The slim Republican majority in the House has given the do-nothing party of billionaire donors one thing they can do: spin the wheels of House oversight committees in political theater circles. Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky is doing his best to use his new position as chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee to promote his personal brand of boot licking. This includes the unbelievable low of lamenting not being able to investigate President Biden’s late son Beau Biden for … being related to President Biden.
His other job is to facilitate the political revenge theater the Republican Party hopes will act as a smokescreen for the fact that they are unable to offer up real policy plans for governing. To that end, Comer has spent most of his camera time arguing that Democratic amendments for continuing subcommittees on topics like civil rights should be rejected because when Democrats had the majority, they didn’t allow him to wield subcommittees to hold witch hunts into conspiracy theories.
On Wednesday, Comer tried to work the other right-wing misinformation trick of telling a half-truth and then implying something that is actually in opposition of the facts. It was a similar stunt to one Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tried to pull during another hearing on Tuesday. In Comer’s case, he wanted to imply that Dr. Anthony Fauci (and by extension the Democratic Party) had been lying to the American people about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz of Florida made sure that people watching understood what and who lied to the American people and, by extension, how bankrupt a person James Comer really is.
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Rep. Comer began by revealing a small paper in his hand—a note passed to him in class by a fellow political thespian, perhaps. “I just want to relay something that was just stated during the roundtable. Dr. Makary just said today at the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic roundtable the following, and I quote, ‘The greatest perpetrator of misinformation during the pandemic was the United States government.’” Powerful stuff. He “just” wanted to make sure everybody heard, y’all.
Rep. Moskowitz used his moment to agree with the chairman—about the administration that would allow so much misinformation to abound. “I, too, would like to get more information. I mean, was that person specifically talking about the misinformation that President Trump put out about maybe putting light into the body could get rid of COVID?” Yup.
“Or maybe using a horse tranquilizer to get rid of COVID?” Yup.
“Was he talking about the misinformation about maybe we can do like a cleaning of the body?” Yup.
“I'd like to find out the misinformation that was put out. You know, like Covid's going to go away in like a couple of months. That misinformation, you know? There was a lot of misinformation that was put out. And I would love, maybe hold a hearing on that, Mr. Chairman? I think that would be fantastic.”
Considering that the pandemic started with the Trump administration and the fact that Donald Trump is now a world-renowned liar, it is a strange bit of business that Comer decided to try and go there. But then you remember the Republican Party only has lies at this point. There isn’t a single fact they can point to, or a single policy success they have been the architects of, that has made the American people happier or more prosperous or safer in the past four decades.
Remember the times.
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