Gordon D’Arcy Christensen, 71, a member of the MU School of Medicine faculty since 1988, died Feb. 29, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. The cause of death was cancer.
Dr. Christensen was a professor of medicine specializing in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. As a physician, he was best known for taking on difficult cases and making elusive diagnoses….
….Best known in scientific circles for his research into the cause of medical device infections, Dr. Christensen was the first to recognize that the coagulase-negative staphylococci were a major cause of medical device infections, particularly infections of intravascular catheters. After this, while working with his close colleague, W. Andrew Simpson, they discovered that the capacity to attach to the surfaces of medical devices by forming a sticky layer of bacteria accounted for the predilection to infect medical devices….
….Dr. Christensen’s career in laboratory research abruptly ended when he “blew the whistle” on the attempt by officials of the Department of Veterans, with the assistance of MU officials, to conceal and block a criminal investigation into the murder of multiple veteran patients at the Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in 1992. This tragedy led to Dr. Christensen appearing before three Congressional committees. To his bitter disappointment, it did not lead to prosecution of the murderer or punishment of those officials who blocked the investigation and concealed the deaths. Most regrettably, it also did not lead to an explanation for the tragedy or compensation for the families of murdered veterans….
….in 2016, Dr. Christensen was the Democratic candidate to represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District in Congress….
Lindsey Simmons (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 4th Congressional District, started another leg of her methodical travel across the district early Saturday morning in Sedalia. The second event of the day was a lunch with voters at a local restaurant in Warrensburg, listening to their concerns about their lives the district – from agriculture, to health care, to the environment, to public education.
In the early afternoon, there was a conversation at the invitation of College Democrats with students and interested faculty in the Union at the University of Central Missouri. After brief introductory remarks Lindsey Simmons (D) engaged the students in a broad two-hour discussion about public higher education, voter engagement, and public service.
In the early evening, for the last event of the day, a meet and greet at a local restaurant in Belton. This, an opportunity for one on one conversations with Cass County Democrats.
That’s retail politics at work.
Lindsey Simmons (D): on a mission in the 4th Congressional District (November 26, 2019)
A tip of the hat to Nelson Muntz.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
On the desk this morning:
8:41 AM · Feb 6, 2020
And, as usual, there is much hilarity in the responses:
And around your neck (like an albatross) in November.[….]
The saddest thing is your glee. It shows a complete lack of respect for a significant portion of your constituents. This is the very definition of partisanship. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds much like the President’s respect for the law.
“Acquitted” doesn’t always mean “innocent.”
You may be ok with potus soliciting foreign help in upcoming election and withholding congressional approved aid to try and get said help, but WE THE PEOPLE are not ok with it.
Orange God will be happy you shirked your duty. #GOPtrumpSycophants
Save those! The Trump Crime Syndicate can use them as blankets in their jail cells once Daddy Don is out of office here soon.
Oh wow, it sure is impressive that a slim majority of senators, all from the president’s own party, decided against removing him from office. What an accomplishment.
Good reminder that senate republicans failed to do their jobs and uphold their pledge to be impartial jurors.
Also, in every history book…
I enjoy giving money to the strong, smart, principled lady who will take your office from you. Enjoy it while it lasts. You’ll actually have to work for that seat next time
Political fear is a strong thing!
Republicans worship a man above the constitution. Republicans are corrupt af. Don’t be like republicans. #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica
Also from the WP (on your desk) The WH is now sending around anti-Romney talking points, including:
•Romney’s decision was unsurprising as this display of self-serving political expedience has come to define his career.
•Romney has a long history of flip-flopping.
It was a fake trial, resulting in a fake acquittal. Valueless, really. I’m voting for @LynzforCongress to get someone who understands the law.
Cult of Trump
That you are proud of this is profoundly sad
A travesty. I hope you will be held accountable for the part you played.
And still guilty.
In the trash this morning…
Yes, Vicky, your tribe won. America lost.
I question your understanding of the events ma’am. You seem to be celebrating a party and president who was impeached and will remain forever impeached. Acquittal was publicly assured before the articles found their way to the Senate. This should embarrass you and the GOP.
Not surprising, when you have a fixed jury.
