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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:21 PM

The Coup Began Yrs Ago, The North Carolina GOP Playbook: GOP Crosses Lines For Power

- 'The Coup Began Years Ago.' Republican lawmakers have shown their supporters that there is no line they cannot cross. By Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, Jan. 11, 2021. - Ed:

- In the wake of the 2016 election, the North Carolina GOP faced a problem: Republican Gov. Pat McCrory lost reelection, even as Trump handily carried the state. McCrory’s loss to Democrat Roy Cooper threatened the party’s aggressive efforts to entrench permanent control over the state. So Republicans launched a campaign to overturn the election by raising false claims of mass voter fraud, then asked the GOP-dominated legislature to install McCrory for a second term. After Cooper’s margin of victory proved too big to erase, the GOP stripped the incoming governor of his constitutional authority, restructuring their state government by transferring executive powers to the legislature.

Over the next few years, Democrats won the governorships of Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin, four more states with Republican-controlled legislatures.

Each time, GOP legislators ran the NC playbook, seizing power from the executive branch to prevent the new governor from actually governing.

- When Trump, aided by 157 congressional Republicans, sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election, they were not breaking any new ground for the GOP. They were simply building upon the foundational principles of the modern Republican Party: Only Republican votes should count, only Republicans can legitimately win elections, and only Republicans can govern. When 100s of Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol, they, too, were building upon this principle: They believed that Trump, as a Republican, has the only valid claim to the presidency; his rule must be restored—by force, if necessary—to prevent Democrats from destroying the U.S. “You will never take back our country with weakness,” Trump said during the speech that fomented the insurrection. His crowd—which would soon injure dozens of police officers and kill at least one—evidently agreed.

- Trump Mob Rioters at the U.S. Capitol to 'Stop the Steal,' Jan. 6, 2021.

- Republicans have spent years casually crossing every line without suffering consequences. They have told their followers that it is not only legally acceptable but existentially vital that the GOP use any tool at its disposal to stay in power. And they have flouted the established rules of the game so defiantly that their followers understand they are playing an entirely different game now. Cheating is justified because Democrats are cheating, through widespread voter fraud or worse.
Trump understands that his followers need a hero narrative to rally around. That is why, on Wednesday, he repeatedly framed himself as the defender of democracy rather than its foe. “We’re gathered together in the heart of our nation’s capital for one very, very basic and simple reason: to save our democracy,” he declared. A few minutes later: “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.” And again:

“Today, for the sake of our democracy, for the sake of our constitution, and for the sake of our children, we lay out the case for the entire world to hear.”

- The GOP politicians who asked courts to invalidate millions of votes deployed this language in their failed filings. They echoed it in Congress just minutes before the rioters broke in. “We are gathered at a time when democracy is in crisis,” Sen. Ted Cruz intoned when objecting to the Electoral College certification. The mob making its way into the building at that moment was chanting “U.S.A.!”.
Many of them seem to have genuinely thought that they were saving the nation by sacking the seat of American democracy to halt one of its oldest rituals. This belief flows from the position that a democracy led by Democrats is no democracy at all.

In state houses and Congress, Republicans act upon this conviction by manipulating the machinery of government to lock Democrats out of power...

More, https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/capitol-riot-republicans-statehouses-precedent.html

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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:25 PM

1. the ironic part is that they have no wish to, or ability to, actually govern.

This is the DU member formerly known as NRaleighLiberal.

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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:29 PM

2. 'Assault on our democracy' language, all of it's vile fraud.

And the way they roll. 'Democracy in crisis!,' frighten people to get what you want.

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