Hypocrisy Collapses GOP

The Hypocrisy of the Religious Far Right [Political/Religion] – NON SERVIAMAs this article was being written for publication two days prior to the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the House of Representatives on January 13 voted a second impeachment of the incumbent president.

Just one month earlier, 18 GOP attorneys general filed suit in the Supreme Court, challenging the election results of four states. On January 6, 2021, a mob, encouraged by P45, stormed the Capitol in concert with the Republican challenge to the Electoral College vote count, causing the deaths of five individuals, including a Capitol police officer. Within two days of the deadly assault, 147 Congressional Republicans voted against certification of the Electoral College results.

These events appear to by crystallizing as a political force that threatens the very existence of the GOP. After four years of unyielding loyalty to the party and its erratic leader (breached significantly by the likes of the Lincoln Project), some Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, have signaled an inclination, if not support, for impeachment. As defense, the GOP appears to be circling the wagons around an appeal for unity and healing, alluding to the words of the President-elect in that regard.

These events appear to by crystallizing as a political force that threatens the very existence of the GOP. After four years of unyielding loyalty to the party and its erratic leader (breached significantly by the likes of the Lincoln Project), some Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, have signaled an inclination, if not support, for impeachment. As defense, the GOP appears to be circling the wagons around an appeal for unity and healing, alluding to the words of the President-elect in that regard. It may be too late for such infantile political remorse. As the Washington Post editorialized, a prerequisite for such unity and healing should be Republicans’ willingness to say, “The election was not stolen.”

Tone deafness is generally understood to be an inability to distinguish musical sounds. Politicians, especially elected ones, are usually sensitive to the pitches and undulations of the civil dialogue to which they are exposed. It’s a necessary sense for survival and adaptation to changing values and opinions.

Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform, or is pretense thereto. In combination, tone deafness and hypocrisy conflate to produce some truly incongruous communications from elected politicians.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) appeared in a Fox News interview appealing to President-elect Joe Biden to say “enough…. Let’s try to come together.” Van Drew was referring specifically to the current impeachment move against the incumbent president. The representative was formerly a Democrat who switched parties in 2019 in the Garden State. The switch occurred, according to local reports, due to a primary threat by his party and his opposition to the House impeachment inquiry. He announced his decision to change registration in December 2019. A few days later, he appeared with P45 to pledge his “undying” support to the incumbent.

The NJ politician declared, after the January 6, 2021, Capitol takeover, that “brining everyone together will be very difficult” and the first step to unity is to drop the call for a second impeachment. He added that tens “of millions of people still did vote and still do support Donald Trump.” The clincher in this bit of kabuki is the fact that Van Drew was one of the 147 Republican Congressfolk who voted to reject the Electoral College ballots from Arizona and Pennsylvania. That, by any account, is tone deaf hypocrisy.

Flip-flopping is a congenital condition among some elected politicians, usually with respect to issues and sometimes on more important topics.

Flip-flopping is a congenital condition among some elected politicians, usually with respect to issues and sometimes on more important topics. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice denounced the pro-Trump Capitol riot as “despicable.” The Mountain State governor switched to the GOP at a rally in 2017 alongside Donald Trump. While obviously not suffering from tone deafness, in August 2017, Justice declared he relates “to the Trump family” and looks forward to working with the administration as a Republican. His net worth has been estimated at just under $2 billion, largely from his family’s coal enterprises.

His affinity for the Trump family may not all be related to wealth, however. Justice adorned his party switch and kinship with the new First Family by adding, “Don Jr. and I hunted together, fished together, I’ve been with Ivanka in the White House, and everything, and she’s great. So I know them.” Refreshing to know that some political relationships have a deep, personal aspect. Unlike Van Drew, Justice did not display much in the way of tone deafness but the jury is out regarding his hypocrisy.

GOP loyalists in and out of DC are searching for a defensible corner before the paint is dry. The initial emerging party line message calling for unity and healing was incisively and succinctly pierced in a comment in an OpEd column in The New York Times (Jamelle Bouie, January 13):

If you hold President Trump accountable for his actions, then we won’t help you unify the country.

In 17 words, the bold hypocrisy of the entire Republican party is summarized. Even if P45 is not convicted of the impeachment charges, the political stain is likely to resist removal. The RNC met in Florida on the same day the Capitol assault and Congressional vote took place. P45 was celebrated and no mention was made of the deaths of five people during the riot, nor about 147 elected party members voting to overturn the 2020 election.

The blowback from the January 6 riot and the behavior of the GOP and its leadership over four years may, moreover, be even more costly in terms of campaign contributions…. The Capitol insurrection has punched a hole in the GOP purse…. Many corporations have suspended contributions to the PACs of the 147 Congressfolks voting against the 2020 election results. Deutsche Bank, prominent in the Trumpisphere, witnessed the resignations of two managers and announced suspension of new business with Trump enterprises.

The blowback from the January 6 riot and the behavior of the GOP and its leadership over four years may, moreover, be even more costly in terms of campaign contributions. The 2020 national campaign was conducted without a traditional platform and assumed White House incumbency by a popular figure would propel a second term. That roll of the dice looks to have backfired. The Capitol insurrection has punched a hole in the GOP purse.

Many corporations have suspended contributions to the PACs of the 147 Congressfolks voting against the 2020 election results. Deutsche Bank, prominent in the Trumpisphere, witnessed the resignations of two managers and announced suspension of new business with Trump enterprises. At least two e-commerce companies have cut ties with processing campaign contributions for a Trump PAC and ceased retail commerce. Other major names including Coca-Cola, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, American Express, Facebook, Walmart, Nike, AT&T,  and Marriott publicly announced a cessation of political campaign contributions. Hallmark requested a refund of contributions to Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz.

The National Association of Manufacturers–for years a reliable GOP backer–supported invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove the incumbent president. There is a roar from a crowd that forms a band of usual suspects for the GOP. It was not satisfying or sufficient for the GOP and its leader to bow our gracefully and accept an electoral loss measured by 8 million voters. New York City is examining several contractual arrangements with the Trump Organization, including a golf course in the Bronx and the famed Wollman skating rink in Central Park. The PGA canceled a national event at the Trump Bedminster, New Jersey, club. The new Biden administration will be pressed to review the agreement with the General Services Administration and the Trump International Hotel, which Trump is trying to sell but with no luck so far.

Some wonder why it took so extreme an event as the Capitol insurrection to renounce Trump, whose vile ways have been obvious to millions for 5 years. Alas, the first impeachment was an attempt, thwarted only by GOP senators in what substitutes for statesmanship these days.

Trump’s attempt to depart the fray with a bang succeeded, much more so than anyone could have predicted on November 4. Whimpering will likely come later and may endure for a long time..

 



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