Detail of “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” (1989) by Keith Haring
We keep waiting to see when the Republican Senators might stand up for something. Some value they have that they won’t let Trump cross.
And after the horrifying news of this weekend, we find that we’re still waiting.
On Friday, news broke that Russian Intelligence was secretly offering bounties to militants who killed American and allied forces in Afghanistan. Quickly, other media outlets confirmed the story, including Fox News. Then, we learned that American intelligence had known about this for months, and anger spilled over at Trump as he had very clearly not done anything about it.
Of course, Trump claimed he, nor VP Pence, nor his Chief of Staff, had been briefed about it. Which former national security officials said strained credulity. Furthermore, even if they had not been told (which would be another huge scandal), the question remains — What is being done NOW to protect our troops and hold Russia accountable?
This story was all over the news and the internet since the story came out. And yet, the majority of Republicans in Congress hadn’t said a word. Finally on Sunday, Rep. Liz Cheney came out forcefully, condemning the details coming out of the White House and demanding accountability, both for our officials and also Russia. But she is nearly alone.
I’ve read multiple news stories, and checked for tweets from both the House and Senate Republicans. I have not seen ANY Senators speak out about this story, and I only found 4 other Representatives that said that if the story was true, then Russia needed to be held accountable. Which if you ask me, is really weak.
They haven’t found the time (or, let’s be honest, the courage) to comment on this story, but several political groups have already made ads. Here are two powerful ones that are circulating.
From The Lincoln Project:
The writers of our Constitution foresaw that a future president would not live up to the awesome responsibilities of the office. But they did not predict that Congress, which they set up as a balance to that power, would fail to live up to their responsibilities at the very same time. In this instance, we have a Senate with a Republican majority that looks the other way — even when our soldiers are being targeted!
As if we didn’t have enough reasons to get rid of Republicans in the Senate, we now have this horrifying example to add to the list.
I hope you have adopted a Senate seat that you want to flip in November, but if not, there’s still time. Pick one from this list (which also has a list of actions you can start taking right away to flip it): How to Break the GOP Stranglehold on the Senate
These Senators have betrayed us. They need to lose their jobs.
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