Good people don’t defend a bad person. You are not a good person
Vicky thinks it’s appropriate for a sitting president to use congressionally allocated aid as leverage to a coerce a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT into interfering in a US election for his benefit.
Vicky is unAmerican.
Remember, ‘Not Guilty’ is not the same as ‘Innocent’. It means the case wasn’t proved beyond a reasonable doubt, not that the accused didn’t do it. There just wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a conviction. And, how do you think that happened?
Uh, they refused to look at any evidence? Just spitballing here…
I can see you doing high kicks cheering on dear leader as he starts extorting more countries to meddle in our elections. But this means you get a few more farm subsidy checks! Congrats!
#ForeverImpeached. And he set a new record. The greatest bipartisan vote for conviction and removal in our history. What a winner you are kowtowing to, ya coward.
I thought the media was fake and against our dear leader?
How are you not sick of Trump’s behavior?
And you are okay with this? Why are you supporting such a vile, incompetent, hateful, lawless person? Seriously, as a constituent and business owner in your district, I am ashamed of the “leadership” in this country. It is disgraceful.
Shame on your party for doing this to America. I hope you are voted out.
This is not a good thing, Vicky. Uphold the constitution or we’ll find someone who will.
Hey Hartzler! President Trump: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on.”
It all depends on whose ox is being gored, eh?
Don’t be a partisan hack. Don’t be Vicky.
It’s in her nature.
Yesterday, from a republican:
Romney Delivers Remarks on Impeachment Vote
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
….This verdict is ours to render. The people will judge us for how well and faithfully we fulfilled our duty. The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the President committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a “high crime and misdemeanor.”
Yes, he did.
The President asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival.
The President withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so.
The President delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders.
The President’s purpose was personal and political.
Accordingly, the President is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust.
What he did was not “perfect”— No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine….
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
3:22 PM · Feb 5, 2020
As usual, there is much hilarity in the response:
#AmericansFindTrumpGuilty NOT EXONERATED #GOPCoverup
The president and his staffed admitted to the crimes publicly.
Acquitted but admitted guilty.
Guilty as sin by his own admissions. Ever the sycophant.
Of course, we all know he is though, don’t we? Any additional crimes are on you.
donating to your opponent. have a nice day.
I like presidents who haven’t been impeached.
Trump? He’s guilty as hell. The Bidens, not guilty but Trump got exactly what he wanted out of this charade- dirtying a good man’s reputation.
You can’t be “not guilty” when your trial doesn’t consist of witnesses or evidence.
History will remember this treachery and abdication of constitutional duty
He’s guilty and you know it.
Vicky hartzler is a joke
#ForeverImpeached Acquitted, not exonerated.
That’s not what that guy you all voted for 8 years ago says.
Shame on you!
Not guilty is not the same as innocent. It simply means they fear Trump more than the voters and history. We all know the man is guilty as hell.
Still impeached and an awful man. And you’re complicit.
The republic has failed
Oh, Vicky, he’s guilty all right.
Still impeached. Forever!
Complicit in the cover up. Yes you are.
It’s incredible anyone can say that with a straight face. You don’t want him gone… bc you like who and what he is. Gross but ok. But his guilt isn’t even in question. He obviously did that shit.
Sure let’s act like it was a fair trial. Let’s pretend republicans weren’t bias in this trial. Let’s pretend the republicans didn’t block witnesses from testifying. You are seriously so stupid. Go represent the great state of Kansas and get out of Missouri.
Oh, the Orange Menace is guilty. You just don’t have the moral courage to do anything about it.
He is clearly Guilty! And you are also guilty of a cover-up!
As it should be, Way to go Senate, except for Romney (Traitor)
So you think it’s appropriate for a sitting president to use congressionally appropriated aid as leverage to coerce a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT into interfering in a US election to his benefit?
And Mitt Romney is the traitor? Give me a break…
That was then:
H. Res. 744
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
September 15, 2009.
Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of Congress convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 179, the President of the United States, speaking at the invitation of the House and Senate, had his remarks interrupted by the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson; and
Whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on September 9, 2009.
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 699
H RES 744 YEA-AND-NAY 15-Sep-2009 5:32 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Raising a question of the privileges of the House.
