Republicans: pathetic and dangerous

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The spectacle of the Republican Party overlaying President Donald Trump’s lies that he “won” reelection and that he is a victim of “electoral fraud” has now gone from brown to dark.

It is one thing to anticipate that Trump would not show an iota of grace or decency, let alone admit that he lost reelection fair and square. But quite another is that in order not to fall from the grace of the “leader” of the Republican Party and the 71 million who voted for him, the Republican leadership lies disgustingly and tramples the processes, giving credibility to falsehoods and, incidentally, ignoring the majority who elected Joe Biden to the Electoral College.

This is not a joke. It is extremely dangerous. In the more than 30 years that I have been living in this country, I never thought I would witness this dangerous republican game of undermining the very democracy that they claim to defend so much, and literally trying to steal an election in broad daylight by arguing “fraud” on a large scale; frauds of which, of course, they do not have proof because they do not exist, in addition to trying to make us believe that the triumphs of Democrat Joe Biden in the Electoral College are the product of our imagination and a “trap”. It is dangerous for a party to want to muddy the electoral process in this way by creating the false perception that there was, in effect, “substantial fraud,” only to massage Trump’s ego and prevent him from acknowledging that he lost.

That the Republican Party has fallen so low is ashamed. That they put their political interests before the electoral traditions of this nation undermining the credibility of the electoral process is disgusting. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants only to maintain the majority by ensuring that the two Georgia races that go into a runoff in January go to their Republican incumbents. He wants Trump to call his hosts to guarantee that majority; hence it says that Trump has the right to ask the courts to elucidate “irregularities” that in the case of Georgia do not exist, according to the Secretary of State himself, who, by the way, is a Republican. Nor do they exist in any other state.

McConnell is joined by the Secretary of Justice, Bill Barr, who as Trump’s lackey altered a traditional rule so that secretaries of state can investigate irregularities, something that until now was done after the contests were certified. But to please Trump it is allowed before certification. Because in this case there is no fraud that warrants any investigation. Investigations are authorized to try to fabricate a narrative that suits Trump.

Then there is the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, another Trump lackey with presidential aspirations of his own, who dared to say at a press conference that there will be a peaceful transition “to a second Trump term.”

And in Congress, with the exception of a handful of Republicans who can be counted on the fingers of one hand, none have acknowledged Biden’s triumph.


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