is Not a fiscal conservative so he has no trouble embracing populism in service of Popularity. But it is sad to see Senators going along with him. Yet another reason the heritage scores are so bogus.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Heritage key voted the $1.4 trillion Omnibus Relief Package and the $900 billion COVID package by asking for a “No” vote. Heritage Scorecard, the best one-stop indicator of where a member of Congress stands on the issues.

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            James White says:

            I guess Dr. Green aint gonna get a 100 on his neoconservative heritage score.

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            MARLE says:

            I believe the Blog was about the Electoral College vote and whether this theatre is necessary to shine a light on voter irregularity (regardless of it being great enough to overturn an election), Stuart.

            What is pathetic is these 11 senators dancing to Trumps tune.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      Did you make the same claim of ‘sedition’ for Democrat representatives and senators that have used the constitutionally provided opportunity of objection in the past? Or when Maxine Waters encouraged her constituents to publicly harrass members of the Trump adminstration? I commend your service to the country, but wonder if your views of sedition acts fall along political party lines.

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    Numerous courts have rejected the biased allegations as unproven, yet we have Senators who want to reject selected portions of the national voting process just because their incompetent candidate was not popular enough. Merely saying something does not make it true, especially something like “We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it.”

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      LeeAnn C says:

      Correction: numerous courts have dodged reviewing the evidence, blaming one technicality or another. None have ruled on the merits of the cases. PA legislators are directly appealing to the US Congress to reject the electors based on improper votes and voting processes. GA state senators are appalled at the evidence presented to them. The AZ Attorney General is questioning handling of the election in that state. No one should be in favor of an election result tainted with so many improprieties. Listen to tge whole story. I’m thankful that some have found their voice for the millions of Americans that want accountability and correction of all these horrible injustices. Otherwise, we’ll never trust a future voting process and could never trust anyone gaining office through those tainted orocesses.

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        Correction: judges look for evidence, and proper standing in a case. Your assertion that courts have dodged reviewing the evidence is a specious as the bogus accusations themselves. There is no real evidence. If there was, the cases would be adjudicated. All the so-called evidence consists of fabricated stories, accusation, wishful thinking, anecdotes, and outright lies, which is the M.O. of the majority of today’s Republican party. Where are the accusations of impropriety in states where Trump won? Why are you OK with the voting process only when Republicans win? Why have you been fine with “an election result tainted with so many improprieties” for the last 4 years?

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          LeeAnn C. says:

          Look up the statements of the courts. No evidence was considered at all. Hundreds of affidavits collected with potential penalty for perjury speak to the evidence. If you’re unaware, you haven’t looked. As for the accusations of impropriety in states where Trump won, it would be up to the one harmed by the impropriety to make those charges or claims. In 2012, there were publicly known improprieties in Pennsylvania that Romney didn’t choose to challenge. In 2016, Hillary spoke loudly about the election being unfair, but I don’t recall any official complaints filed. For the sake of future elections, regardless of outcome, election fraud claims must be investigated and resolved. I’m NEVER okay with tainted election processes, regardless of the recipient of the advantage.

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            Jonathan Swift says:

            No evidence was considered because there was none. Anybody filing a lawsuit must have legal standing to sue. The court must have jurisdiction. The claim must be presented accurately, and cite precedent. There must be credible, first-hand evidence to support the claim. In all but one Trump-related case, the judges ruled that the previously mentioned standards were not met. You should try getting your information from those with legal expertise, not Facebook or Twitter.

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            Cryan says:

            How does the revelation that Stuart considers Trump a “narcissistic jerk” and a “loser” whose voters should shut up and support RINOs feel? I thought he was on Trump’s side. It sucks being used by the establishment, doesn’t it?

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        0 for 60 is trumps record in court. HE LOST 60 cases in all sorts of courts at all levels including the SCOTUS. That does not sound at all like “numerous courts have dodged reviewing the evidence.” This is absolute nonsense!!

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Tennessee senators joining in the “Sedition Caucus” as it is becoming known as. Doesn’t that give you a warm feeling in your heart to know that your conservative senators are that far right? I guess, They are used to failure!

