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Republican Chex Mix


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One of my Trump cultist troglodyte Facebook friends (this one’s not related to me) who is really big about defending racists, deflection, and false equivalency posted yesterday about Democrats politicizing mass shootings.

How dare politicians try to create legislation that’ll stop murders. What do they think we sent them to Washington for anyway? To be constructive? To find solutions? Don’t they know there are junkets and lunches with lobbyists to be had?

Sorry, Republicans and MAGAts. Some people would like to do more than give thoughts and prayers to solve a crisis. But, when can we talk about gun legislation? If we’re to wait for a break between mass shootings, we’ll be waiting for a very long time.

Talking about gun legislation isn’t politicizing a tragedy. Tying a pet issue that’s totally unrelated to gun legislation is politicizing a tragedy. Donald Trump suggested “marrying” immigration reform to background-check legislation. Can someone please tell me how the two are related?

Trump actually included hate and white supremacy in his blame for the mass shootings, but he stopped short of identifying his own hate or support of white supremacy.  Trump said in a statement someone else obviously wrote, “Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.” For living proof of that, one only needs to look at Donald Trump, the self-described nationalist.

Trump and other Republicans also cited so-called “red flag laws” to focus better on identifying mentally ill people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase guns. No word yet on “red flag laws” preventing stupid people from running for president or voting. We should do more to address mental illness in this country, but when do Republicans ever want to do anything about mental illness? Trump, Republicans, and the NRA would rather talk about the mentally handicapped than focus on the killing machines that are sold legally. Trump said, “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger. Not the gun.” Well, maybe you can stop selling them shit that has triggers. Since they are Republicans, once again they’re focusing on something that’s not the problem. Most people who commit these horrible acts aren’t suffering from mental illness.

Trump also went after video games, ignoring that there isn’t any research supporting the claim that video games encourage players to kill people. Trump said he wants cultural changes, including stopping the “glorification of violence in our society” in video games and elsewhere. This is the same guy who made a joke about shooting immigrants at one of his rallies, once told his supporters to “knock the crap out of him” regarding a protester and promised to pay their legal bills, and said about another protester, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

Trump also blamed the media for the mass shootings, He tweeted, “The media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse.” The only shocking thing here is that he didn’t also blame Hillary Clinton or “fake” witch hunt investigations.

So let me get this straight: It’s politicizing to say Trump encourages a mass shooting because the killer attacks the same people Trump has attacked and used the same language in his manifesto Trump has used toward them, but it’s perfectly fine to go after the press? If it’s lying that encourages these killings, then again, the blame should fall on Donald Trump.

New Jersey Senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker called Trump’s remarks a “bullshit soup of ineffective words,” because “word salad” has been used so much in regards to Trump statements that it’s starting to lose its meaning. Booker is right. Trump tied everything in the world not connected to the shootings to blame for the shootings and refused to discuss the connections between his rhetoric and those of the killers in El Paso and Gilroy.

Trump has no plans to offer anything effective. After the Parkland shootings, Trump supported background checks for about two minutes until the NRA talked him out of it and instead came up with much more brilliant ideas, like arming teachers with bazookas.

After calling for background-check legislation, Trump failed to mention the subject during his televised remarks. That means someone from the NRA called him.

Trump is stupid but even he knows we need stronger background checks. The really stupid part here is that he keeps forgetting he’s supposed to be against it and the NRA bastards have to keep reminding him that Republicans don’t care about murdered babies unless they’re in a womb.

What Republicans are proving is that it’ll be easier to combat gun violence if they weren’t around. Trump said, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”

If the nation really wants to condemn in one voice, racism, bigotry, and white supremacy, then in November 2020 it’ll vote Trump and Republicans out of office.

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Leaving The Hurd


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The Republican Party has been exercising racism for decades, but until now, there were always people like Will Hurd among its members, other than the black thing of course. For example, before Donald Trump came along, you could easily get a hell of a lot more than four votes from Republicans in the House of Representatives to condemn a racist comment.

