January 31 Morning Edition

— Trump loses lead impeachment lawyers a week before trial – AP

— Trump parts with impeachment lawyers a week before trial – AP

— Kinzinger starting ‘movement’ to reclaim GOP from Trump. In explaining his decision, Kinzinger said “this is no time for silence.” – Lynn Sweet
(DIERSEN: Will Kinzinger and his supporters demand that the following either dump Trump or leave the Illinois Republican Party (IRP): a) IRP Chairman, b) IRP officers, c) IRP National Committeeman, d) IRP National Committeewoman, e) the 18 IRP State Central Committee members and their deputies, f) the officers of the 102 county party organizations, g) the officers of the township and ward party organizations, h) the Precinct Committeemen and Captains, i) the 2,446,891 in Illinois who voted for Trump, j) the 193,611 in DuPage County who voted for Trump, k) the 20,080 in Milton Township who voted for Trump, and l) the 157 in my precinct who voted for Trump?)
— Stocked and loaded: Chicago area gun dealers say record sales since Jan. 6 driven by ‘fear, plain and simple’ Local gun dealers say this month has seen the hottest gun market ever. And their top salesman is fear. Fear of everything from Democrats poised to take away their guns to civil unrest in the streets to a state shut down by a virus to a president claiming an election was stolen from him. – Andrew Sullender

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Impeachment will fail, but here’s another way to punish Trump.”
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who punish Trump supporters. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and/or Illinois.)
— Naperville council should denounce crime reform bill – Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, Naperville City Council candidate
— Reform bill benefits criminals, restricts cops – Charles Brown, Naperville

— Local elections take center stage – Editorial
(DIERSEN: As a Republican Precinct Committeeman in DuPage County Milton Township, I anxiously await direction from the Milton Township Republican Organization on helping elect Republican candidates on the April 6 ballot for my precinct. For Milton Township, the Republican candidates are John Monino, Nick Nathwani, Chris LeVan, Gary Muehfelt, Dan Milinko, Jeff Castle, Drew Ellis, and Joe Soto. For Wheaton Park District, the Republican candidates include Ron Almiron. For DuPage County Educational Service Region, the Republican candidates include Paula McGowen. For Wheaton Warrenville School District 200, the Republican candidates are ? For College of DuPage, the Republican candidates include Heidi Holan.)

— DuPage County reports 187 COVID-19 cases Saturday, 4 deaths, 2.07% of the population fully vaccinated – Joshua Welge

— Republicans “Rally for Representation”, say Cong. Kinzinger isn’t providing it – Rick Koshko

— Politicizing the classroom: 9 things to know about Illinois’ pending ‘culturally responsive’ K-12 teaching mandate – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— Trump still a GOP titan: ‘A restoration is coming’ – Dave Boyer

— OUTSTANDING: John Cox says he’ll challenge California’s Newsom if recall effort succeeds – Morgan Phillips
— Florida Republicans welcome Trump’s political activity in area: ‘He is our hometown president’ Trump relocated to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., after leaving the White House last week. – Brooke Singman
(DIERSEN: What do you say to Republican candidates who talk/act like they do not want Trump’s help? What do you say to Republican candidates on April 6, 2021 ballots who talk/act like they do not want voters to know that they are Republican?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: McCarthy welcomed Trump’s commitment to help elect Republicans in the House and Senate.)

— Twitter Suspends Christian Group for Accurately Describing Biden’s Transgendered Health Official Dr. Levine’s Biological Sex – PENNY STARR

— The Trump Comeback Begins: The Plan to Make Trump and America Great Again – Wayne Allyn Root (DIERSEN: What do the hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say about this?)

