Republicans Who Say The Words…


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Poster for the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally derived from Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join, or Die” cartoon.  SOURCE: splcenter.org/hatewatch/

The president dare not condemn his base. He could not utter the words: “white supremacist” or “nazi” or “domestic terrorism” in his immediate statement after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This is more than moral cowardice. Much more. It is complicity. Complicity with the hateful enemy of peace-loving people. Complicity with the dark scourge of Hitler and his SS; with those concentration camps that defiled the humanity of Jews, the Roma, gays, the ill and those deemed different or other.  Donald Trump has no sense of right or wrong, no barometer to guide him as a leader and no authority in his office as president of the United States.

However, there were a few members of Trump’s party who dared to condemn the violent mayhem that overtook the small university town. They named the evil. For the first time in seven long months, a handful of Republicans chose country and conscience over party and president.

Many times over the last year, Florida House member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen stood on the House Floor and denounced the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela. Her lonely voice demanded US intervention long before the country became a bloody ground of authoritarianism. As a Cuban-American, Ros-Lehtinen would have a keen sense of oppression. So it is no surprise that she was one of the first Republicans to denounce the president when he claimed that “many sides” caused the violence at the Alt-Right rally.

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ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FL)

Sen. Jeff Flake, who recently called out the GOP and its “abdication” of responsible leadership, was the very first to name the enemy. Just before 3pm, Flake tweeted out his rejection of white supremacy.

An hour later, James Lankford, junior senator from Oklahoma, posted a series of tweets, plainly aggrieved by the violence in Charlottesville. He was not afraid to tackle the underpinnings of this violence.

Corey Gardner, head of the 2018 National Republican Senatorial Committee, also took issue with Trump, castigating him for his  lukewarm and nonspecific reaction.

Shortly after, the long-term Senator from Iowa and chair of the Judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley tweeted out his condemnation of homegrown terrorists. The significance of statements by Grassley (and later Paul Ryan) cannot be ignored. Grassley heads up the Senate’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia and the Trump camp and Ryan controls the levers of impeachment proceedings.

Rep. Dave Bratt of Virginia put out a statement and several tweets roundly condemning fascists, white supremacists and the KKK.

By dinnertime, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida continued the wave of reaction to the president’s remarks.

Senators Ron Portman and John McCain, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan followed.

By evening, three more GOP House members (LoBiondo, Coffman, Roby) explicitly named the forces behind the deaths and injuries in Charlottesville.

As the long, disturbing day began its close, Sen. Ted Cruz issued a damning statement and a call for an investigation by the Justice Department.

The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate. Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Almost immediately after, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, sent out a statement rejecting white supremacy.

The racist and anti-Semitic views embraced by white supremacists have no place in our nation and do not reflect core American values of equality and religious freedom. We are all created in the image of God, and I strongly condemn such detestable views against fellow human beings.

-Rep. Bob Goodlatte

By 11:00pm Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an investigation into the violence at Charlottesville.

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Sunday morning, August 13, a handful of Senators joined the chorus

7:17am REP. KEVIN McCARTHY

9:17am SEN. TOM COTTON

10:00am REP. KEN BUCK

11:12am SEN. SUSAN COLLINS


Now, make no mistake. Republicans butting heads with Trump may appear as the standard-bearers of decency. But they have yet to publicly censure the president. There is no visible move to proceed with removal.

We can praise the few who spoke out directly to Trump. But America demands more. Time is running out.

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