Liz Harrington is off to a fast start in job as Donald Trump’s new spokesperson. She replaced Trump hatchetman Jason Miller, who is secretly plotting a new media venture for the former president, on June 16.
On her first day on the job, Harrington described the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol and America’s democracy as a “peaceful protest,” awkwardly avoiding the stubborn fact that at least five people died and dozens of police officers were injured during that insurrection.
She trotted out the super-false equivalency, comparing the Jan. 6 riot to the arsonist who attempted to burn down St. John’s Church, the place where the former president used the Bible as a photo-op to somewhat convey that he “gets” religion.
Harrington, a former spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, editor-in-chief of warroom.org conspiracy site and senior editor for the right-wing Washington Free Beacon, then came up with the whopper of all-time. “It is an honor of a lifetime to represent president Trump and to stand for the truth.”
Trump, whom the Washington Post said spewed 30,573 false or misleading claims during his four years in the Oval Office, is the antithesis of the truth.
The 75-year-old Floridian called his new mouthpiece a fighter “who played an important part of our receiving more votes than any incumbent president in US history, far more than we received the first time we won.”
That's another lie. Joe Biden trounced Trump by 7,052,770 votes, grabbing 51.3 percent of the tally compared to 46.9 percent for the sore loser.
Fox News fabulist Tucker Carlson has just about completed the right-wing spin cycle that aims to plant doubt that the Jan. 6 insurrection was not the work of Trump supporters.
Carlson said on June 15 that the FBI organized a false flag operation at the Capitol to make the president look bad.
More than 2,000 criminal charges have been filed against 411 suspects. Carlson claims that a number of people identified in the riot indictments as unindicted co-conspirators were actually government agents. “It means that in potentially every single case, they were FBI operatives,” Carlson told his adoring audience.
While Fox News let Carlson rant on with his ridiculous conspiracy theory, Twitter shot down his drivel.
It posted the following:
"Federal law does not permit cooperating witnesses or informants to be charged with conspiracy, despite a baseless suggestion by Tucker Carlson that some co-conspirators of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol were not charged because they were undercover FBI agents."
What’s Carlson’s next move? Don’t be too surprised if Tucker says the rioters were actually patriotic do-gooders who wanted to deliver Girl Scout cookies to Congress as they went about certifying the election results.
What do you say, Tucker?
As progressives jump all over Joe Biden, accusing him of “selling out” his agenda by trying to reach bipartisan deals with Republicans, they should take a good luck at some of his key appointments.
The appointment of 32-year-old Columbia University Law School professor Lina Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission is a game-changer.
The Financial Times called Khan “one of the most renowned American scholars to criticize large technology companies, such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, for abusing their market power, and had demanded government action to restrain them.”
Elizabeth Warren, who wants to break up Big Tech, predicted Khan “will be a fearless champion for consumers.”
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, industry group, said the growing “populist” antitrust agenda would hurt consumers and hobble US companies.
Biden has put Big Tech on notice after they pretty much had their own way during the previous administration.