The Grand Old Party has now become the party of Trump, resembling a cult more than a political party. The GOP is less a party of issues and more about the cult of a personality, a rotten, horrible, vile, stupid, racist personality. It only makes sense that the party is dead on details since they worship a man who won the presidency without any specifics to his proposals. He promised to build a wall that Mexico would pay for, without telling us how he would make Mexico pay for it. He promised to replace Obamacare with “something better.” On foreign policy, his position was that he knew more than the generals. Now, the party’s policies are Trump, Trump, and Trump. Any member who defies that will suffer the same fate as Mark Sanford.

The fear of being the next Mark Sanford, a congressman who criticized Trump and then was primaried for his crime, has cost the Republican Party the House of Representatives. Now, they have to explain Trumpism. Ask a Republican how tariffs are not taxes. Ask a Republican how Canadian cheese is a national security threat. Ask a Republican about why increasing the national debt is now a good thing. Ask a Republican how a treaty preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is bad but a treaty with North Korea that doesn’t say anything is good. Ask a Republican why we shouldn’t be concerned about Kim Jong Un testing ballistic missiles. Now, ask a Republican how racist comments are not racist comments.

Except for Will Hurd. Hurd will tell you a racist comment is a racist comment. He was one of only four representatives in the House that recognized Trump’s “Go back to where you came from” tweet was racist. Now, Hurd, who is the only Republican representing a district on the border with Mexico, will not run for re-election next year. Hurd is the only African-American member of the House. Unless another black Republican is elected in 2018, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will be the only one left in Congress.

Hurd was considered the future of the party, which has been a lie all along. He was the Republicans’ pipe dream of their future. The future of their party is not diverse when your leader attacks four female members of Congress for being minorities, talks about brown people from “shithole countries,” calls inner cities “rat-infested,” and attacks black representatives and civil rights leaders. The future of your party is not diverse when hate crimes increase upon the election of your racist leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader was endorsed by the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan and by the founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. The future of your party is not diverse when the KKK holds parades in honor of your party’s leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader retweets neo-Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader defends Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when you refuse to confront your leader on any of this.

Five other Republicans have announced they will not seek re-election to the House. Currently, there are only 13 female Republicans in the House and two of them are also retiring. The GOP hopes to retake the House in 2020, but it’s an effort made even more difficult by incumbent retirements, especially from districts like Hurd’s, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Hurd won re-election in 2018 by a little over 1,100 votes.

In a speech last June, Hurd said, “The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of the country. Why is that? I’ll tell you.” Then he told us.

“Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist. Don’t be a homophobe. These are basic things that we should all learn in kindergarten.”

The kindergarten president, who is now well into his 70s, still has not learned it. The Republican Party probably learned it, but they’ve chosen to abandon it. Now, when you talk to Republicans, they don’t see how telling brown people to “go back to where you came from” is racist. Their future isn’t Will Hurd. It’s defending the use of the N-word.

That’s why the future of their party does not look like Will Hurd. It looks like Donald Trump. It looks like a a bunch of white guys wearing sheets carrying tiki torches.

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Slingers


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The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a new report yesterday that Russia probably targeted the election systems in all 50 states in 2016, the federal government didn’t adequately warn the states, and the threat persists heading into the 2020 presidential, Senate, and Congressional campaigns.

The report states they started the meddling as early as 2014 and continued into 2017. U.S. officials believe the Russians probably scanned systems in every state, such as election-related web pages, voter ID information, election system software, and election service companies. Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed that the Russian government, including their military, had hackers target 21 states during the 2016 campaign.

During Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony this week, he described how Russia’s meddling was not a “hoax,” that the Trump campaign welcomed their interference, and that Russia was “doing it as we sit here.” Republicans on the Congressional Judiciary and Intelligence committees scoffed and downplayed Russias interference and favoritism toward Donald Trump. Republicans and Trump are more concerned about “liberal” paper straws than Russians attacking us.

The Russians are doing it now “as we sit here” and they’re doing it to help reelect Donald Trump. Trump has spent his entire presidency kowtowing to Russia and Vladimir Putin. He invited Russians into the Oval Office where he gave them classified information that was obtained by a U.S. ally. He has refused to call out or blame Putin for the interference, which is an attack on our country which he took an oath to protect. He stood next to Putin in Helsinki and took his word over that of our National Intelligence. However, he did declare that our national security has been threatened by Canadian cheese.

