Lindsey Graham: ‘Salem Witches got a better deal’ than Trump
I know it’s old news that Lindsey Graham is just the worst. He’s a coward and a sold out, but he’s also just an idiot when it comes to the law and Donald Trump. First, he claimed, wrongly, that the House accused Trump on the basis of hearsay, but now he’s joined the chief conspirator in roughly comparing the impeachment process to a witchcraft trial.
Here’s what he actually said and why. Trump was given the opportunity to appear before the House Judicial Commission before December 4. So far, the impeachment inquiry hearings have been held before the House Intelligence Committee and Graham complains that Trump was excluded by House Intelligence, while ALSO complaining that he was summoned to the justice system. Bedroom.
Let me see if I have this right.
Jerry Nadler invites President Trump to participate in Judicial Committee hearings – after all the facts have been gathered in Schiff’s Intel Committee – where the President’s team has been excluded.
The witches of Salem have a better deal than this!
– Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 27, 2019
Let’s break down how stupid this is. On the one hand, the witches of Salem have been murdered, you absolute moron. But the big point here that Graham intentionally ignores is: this is not a trial. House committees are engaged in an investigation to decide whether to take action and propose articles of impeachment. No one will go to jail on the basis of this procedure and whether the due process clause of the constitution applies here is up for debate.
Now we know that Donnie don’t know what a witch hunt really is. But Lindsey Graham theoretically went to law school, he should know better. His clinging to the idea that this is a “witch hunt” is another example of he blindly repeating Trump as if his life depends on it and that is deplorable.
The “witches” of Salem (of whom I’m descended, in case I need to show my credit here) were innocent women outside of a very segmented and complex society. The people of Salem used impressionable people and their faith to attack these strangers and manipulate the system to hurt those they didn’t like, and that was probably real estate at its heart.
It is a lot more like what Donald Trump does to people than what is done to him.
The term witch-hunt has been used more specifically in connection with Congressional hearings in the past: during the blacklist era and the House Anti-American Activities Committee, when they were looking for imaginary Communists. It was dramatized, allegorically, like a witch hunt in Arthur Miller The crucible. These were two dark periods in American history, but we can finally learn some lessons.
On the one hand, we know that a real “witch hunt” is when the powerful use the law to oppress the weak and those who threaten them. But also, as more and more of Trump’s buddies refuse to appear before Congress, it’s good to remember that in the days of the Communist HUAC witch hunts … those found in contempt of Congress went to court. jail.
There is always time to learn from the past, I guess. And if you really wanna do that look Aaron Mahnke’s Not obscured season on the Salem Witch Trial. It’s fantastic listening.
(Going through: The hill, Image: Stefani Reynolds / Getty)
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