“Biden talking to Putin is huge news in many ways, the biggest of which is: we know about it,” Colbert explained. Trump, by contrast, hid all details of his phone calls with Putin and destroyed his translator’s notes. “Nothing suspicious about that,” Colbert deadpanned. “It’s just like a husband saying, ‘Honey, my corporate retreat was great and nothing happened with my assistant Jennifer. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to deactivate my Instagram, burn my clothes, change my name, and get a shot of penicillin.’”
(On the Covid pandemic) “Look, it sucks that the Trump administration never cared enough to handle this crisis,” she concluded. “While some countries were working hard to bring new cases down to nearly zero, Trump was golfing, refusing to wear a mask and, let’s be honest, probably J-ing O.”
But “at least we have an administration that finally cares and has the ability to do something about this pandemic”, she added. “And that, my friends, is something worth J-ing O for.”
The former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, for example, told Fox News there was “no basis” for impeachment. “They beat him up before he got into office, they’re beating him up after he leaves office – I mean, at some point, I mean, give the man a break,” she said.
“Yes, for once in his life, give this poor man a break,” Meyers replied sarcastically. “This poor man, who despite having bone spurs pulled himself up by his bootstraps. This man worked his way up – worked his way up! – from hardscrabble roots using just his hands. Cashed a million-dollar check from his father. Toiled long days in a dark casino and long nights inhaling wind song and glitter at Studio 54. He made it in business the hard way! By bravely cheating on his taxes and refusing to pay his contractors.
“Seriously, all Trump, his entire life, all he’s had are breaks,” Meyers added. “He’s famously the dumbest man alive. He has no discernible talents or skills. If Trump weren’t born rich, he’d be the old guy working at the bowling alley who gets busted for huffing shoe spray.
“It’s hard at this point to reach any conclusion other than that the Republican party is fine with what Trump did,” he concluded. After all, 45 Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday to dismiss the impeachment trial. “We just have to accept that the reason they don’t want to convict Trump for inciting an insurrection to overthrow democracy,” he added, “is they don’t care he incited an insurrection to overthrow democracy.”
I think part of the reason is fear of losing their seats. Here’s my big issue with the Republicans: they are utter hypocrites. When Al Franken got in trouble during the #MeToo movement, the GOP called for him to step down... but so did the Dems, and he did. When Kavanaugh’s rapist past was exposed, the Republicans let him onto the SCOTUS anyway. The party of “family values” lets a rapist on the court. Why did THAT nominee need to pass? Trump could have nominated somebody else, still a conservative, and as we all know, it only takes 10 days to get a new member railroaded through the process and onto the bench.
They should not be given an inch. Whatever they promise in return for something, you can be sure they will never, ever deliver it. Remember the Affordable Care Act? They put bunches of provisions in there to please the GOP, supposedly so it would be a bipartisan effort. But when the GOP beancounters surmised that most of their base was racist, they realized a good strategy for keeping power was to oppose literally every single thing that Obama did, and it passed on purely party lines, with the GOP constantly fighting to repeal it despite it being full of their ideas.
We cannot let the racists win. They got Trump into office but if the GOP still wants to pander to them, make it public that they are the new KKK.