I’m not going to sit here and act like there aren’t hypocrites on the left. I’ll be the first to admit they exist because I’ve dealt with my share of them over the years. That being said, nothing I see on the left comes anywhere close to the overwhelming amount of mind-boggling hypocrisy I see from the vast majority of Republicans in this country.
I could literally write a book on the continuous stream of hypocrisies and contradictions I see nearly every single day from Republican politicians and the people supporting them. But for the sake of keeping this article from turning into a novel, I’m going to limit what I cover to a few recent examples that, at times, have left me speechless.
Obviously the fact that someone like Donald Trump not only won the GOP primary, but was “elected” last November by millions of conservative voters, is currently at the top of the list. This is a group of people who claim to represent “Christian, family values and the moral majority” who elected the least-Christian person to run for president — possibly ever.
A petty, greedy, egotistical, self-admitted sexual predator who bullies people, has been divorced twice, has had at least one affair, and has five children from three different women, that’s the person the party of “Christian values” supports. It’s a reality that’s more laughably absurd than anything even the best comedic writers could come up with.
Then there’s everything concerning Russia’s interference in last year’s election. While there have been a few Republicans (mainly senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain) who’ve been open to full investigations into the Russian cyber attack against Hillary Clinton and the DNC, most have been lukewarm to the idea, at best, if not outright dismissive of any such suggestion.
Let’s flip the script for a moment.
Imagine what Republicans would be saying if a Democrat had been elected president with help from a Russian cyber attack that U.S. intelligence agencies say was meant to hurt the chances of the GOP candidate. A Democrat who had repeatedly praised Russia’s president; refused to release their tax returns to prove they had no financial links to Russia: had a rather extensive list of individuals with some rather sketchy ties and communications with Russians, especially during the election; and had repeatedly tried to undermine U.S. intelligence reports citing Russia as being the culprit behind the cyber attack against the 2016 election.
If the situation were reversed right now, Republicans would be losing their damn minds. These are the people, many of whom, spent years investigating Benghazi, while claiming Hillary Clinton should be in prison for using a private email server over four years ago, who’ve actually tried to downplay concerns over Russian meddling in our election, and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign, as nothing more than “left-wing, partisan propaganda.”
It’s absolutely insane.
Speaking of Trump and Russia, I’m sure most people reading this are well aware that he fired the now former head of the FBI, James Comey. Once again, can you imagine what Republicans would be saying had Clinton been elected, then fired the head of the FBI weeks after he publicly stated that her campaign was under investigation concerning potential collusion with the Russian government during the election? Better yet, what if she had fired him weeks after he said new emails had been found they were looking into?
These are people who vilified her as “crooked and corrupt,” while vilifying her A-rated charity as some sort of international pay-for-play crime syndicate, who, for the most part, have defended Trump’s firing of the man in charge of the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agency currently looking into whether or not he’s betrayed this country.
If Clinton had fired the head of the FBI in the midst of any sort of investigation into her potentially breaking the law, the GOP would be in full meltdown mode right now. Especially if she was behaving like Trump, a man who’s acting like a textbook example of a corrupt individual who’s terrified of people finding out the truth about him. So he’s doing everything he can to undermine any investigation that may ultimately lead to him moving from the White House to prison cell — including, now, firing the individual who was mostly in charge of leading that investigation.
Heck, even Attorney General Jeff Sessions was busted lying under oath to Congress about meetings he had with Russian officials. That was mostly laughed off as a big “nothing” that was being blown out of proportion by Democrats. Even though, after weeks of refusing to recuse himself from any investigation concerning Trump’s ties to Russia, he immediately did so after the perjury story broke.
Then there was that whole ordeal with Rep. Devin Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee tasked with investigating the Russian cyber attack, who, in an unprecedented move, appears to have worked with White House officials to more or less fabricate a talking point the administration then used to defend Trump’s unfounded conspiracy that the Obama administration had “wiretapped” Trump Tower. I’m still not sure how that’s not being looked into as a blatant attempt by Trump and Nunes to essentially try to corrupt an on-going federal investigation.
Let’s also not forget his eldest son getting caught lying about a meeting he had with a Kremlin-backed lawyer who promised him dirt on Hillary Clinton — from the Russian government — as part of their effort to help the Trump campaign. Republicans and Trump supporters are really going to sit there and tell me had a close relative to a Democrat been caught lying about meetings they had with officials from foreign adversaries — from a country U.S. intelligence said was behind the cyber attack against our election — promising them dirt on a Republican candidate, then they lied about it for over a year, they’d be okay with that?
These are the same people still throwing a fit over chance meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton at a public airport in Arizona. That’s clearly far more suspicious than the head of a committee investigating the White House who appeared to be coordinating with the White House to undermine an active investigation or the “president’s” oldest son lying about contact he had with a Kremlin-backed lawyer promising him dirt on his father’s political opponent obtained by the Russian government.
Trump’s tax return situation is ridiculous as well. If Clinton had been elected without showing her tax documents — or really any Democrat, for that matter — this is an issue they’d be pushing every single day. They’d be in front of every camera possible, on the floors of the House and Senate, declaring that her refusal to release her tax returns is proof that she has something to hide. Yet when it comes to Trump — meh.
Remember back in the day, and by “back in the day” I mean a few months ago, when Republicans called presidents who bypassed Congress (especially as it relates to using the military), signing a bunch of executive orders, “unconstitutional” and accused them of acting like “kings” or “dictators.” Funny, now most Republicans seem perfectly fine with Trump doing nothing more than sitting behind his desk signing executive orders.
And I’m not even going to get into the “fake” and “phony” jobs reports we saw during, what many Republicans called, Obama’s “failed economy.” Many of the same folks, including Trump, who are now boasting about those very same jobs reports and economic data — that are clearly nothing more than a continuation of what we saw during the Obama administration.
Who here remembers Republicans like Trump making a huge deal out of Obama’s golfing or flying to Hawaii during Christmas once a year? Like so many of the other hypocrisies I’ve discussed here, now Republicans don’t seem to mind that Trump’s gone golfing an obscene number of times during his short time in office or taxpayers are on pace to spend more on his personal expenses in his first year in office than this country did during Obama’s entire eight years as president.
Like I said at the beginning, I could write an entire book about all the hypocrisies of Donald Trump and the Republican Party, so I’m just going to wrap this up here since this is long enough already. Maybe I’ll do a “Part 2” eventually.
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