Here’s what we’re getting from Republicans in the impeachment hearing: antics, antics, and more antics. As Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) shouts, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) storms out, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) rages against the machine, there’s something these assclowns aren’t considering: history. Ignoring reality and denying facts will likely cost them everything.
A HuffPo report outlines exactly what happened in 1974 after Pres. Richard Nixon resigned. And it’s not pretty. Well, it’s not pretty for Republicans. I’m kinda digging it.
“Nearly a half-century ago, [GOP House Judiciary Committee members] who protected then-President Richard Nixon suffered a hefty price for it just months later in the 1974 midterm elections: Five of the 10 members who voted against all three articles of impeachment saw their seats flip to Democrats. Four were defeated outright. The fifth retired, and the Republican hoping to succeed him lost,” HuffPost reported Thursday.
Ouch. Bratty Matt, you reading this?
It wasn’t all Republicans, though. It was those who specifically defended Trump on the GOP House Judiciary Committee.
“In contrast, House Republicans as a whole lost only 25% of their seats that November ― still a staggering loss rate, but only half of that suffered by members of the Judiciary Committee.”
Some Republican strategists, including John Weaver, a former John McCain aide, worry that it can happen again in 2020. He’s convinced that the Republicans at risk today won’t pay attention to history.
“Cult members can’t see past the Kool-Aid,” Weaver explained.
Rick Wilson, another longtime GOP strategist, says that the House Republicans seem to be “completely ahistorical.” He adds that the House Republicans have:
“[…] the worst conceit, and that is that history doesn’t apply to them.”
Wilson is the author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.”
A congressional scholar from the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Norman Ornstein, points out that Trump’s hold on the Republican Party base is what’s keeping Republicans in Congress so riveted.
“It was a party, now it’s a cult. And if you are in a cult, the fear of being shunned or ostracized is powerful,” he said. “To challenge him, in fundamental fashion, you’re going to be treated as an apostate.”
Is Donald Trump immune to history? Are his butt-clown supporters in Congress immune to history? I guess we’ll see, won’t we? Read the entire report at HuffPo.