In the wake of Democrats finally loading the cannon on actual articles of impeachment, Republicans are somewhere between frantic denial and explosive apoplexy as they insist that Donald Trump did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and Congress. So I have a few questions for ’em.
1. If Ukraine is so corrupt, why was no funding held up in 2017 and 2018? And why was corruption in Ukraine not a significant part of any hearings in the House of Representatives in those years, when Republicans were in the majority? (And in hearings in the Senate, corruption in Ukraine was seen as directly being influenced by Russia.)
2. If Ukraine continues to be so corrupt, why were the funds even released in 2019 when they made no tangible additional effort to fight corruption between July and September?
3. If Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election in the United States, why did the Republican-run committees in the House ignore that in 2017 and 2018? Not a single hearing looked into that in those years, although hearings did focus on how Ukraine needed the support of the United States against Russia.
4. If Hunter Biden did something so awful, how come Republicans in the House didn’t investigate it in 2017 or 2018? Devin Nunes was the chair of the Intelligence Committee, and Republicans chaired the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committees. But the name “Biden” barely comes up in hearings, mostly in a historical context. And “Hunter Biden” is simply nowhere to be found. What made him more corrupt in 2019?
5. You ask rhetorically if the United States shouldn’t pursue an investigation against Burisma and Hunter Biden just because he’s the son of the president’s political opponent. President Trump was asked if he had asked for investigations of a single other person or entity in Ukraine, and he couldn’t answer. Do you have an answer? Why didn’t you pursue those in 2017 and 2018? Do you think it’s okay to only investigate Hunter Biden?
6. When a Democratic president’s staff is subpoenaed to come before Congress, do you agree that that president should be allowed to order them to defy the subpoena?
7. When a Democratic president refuses to allow any documents to be given to Congress during investigations, do you support that?
8. If a Democratic president asks for a favor from the leader of, perhaps, Israel to look into, say, business deals of the Trump family because Israel is so corrupt, are you okay with that? Would you support that president withholding aid to Israel until they dealt with the issue?
These are all ridiculous questions because Republicans have decided that any sense of consistency, dignity, or honesty must be subsumed in their deeply depraved defense of Donald Trump. They are all his willing bitches and he’s their enthusiastic pimp, sending them out to fuck the country, knock it out, and take its wallet.
Editor’s Note: This essay originally appeared on December 10, 2019 on The Rude Pundit, a website featuring commentary by Lee Papa. It was reproduced here with the consent of Mr. Papa.