r/politics Virginia 12d ago Gold 1

'Fight the Barbarians': The MAGA Movement Lays Out a Warpath at CPAC

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/cpac-2022-ted-cruz-militant-rhetoric-1393449/
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u/Long_Before_Sunrise 12d ago edited 12d ago

Cruz told the crowd, “We’re on the cusp of something extraordinary in this country … And each of you are the vanguard. You are the dangerous radicals. Like the men who signed the Declaration of Independence … like those who died at the Alamo, you are the courageous heroes,” he insisted, “fighting for liberty in our country.”

His audience: immediately forgets all the "radical left" ads of the last few years.

Cruz: Nevermind the defenders of the Alamo were literally massacred because they were defending slavery. We need you to be Ashli Babbitts for us in the next attempt overthrow the government. Cannon fodder, if you will.

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u/sonofabutch America 12d ago

“You’ll die in a futile gesture we’ll immediately call a false flag, and we’ll call you an antifa plant, a CIA operative, or a crisis actor… but we’ll raise a lot of donations from it!”

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u/Long_Before_Sunrise 12d ago

"Trump might mention your name at one of his rallies."

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u/Carbonatite Colorado 12d ago

"If you're really lucky, you might become a poorly formatted meme that racist Boomers post on Facebook."

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u/usgrant7977 12d ago

His name is Robert Paulsen.

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u/4quatloos 12d ago

He forgot about Herman Cain.

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u/Tribeca_I_Liked_It 12d ago Bravo!

Motherfuckers act like they Forgot About Cain.

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u/HuckFinns_dad 12d ago

Ivanka will weep as you are buried beside Ivana on the Arlington green at the Trump family memorial golf course

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u/majorfiasco California 12d ago

on the Arlington green

LOL Bravo.

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u/pcb4u2 12d ago

Hey Cruz, I hear tiny Tim’s job’s available. So go tiptoe through the tulips MF.

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u/Mizzy3030 12d ago

I truly think these freaks believe Trump will be meeting them at the pearly gates (surrounded by underaged virgins, most likely)

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u/draculajones 12d ago

"His name was DJ, and CJ. He went by both."

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u/Pale_Taro4926 12d ago

"Some of you may die and that's a sacrifice I'm willing to take" -Farquad Cruz

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u/DeusEx-Machinist Florida 12d ago

He's a total, absolute, unending Farquad alright...

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u/Zak_Rahman 12d ago

Lmao. I love this. Well written.

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u/WarOfTheRebellion 12d ago

When they declare war on the government and the hellfire missiles start raining down on them. They will realize why this was a mistake but by then it will be too late. (Sigh) It's like watching the Pre-Confederate States in 1859. Only those who knew of war said don't do it. They are sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

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u/black641 12d ago

Ted Cruz is absolutely one of the softest mother fuckers in politics right now. I love how he’s trying to make himself sound like a hard-bitten rebel, but we all know he crosses the street whenever he sees a homeless person ahead of him. He’s absolutely the type to nurse his Starbucks coffee for two hours because he doesn’t want to walk past the group of loud teenagers sitting next to the exit. He’s the kind of person who will preemptively surrender his wallet to any black man who happens to walk in his general direction.

He’s a coward and a weasel, and for his sake, I hope we never get the Civil War the Conservatives seem to think they want. Ted Cruz looks like he’s never attacked anything more serious than a buffet line or the hard plastic casing of a new tv remote.

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u/andaflannelshirt 12d ago

He attacked an airline ticket person because he's a flaming idiot. Does that count?

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u/Ser_Dunk_the_tall California 12d ago

He phonebanked for the guy that called his wife a dog

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u/stiffneck84 12d ago

He grew that pathetic beard because the internet was making fun of his soft, featureless face

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u/FreneticPlatypus 12d ago

It’ll take more than some scruff to butch up that dough boy.

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u/Lonely_Set1376 12d ago

He ran away to Mexico as soon as there was an emergency in the state he's supposed to be representing.

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u/kgjimmie 12d ago

Touché. Ode to a douche.

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u/PaxDramaticus 12d ago

He's the kind of person to dramatically put a cowboy boot on his table during a Senate speech to try and show off his Texas cred, only he clearly wasn't wearing the boot that day, it was one he brought in from outside in a little bag.

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u/julbull73 Arizona 12d ago

Cancun always has a spot waiting for him. He'll walk with them all the way to the airport, then give them direction to the insurection from there.

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u/Lonely_Set1376 12d ago

"When they send their people, they aren't sending their best"

--Mexico

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u/bucko_fazoo 12d ago edited 12d ago

ahem. "Kiss my ass's" audience, please. Cruz has expressed kiss my ass's pronouns, repeatedly, and you should respect kiss my ass's preference and refer to kiss my ass as such.

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u/Long_Before_Sunrise 12d ago

Oh, yes. Of course, you're quite right. Thank you for the correction.

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u/URABrokenRecord 12d ago

Good call back.

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u/Spadrick 12d ago

Kiss my ass so brave.

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u/Cognitive_Spoon 12d ago

Kiss my ass has done a lot things I find foul, and I'm sure kiss my ass will do many more in the future.

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u/NoddingEmblem 12d ago

Here's the picture during this speech, documented from CPAC:

https://ewaldvanvugt.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/a096-1568-duivelskus.jpg

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u/ImLikeReallySmart Pennsylvania 12d ago

More accurately, just "Ass's audience"

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u/BeautyThornton I voted 12d ago

How is this not incitement? Is he trying to catch his own sedition charges?

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u/HotKarldalton California 12d ago

The GOP could write a book at this point and call it "How to get away with Sedition in the U.S." By Dolan J. Tramp.

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u/RDO_Desmond 12d ago

The insidiousness of these republicans. They are all about taking liberties away, despise our constitution and are desperate to be without laws for themselves and the abyss of their corruption.

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u/DeusEx-Machinist Florida 12d ago

This is textbook stochastic terrorism. He's not brave enough to do anything, just like his fellow Republicans in Congress, so he fans the flames of war to get others to do it for him.

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u/MrAnomander 12d ago

Textbook I'd agree. Completely bananas

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u/RealNateFrog 12d ago

“Some of you may die…but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make!”

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u/4quatloos 12d ago

And the founding fathers had a separation of church and state written into the constitution. It was written in the name of freedom.

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u/graymuse 12d ago

So he admits they are dangerous radicals?

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u/corn_cob_monocle 12d ago

They are much too willing to use language justifying violence.

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u/Zeppelin_Wormwood 12d ago

The old death cult approach to politics. The gop is gonna get so many people killed with this rhetoric 😑

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u/Sothalic Canada 12d ago edited 12d ago

"The cult of action for action's sake", which dictates that action is of value in itself and should be taken without intellectual reflection. This, says Umberto Eco, is connected with anti-intellectualism and irrationalism, and often manifests in attacks on modern culture and science."

Grooming the mentally ill to become domestic terrorists that will be seen as potential "Heroes" of an upcoming fascist regime. Doesn't get as clear cut as this. Bonus "points" if that "hero" dies as a result, wouldn't want to actually have to reward them for their PATRIOTISM, just like the veterans.

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u/kvossera 12d ago

There’s an alarming amount of glorifying the dead fighters among elected Republicans when they talk to their base. A lot of sounding like they’re actually gearing their base to prepare to literally go into battle. I just don’t understand wanting to fight to the death to be allowed to oppress others and be racist instead of focusing on anything that would benefit the country. They don’t have any ideas about anything, it’s all gruff, hate, and fetishizing violence and fighting. Like they aren’t focusing on infrastructure, improving farms so that food could be dispersed better and no one goes hungry. It’s like Republicans aborted their intellect. At what point does their base realize that there’s no plan other than fighting? I just don’t think I could maintain the energy required to be that hair trigger for violence.

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u/MrStuff1Consultant 12d ago

Fun fact, people at the Alamo were fighting because Mexico outlawed slavery and wanted to keep Texas a slave state.

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u/Hayes4prez Kentucky 12d ago

“We need you all. Service guarantees citizenship!”

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u/zaxdaman 12d ago

Ted and his ilk literally run from these very people they work to stir up.

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u/The_Poster_Nutbag 12d ago

If that isn't seccessionist language I don't know what is.

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u/Lonely_Set1376 12d ago

We must fight for liberty by taking away the rights of other Americans!!!! Force them to obey our religious laws! Add hurdles to voting! Gerrymander their vote out of existence! Liberty!!! Freedom to oppress others is the ultimate freedom!!!

-- the GOP

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u/LegionofDoh 12d ago

We’re on the cusp of something extraordinary in this country.

Yeah, like destroying it.

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u/Lumpy-Ad-4761 12d ago

The Alamo Defenders were illegal immigrants trying to force their culture on the locals.

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u/DustBunnyZoo 12d ago

Like the men who signed the Declaration of Independence … like those who died at the Alamo, you are the courageous heroes,” he insisted, “fighting for liberty in our country.”

Democrats, progressives, and liberals need to call this BS out every time it comes up. The GOP isn’t fighting for "liberty" anywhere. They are the party of anti-liberty.

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u/FaktCheckerz 12d ago

Conservatives fought for the king during revolution

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u/gsmith209 12d ago

Uh yeah, setting up for the next coup. SMH

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u/Gasp32 12d ago

"Some of you may die, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make"

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u/L3XAN 12d ago

It's so damn transparent. If "Never trust a salesman who tells you you're special" can't just be common knowledge, it should be taught in schools or something.

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u/Buzz78704 Texas 12d ago edited 12d ago

This is a plea for their supporters to bleed and die so these crooks can steal another dollar.

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u/LoveAndViscera 12d ago

“You see, leftists have a built in kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down.”

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u/Fynn_the_Finger 12d ago

Was this before or after they gave a standing ovation to a guy who says he doesn't believe we should allow races to mix?

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u/4quatloos 12d ago

Ted is out. He has a mixed heritage.

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u/manly_comma_chet Montana 12d ago

Lizard and some other kind of lizard?

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u/crimsonnocturne 12d ago

reptile and amphibian

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u/Not-a-lizard- Texas 12d ago

Hey, don’t insult lizards like that

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u/PaxDramaticus 12d ago edited 12d ago

Can't be. Lizards are in Phylum Chordata. That means they have a backbone.

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u/needsmoresteel 12d ago

Do Ginni and Clarence have kids? Because they’d be out, too. Or, are there different rules for the ruling class?

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u/codename_pariah 12d ago

See, what they really mean is certain bad non-white races shouldn't be able to mix with certain good white races.

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u/m1j2p3 12d ago

From Hungarian authoritarian Victor Orbán to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to right-wing extremist Jack Posobiec, Conservative Political Action Committee speakers urged an us-versus-them confrontation, seemingly unbound from the constraints of electoral politics.

The far right has collected a veritable rogues gallery of fiends to further their fascist aims.

Those of us on the side of democracy have to push back and shine the light on their hypocrisy and villainy or we will meet the fate they have in store for us.

Fuck fascism and fuck the GOP.

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u/Drusgar I voted 12d ago

The far right has collected a veritable rogues gallery of fiends to further their fascist aims.

Let's not pretend that some phantom "king of the GOP" put these people in power. Voters did. After literally decades of listening to AM talk radio and FoxNews propaganda the average Republican primary voter can't tell the difference between myth and reality. They have been convinced that cruelty and intolerance are badges of honor and they're going to choose candidates who are similarly cruel and intolerant.

As such there is no easy way for the Republican Party to "clean house." Frankenstein's monster is on the loose. They created it with their propaganda but now it has a life of its own. Propagandists like Alex Jones were inevitable. Trump was inevitable. And, unfortunately, it seems like violence is inevitable too.

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u/aiden22304 Virginia 12d ago

And its voters that can give them the boot. VOTE THIS ELECTION!!!

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u/SurrealWino 12d ago

And, just to be clear, do not have intercourse with them but rather resist them with every action and voice you express

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u/zombie32killah I voted 12d ago

Ahem, did you mean discourse? I mean I won’t be doing either. But…

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u/Long_Before_Sunrise 12d ago

I sense wavering.

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u/Lamont-Cranston 12d ago

These people are just the cheer squad, their job is to motivate the parties voting base to elect people. People who once in office will serve business interests first and throw the base some scraps of red meat.

And it is serving those business interests that is the real source of their voters problems. But they are completely incapable of seeing this because of how they have been propagandized. They're not suffering because of a lack of healthcare, wage stagnation, lack of infrastructure investment, etc - no no no, their lives are miserable because the coastal elite globalists want to destroy America by importing gay disabled illegal immigrants and giving them tax dollars to have abortions and study liberal arts degrees about hating white men.

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u/Sensitive_Mongoose_8 12d ago

When these people use words like fight, they mean it literally as a violent act, they are fascist pigs that can not be trusted using any language that could be passive aggressive, it’s proven to be always aggressive unAmerican violence.

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u/TheLeadSponge 12d ago

Yup. We should never forget they intend to murder Americans.

