Extremists and QAnon supporters are organizing on message boards to take over the Republican Party

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    • #402395
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      After Steve Bannon and his guest explain how to infiltrate the GOP, posters on message boards take notice



      PUBLISHED 02/10/21 3:38 PM EST

      Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s recent interview with a local Republican Party committee member on how Trump supporters might be able to take control of the party at the grassroots level is now being enthusiastically promoted on far-right platforms — including to followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which has been linked to domestic terrorism and the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

      On February 6, Bannon hosted Dan Schultz, an attorney and a local GOP committee member from Arizona, on his podcast to discuss conservatives taking over the Republican Party by becoming the local precinct committee officers throughout the country as many of these positions are vacant from lack of public awareness. From there, according to Schultz, they could gain influence over local elected officials and even determine the course of national presidential nominations.

      Bannon’s interview with Schultz caught further attention, with social media posts appearing on far-right platforms 4chan, Patriots.win, and Gab. These posts especially focused on the claim by Bannon and Schultz that 200,000 local committee slots nationwide — roughly half of the total seats — currently stand empty and could be filled easily, potentially even by running unopposed. Some of the posts touted this as “The Best Kept Secret to taking over the Republican (GOP) Party.”

      These social media platforms have long served as havens for white nationalists, as well as spreading conspiracy theories about such topics as the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 election, as well as dangerous rhetoric related to the coronavirus pandemic and the January 6 insurrection.

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      GOP “owns” it, indeed! Open your mouths and “breathe deep”…

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      In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the phone lines and websites of local election officials across the country were jumping: Tens of thousands of Republicans were calling or logging on to switch their party affiliations.

      In California, more than 33,000 registered Republicans left the party during the three weeks after the Washington riot. In Pennsylvania, more than 12,000 voters left the GOP in the past month, and more than 10,000 Republicans changed their registration in Arizona.

      An analysis of January voting records by The New York Times found that nearly 140,000 Republicans had quit the party in 25 states that had readily available data (19 states do not have registration by party). Voting experts said the data indicated a stronger-than-usual flight from a political party after a presidential election, as well as the potential start of a damaging period for GOP registrations as voters recoil from the Capitol violence and its fallout.

      Among those who recently left the party are Juan Nunez, 56, an Army veteran in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He said he had long felt that the difference between the United States and many other countries was that campaign-season fighting ended on Election Day, when all sides would peacefully accept the result. The Jan. 6 riot changed that, he said.

      LINK–Yahoo.com, The New York Times ‘There’s Nothing Left’: Why Thousands of Republicans Are Leaving the Party

      Who to believe, New York Times or MediaMatters, this is so difficult. I know, it is a conspiracy and nothing less. The USA is moving even further to the right as planned with the media pulling the rope.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      • #402550
        A Simple Game
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        The sane Republicans leaving make it easier for the nut cases to take over.  Although many, including me, believe the nut cases took over years ago.  However we are at this time talking about a new level of nut case.

    • #402414
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      The solution is no doubt having Big Tech shut down all of their platforms, taking out the independent leftist media down with them. This is what is happening right now.

      Coverage like this is not coincidental.

      Why the fuck should I care that these people are organizing on the internet? People should be able to organize on the fucking internet! They are going after our right to freedom of assembly, and using the specter of scary Trump cultists as an excuse to crack down on all of us.

      I advise not falling for it.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #402457
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      They always always turn that on Liberals and they are doing just that!


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      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #402551
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      Look at Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and a host of other nut cases now in leadership positions.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

    • #402977
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      It is possible that the neocons are switching to the Demofascist Party. It is possible that the christofascists are withdrawing, since they only joined the GOP en masse in 1996 and it has gotten them nowhere (in their lights)

      There is a story (I don’t remember the source, so it should be considered at best as unreliable) that 3 million people left the Democrats after the 2016 primaries. If true Trump negated the impact of that, but perhaps only temporarily.

      The article assumes that a voluntary purging of “moderates” from the Republicans will make the GOP an even worse force. This is probably true (it certainly has been for the Democrats) But it could be something else entirely.

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