how the republicans in the Senate are proving that they are complicit with the evil in the White House
I think it is time we label trump what he really is. He is EVIL, pure and simple. Edging around the truth is counter-productive and just fogs the issues. We are talking about a man who got elected by allowing, if not actually colluding with, (note: The Mueller investigation founded the team too shattered to effectively collude) the Russian government to “find evidence” on Hillary. Then three years later, he turned around and tried to blackmail the Ukraine into “investigating Biden” in order to help him win in 2020. Don’t be distracted by his use of “we”, for some reason he has taken on the royal “we” apparently because he NEVER speaks for me or most of the people in this country.
But it doesn’t stop at that. He has waged war against the DREAMERS since day one. Not doing this openly throughout, but saying they were safe and then reversing himself. In addition, he has authorized separating children, including babies from their parents at the border, and furthermore conflated the issue of those who sneak across at non-entry points with those that legally come to the valid entry points asking for asylum. The United States has always touted itself and even bragged about being open to those that were unhappy and unsafe in their own countries of origin, but not trump.
Even Bush II managed to bring us together when 9–11 happened by not demonizing all Muslims. trump, on the other hand, passed around conspiracy theories about how the Muslims in New Jersey were having a party to celebrate that attack. Only, nobody else ever had any evidence of any such thing because it didn’t happen.
Oh, and let’s not forget his attack on the transgendered community. A group of which have served honorably in the Military, but which he apparently either doesn’t like, or wants to use as a political tool in order to rile up the extreme right wing that support his bigoted and evil policies.
Now, let’s talk about how the republicans are proving themselves complicit. Moscow Mitch, first of all, saying that he will take whatever position the white house wants him to. That is dereliction of duty. Or put it another way, that is criminal refusal to do their job. The Senate’s job in an impeachment process is to hear the testimony, read the documents submitted and make their decisions. It is not to take sides before the trial even takes place. It is not to refuse to hear all the evidence. Yet that is precisely what MM has decided the Senate will do.
The even more interesting thing is that many republicans know all this. Even as conservative a magazine as the National Review has come out saying that the trump-McConnell stance is wrong. While it is far more generous that I am or even would consider being, it does break with their stance.
In the National Review, they say very clearly that mosts of the republicans know that trump did many things that were wrong. His bullying and trying to blackmail the Ukraine into investigating the Biden family in order to help his political campaign was definitely abuse of power. While they give the out that the Senate could end up saying that the abuse of power didn’t extend to “need to remove”, which I disagree with, based on all the other abuse of power that he is guilty of, they do acknowledge the abuse took place. In addition, adding the “Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election” canard was an additional misstep.
So, the republicans in the Senate follow trump and Moscow Mitch right off the path of decency and conspire to collude with trump in getting away with his criminal activity. Abuse of power IS criminal. So is using foreign agents to try and trick your own nations people to support you. That is precisely what he has done, is continuing to do, and plans to do in the future.
Yes, trump is evil…but sadly so is Moscow Mitch and many of the Republicans in the Senate. I keep hoping that people like Susan Collins will wake up and vote this crooks feet to the fire. We need four of the republicans to show a backbone but when there are only 53 of them, apparently that is too much to ask for. How many Republican Senators does it take to find 4 backbones. Well, apparently more than 53.
By the way, look at it another way. If I decide to rob a bank, what do you think the chances are that the jury will be allowed to get away with taking instruction on what evidence to consider? The answer is that every Juror that agreed to such a stipulation would be shown to the door, and rightly so. If justice were to serve, people like Moscow Mitch and Lindsay Graham who have already said that they will side with the president should be forced to recuse themselves. But we know they won’t be because trump has managed, with his cronies to stack the deck. Oh and I also won’t have the right to refuse to accept any testimony, so why is that trump and his cohorts in the Senate think they can?!!
If we don’t get rid of this crowd of crooks, our nation is done for. We will have lost any claim we ever had for being a just decent society.
Resisters, don’t let it happen past 2021. It is our turn to speak again in November of 2020. It will be our job to save our nation from this criminality in both the White House and the Senate. But, also, keep the faith in the meanwhile. Do everything and anything in our power to resist the crimes and call attention to their misdeeds.
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