There was a brief moment after Trump sent a mob of kill crazies to attack Congress where the depraved GOP Crime Syndicate looked like it would finally renounce him and his insane cult for the sake of their own physical safety. But then the moment passed, their customary cocoon of wealth and bodyguards resumed their places and the GOP Crime Syndicate decided it was better for them to kowtow to the MAGANON Cult than to risk losing their jobs. So they circled the wagons around the former Terrorist-in-Chief and, just as important, decided to keep humoring the mob that still believes in him. The result is that the GOP is now all-in for the nuts. They own the GOP:
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, is every bit as bigoted as King, and 10 times as unhinged. By now, you’ve surely heard her theory that California wildfires might have been caused by a space laser controlled by Jewish bankers. That wasn’t Greene’s first foray into anti-Semitism; in 2018 she shared a notorious white nationalist video in which a Holocaust denier claimed that “Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation.”
Recently, Greene met with a far-right British commentator, Katie Hopkins, who has described migrants as “cockroaches” and said she doesn’t care if they die. Greene told her, “I would love to trade you for some of our white people here that have no appreciation for our country.” She described the results of the 2018 midterms as “an Islamic invasion of our government.” Greene endorsed calls for the execution of prominent Democrats and agreed with Facebook posts claiming that the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings were hoaxes. She harassed one of the Parkland massacre’s young survivors.
As it happens, this week House Republicans are seeking to punish a prominent woman in their ranks — but it’s not Greene. A big chunk of the House Republican caucus is reportedly trying to oust Liz Cheney of Wyoming from leadership because she voted to impeach Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House leader, is meeting with Greene, but it’s far from clear that he’ll act against her, because she represents much of their party’s base. When The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea met a group of Greene’s local supporters last year, they were generally familiar with QAnon, and several agreed that Democrats are controlled by Satan. There’s a reason Kelly Loeffler, who needed to get out the pro-Trump vote, touted Greene’s endorsement when she was trying to hold on to her Georgia Senate seat.
Some decent Republicans imagine they’re in a battle for their party’s soul. Representative Adam Kinzinger, who like Cheney voted to impeach Trump, recently started a PAC devoted to fighting the forces that led to Greene’s rise and the Capitol rampage. “The time has come to choose what kind of party we will be,” he said in an introductory video. The thing is, Republicans already have chosen.
Just look at the party’s state affiliates. On Jan. 4, the Arizona G.O.P. retweeted a “Stop the Steal” activist who’d pronounced himself willing to “give my life” to overturn the election. Said the party’s official account: “He is. Are you?” An Arizona lawmaker has since introduced a bill that would let the Legislature, controlled by Republicans, override the presidential vote of the state’s increasingly Democratic citizenry.
The Oregon Republican Party approved a resolution suggesting that the Capitol siege was a “false flag” attack. The Texas Republican Party has adopted the QAnon slogan “We are the storm” as its motto, though it insists there’s no connection. The chairman of Wyoming’s Republican Party, who attended Trump’s rally on Jan. 6, said he might be open to secession.
Greene is not the outlier in this party. Kinzinger is.
The GOP is now fully on board with the kooks. So is the Right Wing Lie Machine. This is a united consensus.
They have created a Monster and now they are trying to ride it. The occasional denunciations you hear from a few people like McConnell are the faint attempts to maintain control of that Monster from people who were content to feed it raw meat for four years and who now are scrambling to let the Dragon live but “contain” it. If you want a historical parallel, look to the German Industrialists who helped Hitler to power, confident they could “contain” him too.
This evil Party of criminally irresponsible is cynics attempting to herd a pack of maniacs with a very long list of the rest of us they want to jail, put before firing squads, gas and cremate. If they ever seize power again, they have already made clear that January 6 was not an outrage, but a practice run from which they intend to learn all the wrong lessons and try, try again.
Such a party merits nothing but destruction down to the molecular level. It is not “where the GOP is headed”. It is where and what the GOP is–now. Keep fighting it and destroying it till it is gone. Let not one stone be left standing on another. Defeat it again and again at the state, local, and federal level in every election for the next decade at least. Teach their children to feel burning shame at them. May them a byword among the nations and a hissing and a scandal to their children’s children. They refused repentance. Now they must deal with the consequences as the rest of us move on and walk over them if they get in our way. They have refused the good of the intellect. Let them then learn that those who will not let the Lady Wisdom teach them in gentleness shall have only the relentless headmaster Pain to make them learn the hard way. They have no one but themselves to blame.