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“If you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent”

June 7, 2022

The title quote was said by Louie Gohmert, working hard to retain his reputation as the dumbest Congressman. Despite Gosar and Greene giving him hot competition.

Tom Rice of South Carolina was one of the few House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. Had the Senate convicted, the important effect of that would have been to prevent Trump from ever holding federal office. Rice now says he would support Trump. If only he apologizes. Because someone who attempted a coup clearly can be trusted with power again, if they say they are sorry.

I do feel some sympathy for ideological conservatives today. If they have integrity, they are repulsed by Trump. Those mostly are the never-Trumpers, and the late never-Trumpers, such as Kinzinger and Cheney. Who are ostracized by the MAGA cult. Rice is trying to find some middle path where he retains some of those voters, despite acting honestly regarding the coup. I suspect that path is so narrow and twisted it likely doesn’t much exist.

So far, only Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other assorted dupes in the MAGA cult have been prosecuted for crimes related to the coup. I hope the public hearings this month set the stage in a way that starts to worry the ring-leaders that criminal prosecution likely lies in their future.

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  1. Douglas Rothkopf permalink
    June 7, 2022 8:57 am

    They think they can find a middle ground with “ camp Auschwitzs “ tee shirt wearer and Hang Mike Pence” gallows builders. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. They will be the first on the train to the gulag.

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