Cline: Senate trial of Trump was a waste of time

Following last week’s Senate trial of former president Trump, with harrowing accounts of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, this is all Congressman Cline could bring himself to say:

That’s it.

Nothing about Trump’s incitement of his supporters for months before the attack. Nothing about the Capitol police officer murdered and the 140 other officers injured by the mob. (Blue Lives Matter? Really?) Nothing about Trump’s phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy during the insurrection, in which Trump expressed no concern for the safety of members of Congress or Vice President Pence or anyone else, but said, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” And of course nothing about Cline’s own role in encouraging the false notion of massive fraud in the 2020 Presidential election, which Trump used to incite his die-hard supporters.

And still no explanation about Cline’s own whereabouts and experiences during the insurrection, or about the mysterious timing of a Facebook post just minutes before rioters breached police lines and entered the Capitol.

Is there any doubt that if Cline had (Heaven forbid!) been a member of the Senate, he would have ignored the overwhelming evidence of Trump’s complicity and voted with a clear conscience to acquit? Cline has never once called Trump to account for anything. Why would he start now? Out of fear or loyalty or both, he is behaving exactly how the dominant pro-Trump majority of his party demands he behave. More than 70 years ago, George Orwell had him and his colleagues pegged.

The selectively appalled Congressman Cline

Eleven House Republicans had the courage and integrity to vote Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments.

Our Congressman Ben Cline, of course, was not among them. He joined the majority of House Republicans in voting to allow her to keep her committee assignments despite her history of conspiracy-based claims, her racist and antisemitic beliefs and her approval of assassinating Democratic lawmakers. He has not said a word publicly criticizing her.

Meanwhile Cline claims to be appalled by some idle chatter among Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee over a rather ridiculous proposal by the awful Congressman Matt Gaetz to begin every meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. (Gaetz, like Greene and some other Congressional Republicans, is more interested in theatrics than in legislating.)

I can’t help noticing a very partisan bias in what appalls Cline. To choose one example of many, he apparently was unappalled by Donald Trump’s disrespectful behavior during a performance of the National Anthem in 2020. At least he never publicly said a word about it– as he surely would have if a Democratic president had behaved the same way.