For the debate win:
Pete Buttigieg @PeteButtigieg
So proud of @KamalaHarris tonight.
She powerfully made the case for why we must end the chaos and restore decency by electing Joe Biden.
It was reality vs fantasy on health care, the economy, Covid, racial justice, climate and so much more.
We’re going to win this.
10:00 PM · Oct 7, 2020
The fly came in second. Mike Pence was atrocious. Mike Pence didn’t answer questions.
Mother Pence (r) didn’t wear her mask on stage. Contrary to the rules.
The moderator was useless. The final question was gaslighting writ large.
From the Biden/Harris campaign – rapid response:
Joe Biden @JoeBiden
Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly.
9:33 PM · Oct 7, 2020
Jason Kander @JasonKander
That fly was in Pence’s hair a long time. It should quarantine.
9:20 PM · Oct 7, 2020
Anyone remember Ayds?
…38% of American beer drinkers surveyed this week said they wouldn’t buy Corona ‘under any circumstances’ at the moment. It’s worth noting that, among regular Corona drinkers, only 4% said they would now refrain. Yet 14% of the Corona drinkers admitted they would not order the brand in a public place, found the survey, conducted by 5W Public Relations. Sixteen percent of the beer drinkers surveyed by 5W were confused about whether Corona beer is related to the coronavirus, according to the publicity agency…
And, through official channels:
U.S. Surgeon General @Surgeon_General
Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!
They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!
6:08 AM · Feb 29, 2020
Think about that for a second. We’re told masks aren’t effective for the general public, but there’s a shortage, so we need them for our health care workers, because masks are effective.
The Surgeon General of the United States obviously believes the American people are irredeemably stupid.
Dr. Jerome Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States….Dr. Adams is also the former Health Commissioner of Indiana, where he led the State’s responses to Ebola, Zika, and to the largest ever HIV outbreak in the United States related to injection drug use….
Current Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence (r) is “in charge”. None of this inspires confidence.
“Again, I would say that it struck me as unusual and inappropriate.”
“Ms. Williams, that’s not the question. How did it make you feel?”
“I guess for me it shed some light on possible other motivations behind a security assistance hold.”
It’s not a smoking gun, it’s more than that. It’s a smoldering crater.
A deposition transcript of Jennifer Williams, Special Advisor to the Vice President, was released last night:
PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, joint with the
COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND REFORM
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Q Was there any discussion of the reason for the hold in that small group?
Q No. I mean, it seems a litt1e odd that there’s this hold in place that’s been in place since July 3, as you said, the entire interagency supports lifting the hold, the Vice President anticipates getting questions about it from President Zelensky, but there’s no discussion of like why are we even doing this, like why is this hold in place?
A That’s correct.
Q Okay. Are you familiar with a firsthand on first-person cable that Ambassador Taylor drafted and sent to Secretary Pompeo, and that we believe was further distributed possibly to the White House?
A I am. I’ve read the cable.
Q Were you on the distribution of the cable?
A I received it, I believe, from State Department colleagues, but not on the original distribution, since it was a limited cable that went straight to the Secretary’s office.
Q Do you remember who sent it to you or how you got it?
A I don’t recall, to be honest. It might have been from NSC colleagues.
Q Do you recall what the cable said?
A It was a cable outlining Ambassador Taylor’s rationale on the importance of our U.S. security assistance to Ukraine, and why it was important for the security assistance to continue to flow.
Q Do you recall him saying that the hold was folly?
Q Do you recall anything else that he said, on any other recommendations that he made?
A It was a lengthy cable. I don’t remember it verbatim, but I thought it was a very persuasive case.
Q Do you remember approximately when you received a copy of it, on obtained a copy of it? Was it before the Warsaw bilat?
A It was certainly before the Warsaw trip, because I recall reading it in the process of preparing for the trip. I don’t recall the precise date, but it would have been around that timeframe, end of August.
Q And I believe you testified that prior to the July 25 call, you had listened in on about a dozen other calls between President Trump and other foreign heads of state. Is that night?
A Probably, around that number.
Q Okay. During the July 25 call, did you have any concerns about the conversation that you heard between President Trump and President Zelensky?
A I certainly noted that the mention of those specific investigations seemed unusual as compared to other discussions with foreign leaders.
Q And why were they unusual?
A I believed those references to be more political in nature and so that struck me as unusual.
Q Were you involved in preparing talking points for President Trump for that July 25 call?
Q Okay. Did you see the call package on talking points in advance of the call?