—- YEAS 240 —
—- NAYS 179 —
—- ANSWERED “PRESENT” 5 —
—- NOT VOTING 10 —
This is now:
Pence Blasts Pelosi Over Ripgate: ‘A New Low’
By Cristina Cabrera February 5, 2020 9:12 a.m.
On Wednesday morning, Vice President Mike Pence slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for tearing up her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech the night before.
Pence described the gesture as “a new low” during an interview on “Fox and Friends.” [….]
But on September 15, 2009 Mike Pence (r) was cool with Joe Wilson (r).
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) couldn’t resist:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
There were names of people who died for their country in that speech, names of families who lost a loved one, people struggling with cancer, stories of a young man’s aspirations, a military family reunited.
It’s saddening to see that behavior. But America still marches ahead.
9:30 AM · Feb 5, 2020
But on September 15, 2009 Kevin McCarthy (r) was cool with Joe Wilson (r).
Marching isn’t a particularly great metaphor. Unless it’s a warning.
There was much hilarity in the responses:
Where was this concern when Trump attacked a Gold Star Family? Where was this concern when Trump said soldiers hospitalized with concussions after the Iranian attack on our airbase just had headaches?
From the time Trump entered the chamber as a guest and refused to shake his host’s hand, the speech became an embarrassing political rally/reality show/award show circus. Pelosi simply added her act, and in so doing, make him into a sideshow.
Please save us all the sob story, you don’t care about the troops until you need votes…
Considering he’s denigrated gold star families, TBI sufferers and even men who spent years in a POW camp for this country I think you should sit this one out. Your selective outrage towards the treatment of military members is pathetic and plainly self-serving.
BABYJAILS are OK, though.
Bunch of bs in there, too. But you know that, vicky. As does #kievinmccarthy #GOPBetrayedAmerica
Also numerous lies, half truths and misinformation. God bless the speaker of the house.
Now do all the lies.
a document of lies isn’t made sacred by including a few names
Lol the GOP has ripped up the constitution so you all have no room to talk
No, Republicans March ahead on the backs and Souls of the American People. Disgraceful!
She should have thrown it in his face!
There are babies in cages , babies & children who have died in that speech. Children & Seniors who can’t get their medicine due to him in that speech. There are Multiple lies in that speech. Awarding a racist is in that speech. Stop it.
Trump used all as props. Grifter til the end.
The speech was riddled w lies and disinformation. It belongs in the garbage can.
Lie, deny, deflect, attack. The trump playbook!
Keep Clutching your pearls; #NancyIsAllOfUs
Plus lots of lies, exaggerations and false achievements.
Perhaps she should have had it bound and placed in a gold leaf cover? #TrumpCult
There were also a bunch of lies in that speech. But, you know as well as I, trump can’t open his mouth without lying. In fact, trump will lie when the truth would suit him better. And, giving Rush the Presidential Medal of Freedom is dishonored *all* the previous recipients.
Spare me your false outrage. How many gold star families has Trump insulted?
Your feigned outrage is ridiculous. You’re in a cult. The first step is admitting you have a problem.
Kids in cages is still acceptable though.
How disingenuous of you. While Trump may have “used” some truly honorable Americans in his speech he did disservice to them and the rest of us with the lies he told, as always. The lies are what we reject, not the people. Use your head.
If I write Vicky Hartzler on a piece of paper and tear it up, will you feel it? Will it bother you? Will it change anything? Also, your pearls are getting sweaty, stop clutching them.
And there’s more…
“…And I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that our troops are worth more than pawns on Donald Trump’s chess set…”
Lindsey Simmons, a Democratic Party candidate in the 4th Congressional District, held a campaign meet and greet event, including area and statewide candidates, in Sedalia yesterday evening. Throughout the evening the crowd of over a hundred individuals were able to speak individually with candidate and then listened to their prepared remarks.
