As the Trump administration continues to face harsh criticism over its relentless commitment to abuse of power, former Trump admin official Anthony Scaramucci came out with a harsh new take on those enabling the behavior from President Donald Trump. Discussing Trump’s allies like Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who has repeatedly pushed the baseless conspiracy theory that actually Ukrainians were the main interference perpetrators in 2016 elections, this week on CNN, Scaramucci denounced the Trump camp as on par with the Nazi collaborators of Vichy France during World War II, who, of course, participated in perpetuating war crimes.
In reference to those in the Republican Party who’ve completely fallen in line behind the president’s belligerence, Scaramucci shared:
‘Five years from now, people will look back and say, what exactly, what were you doing? You had a fever going on related to President Trump. The guy broke the law. He’s a traitor to the Constitution of the United States. You took an oath to the Constitution, and so you’re going to disavow your own oath to the Constitution for him? Okay, why are you doing that?’
‘I would have thought — and this was my surprise because I’ve read the Constitution, took constitutional law — I thought that these guys that took an oath to that Constitution — It’s been so sacred and it’s worked so well for so many years for so many people — I would have thought those people that took that oath would have said, you know what, I’m not going to disavow the oath to the Constitution, but now you’ve got a group of — they’re like Vichy Republicans.’
As he noted about the nature of what exactly he meant by “Vichy Republicans”:
‘When Hitler took over Paris and took over France, there was a Vichy group of French that were helping him administrate the French government… I’m just suggesting they’re falling in line in a way that is absolutely despicable as it relates to the Constitution.’
Indeed — one of the main stances for the Republican Party at present has been defending the president against the case that House impeachment investigators are building.
Investigators have accumulated significant evidence of the president’s team’s plot to exchange military aid and a summit in D.C. for dirt from Ukraine on Democrats, but Republicans have refused to acknowledge any problem with that quid pro quo. As Scaramucci noted, the president’s main available defense strategy is to get Republicans to “hold the line” and defend his “illegality” — and the GOP has delivered big time.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) didn’t even pretend to take an unbiased look at the facts. Before the impeachment case ever got anywhere near the Senate, he declared to reporters that he’d made up his mind that there was nothing worth pursuing in connection to a phone conversation in which Trump pushed his quid pro quo to the Ukrainian president. Meanwhile, House Dems keep accumulating their glaring evidence that Ukraine felt the pressure from the Trump administration to bend to Trump’s personal political wishes.