Anyways, those are my thoughts on the moment we are in & I'm def interested in hearing what wavelength yall are on, critiques, additions, missed angles, all the stuff. Lmk

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13/ Let's make sure we do the things that are actually within our power as individuals and collectives to hamstring any potential street mobilizations he could muster or that his base will try to conjure in a post trump context. The board is being set for the next rounds and DC is part of that. Don't ignore its potential importance just because Trump may be on the way out in the immediate.

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12/ There is a long way to go until January 20th, and I'm not saying at all that Biden won't get sworn in as President on that day, but none of that minimizes the fact that Trump is literally one of the most powerful man on the planet at the moment and that he is especially unhinged when suffering losses, to write him off as no longer able to mobilize threats against our communities is premature in my opinion.

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11/ it's crucial for anti-fascists to keep up the pressure on far-right mobilizations, making the cost of involvement and street mobilizations prohibitive to a point that it is not able to further broaden and metastasize in a party base that is looking to pivot and looking for answers. December 12th in DC is an opportunity to put a lid on all that shit and keep the train of losses coming.

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10/ DC's MMM#2 is ripe for the picking from Trump's position, though I'd imagine he would have to give attention to it rather quickly for it to have any effect on that day's numbers. Proud Boys were energized by this previous rally and the lack of opposition felt. As far as the far-right is concerned, regardless of Trump's positioning, an increasingly despondent MAGA base rubbing shoulders with far right extremists is the context we'll likely be facing in the immediate post Trump months.

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9/ To do so would cost him nothing. His base believes him and are looking to be energized, it's not illegal, it doesn't have to be explicit and has deniability, his mouthpieces in Hannity, OAN, would echo his calls without question, and his ego- a huge motivating factor- would be stroked while he is able to claim he went down fighting. His speech yesterday stopped short of calls to action outside of the court system, but it was coherent and had gusto - a shift from the previous weeks.

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8/ So what the fuck does this have to do with D12? Trump has had the avenues to an effective "constitutional" coup closed to him. His black hole of an ego wont allow him to concede defeat and he needs to come out looking like a winner, or at least materially defiant. He absolutely could settle for pithy press conferences and he goes out with a pathetic whimper, or he could slightly pivot to real calls to action for his base to mobilize in the streets. This dude loves fucking rallies.

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7/ This could definitely end up putting actual politicians with those ideologies in positions of power on a scale that we haven't seen in a long time. The MAGA base, the Proudboys, and the politicians they'll seek to place in office is this phenomenon in action.

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6/ Antifascists were successful in driving the alt-right back into the underground in 2017, but they way Trump has wielded reactionary rage has created a "boots to suits" pipeline where the goals of the far right lose some of its edgy potency (think hyper nationalism instead of white nationalism), the optics are cleaned up (nazi and confederate flags replaced with Trump 2020 etc), and the ideas become consumable on a mass scale...

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5/ Anecdotally, just think about how exceptional James Fields car ramming attack was in 2017. For the most part the only folks showing up to fight antifascists was the far right. This summer during the Floyd Uprisings we saw a multitude of deadly attacks, shootings, car rammings and the like... by run of the mill MAGA's.

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4/ A wide base dissatisfied with their representation is a reflection that the Republican party as we knew it before doesn't exist any longer. It's has to respond to increasingly right wing demands to stay energized. Folks looking to change that are increasingly likely to look to grassroots mobilizations like the tea party did, but this time the context is wildly different. We have seen a massive shift from the composition of far right between 2016's election and now. It's bigger and legitimized

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3/ A whole ass 80% percent of republicans don't believe in the fairness of the election and the standard on acceptable evidence has crated to the articulation of conspiracy theory. So much so that R politicians have had to confront an actual boycott by their base of the upcoming runoff election in Georgia that will determine who controls congress. That rift between a voter base that thinks from farther right position than that of actual R politicians crease a fertile ground for bullshit.

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2/ Barr's rare break from Trump contradicting his conspiracy theory is further evidence that all the doors to a coup are closing, if not totally closed. The bureaucracy of American democracy managed to stop an incoherent, unstrategic, mess of a contested election effort. That doesn't however mean that Trump is no longer a threat. How all of this has played out has exposed a significant rift between the republican base and the R establishment itself.

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1/ Trump is largely recognized as a lame duck in this interim period and until yesterday's speech looked as if he was quietly sulking behind closed doors. What's been evident is that Trump didn't have a coherent plan for if he actually lost the election and that their hoped strategy of politicizing the courts has resulted in a massive failure. Scenarios like a SCOTUS decision on the Presidency or an unfaithful electors situation December 14th seems incredibly unlikely.

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Feel like a lot of people are sleeping on the second Million MAGA March in DC for December 12th. Though Trump has lost a lot of his footing there is still a considerable threat here and it's important for folks to mobilize to DC.

Lets talk Trump first then how it plays into D12
This is a rant, so strap in...

We are releasing a photo mini series this weekend on different loadouts I’ve used at demos and a wide variety of events over the last four years. We’ll dive into the logic of when it makes sense to use each one and all the items carried within. Got 5 different t applications to go through.

Shout out to back in the day when ‘rona wasn’t a concern and shooting competitions wasn’t $300 worth of ammo 😅😭

Set up my night stand. Not pictured, a portable quick access bolt lock.

New patch! I wouldn’t wear this to an action, but it does make me laugh 😂

Is there a way to livestream on Mastidon? Anyone know?

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