On November 14, Republican U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, after sparring verbally with an unfriendly witness from the Teamsters Union in a Senate hearing, leapt up out of his seat and challenged the Teamster to a personal fight.
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Earlier the same week, Republican Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee accused former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of elbowing him in the kidneys while Burchett was talking to a reporter. Burchett criticized McCarthy for being a “bully,” a sign of the growing animosity within Republican ranks, as well as between the parties. Burchett was one of the eight Republicans who voted to oust McCarthy and has continued to heavily criticize him.
Washington Post opinion writer Jessica Grose labeled incidents like these “toxic immaturity,” and pointed out they are occurring more frequently these days.
Ms. Grose has nailed it with her term “toxic immunity.” The Republicans display of this deep seated character flaw has become so flagrant & surprising, it’s caught us by surprise and left us numb. But we need to counterattack. These GOP numbskulls cannot be allowed to hold public office. The presence in our political institutions of these Republicans with the mentality of 17 year old punks is another democracy-destroying consequence of years of Republican gerrymandering, voter suppression, and intimidation. These reprobates have gained so much undeserved, disproportionate power, they have distorted American democracy beyond belief.
It is these Republican purveyors of toxic immaturity that set the stage for the likely Republican presidential nominee earlier this month to openly declare his intention, if re-elected, is to destroy democracy and establish a proto-fascist regime that will use government’s police power to lock up political opponents and put people in concentration camps.