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Tue Nov 9, 2021, 12:22 PM Nov 2021

This Story Makes Me Feel Completely Hopeless About the Future of This Country(by Charles Pierce) [View all]

The folks at Reuters have poured quite a lot of time and effort into the task of making me feel completely hopeless about the future of the country, and I hope they’re happy about it, damn them.

In Arizona, a stay-at-home dad and part-time Lyft driver told the state’s chief election officer she would hang for treason. In Utah, a youth treatment center staffer warned Colorado’s election chief that he knew where she lived and watched her as she slept. In Vermont, a man who says he works in construction told workers at the state election office and at Dominion Voting Systems that they were about to die. “This might be a good time to put a f‑‑‑‑‑‑ pistol in your f‑‑‑‑‑‑ mouth and pull the trigger,” the man shouted at Vermont officials in a thick New England accent last December. “Your days are f‑‑‑‑‑‑ numbered.”

The three had much in common. All described themselves as patriots fighting a conspiracy that robbed Donald Trump of the 2020 election. They are regular consumers of far-right websites that embrace Trump’s stolen-election falsehoods. And none have been charged with a crime by the law enforcement agencies alerted to their threats.

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Mass psychosis, violent rhetoric, endless propaganda, and a breakdown of social norms. Wingus Dingus Nov 2021 #1
No, we are not fucked, what we need is the authorities to do their work, for voters to get repubs Escurumbele Nov 2021 #3
Exactly. Elessar Zappa Nov 2021 #5
That is exactly what is needed RFN. Evolve Dammit Nov 2021 #13
Is there any chance that local authorities can be pressured to go after these people? LymphocyteLover Nov 2021 #19
Happened before with pre WWII Germany being a prime example and then as now cstanleytech Nov 2021 #17
yes we are geretogo Nov 2021 #20
Crazy On Parade colsohlibgal Nov 2021 #2
Don't worry things are still getting more unbelievable everyday! BlueJac Nov 2021 #4
Law Enforcement is not doing their job with these crazies. mn9driver Nov 2021 #6
I don't have any numbers but... skypilot Nov 2021 #8
Ditto here. There are no good answers. None KPN Nov 2021 #14
Have they been booked for Hannity yet? n/t hibbing Nov 2021 #7
Yes, there are lots of them, and then there are lots of us... Stuart G Nov 2021 #9
Yup n/t multireeds Nov 2021 #11
Without a doubt, there's a double standard of justice in this country dlk Nov 2021 #10
TFG and the poisonous RW media are guilty of stochastic terrorism Martin Eden Nov 2021 #12
Not to mention the mainstream media at large. KPN Nov 2021 #15
TFG got $billions of free advertising by the MSM in 2016 Martin Eden Nov 2021 #18
I hear you. It's seriously dangerous out there. Joinfortmill Nov 2021 #16
Well let's all focus on legislation to end propaganda. Dustlawyer Nov 2021 #21
Yep. Congress needs to hear us ROAR. calimary Nov 2021 #23
they describe themselves as patriots Skittles Nov 2021 #22
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