Senate Republicans Have the Blood of COVID-19 Victims on Their Hands

They had their chance to stop Trump and chose to not do so.

I’ll be the first one to admit that I was shocked on election night in 2016. As I told my friends in the lead-up to that fateful moment, I didn’t think that the country that elected Barack Obama would follow up by electing Donald Trump. Boy was I wrong! As a result, the hardest thing for me to deal with emotionally was the loss of faith in my fellow citizens.

Over the course of the next few years, we learned that one of the few things Trump said that wasn’t a lie was when he bragged that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in broad daylight and his supporters wouldn’t abandon him. It has been mind-numbing to watch them stick with him no matter what he said or how badly he screwed things up.

But with all of the caveats about how the 2020 election is still a little more than three months away, it is looking increasingly possible that Trump will lose in a landslide. I tend to agree with David Atkins that the president wasn’t on a glide path to re-election prior to the coronavirus crisis. Biden had maintained the advantage all along. But with every day that passes, that lead has grown. So it would seem that ignoring a pandemic is obviously worse that shooting someone in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue, because at least some of Trump’s loyal supporters are starting to abandon him.

In a twisted way, that is the good news. But it sure hasn’t lifted my spirits much. That’s because, as someone told Greg Dworkin, “this is not an election, it’s a countdown.” Finally, the clock might be ticking down to the day that Donald Trump is no longer president. But while he continues to commit impeachable offenses that would have resulted in previous presidents being removed from office, it has become clear that that is not going to happen. So we are left to simply endure the havoc that this man will create until inauguration day in January 2021. God help us all.

That is why, as much as Donald Trump, Senate Republicans have the blood of COVID-19 victims on their hands. There was a moment not too long ago when they could have removed this incompetent narcissist from office for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Other than Senator Mitt Romney, they chose to not do so—even though Representative Adam Schiff presciently warned them about what would happen. That’s why this ad from the Lincoln Project absolutely nailed it.

Referring to Senators Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Martha McSally, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst, Marco Rubio, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Jim Inhofe, Mike Rounds, Steve Daines, and Tom Cotton, the ad says that we must “Learn their names. Remember their actions. And never, ever trust them again.”

I suspect that as Donald Trump continues to fail, there will come a time during this countdown when at least some of those Republicans senators will begin to distance themselves from the nightmare he is creating. But they had their chance to stop him and didn’t. As Schiff said, their names “will be tied to his with a cord of steel and for all of history.”

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.