When conservative organizations advocate for conservative ideas, the response from liberals and their media allies wasn’t merely to combat again however crush them. That was the message Tuesday evening on MSNBC as ReidOut host Joy Reid and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) known as for the passage of the damaging For the People Act to allow them to use the federal government like “an air force” and “stop” them from having “a stranglehold over America’s legislative process.”
Reid deployed her standard venomous snark and condescension, kvetching in teases for 2 segments on this supposed injustice that “[t]he corrosive influence of big oil on our politics and our society” and “incredibly powerful corporations” had manifested itself “in blocking critical legislation” just like the aforementioned proposal to rig elections in favor of progressives.
Only in Reid’s world do huge firms nonetheless management and help Republicans and don’t have interaction within the woke company liberalism that truly dominates our nation.
Reid began with a five-minute rant about how oil corporations need the nation as soiled and polluted as potential to maximise their income and stop the U.S. from a direct and wanted change to all-electric automobiles. Of course, Reid put zero mind cells into how/the place the electrical energy to energy mentioned automobiles would come from.
At any fee, Reid insisted the Koch brothers had an oil firm that allowed them to launch Americans for Prosperity (AFP) to poison the minds of Americans and make them dumber (however particularly faculty college students), claiming they hate schooling, preventing racism, the For the People Act, trans children, and voting.
Reid opened the second phase with this cartoonish, Always Sunny-like screed (click on “expand”):
Today we obtained a stark warning of the very actual results of massive oil’s impression on the world. An Arctic scientist mentioned world warming could have already handed an irreversible tipping level. And if because the world burns is not sufficient, huge oil can also be not paying taxes, not getting regulated, and ruining our politics. The very individuals who have been killing the planet, pour tons of cash into concentrating on progressive politics, particularly the organizations funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and the late David Koch. When he died in 2019, New York journal famous that Koch helped funnel billions into climate-denying organizations for many years since his household made its cash on oil and gasoline, naturally. And along with his cash he based Americans for Prosperity, the group that mobilized the tea social gathering.
Americans for Prosperity continues to be going alongside, with its different companions within the Koch community, waging a behind-the-scenes community to cease progressive priorities just like the For the People Act and launching a tea social gathering model 2.0 marketing campaign to focus on President Biden’s infrastructure plan, whining about spending and taxes, concentrating on lawmakers from each events in 27 states.
Reid then introduced in Whitehouse, gushing that she’s “that nerd” who “watch[es] C-SPAN” for his “presentations with charts about big money and its influence on our politics” and invited him to clarify “how this works.”
A cartoonish conspiracy theorist himself, Whitehouse huffed that “the Koch brothers and a couple of other creepy right-wing Republican billionaires have basically built out what in the intelligence community you’d call a massive covert operation” utilizing “anonymous money,” “cutouts,” “disinformation,” pretend scientists, and “front groups.”
For the uninitiated, the senator who asked Brett Kavanaugh about “boofing” has paraded himself as a crusader in opposition to darkish cash has quite the extensive history of his personal on this matter.
Along with the truth that solely 3.1 p.c of his marketing campaign donations came from small contributors, Whitehouse had been tied to Arabella Advisors, which runs the progressive darkish cash group Sixteen Thirty Fund (which then runs the far-left group Demand Justice) and, in March, hosted three anti-dark cash teams that — you guessed it — take darkish cash.
We might go on, however we’ll transfer on as we’re (A) a media weblog and (B) we’d be right here all evening.
Unsurprisingly, Reid by no means requested him about any of this. Instead, she trumpeted the For the People Act as “an anti-dark money bill” that might deal with “anti-voting rights” and anti-“climate science” teams, however has been thwarted as a result of Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (AZ) gained’t kill the filibuster.
This gave each Reid and Whitehouse room to run wild about “connect[ing] the dots” with a half dozen conservative teams corresponding to AFP, Heritage Action, and the Judicial Crisis Network that spookily management our democracy, place justices on the Supreme Court (that then act like Manchurian candidates), and hold Americans from voting.
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WHITEHOUSE: Yeah. I imply, if you happen to join the dots a bit of bit, Heritage Action, which has lengthy been part of the Koch darkish cash community, was the group that was caught just lately with the clip from their fundraiser saying how they have been anonymously funding voter suppression actions in all these Republican states, that generally the Republican legislators do not even know it is us and that they work by way of what they ominously known as sentinels in these locations to cover their position. You had Leonard Leo, who was the mastermind of the courtroom seize operation that pushed Gorsuch after which Kavanaugh after which Barrett onto the Supreme Court. When The Washington Post did their huge expose about his $250 million scheme, he jumped out and he jumped to one thing known as the Honest Elections Project, which does — guess what — darkish money-funded voter suppression and which, by the best way, if you happen to do the company hyperlinks, it is associated to the Judicial Education Project, which is expounded to the Judicial Crisis Network, which paid for the advertisements for Gorsuch, for Kavanaugh, and for Barrett. So it is the identical central command scheme working in opposition to local weather laws, working for darkish cash, and working to drag off this voter suppression stunt. And frankly, Democrats have had crap for countermeasures in opposition to it for a really very long time and it is actually exhausting to combat a gaggle like that if you happen to do not take them significantly and take it on.
REID: Well, that was going to be my query, sadly, is what can we do about it as a result of — proper, additionally they have these organizations like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council which are additionally closely concerned in pushing cookie cutter laws. There is that Heritage Action group that they’ve a plan with ALEC to supply mannequin laws to put in writing voter suppression payments. Because, once more, if you happen to simply ballot issues like saving the planet from doom, and we’re at this tipping level when it comes to saving the planet from local weather doom, we do not do something, we will get previous the purpose the place we will cease it. Most folks need to do one thing about it. They say no, you can not after which they are saying no, you can not vote as a result of they know the bulk would vote to avoid wasting the planet. So, my query is us little of us out right here who should not multi billionaires and simply need our planet to proceed and wish us to be a democracy, what the hell can we do about it when folks like Manchin, who has an impoverished state that wants infrastructure, who’s obtained miners dying at age 50 one thing as a result of they’re within the mines fairly being became Green New — you already know, form of inexperienced jobs, what can we do? If he does not need to assist, what can we do?
In response to Reid’s cry for assist, Whitehouse insisted liberals shall be deliberate in “going to war” in opposition to teams they disagree with, utilizing the complete energy of the federal government like “an air force of, like, truth and light and exposure and transparency in showing who these rascals are.”
As National Review’s Jonathan Adler wrote, Whitehouse has fairly the “selective search for dark money.”
With one final likelihood to ask Whitehouse why he thinks the six Supreme Court justices appointed by GOP presidents are “servants of right-wing dark money interests,” Reid declined and as an alternative continued her obsession with Manchin and Sinema:
Have you had this dialog Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin, as a result of Texas legislators got here up and tried to have that dialog and so they did not present as much as the Democratic assembly. They simply weren’t there.
So, to recap, simply over 4 years after a Bernie Sanders supporter and ardent MSNBC viewer almost killed virtually a dozen congressional Republicans, Reid and Whitehouse sought to criminalize political disagreements.
We’re not consultants on radicalization, however we do know that’s not a wholesome recipe for political discourse.
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To see the related MSNBC transcript from June 15, click on here.