On the same day the report was issued, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two election security measures that would help keep our elections free and fair. McConnell argued that the bills would give Democrats a “political benefit.” He’s right in that free and fair elections, without Russian meddling, will help the Democratic Party because more Americans vote Democratic than Republican.

A House bill passed that requires the use of paper ballots and included funding for the Election Assistance Commission. It passed in the House with only one Republican vote. McConnell argued that it was partisan. Since when did protecting the United States of America, protecting our elections, and loyalty to our nation over Russia become partisan?

McConnell and Republicans have put more than party over country. They’ve put worship of a cult leader over their country, over our country.

Another bill blocked by McConnell would have made it a requirement for candidates, campaign officials, and their family members to notify the FBI of assistance offered by a foreign government. This sounds like a no-brainer but it would obviously handicap the Trump campaign as Trump has stated recently that he’d welcome foreign assistance in the next election. He didn’t even send it in code. He flat out said it.

We need leaders in the House, Senate, and White House who will protect the nation they swore to defend. We need leaders who don’t go swinging with Putin.

Creative note: I hate to explain this but if you don’t know what Sling TV is, then maybe this cartoon doesn’t work for you. It’s basically another internet service that offers premium cable channels and it can be used on smart TVs. There are commercials where people invited by a creepy couple for “slinging” confuse the term with “swinging.” Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, married in real life, play the creepy couple shouting at neighbors, “You wanna sling tonight?” “Hey, Bruce, bring your mom.” I think they’re hilarious.

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Party Of Racists


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When the Access Hollywood tape came out, Jason Chaffetz who was then a representative from Utah, said he couldn’t support Trump because he’d have to explain it to his daughter. Shortly after, he supported Trump. I never did hear how he explained it to his daughter.

After Trump said a judge wasn’t qualified to preside over a lawsuit about his fake university, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan described his comments as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” As soon as Trump was elected president, Ryan promptly crawled up Trump’s racist ass.

In 2015, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham called Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot.” Yesterday, Graham accused the people describing Trump in a similar manner of “hating America.”

Today, very few Republicans are criticizing or even commenting on Trump’s racist comments toward four minority congresswomen. Some of those who have criticized Trump had to include criticism of his victims. Of those who criticized his comments, only a couple applied the word “racist” to them. Most Republicans who have commented are trying to help Trump frame women as the face of the “socialist” Democratic Party. In doing so, they’re making the GOP the racist party.

Elected Republicans are afraid of Trump because he’s more popular with Republicans than they are. This is their fault because they’ve nurtured a racist base for decades. Now, those racist chickens are coming home to roost. The GOP is less a party of ideas, policy, and principles and more a party of Trump. The most important thing to Trump voters is Trump. The Republican Party is now a cult.

Republicans need to look at Paul Ryan because that is their future. After they or Trump is out of office, they’ll criticize him and try to sell the idea they were the adults in the room preventing things from being even worse than they are. They’ll have to convince themselves that lie is true while their party is in embers and the confidence the world had in the United States is receding faster than Trump’s hairline.

The Republican Party used to be the party of Lincoln. Over the past few decades, it’s been described as the party of Reagan. Now, it’s the party of Trump. It’s the party of racists.

I’ve spent the past three years saying that not all Trump supporters are racists, but racism is not a dealbreaker for them. But now, there are no more wolf whistles. Racism is the deal.

Donald Trump isn’t just a stupid old man who says stupid things. He says stupid racist things and he knows what he’s saying. There is now walking around or deflecting the fact that the president of the United States, even one in office by a quirk in the system, is a racist. He’s even proud that racists agree with his racist comments and he said as much yesterday.

When a reporter asked Trump if it others him that racists agree with his comments, Trump said no because many people agree with his comments. That’s what the reporter said, you idiot. Many people are racists and they agree with you. See? He’s still a stupid old man who says stupid things, but he’s also a racist.

