We Resist: Day 594

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: Kavanaugh Open Thread and Fear and Supposed Loathing in Trumpland.

Because today is Day Two of the Kavanaugh hearing, and I'm listening to that, it's impossible to research and write at the same time, so today's We Resist thread will be truncated. As always, please share whatever you've been reading in comments. Below are a few other items in the news today...

Rafi Schwartz at Splinter: Man Repeatedly Crashes Truck into Dallas Television Station. "A man driving a white pickup truck reportedly slammed into a Dallas, TX, television station multiple times early on Wednesday morning, resulting in the evacuation of the station and the man's arrest by the Dallas Police Department. ...While the motive for the incident remains unknown, the station described the man as having 'repeatedly crashing his vehicle into a side of the building with floor to ceiling windows, [before he] got out of his vehicle and began ranting.' Pictures posted by Fox 4 show police detaining a man outside the station, while employees inside continued to work at their desks. The parking lot outside the office can be seen littered with papers, which the station claims he had brought with him in 'numerous boxes.'"

We don't yet know the man's motives for attacking the television station, but we can be certain that this is one of the consequences of Donald Trump's relentless war on the press and his repeatedly calling the press an "enemy of the people." This shit doesn't happen in a vacuum.

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Everything is fine. (Everything is not fine.)

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Felicia Sonmez at the Washington Post: Trump Suggests Protesting Should Be Illegal.
[Donald] Trump has long derided the mainstream media as the "enemy of the people" and lashed out at NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem. On Tuesday, he took his attacks on free speech one step further, suggesting in an interview with a conservative news site that the act of protesting should be illegal.

Trump made the remarks in an Oval Office interview with the Daily Caller hours after his Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, was greeted by protests on the first day of his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.

"I don't know why they don't take care of a situation like that," Trump said. "I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters. You don't even know what side the protesters are on."

He added: "In the old days, we used to throw them out. Today, I guess they just keep screaming."
This is what the President of the United States thinks of free speech. Because he is a fucking authoritarian nightmare.

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Eric Bradner at CNN: Arizona Governor Names Former Sen. Jon Kyl as McCain's Replacement. "Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey chose former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to replace the late John McCain in the Senate, the governor said at a news conference Tuesday. Kyl's appointment means the Republican attorney who had been guiding [Donald] Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process will now have a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation." All the mirthless laughter in the multiverse. They are so fucking brazen.

Zack Ford at ThinkProgress: The Wildest Things Jon Kyl Actually Tried to Argue For. "Having served 18 years in the Senate, including six years as the Senate Minority Whip, Kyl also has a storied record as a staunchly conservative lawmaker. He was one of President Obama's most vocal critics, even suggesting he should be impeached over his immigration policies. Kyl defended Arizona's SB 1070, a controversial law that encouraged racial profiling to identify undocumented immigrants, while he himself opposed any path to citizenship for even those who were brought to the country as children. He once even said they could just marry U.S. citizens, which is actually illegal to do fraudulently. One of Kyl's most infamous moments was when he falsely claimed on the Senate floor that abortion constituted 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."

Heaving sigh.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

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