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Jamie Raskin wallops Republicans for trumpeting 'utterly frivolous rabbit hole conspiracy theories'

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By Brandon Gage

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United States Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) tore into Republicans over their schismatic fusion to former President Donald Trump's false assertion that the 2020 election was stolen during a hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon.

Raskin is a member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, which will hold its 10th public hearing on Wednesday, September 28th. Raskin also serves on the House Judiciary, Oversight, House Administration, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

As the Rules Committee was debating the Presidential Election Reform Act before it was passed by the House nearly along party lines, Raskin decried the "conspiracy theories afoot in the far reaches of the internet which somehow crawl into Congress" that are embosomed by the confederacy of right-wing lawmakers who are allegiant to Trump:

If at least our colleagues would accept the reality of what the rest of the country has embraced – Donald Trump's Big Lie is nothing but propaganda and disinformation.

And the moment one of them says, 'you know what, we were wrong about this guy, he's an enemy of our constitutional order, he's a compulsive liar, and he's in it for himself, and he tried to convert the presidency into an instrument of moneymaking and profiteering on the backs of the American people,' then I could listen to you.

But instead, I heard on January 6th, members of this Committee, members on the other side of the aisle, try to blame the whole thing on Antifa. And when that didn't work, well then let's crawl down some other rabbit holes and throw out some more propaganda.

*They spread the Big Lie further\.

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Raskin chided the protracted conservative defenses of Trump's deception:

It wasn't enough to lie about the election – a lie that was rejected by more than sixty federal and state court judges including eight named to the bench by Donald Trump himself. Every allegation of election fraud, every allegation of electoral corruption thrown out by the courts including by his judges and they won't say a word about it.

But instead, they will come up with some utterly frivolous rabbit hole conspiracy theory to try to pull a smokescreen over the eyes of the public. And they think that's gonna work.

Well, we'll see if it's gonna work. You know what that kind of attack on democracy gets you? It gets you an attack on freedom.

Raskin reminded Trump's enablers of the bygone GOP:

Abraham Lincoln was the founder of the real Republican Party, a Republican Party that was an enemy of slavery, an enemy of racism, an enemy of Know Nothingism, and immigrant-bashing.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said that democracy is like the beautiful silver platter upon which rests the golden apple of freedom.

Raskin then issued a warning:

Today, obviously, democracy is under attack, violent attack by these forces, and freedom is too by the Supreme Court which they packed.

And that's what we're fighting, to defend our democracy and our freedom against the autocrats, the kleptocrats, and the bullies and the tyrants and the despots.

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