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'Dump this loser for good': Midwest paper challenges GOP lawmakers to finally end Trump's political story
A newspaper editorial board challenged Republican lawmakers to finally dump Donald Trump after he called for the termination of the U.S. Constitution.
The twice-impeached former president raged against the founding document in a lie-filled 2020 election rant on his Truth Social website, and the Kansas City Star editorial board asked GOP lawmakers whether they had finally seen enough.
"Aren’t you sick of being scared of whatever idiocy Donald Trump is going to drag you into next?" the editorial board wrote. "Why on Earth aren’t you coming together as a party and taking the chance to formally renounce this historic loser once and for all?"
The editorial board called out Missouri's GOP lawmakers for standing behind Trump despite his ongoing efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, including fomenting the Jan. 6 insurrection, and his increasingly close ties to Nazis and white supremacists.
"Sure, Josh Hawley, your Senate campaign’s Facebook page still shows you beaming as you embrace the two-time popular vote flop," the board wrote. "And yes, Jerry Moran, you can probably credit Trump’s endorsement for scaring off a primary challenger in your bid for reelection this year. Roger Marshall echoed the ex-president’s anti-science musings on the COVID-19 pandemic during his 2018 campaign and made it to the Senate. And Sen.-elect Eric Schmitt is all in on the fiction of building a functioning border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border."
The board recognized that most Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial failed to make it out of GOP primaries, but they said the stakes -- literally the survival of constitutional democracy -- were too high to allow him to win the 2024 presidential nomination.
"Come on, Republicans. It’s time for you, Fox News and the rest of the conservative cinematic universe to unite and take down the cruel, mercurial Big Bad who’s been holding you all hostage for more than six years now," the board wrote. "You have the power. You’re the ones who wrote this tale."
"End Donald Trump’s political story once and for all," the board concluded, and added in the headline for good measure: "Dump this loser for good."
MAGA Republicans’ Hunter Biden obsession underscores a 'deep psychological need': Former Reagan speechwriter
During the 2022 midterms, countless pundits predicted that if Republicans flipped the U.S. House of Representatives, investigating President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, would be high on their list of priorities. Republicans did flip the House, where they will have a small majority of around six seats in 2023. And sure enough, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky (the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee) is promising in-depth investigations of the president’s son.
Veteran columnist/author and Never Trump conservative Mona Charen examines MAGA Republicans’ obsession with Hunter Biden in an article published by The Bulwark on December 6. The 65-year-old Charen, who worked in the Reagan White House during the 1980s and was a speechwriter for First Lady Nancy Reagan, is not a Hunter Biden fan. But she is much more critical of former President Donald Trump and his many allies in the GOP, and she finds MAGA Republicans’ obsession with Hunter Biden laughable in light of the many lines the former president has crossed.
“Hunter Biden seems to be corrupt,” Charen writes. “He traded on his father’s name. He has abused drugs and engaged in other unsavory practices. He’s a mess. But there is nothing relevant to public policy or civic virtue here. President Biden is hardly the first president to have troubled family members. But Joe Biden didn’t hire Hunter at the White House, and if there is any evidence of the president using official influence on Hunter’s behalf, we haven’t seen it. The Department of Justice under President Trump opened an investigation into Hunter Biden. President Biden has left it alone. It’s ongoing.”
Trump’s Republican supporters, Charen argues, have “a deep psychological need for the Hunter Biden story,” which is a distraction from the many lines the former president has crossed.
“For seven years, the right has been explaining, excusing, avoiding, and eventually cheering the most morally depraved figure in American politics,” Charen emphasizes. “That takes a toll on the psyche. You can tell yourself that the other side is worse. Or you can tell yourself that the critics are unhinged, suffering from ‘Trump derangement syndrome,’ whereas you are a man of the world who knows nobody’s perfect. But then Trump will do what he always does — he’ll make a fool of you.”
Charen continues, “You denied that Trump purposely broke the law when he took highly classified documents to Mar-a-Lago and obstructed every effort to retrieve them. And then, what does Trump do? He admits taking them! You scoff at the critics who’ve compared Trump with Nazis. And then, what does he do? He has dinner with Nazis! And fails to condemn them even after the fact. You despised people who claimed Trump was a threat to the Constitution, and then, Trump explicitly calls for ‘terminating’ the Constitution in order to put himself back in the Oval Office.”
Republicans who are obsessed with Hunter Biden, Charen writes, have “provided succor and support” to a former president “who has encouraged political violence since his early rallies in 2015, has stoked hatred of minorities through lies, has used his office for personal gain in the most flagrant fashion, has surrounded himself with criminals and con men, has committed human rights violations against would-be immigrants by separating children from their parents, has pardoned war criminals, has cost the lives of tens of thousands of COVID patients by discounting the virus and peddling quack cures, has revived racism in public discourse, and attempted a violent coup d’état.”
“They know it,” Charen writes. “It gnaws at them. That’s why the Hunter Biden story is their heart’s desire. But here’s something else they need to meditate on: Even if everything they’re alleging about Joe Biden were true — even if he did pull strings to help his son and even profited unjustly thereby — it still wouldn’t amount to a fraction of what Trump did.”
Appearing on "CNN This Morning" to discuss receiving a Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest honor that can be bestowed by Congress -- Capitol police officer Harry Dunn laughed off Donald Trump's desire to "terminate" the U.S. Constitution and said he wasn't going to let him ruin his day.
With Dunn expected to accept the award from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) later Tuesday -- with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also attending -- he was asked about the Trump threat by CNN co-host Don Lemon and immediately laughed.
"Listen, as a law enforcement officer you took an oath," host Lemon prompted. "The former president of the United States also took and oath to the Constitution, and is now saying that the Constitution, or has said that the Constitution should be suspended. What do you make of that?"
"That's a wild dude, man," Dunn laughed.
"Like, he -- just when you think he can't get any more outrageous he just goes and does and says those things," he continued. "But I'm not giving him any attention. Today it's all about dedication to duty and oath to my co-workers and myself, and the Metropolitan Police Department took and fulfilled on that day."
"I don't want to give any attention and credit to that guy," he added.
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