Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) The Future of the GOP: Part I

The GOP is on a collision course with time.

Its base of voters is aging and shrinking. The GOP has become a white grievance party fueled by fear-mongering right-wing media.

Meanwhile, the democratic coalition is expanding.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
If you wonder why Trump is conspiring with Putin and Mohammad Bin Salman to raise the price of oil on American consumers, recall that Putin's wealth is tied up in hydrocarbons.

I guess if you announce it openly you don't have to worry about whistleblowers (sarcasm)
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread)

How Trump and Rudy’s gambit would have make Ukraine MORE corrupt instead of less, thus giving Russia more power over Ukraine.

Subtitle: Another reason why asking “where is the crime?” intentionally misses the point.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread)

Dear GOP leadership:

Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi puts you on the horns of a dilemma.

What I mean is this. You can either:

đź’ embrace outrageous lies and
đź’ take Russia's side against the FBI and Ukraine

or:

đź’ incur Trump's wrath and lose support of his base.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) Russia + GOP =đź’•

Me: “Portions of the GOP are partnering with Russia to achieve their domestic political agenda.”

A person I respect: “I need evidence before I’ll believe that.”

So I put together a sampling of the evidence.

Buckle up. Here we go.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
Listening to this: npr.org/2019/12/10/786…

You can leave questions here while I contemplate my next thread.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
I finished reading Bowman's book. I've now read these⤵️

I was planning to write Over the Cliff Notes but my head is so stuffed full of information, I'm not sure where to start.

How about if I take questions?

(I haven't read Neal Katya's yet)
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) #MoscowMitchMcConnell

What’s up with the GOP-Russia love?

On Wed, Mueller told said the 2016 Russian attack wasn't "a single attempt. They’re doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign."

Today McConnell killed protective legislation.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) Trump’s parade v. Rule of Law

Trump wants a military parade:
twitter.com/nytpolitics/st…
Russia’s State TV sees the military parade as evidence that Trump wants to emulate Putin—and they're right.
twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews…
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) I was honored to speak at the Santa Barbara June 15 Indivisible March.
youtube.com/watch?v=pmhFg_…

The text:
"We’re here to make our voices heard.
This is democracy at work.
If you’re like me, perhaps, in the past, you took American democracy a little bit for granted. . .
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Short thread) Reading the Mueller Report: Ongoing matters

"In the course of conducting the investigation," Special Counsel wrote, we "periodically identified evidence of potential criminal activity that was outside the scope of the Special Counsel's authority."
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) Putin and the U.S.

I finished @mashagessen stunning book👇

I am left with two distinct thoughts:

First: I see why Putin methods work on America’s far right wing.
Second: I see why Putin’s methods are unlikely to succeed in the U.S.
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) The Manafort Transcript and What it Tells Us

The transcript here:
cnn.com/2019/02/07/pol…

The issue at the hearing was whether Manafort reneged on his plea deal by lying to the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC).
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) Cruelty

It all comes down to classic fascist ideology.

From Stenner (Princeton) & Haidt (NYU): what's happening an “authoritarian dynamic, which occurs when a person with an “authoritarian disposition” is faced with a “normative threat.”
Teri Kanefield
@Teri_Kanefield
(Thread) Putin & Trump
time.com/5451539/putin-…
What’s up with all the Trump-GOP-Russia love?

Spoiler: I suggest the GOP isn't playing footsies with Russia because they're compromised.

They WANT the alliance. Among other things, they see Russia as the savior of the white race.

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