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    Perry Aubric says:

    They are participating in a fascist-style coup attempt. Shameful cowards, afraid of Trump and his ignorant racist nitwit cultist followers. UnAmerican, despicable, anti-freedom, a blight on the nation’s history. An embarrassment to Tennessee.

    Trump lost. Bigly. By about 8 million votes nationally. By a landslide in the electoral college. His corruption, his meanness, his incompetence, his ignorance, his Russian-ass-kissing, his abandonment of American leadership in the world, his racism, his contempt for the Constitution, his malignant narcissism caught up with him.

    Trump lost, whiney snowflakes. Get over it.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Thank the Lord for the Perrys of this world. Just when the Trumpidians are causing those of us who voted for Trump embarrassment along comes Perry and Company using the most intemperate language regarding a group of Senators and Congressmen who are exercising their right to shine a spotlight on our elections that will surely fail after the two hours of debate mandated by the process is over.

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        MARLE says:

        Then what’s the theatre all about?? Election issue “spotlights” do not have to cast the day of accepting the electoral votes. The theatre is simply to placate Trump. And what is all of this doing to the GA election turnout? Possible that those REPUBLICANS who voted for Biden but voted Rep( as they have all their lives) down ballot will begin to doubt the sanity of those submitting to Trump’s demands.

        In stead of worrying about whether Trump voters (who often were Dem voters and believe noting of conservative fiscal values) will show up we need to worry about whether the Down-Ballot republicans will turn out.

        What an explosive mess. And whose fingerprints are all over the bomb? But just like many bombers it’s all about being in the headlines.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Those of us on the right have to placate all sections of our electorate if we want to be successful against the left. In this case it involves placating the Trumpidians by engaging in a bit of constitutional “theatre” if you will. The left has to be sure to placate the “Mob” (or whatever they call it) on its far left as well. This is simply how democracy works in a two party first past the post electoral system.

          If we have to engage in theatrics that do no harm other than a bit of debate in Congress to keep the Trumpidians as a useful member of the Right-Wing coalition “no big thing” I say. If we lose a few centrist/tepid conservatives with an over supply of righteous indignation and sensitivity it’s collateral damage involved in achieving the overall goal of a rightward ever rightward march of politics that we seek.

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            MARLE says:

            You really have to gather yourself up and get some standards. I am tiring of the “this is how it works” when I have lived through decades of it not working like this.

            It’s a good thing you didn’t get entrusted with rearing children. Every bad instinct they displayed would be tolerated with “that’s how children are” “that’s how teenagers are”. Excuses.

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            Jonathan Swift says:

            Once again, Stuart the Self-Proclaimed Political Expert bloviates a big wad of weak excuses and justification for bad behavior. Thankfully, some of us can think for ourselves.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Stuart, I just have to call BS on this!
            “We just have to placate all sections of our electorate” implies that all nut-jobs are heard and respected in your happy group of high heritage scorers. Sedition, outright violence & retelling known and refuted lies is all OK in the big Conservative republican tent? So, you just put up with the wackos because you need their votes? Is the way I interpret your claims? And you want to call all this “Theater”? It appears to me to be closer to “Nightmares?”

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      I don’t believe fascist tactics include following the rules established by the constitution. Were previous efforts of Democrat representatives to protest electors in years past ‘fascist’ style tactics?

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    Mel Russell says:

    Thank You, Senators, for standing up to this injustice. I am so proud of you! I am past tired of all these elected officials, career politicians, feigning outrage, then Do Nothing about the injustices and atrocities that’s been committed. They are only in office for power and greed. They represent themselves. Anybody else in office with a backbone going to back these two, and President Trump? And if you do stand up, keep standing, keep pushing, for consequences to these bad behaviors and actions. Without consequences, this garbage will continue. We all have the same rights, for now, until they are taken away, so stand while you can. Thank You, Senators!!!

