As if the Facts Still Matter: Illuminating a Republican Lie

I watched many of the 24 hours of the House Intelligence Committee’s hearings on Trump and his pressuring the Ukraine President Zelensky to provide political dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for releasing about $400 million in military aid that Trump had held up waiting to get what he wanted.

Of course Trump backers would dismiss points that I’m making, but that’s because they are determined to find some way to shift attention from Trump’s illegal actions.  In doing so they keep trying to give legitimacy to a long debunked theory that it was Ukraine not Russia who interfered in our 2016 election.  And that Joe Biden and his son Hunter were involved in some nefarious way.

Learning from the master of false communication, the Trumpites see the value of just repeating lies over and over again.  If their words don’t convince, they often confuse, and muddling the truth has its own value when lying is your go to M. O.

One of the witnesses, Fiona Hill, a Russian expert working for former NSC director John Bolton, confronted the Republicans on the committee charging them with mouthing a conspiracy theory drummed up by Russian intelligence.  The Trumpite congressmen didn’t say much to combat the charge.  Just moved things along.

They had muddied the waters of truth, a small victory they score regularly.  (A war can be won through a lot of small victories.  In this case a war on the truth).  They want people to think there is enough validity in their Trumped up Ukraine conspiracy to become muddled on the issue.

Friday it was announced that the Senate Intelligence Committee, (a rare congressional committee that works in a bi-partisan manner),  had filed a report debunking that Ukraine fiction once again.  According to CNN:  “US intelligence officials also told lawmakers that Russia used intelligence operatives to spread now debunked conspiracies, along with established facts, to frame Ukraine for the interference in the 2016 campaign,” the official said.

In a world where facts mattered that should have been enough to dissuade Republicans to drop the cry for more Biden investigations, but far from it.  Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, while fully aware of that Senate Intelligence report, is launching another investigation under the vague rationale that if they are going to keep investigating us, we’ll investigate them, too (another part of Trump’s regular game plan.  Recall how he has also launched an investigation of the Mueller investigation – anything to cast doubt on his critics and further muddle the truth).

Graham once called Joe Biden the finest man he had ever met (or some such) and was a close friend of Senator John McCain, the Republican voice of integrity for so many years. Now he seems the complete political hack, willing to say or do whatever it takes to keep in Trump’s good graces so Graham can be re-elected.

No matter what the costs are to the integrity of the nation.

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