“We witnessed today the damage that can result when men in power and responsibility refuse to acknowledge the truth.” “We saw bloodshed because a demagogue chose to spread falsehoods, and sew distrust of his own fellow Americans. Let’s not abet such deception.”
Senator Pat Toomey
Following the failed Trump coup, the great Republican “lavabo” has begun. It is quite frankly embarrassing to watch the same men and women who allowed perpetuation of a lie, outdo Pontius Pilate in an attempt to escape censure for enabling the magical thinking of a president determined, at any cost, to bully his way into a second term in office. Unfortunately, there is not a soap strong enough to clean hands that allowed
a dangerous, obviously disturbed, bully threaten the Constitution they swore to defend when they took their oath of office. They should be called out.
When the mob of President Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol building, they forced an emergency recess of proceedings that were underway to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Republicans had begun the first of a series of objections based on unproved allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election. It is important to note that even before mayhem ensued, some Republican members of both the Senate and House of Representative, via these objections, backed and gave voice to President Trump’s lie regarding voter fraud. This was political game playing and were you to give even a superficial scan of the objections they put forward, you would probably concur that there was not a statesman in the bunch. They were lackeys one and all and that would become apparent when they reconvened and advanced some of the challenges to a vote. Despite the harrowing experiences of earlier in the day, 8 Republican senators and 139 Republican representatives sustained one or both of the objections, proving, once and for all, that Joseph Goebbels was right. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” I have included a link to the names of the Trump enablers at the end of this post.
We are now 1,448 days into the Trump presidency. That so many Republicans are now hypocritically speaking up is better than nothing. The trauma of this moment may even force some Republicans into a searching reexamination of what went wrong and a desire for reconciliation. Let’s hope so, but based on the reactions following the insurrection, I’d suggest you not hold your breath.
Reconciliation can’t happen without truth, and the truth is that the blame for the American carnage we saw unfold in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, can be laid at the feet of the president and his many Republican enablers. Republicans with a remaining shred of integrity will eventually admit, first to themselves and then to the wider world, their complicity in the deceitful, morally bankrupt and disgraceful presidency of Donald Trump. I salute those who changed their party affiliation early on, but I would like to remind you that Mitt Romney was the only sitting Republican to address the mendacity coming from the oval office. So, when I hear accolades for those now taking a stance against the president and his lies I can’t join in the applause. These are death bed confessions of politicians covering their own backsides. They certainly are not the statesmen or devoted public servants we deserve.
Link to names of Republicans challenging state electoral votes: