Among the most damaging deviations of Donald Trump’s infestation of the White House has been the spread of his deranged brand of ignorance and asininity. He has infected the majority of the Republican Party with a compulsion to exude hostility and lies aimed scattershot at Democrats, and even insufficiently worshipful Republicans.
On Tuesday an example of this diseased behavior was on display in Congress as GOP representative Troy Nehls (TX-Wanker) unleashed a cascade of crackpottery during his inquisition of Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg. The Secretary was testifying before the House Infrastructure Committee.
Rather than address any relevant or rational issue, Nehls babbled bombastically about President Biden’s mental state in a flurry of wild allegations that never approached any semblance of reality. The result was a bizarre exchange wherein he solidified his aspiration to succeed Louis Gohmert as the GOP’s dumbest member of Congress. Aiming his invective at Biden, Nehls yammered…
Nehls: He shakes hands with ghosts and imaginary people. He falls off bicycles. Even at the White House Easter celebration, the Easter Bunny had to guide him back into his safe place. Cue cards that say ‘end of speech,” which he actually states, that is, if he stays awake. So my question for you is, have you spoken with any other cabinet member about implementing the 25th Amendment on President Biden?
Buttigieg: First of all, I’m glad to have a President who can ride a bicycle. And I will look beyond the insulting nature of that question and make clear …
Nehls (interrupting): Have you spoken to any cabinet members about implementing the 25th Amendment on President Biden?
Buttigieg: Of course not.
Nehls: Have you emailed any member of the executive branch about the President’s health…
Buttigieg: The President of the United States is as vigorous a colleague or boss as I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Chairman DeFazio: The gentleman’s time has expire.
Nehls: Could you yield me one minute sir?
Chairman DeFazio: Absolutely not. If you had yielded the Secretary some time to actually answer the ridiculous question, you might have actually gotten something.
Nehls: He falls off bicycles
Buttigieg: I’m glad to have a President who can ride a bicycle pic.twitter.com/4PIsXm5DVn
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 19, 2022
Buttigieg’s reply to Nehls was a clever, albeit overly gracious, way of reminding everyone of Trump’s mental and physical disabilities. However, literally every item on Nehls churlish checklist was, as someone once said, fake news. They were all drawn from the phony attacks by Fox News shills and MAGA-nauts that have been circulating among the cult crowd for months. Just as an example, the charge that Biden read stage directions from the TelePrompTer was not only false, it was rife with hypocrisy…
Fox News is now calling Biden senile for saying “end of quote” while giving a speech.
That would be news to… all of these Republicans. pic.twitter.com/vveR7ec8Zw
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) July 11, 2022
Nehls’ inquiry as to whether Buttigieg had ever considered invoking the 25th Amendment is particularly offensive. He knows that no such consideration was ever made or warranted. Biden has managed his presidential duties with intelligence, competence, and compassion. He never once suggested that people should inject themselves with bleach, or that hurricanes should be nuked, or that stealth fighters are actually invisible, or that windmills cause cancer. And, oh yeah, he never tried to overthrow the government.
During the same hearing, Buttigieg also shot down GOP insurrectionist Scott Perry, who has defied a subpoena, and who asked Trump for a pardon after pushing crackpot conspiracy theories about the election. Buttigieg corrected Perry’s deliberate lies about the cost of electric vehicles. Perry cherry-picked a $55,000 example. Buttigieg set him straight. And as shown in this article, many EVs are less than $35,000.
Buttigieg: I knew this might come up so I pulled some of the latest prices… pic.twitter.com/lSjkv14pTO
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 19, 2022
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