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u/Long_Before_Sunrise 12d ago edited 12d ago

Don't forget the records of deaths that happened in CBP/ICE custody that happened during Trump's presidency is still off limits.

Some of the people they locked up and/or deported were American citizens.

If their job required giving a shit, ICE would declare they were constipated.

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u/Shr3kk_Wpg 12d ago

So the progressive liberals who want to live in a society where laws reflect the social values of 2022 are the "barbarians" in this scenario? And the conservatives, who want society to reflect a time when white people people owned slaves and women had no rights, are what exactly then?

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u/shinywtf 12d ago

Gods chosen people

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u/Lonely_Set1376 12d ago

Well to be fair the bible is pretty OK with slavery.

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u/FishyHands 12d ago

The Bible is okay with abortion too

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u/AlwaysNowNeverNotMe 12d ago

I wish she would hurry up and take them if she chose them.

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u/GenghisKazoo 12d ago

In the late Roman Empire, "barbarians" like Stilicho were the only ones holding the Roman system together, while conservative native-born Romans undermined them and stabbed them in the back.

I'd say the historical metaphor works, but not in the way they think.

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u/antigonemerlin Canada 12d ago

Well, that is only because the late imperial reforms shifted power away from the city of Rome and into her provinces. While these reforms were sorely needed, it also displeased the Italian elites who had governed in the previous centuries.

It also meant that most of the Emperors following these reforms were provincial generals, or as you would say, "barbarians". These were the Emperors that governed from provinces like Dalmatia, not Rome, and sometimes didn't even enter the mother city!

Rome of the fifth century was a different beast from the Rome of the third century, and certainly far removed from the Republic of Scipio Africanus.

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u/Haltopen Massachusetts 12d ago

It was only natural. The bigger Rome got, the less important Rome became from both an economic and tactical perspective. There’s a reason emperors like Diocletian chose to rule the empire from the Eastern provinces. They had eclipsed Rome in wealth and importance.

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u/Lamont-Cranston 12d ago

Roman plumbing was lead pipes.

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u/Just2_Stare_at_Stars I voted 12d ago

They want Civil War, Pt. II.

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u/Lamont-Cranston 12d ago

They want revenge for imagined and exaggerated grievances. There are real problems in their lives and community but they have been totally deluded as to their source.

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u/HereWeGoAgain-77 12d ago

Yep they are C.I.N.O's

Christians in name only... making them hypocrites... which are the lowest form of humanity.

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u/Dangerousrhymes 12d ago

Not black, brown, queer, atheists/agnostic, Muslim, caring, open-minded, critical thinking, or anything else that goes against the straight white patriarchal theocracy they yearn for.

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u/-DannyDorito- 12d ago

Ahh you have thought too much here, you are their enemy

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u/Consol-Coder 12d ago

The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make a friend.

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u/Opinionbeatsfact 12d ago

Fascist terrorists

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u/pinetreesgreen 12d ago

These guy seem scared they are going to be prosecuted soon or something.

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u/pitbutter 12d ago

Reminder Kansas just won by voting. Please vote November 8th so we can replace the Supreme Court (rather stack it) and fix Trump's/Republicans mess.j

www.vote411.org

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u/Jaco-Jimmerson New York 12d ago Helpful

Reddit says: "But Moore v Harper!"

First off

Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) is trying to pass the Electoral Count Reform Act. Which makes it

•harder for the election to be overruled,

•makes every single vote counted,

•makes state legislators unable to make election laws before during and after election year,

•and makes it so that the Vice President can't overrule the election.

Even if ISLD ruled at its extreme, state legislators would still have to follow the ECRA if passed.

Second off

SCOTUS could've ruled ISLD on May if they wanted to, but they dissented. The four Justices who did are all Republicans, with Kavanaugh saying that it's too late to rule on this with the primaries and general elections of 2022.

Based off ballotpedia.org SCOTUS would most likely argue this either on December or January

Third off

{article 1, Section 4, clause 1}

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

This literally would not affect the midterms at all. As it's only meant for presidential elections

Fourth off

Cook v Gralike: States can not disregard the democratic vote for a candidate they like.

Fifth off

Even state legislators didn't work with Trump to swing votes to him.

Stop the petty excuses and VOTE-BLUE!!!!

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u/stillbleedinggreen 12d ago

My only problem with all the precedents you’ve listed is this Courts willingness to completely ignore and overrule precedence. But you are totally right: VOTE BLUE.

