Sorry, but the name of this organization stinks. Don't people on the left ever do market research on anything? This will be as popular as defund the police. https://t.co/tkWPVKhymB— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) July 5, 2022
The Alert Reader will notice how this common critique of the Left jumps from the specific ("the name of this organization"), to the general ("Don't people on the left") to the OMG Defund the Police!! stage in just three sentences. All it lacks to make is the perfect, bullshit attack on Democratic "messaging" is the "Joe Biden must do a Sister Soulja speech denouncing..." denouement.
Democrats have never understood that everyone absolutely loves socialism until you call it socialism.— Glenn ReDavid 陳格伦 (@brigantine72) July 5, 2022
It's true that, unlike the Right who all goose-step in more or less the same direction, groups on the Left are a large and fractious coalition. We don't have Group Naming Steering Committee so we can't exercise the kind of tight messaging control the Right has used to brand such family friendly groups as, say, the Proud Boys, the American Freedom Party, the Imperial Klans of America, the League of the South, the Patriot Front, Fox News, the United Constitutional Patriots, the Liberty Counsel, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Family Research Council, the Westboro Baptist Church, the Three Percenters, the Stormfront, the Council of Conservative Citizens, the White Lives Matter, the Oath Keepers, the National Liberty Alliance, the America First Policy Institute, the Tucson Trump MAGA, MAGA Meetup Oro Valley, Trump Nation Tucson, WE ARE CHANGE LAS VEGAS, the St. Louis Trump Make America Great Again Meetup Group, the St. Louis Townhall Meetup Group, MAGA Meetups NEFL, MAGA Meetup Catalina, RVA Pro-Trump Caravan Meetup, DFW Conservative Business Owners, the Trenton Donald Trump Meetup Group, the hundreds of Tea Party groups in all 50 states that are still actively spreading election rigging lies, COVID lies and pretty much anything that Tucker Carlson poops into their skulls, and so forth.
The January 6 testimony to date has focused on Trump and the ways he has encouraged and instrumentalized militia members. But support for vigilante violence has spread to other parts of the Republican Party.
In 2017, the Portland branch of the Republican Party voted to allow militia groups, including members of the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, to act as security at their public events; a Colorado county GOP has also hired militia groups for security. In Michigan’s Grand Traverse County, local officials at a zoom-based public meeting were asked to denounce the Proud Boys after the insurrection – instead, the county commission’s vice chair stepped off-screen and returned with his rifle.
In Texas, Allen West, then-Chair of the Republican Party, offered an oath to “swear in” militia members at a Stop the Steal rally in November 2020, posed with armed militia members just days after the January 6 riot, and appeared alongside other Republican state politicians at a rally with the leader of the Oath Keepers militia in March after the latter was under investigation for his involvement in the January 6 attack.
This winter, a militia-backed recall election ousted the Shasta County, California Board of Supervisors; the new leaders owe their positions to militia support. In Arizona, Mark Finchem, a sitting member of the House, trumpets his membership in the Oath Keeper militia. The chairman of Wyoming’s GOP – engaged in a fierce battle against Liz Cheney, the January 6 Select Committee Vice Chair – is a member of the Oath Keepers...
Walsh: And what are the Democrats talking about? Green energy Green energy. Solar. Renewable energy. Wind. Right now? Right now? When the average American is seeing a fifth of their paycheck going to fill up the tank every week?