Media expert confirms worst suspicions about GOP

“Moscow” Mitch McConnell congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after Russian leader Vladimir Putin (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia)

Last week, Senate leader Mitch McConnell finally admitted that Joe Biden won the election. It took him almost four weeks to do this. But “Moscow Mitch” only made that statement after Russian leader Vladimir Putin acknowledged Biden’s win. I said half-joking, after all, Putin is the de-facto head of the Republican Party. McConnell had to wait until the boss made the first move.

Putin’s GOP


Jim Jones Killed 900 People; Trump Has Killed 300K So Far

Maskless Proud Boys, violent Trump supporters, rampaged through Washington, D.C. last weekend. The violence resulted in four stabbings. (Geoff Livingston/Flickr)

When former presidential candidate Herman Cain became infected with the coronavirus earlier this year, I began to see the similarities between the Trump cult and the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, which caused the death of about 900 people in 1978.

Kool Aid and Anti-Maskers


Trump gave Putin exactly what he wanted

Vladimir Putin is warmly welcomed to Japan by President Donald Trump (Shealah Craighead/White House)

The disastrous Trump presidency is coming to an end as chaotic and dysfunctional as the rest of his term. Several government agencies were hit with a widespread cyberattack believed to have been generated from Russia. (The president has said nothing.) And CNN reported that Trump briefly floated the idea of refusing to leave the White House. His staff shot down that scheme. However, it would have been entertaining to watch the former reality TV star frog-marched out of the White House. But Trump will probably leave for Florida over the holiday break and never return to the president’s residence.

But…


‘Sane’ Republicans sound just as unhinged as Trump cultists

Self-declared “alternate” electors are blocked from entering the Michigan Capitol and awarding electoral college votes to President Donald Trump. He lost Michigan. (Manny Otiko/YouTube screencap)

Do you ever read a piece of writing so awful it stops you in your tracks? I did this a few days ago. It was an article by syndicated columnist Mike Kelly. The column titled, “It’s time for Republicans to take back their party from the crazies,” was supposed to be a plea to Republicans to walk back from the edge and start listening to the sane voices in the party, not the Trump cultists.

I read it because I’ve been preaching a similar message. Unfortunately, as I got further into the column, I found some glaring errors. These are…


MAGA cultists’ violent protests will end badly

A participant in the Million MAGA march protests the results of the November election. (Elvert Barnes/Wikipedia)

In his book, “The Threat,” former FBI Director Andrew McCabe says that people who work in counterintelligence are always on edge. They know they always have to be right, and if they slip up once, people die. All it takes is for one error, one oversight and you have a 9/11 on your hands. And that’s what I think about when I look at ex-President Donald Trump’s attempts to incite violence against his enemies.

An army of violent cultists


Republican Party is no longer on Earth One

Photo by Michael Candelori (Wikipedia)

I’ve been calling the Republican party insane for the last five years. Ever since they elected Donald Trump, the most unqualified president in United States history, to lead the country. That’s an educated opinion. But I like to back up my opinions with facts.

For example, when I call the GOP unhinged I’m saying that based on the fact that they don’t believe in science, treat the truth as an opinion and continue to support Trump, who’s responsible for more than 600,000 dead Americans because he mishandled the coronavirus pandemic.

But now we have facts and figures to support my…


GOP legislators want us to forget deaths, injuries, video, arrests

This noose was installed on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters. GOP legislators called them “tourists.” (Tyler Merbler/Flickr)

One thing about Republicans is they stick together, even if they’re selling a line of BS. This was evident during the House Oversight hearings on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection on Wednesday. I sat through about four hours of the hearings and it was an exercise in restraint not to throw something heavy at my computer screen when watching the debacle.

It was a torturous experience because Republicans came determined to act as if nothing happened. I’ve written about this before and so I wasn’t surprised, but I wasn’t expecting the level of gaslighting that was on his display. It…


Cheney ejection represents first crack in the wall

Photo by PBS News Hour/Flickr

When I look at the current drama in the Republican Party, I’m reminded of an article I wrote back in 2009. This was a time when Republicans were foaming at the mouth in rage at the idea of a Black man in the White House.

I could see what was happening; instead of leaning into America’s racial demographics, Republicans encouraged racist views about President Barack Obama. Ex-President Donald Trump harnessed that rage to fuel his presidential run. Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh admitted this too.

“I had strong policy disagreements with Barack Obama and too often I let those policy…


She’s doing the right thing on Trump, but I still won’t vote for her

Rep. Liz Cheney and her war profiteer father Vice President Dick Cheney (Gerald R. Ford/Flickr)

Don’t get things twisted. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.,) daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is still awful. She comes from a warmongering family and engages in Christo-fascist rhetoric on her Facebook page. I’m no longer a Christian, but the last time I checked in the Bible, making money from sending poor men and women to die is not looked upon kindly by God. However, I could be wrong. If you read the Bible, there’s plenty of violence and God frequently orders the extermination of groups of people. So maybe he’s okay with warmongering?

However, I reviewed her recent speech…


White nationalist GOP won’t make a Black man its standard bearer

Sen. Tim Scott (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

I always try to listen to sane Republicans. But they’re fast going out of business as the neofascist Trump wing of the Republican Party gains power. One of those people is Frank Luntz.

Luntz is a Republican pollster and messaging guru. He’s a controversial figure because he’s the one who comes up with buzzwords to get the public to swallow Republican propaganda. He’s the genius who came up with rebrands such as “death tax” instead of “estate tax.” But like him or not, Luntz, who is now an Independent, realizes that the way you frame a message is as important…

Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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