Friday, June 10, 2022


Liz Cheney had one of the most quoted lines from last night's January 6 committee hearing:
“I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone but your dishonor will remain,” she said.
I wish I could believe that that's how collective memory works. I wish I believed that we ultimately agree on one set of truths.

But I heard Cheney promise that Trump supporters' "dishonor" will be self-evident shortly after this story appeared:
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security warned on Tuesday that people in online forums known for hosting violent extremist content are lauding the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas—and are pushing others to commit further attacks.

“Individuals in online forums that routinely promulgate domestic violent extremist and conspiracy theory-related content have praised the May 2022 mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and encouraged copycat attacks,” DHS officials wrote in a bulletin released Tuesday morning.
and shortly after this was revealed:
Carl Paladino, a congressional candidate in New York endorsed by a member of House Republican leadership, said in a newly surfaced 2021 interview that Adolf Hitler was "the kind of leader we need today."

“I was thinking the other day about somebody had mentioned on the radio Adolf Hitler and how he aroused the crowds. And he would get up there screaming these epithets and these people were just — they were hypnotized by him,” Paladino said in a radio clip unearthed by the left-leaning group Media Matters for America. “I guess, I guess that’s the kind of leader we need today. We need somebody inspirational. We need somebody that is a doer, has been there and done it.”
There's no pure infamy in this culture. Even when there's a widely shared sense of who's honorable and who's dishonorable, it's far from absolute. There aren't many right-wingers willing to go on the record saying that Hitler had admirable qualities -- allthough there are a few -- but even prominent figures on the right want you to believe that Nazism was understandable.

The backers of Trump aren't worried about "dishonor." They assume that he'll remain merely "controversial" forever, or that he'll be widely praised as one of the great American leaders. In a country where Nazis and mass shooters have plenty of admirers, they're not concerned about how they'll look in the years to come.

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