Rep. Jamie Raskin has been a stalwart defender of democracy and an ardent advocate for truth throughout his service in Congress. He served as the lead manager during the second impeachment of Donald Trump. That’s the one that proved Trump’s culpability for the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol.
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Raskin currently sits on the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection. On Sunday Raskin was interviewed by Margaret Brennan on CBS’s Face the Nation. And in a succinctly articulated response to a question about Trump’s intention to affirm his cowardice by defying the Committee’s subpoena to testify, Raskin stated precisely what the role of Trump is for the Republican Party that just suffered a historic walloping in the midterm election.
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What follows is the exchange between Raskin and Brennan wherein he tells her what many have known for several years (transcript): That Trump is the GOP’s problem.
Brennan: Former President Trump’s basically going to defy the subpoena you issued. He’s planning to announce he’s running for the presidency on Tuesday. Is the prime achievement of the January 6th committee simply going to be this written report? You’re not appearing to stop him from running.
Raskin: Well, in a democracy, the people have the right to the truth. And what we withstood was a systematic assault on democratic institutions in an attempt to overthrow a presidential election. So we have set forth the truth in a series of hearings. […]
When I was over in the Senate with the impeachment team, I told the Republicans there that this was our opportunity to deal with the problem of Donald Trump who had committed high crimes and misdemeanors against the people of the United States. And they needed to act on behalf of the country and the Constitution. But if they didn’t, he would become their problem. And at this point, Donald Trump is the problem of the Republican Party, and he may destroy their party.
Raskin notes on CBS that Republicans had an opportunity to convict Trump after his second impeachment and prevent him from running for office, but they didn't, and now "he may destroy their party" pic.twitter.com/ddaxECesrA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2022
Exactly! Republicans have only themselves to blame for their losses last week, and for those that are coming in the future. They had their chance to be rid of Trump and his losing ways, but they chose instead to embrace him and excuse the crimes he committed.
Whether it was out of fear, or misguided self-interest, or simply blind adoration for a cult leader, Republicans decided that worshiping a wannabe dictator was better than being the targets of his infantile insults. So now they are getting what they deserve. Will they be smart enough to cut their losses going forward? They’re Republicans, so don’t bet on it.
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