As the U.S. Congress prepares to certify the results of the 2020 election in just a few days, the majority of its Republican members are openly condoning Donald Trump’s outrageous and undemocratic efforts to flip the results — and some of them are actively working to incite violence on his behalf.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), already infamous for his racism and his extremism, publicly called for violence if the courts refuse to give Donald Trump the presidency in an appearance on Newsmax this weekend. Gohmert filed a last-ditch lawsuit that essentially argued that Vice-President Mike Pence had the power to overturn the election results.
Unsurprisingly, the judge did not agree and threw out the lawsuit on Friday night, claiming that Gohmert and his cronies did not have any legal standing for the case.
Gohmert says that if Congress doesn't overturn Trump's election loss, "it will mean the end of our republic, the end of the experiment in self-government." pic.twitter.com/dHYqclOnlv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 2, 2021
Given how often the president promotes the Newsmax channel as part of his petty feud with FOX News, it is very likely that a great many of his most fanatical supporters listened to Gohmert’s flagrant call to violence. One shudders to think of what might play out at Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally that he’s planning to hold in Washington D.C. on January 6th with this kind of encouragement from elected members of Congress.
At the very least, Gohmert should be stripped of his committee assignments and treated as a pariah for his divisive efforts to reverse the election that paved the way for Gohmert himself return to Congress — but we all know he will see no consequences from this.
The entire Republican Party has jumped on the ascension of Trump as an excuse to reveal themselves for whom they really are — authoritarian extremists bent on dismantling democracy, the social safety net, and every public institution that keeps money from flowing directly into the pockets of their megawealthy masters.
When I started covering House Republicans in 2013, a senior GOP aide told me to ignore the Steve Kings and Louie Gohmerts in the party.
I pretty much did the exact opposite, and watched the whole party turn into Louie Gohmerts — and Louie Gohmert graduate to…this. https://t.co/2Kw8acG0hW
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 2, 2021