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      Perry Aubric says:

      What injustice, Mel? Trump lost. You don’t like that, but there’s nothing unjust about it. Injustice would be overturning a free election. Actually, that’s worse than injustice. That’s a coup. Fascist.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Mel, please join me in 2024 or 2028 and remember that it was Josh Hawley (Heritage-92%) the great Senator from Missouri who first, as he so often is, turned his back on McConnell’s (Heritage-62%) insipid leadership in order stand up not only against the mechanics of this election but also the blatant censorship and bias that the liberals in Big Tech and the vast majority of Mainstream Media perpetrated on the electorate. Again, we’re moving toward the type of information available to the electorate that is available in any well-run authoritarian country. We are learning much from Red China rather than the other way around.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Yeah, Mel & Stuart can join up and start a new party with a new “Hermit Score” that might excite some of the old crowd. Stuart has always wanted to be in charge of something.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          It’s a new year but Taxpayer still thinks he can read the minds as to the desires of people he’s never met or spoken to. Then again, Taxpayer is still a leftist where being delusional is of utmost importance if you want to be a true believer like Taxpayer.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Stuart, you like to hide implications behind your flowery wording but your conservative fear of anyone who questions your beliefs is just not right. What our TN senators are doing is an attempt to overrule democracy. Yes, anyone has a right to ask for a recount but a 60-0 record of challenges is a pretty definitive answer from the courts! These senators are acting like spoiled children that didn’t get their cake tonight. Look close at the photo above; both of our senators look like they are completely in LA-LA Land. The GOP just can’t accept that they lost, even with all the dirty tricks they constantly try to hide. Yes, we badly need to overhaul our election regs. and get rid of the gerrymandering process we use now. Yes, I agree both parties cheat with gerrymandering but the process invites that.

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            Roger Fleenor says:

            Same can basically said about you Stu.

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      LeeAnn C says:

      Well said, Mel.

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    Dr Byron Bush says:

    No one… NO ONE on the Trump side is wanting to overturn or subvert the “will of the people” but to protect and find in the presence of obvious fraud the TRUTH… the WHOLE TRUTH. Because the MSM wil not openly address and acknowledge makes them a party to this cover-up. Sadly those who sit in the seat of justice cannot be trusted to render JUSTICE anymore than those who grandstand in the halls of Congress. I KNOW this for a FACT. Without TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY deceit will continue to undermine the very fabric of trust from within this Nation. WHO would or could object to making the effort to insure a credible election process? Only those who themselves are not credible.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      “No one… NO ONE on the Trump side is wanting to overturn or subvert the ‘will of the people’… Are you that detached from reality? Subverting the will of the people is the primary purpose of this whole carnival. What cover-up? It’s interesting and revealing that you mention “deceit” while defending the most deceitful, mendacious President in our history. By the way, a credible election process has already been ensured by election officials and judges of both parties.

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        Dr Byron Bush says:

        Then if what you say is true… there should be no problem in confirming the integrity of the election. Blessings.

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        MARLE says:

        Yes Trump, our four-year-running Liar in chief is obsessed with getting to the TRUTH. omg

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        Perry Aubric says:

        Of course Byron Bush is detached from reality. He actually thought he could get elected to office.

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          Dr. Byron Bush says:

          Thank you Perry. Yes, I did make the effort, knowing that with 15 candidates the chance was slim. I had a message… and still do. The comments on this page are proof that TRUTH is no longer readily apparent… and that lies, if repeated often enough, will distract and deceive. Personal attacks without knowing an individual, who they are, what they stand for… and why… are dividing this country. While I disagree with your comments, I respect your right to do so. Blessings

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      The state, federal and supreme courts have all ruled repeatedly (60-0) AGAINST Trump. BY denying this and continuing to challenge this same question you are doing damage to the credible election you so desire to protect. It has been decided 60 times and the GOP lost!

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        Are you so sure that they have ‘ruled’ or simply not accepted the case? There is a difference and NONE have ‘ruled’ based on the evidence. How many of the 60 that you’re touting have heard one bit of evidence?

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          MARLE says:

          It is the legal team (Rudy is billing HIS services at $20,000 Per day) to make sure the client has standing. Then the court is presented with evidence to see if the case has basic elements of merit. If no merit then it is dismissed.

          So a dismissal IS suggestive of their being not the bare minimum of merit.

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    TR says:

    Blackburn and Hagerty have jumped the shark. I’m a lifelong Republican and these two have lost my vote. I’ll be voting third-party in 2024 and 26.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      GREAT!!!! Hopefully those so easily dismayed over Republican officeholders showing backbone by willingness to go against the liberal zeitgeist like yourself will be increasingly staying away from Republican primaries for it is in those primaries where you do the most damage.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      Interesting. How many third-party candidates have won in Tennessee? Or any state?

