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Never leave anything to chance with Trump and his violent, racist following

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At the start of the week, Michael Flynn, who once served as National Security Adviser at the advent of President Trump’s term in office, called for a Myanmar-like coup in the United States in order to reinstall Trump into power.

“I want to know why what happened in Minamar [sic] can’t happen here?” a member of the audience, who identified himself as a Marine, asked Flynn. “No reason, I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That’s right,” Flynn responded.

Speaking at the same event earlier in the weekend, Flynn also claimed: “Trump won. …


And as Republicans sink even lower, we have to take him seriously

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In the coming years, Representative Matt Gaetz is likely to be the inspiration for another Lifetime docuseries themed around sexual predators (or at least have a Law & Order: SVU episode based on his current scandal). But that apparently has not deterred his political ambitions at all. Not only has the Florida congressman not resigned from his job while in the midst of allegations of sex trafficking a minor, Gaetz believes he can make it all the way to the White House. When I say mighty, you say white.

I hate that I even have to mildly take this sad…


The Detroit rap legend is the patron saint of White entitlement and violence

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I can’t talk about Eminem without bringing up his obsessed audience.

To use his word, they are Stans. No matter their background, Eminem fans elevate him as a rap god, resurrected on Earth to drop intricate rhyme patterns about rape and farts. Whether or not you believe his status is earned, an Eminem album mints platinum sales; colossal success is his brand.

Eminem dabbles in babble. His prattles skedaddle into cadaver palaver — even citing his work inspires devious wordplay. More precisely, Eminem’s catalog is full of omens of the downfall and inherent resistance forged by Whiteness in the 21st…


Eluding the jaws of truth twice was a miracle, but a litany of pending lawsuits means three times is all but impossible

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For a few moments there on Saturday morning, it appeared as if the House impeachment managers were actually going to turn Trump’s second go-round into something resembling an actual trial.

Specifically, they wanted to bring Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in to testify about a heated call between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Trump during the middle of the insurrection. Calling witnesses would have established Trump’s remarks during the call (“Well, I guess Capitol rioters are more upset about the election than you are,” he’s alleged to have said to McCarthy) as a matter of the case, and would…


Republicans will never come out against the congresswoman — because she’s the sad future of their party

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Marjorie Taylor Greene is a dangerous fool in need of adult supervision, but there’s nothing surprising about her rise in American politics. A significant portion of the electorate is no less hollow and hateful in their thinking; they’re the people who helped propel a racist celebrity con man and conspiracy theorist to the presidency. The folks who have an entire media ecosystem catering to their ignorance, no matter how much it drifts towards lunacy. The group that still largely supports Donald Trump.

Select conservatives may not want to be lumped in with a group of foolish conspiratorial bigots when it’s…


The complicated feelings following the end of the most traumatic presidency of my lifetime

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I guess I’m supposed to be happy today. I’m supposed to feel that because the deadliest, most corrupt, most villainous president of my lifetime is gone, that I’m waking up to a new, more joyous day. And, personal politics about Biden aside, he is going to be objectively better, less deadly, and less corrupt than the avowed racist who left the White House yesterday. Today is going to be a better day for all of us than yesterday was, let alone the day Donald Trump was inaugurated. I should feel some sort of joy about this.

But I don’t. I…


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

‘Leader of the Proud Boys’ is one hell of a resume builder

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6. CEO of Young Money

Who knows what the hell kind of deal Lil Wayne made with Trump. But now that the rapper has officially been pardoned by his soon-to-be unemployed homie, don’t be surprised if that gesture is repaid in the form of enlistment as head of Weezy’s record label. Seeing Trump dramatically swivel around in a boss’ chair rubbing those tiny little hands together is a special kind of chaos that feels appropriate for 2021. Just wait for the face tats.

5. Commissioner of the Big3

Tunechi isn’t the only rapper the Donald broke bread with while in office. …


This Week in Racism

It’s an embarrassment of riches in our weekly roundup of the world’s most preventable disease!

Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life. But no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we created a weekly racism surveillance machine. …


My mother warned me that posting is always a bad idea

“Coming of age in the golden age of MySpace and Facebook meant that my mother and every single Baby Boomer adult around me urgently insisted that posting anything personal online was a Bad Idea™. Holding a drink at a party? Bad idea. Posing in a bikini on the beach? Bad idea. A status where I wrote “fuck”? BAD IDEA. The reasoning was simple: The internet is forever, which would allow employers to one day find my digital footprint and deem me an unprofessional, unhireable mess.

You can then imagine my surprise when pro-Trump insurrectionists did some pretty bad crimes at…


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

‘Lying’ to ‘inciting insurrection against the U.S. government’ is a hell of a spread

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3. Bill Clinton

Once upon a time, in a 1998 New Yorker essay, Toni Morrison famously dubbed Clinton the first Black president — a statement that has long been misinterpreted as affectionate. In actuality, she was referring to the way the saxophone-playing prez was scrutinized and disgraced for his sexuality. A Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted to impeach Slick Willie for obstruction of justice and lying under oath, due to his denial that he had an adulterous sexual relationship with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky. …

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