“It was fun to just not say anything. Didn’t join in the lynching crowd,” Allen told WTF host Marc Maron.
A professor wished death on supporters of President Trump in a tweet, but his university says he’s facing no consequences because no one has filed an “official complaint.”
The College Fix reported the tweet from Mark Alfano of Macquarie University in Australia, who recently received a grant of nearly $1 million to study “intellectual humility” toward political opponents.
More of this please. https://t.co/mfTJUjcoyR
— Neon Trotsky (@moral_psych) January 16, 2021
Under the online name Neon Trotsky, he shared a newspaper statement about the death of a Trump supporter during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“More of this please,” he wrote.
The College Fix said he taught at the University of Oregon from 2013 to 2015. He then did research at Princeton and taught at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands before moving to Macquarie.
He did not respond to requests from the College Fix for comment.
The university said in a statment it “does not limit staff making public comment in a personal capacity.”
It said no one has filed “any official complaint” against the professor.
But a doctoral student “personally targeted” by Alfano last year observed that there “would be serious consequences if a conservative professor wrote this about Biden voters.”
“But since the target is conservatives, Alfano will continue to be held up by his peers as an expert in morality and ‘intellectual humility,'” said Nathan Cofnas, a student at the University of Oxford.
Responding to criticism on Twitter, Alfano described Trump supporters with the “CHUD” epithet, an acronym from a 1984 horror movie meaning “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller.”
“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when a MAGA chud gets crushed by fellow rioters and dies,” the professor wrote.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley noted in a commentary on his website that Twitter did not object to Alfano’s call for the deaths of Trump supporters.
Alfano isn’t the first academic to call for such violence or defend killings, Turley pointed out.
University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis, for example, said he saw “nothing wrong” with killing a conservative protester.
“For my part, I have always maintained an Internet originalist position on free speech opposing censorship, so I would prefer that these academics not be banned,” Turley wrote. “However, there is a stark contrast in how such views are treated by both social media companies and universities. Likewise, there is legitimate condemnation of the social media statements of figures like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and many QAnon figures, but virtually nothing on figures voicing extremist views on the left in the mainstream media or academia.”
He noted Alfano teaches “morality and psychology.”
“It is hard to see any humility or morality in Alfano’s commentary,” Turley said.
The College Fix reported Alfano is studying “intellectual humility” funded by a grant of nearly $1 million from the John Templeton Foundation. The Daily Nous philosophy blog said Alfano is collaborating on the project with researchers at New York University.
The project description calls it “the first examination of the best ways to practice intellectual humility in a fragmented and pluralistic social world.” It aims to examine intellectual humility between people in different in-groups, since ”tribal epistemology has so thoroughly infected political and social discourse.”
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A former Olympic swimmer was among the crowd of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol last week, according to a report. Two-time gold medal winner Klete Keller, 38, was reportedly spotted in a video from inside the Capitol Rotunda posted Wednesday by a reporter for the conservative news outlet Townhall. Swimming website SwimSwam said…
The casting of 306 Electoral College votes for Joe Biden on Monday has been widely regarded as the end of President Trump’s challenges to the outcome of the 2020 election.
But White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that Trump will not concede any time soon, saying he’s “still involved in ongoing lawsuits.”
She said the Electoral College vote is only “one step in the constitutional process leading up to the Jan. 20th date,” Inauguration Day.
“He is still pursuing ongoing litigation for this election,” she said.
The Trump campaign has said the Republican slate of electors that cast votes in seven battleground states where Joe Biden won the popular vote could come into play when Congress certifies the electors on Jan. 6. Critics argue the Republican “electors” have no legal status because they were not designated by any state official. And under federal law, in case of a tie between the two chambers of Congress, the slates sent by governors prevail.
But the United States is a constitutional republic, not a majoritarian democracy, and the Founders gave the representatives of the people the responsibility to judge whether or not an election reflects their will.
Under the Constitution’s 12th Amendment, if no candidate has a majority of Electoral College votes, the House would select the next president and the Senate would pick the vice president. In the House, each state delegation would have one vote. The Republicans have a 29-23 advantage.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is trying to build support for a challenge when the votes are read Jan. 6.
“The law is very clear,” he said Monday in a Fox Business “Lou Dobbs Tonight” interview. “The House of Representatives in combination with the United States Senate has the lawful authority to accept or reject Electoral College vote submissions from states that have such flawed election systems that they’re not worthy of our trust.”
He said he’s confident that if only lawful votes in the Nov. 3 election are counted, Trump would win the Electoral College.
“We should not be counting illegal votes and putting in an illegitimate President of the United States,” he said.
To mount a challenge in Congress, Brooks would also need a senator to object. The New York Times reported Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., have indicated they would be open to objecting.
However, there appears to be no support from Republican leadership in the Senate.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Newsweek it’s “a pretty wild idea.”
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said it “does not sound to me like that would add any credibility to our electoral process.”
Brooks argued the “bedrock of a republic is an honest and accurate voting system.”
“And if you don’t have an honest and accurate voting system, then you may as well throw out the claim that you’re a republic,” he said. “You’ve lost that right. You’ve lost the control of your government.”
Under those circumstances, Brooks said, “those who can steal the most votes, who can engage in the most voter fraud and get away with it are going to be the ones that rule the roost in Washington, D.C.”
“That’s not what our founding fathers wanted. That’s not what a million or so Americans who have lost their lives in wars wanted, giving us this Republic, this democracy where we could control our own fate and our own destiny.”
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach agreed in a Breitbart News interview on Tuesday “this isn’t over yet.”
