OPINION: GOP members of Congress and administration helped Trump blow up gasoline on America, but will now blame him for turning on the fight
Some Republicans just had a revelation. They’re talking against the president Donald Trump for inciting revolt at the U.S. Capitol, in which he called on his armed supporters to storm the Senate and House of Representatives in an attempt to close the certification of Joe Bidens presidential victory.
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Now that Trump is leaving office with a legacy of death and destruction – hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths, economic destruction for millions of Americans and now white mob rule and treason – some Republicans publicly condemn Trump and a number of Cabinet members and staff White House have withdrawn to spend more time with their family, like rats fleeing a sinking ship.
While it’s a beautiful thing that we can all meet to shame and proclaim Trump in his last days in office, we should not let these banana Republicans get off the hook. Republicans should not get a passport after activating this monster for four years, only to finally admit – as some of us have always known – that Trump is unstable and irrational, a confused lunatic and a dictator and a threat to national security.
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As longtime victims of racial authoritarianism in this country and some of the primary targets of this administration, Black America knew this all along. Trump could not do this alone, and now some of his activists will throw him under the bus. That’s OK, except they should be under the bus with him.
Perhaps the most striking examples of GOP leaders seeing the light of day in the eleventh hour, long after the damage was done, are soon the leader of the Senate minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). McConnell reprimanded Trump and other election campaigners for trying to overthrow the election results and attacking the “independent thugs” who “tried to disrupt our democracy.”
The United States and the Senate will not be intimidated.
We are back in our positions. We will perform our duty according to the Constitution of our nation.
And we have to do it tonight. pic.twitter.com/YH0PtXKDzt
– Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 7, 2021
Graham, who once called Trump “a racial bait, xenophobic religious bigot” – then became a prominent Trump dog and golf aide after Russia hacked his email – now blames Trump for inciting the mob and the violent siege that followed .
“When it comes to accountability, the president needs to understand that his actions were not the problem,” the South Carolina Republican said, also accusing Trump’s attorney. Rudy Giuliani.
Figures like McConnell and Graham have been instrumental in creating this monster known as Trump. They were locked in with their god emperor and mafia boss as it was politically advantageous to do so. After all, they came to the Trump Party for tax cuts, the repeal of Obama-era rules and policies, a white nationalist majority in the U.S. Supreme Court, and the elimination of voting rights for black people.
And when they had the opportunity to shut him down for good through accusation, they protected him and his crime. Now the party is over and someone has to clean up the sh-t that Trump’s MAGA army smeared throughout the Capitol building.
This is because outgoing and former cabinet members line up to reprimand Trump after the damage has been done, and it’s way too late.
Mick Mulvaney retired as Northern Ireland’s envoy, claiming that others would follow and that Trump has changed. “We did not sign up for what you saw last night,” Mulvaney said. “We signed up to make America good again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation. The President has a long list of successes that we can be proud of. ”
Other redundancies include Minister of Transport Elaine Chao, wife of Mitch McConnell, who faced ethical investigations amid allegations that she used her position for the benefit of the family business; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who slammed civil rights enforcement under her watch. DeVos’ brother, Erik Prince, owns the mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater, whose employees Trump pardoned for the murder of refugees from Iraqi women and children.
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As Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) tweeted: “Elaine Chao and Betsy DeVos are not taking any bold moral stand by resigning now. They knew how awful he was. By coming out now, they are avoiding the 25th Amendment debate. They enable Trump and do not stand up to him. ”
Former Chief of Staff of the White House John Kelly, who helped Trump adopt a racist policy of putting migrant children in cages, now sits on the board of the largest company that unlocks migrant children. Kelly, who also respected Rep. Frederica Wilson and exposed the black congresswoman to death threats by calling an “empty barrel,” now supports the 25th Amendment to remove her former boss.
And attorney general Bill Barr, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer and presided over the erosion of the Department of Justice, civil rights and the rule of law, had his own false coming to the moment of Jesus, when he condemned Trump for “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress” and committing a “Betrayal of his office “- as if everything up to that point was in order.
Those who wallow in the filth of this administration are now taking the highway as if we have forgotten that these Republicans were Trump cheerleaders and devoted MAGA cult members just a few days ago. Trump’s sycophants and foot soldiers are trying to rehabilitate their image, find another lucrative job and pretend they never knew Trump – or pretend to be adults in the room that only stayed in the White House to preserve democracy.
Not only should the public remember the role they played, but these assets should be held accountable, excluded and excluded from public life. No corporate boards, speaking concerts, book deals or university professor concerts.
They helped Trump turn off gasoline in America, but now they want to blame him for turning on the fight. Come on.
Follow David A. Love on Twitter at @davidalove.
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