If Democrats are good at anything, political theater is at the top of that list and just as the party continues to struggle with the results of the 2016 presidential election, so too are they having trouble coming to grips with special counsel Robert Mueller failing to deliver the goods on President Trump.
Fortunately, there are still a few Republicans willing to stand up to the opposing party’s kabuki theater.
Having invested so heavily in the now proven to be false Russian collusion narrative, Democrats are so desperate to keep it alive they read the entire Mueller report, some 448 pages, from the House Rules Committee room in the U.S. Capitol — a feat that’s expected to take 12 hours or more to complete, requiring more than two dozen party members.
House Democrats now on the House floor taking turns reading portions of the Mueller Report into the record pic.twitter.com/xW3tx28qGA
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) May 15, 2019
Even Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, got in on the act.
The political theater received a full boost from their media allies, with the stunt being organized by Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa.
“We’ve been saying for weeks that if you think there was no obstruction and no collusion, you haven’t read the Mueller report. So, the ongoing quest has been how do we get that story out there while we are waiting for the witnesses to come in,” Scanlon told the Washington Post.
Never mind the author of the report concluded there was no evidence of collusion, and stopped short of charging the president with obstruction.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chair of the House Freedom Caucus, took to Twitter to remind followers that the Mueller report is available online for anyone to read.
“Calling this a stunt is kind,” Meadows added, making no effort to hide his disgust.
“Incredible that with all the issues Congress needs to tackle, your House Democrat majority instead chooses to spend its time doing a marathon reading of the Mueller report—which, by the way, is already available ONLINE for any American to read. Calling this a stunt is kind,” he tweeted.
Incredible that with all the issues Congress needs to tackle, your House Democrat majority instead chooses to spend its time doing a marathon reading of the Mueller report—which, by the way, is already available ONLINE for any American to read.
Calling this a stunt is kind. https://t.co/WKFOGnzkPX
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) May 16, 2019
But the tweet that won the day is seen here: “Let us know when they get to this part: ‘the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.'”
Let us know when they get to this part: "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" https://t.co/ZfGHf3AsIx
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) May 16, 2019
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, also denounced Nancy Pelosi-led House Democrats for putting messaging ahead of governing.
“House leadership proves yet again they won’t govern. Today: – A public reading of a publicly available document, the Mueller report – Poison pill amendments added to an otherwise bipartisan bill that’d decrease drug prices Pure messaging instead of working towards solutions,” the former Navy SEAL tweeted.
House leadership proves yet again they won’t govern. Today:
– A public reading of a publicly available document, the Mueller report
– Poison pill amendments added to an otherwise bipartisan bill that’d decrease drug prices
Pure messaging instead of working towards solutions. https://t.co/0ocMALJ6Kd
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) May 16, 2019
If there was a common theme in the reactions to the stunt, it centered on the salaries of Democrat lawmakers spending hours to read the Mueller report.
Here’s a sampling of responses to Meadows and Crenshaw from Twitter:
I get it, but GOP had the House for 2 years and didn’t defund Planned Parenthood and didn’t get around to funding that Wall they campaigned on.
But they did run up another TRILLION in debt.
If that’s governing, I’d rather just have them read a publicly available document. https://t.co/Mzfq1eC7Yo
— Trey Bechtold (@TreyBechtold) May 16, 2019
They should returns their compensation for the month. Have they not WASTED enough tax payer money on false accusations?
— Tabitha1791 (@Tab1791) May 16, 2019
Their using all their minds in a joint effort to find Collusion and it still is not there! Their free loadings cons. Not legislative branch!
— Texas Strong (@Rowdman57) May 17, 2019
The drama club.
— K. Jones (@klj2370) May 17, 2019
Will they be graded on reading comprehension? Or will they continue to read into it what they think is their truth! https://t.co/z1QxzemRBt
— Felix Arriaga (@FelixArriaga8) May 16, 2019
Maybe they think their voting base can't read??????? https://t.co/W5odemDJWQ
— Dee (@TweeterNese) May 16, 2019
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