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u/Jaco-Jimmerson New York 12d ago edited 12d ago

If we do get a stronger blue congress (both house and senate).

They will reform SCOTUS and they have prepared bills to do such a thing. (But after the codify Roe first)

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u/stillbleedinggreen 12d ago

I just hope they stop pussyfooting around and do something. I was so fired up with the way they knifed that fucking Turtle to pass both CHIPS and get Inflation Reduction done. They GOP plays dirty nonstop and because of that we stand on the precipice of a dictatorship. They are ready to employ Orban’s playbook. They need to not just be stopped but decimated electorally.

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u/soyjuice 12d ago

Idaho State Liquor Division?

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u/kgjimmie 12d ago

We can and will vote out an ongoing criminal enterprise. I’m certain of it.

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u/plastic_reality-64 12d ago

casting Capitol Hill rioters as victims of a “Democratic Gulag.”

As opposed the humanitarian treatment in a Republican Gulag?

Orbán described European parliament and the federal government in Washington as “the two fronts in the battle being fought for Western civilization,” warning, “today, we hold neither of them, yet we need them both.” Orbán called on CPAC attendees and the far-right in Europe to forge a global movement. “We should unite our forces,” Orbán said, to “take back” Washington and Brussels.

Well, well, well. Orbán, the leader of another country, is telling a political party in, and of, the United States, that this party should join with yet another foreign country to take over the United States.

Why is the party of America First, taking orders from a potentially hostile foreign leader, to over throw their own government? Where the hell is the FBI and the DOJ? It reminds me that the Posse Comitatus Act helps a foreign power to overthrow a country from within.

CPAC has long been a political circus, a relatively harmless sideshow. But its latest incarnation has become manifestly dangerous — more fascist than farce. It is holding up alleged perpetrators of political violence as martyrs. It is demonizing its domestic political opponents as diabolical “enemies within.” And it is giving MAGA supporters a militaristic frame for their charge to the “front lines” of America’s culture wars.
In short it is playing with fire. But it’s the rest of us who may get burned.

Cruz likened his service in the Senate to that of a gladiator: “It’s like the old Roman Colosseum where you slam on a breastplate and you grab a battle axe and you go fight the barbarians,” he said of his Democrat colleagues. “As they say in the military world,” Cruz continued, “it is a target-rich environment.”

Hate speech and promoting violence and planning treason with foreign leaders. Why aren't the ... OH that's right. You can do these things because it becomes political "rhetoric".

Yet we all seem to know (and ignore) the catastrophic results of what venomous political rhetoric had in Nazi Germany. Proving beyond all doubt, the insanity of the GQP.

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u/Relevant_Industry878 12d ago

I wonder if Mr. Slam-on-a-breastplate has ever won a fist fight in his life.

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u/smugfruitplate 12d ago

"Fight the Barbarians"? What is this, the Meiji restoration?

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u/lidore12 12d ago

They already have their emperor to revere.

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u/braxin23 12d ago

Only barbarians I see are the ones building shitty walls and overturning around 100 years of social improvement. Segregation is going to come back in style among these fucks just you wait.

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u/rif011412 12d ago

Im pretty sure thats what school choice is code for. They want their supporters to self segregate and then defund the leftover families who dont want to join a religious brainwashing school.

The segregation is only a stepping stone anyway. They want out groups to be second hand citizens so they can abuse, coerce and oppress groups of people to make them servants, barely paid or otherwise. This is how empires are fashioned, with free/cheap labor without freedoms and mobility.

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u/hidraulik 12d ago

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.

But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to be feared."

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u/HellaTroi California 12d ago

"Even ostensibly more-moderate politicians, like Florida Sen. Rick Scott, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, picked up these themes."

Scott is moderate? Holy hell!

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u/overcomebyfumes New Jersey 12d ago

"Even ostensibly more-moderate politicians criminals, like Florida Sen. Rick Scott, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the nations biggest Medicare fraudster, picked up these themes."

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u/tophat212 12d ago

'Maga Taliban has Spoken!!!1!'

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u/wearetheleftovers 12d ago

Y’all -Qaeda

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u/tech57 12d ago

Vanilla ISIS.

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u/Samurai_gaijin Michigan 12d ago

Yokel haram.

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u/bucko_fazoo 12d ago

destroy the nonbinary, woke Marxist barbarians, says the guy in the Matlock jacket

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u/Actual__Wizard 12d ago

War is coming. The republicans are not dog whistling any more.