Q So you just — you learned about the call and were asked to participate in it?
Q Okay. As you were sitting in the Situation Room and you were taking notes, did you notice whether other people were taking notes?
A Yes, others were taking notes as well.
Q Do you recall who took notes during the call?
A I believe everybody in the room was taking notes, yes.
Q Okay. Prior to the July 25 call, you said that these things, the investigations that you said were political and unusual, had you even heard President Trump or anybody else in the Office of the Vice President on the White House raise the issue of CrowdStrike or the Ukrainian server?
Q. I mean, on the DNC server?
Q So that was — that struck you as — that was something new?
A I had never heard the word “CrowdStrike” before, so that’s why it struck me as noteworthy.
Q Okay. And what about the — President Trump’s raising the issue of the 2016 election during the call? Had there been discussion in the Office of the Vice President or the White House, to your knowledge, about concerns about possible Ukrainian interference in the 2O16 U.S. Presidential election? Had you heard anything —
A No, not to my knowledge.
Q Okay. So that wasn’t anything that was part of the official U.S. policy channel?
Q What about investigating the Bidens?
A I had never heard discussion of that issue prior to that phone call.
Q Okay. Do you recall what language President Zelensky was speaking during the phone call?
A I don’t. My understanding, he’s more comfortable in Russian. But not speaking either Ukrainian on Russian, I can’t confirm that.
Q Well, was he speaking English —
Q — the whole time?
A No. The call was interpreted on both sides.
Q So in your other calls with — that you listened in on between President Trump and foreign heads of state, had any other issues that you would describe as political been raised, on domestic political issues been raised in those calls?
Q How did General Kellogg react when President Trump raised these political issues on the July 25 call?
A I didn’t sense any reaction. We were all really just focused on taking notes.
Q Did you notice a reaction from anyone in the room?
A No. Honestly, we were all petty busy taking notes in the moment, and we didn’t have any follow-on conversations about it.
Q And I believe you testified you never spoke to General Kellogg about the call afterwards?
A I did not.
Q Did you speak to anybody about the fact that you found these — the call unusual on that political issues had come up in a call with a foreign leader?
A No, I did not.
Q Were you aware of whether Ambassador Vo1ken on Ambassador Sondland had prepared the Ukrainians to expect President Trump to raise these political issues on the call? Were you aware of that?
A I was not aware of that.
Q So you weren’t aware of like text messages and phone conversations they were having with Andrey Yenmak behind the scenes?
Q Okay. Were you aware, after the Warsaw bilat in September, of a proposal to have President Zelensky do a televised interview during which he would announce the investigations into 2016 election interference, Burisma, on the Bidens? Were you aware of that?
A No, I was not aware of that.
Q So there was no discussions of that in the official Ukraine policy — policymaking channel?
Q No, okay. Now, I believe minority counsel had asked you that — or maybe it was Mr. Meadows had asked about the fact that after the bilat in Warsaw, Vice President Pence was going to call President Trump to relay, I guess, the positive feedback he got from President Ze1ensky. Did you participate in that phone call that night?
A No, I didn’t.
Q Okay. Do you know that a phone call did occur though between the Vice President and the President?
A I believe he did have a phone call with the President, but, again, I don’t know what topics they discussed.
Q Okay. But President Trump didn’t — after that phone call did not immediately release the hold on the security assistance, did he?
Q It wasn’t until about 10 days later that the hold was lifted?
A That’s connect.
Q And I believe you testified that it was on September 9, so 2 days before the hold was lifted, that you became aware that the Congress had launched an investigation into the freeze and the Ukrainian issues more generally. Is that night?
A I believe so. I can’t recall if it was the 9th or the 10th, but, yes it was before the hold was lifted
Q Was that investigation discussed within the Office of the Vice President?
Q Did you have any discussions with General Kellogg about the investigation?
A No. I’m trying to remember where I learned of it, but, no, I didn’t have any conversations.
Q Okay. Are you aware of the call between Vice President Pence and President Zelensky on September 18?
Q What was the purpose of that call?
A The purpose was to follow up on his successful meeting with President Zelensky on September 1, and to reiterate the news that the security assistance hold had been lifted, and that the security assistance would be provided. We knew at that point that President Zelensky was already aware that the security assistance would be
released. But because the Vice President had a successful meeting with President Zelensky, it was a good opportunity for them to have a follow-on conversation.
Q And did you listen in on the call?
Q Can you describe the conversation for us?
