That, apparently, is far too many facts for today’s Republican Party.
The complaint against Lofgren has to be seen to be believed. Signed by Carter, it argues that by showing what members of Congress posted on social media, Lofgren violated rules of “decorum,” and “disparage” them, in violation of House communications rules. If the evidence seems like disparagement, it’s because the posts are appalling. They show the members incessantly telling their followers they had been robbed, that the election was stolen from them, and often saying they should respond with action.
Carter accuses Lofgren of inappropriately speculating about the motivation behind the posts, but his own quotes of her words show this is a stretch. Lofgren expresses concerns, and questions whether members violated their oath of office. “Like former President Trump,” Lofgren wrote in the foreword, “any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government. They would have betrayed their oath of office.”
In her response to the complaint, Lofgren dismembers the accusations, showing point by point how her report does not violate House communications rules. “To the contrary,” she asserts, “this Review is critical to our obligations.” Far from intimidated, Lofgren restates her argument that the evidence from her report “could be the basis for a decision to expel members,” based on the 14th Amendment’s Section 3.
By December, Carter was asking people to “Chip in to stop the steal,” literally trying to cash in on Trump’s lie, a pattern that has helped fill the coffers of Trumpist politicians. (Ironically, Carter accused Lofgren of politicizing the report by showing the fundraising link he posted!)
Biden is president and Trump is not. But the contest over the November election, the battle over the truth about what Americans chose in last year’s election, is far from over. The events of the past few days — the push against Cheney, the review of Facebook’s ban on Trump, the complaint against Lofgren — all confirm that this chapter of America’s history has not been closed. How the chapter ends will go a long way in determining the future of the country.
It’s not a contest between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans; it’s one between plain truth and deliberate lies propagated by self-serving politicians at the expense of their country’s democracy.