Gabriel Sterling is outraged. He is the Republican commissioner of elections in Georgia and he is mad. He is angry with Donald Trump and the Republican members of the US Senate. He has had enough! Some of what he has said:
“Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions,” Sterling said, visibly angry. “This has to stop. We need you to step up, and if you’re going to take a position of leadership, show some.”
Ouch! Calling out the POTUS. Why? Well, there has been a campaign of lies and disinformation about the Georgia election. Trump has even attacked REPUBLICAN leaders in Georgia. There have been death threats against election workers. Just guys doing their job.
And Sterling is mad as hell. A performance for the ages. Angry. How dare Mr Trump attack fellow Republicans? How dare Trump not condemn calls for violence against elected Republican officials? Finally, someone stands up for decency!
A Sterling Performance.
I have no doubt that Mr Sterling is sincere in his anger. His anger about lies. About calls for violence, no matter how thinly veiled. Mad as hell. Of course, Mr Sterling has made it clear that he supports Trump and his policies. He supports the two corrupt GOP candidates for the Senate in Georgia, as well. But he is mad as hell that Trump and his supporters are attacking Republicans.
But… I wonder where Mr Sterling has been over the last 5 years?
Where was his anger at the lies told by Trump about President Obama and where he was born. Birtherism?
Where was his anger when Trump led chants of “Lock Her Up” proposing that his opponent in the 2016 election be jailed?
Where was his outrage when Trump claimed massive voter fraud in 2016 but provided not evidence?
Where was his anger when Trump targeted Muslims as enemies of the US?
Where was his anger when Mr trump complimented racists at Charlottesville as very good people?
Where was his anger when Trump called Mexicans rapists and criminals?
Where was his outrage when Trump engaged in a policy of ripping children from their parents at the border and shipping them across the country to be lost in the system?
Where was his outrage when Trump called on his supporters to “rebel” against the governor of Michigan?
Where was his anger at Mr Trump using the US government to try to force the president of Ukraine to make up false information about Joe Biden?
Where was his anger as thousands of Americans die for covid-19 while the corrupt president golfs?
And I could go on and on and on.
A Sterling performance. And typical of a political party that will accept any corruption. Any language. And lies. Anything goes.
As long as they are aimed at “the other”. As long as the targets are Democrats or liberals or blacks or Muslims.
A Sterling Performance. Of hypocrisy.