Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Big Lie.

So what does the “Big Lie” has to do with trans issues?

Well the very same people who are pushing the “Big Lie” are the very same politicians who are pushing anti-trans legislation.

First up… None of the Republicans who are pushing the lie believe in the lie, they are more concerned about winning their next election. They know that elections are won by a narrow margins and that makes strange bedfellows.
GOP Rep. Admits ‘Nobody Actually Believes’ Election Was Stolen From Donald Trump
Trump-critical Adam Kinzinger revealed what “a lot” of his Republican colleagues are saying in private.
Huff Post
By Lee Moran
July 29, 2021

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Wednesday that the vast majority of his Republican colleagues don’t believe in ex-President Donald Trump’s election lies, even though they may continue to peddle them in public.

“Save one or two maybe out here, nobody, and I think it’s very important to repeat, nobody actually believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump but a lot of them are happy to go out and say it was,” Kinzinger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Blitzer asked Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the 9-member House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, if any of his fellow GOP lawmakers had “actually privately said to you, ‘Good work, I support you.’”

“Yes, oh yeah, yeah,” responded Kinzinger, who has become one of his party’s fiercest critics of its one-term, twice impeached former president.
Look, these politicians are not dumb, they are college graduates, this whole big lie thing they know is fake but they don’t want to offend Trumps base because they believe that Trump can get them enough vote to get them across the finish line. They know it is a lie but politics is all about getting elected and they are will to endorse the lie even if it is tearing the country apart.

Was the violent insurrection know before hand?
GOP lawmaker Mo Brooks admits he wore body armor at Jan. 6 Trump rally, and says he was tipped off to 'risks'
Business Insider
By Vanessa Gu
July 29, 2021

Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks said he wore body armor to former US President Donald Trump's rally at the Ellipse on January 6, claiming he was tipped off about "risks" in the days leading up to the event, reported Slate.

"I was warned on Monday [Jan. 4] that there might be risks associated with the next few days," Brooks told Slate politics writer, Jim Newell.

"And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor," the Alabama Congressman added.

"That's why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker," he continued. "To cover up the body armor."
Republican lawmakers knew there was going to be violence but then denied the violence happened even to this day.
Back in May The Hill reported that,
GOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit'
By Cristina Marcos and Rebecca Kheel
May 12, 2021

Republican after Republican on Wednesday repeatedly sought to downplay the violence of the Jan. 6 insurrection, with one Georgia lawmaker likening the mobs overwhelming Capitol Police and vandalizing Capitol offices to a “normal tourist visit.”

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) made the tourist comment, saying that calling what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 an insurrection “is a boldfaced lie.”

“Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures,” the first-term lawmaker said. “You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from Jan. 6, you’d think it was a normal tourist visit.”

Four hundred people have been charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack, which interrupted the counting of the Electoral College and forced the evacuation of the House and Senate.
Then on Tuesday he again defended his tourist statement at another hearing according to The Hill.
GOP Rep. Clyde defends 'normal tourist visit' comparison for Jan. 6
By Mychael Schnell
July 28, 2021

GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde (Ga.) defended his description of rioters walking through the Capitol on Jan. 6 appearing to look like a “normal tourist visit” during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

The heated exchange occurred hours after four police officers appeared before the select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, offering harrowing testimony that recounted scenes of chaos, violence and destruction from the insurrection.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the select panel, confronted Clyde during a Rules Committee meeting about his previous comments regarding the insurrection, in which he said people “would actually think it was a normal tourist visit” if they had not known the footage was from Jan. 6.

“Do you stand by your statement that they were tourists?” Raskin asked Clyde.
The GOP lawmaker, however, refused to answer the question, claiming that Raskin had read an “interpretation” of his statement.

Raskin then recited Clyde’s statement in full: “Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”

“Those are your words,” Raskin continued.

“And I stand by that exact statement, as I said it,” Clyde responded.
You have to realize that there are photos showing the congressman holding the doors to the House Chamber shut against the insurrectionists…
‘Do Georgians always barricade doors
against normal, everyday tourists?’ one critic asked


Next question how did the conservative media report on the hearings?
How right-wing networks covered the January 6 hearing after months of soft-pedaling the Capitol attack
CNN Business
By Brian Stelter,
July 27, 2021

While viewers of other TV channels heard House Democrats denouncing the "whitewashing" of the January 6 attack, One America News viewers witnessed the whitewashing first-hand.

On OAN, Tuesday's select committee hearing about the insurrection barely happened at all. The channel's poorly-produced programs avoided the substance of the hearing; slipped in several factual mistakes; and promoted the GOP's counter-programming instead.

In other words, Donald Trump would have loved OAN's coverage.

It stood in stark contrast to Fox News and Newsmax, two other right-wing channels that actually showed the hearing while police officers described fearing for their lives when a pro-Trump mob overwhelmed law enforcement at the Capitol on January 6.

Fox and Newsmax did however air complaints about the hearing before and afterward. Newsmax featured an interview with a father and son who entered the Capitol during the riot and described a peaceful scene, including police officers being "really cordial."

NPR had this wrap-up of the hearings.
4 Takeaways From The Emotional 1st Select Committee Hearing On The Capitol Attack
By Deirdre Walsh,
July 28, 2021

Here are four takeaways from the hearing:

1. Officers point the finger at Trump for inciting supporters
U.S. Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn said what happened on Jan. 6 was political and that those participating had a mission: "They literally were there to 'stop the steal,' " he said, using a phrase former President Donald Trump and his supporters invoked to falsely claim that the 2020 election results were illegitimate.

2. Murphy reveals rioters were 40 paces from two lawmakers
Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy, one of the seven Democrats on the nine-person committee, revealed for the first time Tuesday how close the throng of rioters came to her and New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice.

She described how the two lawmakers were holed up in a room in the basement of the Capitol, a location they thought would be the most secure in an emergency. But she said that the two were just "40 paces" from where Officer Hodges and others clashed with rioters attempting to breach the West Front entrance.

3. McCarthy's move to boycott the panel leaves Trump without a defense
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the call to pull all five members he named to the select committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vetoed two of them — Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana.

Pelosi's move was unprecedented because no leader had blocked another party from installing their members for a select committee, but she argued that the statements and actions from Jordan and Banks made it untenable for her to accept them. The resolution creating the panel gave the speaker the power to block GOP picks.

4. The committee could subpoena the former president and other Republicans
Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., didn't rule out subpoenas for Trump and other senior White House officials, telling reporters after the hearing, "We will follow the facts." He indicated that the committee could schedule a hearing next month, even though the House is scheduled to take its regular August recess.
So why is this important to us, the trans community?

These very same politicians try to block pro trans legislation, they are trying to block healthcare for us, they they are trying to block us from using the restroom of our gender identity, they are trying to block us from participating in sports, they don’t want to pass the Equality Act that will ban discrimination against us, in other words they want us back in the closet.

The Republicans are good at one thing… lying.

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