‘Twas flying on twin gossamer wings of IPA and THC* just now when a minor yet notable news item caught my eye.
I don’t drive, operate heavy machinery, wheedle Middle East peace plans out me scurvy bunghole, or try to FaceTime old girlfriends while in my cups — and rarely do I diarize. But I thought this was too interesting not to share.
At a recent town hall, Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican member of Congress who favors impeaching Donald Trump, discovered just how badly misinformed some of his constituents are about the Mueller report and its findings.
The success of this Republican campaign, reflected in conservative media coverage, to protect Trump was best captured by Amash’s own constituent Cathy Garnaat, a Republican, who NBC reported was “surprised to hear there was anything negative in the Mueller report at all about President Trump.”
“I hadn’t heard that before,” she told NBC after the Tuesday town hall. “I’ve mainly listened to conservative news and I hadn’t heard anything negative about that report and President Trump has been exonerated.”
That comment alone cements that Amash, in becoming the first and only Republican to call for impeachment, is fighting against an entire machine — from the elected leaders to sympathetic media outlets.
Somehow, I can still be surprised. I knew Trumpsters were ignorant, but how blinkered do you have to be to think Trump has been completely exonerated?
More importantly, though: If there are a lot more people out there like Garnaat, Mueller’s press conference could well prove to be a key to changing not just congressional Democrats’ thinking but the public’s as well.
Let’s hope so.
*FYI: I am in a legal state. Huzzah.
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