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Opinion: Lawmaker falsely claiming Trump caught bin Laden perfectly sums up today’s GOP


Maybe the next McClain will claim Trump was responsible for curing polio.

But in reality, why would facts matter to McClain — a first-time congressman who voted to reject the 2020 election results after the Jan. 6 attack — when speaking at a Trump rally? Neither she nor Trump were there to educate voters, but rather spew pro-Trump propaganda designed to support the former president at the expense of our democratic republic.
After all, the star attraction of Saturday’s rally was Trump, who peddled even more lies about the 2020 election, claiming, “We won. We won.” No, Trump lost. But McClain clearly wasn’t troubled by the very Trump lies that gave us the Jan. 6 attack.
It also explains why a sitting member of Congress like McClain might speak at a media-covered rally and not bother to take even a few minutes to check his speech. And I’m not just talking about his false claim that Trump caught Bin Laden. She also said, “Under President Trump – if I remember correctly – I don’t believe we had any wars.”
A sitting congressman saying, “If my memory serves me right,” that’s not what a person says if they care about the public learning the truth. The same when McClain later said of Trump, “I think he made three peace treaties.” Obviously, McClain could have checked how many so-called peace treaties Trump had made to find out the number. (She may be referring to Trump’s Abraham Accords between Israel and some Arab neighbors – but who really knows?)
And the idea that there were no wars while Trump was in the White House, as McClain suggested, must come as a shock to people in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. In fact, under Trump, our military has intervened in Yemen and Syria and provided support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
But beyond McClain’s lack of interest in telling the truth, what’s far more alarming is that she overlooked Trump praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and a federal judge saying Trump “more likely than not.” unlikely” engaged in crimes while attempting to overturn the 2020 election. None of this concerned her enough to avoid sharing a stage with and praising Trump.
Last week, a federal judge issued an opinion detailing how Trump – along with his attorney John Eastman – “launched a campaign to nullify a Democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history.” The judge also explained in breathtaking fashion that if Trump and Eastman’s “plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution.” (Trump denied the allegations.)
Opinion: Lawmaker falsely claiming Trump caught bin Laden perfectly sums up today’s GOP
On Tuesday, Trump publicly called on Putin to help him smear the Bidens. And just a week ago, at a rally in Georgia, Trump hailed Putin as ‘smart’ just as the Russian leader was engaging in likely war crimes – as President Joe Biden has said. – in his quest to exterminate Ukrainian democracy.
Beyond this un-American conduct, at Saturday’s rally Trump also undermined the rule of law by defending Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, who just days ago resigned from Congress after being found guilty. of lying to the FBI in an investigation of potential illegal activity. campaign dues.
During the rally, Trump shared with the public how unfair he thought this lawsuit was, reportedly saying, “A congressman gets put in jail for a few dollars he maybe didn’t even know he was going to. jail.”

Facts don’t matter, rule of law doesn’t matter, our democratic republic doesn’t matter to McClain or any other Republican who continues to blindly attach himself to Trump because ‘they believe it helps them gain or retain political power. This is not how a democracy thrives; that’s how he dies.

Trump didn’t catch bin Laden, as McClain claimed. But the words of another GOP Chairman, George W. Bush, shortly after the September 11 attack orchestrated by bin Laden, are true: “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

Today’s GOP candidates should be asked to tell us, “Either you are with democracy in the United States or with Donald Trump.” Voters deserve this answer ahead of the November election because there is no overlap between the two.

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