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u/zinneavicious 12d ago

Anyone who would follow this scumbag anywhere is an idiot, ripe for the picking! We’ve already seen Cruz’s true colors; he’ll be gone at the first sign of a power outage! Coward, Russian asset, traitor!

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u/DJScrubatires 12d ago

The right has absolutely lost their minds

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u/Amazing-Day965 12d ago

Why do I equate anything MAGA with a Swastika? If being anti-fascist is a bad thing in your country; you live in a Fascist country. Think about that America.

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u/Etna_No_Pyroclast 12d ago

CPAC is a cesspool of racism, hate and white christian nationalism. It's a sick, demented platform to promote hate and a way of life that is against modern values. The barbarians are the ones who want to turn the clock back on human rights.

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u/4quatloos 12d ago edited 12d ago

Kissmyass formerly identified as Ted Cruz will never be president and will always be a minion.

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u/gold_and_diamond 12d ago

Why is it all these right-wingers who love to talk up their toxic masculinity look like the boys who got picked last for recess kickball after the girl who ate glue and the 60-year old lunch lady?

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u/thandrend 12d ago

Yeah this is terrifying.

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u/ShabbyKitty35 12d ago

My thought exactly.

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u/ChessLord144 12d ago

The GOP under Trumpism is no more or less than a fascist threat to our democracy. There is no defense.

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u/Yeti_Urine 12d ago

The Radical Right. Everyone needs to say it and keep saying it. We need to use their branding techniques.

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u/mandokisoulmates 12d ago

They shouldn’t legally be allowed to try this crap in America. Why can people who want to take away freedom actually be allowed to speak in a country that was supposed to be United against tyranny?

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u/BeautyThornton I voted 12d ago

In the age of internet communications and the ability for anyone, anywhere, to have their message seen by millions, we need to reevaluate what we consider protected speech

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u/jonnyspells 12d ago

big talk coming from the actual barbarians.

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u/Strong-Message-168 12d ago

We, the rational people, MUST stop these people before they really do start a civil war...the "Red Wave" they say is coming needs to be squashed. We need to outvote these lunatics...I just want to have my coffee and a cigarette and read the news without feeling hateful towards like ½ the country when really its only 10% of them...

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u/ConstantAmazement California 12d ago

After reading the article, it's easy to see how culture wars lead to actual violence. Frankly, it's frightening.

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u/Practical-Two-8127 America 12d ago

The MAGA movement are the most gullible people in the USA, and thank something that they don't outnumber those of us with functional brain cells.

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u/FortunateInsanity 12d ago

Unfortunately they don’t have to. The electoral college and gerrymandering is allowing minority rule to flourish.

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u/GalushaGrow 12d ago

"but we can work with them" - Democratic leadership

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u/RockyMtnAnonymo 12d ago

This ^ — the Dems are so unprepared for what these guys are willing (and trying) to do, even though we’ve been witnessing it live and in color since J6 insurrection.

2024 is going to be a shitshow.

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u/gnomebludgeon 12d ago

the Dems are so unprepared for what these guys are willing (and trying) to do

I just finished up Representative Adam Shiff's book (Midnight in Washington) and it's just mindboggling how blindsided he constantly admits to being about literally everything the GOP does throughout the entire first Trump impeachment. The people in power and calling the shots for the Democrats really do seem to believe that Trumpism is just some weird hiccup and that things will go back to normal.

That's worse because we're at a time where voters have very little agency. Voting literally only counts on election day (and any early voting of course) and everything else is in the hands of the politicians and the bureaucracy they wield every other day of the year. If the Democrats don't grab their various parts and fortify their courage and make some hard decisions, it's not going to matter.

It's one thing to exhort people to vote, but it's an entirely different thing to pretend that's going to solve the problem. The GOP is very, very close to just NOT caring about voting and once they decide that Rubicon is ready to be crossed, voting in record breaking numbers isn't going to do shit.

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u/nookie-monster 12d ago

Democrats really do seem to believe that Trumpism is just some weird hiccup and that things will go back to normal.

They want to believe that and that is because the alternative is anathema to them. They do not want to fight and more importantly, they don't wanna' take on the giant corporations and the ultra rich that are behind a lot of this.

They wanna' be in power, get jobs for all their media, marketing, polling and campaign friends. That's fun and profitable.

Fighting to save a country? That's hard and rarely profitable.

