Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Today's Deplorables

It was September 10, 2016 when Hillary Clinton foolishly remarked

I know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think well he’s done this time. We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?

Ironically, Clinton probably didn't realize that four years later, the deplorables would be out in full force:

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says "dozens" of armed protesters descended on her home Saturday night, using megaphones to disrupt what had been a quiet evening with her young son. It was meant to intimidate her, Benson said — adding that it didn't work.

The crowd was made up of people angry over President Trump's election loss. They shouted and chanted slogans outside Benson's house in a Detroit neighborhood, echoing conspiracy theories about the Nov. 3 voting process....

Outside Benson's home on Saturday night, "at least one individual could be heard shouting 'you're murderers' within earshot of her child's bedroom," Nessel said in a joint statement with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

"This mob-like behavior is an affront to basic morality and decency," (Attorney General Dana) Nessel and Worthy added.

Not only an affront to basic morality and decency but also likely to burst out into violence at some point.  526 miles to the southeast, another, less well-armed but better-known group of deplorables let loose a shot across the bow as

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri voted with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in blocking the motion, effectively preventing the inaugural committee from publicly accepting that the upcoming inauguration will be for Biden. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, voted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hoyer voting in favor.

"The extent to which Republicans are refusing to accept the outcome of the election and recognize Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next President and Vice President is astounding," Hoyer said in a statement. "Their continued deference to President Trump's post-election temper tantrums threatens our democracy and undermines faith in our system of elections ... Republicans are refusing even to allow (Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies) to say that President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be inaugurated on January 20, even when there is no serious dispute over that fact."

There probably will be minimal direct harm done by the threesome. However, indirectly these guys encourage Michigan vigilantes, who will return to Detroit or show up in Lansing or in Washington in the coming months or years. They're also warning the incoming Administration, the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, and the Democratic minority in the Senate of the sort of thing they can expect. As Charlie Pierce notes

There are no serious Never Trumpers in the Congress right now—or in the Republican Party, for that matter. Joe Biden is not going to be allowed the full powers of the presidency, just as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton before him were denied those prerogatives. He'll be lucky to get his lunch order filled.


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