Just over a year ago I wrote a post called “The Self-Impeachment of the Republican Party.” And Republicans are about to do it again.
Last year the issue was Trump’s blatant treason, extorting a foreign head of state to interfere with our elections. The Republican party ignored the treason in an attempt to protect itself; in essence, allowing the treason because the election interference would help the Republican party. Republican Senators made every excuse in the book to cover for their irresponsibility and Anti-Americanism. “He’ll learn his lesson,” said Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins, who routinely plays the “moderate” while voting virtually every single time to hurt her own constituents.
And here we are again. Having not “learned his lesson,” Trump was in fact, and predictably, emboldened to continue his attacks on democracy by literally inciting an attack on the Capitol. And by Capitol I don’t mean just the building. He intentionally and with forethought incited an attack on his own vice president and every leader of Congress who were all in the Capitol conducting the normally ceremonial count of electoral votes. Trump literally called for an attack on Vice President Pence because even sycophant Pence wouldn’t commit outright treason on Trump’s behalf.
As the second impeachment trial starts today, corrupt Republicans like Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham are doing everything in their power to trick Americans into forgetting that the head of his party literally incited an attack on democratic institutions, and on democracy itself. Rather than holding Republicans accountable, the press is simply miming Republican propaganda that there won’t be enough Republican votes to convict, which is of course why Republicans are pushing the propaganda that the press so irresponsibly regurgitates.
Only ten out of 210 Republicans in the House voted for impeachment. Ten. After Trump incited an attack on them.
Those ten have all now been censured and otherwise attacked by…their own party. Yup, the state Republican parties have censured their own members for being the only ones with honesty and guts enough to vote to hold Trump accountable for willfully inciting a literal attack on the U.S. Capitol. An attack, by the way, that resulted in at least five deaths.
But the Republican party decided that they will “hold accountable” those people who tried to hold Trump accountable.
The Republican party must be held accountable.
But they won’t. And America will die unless the Republican party as it stands now dies.
David J. Kent is an avid traveler, scientist, and Abraham Lincoln historian. He is the author of Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World as well as two specialty e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.