So, it’s come to this. Quickly. Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) just fact checked the President’s repeated lies about last year’s election results. The new President insists on babbling publicly to America’s top lawmakers about his delusional fantasies – – or like someone in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, an illness which also claimed Trump’s father, Fred.
In what passes for a faint ray of hope in 2017, Speaker Ryan grew just enough backbone today to call out Trump’s disconnect with reality according to The Hill:
The Wisconsin Republican’s remarks came one day after President Donald Trump told Ryan and other congressional leaders during a private White House meeting that he lost the popular vote only because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted.
“I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol, reiterating his position on Trump’s claim of mass voter fraud.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the national vote tally by a 2.1% margin and almost 3,000,000 votes, but nonetheless, Donald Trump, who won the electoral college, remains convinced he actually won more votes overall.
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham continues to criticize and protest Donald Trump’s assault on facts, and CNN reports he issued a public warning about the corrosive political effect of a US President always putting down America, which is what’s happening under the Trump regime:
“I would urge the President to knock this off; this is the greatest democracy on Earth, we’re the leader of the free world, and people are going to start doubting you as a person if you keep making accusations against our electoral system without justification,” Graham said. “This is going to erode his ability to govern this country if he does not stop it.”
Congressional Republicans have to be quietly thinking about the implications of the 25th Amendment’s directives, which provides for an orderly succession of Presidential authority, because a President who proves himself to be entirely fact-proof is a danger to us all. Keith Olberman spoke frankly about the high likelihood of this exact situation recently, and it appears like Trump’s disturbed mind cannot be hidden now he’s installed in office and has the ability to launch America’s nuclear forces in about four minutes.
At what point will the Republican-led House of Representatives wake up altogether and realize that America has a President that is already violating the Constitution, today, right now? That is all the reason any Congress needs to eject the President from office – let alone the creeping reality that they must be contemplating, for they know this appears to be true: Donald Trump might not be able to tell the difference between losing the popular vote by 3 million votes and winning it. But he’s the President, for now.
Watch Speaker Ryan’s comments:
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Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition