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In the GOP today, lying is a non-negotiable requirement

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Judd Legum has a very good column in Popular Information. A few snippets:

For the Republican party, there is only one thing that is non-negotiable. Trump says that Biden stole the 2020 election. Republicans must not contradict him.

In 2016, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) was elected to Congress as “an unabashed supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.” In 2019, Cheney co-hosted a fundraiser for Trump with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney endorsed Trump again in 2020. Here is how she described her support for Trump in a July 2020 appearance on Fox News:

So there is no comparison in terms of the kind of leadership that we need in the world and the choice is a very clear one. You know, the American people are going to have to choose between a world in which the United States and the other free nations set the rules of the road or a world in which China and Russia and our adversaries, who do not believe in freedom, set the rules of the road. That is the world you will see under a Joe Biden presidency… We are all going to work together to stop that.

In the first two years of Trump’s presidency, Cheney supported Trump’s position on 95.8% of her votes. In the last two years, Cheney supported Trump’s position 92.8% of the time. That’s a higher level of support than Trump received over the same time period from Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), who Trump later selected as his Chief of Staff.  .  .

But despite that, Cheney was voted out of her Republican leadership post in the House and is now ostracized and ridiculed by her fellow Republicans.

Her offense, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy? She would not “move on” from fights about the 2020 election. Legum quotes some Republicans about how important it is to “move on”:

“I don’t think re-litigating the 2020 election is a winning strategy,” opined Senator John Thune (R-SD), one of the Republican leaders of the Senate.  Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial, agreed. “Let’s move on,” she said. “She seems not to be able to leave it,” Sen. Kevin Cramer said of Cheney (R-ND).

Legum points out:

But is it really Cheney who is responsible for extending disputes about the 2020 election? If Trump would admit the truth and concede that Biden won fairly and there is no evidence of meaningful voter fraud, the issue would disappear. The same thing would happen if Trump just stopped talking about it. But in recent weeks, Trump has issued one statement after another perpetuating the lie the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Journalist Jon Ward compiled a list of statements issued by Trump in recent weeks claiming the election was rigged:

March 20

April 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 23, 24 (4x), 26 (2x), 27

May 3, 5, 6, 7

During the time period, Cheney issued one tweet calling out Trump’s lies. It’s clear that Trump is the one who hasn’t moved on. But Republicans are now required to endorse or ignore his lies to remain in good standing with the party.

There’s much more, and it exposes the rotting corpse of a party that at one point had some integrity.

Read the whole thing.

Written by Leisureguy

13 May 2021 at 10:18 am

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