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        Cryan says:

        How do you feel about Stuart showing his true colors? He is disgusted by Trump supporters and doesn’t even care to say out loud that there’s no place in the Republican Party for them unless they bend to his will since Trump “lost” (according to Stuart and Brian Kemp).

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    John G. Stewart says:

    It would be appropriate if one of these charter members of the Aaron Burr Assembly could produce a shred of credible evidence to support their effort to kneecap our democratic process. It’s very revealing that Josh Hawley, leading member of the Aaron Burr Assembly, also managed to absent himself from the phone call that Mitch McConnell held this past week to discuss the situation. When Mitch asked Hawley to produce the evidence that supported this unconstitutional intervention, there was dead silence because Josh was in his room hiding under the bed. Now there’s a patriot for you. What’s more attractive than a seditious coward?

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    Wanda says:

    A moderately decent person would put a bag over his head after signing this foolishness.

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    Richard Donnell says:

    Shameful!!!

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    Jane says:

    If the election was fraudulent, how did you two win?

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Jane, please try to keep up. The allegation was that the election was fraudulent in states OTHER THAN the Great State of Tennessee.

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    Jane says:

    Also, I’d like to see a reconciliation of the mail in ballots requested in Tennessee and those that were submitted

    Bite me Stu.

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    James White says:

    Election tampering in Tennessee: The Battle of Athens: Fighting Voter & Election Fraud
    Battle of Athens, Tennessee 1946
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ut6yPrObw&feature=emb_logo

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    Dan Gilley says:

    If this idiotic endeavor taken on by TN’s senators cost the taxpayers of our state one cent, both of them should be impeached. I have been a strong Trump supporter and a lifelong Republican, and I have doubts about the sanctity of the elections, but enough is enough. If the election was stolen from us, then we sat back and let it happen. This time, tip your hat to the Dems and get ready to fight their kind of fight next time. The real “crime” is the way Millionaire Mitch is handing the GA senate runoffs to the Dems on one of his golden platters. The incumbents should be running from Blairsville to the Florida line and on social media waiving $2000 checks. Wake up my fellow Republicans, that’s they way elections are won these days…..just ask any Democrat!

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      In addition to the costs of such useless actions, the Tennessee public should be concerned that every minute that our senators spend on this “election-fraud, fraud” they are NOT spending it on controlling the pandemic or getting a statewide vaccination plan in action. Which topic do you think is more important to the citizens of our state in the long run? Once again, Misguided republicans lead the way down the rabbit-hole with a loud voice and waving shiny objects.

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    Bill says:

    If the Democrats were so smart as to be able to mastermind and pull off an election fraud in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania I think they have clearly demonstrated superior ability to run this nation.

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    MJN says:

    We can conjecture all we want about how secure and honest our election system is in the U.S., but we all know voter fraud happens. It’s a matter of (as the SCOTUS signaled) if the illegal voting is widespread enough to sway a particular result in races and in states which are negligent in their processes. That’s why it’s a legislative/state issue or 12th amendment issue. If longitudinal election studies and current election data suggests that systemic illegal voting is happening to the extent of choosing our President etc. and subverting the will of the citizens of the U.S. (as suggested by some state audits ex. Georgia), than there is an obligation of our elected officials to set aside their political affiliations and investigate this possible national crisis. It’s also the only way to try to preserve civil order, because if American citizens lose their faith in our election system and their ability to control their own government via the civil right to have their vote counted and not discounted by illegal votes etc., the American people will respond as they historically have-by defending their life, liberty and property, otherwise known as their natural rights, with the utmost seriousness. Luckily, there are 400+ Ex-intelligence Officers from all agencies and our military assigned to Investigate these Election Irregularities; regardless of their findings, their examination of this situation should protect a peaceful transition or way forward. If an elected official rejects any conclusion of evidence in favor of political party power, then we are in grave trouble. We can “survive” either President Trump or Biden for the next 4 years…but we can’t survive a widely corrupted election system if it is found to exist. Therefore, prudence is required right now…not expediency.

