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Late on Monday a report from The Daily Beast came out saying that around 2009 Republican Senate candidate for Georgia Herschel Walker had urged a women he impregnated to get an abortion. The report also showed receipts that Walker paid the woman’s medical costs. This was followed up by Walker’s own very right-wing son Christian going on a rant attacking his father for hypocrisy while also reminding media outlets that Walker’s past is filled with domestic violence claims and decades of being a not-so-great dad. Walker has denied the claims against him in sort of word salad statements to the press.
In recent months, in front of lots of people and to lots of people with microphones, Walker has complained that he is against abortions. He is so very morally opposed to abortions that he does not believe there are any exceptions he could think of that would square with who might have the right to decide to do with their own reproductive situation: This includes rape, incest, or the health and welfare of the person carrying the egg. The fact that Walker’s garbage fire of a campaign includes the height of moral hypocrisy was not surprising. Also not surprising was the fact that by Tuesday afternoon it became clear the Republican Party would walk back virtually everything they’ve been claiming to believe about the concept of abortion for the past 60 or so years.
Let’s put it all on the record:
Let’s see what GOP chairwoman and rainbow fentanyl Halloween ghoul Ronna McDaniel has to say:
Herschel Walker will deliver a safer and more prosperous Georgia, and the RNC will continue to invest in the Senate race. (2/2)
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 4, 2022
Here’s Newt Gingrich taking time away from wondering about tattoos to explain how Republican voters need to forget everything about how much of a morally bankrupt monster Herschel Walker is because Herschel Walker has a “deep commitment to Christ.” Quick reminder: Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock has been the senior pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church since 2005. If the Jesus thing is your thing, I mean, c’mon!
Gingrich: I think Walker is the most important Senate candidate in the country because he’ll do more to change the Senate… by his deep commitment to Christ. He had a lot of concussions.. pic.twitter.com/40VkaCoFgZ
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 5, 2022
Former NRA spokesperson and white supremacist fetishist Dana Loesch is till cranking about in the right-wing-o-sphere. Back in 2012, Loesch had this to say about people who were fighting against proposed Virginia legislation that would force one to undergo vaginal penetration by an ultrasound wand in order to be cleared to have an abortion in Virginia: “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. … There were individuals saying, ‘Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?’ What? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.”
Loesch also called pro-choice advocates and politicians people who “who think it is perfectly permissible and moral to murder infants up until and even in some cases according to Governor Northam after birth.” What say you about Herschel Walker, Ms. Morality?
Dana Loesch: “I don’t care if Herschel Walker paid to abort endangered baby eagles. I want control of the Senate.” pic.twitter.com/gp3jbG5P1B— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) October 4, 2022
So, “murdering infants” is less of a virtue to Loesch than “winning.” Loesch goes on to say that the woman who Walker was dating and got pregnant and paid for an abortion for is a “skank.” And she also characterizes women who decide to have an abortion as “skanks.” Take it in, but wear a mask—the sulfur pouring out of her face is poison.
Conservative evangelical radio host Erik Erickson wanted to get out in front of this by saying it was old news.
Later on, because all of these GOP shills are tragically narcissistic, Erickson had to say that he wasn’t wrong even if he wasn’t right.
On the Walker thing, it may not have been public, but I'm about 100% sure one of his opponents told me it was rumor. I thought it was public, but it might not have been. It was definitely talked about in quiet discussions. Here's what a lot of people are going to miss…
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 3, 2022
That led to this very good point for the evangelical Erickson.
Erick, who else secretly paid for abortions that only big time insiders like you talk about in quiet discussions?
— Gabe Rosenberg (@Gaber205) October 4, 2022
Surely those God-fearing pro-lifers aren’t going to openly support Walker now that he’s been relentlessly exposed as somewhat worthless?
Pro-lifers praying with Herschel this morning to put the armor of God on him to shield him from his own son’s truth bombs. pic.twitter.com/fh4uNpLr1Y
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) October 4, 2022
What does the National Right to Life: Protecting Life in America Since 1968, have to say about Herschel Walker?
The anonymous attack on Herschel Walker is just the latest in a series of attempted Democratic character assassinations going back to the allegations against Justice Clarence Thomas. National Right to Life stands behind its endorsement of Herschel Walker. It is the Democratic candidate, Raphael Warnock, who has in fact voted to pay for thousands of abortions.
Herschel Walker wants to protect unborn children while Raphael Warnock wants to see them die through unlimited abortion. The Democratic party knows it cannot win on the issues, so we once again see an attempted character assassination, a tactic that is sadly all too often encouraged by a compliant and willing media.
Sen. Rick Scott left his throne of bones to go on the Hugh Hewitt show and say that nothing matters!
MAGA-red voters aren’t going to be swayed by the fact that Walker shouldn’t be allowed to drive your kid in a carpool, let alone become senator. These guys don’t need any GOP leaders to finesse things for them.
Man wearing shirt that says “BLOWJOBS” doesn’t want kids seeing anything inappropriate. pic.twitter.com/qtB4qNSowz
— The Good Liars (@TheGoodLiars) October 5, 2022
Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos.
