Being a prominent Republican in 2021 is a fairly simple racket. You really just need a few things: a complete disinterest (or even better apathy) towards morality, a willingness to prostrate yourself at the clownish altar of Trump, and a penchant for launching bad-faith attacks on your political opponents around the clock. While former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is no longer an elected official, he gleefully fulfills all three requirements during his frequent public statements and in doing so embodies the rotten soul of the modern GOP.
Earlier today, Gingrich shared photographs of Vice President Kamala Harris on her recent trip to Hanoi. While there, she laid flowers at a memorial to the capture of the late John McCain during the Vietnam War. Gingrich tried to twist the gesture—which was clearly intended as a sign of respect for a man with whom Harris disagreed with politically—by saying that she was laboring under the “mistaken belief” that the memorial was erected in honor of McCain when it’s really in honor of the men who captured him.
Today, on the three-year anniversary of his passing, I paid my respects to an American hero, Senator John McCain. At this site in 1967, then-Lieutenant Commander McCain was shot down. We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform. pic.twitter.com/rrxJ8RUxQJ
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 25, 2021
Gingrich insisted this imagined mistake “tells you everything you need to know about the incompetence and naïveté of Biden team” because it allegedly shows that they cannot “tell who the friends and enemies are.”
Unfortunately for the deeply ignorant or deeply dishonest Gingrich, John McCain himself visited the memorial numerous times and Twitter users were quick to point out as much. In his salivating fervor to land a hit on our first female vice president, Gingrich embarrassed himself in front of his 2.2 million Twitter followers.
On a more macro level, Gingrich’s tweet exemplifies all that’s gone wrong with the Republican Party. A show of bipartisan respect for a fallen senator and POW from a sitting vice president should be commended by all, instead creeps like Gingrich use it to spread partisan lies.
Harris visited the same site Trump's ambassador to Vietnam, a US military rep from the embassy, and lots of American and Vietnamese people visited to pay tribute to McCain upon his death. McCain himself visited the site more than once as a senator. https://t.co/KoaNwLszh9 pic.twitter.com/YNVpCbEHPG
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 30, 2021
— Mary Quite Contrary (@ContraryMeri) August 30, 2021
You know who loved that memorial, visited it every time he was in the country, and delighted in bringing colleagues to visit it? John McCain. When he died Vietnamese and Americans in Hanoi heaped it with flowers. Maybe no one told you, but the Vietnam War ended 46 years ago.
— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) August 30, 2021
— Political Evil Spock (⌘-V) (@PoliSpock) August 30, 2021
You are spinning a narrative. Even John McCain visited this site as did Trump's ambassador.
— M. Kehoe (@historyKehoe) August 30, 2021
Maybe google next time before you claim to know something pic.twitter.com/fvQbtF0OMX
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) August 30, 2021
Is it no longer possible for the GOP to support a VP honoring McCain’s courage while held captive in Vietnam? How far this party has fallen.
— Patti White (@pattiwhitepatti) August 30, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.