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    Michael Lottman says:

    It is no surprise that Blackburn and Hagerty have joined some of the Senate’s leading nincompoops in seeking, however groundlessly and however irresponsibly, to overthrow the votes cast by some 155 million Americans who plainly and by a large margin elected Joe Biden as president of the United States and thus rejected the dangerous and demagogic reign of the worst president in the history of our country. Tactics like this should not be employed without any basis in fact or law, as determined by some 50 decisions of the appropriate legal authorities, including several judges appointed by Donald Trump himself. We should remember the utter disrespect shown by Blackburn and Hagerty for our democratic system and for the loyalty and informed judgment of our fellow citizens, and we should remove them from office at the next election if that cannot be accomplished sooner. And we need to stop voting reflexively for candidates who lack the intelligence, loyalty, and integrity to serve in our country’s highest offices.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      We both know Michael that Marsha, with her 85% Heritage score, will be a U. S. Senator for just as long as she wants to be a U.S. Senator. The Bredesen foray was the last battle in that particular war I’m happy to say as the results were quite conclusive.

      Now as for Hagerty, let’s both watch him like a hawk. Watch those Heritage scores he comes up with which will tell us most of what we need to know. Not to worry Michael, Republicans have Marvelous Mark Green (Heritage-100%!) in the bullpen with his warmup jacket on ready to start warming up should the conservative voters of Tennessee need relief if Hagerty disappoints. Watch Hagerty’s Heritage score Michael!

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        BTW while we’re in the “H’s” on the Heritage scorecard lets also watch how Diana Harshbarger the newly elected congressman from Tennessee’s 1st District does as well. Ted Cruz endorsed her in November so I’m expecting great things from her especially as compared to the awful Phil Roe (Heritage-68%) that she’s replacing.

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      MARLE says:

      We keep worrying about the spread of Chinese influence around the world and yet we handed them some of the most valuable propaganda opportunities imaginable in this election cycle. America the bastion of democracy and capitalism and its factious infighting on full display.

      Capitalism and greed in the charges against the Bidens and members of the Senate who sold stock positions as they traded on early knowledge of the Covid impact. Or the President and his family paying near Zero in income taxes to support and pay for our government and its Expensive/Expansive Military. Voter fraud run rampant and stolen elections as charged by the Presdident and key Republicans.

      What a gift to the Communist Chinese as they peddle socialism around the world.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Great comment, Michael, but it can’t get through the protective tinfoil hats of Stuart and his fellow “conservatives.” They have been completely transported to the alternate Trumpiverse where facts, truth, morality, and rule of law have no place, but lust for power and money is everything.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Yes, stop voting against your own interests. The republican party is bankrupt in morals and ideas and they are slowly becoming a smaller party because of that. Justice is coming to them slowly but surely. Enough of the lies and tricks, vote for something positive instead of these negative rustlers.

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    For those who don’t believe that Trump has tried to run this country like a mob boss, listen to the excerpts of his phone call from 1/2/2021 where he leans on the Georgia Secretary of State in order to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss there. Lies, veiled threats, attacks on personal integrity: it’s all there. For Tennessee Senators and Representatives to support this criminal is disgraceful. At least some public officials in Georgia have the guts to stand up to the wannabe dictator.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    For some reason Trump causes the easily unhinged to become. . .unhinged. I am happy to say that he simply doesn’t have that effect on me. My position on almost anything is reasonably well thought out and consistent and, most importantly NUANCED. It is that nuance that is lost on the easily unhinged and that’s why parents should do something about any child who shows a tendency to become easily unhinged ASAP.

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      MARLE says:

      Consistent thought and regurgitated rhetoric are not the same thing, Stuart. Think about that.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Again, Stuart manages to top his previous levels of arrogance and condescension while pretending that he is the only one with NUANCED thinking. At the same time, he conveniently ignores Trump’s unhinged minions.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Ignore them!?!? I call derisively call them “Trumpidians” and I treat them as an alien force that has to be dealt with in the most productive way possible by those of us on the thoughtful right. Don’t you read what Chief Trumpidian on this forum Cryan has to say about me for cryin’ out loud?

