Well, I’ve been listening.
I’ve heard about the net loss of 3 million American jobs — the worst economic record in modern American history — as stock markets deliver greater riches to billionaires and ordinary Americans go hungry.
I’ve heard about Iran and North Korea advancing their nuclear weapons programs and Russia executing a galling cyberattack on the United States, while our president withheld U.S. military support from a Russia-threatened ally to extort political benefit.
I’ve heard about a self-dealing president using his office to try to overturn a free and fair election, and then incite a mob of QAnon followers and white supremacists to launch a deadly insurrection at the Capitol against the people’s representatives.
And I’ve heard that, at this very moment, troops expected to number 20,000 are arriving in the national capital, and countless more in state capitals, to defend democracy against violent totalitarian thugs loyal to Trump.
I’d like to think this is not what all of the “forgotten men and women” had in mind when they voted for Trump in 2016. But this is what Republican elites did in their name.
Now, fully 84,172,012 Americans have voted against Trump in the highest-turnout election in more than a century. President-elect Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate in U.S. history. Democrats held the House and took control of the Senate. For his abuses of power, Trump has been impeached — twice. He departs office as one of the more unpopular leaders in our nation’s recent history.
So, Republican elites, please: Spare us your lectures about how the liberal coastal elites don’t understand real Americans. It’s time for you to listen.
You have manipulated millions into believing that their problems are caused by Black people, brown people, immigrants, college-educated women, Muslims and Jews.
You have disabled the federal government, and state and local governments, to the point that they lack the capacity to deliver the vaccine science has heroically produced.
You have fueled the violent, paranoid fantasies of QAnon, you have weaponized social media to spread falsehoods, and you have attacked the free press in Stalin-esque terms as the “enemy of the people.”
You have empowered propaganda outlets such as Fox News to build an echo chamber that misinforms millions.
You sacrificed long-standing principles to co-opt the anti-government passions of the tea party and Trump’s anti-immigrant nationalism.
Fully 139 of you in the House and eight in the Senate voted to overturn the votes of the American people.
You have, in sum, discredited American democracy and encouraged political violence and authoritarianism.
And now, as a freshman “QAnon congresswoman” plans to introduce impeachment articles against Biden on his first full day in office, you say it’s time for “healing.”
After Trump, in his final days, incited a bloody coup attempt, Republican elites could, at long last, do the right thing, as 10 House Republicans did.
But House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), while declaring that censuring Trump would be “prudent,” offered up no censure resolution and opposed impeachment.
And Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), while claiming he might vote for removal, blocked a Senate trial from occurring before Trump leaves office — likely killing prospects for conviction.
We hear you loud and clear, Republican elites. Now, how about you listen to the American people?
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