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Trump Republicans just can’t be civil


Speaker Pelosi gave the loveliest acceptance speech yesterday. It was filled with love, hope, and genuine reaching across the aisle to achieve true bipartisanship with her Republican colleagues.

And yet, as soon as the swearing-in was over, MSNBC interviewed Republican congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) to ask his reaction to Pelosi’s speech. Did he respond in a reciprocal spirit of friendship? No. “I just hope Speaker Pelosi doesn’t go back to Hawaii” was his snarky, entirely needless and inappropriate barb.

He referred, of course, to the fact that Nancy Pelosi and her family went to Hawaii for a few days of vacation while the Congress was out of session. What could possibly be objectionable about that, especially since the current president, whom Carter worships, spends more time playing golf than any president in history?

Yet Rep. Carter just couldn’t help himself. Does the House Republican leadership give them these talking points? Did Kevin McCarthy instruct Carter that, if he were interviewed about Pelosi, to begin with a snarky jab?

Carter is a standard-issue rightwinger. He’s strongly pro-NRA, anti-abortion, and in favor of repealing Obamacare. He thinks “the Supreme Court got it wrong” when it legalized same-sex marriage.

And, like his president, Trump, he’s in favor of “The Wall” and blames Democrats for not funding it.

You’d think that, on Day One of the new Democratic-controlled House, after Pelosi’s gracious speech—during which she was surrounded on the podium by children, Republican and Democratic alike—these Republicans would wait for a day or so before attacking.

But that’s not the Republican way. Rep. Carter, in fact, gave the nation a preview of what to expect from Republicans in the 116th Congress. More of the same old crap: Gay-bashing. Covering up Trump’s crimes and misdemeanors. Lies about “violent gangs” flooding across the southern border. Vengeful, empty threats about ending Obamacare and taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans.  Continued attacks against our allies overseas. More deaths by gunfire in America because the NRA won’t permit sensible gun control. And more insults, innuendos and smears of Democrats.

As for the current standoff about the wall, I’ve been emailing my California Congressional representatives—Barbara Lee, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris—a simple message: NOT ONE RED CENT! So I was pleased when Pelosi gave Samantha Guthrie, on NBC, a one-word answer when Guthrie asked if Democrats would vote to fund the wall, even a little bit. “No,” Madame Speaker said.

That’s the only language Trump understands. He’s going to be hearing “No” a lot from the House of Representatives. He’s also going to be watching a lot of investigations on his television set. He’d better stock up on the Adderall.

Happy New Year to all of you! And thanks for reading my blog.

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