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Donald Trump canonizes Ashli Babbitt as MAGA martyr in bonkers Fox News interview

Donald Trump canonizes Ashli Babbitt as MAGA martyr in bonkers Fox News interview

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Whenever Donald Trump feels the need to continue to push his “Big Lie” —  you know, the one where he actually won the 2020 presidential election (if you foolishly believe his thoroughly disproven claims of massive election fraud) — he can always rely on Fox News‘ Maria Bartiromo to provide a venue for his propaganda barrage.

Appearing on Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures program by phone this morning, Trump used the opportunity to repeat his self-serving lies about a stolen election, acting like a broken digital clock that isn’t even right twice a day.

Luckily, Vox‘s Aaron Rupar was on hand to live-tweet the interview, providing those of us who avoid Fox News like the plague the opportunity to cruelly mock the demented rantings of a failed politician who has been an even bigger failure as a human being.

Trump began by moaning about the inexplicable glitch in his plan to pack the Supreme Court with reliably reactionary Federalist Society-approved justices to help him steal the election that he lost by several million votes through a revolutionary judicial ruling.

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Trump’s Orwellian retelling of the January 6th insurrection as a lovefest requires anyone with even the slightest familiarity with the events of that day — or anyone who has seen the devastatingly violent footage captured during the height of the invasion of the Capitol — to suspend disbelief and rationality in order to buy into a vision of events that exists only in the twisted partisan mind of a man desperate to avoid prison time for his incitement of the rioting.

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Like a mutant religion, Trumpism requires faith, with the disgraced ex-president as the pontiff of a flock of lost souls.

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Trump provided his followers with its first sainted martyr by beatifying Ashli Babbitt, the one fatal MAGA casualty of the insurrection, and placing the blame for her death on his political opponents.

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One of the reasons that Trump enjoys appearing on Maria Bartiromo’s program is that she is always happy to run with whatever spews forth from the twice-impeached former guy’s pie-hole and somehow manage to make it even worse.

Absent an official announcement that Trump will be running for president again in 2024, this admission to Bartiromo will have to do for now.

While the reality is that he will likely be languishing in a dank prison cell or in exile in a country with an extradition treaty with the United States, at least Trump’s fantasies remain alive.

The depth of his delusionary thinking is exemplified by his inability to comprehend how news networks handle their endorsements, attributing the decision to rating concerns that dominate his disordered mind.

One would think that by this point Baritomo would have tried to steer the interview away from the topic of the insurrection, but Trump was not to be denied his valuable free airtime to advance his deceptive agenda.

Facts may be optional for Donald Trump, but they will be of paramount importance for the select congressional committee tasked with investigating the events by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Let’s hope that the committee has the intestinal fortitude to subpoena the former president, show him the video of this interview and force him to repeat his assertions under penalty of perjury.

Maria Bartiromo won’t do it, but someone has to hold this man accountable for his lies.

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Original reporting by Aaron Rupar at Vox.

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