Lindsey Simmons (D):
Lindsey Simmons (D): ….Here I have my mom [applause], she, uh, grew up, uh in [inaudible] in Saline County….according to, uh, a couple of people here we look the same…she was the first person in her family to go to college. She was a sophomore in college when I was born. And by the time she was thirty she had two more kids and a masters degree. So, if you want to know why I am strong, she’s sitting right there. [applause]
I have my Grammy over here who lived on that farm in Napton with my Pawpaw, working the same land his dad worked. She taught me how to pray, she taught me how to husk corn, how to snap beans, and how to cook better than my mom. [laughter] And if you want to know why I am optimistic, if you want to know why I believe in being kind to people, she’s sitting right there. [applause]
I have my dad…there he is…My dad is a small business owner, he runs his own farm. When I was a kid he used to throw football with me and my brother after school. He took me to the University of Nebraska when I was in high school to help me learn how to pole vault like the boys, because girls at my high school did not pole vault. And then, when I…tore up my knee, I had three surgeries in the course of six months, and my dad taught me how to walk again. And if you want to know why I am tough, and why a girl from a small rural county believes she can do anything a man can do, he’s sitting back there. [applause]
And my Grandma Simmons, who’s from Otterville, just short way away from here, with the same farmland that’s been in her family for over a hundred years. My grandpa was a Methodist Minister, and if you want to know why I believe we should take care of our neighbor as our own, why we help the least among us, why a core principle of society should be treat others as you would want them to treat yourself, she is right there. [applause]
There are people who have asked why I decided to have this event in Sedalia. Well, I learned every lesson I needed to know in Marshall, I went to church at Marshall Junction, and I spent every holiday over in Otterville. I am here because this is my home. [applause]
I have an amazing husband who’s the most honorable, kind, supportive human being I have ever been blessed to meet in my entire life. And together, we have a son who’s very good at those light saber lessons. [laughter] And if you want to know why I’m standing here and doing this, it’s because of them. Because this is for my family and this is for my home. And I have decided to take my home back. [applause]
Lindsey Simmons (D): …I, uh, had the great privilege of growing up here in Missouri. It’s a legacy from Harry Truman. I was a student in the public education system of Mel Carnahan. I’m a strong Missouri woman following in the footsteps of Claire McCaskill. And from the moment I was born until after I graduated college my representative was a man by the name of Ike Skelton. [applause]
Mr. Aull wrote my letter of recommendation so that I could intern wit Congressman Skelton in his D.C. office in 2008. And I went out to Washington, D.C….I got put to work answering phones, doing e-mails, giving tours, and my specialty was on agricultural policy in the 4th District and on rural communities.
But Congressman Skelton gave us special assignments, something that was really important to him, was that anyone who’s interested in public policy takes the time to learn history. And e had a long list of about fifty texts that he thought anyone in public policy or making decisions about national security could read. And he assigned each of his interns a book over the course of the summer to read those books….I ended up having book chats with the Congressman. First we read about Daniel Boone, then we learned about Lord Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, and I read ten books wit the Congressman that summer. And I can tell you that the highest compliment that he ever paid anyone was taken from his idol, which was Harry Truman. And that was – every day you work to do your damnedest.
And in the winter of 2009, uh, my grandfather got ill. And I needed an excuse to stalk my grandparents in Otterville so that I could help them. And Congressman Skelton let me work in the district office right here in Sedalia. And we helped veterans get access to the VA. We worked with people who were in the National Guard, helping them get Tricare. And we helped people with their Social Security benefits.
And, unfortunately, that winter my grandpa passed away. But Ike Skelton wrote a hand written note to my grandma thanking him for his service in Korea. Because every single day Ike did his damnedest for everyone. [applause]
Lindsey Simmons (D): …You know, in the 4th District here, I think that we are, and we must be, brave enough to believe that we have a representative who actually works for us and shows up. I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that our politics can inspire optimism. And that we can build communities instead of building walls. I think that we have to believe that we can grow and create alliances instead of division. I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that medical decisions should be based on medicine, and not the amount of money in your bank account. [applause] I think we have to be brave enough to believe that communities should be like here I grew up, where schools are fully funded, teachers are paid more than baby sitters, because when we have strong schools we have strong communities and strong families.[applause]
I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that consumers in the United States of America know where their beef is raised before they buy it. [applause] I think that local communities should have control over that community. I think that we need to understand that a trade war should not be borne on the backs of family farmers who are left as collateral damage. [applause] I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that we all deserve to breathe clean air, and drink clean water, and hunt healthy game. I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that investing in adaptation policy benefits our economy as much as it does our environment, and as much as it does our infrastructure. We have to do these things.
