A Weird Turn of History

History has taken such a weird turn that it’s hard to believe what’s happened. The evidence that Trump has committed bribery and other impeachable offenses is so overwhelming that Republicans have abandoned efforts to contest it. Instead they are promoting false narratives about Biden and about how it was Ukraine rather than Russia that interfered in the 2016 elections, as if, were it true, which it’s not –– there is no plausible evidence in support of it –– that such revelations would exculpate Trump and his fellow conspirators. It’s a strategy of obfuscation and diversion, a form of pounding the table in feigned outrage, an attempt to fool enough of the people enough of the time to keep Trump in office.

That not only Trump’s henchmen would participate in this baleful scheme, but nearly every Republican member of Congress as well, is a tragedy that has befallen the nation. It will take a long time, if ever, to work ourselves out of it.