Everyone else (frightened): They were so close— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) June 16, 2022
Elected Republicans (pissed): We were so close
Judge Luttig kills the Eastman plan/Greenbay sweep dead. Testifies there is "no support in either the Constitution or the laws of the US..to count alternative slates of electors."— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) June 16, 2022
Luttig closes with this: "I have written that today, almost two years after that fateful day in January of 2021, that still, Donald Trump and his law allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy." pic.twitter.com/tBxqRrCvlO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 16, 2022
Luttig was the conservative judge that W thought about nominating to the Supreme Court but then he picked Alito instead. What a loss that was to America!
Judge Luttig correctly sees the coup-plotters of January 6 as revolutionaries against American democracy.— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) June 16, 2022
So then Tom Nichols decided to start a meme:
I know this is bad for democracy and all, but "Third, I've decided I should be on the pardon list, if that's still in the works" is objectively the funniest thing that's been said by an attorney for the president since Four Seasons Landscaping.— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) June 16, 2022
And there are now hundreds of tweets in the series.
I've decided I should be on the pardon list. If that's still in the works. pic.twitter.com/a75xqO44NS— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 17, 2022
Frog asks scorpion for pardon— ConstitutionalMischiefHat (@Popehat) June 16, 2022
It wasn't a presidency so much as a crime spree.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 16, 2022
If the Republic is going to collapse into a dark age of ignorance and fascism it's sort of nice so many colorful characters are involved I guess— ConstitutionalMischiefHat (@Popehat) June 13, 2022
And what is truly mystifying is why anyone supports Trump still:
On the one hand, I am enjoying seeing Donald Trump's flunkies at each other's throats.— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) June 14, 2022
On the other hand, I am really enjoying it.
The only people worse than Trump are those that still stand by him.— Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) June 16, 2022
I believe that Trump's absolute and total lack of any conviction, philosophy or character isn't a bug, it's a feature:
THANK YOU!! Thank you SO MUCH for saying that! It IS "gross". And ignorant. His very own complicit AG stating that he's "detached from reality" was icing on the cake for me! I've realized it all along! pic.twitter.com/P3lZ38KxZy— Kay R Reese (@kayrreese) June 14, 2022
Turning to Ukraine, here's an excellent article by Nick Cohen which describes why people in the West are displaying less compulsive interest in the Russia Ukraine War, and why continued engagement is so important.
Trump is their Golden Calf -- he is hollow, without substance, so he just reflects whatever they lust to be— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) June 17, 2022
... But the great turning away from the Ukrainian struggle is not just selfish and parochial. It is foolish. If Moscow wins, we will be living with a permanent fear of war and all the financial and psychological costs that would accompany the inevitable rearming....We might be yearning for peace, but Putin has shown no desire to compromise. Instead he invokes the colonial spirit of Peter the Great and dreams of sending his armies westwards.The Ukrainians remain far from defeated. Russia is short of men in the Donbass. It can bomb from the safety of a cowardly distance, but its armies can barely advance and are wide open to a counter attack in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine. The Ukrainians could push them back, but they need Western governments to supply them with the artillery pieces, shells and warplanes.Governments act under pressure from voters. The public needs to shake itself out of its privileged and dilettantish lethargy and realise that this isn’t a story with a happy ending but a hard, cold conflict that will determine the fate of Europe.
Nothing brings me faster to emotional devastation than remembering that humans domesticated pigeons then abandoned them, and that they are not wild they are homeless, and if you pick up one and put it in your home they are almost always well behaved and sweet pets.— Kayla Ancrum ✨OUT THERE, OUT NOW!✨ (@KaylaAncrum) June 15, 2022
When the French asked her to join the Resistance against the Nazis, they didn't think she'd accept.— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) June 9, 2022
“The people of Paris have given me everything. They have given me their hearts, and I have given them mine. I am ready, Captain, to give them my life. You can use me as you wish.” https://t.co/wai0lXDyqZ
Nondisabled man on bus sitting in wheelchair seat: “I’m not moving. I was here first.”— Gregory Mansfield (@GHMansfield) June 6, 2022
Bus driver: “If you don’t move so I can let the guy in the wheelchair on, I’m putting the bus out of service. Now, please move.”
Nicely done, bus driver.
People, especially younger gay men, often ask me what those years were like. I'm not sure how to answer that. as others have written, it wasn't "like" anything. It was just itself. My experience of being a young man was of dozens & dozens of the men I knew falling sick & dying.— Stephen Guy-Bray (@SGUYBRAY) June 8, 2022
My uncle, Daniel, died of AIDS in 1984, three years before I was born. A few years ago, I was blessed to meet Nick, a close friend of his who still lives in SF. He had a wall of 8x10 photos of deceased friends in his home and he gave me the ones he had of Dan in a neat folder.— John A. Mundell (@johnamundell) June 9, 2022
Know this and remember this https://t.co/xS6hXKtOVS— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) June 8, 2022
Waiting for our flight and this guy pulls a life size lego groundhog out of his carry on pic.twitter.com/vGU1kr6B8e— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) June 15, 2022