— People Pretending To Do Journalism Are Mounting Pressure Campaigns To Silence Conservative Media – VARUN HUKERI
(DIERSEN: I have been a member of the conservative media since 2000. Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters will pressure the new Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, and failing that, to stop everyone from reading those newsletters. They will pressure him to put more pressure on Jim Jay, the Chairman of the DuPage County Republican Central Committee and Chris LeVan, the Chairman of the Milton Township Republican Organization, to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, and failing that, to stop everyone from reading those newsletters. They will stress to Zay and to LeVan that because I am a Republican Precinct Committeeman, they have tremendous power to punish me for sending out the newsletters. They can call for the following to officially blacklist me: a) the chairmen of the other eight township organizations in DuPage County, b) all the Republican Precinct Committeemen in DuPage County and especially those in Milton Township including Amy Grant, Dan Cronin, Grant Eckhoff, Phill Suess, and Chris Heidorn, c) all the Republican elected officials in DuPage County and especially those who represent DuPage County’s 4th District , Milton Township, Wheaton, Wheaton’s West District, and my precinct, and d) the voters in DuPage County and especially those in DuPage County’s 4th District, Milton Township, Wheaton, Wheaton’s West District, and my precinct.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Using the wreckage of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as leverage, corporate media and the pundit class postured themselves as the de facto arbiters of public opinion, and promptly set their sights on conservative media. They took almost no time to pounce. Within hours of the riots, corporate media reporters and pundits pointed to the presence of Proud Boys at the Capitol riots and organizing on social media. They implied or outright called for more censorship and encouraged the White House to enact new domestic surveillance powers. Naturally, deplatforming media companies that do not adhere to the dominant liberal orthodoxy became a subject of serious discussion. Facebook’s former chief security officer Alex Stamos alleged during a Jan. 17 segment of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that conservative influencers and media outlets have “abused” press freedom, and advocated deplatforming conservatives from both traditional and social media. “We have given a lot of leeway — both in the traditional media and on social media — to people who have a very broad range of political views,” Stamos told CNN host Brian Stelter. “We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences.” Stamos singled out One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax in particular and accused those outlets of promoting “violent extremism” in the same vein as the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. “We are going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem. These companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and such bringing them into tens of millions of homes,” he told Stelter. CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy also commented on the “Reliable Sources” segment in a Jan. 17 tweet, adding that broadcasters and cable providers should be asked “about why they beam channels” like OANN and Newsmax. “Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels given their election denialism content?” Darcy asked. Earlier this month, Darcy questioned in a CNN Business article why cable providers continue to air conservative media after some outlets contested the results of the 2020 election. Darcy singled out Fox News in particular and claimed the network was just as “irresponsible and dangerous” as comparatively smaller outlets like OANN and Newsmax. “Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson and Mark Levin and others are responsible for the lies they peddle to their audiences,” Darcy wrote. “But the TV companies that beam them into millions of homes around the country also bear some responsibility.” Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded to the accusation during a Jan. 7 segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and noted that CNN was effectively “calling for censorship” of a competitor. “CNN staffers have already contacted the six major cable carriers in this country, the companies that carry our signal into your home, and pressured them to drop Fox News,” Carlson said. “Here you have a news company calling for censorship, a TV network demanding that media conglomerates ban its competitors.” No cable provider has openly discussed dropping Fox News or any other conservative outlet. Such a move would lead to intense backlash and almost certainly a legal challenge before the Federal Communications Commission over preferential treatment, according to Bloomberg. Targeting Fox News in particular could present a conflict of interest for CNN given that the two are competing news networks. Although unlikely, even one cable provider dropping Fox News could lead to a substantial loss in revenue for Fox Corporation. While Stelter and Darcy have not personally called for cable providers to drop media outlets, their actions constitute a pressure campaign against broadcasters to silence conservative media. CNN is also not alone in this effort. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued in a Jan. 13 editorial that “cable providers should be asked why they distribute channels that peddle lies.” Washington Post columnist Max Boot wrote in a Jan. 18 editorial that cable providers should “step in and kick Fox News off.” These developments are a response to the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, but corporate media outlets pressuring providers to silence conservative outlets is not new. After NBC News raised concerns about coverage of last year’s George Floyd riots from The Federalist, Google notified the conservative outlet in June that their website would be blocked from using Google’s ad platform. NBC News and Google later released contradictory messages in response to backlash. But the push to silence conservative media has since gained steam after multiple outlets were accused of promoting election misinformation that ultimately fueled the Capitol riot earlier this month. These efforts come after tech companies like Twitter and Facebook permanently suspended Trump’s social media accounts and purged thousands of conservative users. Corporate media has now provided a platform for Democratic lawmakers and progressive commentators who not only want to silence conservative media but also “deprogram” Trump supporters. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and “1619 Project” lead writer Nikole Hannah-Jones likened Trump voters to “members of a cult” during an MSNBC segment Jan. 12 and insinuated that the 75 million people who voted for the former president would “have to be deprogrammed.” Even before the Capitol riot, California Democrats’ regional director David Atkins suggested in a series of tweets Nov. 17 that conservatives should be re-educated the way citizens of Nazi Germany and Japan were after World War II.)
— Today Is The Two Year Anniversary Of When Now-VP Kamala Harris Said Jussie Smollett Was The Victim Of A ‘Modern-Day Lynching’ – LAURYN OVERHULTZ

— Ohio Republicans Move to Create a New State Holiday: ‘President Donald J. Trump Day’ – MATT MARGOLIS

— FRONT PAGE: Ideological Alignment Pushing America Toward Totalitarianism – PETR SVAB

— Trump commits to campaigning for Republicans in 2022. Trump remains highly popular among the Republican base, making him a key asset in securing Republican turnout in the 2022 midterm elections. – Noah David Alter