Trump may as well had dropped an N-bomb last weekend with his “go back where they came from” comments. There is no more quibbling over his racist comments. Trump’s racism isn’t just a part of the deal you accept to support him. Racism is the entire message and appeal of Trump. He has his base because he’s a racist.

Build the wall, Muslim ban, rapists, and murderers, shithole countries, birtherism, caravan invasions, family separations, baby jails, “fine people on both sides,” attacks on black athletes and black women, retweeting Nazi’s videos, and “go back where you came from” have only built his base within the Republican Party. Quite frankly, an N-bomb wouldn’t diminish his GOP support at all.

It used to be said, “Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans.” Now, if all Republicans continue to support Donald Trump, then all Republican are racists.

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The Do-Nothings


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Former Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson was arrested and charged yesterday with 11 charges of neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury. Why? Because he sat outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in relative safety while a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and injured 17 others.

An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Peterson didn’t investigate the source of gunshots, retreated during the shooting while victims were still under attack, and directed other law enforcement officers to remain 500 feet away from the building. If he was a Republican, he would have cited bone spurs for his inaction.

While Peterson hung around outside busy not doing anything, over 70 shots were fired by the killer. How many of those shots found a human target? While the shooter is the murderer and responsible for the deaths and injuries, Peterson, who was hired to protect the school, could have probably saved a few lives.

The people who don’t do anything to protect children from mass shootings are culpable in their deaths. That includes Republicans in Congress. That includes the Republican president, who said in an interview with Piers Morgan that people need the AR-15 assault rifle for “entertainment.” As Morgan compared gun deaths in Britain, 35 a year, to the 150 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019 (so far), Trump compared U.S. gun deaths to stabbings in England. Trump said, “In London, you have stabbings all over. I read an article where everyone is being stabbed.” I’m sure the headline read, “EVERYONE IS BEING STABBED.” The truth is, annual stabbing deaths in England are fewer than 300 a year, much less than gun deaths in the U.S. Trump argued guns in England could stop stabbings.

Trump has a point. We’re too busy in the U.S. shooting each other to bother with stabbings. Nobody goes to a school and stabs 17 people, or to a church or rock concert and stabs 50. In case you haven’t noticed yet, Donald Trump is an idiot.

The thing is, nobody “needs” an AR-15. You don’t need it for protection. You don’t need it to compensate for your small penis. You don’t even need it for entertainment. There’s a difference between “need” and “want.”

Fred Guttenberg lost his daughter Jaime in Parkland. He said Peterson deserves the misery coming his way and that he should “rot in Hell.”

Peterson didn’t do the job he swore to do, which was to protect and serve. Trump and Congress are also not doing their jobs. They’re not protecting the citizens of this nation from gun deaths. Their inaction makes them culpable for every single person killed by a gun.

For that, they should all rot in Hell. That would be very entertaining.

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Endangered Species


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Carl Bernstein, the former reporter for The Washington Post who broke the Watergate story with Bob Woodward says, “what we are watching in the Trump presidency is worse than Watergate.” The reason he believes it’s worse, and I agree, is because “the system worked in Watergate.”

Bernstein said, “The heroes of Watergate were Republicans who demanded that the president be held accountable, who demanded that he be transparent, who demanded to know what did the president know and when did he know it, and who conducted bipartisan investigation that led, in fact, to understanding and finding out what Nixon had done. Whereas the Republicans on Capitol Hill thus far, have done almost everything they can to impede and undermine legitimate investigation.”

It’s worse today, partly because, as Bernstein says, “Donald Trump is a demonstrable authoritarian in terms of his rhetoric, in terms of whipping up his base. Nixon did not do anything similar to that.” But, it’s also worse because today there are no Republican heroes.

Republicans, even the Lindsey Grahams, Jim Jordans, and Matt Gaetzs know Donald Trump is a horrible president and human being. They know he’s racist, corrupt, and stupid. They know the man is dangerous but they’d rather play into the cult base of Trump than risk the political danger of protecting their country. They’re not Americans or even Republicans first. They’re cultists.

