Conservative Columnist Calls GOP ‘Useful Idiots’ For Enabling ‘The Most Corrupt President’
Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, who hasn’t held back when criticizing the Republican Party, called the GOP corrupt on Friday for standing by “the most corrupt president” in U.S. history.
Rubin’s column comes after the House Judiciary Committee voted on Friday in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“For the Republican Party, this episode is, we can only hope, the final nail in a party that has become a mouthpiece for foreign propaganda and an anti-democratic enabler of a corrupt president,” Rubin asserts. “We arrived at this point because Republicans rejected character as a qualification for president.”
The conservative journalist adds, “Republicans joined in Trump’s assault on facts. Republicans attacked and smeared the intelligence community; Republicans refused to hold Trump accountable for obstruction of Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation in Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Republicans refused to find fault and perhaps agree on a lesser penalty than impeachment. Without a willing and deceitful right-wing media and ‘useful idiots’ in the House Republican caucus, we would not now be facing the ordeal of impeachment.”
Rubin acknowledges that the odds are in Trump’s favor in the Senate, writing that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “already colluding with the White House to conduct a sham Senate trial in which witnesses will be prevented from testifying.” The columnist warns, “McConnell hammers the last nail in the coffin of the Senate’s reputation when, without hesitation nor any concern for the institution and in the role of the trial juror’s foreman, he plots with the defendant to promulgate rules that ensure the least amount of fuss in the march to their predetermined outcome.”
While Rubin doubts that Republicans in the Senate will actually remove Trump from office, she remains hopeful that voters will get Trump out of the White House by 2020.
“I remain still optimistic that a sane, sober, decent and minimally informed majority will send Trump and the GOP packing,” Rubin writes. “The 2018 midterm results give me hope that Trump has awakened a slumbering citizenry that still knows right from wrong and facts from lies. Those who still love democracy, constitutional government, the rule of law and the promise of a multiracial and multiethnic democracy had better choose a Democratic nominee wisely and then work like hell to elect him or her. The alternative is unimaginable.”