With all that is going on right now — a pandemic, an economic depression, and a President trying to sabotage a federal election — Republicans on Capitol Hill are holding bogus partisan congressional hearings. Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates spoke before a Senate committee yesterday to discuss the Obama administration’s investigation into contacts between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and others tried to trick Yates into saying Obama was spying on Trump for political reasons, but it didn’t go their way. Yates correctly pointed out that Carter Page was a former Trump adviser when the probe began and that the FISA warrant was not on the Trump campaign. That really threw the Republican Senators into a tailspin.
The sad thing is that in Republican circles, these same videos will be viewed and they’ll think it’s Sally Yates who looks bad in these exchanges. In reality, Lindsay Graham looks incoherent and Ted Cruz’s traps and semantic games fail. This is often how Republicans argue. They use a lot of word games and optics because they can’t win on the ideas, but their followers love it and think they’re winning. They enjoy clips like these as they do clips of Kayleigh McEnany storming off stage with a scripted line at the end of her press briefings. Many of us accurately see them for what they are, which are just completely empty, vapid, meaningless optics. But there are Republicans out there who love it.
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