— Biden reignites immigration fight in Congress – JORDAIN CARNEY
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats illegally encourage citizens of foreign countries to illegally come to America illegally and to illegally stay in America illegally. Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want to immediately a) give the right to vote to those illegals who promise to vote for Democrats and b) give even more preference to illegals over citizens of America, and especially to illegals who are minority, female, young, poor, LGBTQ, and/or non-Christian, and to those who have health, financial, and/or other problems, who lack education, who lack job skills, and who demand massive government assistance.)
— Democrats seek to make guns in the Capitol illegal — for everyone – MIKE LILLIS
— Gun sales on the rise amid pandemic uncertainty, Biden’s vow for gun reform – JORDAN WILLIAMS
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters make it clear that they want government to confiscate firearms and confiscate ammunition from Trump-supporters, and especially from Trump-supporters who are law enforcement officers, veterans, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Out With Reagan, Buckley And Kemp; In With Trump, QAnon And Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters want leaders of Republican organizations to force their members to join the Lincoln Project ( https://lincolnproject.us/ ).

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Trump’s impeachment defense team leaves less than two weeks before trial.”

— San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names – AP

— Evidence Shows More People Driving High In Colorado

— 21 Men Accuse Lincoln Project Co-Founder of Online Harassment. John Weaver, a longtime G.O.P. operative who advised John McCain and John Kasich, made sexual overtures to young men, sometimes offering to help them get work in politics. – Maggie Astor and Danny Hakim
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about LGBTQ-promoters, their operatives, and their dupes who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican and who have worked the hardest since 2000 to destroy me. I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, or American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: John Weaver, a longtime Republican strategist and co-founder of the prominent anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project, has for years sent unsolicited and sexually provocative messages online to young men, often while suggesting he could help them get work in politics, according to interviews with 21 men who received them. His solicitations included sending messages to a 14-year-old, asking questions about his body while he was still in high school and then more pointed ones after he turned 18. These messages from Mr. Weaver, 61, who helped run John McCain’s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008 and John Kasich’s in 2016, did not lead to physical encounters except in one consensual case, and none of the men accused Mr. Weaver of unlawful conduct. Rather, many of them described feeling preyed upon by an influential older man in the field in which they wanted to work, and believing they had to engage with his repeated messaging or lose a professional opportunity. Mr. Weaver sent overt sexual solicitations to at least 10 of the men and, in the most explicit messages, offered professional and personal assistance in exchange for sex. He told one man he would “spoil you when we see each other,” according to a message reviewed by The New York Times. “Help you other times. Give advice, counsel, help with bills. You help me … sensually.”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump Raised $255.4 Million in 8 Weeks as He Sought to Prove Election Fraud
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters crow about their success in getting rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are law enforcement, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: For McCarthy and McConnell, Two Paths on Trumpian Crisis Management. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, and Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, want to take back control of Congress in 2022. First they have to figure out how to handle Donald Trump. – Jonathan Martin

— FRONT PAGE IN THE DAILY HERALD: Anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger accepts his fate, whatever it is – Ellen McCarthy

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters paint Trump-supporters as being potential domestic terrorists, if not domestic terrorists already. Expect that hate-filled Trump-hating religious, government, political, and financial leaders will use that to ban Trump-supporters from a) seeking or holding government or political offices, b) getting or keeping jobs, c) owning firearms and ammunition, d) owning vehicles or real estate, e) etc.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Biden administration should sue Donald Trump to pay for Capitol riot cleanup.” My critics/opponents what the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, United States, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, GAO, IRS, Firestone Stores, Post Office, etc. to sue me for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Censure not valid alternative to impeachment for Donald Trump.” I should write a book about my hate-filled critics/opponents, their hate-filled operatives, and their hate-filled dupes who succeeded in throwing me off the Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee in 2007 after failing to get ICRC to censure me in 2006. My hate-filled critics/opponents, their hate-filled operatives, and their hate-filled dupes blame me for all the losses that Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct have suffered since 2000, and especially candidates for a) U.S. Senate and Congress, b) Illinois Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer, Senator, and Representative, c) DuPage County Chairman, State’s Attorney, Circuit Court Clerk, County Auditor, Sheriff, County Clerk, Corner, Recorder, Treasurer, Forest Preserve President, Appellate Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge, and District 4 County Board member and Forest Preserve Commissioner, d) Milton Township Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, Highway Commissioner, and Trustee, and e) Wheaton Mayor and City Council.)

— Should Trump lead the GOP? Republicans in Pennsylvania divided as lawmakers embrace former president – DANIEL MOORE

— GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger on recognizing the QAnon threat and not fearing a GOP primary

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled QAnon-hating QAnon-haters crow about their success in banishing QAnon.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “It’s endemic: state-level Republican groups lead party’s drift to extremism.” I should write a book about those who orchestrated a) the demise of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois in 2012 and b) the demise of Illinois Center Right Coalition in 2007.)

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.