As disgusting as these displays are, it's far worse if we allow the right wing to force real heroes underground. I was furious to see Rittenhouse partying in a bar with a white supremacy group while election workers in Georgia – who literally saved our democracy – are hiding because their lives are threatened. While I am rightly angry at the Republicans, I also have to wonder where the advancing reach and support for our people lies. Why didn't our progressive leaders go out of their way to promote their stories? Why didn't our politicians invite them to speak at our events, or offer them legal or financial assistance, or even a job? These are our heroes, and the least we can do is treat them as such.
The least is to make sure they are not slandered.
There are many heroes who helped democracy and, I don't think so, got their fault. Last year, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was dismissed by the National Security Council for the crime of complying with the law. His twin brother Yevgeny was also released in an act of minor retribution. Compare her treatment to Oliver North, who was involved in the illicit arms sales to Iran. The right wing gave North his own platform to spit hatred, financial aid to run a doomed Senate campaign, and finally the leadership of the NRA – which he thankfully dumped. In the meantime, I'd be happy if Vindman and his brother were just hired again.
I'm sick of former EXPO officials (aka former POTUS) making excuses on their rehab tour. If they were employees, they must be held accountable. Some, with integrity, took an early stand and accepted the consequences b / c #HereRightMatters !! @ AVindman Amirite?
– Yevgeny (Eugene) Vindman (@YVindman) January 25, 2021
The person who specifically inspired me to write this story is a woman named Ruby Freeman. I would have liked to interview her, but I can't reach her. Nobody can: She is hiding with her family. Before November Freeman sold handbags at a kiosk in an Atlanta mall. She was just one of hundreds of people in Georgia who, along with their daughter, responded to the call to election worker during a historic pandemic election. Freeman worked late at a polling center in Atlanta. Election monitors from both parties were present and the surveillance video covered the entire process.
Very late on November 3rd – November. In fact, poll workers were told they could retire for the night. They packed innumerable ballot papers in safe, Standard container. However, it was revealed that they did not want all workers to leave yet. So Freeman and others pulled the cases out to count again.
Donald Trump's ally selectively edited and distributed misleading clips of surveillance video, just to show the poll workers how to take out the "suitcase" and claim that it was evidence of election fraud. These clips were featured on Hannity and other right-wing programs of bad repute. Over in QAnon Land, an elderly election worker was instantly turned into a major global conspirator: it was Ruby Freeman who thwarted the election for Trump, the far right insisted.
The conspiracies were ubiquitous, but they usually involved Freeman single-handedly generating thousands of fake ballot papers for Joe Biden. Of course, it was never explained why she would have chosen to support the Republicans in all voting rounds.
Trump card became obsessed with her. He repeatedly tweeted false information citing Freeman; In his now infamous conversation with Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, Trump falsely insisted that she created and planted "18,000 ballots for Biden."
Raffensperger and his team had already analyzed the video frame by frame and confirmed that it only showed the normal counting process. That analysis and these facts were of no concern to Trump or his believers. His psychotic followers have since made sure that Freeman can no longer walk the streets of their own neighborhood.
That really bothers me. I live near Sanford, Florida – the home of the racist villain who killed Trayvon Martin. A local arms show treated George Zimmerman like a hero – and the little bastard actually signed autographs.
If I've never mentioned it before, sometimes I really hate this state.
But back to Georgia, where Freeman wasn't the only campaign worker to suffer. Lawrence Sloan was part of the team that processed thousands of postal ballot papers at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. There was a large presence of the media, election observers (from both parties) and election officials. Sloan volunteered to work an 18-hour shift because he felt needed.
Although postal votes are only supposed to return the ballot, many have wrongly returned the instruction sheet. In one case, Sloan processed a ballot and crumpled up the attached instruction sheet. The video clearly shows that the crumpled paper isn't a ballot: that would have been obvious since these are 19 inches long. Unfortunately, this innocent act changed Sloan's life.
Several Trump supporters sent out tweets falsely claiming Sloan's paper wrinkling was shameful, including Donald Trump Jr.
Trump Sr. also ruthlessly referred to Sloan to back up his false claim that the vote was "stolen". Sloan was eventually forced to go into hiding.
"I see white pickups and vans with Trump spray on the side pulling up and honking their horns," Sloan said. "And as a black man in the south, I know it's time to leave when pickup trucks pull up and honk their horns."
Sloan's friends picked him up at a nearby restaurant and he started living in different houses when information about him and his family, their license plates, and other personal information came online with threats.
Sloan keeps moving. He also said he plans to keep changing his appearance for now.
