Two more examples popped up this morning about how crazy Trump supporters are.
1) Another effort to overturn Donald Trump’s election loss failed in a Michigan court early Monday morning, with U.S. District Judge Linda Parker not only rejecting the attempt—“The People have spoken,” she wrote—but seeing through to the lawsuit’s real goal. The suit by six Michigan Republicans, represented by Sidney “Kraken” Powell, was “more about the impact of their allegations on people’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government” than it was about actually winning.
The Republicans were asking for, get this, a court order requiring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to formally certify that Trump won the state despite having lost the state and for all voting equipment to be impounded. Parker wasn’t having it: “The closest plaintiffs get to alleging that election machines and software changed votes for President Trump to Vice President Biden in Wayne County is an amalgamation of theories, conjecture, and speculation that such alterations were possible.”
And based on all those theories, conjecture, and speculation, Powell and her Republican plaintiffs were asking for a judgment that would be “stunning in its scope and breathtaking in its reach."
"If granted, the relief would disenfranchise the votes of the more than 5.5 million Michigan citizens who, with dignity, hope, and a promise of a voice, participated in the 2020 general Election,” Parker wrote.
In other words: No. Definitely not.
On Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a Republican appeal of an earlier loss in the effort to block Wayne County’s votes from being certified. (The Trump campaign and allied Republicans took losses in six states on Friday.) But of course, as Judge Parker noted, at this point the plan is less to win in court than to spread distrust and, in too many susceptible people’s eyes, delegitimize Joe Biden’s entirely legitimate presidency.
2) With the religious right’s otherworldly loyalty to Trump and outright endorsement of his coup attempt, it was only a matter of time before a Trumpvangelical crossed the line into calling for outright violence. Well, last week Rick Wiles of TruNews did exactly that. On the day before Thanksgiving, he called for Trump to have Democrats and journalists lined up and shot.
The Christian pastor made the remarks during an episode of his TruNews program last Wednesday as he discussed Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Wiles also pointed out that the Justice Department has created a new rule allowing for firing squads to be used in federal executions.
"I'm not trying to be funny but [it's been fast-tracked] because they plan to shoot some people," Wiles said. "They're gonna have a bunch of traitors. They're gonna line 'em up against the wall and start shooting them. Because that's what they deserve."
TruNews got low marks from mediabias/factcheck:
- Overall, we rate TruNews an extreme right website that promotes hate, tinfoil hat conspiracies, and pseudoscience.
The TruNews radio program is hosted by Rick Wiles a far-right Christian Fundamentalist. The associated website is trunews.com. Rick Wiles is a non-denominational senior pastor at Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida, and a conspiracy theorist radio host and pundit. Rick Wiles claims to be the father of “citizen reporting.” According to their about page “TruNews into an internationally recognized source of credible news and information in a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore.”
The website frequently promotes antisemitic and racist conspiracy theories and has been granted press credentials by the Trump administration. Finally in 2020, Wiles urged President Trump to use “billions of hollow-point bullets” against Black Lives Matter protestors in Portland, Oregon to put down the “insurrection”. He claimed the bullets were hoarded by President Obama “to round up Christians and constitutionalists under a President Hillary Clinton.”
In February 2020, TruNews was permanently banned from YouTube
Before becoming a radio host, Wiles worked as an advertising and marketing sales manager for CNN and ESPN in the early 1980s, and in 1984 joined the Christian Broadcasting Network as their first National Cable Marketing Manager. In 1995, he was hired as the Marketing Director for Trinity Broadcasting Network. He resigned from the network in September 1998.[