How MAGA Media’s dead ends fought for rejections in Trump’s wake

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Riddled with post-election turmoil with equal parts unwavering enthusiasm and megadosis of grievances, for some of the most ardently pro-Trump right-wing media stars, 2021 has turned out to be a pretty eventful year.

For many, with President Biden in the White House and Trump retreating to his Mar-a-Lago golf club, it has been a year of vicious internal struggles as the MAGA movement grapples with a sudden shift in power and dramatic.

It was the year Dominion Voting Systems filed massive billion dollar lawsuits against MAGA pundits and media, forcing the biggest names in right-wing media to reconsider their deferential coverage of Trump’s gratuitous election lies. . The result was, in part, a largely unbalanced battle between TBEN News, Newsmax and OAN over who could woo the smarter Trumpworld without sinking into legally murky waters. It was also the year when conservative talking heads threatened to quit, squandered career opportunities, or boiled down – in public and private – over their employers’ compliance with various vaccine rules.

Perhaps no stalemate in the 2020 election has been as essential to such feuds in 2021 as Mike Lindell. The CEO of MyPillow has had a massively fruitless year: from the fight against TBEN News to the destruction of Newsmax and the Christan Salem Radio Network, he adopted the unusual tactic of bickering with the right-wing media entities that had long boosted him , posing as an extravagant. Provocative MAGA.

Initially, his fight began with TBEN News, all of which came from the Conservative titan not airing his conspiracy theory-based ads promoting the in-person voter fraud convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which he organized in mid-August. This mini-war ended when Lindell took down his ads and shouted “shame on TBEN News”. (He would later try to fail several times before finally getting back in the best favor of TBEN and resuming his pillows and slippers advertising on their airwaves, albeit with a touch of whining about “canceling the harvest.”)

Then, in October, Lindell focused his anger on Chris Ruddy’s Newsmax, who earlier in the year denied an interview with the pillow mogul when he spat out lies about the election. “We brought in Newsmax and they canceled all of their ads on Frank Speech,” Lindell said one evening on her show, describing the right-wing network as a competitor.

In light of its seemingly endless year of strengthening, The Daily Beast called Lindell to see what the Pillow Executive plans to play in 2022. He claimed this would be the year his baseless voter fraud complaint would finally be heard. by the Supreme Court and a great wave of “hope” will seize the masses.

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“We are going to save our country. There will be no more machines. We will have fair voting systems, ”he told the Daily Beast. “The Right to Free Speech of the First Amendment [comes] and journalism will come back tenfold.

Moreover, according to Lindell, 2022 will somehow bring the downfall of the world‘s most watched cable news network and main Conservative rival. “TBEN [News] and Newsmax will be gone, ”Lindell said savagely. Of course, all of this was in the service of promoting his own business: “Frank Speech will replace them and [Steve Bannon’s podcast] WarRoom and places like this where they can really express themselves, ”he added.

Former Trump administration officials also found themselves empowered last year, with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defending all kingdoms in the MAGA world after his new book revealed the The ex-president covered up a positive test for COVID-19 three days before his first debate with Biden. Trump and his allies railed against Meadows, and the ex-official was quickly sidelined and allowed Trump to call his book “fake news.”

The fallout from the Meadows book launch debacle only intensified, as soon as after bending his knee in front of his ex-boss, he found himself in the MAGA turmoil again: during In a A particularly controversial interview with rising far-right radio star Stew Peters, he was confronted with his alleged links to the “Chinese Communists”.

TBEN News host Dan Bongino was another right-wing figure who courted internal feuds throughout the year. Relentlessly pro-Trump character with a seemingly intense and short temper, Bongino saw some success in 2021 by presenting himself as the “lead” character of Trumpworld with mainstream support on both TBEN and Cumulus Radio, where he is. did. replaced the late Rush Limbaugh at many stations.

However, in doing so, Bongino encountered new opposition from other right-wing forces, including his colleague, Alabama-based Cumulus radio host Dale Jackson, as well as pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood.

In late October, Jackson began to publicly and unequivocally denounce his fellow radio star, essentially calling Bongino’s bluff when it came to defying their boss, Cumulus, to cancel his show on the vaccine mandate of the business. While emphasizing Bongino’s “badass routine”, Jackson said Bongino’s attempt to suppress a company-wide policy came far too late. “It would have been a better public conversation before this vaccine mandate was put in place,” he said. From that point on, the two continued to clash in public, while Cumulus remained silent.

And in early December, after the fallout from Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse made its way into right-wing circles, Wood became enraged after conservative stars, including Bongino and Carlson, claimed the lawyer took advantage of the teenage vigilante and used a bail fundraiser. effort for its own gains.

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The beef took a particularly ugly and absurd turn earlier this month when the lawyer called the pair of plants “the deep state”, mocking Bongino’s personal appearance and posting a screenshot of an alleged email showing Carlson’s “boyfriend-boy” relationship with Hunter. Biden.

QAnon’s friendly lawyer also vowed to sue TBEN News, Bongino and Carlson for their “reckless disregard for truth or falsity.” Reached by The Daily Beast last week, Wood insisted he still intended to take legal action against Carlson and Bongino, but that it would come in time. “Let them simmer for a while,” the lawyer said.

But the infighting between some of the most eccentric figures in the MAGA movement did not end there.

Roger Stone, veteran GOP agent and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” spent much of 2021 bringing his fire and fury to many other Trumpworld characters, from Mike Pompeo to Ron DeSantis, while rekindling a long-standing feud. date with former Trump adviser Steve. Bannon. Stone still wants to “debate” Bannon, which has yet to be scheduled, and there is little hope that such a reunion will ever happen as Stone has accused Bannon of being the person who “gives it away.” ‘order’ to violate the Capitol. during the riots of January 6.

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This year, Stone, a Homburg hat lover, found himself at the center of a twisted saga engulfing a key South Florida congressional race. The agent and his allies have attempted to destroy the prospects of Trump-backed candidate Anna Paulina Luna with bizarre feuds over a dog bite and “murder conspiracy” allegations. The battle between Stone’s group and Luna has not abated, as agents loosely connected to the Trickster continue to show up for Republican campaign duties to film her and aggressively sprinkle allegations of club work. striptease or forged an electoral registration.

And the always eager to fight, Sebastian Gorka, a conservative radio host of fish oil peddlers, has found himself abreast of petty right-wing feuds this year.

While he hasn’t waged a war on street parking etiquette this year, he found himself blocking horns with a constant stream of prankster callers and QAnon super fan Bill Mitchell.

Amid the war of words, alleged covert threats of doxing, and abundant assistance from legal threats, Gorka introduced Mitchell as a staunch follower of QAnon – a factual and accurate statement – and the apparent former allies in the fight against “The Swamp” ended up sour on both. And Gorka made it clear in 2021 that he was fed up with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that ended up dominating parts of the MAGA movement.

With 2021 in the rearview mirror, all the conflicting elements of the right-wing media appear united in the hope that Trump will soon find himself in power, with at least a stalemate convinced it could happen before the election. 2024.

“People are going door to door,” Lindell told The Daily Beast, saying loudly that Trump could be reinstated as president while having his hair cut on a Sunday morning. “It’s true!”

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