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Joe Biden’s ‘ultra-MAGA’ comments are right out of Putin’s playbook

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President Biden has borrowed a page right out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook. As someone who was raised in the USSR, I am all too familiar with the tactic of divisive, inflammatory rhetoric and scapegoating that the Soviet government used to foment hatred among its own citizens in order to keep permanent control.

As a former DIA intelligence officer who specializes in Russian affairs and Putin’s doctrine, I am stunned at how adept the Democrats have become at Soviet-style tactics.

Unable to control soaring inflation, skyrocketing gas prices and looming shortages of critical items such as baby formula — all the direct result of his administration’s socialist policies — Joe Biden has recently turned to labeling Americans with strong conservative views “ultra-MAGA.”

This new narrative is nothing but a tactic deployed to fracture the GOP’s already waning unity and blame Republicans for America’s economic woes, in the hope of driving more voters into the ranks of the Democratic Party ahead of the midterm elections. 

“This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history,” Biden said to journalists at the White House in early May. He then doubled down on his attack on conservatives by calling the policy proposal by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who runs the GOP Senate campaign arm, the “ultra-MAGA agenda.” 

“It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are,” Biden said recently, in a bid to sway independents away from the Republican party — a strategy that will likely backfire.
“It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are,” Biden said recently, in a bid to sway independents away from the Republican party — a strategy that will likely backfire.
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“It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are,” punctuated Biden, using a catchphrase coined by woke campaign consulting outfits that spent six full months searching for words that make Americans the angriest. Apparently, White House strategists have concluded that the “term ‘MAGA’ is repellent to swing voters.”

This is not the first time Democrats have employed anger, nastiness, and Soviet-style disinformation to sway American voters. In September 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton infamously called Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” as she was busy playing the FBI, through her campaign attorney, to create an “October surprise” by orchestrating a litany of false evidence that Donald Trump was compromised by the Russian government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently labeled Russians who fail to support his war on Ukraine as "enemies within."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently labeled Russians who fail to support his war on Ukraine as “enemies within.”
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These tactics would make Putin and Stalin proud. The Soviets always stoked hatred among the Russians and people of other ethnicities who inhabited the Soviet Union. Jews were always the scapegoats for everything wrong in the USSR, which eventually collapsed under the weight of the utopian socialist idea of equality of outcome, no matter the individual effort.

Anti-Semitism then was so ingrained and condoned — and even encouraged — by the Soviet government that Russians were unaware they were being anti-Semitic. The same applied for hatred of other ethnicities. When my sister and I had spats growing up, her biggest insult to me was “Jewess” (Yevreyka) and mine for her was Kalbitka, a derogatory term for a Kazakh. Although our family is ethnically Russian, my sister and father look distinctly Asian.

Despite Democratic revulsion at his "MAGA" platform, Donald Trump not only became president, his influence on voters remains strong.
Despite Democratic revulsion at his “MAGA” platform, Donald Trump not only became president, his influence on voters remains strong.
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Vladimir Putin recently revived the Stalin-esque idea of “enemies within,” amid his brutal war on Ukraine, to quash any anti-war and anti-government sentiment among the Russians. During his pro-war rally in March, the former KGB spymaster gave a shocking speech that harkened back to the Red Terror times of Russia’s history. Putin called for a “self-cleansing” of Russia from pro-Western “scum and traitors,” identifying those who don’t support his war as “the fifth column.”

Putin called out those Russians who prefer the Western lifestyle as likely traitors who must be turned over to authorities. Back in the USSR, those of us who were listening to the Beatles or surreptitiously reading Sidney Sheldon or George Orwell or lucky enough to wear Levi’s jeans, which cost our parents their monthly salary, were always on the KGB’s radar for possible “treason.”

During the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables" — and lost.
During the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” — and lost.
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Clinton's "deplorable" dis was embraced by her opponents who helped put Trump in the White House.
Clinton’s “deplorable” dis was embraced by her opponents who helped put Trump in the White House.
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But, just like the USSR collapsed and Hillary Clinton lost the election to the “MAGA King,” Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s cheap trick from Putin’s playbook will almost certainly backfire. Many patriotic, conservative Americans are proud to be “deplorable” and “ultra-MAGA,” and they will vote to prove it.

Rebekah Koffler is the president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting, a former DIA intelligence officer, and the author of  “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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