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          Jonathan Swift says:

          Stuart, your high Heritage scorers are all Trumpidians because they all support Trump and his attempt to steal the election. You don’t treat them as an alien force, you instead fawn over them in almost every post. Offering excuses and lies may work on the people who support your positions, but it doesn’t work on the rest of us.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I know Jonathan that as a leftist you would like nothing better than the Republican Party and conservatives in general to balkanize into five or six powerless and feuding little “Third Parties” but my high Heritage score Republicans are going to try not to accommodate you if it’s OK with you. On the contrary, the trick for those on the right is to stay unified. If it takes supporting Trump until all possibilities of overturning this election legally are exhausted that is exactly what they should do with the knowledge that this too shall pass around January 6th I believe.

            Leftists are always hyperventilating about something and they have most of the mainstream media to publicize and support their grievances. Indeed we have an entire Grievance Industry that is incessantly banging on about something or other. I check out what they are bitching about from time to time just to satisfy myself that it’s either misguided or a tempest in a teapot and what do you know, it almost always is.

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            Cryan says:

            Yes, everything is going so well for the Republican establishment. Nothing to see here. RNC Chair Stuart Anderson has determined Trumpidians will get in line or get out. It won’t affect Republican chances in future elections if they all leave.

            Good luck in Georgia.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Stuart, who are you trying to convince with this junk? It is back to the republican reflection they do so well.

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    MARLE says:

    When a president claims that each word he utters, each phone conversation he has, each executive action he undertakes, each tariff he imposes, each missive he commands, each invective he tweets is PLUperfect AND 80 Million Americans concur then no rebuttal here is, by comparison, unhinged.

    It is merely fractional balance.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      That is the point, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, not one piece of evidence has been shown to any court or judge because there is none. There is no evidence, trump has no standing to bring the cases. Trump was on the phone yesterday still desperately trying to have people manufacture evidence in Georgia and he failed at that too. That in itself was another crime that he may be responsible for after he leaves office (in disgrace.) Nobody wants to go to jail for him anymore.

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    cindy s says:

    Thank you Senators! You will be remembered for courageously stepping up against this blatant disregard of our God given freedoms. Help enlighten those who are blinded by mainstream media. God bless you and strengthen you during this battle:
    U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.)
    Senators Ted Cruz (R—Texas)
    Senator Ron Johnson (R—Wis.)
    Senator John Kennedy (R—La.)
    Senator Mike Braun, (R—Ind.)
    Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
    Senator James Lankford (R—Okla.
    Senators-elect Bill Hagerty (R—Tenn.)
    Cynthia Lummis (R—Wyo.
    Tommy Tuberville (R—Ala.)
    Roger Marshall (R—Kan.)

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      Cryan says:

      Stuart has already admitted this is for show to keep patriots like you in line with the establishment Republicans. According to him, this is the final act to make you feel better about “narcissistic jerk, loser Trump” before you must “get in line or get out of the Republican Party.”

      Heritage and the Chamber are the same thing: Deep State

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        MARLE says:

        Cryan….are you a Q believer?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          It was a little opaque for awhile as to just what Cryan was or just what he believed in because it just seemed he enjoyed shooting spitballs at everyone and calling people any name that came into his head at the moment. As it turns out he is a Trumpidian!

          This forum has a rich assortment of political specimen with a wide range of beliefs and world views but I don’t think we have another real honest to goodness outspoken true believing Trumpidian. We have Republicans who defend Trump in one way or another because he our guy, but not one who is simply is in a state of rapture over Trump. (Good Lord that is a state of admiration I bet Melania never ever approaches.) What’s left, an anarchist, monarchist, Carlist. . . .

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            MARLE says:

            The Q faction are a subset of Trump faithful. And Trump claims to not know what they believe in but it delighted that the “like me”.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Thank you, cindy s, for publicly supporting those elected representatives who want to violate their oaths of office and undermine our democracy. Invoking God is, as always, the crowning touch of the hypocritical right-winger.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    How can they change this election? They cannot. There will be more rioting and looting by NRA, KKK and Proud Boys if Republicans keep trying to make waves

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      And who can blame you for being frightened Beatrice. We’re still cleaning up and trying to recover from the rioting that the “. . .NRA, KKK and Proud Boys. . . .” engaged in this summer in dozens of U.S. cities and now you rightly are afraid they will come out and riot again.

