Yesterday, a supposedly five-alarm five story broke for the far-right when James Comer (R-KY), chair of the House Oversight Committee, released documents that supposedly showed that President Biden received $1,380 in monthly payments from a corporate account owned by his son Hunter Biden. To the extreme-right GOP, this was supposed “evidence” of an impeachable crime by the President.
A few minor things first before getting to the main course. Although, even being minor they’re still noteworthy.
First, all the document showed was that Joe Biden received a payment from his son. It wasn’t even remotely evidence of a crime, let alone an impeachable offense. It was evidence of him receiving a payment from his son, period.
Second, there were accusations that since Hunter Biden received income from foreign sources, President Biden had to declare this and apply for being a foreign agent which he never did. Actually, millions of Americans receive dividends from international stocks and bonds, and it’s, of course, normal and legal, and no one has to declare themselves a “foreign agent.”
And third, the document that got released clearly shows its dated in 2018 – almost three years before Joe Biden was sworn in as President. So, he was a private citizen.
Those are the minor points. But all pretty substantive ones.
The big point – and it’s a Really Big One – is that not long after Mr. Comer’s document dump (an appropriate name, if ever there was one), savvy people from the sane part of the country released other documents to show that this $1,380 payment to Joe Biden was, in reality, a reimbursement from Hunter Biden to his dad who had paid for a truck for his son!!!
Yes, really. So, rather than an impeachable crime, the Republicans only served to prove that, once again, Joe Biden is a loving father.
Amusing, embarrassing and/or galling as this is, this tactic has now officially become the GOP's Standard Operating Procedure, although they’ve been fine-tuning it for years.
Most recently, for example, this manifested itself when the GOP’s TV arm Fox “News” declared in blaring headline a terrorist attack on the U.S.- Canadian border, only to have it turn out to be a tragic car accident with no explosives and no bombs involved. And now this, yesterday, the Republic chair of the House Oversight Committee, tells you of a supposedly impeachable crime -- that turns out to be a dad being reimbursed for a car loan to his son.
And when I say “tells you,” I mean it literally. Mr. Comer didn’t merely just release the document, he tweeted to the American public about it, and included a video of him swaggering with his supposed big scoop – about a father helping out his son. Here’s his tweet. I decided not to include the video of him telling you all about it and more because it had so many lies, I was too sickened by it. And this is the holiday season of good cheer.
On the other hand, I did decide that this video is not only worth posting, but valuable because – almost more than anything – it shows the depth of insane lying that has truly become S.O.P for the GOP. And “insane lying” is not hyperbole. It’s Republican Party chair Rona Romney McDaniel telling a Fox reporter about the “Biden White House” literally “suppressing” material about Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election, keeping that material from the American public. The only problem with that – and I’m sure most of you are well-ahead of me here – is that before the 2020 election, it was the Trump White House, because Joe Biden hadn’t been elected yet.
So, I realized I had to post the video of her because otherwise not everyone might believe me. Take it away, Rona –
So, that then is today's fascist GOP's modus operandi. And it's a pattern that has been going on for years. Try to make you distrust reality and the truth by crying out blatant, regularly-disprovable lies that only later become discredited after the lies first become the headline and part of the base's talking points.
Sort of like, y'know -- HEADLINE: "Trump said the election was rigged. 'I really won.'" And the Jan. 6 protestors were really Black Lives Matter and Antifa -- and the FBI. And the pizza restaurant has a secret, human trafficking, Democratic headquarters in the basement. And Paul Pelosi was having an affair with his brutal attacker. And...and on and on it goes. To non-existent terrorist attacks and truck loan repayments. And more. So many that the easily-debunked stories pile so high that you forget all those buried underneath because new ones fly by before you can catch your breath. Hoping that one will stick to the wall -- though not really caring if it does or not. The Big Lie is all that matters.
Seriously, how many times does the Chicken Little Party get to cry out and try to scare you that the sky is falling, when it only got hit in the head by an acorn.
Who knew that getting hit in the head by an acorn could cause so much brain damage.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
Feedspot Badge of Honor