The 106 House Republicans Who Backed the Texas Lawsuit will be Remembered as Traitors
106 House Republicans have joined a lawsuit authored by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn the results of the election in several states that didn't vote for Donald Trump and allowed the use of mail-in ballots. It is, as conservative GOP Senator Ben Sasse explained, a "PR stunt rather than a lawsuit," and an attempt by ethically challenged Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton to obtain a "pardon" from the President before he leaves office.
Massive voter fraud of the type Trump alleges is a fairy tale that narcissistic nitwits tell themselves to assuage their bitterness and humiliation. Actually, what we learned from Trump's lawsuits and Rudy Giuliani's hapless election investigations is that the 2020 election was one of the cleanest in history, surprising so considering the massive turn-out and the challenges presented by the pandemic.
So, why have 106 GOP House members joined a lawsuit that they know is meritless and doomed? They probably feel some sympathy for their beleaguered President, but they are more focused on their own political futures. In two years, during the 2022 midterm elections, the President's core supporters will consider this wacky Texas lawsuit a litmus test of their "Trumpiness," and they don't want to be challenged by more Trumpy Republicans in the primaries.
And, yes, there is a secondary reason. Republicans in purple state legislatures plan on passing new legislation to make early and mail-in voting more difficult so they need to breathe some life into the voter fraud nonsense they will use as a pretext.
But, here is the thing; historians have a way of cutting through the hyperbole and getting to the essence of past events. They will understand that these 106 elected officials, sworn to uphold the Constitution, have signed on to an attempt to undermine the republic, to extinguish our most cherished of rights; the right to select those that will lead us. These 106 GOP Representatives have sullied their high offices, and their shame will follow them for the rest of their lives and for generations to come.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content
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