And I think that we have to be brave enough to believe that our troops are worth more than pawns on Donald Trump’s chess set. [applause]
You know, when Congressman Skelton gave his farewell address on the House floor…he talked about his time on the House Armed Services Committee. And he talked about how it was a great bipartisan group, because you get things done for the troops. You don’t play politics with our military. But, he said that in 2010 something really was starting to worry him. That as a result of that election, which was the tea party wave, there was a growing hallowing out of the center and a rise of politicians who were on extremes, making it nearly impossible to compromise on important legislation. He said that his greatest fear in this country was a growing chasm between those who protect our freedoms and the protected, this growing divide between military and civilian life. And let me tell you something, that chasm is real…
Lindsey Simmons (D):…When I was born the Berlin Wall hadn’t been torn down yet. And I am bothered that the United States of America is trying to build another wall. [applause] You know, I was five years old when I shot my first gun, and I was ten years old during Columbine. And I can’t for the life of me figure out why protecting hunters and protecting students needs to be mutually exclusive. [applause] I was six years old when the flood of ’93 turned my Pawpaw’s farm into a lake. And I was fourteen years old when I saved up my allowance, went to the library, and printed off, five cents a page, the IPCC report for the first time. I did. My mom is laughing at me because I really did that….I don’t understand why taking care of our environment and the planet that we all live on is a divisive issue. I really don’t. I was fourteen years old when 9/11 happened. And my husband’s about to go off on his third deployment. And I’d sure like to know when we’re gonna get out of these wars so that my son doesn’t end up having to go. [applause] I was twenty-one when we had the great recession. I was still in college, afraid to graduate because there weren’t any jobs. In my hometown tons of businesses shut down and rural communities have never recovered. And I would like to know why we can’t make investments in rural Missouri. [applause] And I’ll be thirty-three when I’m sworn in as the next congresswoman from the 4th District. [applause]
There are three things that you’re gonna hear a lot from me over the next several months. One, is about families. Everything that our campaign is going to advocate for is about families. About supporting working families, supporting unions, supporting farming families, supporting military families. Because when families have good jobs, when their kids can go to day care, when the schools are open five days a week and are fully funded, then our live are better, our communities are stronger, and that’s what we need to be fighting for.
We’re going to be fighting for fairness. Fairness in elections. You shouldn’t be able to buy your congressional seat. You shouldn’t be able to buy the presidency. We’re gonna talk about fairness in the tax code. You should not be a janitor, making thirty thousand dollars a year, paying fifteen percent in taxes, but then another guy down the street, making the exact same amount of money trading stocks, and his tax liability? Zero. [applause] Companies like Amazon shouldn’t be paying less in taxes than all of us. That doesn’t make any sense. [applause]
And we’re also gonna talk about freedom. The freedom to hunt, the freedom to pray, the freedom to love who you love, and the freedom of all people to be treated equally under the law. [applause]
Lindsey Simmons (D): on a mission in the 4th Congressional District (November 26, 2019)
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8
…The Congress shall have power…To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water…
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
The War Powers Resolution not only ties @realDonaldTrump’s hands at a time when flexibility is needed, but it sends a signal to Iran that the defense of our nation is not at the forefront of congressional priorities. Instead, this resolution suggests that partisan politics are.
1:21 PM · Jan 9, 2020
Some of the responses:
let’s bookmark this tweet for months from now when people are still dying and suffering because of an unnecessary and impulsive murder that will harm many many people except, of course, the white Republicans cheering on the deranged lunatic in the white house
So you’ve abandoned your oath to the constitution and have chosen to ignore the separation of powers.
You’re okay with signing over your power to the executive branch.
Jesus… Pick up a American History book. YOU, as part of Congress have the power to go to war. Founders wanted YOU in the Congress to debate it and the come to consensus. They HATED the idea of a King taking us to war!
Congresswoman, according to the Constitution, who has the power to declare and wage war? Is it the Legislative or the Executive?
How many guesses?
