Notes About Insurrectionists in Congress, Criminal Behavior, and Gazpacho

by | Feb 10, 2022 | Opinions & Commentary

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

Notes About Insurrectionists in Congress, Criminal Behavior, and Gazpacho

by | Feb 10, 2022 | Opinions & Commentary

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.
The frothing and foaming of accusation and misdirection coming from the insurrectionists who have not been charged yet, is really just their impatience of not being charged yet wriggling out of their control.

The social media and news universes are alive with laughter at Marjorie Taylor Greene’s verbal ineptitude accusing Nancy Pelosi of using gazpacho tactics. Apparently we should all be terrified of being accosted by people dressed as chilled soup. Underlying her auditory frothing at the mouth is something else—a knowledge that her hands in the treason of January 6th are not clean, jokes about Soup Nazis notwithstanding.

In her newsletter yesterday, Heather Cox Richardson opened with these two paragraphs:

This evening, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued a subpoena for documents and testimony to former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, who has made a number of public statements about his role in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election. In its letter to Navarro, the committee noted his statements that former president Trump was “on board with the strategy” of trying to steal the election, as were “more than 100” members of Congress, including Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

This subpoena suggests that the committee is getting closer to lawmakers, and some of them are certainly acting as if they are uncomfortable these days.

Acting uncomfortable is a wonderful understatement of the mindset of these folks. All these members of the “law and order” party seem to forget that law and order are inscribed in actual laws and rules, founded on our Constitution and its Amendments. Of particular worry for them is the 14th Amendment, Section 3 which clearly shows them to be disqualified from holding their offices.

Fully cognizant of this fact and also in personal possession of the knowledge that they have broken innumerable laws by their actions, the “Insurrection Caucus” in both houses of Congress are practically foaming at the mouth.

Heather Cox Richardson again puts the hammer to the nail head:

Navarro’s discomfort with the committee’s questions was not unlike that of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who picked up today on Representative Troy Nehls’s (R-TX) odd accusations of yesterday that Pelosi and the Capitol Police were spying on him. Greene accused Pelosi of having Gestapo-like secret police “spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work we do, spying on our staff and spying on American citizens,” she said, although she called them “gazpacho,” apparently confusing the cold tomato soup with the Nazis.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is also flailing. Sunday, on Face the Nation, he said: “This commission is a partisan scam. They’re going after—they’re—the purpose of that commission is to try to embarrass and smear and harass as many Republicans as they can get their hands on.”

There is nothing quite so vocal and aggressive in accusation as a criminal under investigation. The sound bites coming from these Republican operators sound more like the tactics of John Gotti as he accused prosecutors of harassment and of the same tactics he used against witnesses.

We can expect more and more insane media comments and accusations from the Trump cabal as the noose of evidence around them is methodically woven.

Certainly we would like to hear more from the DOJ and AG Garland on this subject as reassurance. But the fact that two insurrectionists were arrested by the FBI on February 8th should demonstrate that there is a continuing operation at all levels on the investigation into January 6th.

Since the insurrection was an attempt to circumvent and nullify the laws of this country in the worst possible way, it should be a comfort rather than disturbing that those laws, particularly the rules of evidence are rigidly followed in its aftermath—and this definitely seems to be the case.

The frothing and foaming of accusation and misdirection coming from the insurrectionists who have not been charged yet, is really just their impatience wriggling out of their control. While they are screaming about gazpacho tactics, spying and accusing others of all manner of contrived insanity, they are really saying, “Where are my handcuffs?”

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