Ever since the impeachment inquiry into President Trump took off, the right-wing has turned their wounded screeching up to 11 and have been rolling out the most preposterous of hyperbole in defense of their leader.
The president himself compared the inquiry to hold him accountable for exploiting U.S. international relations to try to smear a political opponent a “lynching” while FOX News host Lou Dobbs called it “treasonous;” fellow FOX anchor Sean Hannity trashed it as “corrupt” and Laura Ingraham complained that it had “empowered the crazies.”
But it’s not just the president and his coven of psychotic propagandists who are going off the rails. Former South Carolina ambassador and UN ambassador Nikki Haley sat down for an interview with CBS Evening News’ Norah O’Donnell and likened impeachment to the death penalty.
Interviewed by @NorahODonnell. former UN Amb @NikkiHaley likened impeachment to the death penalty for a public official. Citing the WH transcript of the Trump/Zelenskiy phone call, Haley said "there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president." pic.twitter.com/jVHWfw3CeW
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 8, 2019
Nobody is suggesting that he should get the death penalty for abusing the powers of his office, just his removal. But it appears Republicans have abandoned all rationality and reason in a surreal competition to impress their king with the most fanatical defense.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) led a group of 30 Republicans to physically invade an impeachment hearing and disrupt it; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) flatly is refusing to read any of the transcripts, and now Haley is arguing that investigating the president’s crimes is literally like executing him.
Words truly have no meaning anymore.