Be sure to check out this morning’s Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com — “GOP is outraged at Cohen’s lies but gives President Trump a pass.” The editorial is particularly scathing (as many other observers have been) in its assessment of North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows for his embarrassing and tone deaf efforts to defend Trump at this week’s hearings in Washington.
After noting Meadows’ and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s willful efforts to ignore the thousands of indefensible lies Trump has told since his election, the editorial had this to say about their efforts to attack the veracity of former Trump fixer-turned-accuser Michael Cohen:
Their tolerance of Trump’s constant falsehoods – averaging 13 a day since he’s been in office – left them little choice. They made no effort to defend Trump’s credibility or veracity. They know they were defenseless.
But it backfired. Meadow’s theatrics in particular emerged as news just as big – and another embarrassment to North Carolina politics – than Cohen’s testimony.
Meadows, one of Trump’s most reflexive defenders finds himself along with Cohen, a not-so-flattering focal point.
At one point silently standing behind Meadows was Lynne Patton, a black woman who’s worked for the Trump family and now in the White House. Meadows demanded that her statement vouching that Trump was not a racist, be made part of the committee record.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, who is black, called the display racist and insensitive – using Patton as a “prop.” She clarified her comments to say she was not calling Meadows personally a racist.
Not only did this incident become an emotionally-charged moment in the hearings – it turned the focus on Meadows. A 2012 video of Meadows saying “2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is” was unearthed….
Why do Trump loyalists allow themselves to: be sacrificed at his excesses; tolerate his unrelenting deceit and lies; look the other way as he cozies-up to foreign dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un while ignoring U.S. intelligence agencies?
…Meadows, Foxx, others in North Carolina’s congressional delegation and the others in Congress should demand that our president ALWAYS tells the nation the truth and ALWAYS works in the best interest of all Americans not just his self-interest.
Tolerating – even benefiting — Trump’s lies and deceits isn’t absolution, it is abdication. History won’t remember Meadows, Foxx and the others for the fleeting decisions of courts. It is their partnership in dishonesty that will be recorded for posterity.