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It’s not just Trump. Why All Republicans must go

It’s not just Trump. All Republicans must go.

 

The argument for keeping House and Senate Republicans rests on the premise they somehow lack the disqualifying characteristics (e.g., congenital lying, racism, constitutional illiteracy, conspiracy-mongering) that addle President Trump. Think again.

 

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) used to be considered a middle-of-the-road Republican — before she exonerated Trump for plainly impeachable conduct. Now, she sounds just like him. Iowa Starting Line reports that Ernst now seems to embrace "a thoroughly-discredited QAnon conspiracy theory about U.S. deaths from covid-19 being a mere fraction of what has been reported.” Without any factual support — and with massive data to the contrary — the senator insists it’s all a plot:

 

“They’re thinking there may be 10,000 or less deaths that were actually singularly covid-19,” Ernst said, seemingly referring to the debunked conspiracy theory that only around 6% of covid-19 deaths were due to the virus. “I’m just really curious. It would be interesting to know that.”
Going even further, however, Ernst also suggested that doctors were intentionally falsifying coronavirus cases in order to receive more money for caring for the patient.
 
“These health care providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if covid is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?” she questioned the crowd.

 

What may have started as a debunked conspiracy theory — that doctors are conniving to over-count patients — is now seriously propounded by a U.S. senator (as FactCheck.org reported: "multiple experts told us that such theories of hospitals deliberately miscoding patients as covid-19 are not supported by any evidence”). If anything, the number of official coronavirus cases, as Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has explained, is a fraction of the actual cases.

 

Meanwhile, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) has followed Trump’s lead in espousing racist gibberish. This week, he put up a Facebook post (later removed by the social media platform) that included a photo of armed Black men and protesters and declared, “If this shows up, we’ll consider the armed presence a real threat. We being, We the People, of Louisiana. One way ticket fellas. Have your affairs in order.” By deploying the word “this,” Higgins dehumanized the individuals depicted, reducing them to mere objects. The response? No rebuke. No censure. No expulsion from Congress. Is it any surprise? A party that welcomes two QAnon-embracing congressional nominees has become a cesspool of hate and conspiracies.

 

Beyond expressions of overt racism and ongoing support for totems of the Confederacy, denial of systemic racism is now the default setting for virtually all Republicans, including the president, attorney general and members of Congress. Statistical data (not only in the criminal justice system), the series of unjustified police killings of African Americans, the disproportionate number of Black people afflicted by covid-19, and nearly every other social or economic indicator (from life span to wealth) reveal that the tentacles of racism still have a stranglehold on the country. The notion that everything is fine and that no institutional racism exists is the defense mechanism of a party invested in white supremacy. A party that willfully denies the painful reality of endemic racial inequity — and, therefore, lacks the desire to remedy it — cannot responsibly govern in a multiracial society. (Interestingly, in the wake of the tear-gassing of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square, numerous high-ranking military leaders acknowledged the scourge of ongoing racism. The U.S. military, it seems, is far more progressive and honest on the issue of race than the GOP.)

 

All of that is in addition to other atrocities from the GOP. Republicans routinely amplified Russian propaganda; repeated outright lies (e.g., that President Barack Obama illegally spied on Trump or that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence of obstruction of justice); went along with Trump for months in his anti-mask sneering; echoed baseless claims of widespread voter fraud; and joined Trump’s hunt for the identity of the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal (whom they dubbed a traitor). Whether they actually believed this nonsense or simply regurgitated Trump talking points is irrelevant. They willingly took part in the assault on truth and contributed to remaking the party into a cult of personality.

 

House and Senate Republicans are not helpless bystanders in the Trump travesty. They protected him from criticism, enabled his antics and amplified his most egregious lies. Once you determine Trump is unfit to serve, it really is not possible to give the rest of the party a clean bill of health.

 

It’s not just Trump. All Republicans must go. 


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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Chasky said, "Not a chance Critical !   The Republicans in Washington have laid down for tRump and they would lay down again for someone else just as vile.  They all need replaced."

 

I want to disagree with Chasky, because that would be healthy for our country, but I can't.

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I will agtina remind many that not all Republicans are Trump Followers. I will agree that once this is all over a complete reorganization of the Republican party will be necessary.
But to throw the baby with the bassinet  is not the way.
There is not now a Republican platform Trump had even managed to destroy that. but, There are still many REpublicans, not Trump followers that wil go down in history as part as the Trump Mafia. But many other decent men will emerge

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After Trump is gone, the Republican Party will have to rebuild its platform and refurbish its reputation. That won't be easy after 4 years of non-stop LIES, FALSE NEWS, and a total disregard for the Rule of Law and the Constitution. Look at what happened last week. It wasn't the Republican National Convention, it was the TRUMP CULT NATIONAL CONVENTION.

 

Who knows? Maybe the new and rebuilt Republican Party will actually embrace SCIENCE?

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@CriticalThinking wrote:

After Trump is gone, the Republican Party will have to rebuild its platform and refurbish its reputation. That won't be easy after 4 years of non-stop LIES, FALSE NEWS, and a total disregard for the Rule of Law and the Constitution. Look at what happened last week. It wasn't the Republican National Convention, it was the TRUMP CULT NATIONAL CONVENTION.

 

Who knows? Maybe the new and rebuilt Republican Party will actually embrace SCIENCE?


Not a chance Critical !   The Republicans in Washington have laid down for tRump and they would lay down again for someone else just as vile.  They all need replaced.


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Gee, I'll have to take your word for it that you didn't make this up.

 

You are getting sleepy.
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All is too inclusive.

Most repugs have violated their oaths of office, and should not be in the govt. We do need an opposition party, and there are some decent repugs to run it.

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@xrepub wrote:

All is too inclusive.  I disagree.  All that have layed down for trump and do whatever he pleased.

 

Most repugs have violated their oaths of office, I agree.  Do you think any of them should remain?  Or should "ALL" be removed?  and should not be in the govt.  Again, we agree.  We do need an opposition party, Again, I agree, but moderates can be the opposing party to progressives.  and there are some decent repugs to run it.  Any currently in office?  Only Romney has shown he has a backbone amd values.  I agree with your sentimate, but this may not be the right time.


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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@Centristsin2010 
Great point Cent...they all must go, especially trump and his enablers, 
on the National, State, and Local levels. 
If trump did not have enablers, we would  not have trump. 
Especially Senate trump repubs under mitch’s immoral lead. They have accomplished zero...biased tax cuts, and appointing wacko, unqualified administration officials, and questionable  conservative judges, are not a badge of honor...especially while trump runs rampant over our laws and Citizens in need, suffer. 

 

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Yes! WE need a huge turnout and a blue psunami!!!!
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