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution:
“[The Congress shall have Power …] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water …”
Hey Vicky, have you READ the constitution?? Maybe you need a refresher!
It is Congress’s role to declare war, not the president’s. Can you read?
Why do you hate the Constitution?
No,it gives Congress more authority- as founders intended.
It sends the message that we are a democracy.
Bingo! We have a winner.
Post a list of names that voted for this, please.
Too ill informed and lazy to look it up.
War decisions were never designed to be given to one man. Our constitution always intended for the house, representing the will of the people to have say. U.S. Citizens enjoy this in Our great nation, we are not an autocracy or a dictatorship. @GOP
You are hardly one to lecture on partisan politics. Trump says jump, you say how high.
So you swore an oath to the trump crime family and not to the United States? You are actively working against the best interest of this country and need to be replaced. Shame on you for spitting on your oath to uphold the Constitution.
What it tells me is that the Dems don’t want an unstable malignant narcissist to be able to fly of the handle and start a war. That seems reasonable. Why are you so willing to give up your co-equal branch of govt constitutional powers?
“Partisan Politics”? That’s exactly the game you play. The GOP is now the Party of Trump. You do what he tells you without even thinking or taking into consideration how your vote affects your constituents. Shame on you.
Well then why don’t we just dissolve the House and Senate and go for the dictatorship you are looking for. While we’re at it we can just tear up our constitution and Trump can use it to wipe his ass before he flushed the toilet 10-15 times.
Blindly defend him Vicky. Dignity is overrated
She got to ride on Air Force 1 once.
Oh come on!!! Read the constitution that you are supposed to uphold Vicky.
Vicky you are such a freaking puppet. Pathetic.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
First impeachment article – NO
7:36 PM · Dec 18, 2019
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Second article of impeachment – NO
7:41 PM · Dec 18, 2019
Some of the responses:
And you lost
Let’s see what happens in the Senate.
That could be a while.
Vicky doesn’t believe jeopardizing our national security is an abuse of power.
Let’s fire her.
Enjoy your false idol.
Happy Impeachment Day!!!
Or is it Merry?
Don’t you have a plane to catch?
We see what you did there.
History will remember you Vicky.
Yep. You ARE the team player.
Vicky believes it’s appropriate for a sitting president to solicit foreign gov’t interference in US elections and to use appropriated aid as leverage.
Missouri voters should take their civic duty more seriously.
In 2016, they voted for a governor who was removed from office and a president who has been impeached.
And, of course, voted for a MO-4 Rep who doesn’t care about the sovereignty of the United States.
Vicky is a Trump puppet
You don’t represent me, and you don’t represent patriots of this country. You are an embarrassment, complicent, and a traitor to your oath of office.
What is the point of you?
If you can’t/won’t do your job, resign.
Time to dust off the ol’ resume Vicky
Worth it all If you open up a textbook in 100 years the first line about Trump will be that he’s one of 3 presidents to be impeached
Vote NO to Vicky Hartzler in November 2020
I am very disturbed that Republicans in the house and senate are putting their political party ahead of their duty to our country.
Vicky doesn’t believe ignoring lawful Congressional subpoenas is Obstruction of Congress.
She has violated her oath to uphold the separation of powers.
A wilful insistence to ignore illegal acts (even those committed by the President) doesn’t seem very American.
I’m sure if any Democratic President ignored every subpoena a Republican majority House sent them, you’d vote the same way? If I was accused of a crime and declined to participate in my trial, do you think I’d be acquitted? Either way, the answer is no and you’re a moron.
Shame on you for not acting morally and ethically.
Could you meet with your constituents and talk us through why you voted no? Were the witnesses not believable? Do you think he did nothing wrong? Meet with us and let’s talk.
That’s not gonna happen. Ever.
You’ll never get my vote again. I’ll actually campaign for anyone running against you.
Did you not listen to the evidence? You have lost my vote because you vote for political party instead of the issue.
More word salad this evening:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
The only bipartisan vote throughout this entire impeachment inquiry has been to not move forward.
Now, even more House Democrats are coming forward to hold Speaker Pelosi to her own standard and vote against the impeachment against @realDonaldTrump.
