I am so angry right now. Angry and heartbroken. Angry because people are too selfish and stupid to do what they're supposed to do. Wear a fucking mask. Social distance. So fucking simple. I'm days away from getting my 2nd covid vaccination. And now just as I was begining to see the light at the end of the tunnel, selfishness and stupidity is taking one of the people I love most in the world. My 95 year old grandmother is laying in her nursing home bed struggling to breathe. All this time, all this time waiting to get vaccinated in the hopes that I could see her again, face to face, to hold her soft hand, to kiss her cheek and hold her. To tell her how much I love her. And I'm not going to get to say goodbye to her.
Yesterday, I was helping my dad shop for a sofa for his new apartment and the Lazboy sales rep proceeds to open her ignorant mouth and say how last year there weren't any more deaths than the previous year and there's fewer deaths from covid than what THEY say and how hard it is for her to breathe through a mask.
I wanted to say, well, my grandma was just diagnosed with covid so in my book it IS as bad as they day. But I didn't. Because I'm always so fucking polite. Don't make a scene. I wish I'd spoken up. I should have requested a different sales person - one with some goddamn common sense. But I didn't. I wish to God I had, cuz this shit is sticking in my craw.
I feel helpless. I feel sad. But mostly I feel angry because it's easier to focus on that.
I talked to my grandma on the phone April 4th. Before she was sick. She said, "I miss you. I love you, always." It was the always that really struck me at the time. I'm holding on to that.
"“Unlike previous postelection protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” the inspector general’s report quotes the threat assessment. “Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.”
Skip forward to Jan. 5—the day the FBI’s Norfolk field office forwarded a social media thread with threats like “Get violent … stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal”—and Capitol Police leadership concluded, in a plan for handling the next day’s events, that there were “no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress.”"
(from the article, bolding mine)
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This weekend, Trump and a number of high-profile GOP lawmakers and supporters are meeting for a Republican National Committee spring retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. In a keynote speech Saturday night, Trump called McConnell a "dumb son of a bitch" for not helping him overturn the 2020 presidential election, as well as a "stone cold loser."
Participants at the event are discussing unity within the party and upcoming campaign plans after Trump vowed to punish his opponents in next year's GOP primary races. Among those opponents are Murkowski and other Republican senators who voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial in February.
Trump has pledged to fight against lawmakers who have publicly criticized him, highlighting an ongoing divide within the GOP as the party struggles to break away from the former president's influence.
McConnell, once considered a long-time ally, is among those Trump has recently gone after. Last month, Trump said McConnell was "hanging by a thread" and warned Republicans that his endorsement determines "the difference between victory and massive defeat."
Trump's criticism of McConnell comes after the Kentucky senator said the former president's actions on January 6 "provoked" a violent mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Though McConnell did not vote to convict in the impeachment trial, he called Trump "practically and morally responsible," for the riot that resulted in five deaths.
In response, Trump called McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack."
Now a McConnell-aligned Super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, has publicly endorsed Murkowski in a move that could add further fuel to the fire.
Last month, Trump said the Alaska senator was "disloyal and very bad" and confirmed that he would be campaigning against her next year after she joined six other Senate Republicans in finding Trump guilty of inciting an insurrection.
"She represents her state badly and her country even worse," Trump said in March. "I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be—in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad senator."
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