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After The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that billionaire Elon Musk proposed to Twitter that he buy the company at his original offer of roughly $44 billion — following months of his attempts to back out of the deal, resulting in a recent lawsuit — many right-wing media personalities celebrated the news and expressed hope that banned users would be allowed back on the social media platform.
In a statement released in response to the reported acquisition, Media Matters President Angelo Carusone warned that under Musk’s ownership, Twitter “will become a supercharged engine of radicalization if he follows through with even a fraction of what he has promised.” Musk had “made it clear that he would roll back Twitter’s community standards and safety guidelines, reinstate Donald Trump along with scores of other accounts suspended for violence and abuse, and open the floodgates of disinformation,” he said. NBC online disinformation reporter Ben Collins offered similar warnings in a short Twitter thread, stating that “it could actually affect midterms” because Musk “can elevate any idea or person he wants through recommendations and UX [user experience] choices and there will be no oversight on this as a private company.”
When the purchase deal was first announced in late April, there was excitement among right-wing figures banned from Twitter for violating its terms of service and on right-leaning Facebook pages. Anti-trans figures celebrated by expressing increasing bigotry on the platform in violation of its rules against hateful conduct. Fox News hosts were also ecstatic, with some advising Musk to fire everyone at Twitter while pushing the fake narrative that the platform censors conservatives. (According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, Musk has often opposed transparency at Tesla and quashed his employees’ freedom of speech.)
Now, right-wing media and extremists are once again celebrating Musk for moving forward with his offer to buy Twitter. They’re especially expressing excitement about the likelihood that Musk would return disgraced former President Donald Trump to the platform, from which he has been banned since inciting violence surrounding the January 6 attempt to overthrow the government. He continues to spread inciting rhetoric, recently against law enforcement.
Some right-wing media figures expressed glee about Musk’s Twitter deal
- Former Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said that Musk’s Twitter acquisition would be a “great gift to the American people.”
- Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce expressed relief that Musk’s deal to buy Twitter had been rekindled: “As long as he gets it that’s all that matters.”
- Fox host Dan Bongino speculated that Musk would “own the libs at Twitter,” and he bid his audience to “enjoy every second.”
- On his Telegram channel, Stop the Steal founder Ali Alexander suggested he might be back on Twitter if the Musk deal goes through and said that “firing bad Twitter staff” and allowing every bad actor who has been banned from the platform back on “makes PEACE more probable.”
- The right-wing political organization Project Veritas — which specializes in "sting" operations aimed at smearing its perceived political opponents — used Musk’s takeover as an opportunity to solicit emails from whistleblowers to “restore trust in Twitter.”
- On the Great Awakening message board, which is associated with the QAnon community conspiracy theory, users agreed that Musk had played Twitter “like a f**kin fiddle.” As one top commenter ominously wrote: “They're so screwed without the commie censorship crew.”
- Users on the pro-Trump message board The Donald suggested that Twitter is a “MASSIVE democrat bot farm” and that Democrats “won’t be happy” about losing their “psyop, programming machine.”
Other right-wing figures speculated that Musk’s Twitter acquisition will open the floodgates for “free speech”
- Fox Business reporter Lauren Simonetti speculated that the Musk deal could be positive for Twitter users if he “makes these changes that are more supportive of free speech.”
- Newsmax host Greg Kelly suggested that Musk might bring Trump back on the platform and said that “we should be able to say whatever the hell it is we want to say.”
- Newsmax anchor Bob Sellers commented that the deal “could have a political effect” and Musk might “allow things other people would not have” on Twitter.
- Conservative media watchdog Newsbusters published an article titled “Free Speech Wins, Libs Have Epic Meltdown Over Musk Deal.” On Twitter, the organization’s founder, Brent Bozzell, said that he hoped the deal would go through “for the sake of free speech.”
- Frequent Fox guest Glenn Greenwald said that the “hysteria” over Musk’s Twitter acquisition derived from liberals' fear that “Musk will stop censoring their adversaries.”
- On his radio show, Outkick.com founder and frequent Fox News guest Clay Travis said the deal was a big win for “those of us who want to be able to share our actual opinions on social media.” Meanwhile, Outkick.com published an article praising the deal as “a tremendous win for freedom of speech.”
- In a Twitter thread, right-wing provocateur Christopher Rufo singled out Media Matters and others for reporting on disinformation and prescribed that Musk “should protect independent voices against the false, manipulative, and destructive game of these ‘disinformation reporters’” upon seizing the company’s reins.
- On Facebook, right-wing advocacy group PragerU attributed a quote to Musk bashing “wokeness” as “a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.” The post racked up over 100,000 interactions.
- On Truth Social, right-wing filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza said that Democrats are “terrified by the prospect that under Elon musk, Twitter might again become a genuine free speech platform.” On Twitter, D’Souza speculated that his own following on the platform might double “to around 5 million.”
- Former One America News Network host Liz Wheeler teased that she might voice opinions about elections, COVID-19, or trans people as a “first tweet on FREE SPEECH Twitter” once Musk takes over.
Reprinted with permission from Media Matters.