Charles Pierce has been reading through the tranche of traitorous texts most fortunately obtained by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo (yes, that’s Marshall, not martial) from the January 6th Committee, revealing some 450 missives from various shitbirds in the U.S. Congress and their stupid suggestions about how he, Mark Meadows, then serving as the Consigliere of Chief thug of the U.S., Don Cornholeone, might by extra-Constitutional means extend his boss’s reign of terror in the Whitehouse.
And the best thing about Piece’s reading something is you just know he is going to write about it, which Charles does about as well as anyone.
The best analogy Charles could come up with to describe the unlearned, unruly and sometimes hysterical nature of the texts was to compare it to a boisterous gathering of children presided over by a giant rat.
Accurate and astute as always, Mr. Pierce…
Charles begins by quoting from The TPM article (my first link) a short summary of what Josh had obtained, and his protege Hunter Walker had written about, in the piece:
“TPM is kicking off this series with an exclusive story showing that the log includes more than 450 messages with 34 Republican members of Congress. Those texts show varying degrees of involvement by members of Congress, from largely benign expressions of support for Trump to the leading roles played by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Jody Hice (R-GA), Mo Brooks (R-AL), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the plot to reverse Trump’s defeat. We reached out to all these legislators, and will be detailing their roles and responses to our questions in the first installment of the series, which is coming later today.
The text messages, obtained from multiple sources, offer new insights into how the assault on the election was rooted in deranged internet paranoia and undemocratic ideology. They show Meadows and other high-level Trump allies reveling in wild conspiracy theories, violent rhetoric, and crackpot legal strategies for refusing to certify Joe Biden’s victory. They expose the previously unknown roles of some members of Congress, local politicians, activists and others in the plot to overturn the election. Now, for the first time, many of those figures will be named and their roles will be described — in their own words.“
He then wastes no time, as is his manner of cutting to the heart of the matter in his first paragraphs.
“These were the leaders of the oldest surviving democratic republic on Earth, and they apparently turned its government into a Chuck E Cheese of sedition. For example, let me introduce you to one Brian Babin, an actual member of the actual Congress, who, according to very reliable sources, is 74 years old.
“Mark, When we lose Trump we lose our Republic. Fight like hell and find a way. We’re with you down here in Texas and refuse to live under a corrupt Marxist dictatorship. Liberty! Babin.”
Ah, yes, mild Joe Biden imagines as a “Marxist” despot.
One wonders which looney bin in Texas Babin is straightjacketed in.
Pierce dispatches then Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania who apparently wants to fight all “the MF’ers” in his state, starting with its female Secretary of State, Rep. Greg Murphy (R)- N.C. who had been reading about rouge State Legislatures on right-wing nutball sites, and screwy Louie Gohmert who, before he vacates his honorary Chairmanship of the craziest Congressman pizza-party wants a ride on Trump’s big… er… something or other.
Pierce outdoes himself highlighting perhaps the biggest numbnut of all who who will be left the bunch after Gohmert’s departure, the self-gassed dentist, Paul Gosar of Arizona:
“One of the main contenders for the empty throne certainly will be Rep. Paul Gosar, the representative from Arizona who will not be joining any of the family for the holidays. Gosar shared a theory about how Dominion Voting Machines were tied into China. And like any good investigator, according to Walker, Gosar went to primary sources.
The claim made by Gosar reportedly originated with far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ website, InfoWars. Gosar also included a link to an executive order signed by Trump in 2018 that called for the director of national intelligence to “conduct an assessment of any information indicating that a foreign government” attempted to interfere with the election within 45 days of ballots being cast. Gosar also sent Meadows a link to a fringe blog called “Some Bitch Told Me” and a since-deleted set of files that he said showed “Massive fraud coming out of AZ.” In total, the log shows Gosar sent Meadows 13 messages, nearly half of which came between Dec. 16-17, 2020. Based on the log, Meadows did not respond to any of them. Despite Gosar seemingly gleaning his assertions from InfoWars and “Some Bitch Told Me,” Anthony Foti, a spokesperson for the congressman insisted, “at no time did he share a conspiracy theory.”
Or, as Meadows might say “OK”.
What a raft of treasonous arseholes.
I have already shared quite liberally from Charlie’s piece but the whole thing is worth a read… Esquire is usually generous about allowing you to read an article or three before kicking you down the road.
And, if you see him at a pub, buy Charles a pint for me.
I promise to Venmo you $5.00.