Cline versus democracy

Shamelessly doing his part to erode American democracy, Congressman Cline has proclaimed his support for conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Sidney Powell, an attorney for Donald Trump, in her delusional effort to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election.

According to an AP News Fact Check:

Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting information and election software created in Venezuela “at the direction of Hugo Chavez” — the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She also said Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden was the clear winner.

Powell’s claims are so absurd that even reliable Trump supporters like Fox News’s Tucker Carlson are calling her out.

Carlson said he repeatedly reached out to Powell for evidence of her claim and invited her on the show. He said her claim “could amount to the single greatest crime in American history” if it were true.

“When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her,” Carlson said. “When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they told us Powell has never given any evidence either. Nor did she provide any today.”

But Powell insists: “The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump”

Cline’s willingness to follow Powell down this particular rabbit hole tells you all you need to know about his dead-end loyalty to Donald Trump– who, for his information, will no longer be President as of 12:01 p.m. on January 20, 2021.

Cline spouts utter nonsense

Speaking at a pro-Trump rally in Staunton with other Republican dead-enders, Congressman Cline groveled to Donald Trump and tried to impugn the results of the 2020 election– a clear victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris– by suggesting with no evidence that there were massive numbers of “illegal votes” in the Democrats’ favor. I’d like to believe he knows better, but he makes it hard.

And he’s wrong about a lot of other stuff too.

Cline versus reality

As Congressman Cline continues to refuse to accept the fact that Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, he has launched a new front in the war against reality.

The latest assault came after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam imposed new restrictions to contain rising numbers of COVID-19 illnesses and deaths in the Commonwealth.

Cline posted this on his campaign Facebook page:

Emma North of WRIC in Richmond reports:

Under the new restrictions, public and private gatherings will be limited to 25 individuals instead of the current 250 person cap. According to the governor’s press secretary Alena Yarmosky, the cap does not apply to religious services, employment or schools. The rule will only limit things such as parties, celebrations and social events.

But Cline insists on portraying the most modest and common-sense restrictions as a tyrannical attack on personal freedom instead of what they are: a means to combat the virus and allow as soon as possible for a safe return to more normal conditions.

Cline may think the right to endanger the health of his fellow Virginians outweighs the need for temporary measures to bring the virus under control. But I doubt most of his constituents agree.

How about now, Congressman?

Coming off his reelection Tuesday, Congressman Cline has not offered a word publicly about the deluded and dangerous efforts of President Trump to subvert the clear democratic will of the majority.

As readers of this website know, Cline has spent his first two years in Congress toadying to Trump and refusing to call out his most egregious lies and reckless behavior.

So will Cline finally find the courage to call on Trump to accept the inevitable?

Don’t count on it.

Update: No surprise. Buying into Trump’s phony claims of widespread “irregularities,” Cline continues to grovel on his behalf.

See this excellent post by Jayne Seminare Docherty.