In a senate floor speech on Tuesday, January 19th, Mitch McConnell (R-Tardy), finally spoke out loud what everyone in the chamber, even people like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, had likely known for ten weeks: that Donald Trump had been incessantly spewing lies about non-existent election fraud for two and a half months following his loss to Joe Biden on November 3rd. The accusation of massive election fraud is, and always was, a bunch of ridiculous, though fatal, bullshit. Come to think of it, maybe Trump’s post White House memoir should be titled ” Fatal Bullshit”.
There’s no doubt in my mind that McConnell knew it was a bunch of ridiculous bullshit as far back as the first week of November, and the fact that he’s waited this long to do the right thing is yet one more indication that he’s a man completely devoid of principle and is entirely a political animal. McConnell is telling the truth now because he’s worried what it might mean for the Republican Party if he doesn’t, but at least he’s telling the truth.
So it’s time for Wisconsin republicans to do the same, in particular Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Tiffany, and the 15 GOP state legislators who signed a letter urging Vice President Mike Pence not to certify the election in Wisconsin. And let’s be very clear about what’s required at this point.
It’s not enough to denounce violence. It’s not enough to stop spreading the lie that the election was stolen. It’s not enough to tell people Joe Biden won the November 3rd election fair and square. It’s time to tell your voters the truth. Here’s an example of what each of you can say.
” I apologize for misleading you. I went along with Trump’s dangerous election fraud lies because I didn’t want to alienate his supporters. In a moment of political cowardice I succumbed to my worst instincts, put my political ambitions ahead of the country’s welfare, and did the wrong thing, I’m sorry I let you down. My failure to lead with integrity contributed to the deaths of five people at our nation’s Capitol and I’ll have to live with that shame for the rest of my life. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.”
That would be a truthful statement, folks. I can understand how the prospect of making such a statement is difficult to contemplate. I don’t envy the position you’re in. But as elected officials you swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America. It’s well past time to dig deep, find some courage, and fulfill your oath. You owe it to your voters, the people of Wisconsin, and to your country.