The MAGA clown car crashes into Congress
U.S. Rep.-elect Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, is restrained after getting into an argument with Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, in the House Chamber during the fourth day of voting for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images)
Here we are on the second anniversary of Trump’s lie-fueled violent insurrection to try and halt Congress from certifying a duly elected president of the United States. Despite the death and destruction in its attempted takeover of the Capitol, the MAGA mob failed — and many are now paying the price in prison.
But lo and behold, a tiny band of MAGA clowns managed to halt the function of Congress by refusing to vote for Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House — and without a speaker, the House cannot even swear in its members, let alone perform its constitutional duties to the American public.
There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The 20 MAGA extremists — including Montana’s own MAGA clown, Rep. Matt Rosendale — comprise a mere 4.5 percent of the members. That such a tiny fraction of the House can grind its wheels to a stop isn’t a victory for these deluded members. It’s a tragedy and a tremendous stain on the reputation of the American governing process.
Yet, while they can and have been playing the spoilers, they have no viable MAGA candidate of their own and their actions mean the rest of the members of the House, as well as the American public, were forced to watch their political theater make the Republicans a laughing stock for being unable to even elect a leader of their own party. How’s that for making America great again?
Were the consequences not so tragic, it would actually be laughable to see these right-wingers torpedo their own slim Republican majority. To be sure, many are laughing at the situation. But there’s serious business afoot and while the MAGAs are more than welcome to barricade themselves in a room and fume, the other 415 members of the House are prevented from attending any national security briefings, reviewing sensitive intelligence, or even being in the room where those top secret documents are kept.
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