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Last week's Iowa GOP caucus was not the signal of anything, except Trump's failure. He got support from 56,000 caucus-goers in a state with 3.2 million people. That equals about 7% of registered Republicans in Iowa and only 3% - THREE PERCENT - of all registered voters in Iowa. Of those GOP voters who defied the extreme cold to attend, only 51% backed Trump. Next week’s New Hampshire primary is in an even smaller state with only 1.4 million people.
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CHOOSING AUTHORITARIANISM AND VIOLENCE
* "...some Trump voters are not merely misunderstanding “the economy,” or imagining his “principles,” and they don’t think that the“mean tweets” are regrettable. Some of them want the authoritarianism." -- Jonathan V. Last, The Bulwark, January 15, 2024
* Violent threats and actions are increasing since Trump began to encourage political violence. INCO recommends Jay Kuo's excellent analysis - complete with details of actual threats and actions against people Trump has targeted.
Kuo concludes, "But above all, we must have a keener awareness of exactly how Trump is using these rhetorical techniques to pull us all toward a far more violent and dangerous political future. Calls to violence can’t get a pass, nor can dehumanizing language, election lies, and stochastic terror."
PICKING A TRUMP JURY
Would you be picked to serve on a jury at a Trump trial? Here's a fascinating look at how the jurors in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case were questioned and then chosen to serve. INCO recommends attorney Joyce Vance's explanationof the who, what, and why of this case and its jurors.
Vance concludes, "The case is important for Carroll, but it’s also important for the country. And while the criminal trials move forward on a slower track, this case’s moment is now."
INSURRECTIONISTS IN COURT AND IN PRISON
"More than 1,200 people have been charged with Capitol riot-related federal crimes. About 900 of them have pleaded guilty or been convicted after trials decided by a jury or judge. Over 750 of them have been sentenced, with nearly 500 receiving some term of imprisonment, according to data compiled by The Associated Press."
Reed Knox Christensen, 65, who briefly ran an unsuccessful campaign in the Republican primary for governor of Oregon after storming the Capitol, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison. He charged at a group of police officers outside the Capitol and assaulted five of them before rioters breached the police line, prosecutors said.More about other insurrections facing justice is here.
"Be wary in front of a billy goat, in back of a horse, or on any side of a fool." -- Traditional Yiddish saying
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