Suddenly the GOP Wants Unity?
With the President facing another impeachment, Republican lawmakers are concerned about division.
On January 6th, as congress prepared for the ceremonial process of certifying the results of the November election, rioters in support of Trump descended upon the capital building in an event that resulted in lawmakers being evacuated, hours long standoffs with the police and death. The riot took place after the President had called them to D.C., spoke at their event, and told them to go to the capitol building. Since then, a number of Trump’s cabinet officials have resigned including education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the house has drawn up new articles of impeachment, and the President has faced bipartisan calls to resign.
Of course, there are still a number of Republican lawmakers in the President’s corner. Some of whom are suddenly — after all this time — very concerned about the division, and are taking it upon themselves to plead with Democrats for “unity”.
On FOX News, Ohio representative Jim Jordan said:
“Now the Democrats are gonna try to remove the President from office just seven days before he’s set to leave anyway. I do not see how that unifies the country. I hope what happens is what senator Graham said Friday night on this network when he asked Vice President Joe Biden, President-Elect Joe Biden to give a speech to the country and say we should not be pursuing this impeachment, we should not be pursuing this 25th amendment, lets bring the country together and move forward, and return to being America the greatest nation ever. That’s where we need to focus…Impeachment is for a sitting President. And the President if the Democrats pursue this could not have a trial until after he has left office. So I think it’s got real constitutional problems, but most importantly it’s not healthy for the nation. We’re at a important point. I’m very concerned about where we’re at, I hope, I hope we can begin to come back together.”
The very same Jim Jordan who went on FOX to express his wish for unity also happened to object to the certification of Arizona’s election results on the very same day the riot at the capitol took place.
For over two months, GOP lawmakers like Congressman Jordan have watched the President continue to stoke the sentiments of division and anger, and done everything he possibly can to ensure that his base does not view his November loss as legitimate. Just days ago we watched all of it come to fruition, to the point where the monster that GOP lawmakers have helped to create actually turned against them. And yet now, with intensifying calls for the President to face accountability for his role in what happened, they have the temerity to pretend to be concerned about unity.
It’s times like this where I’m reminded of just how little our lawmakers think of their constituents. They place such little stock in our intelligence and ability to reason, that Congressmen like Jim Jordan seem to genuinely believe that there’s merit to their calls for unity after everything that has gone on not just over the course of these past few days or since the election, but before Donald Trump was even elected into office. Congressman Jordan goes on television and pleas for unity with a straight face purely because there are calls for the President to face consequences for his actions, and acts as though the American people should simply ignore and overlook the fact that he has been an active participant in everything that has led us to this moment arguably since the beginning of his career in congress.
Without direct accountability, there is no unity or healing. There is no unity if the country simply accepts that the behavior we saw on January 6th, directly incited by a sitting President is tolerated. I have no doubt that Congressman Jordan is smart enough to know that simply “moving on” from the events that transpired sets an incredibly dangerous precedent, and I’m not interested in unity with anyone who would welcome that. Jordan is smart enough to know that in this case, “unity” simply means any avoidance of consequence for the man responsible, and that’s something we cannot afford to let happen.