Let’s stop pretending we don’t know why most GOP Senators didn’t vote to convict Trump

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Republican senators have concocted a litany of silly, irrelevant reasons for why they didn’t vote to convict former President Donald Trump of fomenting an insurrection on January 6.

They said his impeachment was not constitutional (an argument even conservative lawyers shredded) or a violation of his First Amendment rights (also, no). They said Trump deserves a “mulligan” (which is just stupid, juvenile, and an affront to the rule of law). And they said convicting him is pointless (which ignores the fact that a conviction could have barred Trump from office).

Ultimately these are just words used to pass screen time on national TV or to fill copy in news articles. That’s because these GOP senators refuse to say why they really did not convict Trump: they were complicit in his crime and they are profiting from it.

If you were waiting for a Watergate moment — a moment like the one where Nixon supporter Sen. Barry Goldwater repudiated the President by bursting into the White House and telling him to resign — you were always going to be disappointed. Goldwater didn’t plan the break in of the Watergate. He was not complicit in Nixon’s criminal cover up. But men like GOP Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz were complicit in Trump’s crime. They’re not the only ones.

When reporters asked Trump if he thought he was fomenting violence or unrest in his speech leading up to the Capitol attack, he said no — that his words were perfectly appropriate. Why should he think otherwise? Aside from the obvious fact that his malignant narcissism would never allow him to see it any other way, there’s the reality that no one in his party had ever previously rebuked him for fomenting violence. 

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Any Republican senator who didn’t tell Trump to stop lying about the outcome of the election is complicit in Trump’s behavior.

With his lies about election fraud, Trump was ostensibly committing a crime against American democracy in full view of the entire world. Most of the Republican Party — and pretty much every Republican Senator save Utah’s Mitt Romney and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski — at least acted as a lookout for this crime if they weren’t driving the getaway car. In a normal court of law these people would never have been allowed to serve as jurors — you can’t be impartial is you’re a co-conspirator — but this is impeachment.

Also, the grifting.

One cannot underestimate the importance of money in all of this. The Stop the Steal movement that lead to the deadly riot was planned and bolstered by individuals with a long history of right-wing grifts. Trump — now without a doubt America’s most celebrated scammer — is going to raise money off of Big Lie grievance for as long as he can. Sens. Cruz and Hawley fundraised off this stolen election fable, and there is an entire cottage industry of small-time internet conspiracy theory scammers who are still raising money off of the idea …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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