Here's a take on Donald Trump that sounds like something you might've read within The Bulwark or heard on MSNBC:
He deserves universal condemnation for which was clearly impeachable conduct. He purposefully seeded the false belief that there was a path for him to stay in power. It was foreseeable and reckless to sow such a false belief that could lead to rioting. Let's condemn what must be condemned loudly.
Hard to argue with, right?
Well which was what self-described \”genuine conservative\” and \”true patriot\” Rep. Chip Roy of Texas said one week after Donald Trump incited a violent riot inside a last-ditch effort to retain power against the will of the people.
Roy, who was formerly chief of staff to Ted Cruz, had as it were lived up to those autobiographical monikers, distancing himself from his erstwhile boss around the matter of whether Donald Trump ought to be allowed to overturn the election result because his feelings were hurt.
You would think, with all this bold stand and his avowed role like a genuine and true patriot that Roy wouldn't waver in maintaining that attempting to overthrow our democracy via Capitol siege is bad. Right?
Chip, in the words of Ted Lasso, has become a goldfish. He's got a 10 second memory.
Earlier today, Chip decided to hold a press conference by which he demanded that Liz Cheney be taken off Republican leadership for saying the thing that Chip Roy said six weeks ago.
Brace yourself before clicking. Because it will shock you how much Chip Roy wants you to believe that Chip Roy's January 13th press release calling for loud condemnation of Mr . trump never happened.
Yesterday Liz forfeited her right to be chair of the Republican conference. You cannot stand up and make a statement that's so completely out of step using the Republican conference and where the United states citizens who support President Trump are. . . . She shouldn't have said that.
That's right. According to Chip, for that transgression of condemning the very thing he recently insisted should be condemned loudly, Liz Cheney must now be removed from her job.
By this logic, shouldn't Chip himself resign? Because it's not like any of the facts from the case have changed since January 13.
Trump has not taken any accountability for his actions or apologized on their behalf. If anything, he has octupled down! He continues to advance the very arguments that-according to Roy himself-made it \”foreseeable\” that individuals would riot.
The only thing that has happened since the moment when Chip Roy and Liz Cheney shared the same assessment of Donald Trump is the fact that Republican voters made it known that they demand fealty to Trump. So Roy changed his tune.
Which could be bad enough. If Roy's views are completely and totally subject to the whims of Republican base voters, that might be one thing. But this man is really a pusillanimous poltroon that he's going up to demand that others be punished for sticking with the truth. He doesn't have the common decency to slink quietly right into a corner and stroke mUh pRinCiPles while letting some other red hat do the dirty work of pursuing Cheney.
Nope, in order to prove to the mob that he's at their beck and call, Roy now demands that his \”friend\” take the fall for saying something that they agreed on just six weeks ago.
I contacted Roy's office this morning and asked if the Congressman stands by his January 13 pr release and if so what exactly is the difference between demanding universal condemnation of Trump and what Rep. Cheney said yesterday.
We will update the content if he replies.
I'm not holding my breath. Average folks don't have the luxury of being a goldfish.