CNN host Jake Tapper thanked Donald Trump for exposing Republicans as power hungry hypocrites in his post election fight to remain in the White House even though he lost the election.
Their most high profile lost came in the Supreme Court on Friday when the justices rejected a lawsuit by Texas AG Ken Paxton aimed at invalidating electors from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia. The suit was backed by Donald Trump, 18 attorneys general and 126 Republicans in the House.
“Eighteen state attorneys general, some U.S. Senators, and a majority of the House Republican caucus, 126 members supported it. President Trump did us a favor by exposing these elected officials,” Tapper said. “They are definitionally people who signed on to a desperate desire to subvert the will of the American people, to disenfranchise voters in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan based on lies and conspiracy theories, putting an immoral and corrupt power grab above democracy. President Trump did us a favor by revealing to us what those individuals are, who they are.”
Tapper commended Republicans like former CISA head Chris Krebs, who “at great personal and professional risk” refuse to support Trump’s false claims about election fraud.
“Many Americans hoped that most Republican officials, while they agreed with Trump’s policies, did not like the uglier parts of his style, his willingness to lie or smear to achieve his ends,” Tapper said. “President Trump made House Republicans go on the record. He made them stand and be counted and 126 of them, including Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican whip Steve Scalise, they actually signed their names to this. This unconservative, undemocratic, un-American mendacious joke of a lawsuit that would disenfranchise millions of their fellow Americans.”
“The hope that most Republicans in the House were better than this — that’s been destroyed.”