There is a common belief in the Republican echo chamber that they know what Americans want, and they have the support of the American people. Behind closed doors, they must know this is not true, or they wouldn't be so desperate to prevent people from voting, not to mention their attempts to steal back elections they know they legitimately lost.
The recall election of Gavin Newsom in CA was a good example. The Republicans really thought that their handpicked challenger would win. Instead, Newsom was retained in a landslide. The challenger had prepared a concession statement saying the election was rigged, but - oops - it accidentally got released a day early.
On COVID-19, Republicans talk a good game about protecting Americans' rights to... um... kill other Americans with an infectious disease? They are losing this messaging game as well, as polling suggests that Americans believe Democrats are doing a better job with leadership during this pandemic - by double-digits
Republican critics are also wrong (on many levels)
with their criticisms of President Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. They also lied about
the weapons we supposedly left behind.
This network of dis-information (propaganda, etc.) has finally been revealed, thanks to a major hack of a website hosting company
that provides the platform for all the usual suspects:
Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right, providing domain services to QAnon theorists, Proud Boys and other instigators of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol - allowing them to broadcast hateful messages from behind a veil of anonymity.
But that veil abruptly vanished last week when a huge breach by the hacker group Anonymous dumped into public view more than 150 gigabytes of previously private data - including user names, passwords and other identifying information of Epik's customers.
Epik founder Robert Monster's [edit: yes, his name is actually "Monster"] willingness to provide technical support to online sanctuaries of the far-right have made him a regular target of anti-extremism advocates, who criticized him for using Epik's tools to republish the Christchurch gunman's manifesto and live-streamed video the killer had made of the slaughter.
Technology news site the Daily Dot reported that Ali Alexander, a conservative political activist who played a key role in spreading false voter fraud claims about the 2020 presidential election, took steps after the Jan. 6 siege to obscure his ownership of more than 100 domains registered to Epik. Nearly half reportedly used variations of the "Stop the Steal" slogan pushed by Alexander and others. Alexander did not reply to requests for comment from the Daily Dot or, on Tuesday, from The Post.
This hack is incredible and will provide dividends for months and even years, exposing the liars, hate-mongers, and anti-democratic nihilists who are trying to subvert our country. Time to start turning over rocks.