All except Justin Amash. Amash is a Michigan Republican serving in Congress and so far, he’s the only Republican there to even suggest that Donald Trump has committed offenses that rose to the level of impeachment. His Republican colleagues unanimously praised his courage, principles, and integrity.

Just kidding.

First, Trump called him a “loser,” so congratulations to Amash for that. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said his comments were “very disturbing” and that Amash voted more with Nancy Pelosi than with him. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, accused Amash of “parroting” Democratic talking points. Racist Republican and recipient of a Trump pardon, Dinesh D’Souza called Amash a “useful idiot for the left.”

Kentucky Republican House member Thomas Massey defended Amish’s right to diverge from his party but told a reporter, “When you quote me, just make sure people understand I disagree.”

Amash has done two things no Republican in the House has done. He says the offenses are impeachable and he read all 448 pages of the Mueller Report.

Republicans are cowards, and for that matter, so is the majority of House Democrats.

Democrats know Trump obstructed justice. They know he deserves to be impeached even though it won’t get by the Republican cowards in the Senate. But just like Republicans, they’re afraid of how it’ll affect them politically.

Amash is already facing a primary challenger and will certainly have to deal with Trump campaigning against him. Democrats are afraid impeaching Trump will hurt them politically, cost them the White House and the Senate, and maybe even lose the House. There is a serious risk that impeachment will fatigue the nation. But, maybe Democrats should overlook the politics of it and do what’s right, which would be impeaching Trump.

Donald Trump should be impeached. He is a criminal and has committed crimes that are much more heinous than lying about receiving oral sex from an intern. Democrats should make sure history books show that at least one party stood up and defended the nation. Let history document that one party had political courage.

The nation was opposed to impeaching Clinton and Republican approval dropped faster than HBO subscriptions after the series finale of Game of Thrones. Yet, in the next election, they retained the House (only by three seats), lost seats but retained the Senate if you count the vice-president’s tie-breaking vote, and won the White House. Granted, they didn’t win the popular vote and needed the Supreme Court to take the White House, but they still got it.  OK, that may not be a good example since the Democrats don’t have the Supreme Court to help steal an election.

The United Nations reported that over one million species are threatened with extinction. Typically, extinction is not something Republicans worry about unless it’s their own. The proud patriotic Republican elephant who stands for law and order, demands oversight and accountability from a president, puts our nation before Russia and their party is facing extinction and is being replaced by hyenas, jackals, slugs, butt-burrowers, and shitweasels.

We need to step back and admire them before they’re all gone. For that matter, admire political courage too…before it’s all gone.

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Not OK


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Before Republican Devin Nunes was suing imaginary cows, he was chairman of the House Oversight Committee for the first two years of the Trump administration.

The committee was investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and Nunes pretended to recuse himself since he was on Trump’s transition team. He denied that the intelligence community had any evidence there was contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, which turned out to be a lie. He was accused of leaking classified information to the public and used the investigation to feed information to Donald Trump and his lawyers.

When Nunes learned that communications of members of Trump’s transition team had been “incidentally collected” by the intelligence community, he shared it with the White House before he informed his colleagues on the committee. He also used the investigation to attack Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI, even beginning an investigation into the bureau because they had the gall to acquire a FISA warrant on a suspected Russian spy. At one point during the investigation, his committee released a memo attacking the FBI for the FISA warrants while also saying they were totally legal.

He canceled hearings where former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former National Security Agency Director James Clapper, and former CIA Director John Brennan were scheduled to testify. Nunes eventually closed the investigation declaring there wasn’t any collusion and that Russia didn’t even try to help Trump win the election.

When Michael Flynn was busted for lying to the FBI about his secret contacts with Russia, Nunes said, “he was doing this country a favor and he should be thanked for it.”

For his mismanagement, lack of ethics, lies, and politicizing the committee and investigation to protect Donald Trump, no Republican called for his removal as chairman. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House at that time, ignored Democrats’ calls for his removal.

Now, Nunes and the Republicans are calling for Adam Schiff to be removed as chairman of the committee because he said he had evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. Donald Trump even said Schiff should resign and be removed from Congress for lying. Seriously. Donald Trump thinks someone should be removed from office for lying. The Republicans are basing their allegations on the four pages AG William Barr released.