A Sure. It was a very positive discussion, again, kind of following up on their successful meeting from September 1, as well as, at that point, I believe it was just prior to President Trump’s first meeting with President Zelensky in New York, which, I believe, took place the following week. So it was a good opportunity to kind of bridge that gap and to convey that the President — President Trump was looking forward to meeting President Zelensky in New York the following week, and the Vice President reiterated the news that the security assistance had been released.
MR. RASKIN: Some people would say that diplomacy itself is inherently political, and so everything diplomatic is, by definition, political a1so, but you had a strong reaction to that. Can you spe1l out what you saw as improperly political about those mentions?
MS. WILLIAMS: I believe I found the specific references to be — to be more specific to the President in nature, to his personal political agenda, as opposed to a broader —
MR. RASKIN: Do you mean related to a campaign?
MS. WILLIAMS: Potentially, as opposed to a broader foreign policy objective of the United States.
MR. RASKIN: Okay. Thank you, Mr. Chainman.
MR. HECK: Thank you, Mr. Chainman. Ms. Wi11iams, thank you again very much for being here. I actually want to briefly follow up on a question that Congressman Swalwell asked. He asked you how it made you feel when you heard the President in the July 25th call invoke the specter of investigations for which you’ve now characterized as personal political interest. And your response to that was that you found them unusual and political. But the question was how did it make you feel? Given that what you’ve just said, would it be fair to infer that it made you
MS. WILLIAMS: I guess I would say, as a diplomatic professional, I try to keep my own personal feelings out of, you know, the day-to-day work, but —
MR. HECK: You had no personal feeling response to that, given how you’ve characterized it?
MS. WILLIAMS: Again, I would say that it struck me as unusual and inappropriate.
MR. HECK: Ms. Williams, that’s not the question. How did it make you feel?
MS. WILLIAIMS: I guess for me it shed some light on possible other motivations behind a security assistance hold.
Q The information you received from Marc Short’s assistant on May 13th — was that the day?
Q You were told by Marc Short’s assistant that the VP was not going on the trip?
Q And did the assistant — I think you said it was a she, right?
Q Did she explain why on how she came to learn that?
A My best recollection is that she informed me that the VP would not be traveling to Ukraine for the inauguration. And I asked her, why not? And my best recollection is that she then let me know that the President had determined that the Vice President should not go.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
I wanted to congratulate @SecPompeo and my friend @VP Mike Pence on helping to broker a ceasefire in #Syria.
This agreement will give peace a chance and will encourage Turkey to arrive to a diplomatic solution, which will save a massive amount of lives.
12:42 PM · Oct 17, 2019
All is forgiven, apparently.
Meanwhile, there was much hilarity in the responses:
We’re all not as stupid as you would hope we are.
This ‘ceasefire’ and what it means is already unraveling in the media, and by this evening we’ll know the truth: you all betrayed our allies, and then rewarded Erdogan for his actions.
Still, Representative Hartzler (r) wants us all to clap louder.
Seriously, have you no dignity left? Are you really such a complete and total sell out?
Do you want us to answer both questions? We could.
Wrong again. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it is not a ceasefire. “We will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave,” Cavusoglu said.
A day late & a dollar short. All the innocent who have died already because of reckless Trump! Better than nothing at this point! No one should have murdered to begin with!!!!
Yeah, Turkey did a quick smash and grab, and got what they wanted, and now they’ve gotten away with no penalty.
That’s not much of a victory.
You should just give the whitehouse communication team direct access to your account, it would save time retyping their talking points
Sad that #trump put us in this position in the 1st place.
Any comment on #potus?
Alarm bells are ringing for Trump Impeachment.
You’re wise to congratulate your male handlers, whether they did anything or not. Good girl.
You don’t get to gaslight the nation all the way to a corrupt election in Nov 2020.
Nice try Vicky, thanks for trolling.
So as I understand it this deal will give the Kurds 5 days of cease fire to escape (and go where to?) then Turkey can go back to murdering them. Great job Pence and Trump.
Sound about right, Icky?
At what cost & how many lives? Missourians do not be fooled by @RepHartzler, @POTUS was & is impulsive, his actions cost humans lives. Further, our Air Force had to destroy an exposed ammo depot due to @POTUS actions.
@GOP creates a problem to take credit 4 the resolution?
You don’t get credit for pulling out a fire extinguisher on a house fire you started.
This genocide is happening *because* of your president.