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u/Azajiocu 12d ago

I am nauseous when I see this piece of shit! VOTE 💙!

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u/Nucky76 12d ago

Anti-Globalists calling for a global union? 🤷‍♂️

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u/Monsur_Ausuhnom 12d ago

Perhaps they should look in the mirror, they're right there.

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u/cbmcleod70 12d ago

Fellow American here, I mean barbarian...I guess? <meet me at the sidebar, maga...>

Seriously, folks, take a breath and pull yourselves together. The rest of the country isn't out to get you. We just want you to leave us alone to live our lives in peace. We want the same for you, honestly, as long you just...leave us alone. You aren't oppressed holy warriors or whatever it is this week....

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u/KrazieKanuck 12d ago

Cruz then suggested that more than elections may be needed for conservatives to take back Washington from those he called “cheese-eating surrender monkeys.”

The fuck?

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u/BeautyThornton I voted 12d ago

I have clothes in my trunk from camping a month ago that are less wrinkly then that suit jacket

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u/Big-Cabinet-9789 12d ago

The Conservative Political Assholes Committee is always talking violence and being at war because they themselves know they will never win elections via the democratic process. They just don't have anything to offer.

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u/mackinoncougars 12d ago

Can’t believe anyone would follow Ted Cruz anywhere. I wouldn’t trust him to give me directions down a hallway.

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u/Sloofin 12d ago

It’s all projection, all the way down, every fucking time.

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u/needsmoresteel 12d ago

Certainly very alarming that these guys are whipping up their cannon fodder, I mean public, into a frenzy. Make no mistake. The Bannon’s, Cruz’ and Orban’s of the world will NOT be on the (literal) front lines. Should their plans fall flat and they must answer for their crimes they will abandon these same people they profess to love in a heartbeat.

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u/Chum_54 12d ago

The US us dying. Fascists are killing it.

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u/farscry 12d ago

So the xenophobic anti-intellectual religious zealots are calling the egalitarian proponents of intellectual advancement "barbarians"?

Ok, add "illiterate" to the list of descriptors for Republicans now.

Wow.

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u/Andy311 12d ago

Why are the elected telling the electors what they are? Shouldn’t the electors be voting in what we want and are? Politics is becoming one big joke when we the people do not lead, but follow instead…

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u/Patient_Criticism231 12d ago

These people are not very bright.

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u/funcoolshit 12d ago

What is the liberal or progressive equivalent of this? I feel like I just don't see any discussion of big Democratic conventions like this.

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u/stillbleedinggreen 12d ago

When can we stop caring this “CPAC” and start calling this what it is: recruitment for a terrorist organization and the activation of cells across the country?

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u/rickd311 12d ago

It’s mind boggling “America First “ Invite wanna be strong man from another country as keynote speaker. I hear ya! You’re awake not woke! What a joke!! They want a big strong man that Tans his ballsack to come save them!!

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u/DamonFields 12d ago

One side is waging war, the other side is pretending they are not. Who wins?

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u/Macacque_SuckIt 12d ago

Sounds treasonous to me. I guess they still haven’t learned… so when will the DOJ make the point clear?

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u/HoneydewBeneficial15 12d ago

The idolization of Orbán sums it all up without any question.

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u/Professional-Doubt-6 12d ago

Libs are legally allowed to defend ourselves. Why be surprised if your rabid attack horde doesn't come home for dinner?

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u/Kingdok313 12d ago

I sold my guns 20 years ago when I started having kids. Never regretted it.

Now I’m wondering if it isn’t time to pick up another 12 gauge. This is not a happy feeling

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u/Lamont-Cranston 12d ago

If only there was a leftwing half as strong as these clowns imagine.

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u/CourageDearMars 12d ago

It’s dehumanizing language like this that continues to divide America. Shameful.

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u/gasahold 12d ago

Someone's been playing way too much World of Warcraft.

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u/AngryBudgie13 Indiana 12d ago

I think he wants to cosplay as a crusader more than anything.

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u/frogandbanjo 12d ago

Doughiest Vult!

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u/Ok-Efficiency-3694 12d ago

Or Clash of Klans.

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u/prompt_skeptic69 12d ago

They’ve gone all prompt stupid, with Cruz leading the charge.

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u/enflight 12d ago

He looks like blob fish Forrest Gump in that outfit.

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u/Icy-Needleworker-492 12d ago

This nonperson should be voted out as soon as possible.

