At 1.35pm on 6 January, the top Republican in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, stood before his party and delivered a dire warning.
If they overruled the will of 81 million voters by blocking Joe Biden’s certification as president in a bid to snatch re-election for the defeated candidate, Donald Trump, “it would damage our Republic forever”.
Five minutes before he started speaking, hundreds of Trump supporters incited by the then president’s false claim that the 2020 election had been stolen broke through Capitol police lines and were storming the building. McConnell’s next remark has been forgotten in the catastrophe that followed – the inner sanctums of America’s democracy defiled, five people dead, and 138 police officers injured.
He said: “If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power at any cost.”
No member of Congress should seem to encourage violence against his foes, not even in a ridiculous fantasy cartoon. In an America still stepping through the rubble of incivility left by Donald Trump, when politicians get death threats for supporting an infrastructure bill, the last thing we need is elected officials celebrating imaginary attacks on one another. It also ought not be lost on anyone the extreme vitriol that’s repeatedly aimed at this young New Yorker. The venom of those who target her is out of all proportion, and often infused with misogyny.
… a few years ago, Steve King made racist comments that triggered his removal from committees. Marjorie Taylor-Greene likened vaccination mandates to the Holocaust. In 2009, Joe Wilson shouted a personal insult at the president during a speech. None were censured. (Wilson got a gentler reprimand.)
It’s interesting that the 3 examples noted by the Daily News are all Republicans… King, Greene and Wilson, Republicans… it’s maybe time to censure the entire Republican Party…