According to a report from a GOP aide, which was reported by The Hill, the Republican Party leadership does not even plan to whip up votes against impeaching President Donald Trump.
This is just the latest in a long series of craven betrayals from the Republican Party.
The Masks Come Off
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney from Wyoming, in a recent statement, said that a “violent mob” supposedly attacked the Capitol building on January 6. She made this statement despite video evidence proving that the only people engaged in violence in Washington that day were infiltrators from both Antifa and BLM and the Capitol Police, who shot an unarmed Air Force veteran named Ashli Babbitt dead through a door.
Establishment House Republicans like Cheney never truly supported the president and only temporarily pretended to do so for their own political advantage. Now that the president has been essentially neutered and has only a few days left in office, these snakes feel free to reveal their true colors.
“Much more will become clear in the coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack…. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not,” said Cheney.
Every part of that statement is a lie. The president did not incite violence but clearly told his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” on January 6. Furthermore, he made a video in which he explicitly urged his supporters to go home after the violence broke out. The fact that the video was later removed by Twitter and other big social media sites does not mean that it did not exist.
Some Meager Resistance
Some, like Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona and the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, said that Cheney should resign her position as chair of the House Republican Conference in the wake of her decision to vote to impeach the president. Rep. Matt Rosendale from Montana echoed that sentiment.
This resistance, however, is far too meager to be able to accomplish much as GOP establishment hacks still control most of the party. Even if Republicans don’t plan to whip up votes against impeachment, those who do not vote for it anyway will demonstrate their integrity to voters. Those who do vote for impeachment will likely find their careers imperiled.
Because the Senate is out of session, however, things likely won’t go anywhere if impeachment articles get to the Senate.
Why Does This Keep Happening?
Time and again, the mainstream Republican Party proves itself to be little more than a handmaiden for the Democrats in their agenda to erode America and prevent those living in “flyover country”—who overwhelmingly voted for Trump—from ever getting anything that they want.
Even when the man they want happens to become president, the Republican Party salivates at the chance to collaborate with the Democrats. They come up with any excuse and tell any lie needed to destroy him, only waiting for the most politically advantageous moment to pounce.
The sad truth is that the two parties are merely two wings of the same bird of prey. With a small number of notable exceptions, the GOP is just as much keyed into the corrupt establishment as the Democrats are. Most of the GOP despises Trump’s base just as much as the Democrats do.
Unless voters resolutely refuse to ever vote for any of these corrupt and craven hacks again under any circumstances, Republican voters can only expect the GOP to betray them again and again.