Who Won the Week? 02/14/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Up until yesterday I was going to designate the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment trial managers as my Who Won the Week winners. They did a truly outstanding job in presenting a strong and compelling case against Donald Trump. The case they presented was extraordinary and left no doubt in the minds of reasonable, impartial, nonpartisan individuals that Donald Trump was responsible for inciting his MAGA-mob to violently storm the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th, which ultimately resulted in death, destruction, and scores of injuries.

But yesterday afternoon, 43 Republican senators out of 50 voted to acquit Trump of the charge of inciting an insurrection. The final tally was 57 to 43 to convict Trump, but an impeachment conviction requires a two-thirds majority of senators, or 67, to vote to convict, so the needed two-thirds margin fell short by 10 votes. Thus, the only U.S. president who was twice impeached was also twice acquitted, thanks to the spineless Republican Trump sycophants in the Senate.

So my Who Won the Week designees are the seven Republican U.S. Senators who were patriotic enough and had the backbone to stand up for the Constitution rather than to protect a wannabe autocratic dictator.

And those seven Republican senators are:

  • Richard Burr, North Carolina
  • Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
  • Susan Collins, Maine
  • Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  • Mitt Romney, Utah
  • Ben Sasse, Nebraska
  • Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Good for you, Senators Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, and Toomey. I salute you.

And as to the 43 who voted to acquit Trump, well fuck you all. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Reblog: We Will NOT Forget!

On top of everything else, Senate Republicans are now guilty of jury tampering. As Jill explains in her post, three Republican U.S. Senators met with Donald Trump’s defense attorneys yesterday to discuss the their strategy on the day before the defense attorneys present their case to the “impartial” jurors of the upper chamber.

What? Members of the jury holding a strategy meeting with members of the defense team in the middle of the trial? I’m no constitutional scholar, but isn’t that, like, illegal? Or if not illegal, it must certainly be unethical, right?

Anyway, Jill says it all much better than I ever could….

In case you didn’t notice, there is a trial of some importance taking place this week in Washington, D.C.  Now, I used to watch Perry Mason, and a …

We Will NOT Forget!

A Bumpy Ride

This showed up on my newsfeed a little while ago.The Times article references a terrorism bulletin from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warning all Americans that:

“Information suggests that some ideologically motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.”

Here is a copy of that DHS terrorism bulletin. Released today, the bulletin remains in effect through April 30th.

This situation is due to the crazy rhetoric of former-president Donald Trump, as well as his sycophants in the media as well as the GOP members of Congress who keep repeating the BIG LIE that Trump actually won the election in a landslide and that due to widespread voter fraud, Joe Biden stole the election from Donald Trump, the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election.

But here are the facts

  • Trump did not win
  • There was no widespread voter fraud
  • Joe Biden did not steal the election
  • Joe Biden, not Donald Trump, is the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election

And yet most Republicans in both the House and the Senate refuse to refute the BIG LIE. They refuse to tell their constituents, in no uncertain terms, that Joe Biden won a free and fair election. They refuse to take any steps that could help to defuse these potentially dangerous threats from Trump’s army of MAGA-maniacs. And some GOP members of Congress continue to reinforce the BIG LIE.

And as Trump is about to face an impeachment trial in the Senate, most Republican senators will vote against conviction, an action that gives further credence to the BIG LIE and further incites Trump’s MAGA-maniacs to violence.

How do they live with themselves?