The Big Lie Nightmare

“How can you say it’s untenable?” Donald asked. “I don’t know what that words means, but it’s not that, it’s the opposite. It’s totally tenable.”

“No, it’s not,” Mitch said. “You came up with this elaborate and cockamamie scheme, and it’s not going to work.”

“Wait,” Donald said, “wasn’t it George Washington who said, ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’?”

“Um, no, Donald,” Mitch said. “George Washington said. ‘I cannot tell a lie.’ It was Adolf Hitler who talked about the big lie thing.”

“Well, whoever said it, it’s working for me,” Donald said. “I started telling my big lie early and often and, as a result, all those suckers believe it to be true and I’m going to finish off the Dems once and for all and be re-elected in 2024.” So thank you Hitler. Thank you for my totally tenable blueprint. Now get on board, Mitch, or get out of my way.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One Word Challenge (untenable), Your Daily Word Prompt (elaborate), Word of the Day Challenge (early), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (finish).

Who Won The Week — 10/16/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week’s recipient of Who Won the Week recipient is the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The committee unanimously voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump. It’s about time!

So now that the congressional committee has subpoenaed him, you have to wonder what the former president’s next move will be. Will he or won’t he comply. And if he chooses not to comply, what might the consequences — if any — be?

The first thing Trump did after learning about the subpoena was to send a rambling 14-page letter to committee chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson. He started off reiterating the Big Lie when he titled his letter, “THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2020 WAS RIGGED AND STOLEN!” It was not.

Trump did not say whether he would comply with the subpoena. Instead, he repeated various long-debunked election claims. But it seems unlikely that he will actually testify.

In his letter, Trump claimed that he “fully authorized” National Guard troops to be present at the Capitol before Jan. 6, but that Democrats, including Pelosi, refused the authorization. However, there is no record of Trump authorizing National Guard troops to be at the Capitol before the attack, and no evidence that Democrats denied such a request.

He also bragged about the size of the crowd that he had summoned on Jan. 6, claiming that it was a very big one, far bigger than anyone thought possible, and that it was “one of the largest crowds I have ever spoken to before, a very wide swath stretching all the way back to the Washington Monument.”

He went on to complain that the “massive size of this crowd, and its meaning, has never been a subject of your Committee, nor has it been discussed by the Fake News Media that absolutely refuses to acknowledge, in any way, shape or form, the magnitude of what was taking place.” What the hell does crowd size have to do with charges of instigating insurrection and engaging in seditious activities? It’s only meaningful to a sick egomaniac like Donald Trump.

Anyway, congratulations to the House Select Committee for voting to Subpoena the criminal Donald Trump. Now let’s see if anything comes of it.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

One-Liner Wednesday #2

I know I already posted my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, but I couldn’t resist publishing this quote remarkable quote from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

It came out at yesterday’s House Select Committee hearing that, in the ongoing attempt to overturn election results in service of Donald Trump’s Big Lie about voter fraud in his defeat by Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani told the Republican speaker of the Arizona house, Rusty Bowers, “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

The problem with what Giuliani said to Bowers is that he, Trump, and all of Trump’s liars, knew full well that their “theories” were 100% bullshit, but they kept on pushing the message. And remarkably still do to this day.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #170

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is focused on something that might be more specific to Americans, but for those of you who live outside of the United States and who have an opinion or perspective on the topic, please feel free to weigh in.

The topic at hand is the House Select Committee Hearings investigation the January 6, 2021 attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol Building. I’ve been diligently watching the televised hearings this month and, to me, they have been riveting.

These hearings have exposed Trump’s Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election, which was decisively won by Joe Biden, and which Donald Trump has yet to concede, having been stolen from him. They have also proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump knows the election wasn’t “stolen” from him even as he continues to this day to publicly claim it was. The hearings have also demonstrated how Trump and a handful of his advisers have attempted by clearly illegal means, to overturn the election results even though they knew there was no legal basis to do so. And they have also made it completely clear that Donald Trump instigated the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th, and, while watching the whole assault on the Capitol live on TV, Trump, like Nero in Rome, metaphorically fiddled while America burned.

So my multiple questions this week are:

Have you been watching, or at least following the news about, the Select Committee televised hearings?

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment of what has come out of the hearings thus far?

Do you think that Trump and others who took part in the attempt to overturn the election should be criminally charged and incarcerated.

Do you think that they will be criminally charged and incarcerated?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.