This is Tyler Childers, and he has some profound words.
Senator McConnell has placed his marker on the table.
ABC news is reporting that the President will announce his nominee shortly.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat in the coming days, multiple sources close to the president and with direct knowledge of the situation tell @ABC News. https://t.co/NpSSjiSOLo
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2020
I expect that the President will announce his nominee no later than Wednesday and that Senator McConnell will have that nominee up for a vote before the full Senate no later than the Wednesday after that so that the new justice can be seated before the Supreme Court starts its new term in October. And to try to do sort of a judicial nomination shock and awe campaign by moving so quickly that no one can respond to what McConnell is doing.
I’ve seen Senator Murkowski’s statement, and it was nice to read, but the simple reality is that for Senators Collins, McSally, Gardner, Tillis, and Graham it is ride or die. They cannot let go of the tiger that is the President and his base at this point because it will not get them the Democratic votes to either save them in the case of Collins, McSally, and Gardner, nor to open up their reelection campaigns from the statistical ties that Tillis and Graham are in. Abandoning the President and his base of supporters on this will cost them more support and votes, then trying to look like they’re standing on principle.
The question is not what can be done to stop it, though I definitely believe as much hell as possible should be raised over what Senator McConnell is going to do. The question is what you are willing to do after Senator McConnell does what he is going to do to install a sixth conservative associate justice on the Supreme Court.
I expect there will be violence over this. Violence between senators. Violence directed at senators. And violence between Americans. I’m not calling for it, but as a nat-sec professional who works on low intensity warfare, this is what I expect.
Updated at 10:30 PM EDT
I just want to clarify and elaborate a bit on what I think is likely to happen. I expect that the violence directed at senators will come from the hard core and extreme right. It will be directed at the Republican senators who are being reported as potentially not supporting the President and Senator McConnell on confirming a new justice before the election and the inauguration; Gardner, McSally, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Graham, Grassley, and Alexander. It will start with threatening emails, voicemails, and direct messages. And it may escalate to actual attempts at physical intimidation to send a message: get or stay in line or else… Similarly, I expect that violence between Americans will originate from the same direction. Some MAGA asshole will decide to gun his car through a vigil being held in memory of RBG or a demonstration and rally to demonstrate to Senator McConnell and his GOP majority that they have to abide by the rules McConnell established in 2016. Or that, as we’ve seen with the MAGA truck/vehicle rallies in Portland, that those supporting the President will show up and pepper spray and paintball those standing vigil for RBG or rallying to pressure McConnell and his GOP majority to not be hypocrites. This violence will be stochastic terrorism, but if it happens, I expect it will originate on the hard core and extreme right.
The new documentary “The Sit-In” on Peacock tells of the time Harry Belafonte replaced Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” for five remarkable nights in 1968. https://t.co/5EGaIVlUKO
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) September 8, 2020
“Hiding in plain sight”:
… While the Vietnam War was raging and civil unrest was convulsing American cities, TV talk show host Johnny Carson did something special: He stepped away from “The Tonight Show” perch for a week.
Then something even more special happened: Belafonte took over.
For five nights, the Black singer, actor and activist entertained white middle America with his cool wit and an astonishing array of guests — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Sidney Poitier, Robert F. Kennedy, Paul Newman, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll and Lena Horne, among others.
That fascinating week of late night is the subject of the new Peacock documentary “The Sit-In,” which airs Thursday and celebrates Belafonte’s strategic and profound mix of art and politics…
In addition to his high-powered guests, Belafonte showed home movies of his family water-skiing and boating — conscious efforts to connect with his white audience.
“He was showing us his life,” says Walsh. “It went a long way to kind of normalize Black middle class and Black upper middle class life.”
The impact of Belafonte’s cheekily so-called “sit-in” is hard to measure but many believe it had profound effect. “That was probably the most revolutionary move that mainstream television could have done at the time,” Questlove says in the documentary.
One person watching was a young Henry Louis Gates Jr. The literary scholar would later write in the New Yorker: “Night after night, my father and I stayed up late to watch a black man host the highest-rated show in its time slot — history in the making.”…
Octavia E. Butler, who died in 2006, is a NYT Bestselling author. This was one of her life goals. Thank you all for making it happen! pic.twitter.com/0QNRfcQQ21
— Merrilee Heifetz (@MerrileeHeifetz) September 2, 2020
Somehow I missed this yesterday. Fantastic list, and not just 'cause I'm on it! ?? Honored to be in such good company. https://t.co/5G7fGXQIss
— N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin) August 21, 2020
Residents gathered in Chadwick Boseman's hometown of Anderson, South Carolina to mourn and celebrate him with speeches and a "Black Panther" screening. James Brown's daughter called the actor “the epitome of black excellence.”https://t.co/Az09i5UVnE
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) September 4, 2020
Now that we’ve got some time and space to process it all properly…
BREAKING: Chadwick Boseman — star of 'Black Panther' — has passed away from colon cancer at age 43. His family confirmed the news on Twitter Friday night, saying “he died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.” Here was his moving SAG award acceptance speech from 2019 pic.twitter.com/P4rrUIK0HP
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 29, 2020
People say Trump is a grifter. And he is. But I don’t really think that’s how he got votes.
If David Duke tells me that a Klan shirt is 100% cotton when it’s a poly blend, and I buy the shirt, the primary reason I’m wearing a Klan shirt is not that David Duke is a grifter.
— SwearOnWhateverOrWhoeverHat (@Popehat) August 29, 2020
/3 Well, I’d say, I’m still walking down the street in a Klan shirt, because whatever else he told me, that wasn’t a deal-breaker.
— SwearOnWhateverOrWhoeverHat (@Popehat) August 29, 2020
The Salt Lake Tribune, “Police supporters protest Pat Bagley cartoon at The Salt Lake Tribune printing press“:
Joe Biden: "When you and I get elected, God willing, we're going to push hard to make voting Election Day a national holiday."
Sen. Kamala Harris: "Absolutely."
Biden: "There should be same-day registration." pic.twitter.com/iS2CYjoGZT
— The Hill (@thehill) September 2, 2020
Hanging on to hope, and decency, by our fingernails…
"It was like I was speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters — literally, literally."
— Jacob Blake's father, on talking to Joe Biden and Kamala Harrishttps://t.co/BJg3OyyToS
— Charlotte Clymer ?????? (@cmclymer) September 3, 2020