During last month’s murderous uprising, Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the minority House of Representatives, clearly learned that unwavering loyalty in his favorite deposed despot’s traffic pattern is a one-way street. On call to Individual # 1 when the sound of glass breaking penetrated the background, McCarthy said the vengeful mob had already broken through the Capitol and begged his boss to abandon it. The answer? “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset about the election than you are.” Where the congressman allegedly yelled, “Who the ‘peep’ do you think you are talking to?”
Who the beep indeed, Kevin. Did you expect a little respect? If you thought it was coming from this guy, you might consider doing a side gig that stands up, “Take my pride, please.” That interaction was breathtaking, not through the Golden Idol – there is no depth he will not sink into – but through the minority leader’s shock over the incident. Did he think he was too devoted to be tossed over a brief tremor of integrity?
Even after the second impeachment of the year eluded absolution, evidence from the defendant’s other phone calls from Capitol Hill, which alerted the White House to the magnitude of the deadly uprising, indicated an imminent threat to the Vice President. The appeal for advocacy drew out this sociopathic response: “Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution, and gave states the opportunity to admit a corrected set of facts certify, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones. … The US demands the truth. “
In a rare moment of rationality, even Lindsey Graham was alarmed and called first daughter Ivanka to argue with her father, as did Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Several allies, including Chris Christie, specifically said there had to be a clear statement in order to stop the riots. The New York Times reported that the president watched on television and “expressed his joy” that the vote was suspended and “people fought for him.”
These significant new revelations highlighted the former president’s knowledge of what was going on at the Capitol and his decision not to do anything about it, and directly contradicted his defense team’s claim that he was unaware of the ongoing threat posed by his vice president. But duplicity has become so routine for Congressional Republicans that all of this, along with the damned portrayal by Democratic impeachment executives, rolled off the GOP like water off a lame duck’s back. They appeared to have escaped at least temporarily and acquitted the defendants, while he regretted his behavior and apparently opened the door to law enforcement, but not from the Senate.
Mitch McConnell, whose motives are always questionable – he voted for the acquittal, but subsequently offered a blistering abolition of his former co-conspirator – and defined exactly what it means to have both ways: “The rioters were made wild by the most powerful man on earth Lies fed because he was angry that he had lost an election. “The Senate Minority Chairman described the former president’s actions prior to the insurrection as” a shameful, shameful breach of duty … (he is) practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, “and was still shrewd about two seats and Losing control of the Georgia Senate the chamber seemed ready to dispose of the trash, wash his hands and move on.
In contrast, Graham wavered between promoting the shame as the eternal face of the GOP – suggesting that the first daughter-in-law, a former fitness instructor, was the “future of the party” – and the savage diversion of guilt for the deadly uprising the spokeswoman for the house: “Here’s what I want to know, what Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew”. While he may have meant the question rhetorically, Pelosi’s response to setting up a 9/11-style independent commission to investigate the deadly uprising was far from hyperbolic and could also have something to say about the future of the badly damaged Republican brand.
This may not be Graham’s only concern as the Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney investigates his call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and asks if he is able to “discard postal ballots from some counties.” Ironically, in connection with the conversation between Raffensperger and the former president that led the secretary to “find” enough votes to topple the election, their allegations of electoral fraud may turn out to be ironic – just not as they had imagined .
Meanwhile, crushes from the Florida bunker suggested the dissembler in exile would soon embark on a tour of revenge after a long hibernation, including the last two and a half months of his presidency, with McConnell and the Republicans who voted guilty or otherwise someone firmly in their sights Who dares to tell the truth? To that end, Graham McConnell accused Fox of the understatement of the century, saying airily, “I know he can be a handful,” but without him the party has no “chance for a snowball in hell”.
Apparently, Graham is sticking all-in with his golf buddy, who he claimed was ready to “rebuild the Republican Party” suggesting that they would discuss the 2022 split and that “the MAGA movement must continue” . In the shrinking sanity wing of the GOP, Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, one of seven Republicans who voted for a conviction, painted a very different picture, according to the New York Times, saying of the former president, “I think his power is waning.” , claims that more Republicans would at some point share his view, adding that the party “is more than just a person – it’s about ideas. “
What constitutes these ideas remains to be seen, but one thing seems certain. The GOP has put political loyalty above the good of the country and has once again chosen to ignore the president’s grievances, even if it directly leads to deadly violence. Coupled with the party’s embrace of well-armed hate groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers and conspiracy advocates like QAnon, they’ve all but guaranteed we didn’t see the latter.
Walt Amses lives in North Calais.