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I was floored waking up to the news that Gianforte - despite assaulting a reporter - won his election. I hope they put this f*cker away and he can not show up to vote for anything more horrid because he's in a jail cell. This is who we have become: the worst of American bullying and thuggery and violence.

More than ever I'm convinced that Trump is the symptom, not the cause. His presence and words and behavior legitimize and embolden this kind of fascist violence, and the islamophobic violence we saw enacted at airports in the wake of the travel bans, and the racist violence we are seeing across the country as immigration officials go after the brown-skinned who might possibly be in the country without proper papers. But that seething hatred, that fascism, racism, sexism, and *phobia was there before. Now it has the upper hand - it's emboldened.

I find myself deeply depressed. Fortunately, Jay Smooth to the rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLMF4FxXhbI

There's a URL at the end of the video but I'd like to point out that Jay Smooth now has a Patreon and if you are a fan of his critique and commentary, if you find his insights as useful as I do, you can now show your support as I have by becoming a patron.

Date: 2017-05-26 06:11 pm (UTC)
redbird: women's lib: raised fist inside symbol for woman (fist)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Symptom and cause: he's part of a destructive feedback loop, I think.

Date: 2017-05-26 06:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wotw
By way of helping you feel slightly better, I have heard (though I haven't verified) that approximately 2/3 of the votes were already cast in early voting before this incident.

Date: 2017-05-26 09:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chhotii
Well, this is who Montana has always been. Out in the sparsely-populated West the concept of the rule of law is rather different. So people strike out with violence to defend their "honor" and that's just how society functions. Very different from around here.

But, yeah, you would hope that they would evolved away from that, towards civilization, and that's probably going backwards now with the rise of Trumpism.

Date: 2017-05-29 03:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flexagon
Fuck Montana, seriously. (I get to say that, because I grew up there.) It's not really that sparsely populated anymore, but people still behave like it is. I thought things were progressing, but... probably not, now. :-/

Date: 2017-05-27 12:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mizarchivist
Dagnabit!!!

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