SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Feb 1, 2020

Here’s all you need to know about why Trump’s legal team departed. from CNN:

“A person familiar with the departures told CNN that Trump wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud and that the election was stolen from him rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he’s left office. Trump was not receptive to the discussions about how they should proceed in that regard.”

Well, he never was any good at taking advice.

There are seven powerhouse bylines on this NYT reconstruct titled “77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election…” (NYT)

Alex Jones’ role in “Stop the Steal” rally comes to light

Alex Jones played a key role in helping spark the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that preceded the riot on January 6. The WSJ, citing documents and unnamed rally organizers, reported Sunday that Jones pledged more than $50K to the event in exchange for a ‘top speaking slot.’ WSJ also reported that Jones helped facilitate a donation of approximately $300k from Publix Super Markets heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli. Grassroots organizer Cindy Chafian confirmed Jones’ assistance to CNN’s Paul Murphy, saying, ‘He agreed to pay for a percentage of the event…'”

Well, dang, does that mean I can’t ever shop at Publix again? Love that store.

“I apologize for thinking that you ate babies”

Oliver Darcy writes: “It’s early in the year, but this segment from CNN’s QAnon special, which aired over the weekend, should be nominated for most surreal cable news clip of 2021. A former QAnon believer explained to Anderson Cooper that he did really believe Cooper and others were drinking the blood of children. “I apologize for thinking that you ate babies,” the QAnon believer said. As many pointed out, it was jarring to see a video interview demonstrating exactly how far down this rabbit hole this person had gone. Watch the segment here…”

>> Darcy adds: “While it’s surreal to see, it’s also important to point out that there are countless other Americans who believe this nonsense. Pulling these people back into reality is going to prove challenging…”

That’s all for now. Yes, it IS safe to come out.

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