GQP Rejection Of Democracy Leaves Force And Violence As Its Remaining Governing Option (Updated)

Update to Stochastic Terrorism From Sen. Wendy Rogers; This Is Who The AZ GQP Is.

Rachel Maddow explains why the attack on Paul Pelosi by a “red pilled” QAnon conspiracy theorist, and the GQP’s response to that attack is the latest indication that Republicans have made political violence part of their brand. As Max Boot writes, Don’t blame ‘both sides.’ The right is driving political violence. And Jennifer Rubin warns, Republicans have shown who they are. Voters should believe them.

Rachel Maddow argues that as Republican leaders discredit elections and encourage the abandonment of democracy, the option they are tacitly endorsing for how to run a government is force and violence, a value seen in the reactions of many Republicans to the attempted murder of the husband of the Speaker of the House.


But if you’re a person who has all your faculties, and you know that something like this has happened, if you minimize it, mock it, celebrate it, the attempted murder of the Speaker of the House’s husband, what is now formally charged as the attempted kidnapping of the Speaker of the House, well, if that’s how you react to knowing that this has happened, well then you’re telling us what you want instead of politics. You’re telling everybody what you want to be able to do to your political opponents. What you enjoy seeing your political opponents subjected to.

And that is in fact the other option, if we’re not going to have elections anymore. It’s either violence and force or its voting . And if it’s not voting, then it is going to be violence and force.

We’re eight days out from the first national election since the last Republican president, the leader of their party, tried to stay in power by force.

[On] Friday, a man plead guilty in federal court to threatening to kill congressman Eric Swalwell and his staff.

Also last week, three people were found guilty of their part in a militia kidnapping plot targeting the governor of Michigan.

Today [officer] Harry Dunn testified in the seditious conspiracy trial of the Oath Keepers for their role in Trump’s effort to have a violent mob of his supporters overthrow the government and keep him in power by force, despite the election results. In power despite the election results and therefore by force.

Those are the choices, right? It’s either elections or its force and violence.

We are eight days out in this election, a clear majority of Republican candidates for congress and state-wide offices say election results should no longer count. They do not believe in election results.

Even below that level, in state legislative races, look, clear majorities of Republican candidates in those races in the swing states, they say election results shouldn’t count. They don’t believe them, we shouldn’t use elections anymore.

If they do not want us to have elections anymore, don’t kid yourself, there is another good option. It’s democracy or it’s not. And if it’s not, it’s violence and force.

This is the year, this is the election when your vote up and down the very bottom off the ballot is an answer to this one question: Is it democracy, or is it force and violence?

Our vote this year is about whether we ever get to vote again. This is not the year to sit out.

UPDATE: NBC’s Ben Collins, who reports on domestic extremist groups for NBC, explains on Deadline White House today:

It’s worth noting that the criminal complaint against the man who violently attacked Paul Pelosi includes his confession — which debunks every conspiracy theory pushed and amplified by Republican politicians and right-wing media.

3 thoughts on “GQP Rejection Of Democracy Leaves Force And Violence As Its Remaining Governing Option (Updated)”

  1. And this:

    Arizona GOP nominee Kari Lake mocks attack on Paul Pelosi at campaign event

    The remark by the candidate for governor drew laughter from the crowd. The House speaker’s husband remains in intensive care.

    Oct. 31, 2022, 6:45 PM MST
    By Zoë Richards
    The Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, made light of the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in remarks at a campaign event Monday, drawing laughter from the audience.

    Asked about school security, Lake suggested the protection afforded to federal lawmakers should be available to students, as well.

    “Nancy Pelosi, well, she’s got protection when she’s in D.C. — apparently her house doesn’t have a lot of protection,” Lake said at a campaign event in Scottsdale, Arizona, sparking laughter from many in attendance.

    • Some of the jokes I’ve heard are actually pretty funny, if they were told in a comedy club by a comedian known for purposely trying to offend and not elected leaders and wannabe elected leaders and people claiming moral superiority.

      How I long for the good old days of McCain merrily singing “Bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran” or St. Ronnie declaring the USSR illegal and saying “we begin bombing in five minutes”.

      Bazinga! Mass murder ya’ll!

      Oh, now that I think about it, conservatives have always had a shitty sense of humor.

      • Kari Lake is a little monster. And if you believe some of the polls, she’s winning.

        Paul Pelosi is an 82 year old man who was doing just fine, minding his own business inside his own home. Taking a blow to the head with a hammer is not good at any age, but it’s especially bad for an elderly person. He was hit hard enough to fracture his skull and knock him unconscious which is a very significant traumatic head injury. I suspect he will never be the same.

        The 42 yr old radicalized right wing terrorist wanted to hurt Nancy Pelosi and he did because now she watches Paul suffer.

        This is so wrong. But if it keeps up, these Republican politicians making light of this kind of violence (including the Jan 6 violence), the pendulum may swing the other way one of these days. People can only take so much. That appears to be the direction we’re going.

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