At a rally in Michigan, Trump even referred to Schiff as “pencil neck.” This, coming from a guy with a neck that looks like a vagina.

At the start of a hearing this week, the Republicans began by calling for Schiff to be removed. Every single Republican on the committee was on board for Schiff’s removal. Schiff didn’t take it lying down and he gave the shitweasels what for. It was a moment when every Republican on the committee appeared uncomfortable as they squirmed in their seats.

Schiff gave the retort of the year. He owned the GOP and Donald Trump. Their best comeback so far has been “pencil neck.” Schiff was magnificent. Schiff pointed out that everything Trump did during the campaign and since is “not OK.”

I’m including his remarks at length because if you missed it or haven’t read it, you need to.

“My colleagues might think it’s OK that the Russians offered dirt on the Democratic candidate for president as part of what’s described as the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign. You might think that’s OK.

“My colleagues might think it’s OK that when that was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the president’s son did not call the FBI; he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help – no, instead that son said that he would ‘love’ the help with the Russians.

“You might think it’s OK that he took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that Paul Manafort, the campaign chair, someone with great experience running campaigns, also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that they concealed it from the public. You might think it’s OK that their only disappointment after that meeting was that the dirt they received on Hillary Clinton wasn’t better. You might think that’s OK.

“You might think it’s OK that when it was discovered, a year later, that they then lied about that meeting and said that it was about adoptions. You might think that it’s OK that it was reported that the president helped dictate that lie. You might think that’s OK. I don’t.

“You might think it’s OK that the campaign chairman of a presidential campaign would offer information about that campaign to a Russian oligarch in exchange for money or debt forgiveness. You might think that’s OK, I don’t.

“You might think it’s OK that that campaign chairman offered polling data to someone linked to Russian intelligence. I don’t think that’s OK.

“You might think it’s OK that the president himself called on Russia to hack his opponent’s emails, if they were listening. You might think it’s OK that later that day, in fact, the Russians attempted to hack a server affiliated with that campaign. I don’t think that’s OK.

“You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law sought to establish a secret back channel of communication with the Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility. I don’t think that’s OK.

“You might think it’s OK that an associate of the president made direct contact with the GRU through Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks, that is considered a hostile intelligence agency. You might think it’s OK that a senior campaign official was instructed to reach that associate and find out what that hostile intelligence agency had to say in terms of dirt on his opponent.

“You might think it’s OK that the national security adviser designate secretly conferred with the Russian ambassador about undermining U.S. sanctions, and you might think it’s OK that he lied about it to the FBI.

“You might say that’s all OK, that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK. I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic and, yes, I think it’s corrupt – and evidence of collusion.”

“Now I have always said that the question of whether this amounts to proof of conspiracy was another matter. Whether the special counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt the proof of that crime would be up to the special counsel, and I would accept his decision, and I do. He’s a good and honorable man, and he is a good prosecutor.

“But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day that America lost its way.”

“And I will tell you one more thing that is apropos of the hearing today: I don’t think it’s OK that during a presidential campaign Mr. Trump sought the Kremlin’s help to consummate a real estate deal in Moscow that would make him a fortune – according to the special counsel, hundreds of millions of dollars. I don’t think it’s OK to conceal it from the public. I don’t think it’s OK that he advocated a new and more favorable policy towards the Russians even as he was seeking the Russians’ help, the Kremlin’s help to make money. I don’t think it’s OK that his attorney lied to our committee. There is a different word for that than collusion, and it’s called ‘compromise.’

“And that is the subject of our hearing today.”

Each of the factual points Schiff raised is supported by evidence and none of them have been contested by Trump, the GOP, or Barr’s memo for dummies.

Republicans need to learn what is and isn’t OK. Defending America is OK. Obstruction investigations into attacks on our nation are not OK.

Republicans are not behaving like Americans. They’re not even behaving like Republicans. They’re cultists now. They behave like North Koreans worshiping their Dear Leader after generations of being gaslighted.

Instead of calling for Adam Schiff’s removal, Republicans should be behaving more like Adam Schiff.

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