As if the past week of impeachment hearings hadn’t seen enough surreal and astonishing defenses of the president by his sycophantic GOP supporters, Monday saw the very concept of irony murdered by hypocrisy on the floor of the Senate.
No other words can possibly describe how wild it was to watch one of the most infamously corrupt prosecutors in American history attempt to lecture the nation about the corruption of the Biden family in defense of the President whose children have made $81 million while working in the White House.
Ex-Florida attorney general turned Trump legal team member Pam Bondi took to the Senate floor to regurgitate tired and long-debunked conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden and his admittedly ethically questionable job at Ukranian natural gas company Burisma.
Pigs must be flying…Pam Bondi is giving a lecture from the Senate well on corruption.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) January 28, 2020
Yes, the very same Pam Bondi who personally solicited an illegal $25,000 bribe for one her political support groups from the Trump Foundation in exchange for shutting down an investigation into the Trump University real estate “training program” scam.
After two major class-action lawsuits, the president later had to pay a $25 million settlement to the swindled victims of Trump University, and the Trump Foundation itself was later banned from ever making “charitable” donations again.
Pam Bondi is currently on the Senate floor defending President Trump from accusations of wrongdoing. Let's take a trip down memory lane and remember the story of Trump, Bondi and an apparent $25,000 bribe. https://t.co/j2Ryjh9Wzp
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 27, 2020
Who will be following up her defense in the Trump trial tonight? Oh, none other than Alan Dershowitz, a close confidant of serial child rapist Jeffery Epstein who himself has been accused of having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s direction.
Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: "I will argue that our Constitution and its terms — high crimes and misdemeanors — do not encompass the articles charing abuse of power and obstruction of Congress." https://t.co/ey0Mhj6qDx pic.twitter.com/o1WiiB0yA3
— ABC News (@ABC) January 28, 2020
To trot out some of the most heinously corrupt people in American politics to defend the most criminal president in American history is the tiny pink hat on the elephant in the room of this disgraceful, unforgivable circus of a trial. The Republicans are not only cacklingly throwing pies in the faces of the American people but are then using Constitution and all basic precepts of ethics, law, and dignity that our nation holds dear as punchlines in a garbage stand up-routine by a gallery of clowns.
Social media unloaded on the President’s choice of defense:
"Guys, we should at least give the appearance of not being shady. Can we get some attorneys who aren't controversial or tainted?"
"Yes! Let's get people connected to child molestor Epstein, the guy who wasted money and time impeaching Clinton and Pam Bondi paid by Trump."
— Wajahat "Abu Khadija" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 28, 2020
Pam Bondi once argued that recognizing same-sex marriages from other states would "impose significant public harm" in Florida.
After listening to her arguments today, I can safely say she is as full of crap as ever.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 28, 2020
Having Pam Bondi lead the charge on Burisma/Biden was one of those "this sounds great in the pitch" moments that turns out so so wrong.
New Coke wrong.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 28, 2020
Pam Bondi may well be decorated by Russian intelligence services for this performance.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 27, 2020
Pam Bondi deplores leveraging political office for personal financial benefit https://t.co/fwpkeLaayw
— David Frum (@davidfrum) January 27, 2020
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.