This afternoon, AOC tweeted out a desire to make sure someone was keeping track of Trump supporter’s tweets so they could be held accountable for them:
Lol at the “party of personal responsibility” being upset at the idea of being responsible for their behavior over last four years
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
Hmmm. I guess she can’t see the difference between “personal responsibility” which means success or failure is largely on you and the desire to create a list of bad people so they can be collectively shunned and punished by others. Cancel culture is not personal responsibility, comrade, it’s mob punishment.
In any case, someone is already on the job today, launching what they are calling the Trump Accountability Project:
Who is this person? She’s a former Buttigieg staffer:
Former Buttigieg staffer here.
What lovely people our political adversaries are. https://t.co/X5BNXFRKcu
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) November 6, 2020
I really don’t want to go down this rabbit hole but it’s exactly what it sounds like:
We must never forget those who helped further the Trump agenda.
We should welcome in our fellow Americans with whom we differ politically.
But the world should never forget those who, when faced with a decision, chose to put their money, their time, and their reputations behind separating children from their families, encouraging racism and anti-Semitism, and negligently causing the unnecessary loss of life and economic devastation from our country’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the usual online mob of progressives looking to harass people but a little more organized. It’s a concerted effort to make Republicans into untouchables. The site is collecting email addresses for people who want to know more. I wonder if they’ll send out alerts whenever a former Trump cabinet junior staffer shows up at Five Guys. Who knows?
Reagan Battalion had a possible explanation for why AOC seems so chippy today.
There is a simple reason for those nutty @AOC tweets today.
Most of the Democratic Party is blaming her for their loses in the house and she is desperate to change the conversation. https://t.co/lq6VoEo6Dh
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 6, 2020
That’s not coming out of nowhere. At least one moderate House Democrats had some choice words yesterday for her left flank:
If we run this race again we will get fucking torn apart again in 2022, Spanberger says
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 5, 2020
I don’t know what AOC is hearing in private but I think she’s a lightning rod and right now House Democrats are feeling stormy about the outcome.
There were certainly plenty of people outside Congress who felt some kind of way about this “accountability” project. This tweet has been liked more than 6.4k times.
Fuck your "accountability," you petite tyrants.
— James Lindsay, increasingly relevant (@ConceptualJames) November 6, 2020
Former Obama bros putting political enemies on lists? Really leaning into the brand.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 6, 2020
There are literally thousands of responses to this, few of them favorable:
This is psycho https://t.co/FikGULPbaX
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) November 6, 2020
Come and take it, Fascist. https://t.co/QsgOsP379P
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) November 6, 2020
She’s keeping lists for her re-education camps https://t.co/zhHm3jMiCs
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 6, 2020
Exhuming McCarthy. https://t.co/2uNWI4nB62
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) November 6, 2020
Contemporary Cancel Culture, finally, takes its place in Government. https://t.co/hunf14fPs0
— Benjamin🗣Boyce (@BenjaminABoyce) November 6, 2020
As is often the case, Bret Weinstein nails it:
You are an elected representative in a democratic republic and you are setting the stage for retribution against fellow citizens for the crime of holding a different opinion. It's un-American, you should stop it and council others to do the same. https://t.co/UN1tceoHVA
— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) November 6, 2020
At some point I’d like to think someone in the media will notice this is pretty creepy sounding but for the most part they only check in to celebrate her.
Update: There are more folks demanding lists today.
Fascists going to be fascists. https://t.co/UNPlYrXqaG
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) November 7, 2020