Right-wing smear networks are poised to attack any Republican who steps out of line on impeachment

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LeStudio1 - 2018 / Flickr DONALD TRUMP AND THE SPINNING OF...
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Congressional Republicans afraid to come out and say that Donald Trump has engaged in impeachable behavior aren’t only afraid of Trump himself. They’re also living in fear of a smear network in the right-wing media, social media, and blogosphere, ready to respond to any hint of criticism of Trump with everything from insults to outright lies.

Every Republican to offer so much as a whiff of criticism of Trump has faced this onslaught, The Washington Post reports. Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted that “If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme.” He was accused of having ties to Burisma, the company that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son was associated with. The ties? One of his mid-level 2012 campaign advisers joined Burisma’s board in 2017. Rush Limbaugh also piled on with false claims that Romney had consulted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sen. Chuck Grassley spoke up for whistleblowers, an issue he’s known to care about. Gateway Pundit saw this as a desertion: “So much for the Republican leaders in the Senate defending President Trump against the continuation of the attempted coup.” Sen. Ben Sasse and Rep. Adam Kinzinger were accused, respectively, of “stabbing [Trump] in the back” and being a “spineless sellout.”

Any Republican tempted to step out of line even an inch has gotten the message: We’ll come for you next. That’s why if Republicans do start breaking with Trump, it’s likely to start with a group, for safety in numbers. But even those who retain some shred of decency or concern for the Constitution or democracy may simply be too weak and scared to stand against the bulk of their party consumed by the drive for power over all else.

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Is this America, or some backward country that doesn’t know it’s ass from a hole in the ground. How can we tolerate this BS and not do anything. It’s time to stop playing by the rules and give a$$’s what they want. WE have no right too think we are better these foreign countries. We dimwits.

Rutokin
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Rutokin

Are they really that spineless? Are they afraid of their own shadows? For the love of our country grow a pair and stand up for what’s right

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

Why don’t they stand up for something…like our Democracy, truth, justice or just f’ing go home and stay there-why would anyone be intimidated by trumper, he is an ignorant old man who is a total asshole and the more you listen to him the more ridiculous & demented he sounds-just look at him and if “comes after you” it would be laughable trumper is such a fool

chris whitley
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chris whitley

They all in line for jobs at state run networks. They just don’t get it. The news people in Russia get handed a script and they read it. Ain’t no journalism. In Russia the journalists work in underground networks and if Putin catches them they often “disappear”.