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THE MYPILLOW GUY REALLY COULD DESTROY DEMOCRACY


In the time I spent with Mike Lindell, I came to learn that he is affable, devout, philanthropic梐nd a clear threat to the nation.

By Anne Applebaum

When you contemplate the end of democracy in America, what kind of person do you think will bring it about? Maybe you picture a sinister billionaire in a bespoke suit, slipping brown envelopes to politicians. Maybe your nightmare is a rogue general, hijacking the nuclear football. Maybe you think of a jackbooted thug leading a horde of men in white sheets, all carrying burning crosses.

I met Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, in the recording studio that occupies the basement of Steve Bannon抯 stately Capitol Hill townhouse, a few blocks from the Supreme Court梩he same Supreme Court that will, according to Lindell, decide 𜃆 in favor of reinstating Donald Trump to the presidency sometime in August, or possibly September. I made it through the entirety of the Trump presidency without once having to meet Bannon but here he was, recording his War Room podcast with Lindell. Bannon has been decomposing in front of our eyes for some years now, and I can report that this process continues to take its course. I walked in during a break and the two men immediately gestured to me to join the conversation, sit at the table with them, listen in on headphones. I demurred. 揂nne Applebaum hmm, Bannon said. 揝hould抳e stuck to writing books. Gulag was a great book. How long did it take you to write it?

In the room adjacent to the basement studio, an extra-large image of a New York Times front page hung on the wall, featuring a picture of Bannon and the headline 揟he Provocateur. A bottle of Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol, whatever that is, sat on the desk. The big-screen TV was tuned to MSNBC. This wasn抰 surprising: In his podcasts, Bannon carries on a kind of dialogue with Rachel Maddow, playing her sound bites and then offering his own critique. Later, Lindell told me that if it weren抰 for attacks by 搕he left敆by which he means Politico, the Daily Beast, and, presumably, me梙is message would never get out, because Fox News ignores him.


Bannon, too, lives outside the Fox bubble these days. Instead, he inhabits an alternate universe in which every minute of every day seems to be entirely devoted to the discussion and analysis of 揺lectoral fraud, with just a little time devoted to selling wellness products and vitamins that, despite his claims, won抰 actually cure COVID-19. Bannon抯 podcast, which he says has millions of listeners (it is ranked 59th on Apple Podcasts, so he might be right), is populated by full-time conspiracy theorists, some of whom you have heard of and some of whom you probably haven抰: Peter 揟rump Won in a Freakin Landslide Navarro, Rudy Giuliani, Garland Favorito, Willis @treekiller35, Sonny Borrelli, the Pizzagate propagator Jack Posobiec, and, of course, Lindell. Bannon calls them up one by one to report on the current status of the Trump-reinstatement campaign and related fake scandals. There are daily updates. The guests talk fast and loud. It is very exciting. On the day I was at the studio, Bannon was gloating about how President Joe Biden was now 揹efending his own legitimacy: 揥e are going to spring the trap around you, sir! He kept telling people to 搇awyer up.

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I am not mad at people that refuse to get vaccinated......

I do consider it their right to refuse. So, I feel, as someone that has gotten COVID after being vaccinated, it is my responsibility to mask up from this point further.

2 Capitol rioters plead guilty while House hearing unfolds; judge calls their behavior 'reprehensibl

(CNN)A married couple who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 and later downplayed the level of violence pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court, where a judge pledged to use the case to send a message that their behavior was "reprehensible."

The plea hearing for the two Donald Trump supporters, Lori and Thomas Vinson of Kentucky, took place while the select committee hearing about the attack was underway in the House of Representatives.

The Vinsons, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of demonstrating in the Capitol. This has become the standard deal that the Justice Department has offered to nonviolent rioters.

The charge carries a potential maximum sentence of six months in jail, though they'll likely get less than that, and could even receive probation and avoid incarceration. As part of the plea agreement, both agreed to pay $500 in restitution for damage done to the Capitol.

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/27/politics/vinson-plea-capitol-riot/index.html

Liz Cheney urges investigation of Trump's 'every phone call' on Jan. 6, and Kinzinger makes an emoti

Liz Cheney urges investigation of Trump抯 慹very phone call on Jan. 6, and Kinzinger makes an emotional appeal for truth.

Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, issued a defiant challenge to her own party on Tuesday as a special House committee began its inquiry into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, saying that the riot would remain a 揷ancer on our constitutional republic if Congress failed to hold accountable those who were responsible.

In stern opening remarks, Ms. Cheney, one of just two House Republicans willing to serve on the panel, dared her colleagues to support a full investigation into the worst attack on Congress in centuries.