5:15 PM · Dec 15, 2019
As usual, there was much hilarity in the responses:
This is not a refutation of any of the evidence that Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress. Why can’t you refute those charges? Is it because they are true so you can’t refute them?
You mean that one Democrat from NJ that switched parties?
Uh, if he’s switched parties that means he’s a republican.
Fox News says 50% of America supports impeachment and removal. Roughly 10% undecided. Roughly 40% still delusional. Sorry, I stand with the majority.
LOL anyone who doesn’t put the GOP above all has “flipped.” Wow. There is no light for some.
Well I[f] they don’t care about our democracy and country
Entire @GOP clearly forgot the oath they took
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…
We will remember that you don’t care about our national security, our elections, or the Constitution. Your crafty use of the word bipartisan, is very unbecoming, when it IS the GOP’s who refuse to uphold their oath. YOU HAVE NO SHAME!
Hi Representative Hartzler – What did @GOPLeader mean when he said Putin pays Trump? Let us know, ok? Thanks!
Yeah, we remember that.
You forgot about Justin Amash.
I guess in Missoura you don’t care about election interference …
You’re voting against our Constitution.
The people want this corrupt man who thinks the rules are beneath him removed. He does not serve the people, only himself.
The Republican party is turning me into a Democrat.
Can you say I’m LYING, Vickie???
What the Republicans are doing is covering up crimes of a president and that’s on all of the Republicans.
Can it be helped that the whole Trump/GOP is corrupt?
Only @justinamash had the moral fortitude to call Trump out, & y’all asked him to leave the party. You’re spineless, & willing to support a blatantly corrupt president because you fear the political ramifications, the consequences to the country be damned.
WTH are you smoking lady ?
Trump is a liar. Always has been. Always will be.
In other words, your oath to the Constitution does not amount to a hill of beans to you. Where exactly in the Constitution regarding impeachment does it state that it must be bipartisan? I’ll clue you in, it doesn’t.
It’s not bipartisan because you Republicans are a cult. Your Dear Leader commands you.
Sad, pathetic sheep.
But, she won’t.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
The Judiciary Committee #ImpeachmentVote was a straight party vote. I remember when Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Nadler said that impeachment should be broad and bipartisan.
#MO04 overwhelmingly support @realDonaldTrump. I won’t be supporting the Democrats’ political theatrics.
9:44 AM · Dec 13, 2019
“…I remember when Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Nadler said that impeachment should be broad and bipartisan….”
It is. If you don’t count the republican sycophants in Congress.
As usual, there was much hilarity in the comments:
I remember when the GOP cared about the Constitution too…
It should be…..but GOP put Trump above the Constitution.
Never in my life did I think I would live to see the day the gop betrays the country en masse, and yet here we are.
“should be” but “can’t be” when we have a #ComplicitCorruptGOP full of #usefullidots
Hard to be bipartisan when you have a panel of monkeys covering their eyes and ears and intentionally misconstruing the Constitution whilst screaming into mics in a pathetic contest to see who can get a FOX News soundbite to activate the dialysis center voting bloc.
That was before Putin took over a party.
That would require you. #CountryBeforeParty
Vicky Hartzler, enabling the man behind Trump University and the Trump Foundation.
You have abdicated your sworn duty and responsibility. Shame on you
This independent, suburban voter thinks the fact that this was a vote straight done party lines says more about Republicans than Democrats.
I feel like I’m living in the twilight zone, how in the world can you deny the evidence against that poor excuse for a human being. You are doing a great disservice to this country and the people will remember this!
Maybe, maybe not.
I think Pelosi made the grave mistake believing that there were a few Republicans that would stand up against a man so corrupt he had to pay 2 million to charities he stole from. It was her genuine mistake to believe this could be ethically handled.
It should be but Republicans are corrupt. All roads lead to Putin.
That was when there was still an assumption Republicans would put country before party. That’s clearly out the window. And it doesn’t preclude the Dems doing the right thing. You’re shameful.
It has gone down the toilet with trump
I remember when #GOP was respectable.
We never thought the GOP was this criminal. But ya are, Blanche!
As your constituent I want you to know that I SUPPORT the impeachment of the traitor trump. And if you don’t then I will actively campaign against you in your next election.
