As it becomes increasingly clear that Donald Trump criminally extorted a foreign government in exchange for election help, GOP strategist Rick Wilson said there is no excuse for any Republicans in Congress to stand by him.
“This is a clear, obvious blunt-force case of attempting to cover up material where the president was attempting to extort a foreign power to support him politically and to … illegally provide him with something of value in the campaign, which is against the law,” Wilson said.
The GOP strategist added, quite hilariously: “We’ve crossed a new rubicon here with Trump, and [Republicans] know it and they are just so nervous that if they had a lump of coal between their butt cheeks a diamond would pop out.”
Video of Wilson’s takedown:
GOP strategist @TheRickWilson has no time for Republicans in Congress who are still defending Trump. #ctl #p2 #amjoy pic.twitter.com/Ig9TuBVTQe
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) September 28, 2019
I think we need to do one of those old Department of Homeland Security color-coded scales and at the bottom is a furrowed brow and then there’s ‘I haven’t read it’ and then there’s ‘deeply concerned’ and then there’s ‘I can’t go to press conferences or do town hall meetings’ and then there’s ‘can I get in the witness protection program?’ I mean, these guys are profiles in chicken you-know-what every day right now because they obviously understand that this is just one more pile on of the facts about Donald Trump that they cannot face, they cannot admit to, and they’re going to go into this thing like the Republicans did in 1973, saying, ‘Oh, it’s a media conspiracy, it’s a false narrative and in 1974, 49 Republicans and 8 senators lost their jobs. So they can play denial politics all day long and they can try to front and bluster through this thing, but the facts are starting to accrue very quickly. You know, I’ve been a skeptic about whether impeachment can work, but right now the momentum is building, the numbers are shifting in the public’s eye and this is a clear, obvious blunt-force case of attempting to cover up material where the president was attempting to extort a foreign power to support him politically and to provide him — illegally provide him — with something of value in the campaign, which is against the law. And we’ve crossed a new rubicon here with Trump, and these guys know it and they are just so nervous that if they had a lump of coal between their butt cheeks a diamond would pop out.
Republicans in the Congress are nothing short of cowards
While most Republicans have either stood by Trump or offered the faintest level of concern over the Ukraine extortion and cover-up scandal, the dam of corruption is only beginning to break.
As the Democrats ramp up their official impeachment inquiry, more facts are going to surface. As presidential historian Jon Meacham noted on Saturday, it is likely that more transcripts will be revealed that show Trump selling out America to other foreign countries.
The longer this goes on, the more likely Republicans are to crack as they did in the 1970s when Richard Nixon’s presidency was in collapse. It’s going to be increasingly difficult for them to brush off blatantly criminal and unpatriotic behavior by this president.
Until these Republicans recognize that the Trump train they’re strapped to is heading straight for the ash heap of history and they better get off before it’s too late, they should be called what they are: cowards.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.