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The childish idiocy of Trump Republicans is an embarrassment

S.E. Cupp, Tribune Content Agency on

It’s fitting that the Trump era will reach its nadiral finale this week when more than 100 Republican House members and at least 12 senators protest the Electoral College vote on Wednesday, having absolutely no actual effect on the election results. That ill-fated protest, like Trump’s presidency itself, will end with an embarrassing, desperate, impotent whimper.

The dumb and damaging stunt has even rightward voices decrying its awful unseriousness.

National Review calls it a “dead end.” Republican Sen. Ben Sasse has called his colleagues “institutional arsonists” for the effort.

In an interview with Fox News, the architect of the little-coup-that-couldn’t, Sen. Josh Hawley, was asked if he believed Trump would be president on Jan. 20. Hawley said, “That depends on what happens on Wednesday,” to which Bret Baier blithely replied, “No, it doesn’t.”

A Wall Street Journal editorial suggests, “Republicans should be embarrassed by Mr. Trump’s Electoral College hustle,” but most assuredly they are not. After all, it’s just the latest — “and hopefully the last?” she asked with trepidation — stupid stunt we’ve seen plenty of over the past four-plus years, ranging from the dumb to the dangerous.

It’s, in fact, an embarrassment of riches — or perhaps richly embarrassing — to look back at just a few.


Trump’s 2016 campaign was full of them, setting the tone for a new era of puerility, beginning with this long descent down a golden escalator to his effort to seat four sexual abuse accusers of former president Bill Clinton in the family area of his debate against Hillary Clinton.

Things devolved considerably from there. In 2017, Vice President Mike Pence cost American taxpayers $325,000 to briefly attend an Indianapolis Colts game and then abruptly leave when Colts players knelt for the national anthem, in what was reportedly a planned stunt of Trump’s creation.

In 2018, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams brought a “deportation bus” to campaign stops, saying he hoped to fill it “with illegals and send them back to where they came from.” He finished last in the five-man primary.

In March of 2019, Rep. Devin Nunes — once a co-sponsor of the “Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act” — sued Twitter over critical posts by parody accounts, one pretending to be a cow and another, his mother. Answering the age-old question, can you sue fake cows, it was eventually thrown out by a judge.


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