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We can do a lot of things here at National Memo, but one thing we can’t always control are the titles of YouTube vids. Today’s featured #EndorseThis clip has a silly “clickbait” title, “Stephen Colbert Ends Trump’s Presidency.” Regretfully, Backbone doesn’t have that kind of power over the White House. But that doesn’t mean he can’t fight the guy in charge.

In Colbert’s pre-July 4th monologue, he recaps how President Trump has once again asserted power to pardon anyone, including himself, for any crime. The comedian points out that if Trump has no intention of pardoning himself in the Russia investigation (as his supporters claim) then he would have no cause to continue to threaten it.

Some big-shots in the media seem to be pushing a different narrative – that 45 is simply fighting back against Robert Mueller in any way he knows how. At least that is what Fox News and other mainstream outlets would have us believe.

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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