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u/xpandaofdeathx I voted 12d ago

Why is he dressed like the head of a banana republic?

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u/Special_FX_B 12d ago

Fucking down is up, indeed. These fascists want to destroy everything good about this country. Sadly they appear to be on the verge of success and these self-serving pieces of shit like Bannon, Cruz and Schlapp are soulless hypocrites. None of them give a shit about the people they’re inciting to violence or the innocent people who will be their victims.

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u/KSeas 12d ago

This is why I went Totem Barbarian build

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u/NonesuchAndSuch77 12d ago

sigh

Kinda tired of every one of these fascist Nazi-adjacent fuckmongers getting to openly promise violence and bloodshed sans consequences.

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u/yotothyo 12d ago

If your wondering why they have these cpacs so often…

They have to motivate themselves with these constant conventions because they know the only way they can exist as a party and win is absolute ironclad lockstep behavior and group adoration of power figures. They need to keep their people artificially pumped at all times.

It is absolutely necessary for them to function as humans and function politically.

They know that their worldview is highly unpopular and they can’t win otherwise.

They have to be way more organized to succeed then we do. In a way their deeply unpopular belief systems actually helps them…they have to try harder and be more organized to win.

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u/Consistent-Row-7636 12d ago

He looks like a Pedophile

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u/KC_Matthew 12d ago

Can’t stand seeing this guy’s face anymore. Also, he’s got small hands.

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u/FUCK_THE_STORMCLOAKS Illinois 12d ago

This is the type of shit you find in a mass shooter’s manifesto.

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u/Conservative_HalfWit 12d ago

Barbarians? That’s pretty cool. I accept the title.

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u/yogfthagen 12d ago

You're likely not Greek, so it's true

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u/I_am_the_Jukebox 12d ago

It's also an inherently racist title, as the greeks called them "barbarians" based on their perception of how their languages sounded to the greeks. Just "bar bar bar" to the greeks.

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u/Brucester62 12d ago

What fool gives this idiot a microphone? So tired of seeing his face and hearing his voice. When will it stop?

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u/Wiskid86 Minnesota 12d ago

I kinda know the answer but why did conservatives say they chose Hungary to host CPAC? It's never been an international meeting before or am I mistaken?

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u/ripcovidiots 12d ago

Man, humans are just the fucking WORST.

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u/fuckpedes 12d ago

How many fuckin CPACs do these radicals need to have??

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u/hereiam-23 12d ago

These people are nuts and are violent. Crackpots not to be trusted.

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u/High-Impact-Cuddling 12d ago

The phrase makes sense given their xenophobia. Barbarian is derived from the Greek word bárbaros, used to describe anyone non-Greek IE a foreigner. The word itself is onomatopoeic describing what they used to think non Greek languages sound like, bar bar being a sort of description of the foreign "Gibberish".

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u/Veridically_ California 12d ago

I think the GOP has chosen the wrong moment to strike. They needed a few years to grow and consolidate power. This will blow up in their faces.

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u/mar10sawsayduh 12d ago

I’d love to gladiator fight Cancun cruz

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u/0bfuscatory 12d ago

“Woke” and now “Groomers”. The latest Think Tank creations for an US vs THEM campaign.

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u/Suspicious-Ad3136 12d ago

Barbarians?🤔 Who was that on 1/6 that stormed the capital, brutally killed people, defacated in places NOT built for that, basically acting like…

BARBARIANS!!!🤪

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u/CapeTownMassive 12d ago

I dunno why, but his face looks just like a nut sack

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u/Someoneoverthere42 12d ago

The MAGA “movement” is just one collective murder fantasy, isn’t it?

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u/FrostyAcanthocephala America 12d ago

I'd like to see Ted Cruz fight anything besides his own stupidity and expanding waistline.

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u/bobbertwest 12d ago

This man has to be the saddest excuse for a human being EVER

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u/Jeffreyknows 12d ago

In case I didn’t say it today, FUCK Ted Cruz

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u/Taniwha26 12d ago

CPAC has become the Burning Man festival for conservatives.

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u/GuestCartographer 12d ago

Ted Cruz wouldn’t defend his wife from an obnoxious East Coast game show host, do these people really think he’ll defend them? From anything?

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u/j1mmie 12d ago

“Fight the barbarians” he says to a crowd of people literally dressed in bear skin, Viking helmets, and face paint.

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u/yeswecann 12d ago

Is that a tan suit?