It’s ironically amusing to watch the Republican party — once the home to strict constitutionalists who worshipped at the altar of the founding fathers and their original intent — devolve into convenient ignorance of the nation’s fundamental governing principles whilst they are in control of the levers of power.
In the GOP’s hands, the United States Constitution has become a mere prop to be trotted out when convenient and suitable to the Republicans’ own nefarious purposes rather than a sacred enshrinement of the rights and responsibilities of the country’s government and its citizens.
So brazen have the cynical ruling elite of the Republican party become, that they now feel free to even lie about the contents of the Constitution whenever they feel like it.
Take Senior White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway as a case in point.
In an appearance today on Fox News Sunday, Conway distorted the provisions of the blueprint for American governance by making the outlandishly false claim that Democrats have no “constitutional basis” to impeach President Trump because the process would embarrass him.
“Complete nonsense,” Conway declared whle discussing the impeachment inquiry that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) outlined procedures for earlier this week. “They need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution of the Democratic Party.”
While it’s doubtful that any “constitution” outside of the U.S. Constitution governs the operation of the Democratic party — generally the party operates according to the platform voted upon by its members at its conventions — it’s even more unlikely that any such internal party document would prohibit the impeachment of a president credibly accused of criminal behavior.
Conway wasn’t finished with her demolishing of the facts, however.
“Americans, the Congress, they work for you,” Conway continued. “And they’re wasting your money and your time trying to impeach a president where there are no high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“Stop the nonsense of harassing and embarrassing this president and the people around him when you have no constitutional or legal basis to do so,” she concluded.
Conway is obviously assuming that her Fox News audience of slavishly devoted Trump supporters haven’t read the detailed enumeration of the president’s many unfortunately up-to-now successful attempts at obstruction of justice contained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report with her claim that “no high crimes and misdemeanors” have been committed by the president.
Nevertheless, the Constitution clearly assigns the responsibility for determining what constitutes impeachable offenses by a president to Congress, not to Trump’s shrill media mouthpiece.
Given that she’s married to a prominent Republican Washington attorney— albeit one who is diametrically opposed to everything that her current employer stands for — it’s doubtful that Kellyanne Conway is so truly ignorant of the Constitution as to believe her own lies about it.
No, her mendacity is purposefully deceptive, designed to keep any Trump followers in the fold who might be tempted to stray from dedication to the GOP’s false messiah because of the overwhelming evidence of his criminal actions uncovered by the Democrats relentless probing.
Reasonable people will ignore the message of the presidential advisor’s bleating and focus on her obvious attempts at distraction and denial as the consequences of Trump’s crimes start to catch up to him.
You can watch an excerpt of Senior White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway’s appearance on Fox News Sunday in the video clip below.
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Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.
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