One of the more satisfying aspects of the new presidential administration is seeing the people once snubbed by Republican leadership finally serving successfully in the positions they deserve. Attorney General Merrick Garland, with whom Republican senators refused to even meet in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election when he was being considered for a SCOTUS position, immediately comes to mind. A close second is seeing the most despicable Republicans of the last decade finally getting their long overdue comeuppance.
You probably don’t remember Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) but you probably do remember when he became the first congressman to interrupt a president giving a state of the union address with the declaration, “You lie!” in the middle of President Obama’s speech. To the surprise of no one, he’s been called out by fellow congressman Rep. Gerald Connelly (D-VA) for telling numerous lies about Afghan refugees in the United States at a hearing that was meant to find out the truth about the Afghanistan withdrawal. Obviously, Wilson was covering for the fact that Donald Trump agreed to terms of withdrawal that freed Taliban prisoners unconditionally while trying to tap into the bigotry of his base with a congressional hearing, but Connelly wasn’t buying it.
“I guess I would say to my friend from South Carolina if I were the member of congress who committed one of the most grievous acts when the President Of The United States Mr. Obama was our guest to shout out you lie,” Connelly reminded Wilson: “I might take more care about enumerating other alleged lies in a hearing with the Secretary of State.” Rather than parroting Republican talking points, the focus this story will take is how much of a fool Wilson has managed to make of himself. It should – he’s a lying hypocrite who should never be trusted with heading a congressional committee in the future. This should be all the motivation we need to vote them out in droves in 2022.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making