      Thank you Beartice for your warning. And thank you for once again showing the mindset and grasp of reality that is so important if you want to be a true believing leftist.

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        MARLE says:

        They had nothing to riot about in the summer, Stuart. Their boy was president and he had their backs.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          So I take it you join Batty Beatrice in anticipating the “. . .NRA, KKK and Proud Boys. . . will engage in “. . .rioting and looting. . . if Republicans keep trying to make waves.” REALLY?!?!

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            MARLE says:

            No Stuart…they most definitely will NOT riot or anything else if Rep make waves. I thought we were talking about the moral terpitude of BLM types vs Klan types when you get in their way. Rep making waves for the benefit of Trump is hardly a provocation. Did you just get up from a nap?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            No, I was simply addressing Beatrice’s preposterous prediction that if the Republicans “keep trying to make waves” the NRA, KKK and Proud Boys will riot once the Republicans fail to change the election outcomes after which you chimed in stating that they had “nothing to riot about in the summer” which leads one to believe that you agree with Beatrice that they have something to riot about now and will. No discussion of moral turpitude, simply a prediction about future behavior which I consider unlikely in the extreme given there was no instance of such behavior in the past. See?

            The trouble lies in the fact that you are obviously in a hurry and your responses are too short. You should follow my example and have nothing much better to do than chat on Erik’s blog response apparatus with the thought that language is there to use, no sense in sparing a word in order to convey the nuances of your highly nuanced and well thought out position on the grave matters discussed therein.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Nonsense, treason or sedition is a pretty good description of what trump is trying to do. If trump keeps pushing, there will be violence purposely provoked by his goonies, the proud kids, the white supremist’ and some of his other sad looser nut cases. Anyone still supporting trump can not be called a patriot in any way. Admit the mistake and lets’ go forward!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stuart, your comment above “which leads one to believe that you agree with Beatrice” is just like the argument we had the other day in which you told me “I was putting words into your mouth.” I guess when you do it, it’s OK?

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Taxpayer #314
      Most of us recognize the “do as I say, not as I do” mindset of arrogant “conservatives” like Stuart.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      On the one hand Taxpayer, you have this habit of saying affirmative things about the thoughts or beliefs of people you don’t know which is simply your way of setting up a straw man which you can easily knock down and, more importantly, are absolutely wrong. For example, “Stuart has always wanted to be in charge of something” is a statement you made about me, someone you simply don’t know from Adam, and is therefore not surprisingly absolutely wrong. I am mystified as to what satisfaction you get making things up about people you’ve never met.

      On the other hand, “which leads me to believe,” is a statement about my beliefs which I know very well since I’ve enjoyed being me every minute of every day for my entire life. Wouldn’t it be much better if you Taxpayer said something like “Stuart wrote that . . .which leads me to believe that Stuart would like/wants/feels/thinks. . . .”? See the difference?

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        Stuart, you make up stuff about people you have never met all the time in this forum. You have called me a leftist several times, just because I disagree with (1) almost everything you say and (2) your condescending arrogance in how you say it. You don’t know me, so I will once again correct you: my positions are much more centrist (which you also denigrate) than leftist, and closer to true libertarian, not the fake “conservative libertarian” mantle that right-wingers like youself hide under. If you could cut back on the Mr. Pot calling Mr. Kettle black routine, the rare good points you make might be more palatable.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          When someone takes positions on this forum that are positions taken by those on the left or right it is perfectly logical to call them “leftist” or “rightist.” Of course, this is an imperfect game. It’s a tempest in a teapot, however, because all you have to do is say, for example, I am for higher taxes, increased government regulations, controls from Washington rather than Nashville, etc. etc. but I am really a conservative, indeed a libertarian conservative and the reader can simply judge.

          It is another thing altogether if I say, for example. “Jonathan always wanted to be in charge of something” just because of the political positions you take on this forum without knowing you. That’s simply absurd.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The fact that I don’t know you does not make me wrong, it makes me happy! I am so glad to learn you are “enjoying being you every minute.” That is admirable for a libertarian conservative.

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    Jane says:

    You too might want to take a note from your buddy Mitch

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