揥ill we be so blinded by partisanship that we throw away the miracle of America? Ms. Cheney asked. 揇o we hate our political adversaries more than we love our country and revere our Constitution?

Her remarks underscored just how isolated she has become in her own party as one of the few Republicans willing to speak out against President Donald J. Trump and his role in inspiring the attack on the Capitol. Ms. Cheney, the daughter of a powerful conservative family, has already been ousted from Republican leadership for her insistence on calling out the former president and his election lies, and her participation in the inquiry has drawn scorn from party leaders.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/27/us/liz-cheney-capitol-riot-jan-6.html

We are never gonna get anywhere with this Select Committee..........

My Trump loving family are poo-pooing the officers already. Nothing. will. happen. No one is going to be held accountable.

Donald Trump Jr. Responds to Kimberly Guilfoyle 'The View' Rumor

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Meanwhile, the son of the former President Donald Trump shared a Daily Mail.com report saying that the race is on to find a "Trump Republican" to replace McCain, so the show can appeal to a broader audience.

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In tweeting the article, Trump Jr. responded to rumors that his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former co-host on Fox's The Five, was being considered.

"LOL, hey ⁦@ABC⁩ even I'd tune in to see ⁦@kimguilfoyle⁩ do this," Trump Jr. tweeted.

"Kim vs the other 4 doesn't seem like a fair fight though. You may need a few more libs," he added, referring to liberal voices.

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The surreal lives of Arkansas nurses fighting Covid-19 inside the hospital and denial on the outside

(CNN)Sunny worked as a nurse on a Covid-19 floor of a hospital at the height of the pandemic. The work was hard, but what made it surreal was doing it while living in small town Arkansas, where many people, even some in her own family, said the virus was overblown -- "just the flu."

"It's extremely difficult to watch so many people die, and then have people tell you on Facebook or in Walmart that you're a liar," Sunny said. Sometimes that would come from the loved ones of the patients she was taking care of.

"We had people accuse us of giving their loved one something else so that they would die and we could report it as Covid. We heard it more than once that we were fudging the numbers, or we were killing people on purpose to make Covid look like it was worse than it was, or to make it look real when it wasn't," she said.

Sunny asked CNN not to use her real name, because some dedicated Covid-19 deniers have harassed health care workers, or tried to get outspoken ones fired.

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/22/us/arkansas-covid-nurse-vaccine/index.html

I know...I am dumb...but how does twitter work??

I got me one of them twitter accounts. But I don't seem to be able to figure out how to find out what's trending and so forth. And how do you respond to people and how do you find those people???

Why Vaccinated People Are Getting 'Breakthrough' Infections

A wedding in Oklahoma leads to 15 vaccinated guests becoming infected with the coronavirus. Raucous Fourth of July celebrations disperse the virus from Provincetown, Mass., to dozens of places across the country, sometimes carried by fully vaccinated celebrants.

As the Delta variant surges across the nation, reports of infections in vaccinated people have become increasingly frequent including, most recently, among at least six Texas Democrats, a White House aide and an aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The highly contagious variant, combined with a lagging vaccination campaign and the near absence of preventive restrictions, is fueling a rapid rise in cases in all states, and hospitalizations in nearly all of them. It now accounts for about 83 percent of infections diagnosed in the United States.

But as worrying as the trend may seem, breakthrough infections those occurring in vaccinated people are still relatively uncommon, experts said, and those that cause serious illness, hospitalization or death even more so. More than 97 percent of people hospitalized for Covid-19 are unvaccinated.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/22/health/coronavirus-breakthrough-infections-delta.html

Amid rising cases, the C.D.C. director warns the U.S. is at 'another pivotal point' in the pandemic.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention struck a new tone of urgency on Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic, warning that the United States is 搉ot out of the woods yet and is once again at 揳nother pivotal point in this pandemic as the highly infectious Delta variant rips through communities with low rates of vaccination.

The warning from the director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, during a briefing by members of the White House Covid-19 response team, was a marked shift from just weeks ago, when President Biden threw a big Fourth of July party on the South Lawn of the White House to declare independence from the virus.

It reflects a growing concern among administration officials that the gains they appeared to have made are being erased and that the current surge in cases will overwhelm health systems in parts of the country where vaccination rates are low and hospitalizations are high.

Still, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain at a fraction of their previous devastating peaks. Vaccines remain effective against the worst outcomes of Covid-19, including from the Delta variant. Experts say breakthrough infections in vaccinated people are so far still relatively uncommon. The Delta variant is estimated to account for 83 percent of new cases in the United States, the C.D.C. said earlier this week.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/22/us/politics/cdc-delta-cases.html
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