It is an ideal match for Johnson—whose relationship with actuality appears fairly unfastened at finest—however the truth that almost each Republican senator on the committee joined in Johnson’s scheme signifies that Republicans have each intention of continuous to be the social gathering of baseless conspiracies lengthy after Trump leaves workplace.
Johnson’s important witnesses, supposedly referred to as forth to look at fraud within the election, had been a cadre of loser attorneys who had did not show a single occasion of fraud within the courts, the place Trump has lost fully 59 cases. One witness, in accordance to The Washington Post, obtained his case thrown out of a Nevada courtroom for failing to show “below any normal of proof that unlawful votes had been forged and counted,” wrote the choose. That ringing endorsement apparently made him an ideal witness to elucidate the imaginary fraud for Johnson’s listening to.
However the witnesses weren’t the one ones spreading lies. Republicans piled on with their very own claims:
- “There was fraud on this election,” acknowledged Johnson. “I don’t have any doubt about that.”
- “I feel it is the fitting factor to do to get individuals to really feel snug that elections are free and honest,” Sen. Rick Scott of Florida stated, justifying the listening to. “And if this one wasn’t that, the subsequent one can be.”
- “Fraud occurred,” asserted Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. “The election in some ways was stolen.”
Do not be fooled by the knowledge of these statements—none of them are backed up with proof. Aside from Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who seems to suppose the very existence of rampantly misinformed individuals is proof optimistic of fraud.
“Yesterday, I used to be speaking from the state of Missouri with a number of the constituents again at house, a bunch of about 30 individuals,” Hawley recounted. “Each single one in every of them, each one in every of them advised me that they felt that they had been disenfranchised, that their votes didn’t matter, that the election had been rigged. These are regular, cheap individuals. These aren’t loopy individuals.”
Oh, properly, there you will have it—they “felt” disenfranchised, all 30 of them.
That is what passes for logic lately among the many esteemed representatives of one of many nation’s two main events in what was as soon as thought of “the world’s biggest deliberative physique”—now merely a cesspool of GOP-sponsored disinformation. My how we’ve fallen.