Oh, I see. You meant the complete capitulation to Turkey and Putin. Plus the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, and now the forced relocation. And the millions of wasted taxpayer $$, plus our bombing of our own facilities.
How disingenuous of you.
Oh, pulease. Not all of us are stupid republicans.
Turkey has gotten what they wanted, to be seen a major player in the world. This wasn’t about the Kurds, this was about power. Trump was played like a fiddle.
Your buddies are pretty much as worthless as the rest of your party, soulless pseudo-christians.
Are you kidding me? Trump caused this mess. Now you’re trying to give him credit for a cease fire? Unbelievable.
You’re kidding, right?
So the Kurds have 120 hours to evacuate their homes and relocate before Turkey again uses force to seize land?
Shame on you, Vicky, for abandoning our allies.
You are a fool.
Nice try, you treasonous hack. Doing Putin’s bidding yet again, Trump sold out our allies.
You know it was a terrible deal, actually it really wasn’t a deal, it was what Putin wanted. By the way, why are you sending our boys to Saudi Arabia the land of hijackers and a prince who orders Americans residents to be chopped up if we are getting out of the Middle East?
you are an imbecile
Dunning Kruger Effect.
Turkey already said it’s not a ceasefire you feckless POS. Learn to read.
Pence says it’s never been decided whether people in the country illegally are subject to the 14th Amendment and the (stacked) Supreme Court finally needs to resolve it — as if this is a burning issue.
Has there ever been a more servile sycophant?
12:53 PM – 30 Oct 2018
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter III, Part I, § 1401.
“The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
(a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof…”
He’s also an asshole.
12:56 PM – 30 Oct 2018
One of the news reports:
The Latest: Pence discusses changing birthright citizenship
Vice President Mike Pence says potentially changing birthright citizenship is part of the Trump administration’s broad look at U.S. laws that draw people into the country illegally.
Pence said Tuesday the administration is looking at action that would revise birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed under the 14th Amendment. The amendment’s Citizenship Clause says all people born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States.
Pence says the Supreme Court has never ruled on whether the language in the amendment applies specifically to people in the country illegally.
In the United State Constitution:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
In the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [ICCPR] [Treaty, entered into force for the United States, September 8, 1992]:
Everyone shall have the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
In the United States Constitution:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
In U.S. law:
8 U.S. Code § 1401 – Nationals and citizens of United States at birth
The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
(a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;[….]
We’re going to find out what kind of country we are on November 6th. Vote.
….the classic ‘legal’ definition of chutzpah….a person who kills his parents and pleads for the court’s mercy on the ground of being an orphan….
This afternoon, via Twitter, from Mike Pence (r):
Vice President Mike Pence @VP
…Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed 98-0 and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received support of 96 Senators. If we lived in a more respectful time, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be overwhelmingly confirmed by the United States Senate. #ConfirmKavanaugh
3:03 PM – 28 Aug 2018
Some of the responses:
If we lived in a better time, you’d be an anonymous potato farmer.
Actually he would be still be a DJ on a low-powered radio station somewhere in an Indiana cornfield.
If we lived in a more respectful time, all records would be released #WhatAreTheyHiding
#UnindictedCoConspirator doesn’t get to pick his own judge.
Remind us again how many votes Merrick Garland got.
If we lived in a more respectful time, you would not be Vice President.
If we lived in a more respectful time, Judge Merrick Garland would have been overwhelmingly confirmed by the United States Senate instead of being back burnered for months and months by your party. What a hypocrite!
Manafort’s top draft pick.
Сделать Америку великой Снова.
Well blame your boss for not living in respectful times.
Traitor says what?
If the documents had all been released already we’d have no problem beginning hearings. This nominee lied in confirmation hearings held on his appointment to the circuit court. We will not seat a man of no integrity.
Trump once said, “Most people aren’t worthy of respect.” His behavior toward others continues to demonstrate this belief. The lack of respect is coming from the top. If you wanted to live in more respectful times, you shouldn’t have helped him into the WH. #MerrickGarland
If we lived in a more respectful time, your boss would not Tweet hate towards everyone except those who bow at his feet. #YourBossIsUnindictedCriminal #NoKavanaughUntilMuellerIsDone
This is disgusting. If we lived in a more respectful time, the GOP would have given Merrick Garland A HEARING. And in a more respectful time, Trump would not be sitting in the Oval Office, and you, as transition head, would not have ignored bipartisan concerns over traitor Flynn.
what about MERRICK GARLAND? where was the respect owed him? where was his vote?
garland’s not on the record perjuring himself. garland wasn’t working in concert to hide 85% of his records from congress. garland didn’t say that a POTUS couldn’t be indicted.
