Imagine being scared shitless of the half-literate tweets of the most witless man on the planet.

That’s where Republicans clearly are right now, and it’s more than a little sad. 

Of course, Republicans aren’t really scared of Trump, per se. They’re afraid of the troglodytic horde he commands with his venal Vienna sausage tweetering thumbs. Because the tweets themselves are about what you’d get if you left your Google Translate on while boisterously shitting into a KFC bucket. Not exactly Voltaire, in other words.

You may have heard that The Washington Post planned on asking every GOP member of Congress who won the 2020 presidential election. Well, the results are in! And it could not be much sadder.

Just 26 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden’s win over President Trump a month after the former vice president’s clear victory of more than 7 million votes nationally and a convincing electoral-vote margin that exactly matched Trump’s 2016 tally.
Two Republicans consider Trump the winner despite all evidence showing otherwise. And another 221 GOP members of the House and Senate — nearly 90 percent of all Republicans serving in Congress — will simply not say who won the election.
Those are the findings of a Washington Post survey of all 249 Republicans in the House and Senate that began the morning after Trump posted a 46-minute video Wednesday evening in which he wrongly claimed he had defeated Biden and leveled wild and unsubstantiated allegations of “corrupt forces” who stole the outcome from the sitting president.

Profiles in courage — every last one of them.

I mean, it’s not like our status as the exemplar of Western liberal democracy is on the line or anything.

Today’s reactions — or, mostly, non-reactions — mirror how many Republicans handled four years of Trump’s intemperance: A few predictable Trump critics would condemn his actions, such as the decision to use tear gas on peaceful protesters to clear Lafayette Square in June so Trump could walk across the park, but most would try to avoid the subject.
Their complicit silence now comes as Trump continues to mount an unfounded campaign against the democratic outcome of an election, leaving them isolated as other federal, state and local Republican officials have rejected Trump’s false assertions.

According to The Post, 12 GOP senators and 14 House members acknowledged Biden’s victory — though the paper also notes that six of the House members who said Biden won are retiring at the end of the month, and two represent districts that Biden easily won.

So in case you wondered what Republicans would do if Trump attempted to permanently despoil our democracy, now you know.

And, damn, is it ever sad.

P.S.: Here’s the link to the list of congressional Republicans who have acknowledged Biden is the winner.

And here’s the list:

Sen. Lamar Alexander
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
Sen. Bill Cassidy
Sen
. Susan Collins
Sen
. Deb Fischer
Sen
. Jerry Moran
Sen
. Lisa Murkowski
Sen
. James E. Risch
Sen
. Mitt Romney
Sen
. Marco Rubio
Sen
. Ben Sasse
Sen
. Patrick J. Toomey
Rep
. Don Bacon
Rep
. John Curtis
Rep
. Brian Fitzpatrick
Rep
. Will Hurd
Rep
. Adam Kinzinger
Rep
. Paul Mitchell
Rep
. Tom Reed
Rep
. Denver Riggleman
Rep
. Francis Rooney
Rep
. John Shimkus
Rep
. Steve Stivers
Rep
. Fred Upton
Rep
. Greg Walden
Rep
. Don Young