The time has come for every Republican to choose: Trump or democracy

The time has come for every Republican to choose: Trump or democracy

By now, every single elected official knows about The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote (Again)’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger. There can be no excuses, no pretending, no bullshit. Not even Kelly Loeffler—who absurdly claimed she was “not familiar” with the Access Hollywood “pussy grabbing” tape—would be shameless enough to try and pull something similar in the face of this. Or at least if she does, she’ll be unable to get away with it.

There is no escaping the question that Loeffler, her fellow losing Georgia Republican Senate runoff candidate David Perdue, and every member of their party who has not yet spoken on the matter must be asked today: Do you support what Trump did on that call, or will you condemn him and stand up for democracy?

As for those Republicans who have spoken out against the despicable effort in Congress to challenge the Electoral College’s votes? I commend them. It is vitally important and necessary that they do so, as part of the fight for the soul of the Republican Party, which I’ve written about recently.

But Trump’s Georgia call—which included a clear solicitation of election theft— goes far beyond even that profoundly anti-democratic political ploy. It is itself a criminal act, according to Ryan C. Locke, an attorney interviewed by The New York Times. “He’s telling the secretary of state to ‘find votes so that I can win—votes that are not due to me,’” Mr. Locke said. “The recording alone is certainly enough to launch an investigation. It’s likely probable cause to issue an indictment.”

According to Michael Bromwich, a former inspector general at the Department of Justice and a former assistant U.S. attorney, the criminality of what Trump did is so obvious that he has but one plausible defense.

Unless there are portions of the tape that somehow negate criminal intent, “I just want to find 11,780 votes” and his threats against Raffensperger and his counsel violate 52 U.S. Code § 20511. His best defense would be insanity.

— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) January 3, 2021

Of course, according to the chair of the Georgia Republican Party, the president’s actions weren’t criminal, but instead—wait for it—the decision to release the evidence of his lawlessness was.

Georgia’s GOP chairman says to “secretly record and release” Trump’s call to GA’s SOS is “lawlessness”… not the actual request from the President for elections officials to break the law for his political gain.

— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) January 3, 2021

This is par for the course for a conservative movement that typically pretends racism doesn’t exist, and then blames racial divisions on activists who provide receipts proving it does.

Look, this isn’t complicated. When the leader of the Republican Party openly commits a crime in furtherance of overturning an election defeat—the very definition of an attempted coup d’etat—every member of that party must go on record. You either support Donald Trump or you support democracy in our country?

One cannot do both.

From Daily Kos at Read More. This article is republished from DailyKos under an open content license. Read the original article at DailyKos.

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