Um…and Elena Kagan had to show ALL her papers from when she was an advisor the White House. THAT is the holdup over Kavanaugh. Republicans are damming up the flow of those documents that will be incriminating against Kavanaugh. Respect has nothing to do with it; documents do.
What was the final vote for Merrick Garland?
Was the president who nominated them under investigation for committing treason and working with Russia to make himself president?
If we lived in a more respectful time, you wouldn’t be in office. #complicit
Judge Merrick Garland deserved the support of every member of the United States Senate. If we lived in a more respectful time, Garland would have been easily confirmed. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. #ReleaseTheRecords
NOPE Sorry Kremlin Ken. We don’t want a Putin appointed president to decide who sits on our highest court.
How DARE you complain about times not being “respectful”. The man you are enabling and hiding behind is the least respectful and most abusive person in our government, and is the top reason why our country is so divided and disrespectful. Get HIM to change, or stop your whining
Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland.
What was the vote on Merrick Garland, @VP?
“If we lived in a more respectful time…” With all due respect Mr. Vice President, get bent.
Only if we lived in less corrupt days.
have you had your irony surgically removed, or are you just that incapable of understanding it?
You have got to be kidding me. Tell me this is a joke.
Two words: Merrick Garland. Three more: so shut up.
A president under investigation should not pick his judge. #NoHearings
If we lived in a more respectful times, Merrick Garland would be a Supreme Court Justice, actual Nazis wouldn’t be running for public office, and Donald Trump wouldn’t be either a celebrity or a president.
Yep. Justice Merrick Garland fully agrees.
The ABSURD posturing around blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination and refusing to even let a vote happen has left your party with ZERO moral high ground to complain about lack of cooperation with Supreme Court nominations, you jackass
Not forgetting the confirmation vote for Merrick Garland, you pompous, purpose-less poser.
The hypocrisy runs deep in this one.
Merrick Effing Garland you putz
You set the standard.
Now live with it.
The difference is Scalia and RGB we’re appointed by a democratically elected administration. #NoNewAppointments
You’re a stooge, a crook and a flunky, Pence. Everybody knows it, even those who pretend otherwise to your face.
It goes on and on.
Mike Pence (r) is a putz. And probably the only reason why Donald Trump (r) won’t be impeached, convicted, and removed from office.
Today, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r), via Twitter:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
I applaud VP @mike_pence for standing for our, our military, & our country by not supporting those who take a knee rather respecting same.
3:44 PM – 8 Oct 2017
Some of the comments reacting to Representative Hartzler’s (r) cheerleading for Mike Pence’s publicity stunt:
In other words? You don’t understand the First Amendment either. Resign.
A photo op ordered by racist leader. Do u know why people are kneeling Vicky? Do u care? Or is big lobby $ more important than 1st amend?
It was a publicity stunt that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. So, thanks for wasting my money to try and make your party look cool
Morally Bankrupt Pence Stages Fake Outrage. No Comments on KLAN RALLY. Vicky, You can;t wrap everything in patriotism.
If anything it’s you & the right who are being disrespectful by brining the flag, anthem, and military into a debate they have nothing to…
…to do with. You’ve hijacked legitimate peaceful, silent protest & made it about patriotism and race. Shameful, transparent, irresponsible
You are not a serious person. Tweeting on this subject is not helping anyone. It’s an embarrassing fundraising tweet.
how do you feel about the wasted tax payers money btw?
Constitution mean much to you?
He wasted taxpayer money on a flight for a pre-planned political stunt. And you support that? You are truly horrible.
You should focus on WHY ppl are taking a knee. Some of it has to do with our white supremacist govt & ppl like yourselves who are hateful.
58 people were murdered and 500 more shot on the streets of an American city last week, and this is what you’re concerned with?
Paid protester < real protester
Protesting injustice is supporting the flag twit, I spent time in a combat zone, you?
You misunderstand & intentionally misconstrue the purpose of kneeling. Reason has always been to protest police violence and racism.
So Mike Pence can exercise his 1st Amendment right, but athletes can’t? How does this work, exactly?
And as usual you’re missing the point. These athletes taking a knee aren’t protesting the military. You’re being obtuse.
