What Republican Senators Hawley, Cruz and the rest of the rat pack have decided is this: They will aid and abet Trump’s proliferation of the Big Lie about the 2020 election in order to advance their standing among the #MAGA they hope to inherit for the elections of 2022 and 2024. They have announced the abhorrent — that they will cause more chaos by challenging electoral college votes for Democrat Joe Biden on Jan. 6 — to keep the lie alive because none have the stones necessary to tell their most Trumpie of constituents the truth: That Biden won the election, fair and square; there was no fraud, and it is time for Americans to accept the new president.
Allow me to summarize what happened here:
- Knowing he would not win reelection because of his hideous mishandling of the pandemic, Trump spent the summer spraying toxin about the coming election — that it was rigged against him, that mail-in voting was inherently susceptible to fraud. Trump did this knowing that the MAGA crowd was predisposed to hear and accept it, susceptible as they have become to conspiracy theories.
- Within hours of the polls closing on Nov. 3, Trump continued to complain that the election was rigged — that votes counted after Election Day were cast illegally or should not be counted, or some such nonsense. Importantly, he managed to get nearly 80 percent of Republicans to believe him.
- Trump and his surrogates lost their many challenges in state and federal courts, and state electors certified Biden’s resounding victory. But Trump continued to obsessively complain that the election was rigged and, more, that he had won reelection.
- The 140 House members and the rat pack of senators, led by presidential aspirants Hawley and Cruz, are in the game to exploit the minds Trump has warped. Instead of being champions of democracy, instead of being leaders, they are aiding and abetting Trump’s lie because that’s what the MAGA want to hear, and for their wholly self-serving, morally bankrupt words and deeds Hawley, Cruz and the rest of these Republicans should forever bear and share the title of seditionists.
This effort rises to sedition because there is no evidence of fraud or irregularities, no claim that a foreign power tried to tip the election one way or another, as there was in Trump’s victory in 2016. (If you still don’t believe Russia was engaged in trying to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, please read the Republican-led Senate report that made clear, once and for all, that it was.)
There is a mountainous distinction between being merely a representative man and an authentic leader — that is, an elected official who leads with words and deeds and does not merely reflect what he believes his constituents believe. There is risk in doing that, of course, but the distinction in the cause of righteousness — in this case, in the cause of keeping our democracy — is an honorable one. Hawley, Cruz and the rest have reached the depths of dishonor; they deserve infamy.
Here is the list of senators and senators-elect who have joined this seditious ploy:
Here is a list of House members who joined the rat pack: