Georgia’s Congressional Republicans Continue Their Supine Support for Trump Despite His Treasonous Performance in Helsinki
Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel show they care not a tinker’s damn about Trump’s selling out America to Putin
Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel are betraying their country for Donald Trump the way Trump betrayed his country for Putin in Helsinki.
Newt Gingrich, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and George Will (details below) lock and load on Trump for his Helsinki press conference with Putin—and all Georgia Republicans can muster is a bunch of anodyne pablum! What a price to pay for having Donald Trump as your one constituent—having to be cringing cowards living in mortal fear of offending the Wizard of Oz, even after the curtain has been pulled back.
Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel are engaging in a dereliction of duty unparalleled in Georgia’s history.
The AJC on July 16 publishes a review of how Georgia Republicans have reacted to Trump’s press conference in Helsinki that has been roundly criticized even by many Republicans.
- “Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Jody Hice underscored that they believed Russia interfered in the most recent major U.S. election. But they took care not to directly repudiate Trump or his comments.” (Emphasis added)
- “Many of the president’s most vocal backers, including U.S. Sen. David Perdue and gubernatorial candidates Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle, kept quiet.”
The Verbatim Statements
Isakson: “The Russians have been attempting to influence democratic processes across the world for decades. Russia has done nothing to deserve our trust, and they should receive no special treatment. Nothing from the meeting between President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki has changed this assessment. I was encouraged to see the July 3 bipartisan summary from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that supported the U.S. intelligence community’s 2017 findings that Russia’s cyber operations were extensive and sophisticated in their attempts to influence the 2016 election.”
Handel: “As I have said before, Russia is not our friend; Russia is not an ally. Based on U.S. intelligence community findings, as well as the findings of the House Intelligence Committee, it is abundantly clear that Russia did indeed interfere with the 2016 elections. Russia’s actions to undermine our democratic process and divide Americans must not be tolerated, and they must be held accountable.”
With these empty words, Isakson and Handel show they remain wedded to the same approach they have taken toward Trump and the Russian attacks on America for the past 19 months: they intend to continue to allow Trump and the GOP to do absolutely nothing to retaliate for the Russian attacks or to implement counter measures to prevent future attacks—attacks which our intelligence services tell us are continuing right now and will gain force as the November elections near.
Isakson and Handel are engaging in the same double-talk many other Republicans are playing in their treatment of Helsinki: they state they accept the obvious fact that Russia interfered in U.S. elections—but refrain from saying one word of direct criticism of Trump, or offering any concrete proposals to rein him in or to implement measures to block Russia’s ongoing cyberattacks on the U.S.
Isakson and Handel ignore the whole tone of Trump’s cringing sycophancy toward Putin and the broader implications of Trump’s recent words and deeds for the whole fabric of U.S. alliances and its international prestige.
Most of all, Isakson and Handel say nothing about the fact that Trump has betrayed America by not retaliating for the Russian attacks or implementing measures to frustrate future attacks. These failures, plus Trump’s gushing praise for the person who ordered the attacks, constitute providing “aid and comfort to the enemy”—the Constitution’s definition of treason.
Other Conservative Voices
While Isakson, Handel, Perdue, and Loudermilk cringe in fear of condemning Trump:
Newt Gingrich tweeted: “President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.”
According to TheHill.com: The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed President Trump over his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it a “personal and national embarrassment” in a scathing editorial…The editorial went on to say that…Trump “projected weakness” and went “soft” on Putin.
Fox News: “Putin eats Trump’s lunch in Helsinki — This is no way to win against Russia…At their joint press conference, President Putin was calculated and in control. Conversely, President Trump seemed to lack authority, praising Putin when he should have been condemning him, and ceding opportunities to confront Putin on his most egregious actions of the past decade – including meddling in the 2016 election and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014…For a sitting U.S. president to say publicly that he believes a foreign leader over his own intelligence team is shocking and admonishable. At a time when our democracy faces grave threats, it is deeply troubling that the president would side with the very country who attacked us.”
George Will: This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man
While the cringing cowardice of Isakson, Handel others causes them to focus on the narrow issue of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, what answers do they give to the following questions:
- Why do you not care that the Office of President suffer severe degradation when the incumbent stood next to an enemy who attacked us and displayed obsequious deference to that enemy?
- Why don’t you give a damn that Trump has not confronted Putin head-on about his interference in the 2016 elections and his ongoing interference in the 2018 elections?
- What is the impact on our European allies of watching this obsequious sell-out of U.S. interests? Won’t they ask: if Trump is so willing to sell out U.S. interests to Putin, why should we believe he will protect our interests?
- Senators Isakson and Perdue and Reps. Loudermilk and Handel, please give us your assessment of the following: The past week has convinced our NATO allies in Europe that the United States can no longer be trusted.
- Isn’t the security of the United States placed in grave danger by having the President of the United States openly ignore and insult our intelligence services and law enforcement agencies? What if the intelligence community concludes that the U.S is about to be attacked by North Korea—but Trump ignores the warning because Kim Jong-Un declares it’s not true? What if the IC concludes Iran is not about to attack the U.S.—but Trump overrides the IC and orders a pre-emptive attack?
- Why should foreign intelligence services with whom we maintain critical liaison arrangements give our services any credibility?
Looking Ahead: Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk and Handel, Please Tell Us…
- Do you intend to demand that Trump give Congress a report on what transpired at the private meeting between Trump and Putin? What concrete steps have you taken to bring that about?
- What bill are you sponsoring or co-sponsoring to make sure that there is a comprehensive inter-agency effort to block Russia from interfering in this year’s elections?
- Why has Trump never directed such an effort?
- Why have you not cared that Trump never ordered such an effort?
- What is you deadline for launching such an effort?
- How many times have you phoned the White House to get an update on what the Administration is doing to put an end to Russian cyberattacks on the U.S.?
(Coming next: Georgia Congressional Democrats do their country proud)