It was a stunt that Doltard J Trump put him up to, all fake patriotism down to years old picture he tweeted. Y’all say nothing about racism
You are unfit for office if you don’t understand the constitution and the right to protest. Delete your account & resign.
You are a fake patriot ignoring the injustices that are suffered under the “protection” of law enforcement. The VP wasted taxpayers money.
Why would you voluntarily inject yourself into an already failing stunt?
In 1943, in a time of war, no less:
WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ET AL. v. BARNETTE ET AL., 319 U.S. 624
“….If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us….”
High or petty.
I’m willing to bet that you remember all about Hillary Clinton and her email. And most of you remember that despite several “investigations” by Congress and the FBI nobody could substantiate claims that she did anything untoward – although James Comey, then the Director of the FBI, did give her a schoolmarmish lecture about seemly behavior or something along that line, and later made a feint in the direction of “reopening” the investigation upon the “discovery” of some additional emails that were also very quickly found to be inoffensive, but which many believe created a false impression of wrong-doing that cost Clinton the election.
I’m also willing to bet that you also remember all the Republicans who couldn’t constrain their concern about what they pretended to think was an earth-shaking matter, or, at least, what they wanted us to believe was a big bad no-no that deserved a serious hand-slapping. And, of course, Missouri’s GOP delegation were more than happy to join the feeding frenzy. A few examples:
Rep. Billly Long (R-7) got mightily exercised when the FBI investigation failed to find evidence of criminal wrongdoing:
The American people deserve better than a justice system that looks the other way rather than demanding honesty at federal agencies,” said Rep. Long.“Director Comey said point-blank that former Secretary Clinton recklessly stored and transmitted classified information, and it’s unthinkable that such brazen carelessness with our secret national security data could avoid justice.
GOP Senator Roy Bunt made some gleefully stern comments about Comey’s email Hail Mary :
From day one, it has been clear that Secretary Clinton did not take her national security clearance seriously,” […]. “The law establishes a standard that national security material cannot be handled carelessly. I have serious questions about the way the FBI has handled this case up to now. The immunity given, the potential evidence that was allowed to be destroyed, and political support for the spouse of a senior FBI official are all very concerning. The FBI needs to set a better standard as they reopen this case.”
Blunt’s over-the-top I-told-you-so was echoed by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-2), who was fairly salivating at the prospect of seeing a hard-working public servant punished for … something:
Secretary Clinton’s reckless mishandling of classified information proves that she cannot be trusted with the support of Missouri families. I am hopeful that this most recent probe by the FBI will be conducted fairly, swiftly and more thoroughly than the previous investigation.
Well guess what? We now have an opportunity to see just how seriously these self-righteous hacks really take a similar case where private email accounts have been used by the President’s capos to avoid public scrutiny. We’ll find out just who, if anyone in Missouri’s GOP delegation, has enough integrity to hold the apple(s) of Trump’s eye to the same standard with which they beat Hillary Clinton over the head.
It seems that son-in-law-in-chief and presidential advisor, Jared Kushner, set up a private email account during the transition upon which he has since conducted official business in preference to his official White House account. We are assured that while he used the account to exchange “emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects,” he did nothing wrong. Of course, we’ll just have to take the White House’s word about that since the folks there aren’t inclined to hand the emails over. And we’re also supposed to trust their assurances that these emails will be preserved as required by law.
Gee, if Clinton had only known that all she had to do was to say that she’d done nothing wrong she could have saved herself a world of hurt. Or maybe not. Clinton is a Democrat. And a woman. And smarter and kinder than the sleaze bag Republicans put into the White House. All hanging offenses to the members of the old, white, male cadre the GOP mostly represents.
Actually, use of private emails seems to be ubiquitous in Trump’s White House. Next time he tries to revive the “lock her up” business, remember that in addition to Kushner, White House officials Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon also used private email accounts to conduct their business.
Of course, we’ve known for some time that VP Mike Pence not only used private email to conduct state business in Indiana, but was actually hacked. Pence, interestingly enough, said nary a word about his transgressions during the campaign when he and Cheeto-in-Chief went off on Clinton’s emails.
But no matter. Because nowadays, given the way the cookie crumbles, the ball bounces, the mop flops, and the tail wags, we’ll wait a long time before we hear a peep from our otherwise truculent Republicans about private emails being used to evade the attention of a public that said GOPers and the Ritchie Rich-pants in the white House are determined to well and truly fleece.
We need to remind them that Karma’s a bitch, the wheel of fortune turns, and the handwriting is on the wall.