The Four Stages of Republican Misinformation

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Inserting article from the daily beast on how the republican disinformation machine works. Below is a snippet...

The entire right-wing ecosystem unleashed its full arsenal to discredit the 10-year-old girl as a liar, intimidate her physician, demonize liberals, and continue its march backward, undeterred, in its quest to make Handmaid’s Tale cosplay a reality—in an America that subordinates and punishes women for having the audacity to control their own bodies.

To achieve its goal, the right uses a now familiar four-part strategy.

First, Republicans use any means necessary to achieve power and promote their unpopular, extremist, counter-majoritarian agenda.

Second, they create and promote disinformation and lies to frighten their base and Jedi mind-trick them into believing they are being oppressed by the actual victims.

Third, they create a specific villain, target them, and then attack them through scapegoating, smearing, and intimidation.

Fourth, they never apologize or back down once their lie is exposed, but instead, they double down, and in times of doubt, always pivot towards racism and fear-mongering.
Thoughts?
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That article has nothing on Saul Alinsky's rules for Democrats.
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First, Republicans use any means necessary to achieve power and promote their unpopular, extremist, counter-majoritarian agenda.

Second, they create and promote disinformation and lies to frighten their base and Jedi mind-trick them into believing they are being oppressed by the actual victims.

Third, they create a specific villain, target them, and then attack them through scapegoating, smearing, and intimidation.

Fourth, they never apologize or back down once their lie is exposed, but instead, they double down, and in times of doubt, always pivot towards racism and fear-mongering.

1. Failed Coup
2. "it was ANTIFA and BLM"
3. Ray Epps
4. Sooner kill Liz Cheney than apologize

1. Failed Election
2. "Stop the Steal!"
3. Dominion Voting Systems
4. Sooner kill the Vice President than apologize

1.  Trump-Zelensky Phone Call
2.  "Ukraine is hiding Hillary's deleted emails"
3.  Hunter Biden's laptop
4.  Sooner kill John Bolton than apologize

1. Russian Collusion
2. Pizzagate/QAnon
3. Podesta/Strzok/Page
4. Sooner kill the FBI than apologize

1. Birthergate
2. "Where's the Birth Certificate?"
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Sooner kill John McCain than apologize

1. Iraq War
2. "WMDs"
3. Scooter Libby/Plame/Wilson
4. Sooner kill Colin Powell than apologize

1. etc.
2. etc.
3. etc.
4. etc.
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First, Republicans use any means necessary to achieve power and promote their unpopular, extremist, counter-majoritarian agenda.
Good. 

Second, they create and promote disinformation and lies to frighten their base and Jedi mind-trick them into believing they are being oppressed by the actual victims.
Do they? The "victims" of systemic racism are the ones committing 52% of all violent crime in this country. Who is more affected?? 

Third, they create a specific villain, target them, and then attack them through scapegoating, smearing, and intimidation.
Good.

Fourth, they never apologize or back down once their lie is exposed, but instead, they double down, and in times of doubt, always pivot towards racism and fear-mongering.
Good.

One correction: There are no lies nor misinformation. It is all true
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The "victims" of systemic racism are the ones committing 52% of all violent crime in this country. Who is more affected?? 
Third, they create a specific villain, target them, and then attack them through scapegoating, smearing, and intimidation.

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Fourth, they never apologize or back down once their lie is exposed, but instead, they double down, and in times of doubt, always pivot towards racism and fear-mongering.
Good.
Why is this good?
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Xi:               Putin, do you know a way we can remove the USA as the world leader?

Putin:        Well, they do have a large amount of stupid people that call themselves Republicans. I think we could manipulate them.
                     I actually got one elected President and I'm building a tower for him now in Moscow.
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“Hey pal, it’s Dad,”
“It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you.”

“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”
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Hey pal, it’s Dad,”
“It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you.”

“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”

Fourth, they never apologize or back down once their lie is exposed, but instead, they double down, and in times of doubt, always pivot towards racism and fear-mongering.
I think this probably needs to be expanded to include, deflection, subject changing and whataboutism - or just plain gaslighting.

Because that’s what typically happens when they’re challenged on open and shut facts.

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I guess the FBI is all Republicans for all that misinformation.
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SQUIRREL!


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Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.
YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT INFORMATION THAT PAINTS REPUBLICANS FAVOURABLY. WE MUST TALK INSTEAD ABOUT THE SQUIRREL.
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