On Monday night, around 11 PM, the Arizona Republican Party sent out a tweet asking followers if they were willing to die in Donald Trump's battle to overturn the 2020 election.
About an hour later, AZGOP tweeted a follow-up, posting a clip from the movie Rambo, with the caption: "This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something."
This latest bout of insanity began when a far-right associate of Roger Stone tweeted "I am willing to give my life for this fight". (The AZ GOP has deleted both tweets.)
Last week, attorney Lin Wood, a proud Trump Cult member and the lawyer for accused murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, told a Georgia audience: "It's 1776 in America again." The hashtag "#1776" is trending on Parler, the social media platform now preferred by far-right extremists. Wood also suggested that Trump's supporters lay siege to Governor Brian Kemp's home (after he joined the Republican Secretary of State and certified Joe Biden's electoral college win).
Both Wood and Trump's illiterate lawyer Sidney Powell (who has trouble spelling the names of states in which she is filing lawsuits) have referred to supporters as "digital soldiers", a popular phrase in the QAnon conspiracy world. (This seems like an insult, since I recall during the W years anonymous far-right cowards who talked tough about the Iraq invasion were derided as "keyboard kommandos".)
On Monday, Lindsey Graham told Fox viewers that there is a "civil war brewing in Georgia" over the (non-existent) question of the election's authenticity. Brian Hughes, associate director of American University’s Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab, says the far-right often frames its political fights as wars between good and evil. "What you're seeing now is this histrionic style being expressed through the cultish dimensions of Trumpism".1-51
Cases of COVID-19: 2Court Cases Won: 1
Texas and 17 other red states are asking the Supreme Court to block Biden’s win in a case Trump calls “the big one.” The problem is they’ve got nothing beyond flimsy and already discredited arguments. https://t.co/jPk7KmFkpX— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 9, 2020
The one that hasn't been dismissed yet is always "the big one." And, no, the Supreme Court will not hear this one either.— Democratic Tweeter (@WileELiberal) December 9, 2020
"Is Trump simply lying in order to extract money from his followers... Or is he crazy enough to believe this stuff? The fact that he would associate himself with this case – which is going nowhere – suggests that he may actually be off his rocker." – @JohnJHarwood pic.twitter.com/37AByBtcir— Peter Wade (@brooklynmutt) December 9, 2020
Lol wow pic.twitter.com/IgKZxcNeNN— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 9, 2020
BREAKING: Pressed by @GStephanopoulos to explain Pres. Trump's executive order prioritizing Americans’ access to COVID-19 vaccines before the United States helps other countries, "Operation Warp Speed" Chief Science Adviser Dr. Moncef Slaoui says, "Frankly I don't know." pic.twitter.com/Wk7ElJKDaw— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Canada has already ordered 8x their population in vaccine doseshttps://t.co/hxiSQUrS7W— IHearCrickets (@PamSeufert) December 8, 2020