Soon soon after the MAGA mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, I was optimistic that Republicans would at last keep previous President Donald Trump accountable.
Certainly they could not protect Trump’s seditious act of inciting violent groups as his very last-ditch work to overturn a reasonable election and steal the presidency?
A single 7 days after Trump’s unsuccessful coup, I felt hopeful seeing just one of Trump’s prime enablers GOP chief Kevin McCarthy on the Property flooring saying, “The president bears obligation for Wednesday’s assault on Congress by mob rioters.”
McCarthy also explained that Republicans were mistaken in boasting Antifa was liable for the riot and that Trump requirements to “accept his share of obligation, quell the brewing unrest and assure President-Elect Joe Biden is equipped to correctly get started his expression.”
Incredibly, Senate Vast majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would contemplate convicting Trump at his impeachment demo for inciting the attempted insurrection.
But my hopes immediately melted like hair dye off Rudy Giuliani’s head as McCarthy voted versus impeaching Trump and commenced blaming others for the unsuccessful coup.
Later, McConnell, and 44 other cowardly GOP senators, tried using unsuccessfully to stay clear of becoming pressured into stating whether or not Trump was guilty of inciting insurrection by falsely boasting the impeachment trial was “unconstitutional.”
And previous South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was outraged through the 2016 GOP presidential primary that Trump did not disavow the KKK, and she desired the nominee to be “someone who is likely to maintain Republicans accountable.” Now Haley refuses to hold Trump “accountable” for inciting white-supremacists by railing from his impeachment on Fox News indicating, “Give the man a split!”
Other than GOP leaders’ astounding absence of ethical bravery, not too long ago the New York Times described that an alarming amount of GOP users of Congress have ties to the teams that stormed the Capitol.
For example, Colorado’s freshly elected Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has shut connections to militia and other extremists groups.
While rioters had been storming the Capitol, Boebert tweeted Dwelling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s place, possibly at the similar time a Trump supporter was videotaped gleefully declaring she required to shoot Pelosi “in the friggin’ mind” but she couldn’t discover her.
Through the riot, Boebert also tweeted “Today is 1776,” a phrase the mob chanted. It really is no wonder Pelosi a short while ago claimed, “The enemy is in the Household.”
Boebert is just one particular of quite a few GOP Property associates who want to bring their guns on to the chamber ground even though it’s prohibited, and they refuse to go via the not long ago mounted metallic detectors.
Trump was an incredibly divisive president, but he was great at bringing violent extremist teams with each other for an insurrection. QAnon is a person of the many teams Trump embraced that the FBI labeled a “domestic terrorist menace.”
QAnon is an web conspiracy team that believes Democrats are a Satanic pedophile ring that consume young children and Trump is their savior. Significantly.
Boebert is a QAnon supporter along with Georgia’s new Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene who has a trove of Facebook movies making racists, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic reviews.
Shockingly, Greene also supported Facebook posts that advocated violence in opposition to Democrats and the FBI together with one that suggested putting a bullet in Pelosi’s head.
Greene also thinks Sandy Hook Elementary and the Parkland large university mass shootings have been “false flags” staged to enhance firearm polices.
Mom and dad of youngsters murdered in mass shootings are contacting for Greene to resign, but instead she was seated on the training committee.
Quite a few GOP customers are still spreading Trump’s big lie that the election was stolen mainly by Black voters. What are the GOP’s “core values” if they do not repudiate lies, violence and racism or protect the Constitution?
This post initially appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Commentary: What are the GOP’s main values?