After review, Toyota donates to Cline

After the bloody pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, a number of corporations announced plans to suspend contributions to members of Congress who– like Congressman Cline– shrugged off the outrage and voted against formally certifying the election of Joe Biden as president.

Other companies simply paused political contributions entirely.

Toyota Motor Corp. said it was reviewing its campaign contribution policies.

“Given the recent events and the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, we are assessing our future PAC criteria,” Toyota said in a statement.

The review is over. Automotive News reported on April 1:

Toyota Motor Corp., which had been reviewing its political contributions since January, said it “supports candidates based on their position on issues that are important to the auto industry and the company.”

“We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification,” the Japanese automaker said in a statement. “However, we have decided against giving to some members who — through their statements and actions — undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.”

And so on March 31, 2021– less than three months after the insurrection– Cline’s campaign received a $1,000 donation from the Toyota Motor North America Inc. Political Action Committee.

By Toyota’s standards, it seems, Cline’s support for his friend Sidney Powell’s crazed conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election did not undermine “the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.”

Some of us would disagree.

Cline’s benefactor Matt Gaetz

Lately Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has been in a “spot of bother,” as the Brits say.

On Tuesday The New York Times reported that Gaetz is under investigation by the Justice Department for alleged sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old girl.

Now CNN reports:

Gaetz allegedly showed off to other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he said he had slept with, the sources told CNN, including while on the House floor. The sources, including two people directly shown the material, said Gaetz displayed the images of women on his phone and talked about having sex with them. One of the videos showed a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to one source.”

It was a point of pride,” one of the sources said of Gaetz.

Based on available evidence, it’s reasonable to conclude that Gaetz is an utter sleazeball whom no decent human being would want anything to do with.

So– at a minimum– I hope Congressman Cline will (1) call for Gaetz’s ouster from the House Freedom Caucus, of which they are both members, (2) resign from the caucus if Gaetz remains a member and (3) return the generous $2,000 campaign contribution he received from Gaetz’s campaign committee on September 17, 2020.