Freeman and Sloan are two people who did their job for democracy and in the end sacrificed everything. You should be lucky enough to get even a small percentage of the adoring attention the GOP pays to its worst people – the people who actually do it should be ashamed to hide. Wouldn't it be nice if Joe Biden or Kamala Harris drew attention to the plight of election workers in this environment and publicly thanked Ruby Freeman and Lawrence Sloan for their service and at the same time clarified their names? It would also serve as a sledgehammer for Trumpists who still want to mimic the lies that have disrupted the lives of election workers and, on a larger scale, the entire election. The Capitol Rebellion forced a reckoning among the Republicans, and I doubt there are too many who are still willing to turn these election workers into monsters. If they do, they must be blacklisted along with the rest of the Untouchables Riot caucus.
If I were Ruby Freeman, my first step, Sean Hannity, the Trumps, and anyone else who decided to scapegoat them for Trump's failure would be to take off their pants. Nick Sandmann gained access to several right-wing, high profile attorneys such as Todd McMurtry. He recently settled a $ 250 million lawsuit with the Washington Post, and another with CNN. On the other hand, I am not aware of any high profile lawyers who volunteer for Freeman, Sloan, or the multitude of other individuals who have been deliberately defamed and defamed. Hopefully, they can go after those wealthy right-wing hucksters and their billionaire supporters for whatever they're worth.
Fox News – one of the worst offenders for spreading misinformation – didn't withdraw a word until electoral technology company Smartmatic faced an expensive lawsuit over their lies. Fox was forced to "News package"That ran on Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro shows, exposing Trump's false fraud claims.
At the same time, Fox decided to lion the QAnon-following Trumpist who was killed during the uprising. Ashli Babbitt, who appears to be a dedicated Fox News viewerwas shot for getting so close to Mike Pence and other lawmakers when she stormed the Capitol. Given that this crowd also beat a police officer to death, the Capitol police officer who shot Babbitt is likely found to be justified in his actions.
Fox News, however, felt it appropriate to put them on with a despicable piece called "Ashli Babbitt, a woman killed in the Capitol riot, is described as a patriot who loved America dearlyFox passed out, describing her not as a conspiracy theorist or a violent rioter but as an "Air Force veteran, small business owner and devout Trump supporter". Her empowering husband spoke to the network, insisting that she loved her country, loved Trump, and that she was only killed for "giving her opinion" instead of trying to break through a barricaded door. Overall, there was a strange dichotomy in the network: half of the hosts defended the violent mob as patriots, while the other half insisted they were Antifa.
White supremacists love Kyle Rittenhouse
It's not surprising. This is the same network that Rittenhouse for "Maintaining order when no one else would."That obscene messaging worked, and Rittenhouse's legal defense was funded by" Christian "crowdfunding sites and right-wing groups who raised over $ 2.5 million for him.
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers rushed to defend Rittenhouse. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie praised it his "self-control" said "He also showed incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness; he did not empty a magazine into a crowd."
Yes, a real hero.
Granted, I've only focused on two Georgia election workers currently in hiding, but in every state there have been thousands of such workers doing hard work for very little money and exposing hundreds if not thousands of people in the middle of one Pandemic. In addition, they had to deal with threats and harassment from brainwashed Trump cultists.
In a year in which everyone is particularly committed to doing better than the hellish landscape of 2020, we want to make our contribution. Election workers, especially in hostile states, are doing everything they can to save our nation. It was bad enough risking COVID-19, they shouldn't have to risk being killed by QAnon believers too.
I would like to see the Democrats put in place a Congressional resolution honoring those who courageously volunteered for the freedom and fairness of the 2020 elections. We'd get the added bonus of seeing Republicans squirm when we're forced to vote on it. Hell, I'd love to see Biden put the Medal of Freedom around Ruby Freeman's neck. Who is going to complain? The ones who cheered when Rush Limbaugh and Jim Jordan got one? I'd also like to see progressive voices like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes take the time to highlight the work – and the plight – of people like Sloan and Freeman on their programs. This would serve to contrast the presenters of Fox News who are currently promoting and whitewashing right-wing extremist violent crimes.
Finally, I'd love to see philanthropic democratic supporters rally behind those forced to go into hiding by the GOP's fascist cultists. When a stranded 1980s child actor has six characters left in support of a racist murderer, someone on our side can reach into their own pockets to make sure our chosen heroes are at least safe.
We can't stop Republicans from treating their monsters as heroes, but we have to make sure they are not allowed to treat our heroes like monsters.