On Saturday morning, Donald Trump continues to be engaged in a seething response to the Supreme Courtroom determination. As may be anticipated, Trump is sheltering behind the concept that the case was dismissed out of a technicality, to go on claiming that the content material of the Texas go well with — a hodgepodge of lies, damnable lies, and twisted fantasy—was simply peachy. It was solely that bit about “standing” that prevented the Courtroom from uncovering the way in which that Democrats and useless dictators conspired to reprogram America’s voting machines.
Trump’s tweets are unlikely to ever garner any larger punishment than the warning label Twitter is affixing to every put up. However at this level, permitting Trump to rant could also be a service. No solely is he persevering with to show simply how disconnected he’s from any goal actuality, however amongst different issues, Trump is busily attacking Georgia Governor Brian Kemp three weeks earlier than the Senate runoff in that state. So … certain. Let him try this.
That Trump would refuse to concede, declare that he was the actual winner, pout, stomp his foot, and repeatedly throw Rudy Giuliani on the wall was all completely predictable. That is who Trump is. He doesn’t have it in him to be gracious in defeat (or in victory). His petulance and lies have been all a foregone conclusion.
However that doesn’t imply that anybody else needed to assist him. From the second it grew to become clear that Joe Biden had decisively defeated Trump, each Republican within the Home, each Republican within the Senate, and each Republican official in states throughout the nation, had the chance to acknowledge that final result and congratulate the president-elect. Which is precisely what Democrats at each degree did when Trump was elected in 2016.
As a substitute, Republicans first waged a conspiracy of silence underneath the declare that they have been giving Trump’s delicate emotions time to heal. Then, one after one other, they moved from bystanders to energetic contributors in an try and upend the election. And that try moved to outright sedition. Nowhere was that extra clear than 126 members of the Home who signed onto the Texas go well with. Republicans have been, in reality, so keen to boost their palms to affix Traitors for Trump, that they up to date the checklist simply to slot in extra names.
That is how Michael Steele — former chairman of the Republican Nationwide Conference — described the actions of these Republicans.
“The act itself by the 126 members of the US Home of Representatives, is an affront to the nation. It’s an offense to the Structure and it leaves an indelible stain that will probably be onerous for these 126 members to wipe off their political pores and skin for a very long time to come back.”
And right here’s what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi needed to say concerning the actions by different members of her chamber.
“The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit introduced dishonor to the Home. As a substitute of upholding their oath to assist and defend the Structure, they selected to subvert the Structure and undermine public belief in our sacred democratic establishments.”
That affront, that dishonor, that indelible stain must be marked by motion. It must be marked by censure and expulsion. By refusal to seat these concerned. By penalties which might be lasting and impactful. As a result of if the Republicans get to take this shot on the nation and stroll away with chins held excessive, they are going to take one other, and one other. And never each one will miss.