On this day in 1864, Wisconsin soldiers bury Confederate dead at Cedar Mountain, Virginia.
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Colbert King writes Don’t waste your breath trying to convince Trump supporters he’s repugnant:
The sad truth is that with all that Trump has said and done, millions of Americans don’t see where he has ever crossed the line.
Slurring Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists? Calling for a ban on all Muslims coming into the country? Suggesting that a U.S.-born judge overseeing a Trump University lawsuit should recuse himself because of his Mexican heritage (“He’s a Mexican,” Trump said)? Saying people in the United States from Nigeria will never “go back to their huts”? Referring to Haiti and African countries as “s—hole countries” while wishing the United States would take more people from places like Norway? Tweeting that four black and brown members of Congress — three of them born in the United States — should “go back” to their countries of origin? Launching a slimy birther crusade against President Barack Obama? Constantly resorting to racially charged language?
It doesn’t bother them at all when Trump resorts to racist, sexist and religiously intolerant tropes in his onslaughts.
Face it. They helped put — and are now fighting like mad to keep — a prejudiced president in the White House. What does that say about them?
What does it say about the rest of us if we let them?
(Emphasis added. See also Trump, His Inner Circle, Principal Surrogates, and Media Defenders and Trumpism Down to the Local Level. It’s Trumpist officials and self-described movers-and-shakers at all levels who should be the main focus of one’s efforts.)
Riley Vetterkind reports GOP Twitter block will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $200,000:
Wisconsin taxpayers will pay a liberal group’s attorneys $200,000 because Republican lawmakers blocked them on Twitter.
State officials agreed Thursday to pay the legal bills for One Wisconsin Now’s attorneys. A federal judge ruled in January that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. John Nygren, both Republicans, had infringed on the group’s First Amendment rights.
One Wisconsin Now routinely criticizes Republicans on Twitter and other platforms. In 2017, it sued Vos, Nygren and then-Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum for blocking it.
U.S. District Judge William Conley concluded the three lawmakers had acted unconstitutionally by blocking the group on Twitter “because of its prior speech or identity.”
Kremer didn’t run for reelection and was dropped from the lawsuit after he shut down his official Twitter account.
(Infringement is expensive; don’t infringe.)