President Donald Trump has been waging an anti-democratic, authoritarian fight against the election results ever since the immediate aftermath of Election Day, when he declared in a middle-of-the-night speech that he’d won the election, despite then-ongoing ballot counting. Although a handful of prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from the president’s vitriolic, unhinged attacks on foundational American electoral processes, many Republicans have fallen right in line with Trump’s outright lies about supposed widespread fraud that supposedly plagued the recent election. In a new video, The Lincoln Project tears into the GOP’s mad dash towards authoritarianism in the wake of Trump’s self-centered chaos.
The rhetoric from top Republicans in the aftermath of Trump’s decisive loss in the presidential election has been, at times, breathtaking. Trump allies have floated the possibility of getting state legislatures to dedicate their state’s electoral votes to Trump no matter who won their state’s popular vote. Top members of the president’s legal team, like Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, have gone on unhinged screeds about supposed fraud that’s supposedly criss-crossed the nation in an effort to keep Trump out of office. Giuliani has maniacally insisted that a centrally-planned Democratic conspiracy to commit fraud unfolded during the election, which is unhinged make-believe.
Where have many Republican members of Congress been during this craze? Many have either hidden in the metaphorical shadows or thrown their full support behind the president’s conspiratorial anti-democratic ranting.
In the new video from The Lincoln Project, a narrator shares the following poignant message:
‘It’s now time to remove the word “Republic” from the Republican Party. These hypocrites in office don’t care about our Republic. They don’t care about our democracy or the Constitution they swore on a Bible to protect. No — in standing behind a president who has brought international shame to the Republican Party, we have seen their true colors, and they are treasonous, unpatriotic, downright despotic — but most importantly: dangerous, because while Trump has shown himself to be feckless and pathetic and unmoored in the chaos he has attempted to sow, there are others waiting in the wings, waiting for their turn to dismantle our democracy, and they are not so vacuous, and insecure, and self-absorbed. From this presidential embarrassment, they see the full and total shift to authoritarianism. Those are Republicans? We think not. We are watching — and so is the world.’
Check out the video below:
There are Republicans waiting in the wings, waiting for their turn to dismantle democracy.
We are watching. And so is the world. pic.twitter.com/vw8BemYtX3
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) November 22, 2020
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