After every single Republican voted against Joe Biden's coronavirus relief legislation, some Republicans complained the bill was an affront to "unity" because of the united GOP opposition.
Despite polls showing the majority of Republican Party voters supporting the legislation, GOP lawmakers have argued that unity among the American people is irrelevant if members of Congress don't care.
Following the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) complained that voters had "picked a president who promised unity and bipartisanship."
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said, "it's clear whatever [Biden] meant when he promised unity, he's failed miserably."
Legendary actor and civil rights activist George Takei disagreed.
"Unity must continue to mean that government leaders agree to rally around the things the vast majority of Americans want. It can't ever mean we rally around those things and they thumb their noses at it. That's not unity. That's just spite," he explained on Twitter.
He went on to lecture Republicans on Trump's "Big Lie" about election fraud, which resulted in the fatal January 6th insurrection and hundreds of bills in state legislatures to suppress the vote.
In history there are some clear rights and wrongs. The Confederacy was in the wrong. Segregationists were in the wrong. And now the GOP and the Big Lie are in the wrong.
History will record it so, but we must now ask it of every leader:
“On which side of history do you stand?"
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 7, 2021