Republicans have undermined trust in institutions

Not even 60% of Republicans trust Fox News!

This is why it will be hard to break through to them. They have no interest in listening to facts. I don’t say they have been misled. They have deliberately chosen to ignore sources of facts.

The fight to keep our democracy

CNN interviews Trump cult members, not Biden supporters who believe in democracy

Republicans bad “Let Go Brandon” slogan

Just another attack on Biden. It’s bad, not clever.

‘Let’s go Brandon,’ explained

Bad CNN tweet on who is vaccinated.

Republicans are the problem. Romney’s statement is cowardly and should be challenged. The media really gets me angry. They’re afraid Republicans will say they’re biased.

We’re not “we”

It’s easy to identify the groups of people who have prevented us from ending the pandemic “We” sounds good but we can’t even have a consensus on basic facts like who won the 2020 election and what happened on 1/6/21. I’m not optimistic about unity in our country.

The GOP is an extremist party

The majority of the Republican party still supports Trump and believes the election was stolen. Many believe violence is justified. It’s not just a wing – it’s an extremist party now and that is dangerous for the whole country.

After the ballots are counted: Conspiracies, political violence, and American exceptionalism – The Survey Center on American Life (americansurveycenter.org)

refers to the survey linked to above which is also discussed in the column linked to in the first tweet

Republicans only think elections are legitimate if they win

I’ve written about this before. It’s not just presidential elections. Look how Republican legislatures have treated Democratic governors elected in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan. Now they won’t seat a state senator who won a close race in Pennsylvania.

Read this excellent column by Jamelle Bouie linked to in the tweet:

Winning

Trump’s philosophy is based on winning. That means the other side has to lose. There’s no room for compromise. It’s a toxic philosophy for trying to get along in a multi-party country.

Now he and most of the Republican leaders won’t accept that he lost. It’s fine that Biden thinks he can work with them and he’s welcome to try it but he’s wrong. Republicans only care about winning and will not work with him. That’s why they violate norms over and over with things like the Barrett appointment. It was wrong but it was legal so they did it. They don’t care that it undermines public confidence in the Supreme Court.

Remember when McConnell said his goal was to make Obama a one-term president? Why should this be different? It won’t be. Anything Biden gets done will have to be by executive order. If there is a Supreme Court vacancy, I think McConnell won’t let him fill it.

Republicans don’t care what the public thinks and so far have not suffered from taking unpopular actions.

The public supported hearings on Garland. McConnell didn’t do it.

The public supported having witnesses for the Senate Trump impeachment trial. McConnell didn’t have them.

The public thought the winner of the election should pick RBG’s replacement. Trump and McConnell filled the vacancy anyway.

McConnell won’t even hold hearings on the large volume of bills passed by the House. Why would that change now just because Biden is president.

I admire Biden’s optimism but he’ll learn the hard way. He can’t be president of all of the people when a large minority won’t accept that he is the president.