“If something does happen where we have a big dispute all of a sudden, and this this thing gains momentum in Congress, it’ll start to look like the Hayes-Tilden election of 1876, which is the last time that a disputed election went to Congress,” he said.
“So hold on, get some popcorn, because this the show may continue.”
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In poker parlance, the D.C. crowd is bluffing that Joe Biden won the 2020 election, and it’s daring the American people to call it out.
Just when we thought the woke crowd couldn’t get more ridiculous, they slam us with yet another grievance. This time, they launched the most ridiculous – and grotesque – accusation of cultural appropriation you’ll probably ever hear, involving the racial depiction of kidnap victims on a new drama.
Big Sky originally premiered on ABC on November 17, but it’s based on the 2013 book The Highway by C.J. Box. In it, we follow a series of abductions that take place at truck stops across Montana, along with the law enforcement dedicated to finding the missing victims. While the series diverts from the book in some ways, most notably with the inclusion of a transgender actor (because of course), the plot is relatively similar, surrounding the disappearance of sisters Grace (Jade Pettyjohn) and Danielle (Natalie Alyn Lind) Sullivan.
Unfortunately, that was enough for organizations to start complaining. On November 25, several indigenous groups, including the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, began petitioning the show for “at best, cultural insensitivity, and at worst, appropriation.” The reason? The girls portraying the victims are white instead of Native American. Yes, casting white girls as kidnapping victims is now a form of cultural appropriation.
Executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association A. Gay Kingman says as much in an official statement:
Making the abduction and trafficking of women for primetime entertainment is bad enough. Erasing the real-life tragedy of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis is unconscionable. We live with the consequences of this loss and trauma on a daily basis, but ABC won’t even acknowledge it, even after they’ve been given an opportunity to do so.
Additional statements from Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council executive director William F. Snell and Chairman David Sickey of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana note that “tribal members constitute 7% of the population, but the state identifies some 26% of missing persons as Native American.”
Of course, this is a clear and tragic reality in the Native American community, but it not a problem exclusive to it. Kidnapping and murder have taken place across human history in every corner of the globe among all ethnicities, sadly.
The groups want ABC to add information in the credits of the show pointing viewers to their documentary Somebody’s Daughter on MMIWG, which is a little convenient. We’ll see how the network responds.
Big Sky currently airs Tuesdays on ABC.
Three weeks after Election Day, President Trump is making sure Americans know he’s not giving up the fight to demonstrate the election results claiming Joe Biden is the winner are fraudulent.
In a Tuesday morning tweet, Trump cited a Breitbart News story with a headline, “Poll: 79 Percent of Trump Voters Believe ‘Election Was Stolen.’
“They are 100% correct, but we are fighting hard,” Trump said.
“Our big lawsuit, which spells out in great detail all of the ballot fraud and more, will soon be filled. RIGGED ELECTION!”
Poll: 79 Percent of Trump Voters Believe ‘Election Was Stolen‘ https://t.co/PmMBmt05AI via @BreitbartNews They are 100% correct, but we are fighting hard. Our big lawsuit, which spells out in great detail all of the ballot fraud and more, will soon be filled. RIGGED ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
Trump also retweeted a comment from actor James Woods, who wondered: “So are any mainstream media organizations doing an in-depth investigation of Dominion?”
So are any mainstream media organizations doing an in-depth investigation of Dominion?
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 23, 2020
Dominion Voting Systems has come under fire for allegedly switching electronic votes from Trump to Biden, a claim the company has denied.
Trump’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis jumped on the bandwagon to remind citizens they should ignore media reports about Biden selecting members of his cabinet, should he be sworn in as president.
“All this media chatter of Joe Biden picking his cabinet is like fantasy football,” Ellis said. “Meaningless in the real game.”
All this media chatter of Joe Biden picking his cabinet is like fantasy football. Meaningless in the real game.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 24, 2020
Meanwhile, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on the Fox Business Network on Monday to address legal setbacks in several different states in challenges to the election results.
Giuliani claimed ongoing misconduct in Pennsylvania where a judge dismissed the Trump team’s case, as the jurist said, “This Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence. In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”
Giuliani also noted Michigan, which certified its results Monday, experienced fraud that was “out of control.”
When Dobbs asked about approaching deadlines of Dec. 8 and Dec. 14 for final certification of electoral results, Giuliani responded:
“Deadlines are urgent, no question about it. There isn’t a lot of time, but there’s time. And the fact is that the facts are there, we just need to get them before a trier of fact or before a court that’ll be fair and will listen … The court in Pennsylvania cut it off without listening to a single fact. And I don’t know how the judge could’ve concluded that the facts aren’t substantial when they haven’t even been presented yet … Unfortunately, we haven’t yet gotten a fair decision. We will. We’ve got to be a little patient. One fair decision, one good hearing, and this will turn all around.” WATCH:
Radio host Rush Limbaugh took note of President Trump’s tweet, and said, “They’re still proceeding on the basis the election was stolen and fraudulent and they’re trying to reverse it.”
“They’re trying to finds a direct way to the Supreme Court,” he said, explaining rejections by a lower court can actually help speed up the process to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court is where this is going to be decided, so let’s just go there,” he added.
Limbaugh said the fraud became obvious on Election Night.
“Why did they stop counting the cotes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin? We know why.”
“If we’re gonna salvage the integrity of our electoral system, we’ve got to do some drastic things. We’ve got to back to the concept of [a single] Election Day. … We need to scrub this mail-in stuff and we need to scrub this early-voting stuff.”
“The idea that this country cannot have an election and count the votes and announce the winner on the same day is frankly absurd.”
“If this standard is allowed to go unchallenged then there isn’t an election down the road that anyone will trust.”
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