Last Thursday, Former President Donald Trump sent an open letter to Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott demanding that he support House Bill 16 – which would enable political operatives to request audits into the results of the 2020 election and future contests – even though he defeated President Joe Biden in the Lone Star State by nearly six points. Hours later, Abbott acquiesced. Chaos and confusion quickly ensued and Trump’s Big Lie lives on.
On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace dedicated a segment of Deadline: White House to unambiguously blasting this latest iteration of nonsense for what it is – and absolutely excoriated Abbott and GOP lawmakers for going along with it.
“We’re learning again today just how low Republicans will go to satiate the twice-impeached, disgraced ex-president’s appetite for what, something? Rewriting the 2020 election. Politico is reporting on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s response to that letter that Trump sent demanding Abbott pursue an audit of the presidential election results in Texas in 2020 despite the fact that he won,” Wallace said.
“This is some sick bleep. I mean, they’re like hostages with guns to their head. Trump tells them to take his pants off, is he going to do it? What is going on with these weak, pathetic leaders whose salaries are paid by taxpayers?” Wallace said of Republicans’ willingness to capitulate to Trump’s madness.
Her guest, conservative commentator Charlie Sykes, said that the GOP is practicing “self-hostage” tactics and that the failed audit in Arizona should have served as a wake-up call.
“What is interesting, this occurs after we have the face-plant be in Arizona, where the Cyber Ninja audit failed to overturn the election, which normally would have been an embarrassment if facts mattered, if shame mattered,” he said.
“This isn’t about Donald Trump, this is about shells of men,” Wallace added. “This is about empty shells of pathetic losers who have nothing to do except run looking — I mean, Trump can’t even tweet, so I don’t even know how they track it. They’re like at the fax machine looking for the latest missive from the exiled leader.”
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