As Congress debated Trump's second impeachment, Jake Tapper laid out four groups of Republicans: Those who voted to impeach; those who said Trump should be held accountable but did not support impeachment; and the majority of Republicans who make up what Tapper called “the whatabout caucus,” meaning those who pretended that Democrats are just as culpable as Trump. Tapper had no patience for that baloney. “Literally, one of them said there were negative hashtags about President Trump on Twitter. … People! There were people killed in the Capitol by a terrorist assault by President Trump’s supporters! Who cares about a hashtag?” he exclaimed.
Then Tapper came to the fourth group, occupied by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, all alone. He argued it’s “not the American way” to say Biden’s win was illegitimate but that we need to work together instead of impeaching.
Tapper did a great job of destroying that pretense:
I'm sorry, Kevin, but we all saw you say that. You can't pretend now that you didn't let the genie out of the bottle.
But wait, there’s more.
Dana Bash pointed out that not one of the Republicans who claimed the election was stolen, “who fed the lies and enabled the lies of the president [said] I'm sorry, I made a mistake. … And that’s frankly, reprehensible.”
Whether or not Trump is removed from office before January 20, we cannot forget that the violent insurrection he incited last week was aided and abetted by the Republican caucus, led by Kevin McCarthy.