I remember when representatives worked for the country and didn’t enable a criminal
If only there were witnesses who were handed subpoenas that could provide exculpatory evidence for the President…
She incorrectly assumed that there would be some members of the GOP that weren’t treasonous cowards. She was wrong.
So you think it is ok for a president to withhold aid in exchange for help with his personal reelection campaign? Our only if it’s your guy? It’s ok for a president to refuse to cooperate with a constitutionally mandated congressional investigation?
You too took an oath to defend the constitution, and you, your colleagues, and @POTUS are guilty dereliction of duty! Do your job and defend the Republic!
I remember when the GOP respected the constitution. Good times, long ago.
It would have been broad and bipartisan if Republicans had read the Constitution and followed its guidelines. No sane, ethical person can possibly think that what Trump has been doing to our country is right. It’s immoral and traitorous.
And it should have been. Too bad republicans are cowards who will not stand up for our democracy.
Complains about voting along party lines
Votes along party lines.
You can’t write hypocrisy like this
Yes, it’s too bad that the Republicans are more about partisan loyalty than loyalty to the OATH OF OFFICE they took. It makes me sad.
I remember when republicans were against foreign influence in our elections.
Maybe you should try having a town hall sometime so you can find out what your constituents actually think
So you don’t support impeachment for political reasons, the truth and the Constitution be damned? Got it.
Do you remember when you had a soul? What did you get for it, Vicky? Did you trade it for a golden fleece? Will that protect you from the scythes of history? The contempt of men and women?
Political theatrics is what the GOP displayed for all of America to see. #MoscowMitch
Shame on you. Your constituents wont forget your cowardice.
The GOP chose to ignore the abuses by Trump. That is on, and will always be on the GOP. That stain will stay with them in all of history.
Following a con man pulling the ultimate con.
Host a town hall and you will learn otherwise. Don’t forget you represent your whole district not just your base.
Not gonna happen.
Impeachment doesn’t undo an election. It charges an unfit President with high crimes and misdemeanors. If he were to be removed Mike Pence would be President and HRC would still be a private citizen. Get it?
And I remember what @LindseyGrahamSC said about @realDonaldTrump before he got elected. DO YOU?
How nice to know your job is far more important then your oath of office, the Constitution of the US, and the American people as a whole, history will record you as being just that spineless.
When history is recorded, people will note the Republicans who did not vote for impeachment.
That was said before and surely couldn’t have accounted for the fact of the entire GOP turning their backs on their oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution. Just to protect one conman who would throw you under the bus in a heartbeat if it meant saving himself.
I’d like you to do me a favor, though.
I remember when republicans cared about the rule of law. I guess times have changed huh?
The impeachment is not trying to undo Missourians’ votes for President Trump. That is dishonest and misleading. On the other hand, if you are in favor of Congress abdicating oversight of any President going forward, vote no.
So are you in the “he didn’t do it” camp or the “it’s fine that he did it” camp?
The “I don’t want to get primaried by a greater whack job than me” camp.
You can’t say you made this decision based on the evidence submitted. What ever price they paid for you was too much. I hope you got the money up front
Republican intransigence is not a defense
When you took office you swore an oath to protect & defend the Constitution of the United States, not to defend/protect the president or the Republican Party. Evidence shows trump committed impeachable offenses. To vote for impeachment is to honor your oath.
Shocking to no one. You would rather watch our democracy burn then dare get in the way of your farm subsidy checks. But hey, maybe you want to come to the biggest city in your district to talk about it? Lol – just kidding, I know you never willingly talk to your constituents.
I think they underestimated how craven their current Republican peers are. Congrats on being on the wrong side of history.
You will go down in history as part of the Russian plot to take down American democracy.
Future generations will have to read about it in Russian.
spare me with your bull
Putin thanks you Vicky
I am embarrassed for the GOP theatrics and hysteria during the proceedings. The only thing they can do is yell and scream nonsense because there is no defense for the lawlessness of the current administration. As one of your constituents I ask you to put Country over Party.
I remember when Republicans were intellectually honest and had principles.
Actually, no, I don’t. They have been systematically lying to the American people, defunding education systems, disenfranchising voters, and enriching their donors since before I was born.