Brunswick County Democrats don’t need to be reminded about the looming threat the Republican Party united behind Donald Trump poses for our democracy. Instead of building the wall he promised would keep immigrants out of the U.S., Trump has constructed an edifice that keeps reason and truth out of the GOP.
Trump’s blinded but forever loyal party apparatchiks cling to the mistaken belief the former president was denied a second term due to massive voter fraud. His claims are baseless, but a solid majority of deluded Republicans and other misfits continue to support his lies, grifting and misstatements — not only about the election, but a host of other issues.
Never was this blind and obsequious support of their dear leader more apparent than on January 4. On that date the Republican National Committee censured Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for lending credence to the House committee investigating last year’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Making its action even more odious was the RNC’S referral to the desecration of our national building and the deaths of seven people as “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”
But this time, the Trumpians may have gone a step too far. According to national reports, virtually every GOP senator has criticized the RNC for its action, suggesting it’s not a way to unify the party. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “We saw it happen. It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next. That’s what it was.”
Adding to the concerns at the top end of the GOP chain of command was a statement signed by some 125 prominent party figures and organized by a conservative think tank. “The RNC’s description of the January 6th insurrection as ‘legitimate political discourse’ is an affront to the rule of law, peaceful self-government, and the constitutional order.”
The statement goes on to say, “History will mark this censure as the turning point for the RNC — a time of choosing between civility and patriotism, on the one hand, and conspiracy and political violence on the other. We stand firmly for the first set of values.”
We couldn’t have said it better.