For those of you who thought politics was anything but a zero-sum game, guess again. Try figuring out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California standing in the house and laying blame on Donald Trump for instigating the house insurrection on January 6th, only to then turn around just over a day later and say Trump was not responsible then run to Florida to lick the dust from the de-platformed Trump’s shoes.
How about b*∑**h, I mean Mitch McConnell refusing to say Joe Biden was the winner of the November 2020 elections, at the time he believed that Trump would find a way to hold onto power, then after he realized that Biden would be sworn into office he lit into Trump saying the following on the floor of the Senate.
“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”
“The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” he said, “and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.“He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed and order restored.”
The same Mitch McConnell, said Thursday that he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in 2024.
I won’t bother referencing Lindsay Graham much, sufficing to say that the South Carolina (water-boy), I meant Senator, has managed to make servility take on a new and even more degrading meaning.
I would rather die than degrade myself the way Lindsay Graham debased himself in servitude to Donald Trump; it is nauseating.
So exactly what’s at stake for these major players in the Republican Party that have caused them to contort themselves into better pretzels swirls to remain in Trump’s goof grace?
As said without giving too much oxygen to Graham, the dude talked about going to Florida to talk to Trump like he is a little dog unable to wait to see his master. Dude, where is your self-respect? Where are your pride and dignity?
We always knew that the right-wing of the Republican party in the house consisted of Jim Jordon, Steve Scalise, Mo Brooks, and the other neanderthals like Marjorie Taylor Green, Bobert, Matt Gaetz, and others were straight-up white supremacists.
If you are paying attention, you cannot miss that; those clowns aren’t even trying to hide it.
We knew that in the Senate, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, Texas’s [Raphael] Cruz, Missouri’s Josh Hawley, that wisted face carnival clown, John Kennedy and the other Cuban, Florida’s little puppy-dog Marco were willing tools to be used by Trump, but what is McConnell and McCarthy’s story?
You know the Republican party is a shit-show when Liz Chaney is the rational; voice.
Between the men and women who walked away from the Republican party and those who stayed and ca[itualted to Trumpism is a lesson to be learned on how totalitarianism takes root in once-thriving nations.
The cowardice is palpable; the lack of spine and intestinal fortitude to stand up to an ignorant wannabe despot breaks down the guardrails and empowers the despot to push the envelope further.
That the Republican party would completely cede its power to Donald Trump, who managed to lose the US House, the White House & Senate, all within a single presidential term, is remarkable.
Not only is Trump a loser, but he is also a traitor who instigated a mass insurrection against the United States after he lost the elections. The results were certified by each state in the Union.
That is the person the Republicans in the house and the Senate decided to turn the party over to, along with his children.
It bears mentioning just how close America came to be just another banana republic in which insurrectionists acting on the dictates of a tin-pan moron overthrew the government.
The whole country watched as Donald Trump decapitated the Justice, Defense, and other departments’ senior leadership, even after losing the elections.
Those moves were designed to put in place lackeys who would do his bidding after his mob massacred the entire legislative branch along with his own vice president, whom he had soured on for not following his orders.
The fact that Senate Republicans did not vote to convict Donald Trump after the second impeachment gives rise to the most fundamental aspect of what’s at play here.
A conviction on the single charge of instigating an insurrection against the United States government, would have effectively blocked Donald Trump from holding federal office ever again.
So why did they not remove Trump even when he was first impeached? After all of the things, Trump had done, Republican Senators had ample opportunities to remove him from office, so why didn’t they? Was it that they were afraid of his voters? Were they afraid of being primaried? No, not even close!
By the time the second impeachment unfolded, Donald Trump was out of the White House; he was de-platformed by Twitter and Facebook, making him ineligible to run or hold office would have effectively rendered Donald Trump irrelevant. At the very best, Trump would have been reduced to a diminishing bloviating failed windbag whose star had dimmed.
So why did Republicans miss that golden opportunity to act?
They did not act because they understand that the fight is no longer political. The fight is racial. As we watch more and more white men run toward the Republican party, and even those who win under the “D” banner, act like Republicans, speaking of West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. They understand that what’s ultimately at stake is the dissolution of some of the power that white men have held for hundreds of years.
Demographic changes, already a black president, a black vice-president, their racist demagogue voted out of office on blacks’ strength and voting power in large urban centers, and the insurrection of January 6th, 2021 was unavoidably foreseeable.
In the end, the Republican men and women who voted to retain Trump as the head of their party, (yes by not convicting him that’s what they did) are all white men and women except, of course, the two Cubans and the Ore Cookie that no one bothered to send a memo.
The Biden appointees facing conformation obstacles from Joe Manchin and Republicans in the Senate are all people of color. Deb Haaland is native-American, Neera Tanden is Indian-American, Xavier Becerra, is Mexican-American, you get the picture?
White men have never had to compete for anything on a level playing field. Having to contend with intelligent, educated people of color for the most powerful jobs, and to be beaten by them is gut-wrenching for them.
This is what’s at the heart of the bad blood in American politics at the moment. The toxicity of it all will continue to play out in the years to come. How America deals with it will determine its demise or survival.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.