When conservative organizations advocate for conservative rules, the response from liberals and their media allies wasn’t merely to battle again however crush them. That was the message Tuesday evening on MSNBC as ReidOut host Pleasure Reid and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) referred to as for the passage of the harmful For the Folks Act to allow them to use the federal government like “an air power” and “cease” them from having “a stranglehold over America’s legislative course of.”
Reid deployed her common venomous snark and condescension, kvetching in teases for 2 segments on this supposed injustice that “[t]he corrosive affect of massive oil on our politics and our society” and “extremely highly effective companies” had manifested itself “in blocking vital laws” just like the aforementioned proposal to rig elections in favor of progressives.
Solely in Reid’s world do huge companies nonetheless management and help Republicans and don’t interact within the woke company liberalism that really dominates our nation.
Reid began with a five-minute rant about how oil corporations need the nation as soiled and polluted as attainable to maximise their income and stop the U.S. from a right away and wanted change to all-electric automobiles. In fact, Reid put zero mind cells into how/the place the electrical energy to energy stated automobiles would come from.
At any charge, Reid insisted the Koch brothers had an oil firm that allowed them to launch People for Prosperity (AFP) to poison the minds of People and make them dumber (however particularly school college students), claiming they hate training, preventing racism, the For the Folks Act, trans youngsters, and voting.
Reid opened the second section with this cartoonish, At all times Sunny-like screed (click on “broaden”):
Right now we obtained a stark warning of the very actual results of massive oil’s impression on the world. An Arctic scientist stated international warming might have already handed an irreversible tipping level. And if because the world burns is not sufficient, huge oil can be not paying taxes, not getting regulated, and ruining our politics. The very individuals who have been killing the planet, pour tons of cash into concentrating on progressive politics, particularly the organizations funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and the late David Koch. When he died in 2019, New York journal famous that Koch helped funnel billions into climate-denying organizations for many years since his household made its cash on oil and gasoline, naturally. And along with his cash he based People for Prosperity, the group that mobilized the tea occasion.
People for Prosperity continues to be going alongside, with its different companions within the Koch community, waging a behind-the-scenes community to cease progressive priorities just like the For the Folks Act and launching a tea occasion model 2.zero marketing campaign to focus on President Biden’s infrastructure plan, whining about spending and taxes, concentrating on lawmakers from each events in 27 states.
Reid then introduced in Whitehouse, gushing that she’s “that nerd” who “watch[es] C-SPAN” for his “shows with charts about huge cash and its affect on our politics” and invited him to clarify “how this works.”
A cartoonish conspiracy theorist himself, Whitehouse huffed that “the Koch brothers and a few different creepy right-wing Republican billionaires have mainly constructed out what within the intelligence group you’d name an enormous covert operation” utilizing “nameless cash,” “cutouts,” “disinformation,” pretend scientists, and “entrance teams.”
For the uninitiated, the senator who requested Brett Kavanaugh about “boofing” has paraded himself as a crusader towards darkish cash has fairly the in depth historical past of his personal on this matter.
Together with the truth that solely 3.1 p.c of his marketing campaign donations got here from small contributors, Whitehouse had been tied to Arabella Advisors, which runs the progressive darkish cash group Sixteen Thirty Fund (which then runs the far-left group Demand Justice) and, in March, hosted three anti-dark cash teams that — you guessed it — take darkish cash.
We may go on, however we’ll transfer on as we’re (A) a media weblog and (B) we’d be right here all evening.
Unsurprisingly, Reid by no means requested him about any of this. As an alternative, she trumpeted the For the Folks Act as “an anti-dark cash invoice” that might sort out “anti-voting rights” and anti-“local weather science” teams, however has been thwarted as a result of Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (AZ) gained’t kill the filibuster.
This gave each Reid and Whitehouse room to run wild about “join[ing] the dots” with a half dozen conservative teams similar to AFP, Heritage Motion, and the Judicial Disaster Community that spookily management our democracy, place justices on the Supreme Courtroom (that then act like Manchurian candidates), and hold People from voting.
Click on “broaden” to behold their glue-sniffing glory in full:
WHITEHOUSE: Yeah. I imply, in the event you join the dots somewhat bit, Heritage Motion, which has lengthy been part of the Koch darkish cash community, was the group that was caught lately with the clip from their fundraiser saying how they have been anonymously funding voter suppression actions in all these Republican states, that generally the Republican legislators do not even know it is us and that they work by means of what they ominously referred to as sentinels in these locations to cover their position. You had Leonard Leo, who was the mastermind of the courtroom seize operation that pushed Gorsuch after which Kavanaugh after which Barrett onto the Supreme Courtroom. When The Washington Publish did their huge expose about his $250 million scheme, he jumped out and he jumped to one thing referred to as the Trustworthy Elections Venture, which does — guess what — darkish money-funded voter suppression and which, by the best way, in the event you do the company hyperlinks, it is associated to the Judicial Schooling Venture, which is expounded to the Judicial Disaster Community, which paid for the advertisements for Gorsuch, for Kavanaugh, and for Barrett. So it is the identical central command scheme working towards local weather laws, working for darkish cash, and working to drag off this voter suppression stunt. And admittedly, Democrats have had crap for countermeasures towards it for a really very long time and it is actually laborious to battle a gaggle like that in the event you do not take them significantly and take it on.
REID: Properly, that was going to be my query, sadly, is what can we do about it as a result of — proper, additionally they have these organizations like ALEC, the American Legislative Trade Council which are additionally closely concerned in pushing cookie cutter laws. There may be that Heritage Motion group that they’ve a plan with ALEC to supply mannequin laws to write down voter suppression payments. As a result of, once more, in the event you simply ballot issues like saving the planet from doom, and we’re at this tipping level when it comes to saving the planet from local weather doom, we do not do something, we’ll get previous the purpose the place we will cease it. Most individuals wish to do one thing about it. They are saying no, you can’t after which they are saying no, you can’t vote as a result of they know the bulk would vote to avoid wasting the planet. So, my query is us little of us out right here who will not be multi billionaires and simply need our planet to proceed and wish us to be a democracy, what the hell can we do about it when individuals like Manchin, who has an impoverished state that wants infrastructure, who’s obtained miners dying at age 50 one thing as a result of they’re within the mines relatively being became Inexperienced New — you recognize, kind of inexperienced jobs, what will we do? If he would not wish to assist, what will we do?
In response to Reid’s cry for assist, Whitehouse insisted liberals will probably be deliberate in “going to battle” towards teams they disagree with, utilizing the total energy of the federal government like “an air power of, like, reality and light-weight and publicity and transparency in exhibiting who these rascals are.”
As Nationwide Overview’s Jonathan Adler wrote, Whitehouse has fairly the “selective seek for darkish cash.”
With one final probability to ask Whitehouse why he thinks the six Supreme Courtroom justices appointed by GOP presidents are “servants of right-wing darkish cash pursuits,” Reid declined and as an alternative continued her obsession with Manchin and Sinema:
Have you ever had this dialog Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin, as a result of Texas legislators got here up and tried to have that dialog they usually did not present as much as the Democratic assembly. They simply weren’t there.
So, to recap, simply over 4 years after a Bernie Sanders supporter and ardent MSNBC viewer almost killed nearly a dozen congressional Republicans, Reid and Whitehouse sought to criminalize political disagreements.
We’re not specialists on radicalization, however we do know that’s not a wholesome recipe for political discourse.
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To see the related MSNBC transcript from June 15, click on right here.