It says a lot about the state of civil discourse and about how perilously close America is to losing its democracy when you see “human scum” trending on social media and you know, without even checking, that it’s a quote from the president.
“The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats”, Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after some two-dozen of his allies on Capitol Hill tried to storm the secure House Intelligence committee suite where a Defense department official was being deposed.
“Watch out for them, they are human scum!”, Trump said, of Republicans who oppose him.
The bizarre visual above shows notorious problem child Matt Gaetz explaining how he and the GOPers haphazardly arranged behind him intended to stage a veritable stand-in to try and stall the impeachment inquiry.
As far as the girl in the blue dress illuminated in golden light on the stairs behind the lawmakers, she became an instant social media sensation.
“Meanwhile that woman in blue is about to get swept up in the Rapture and no one even notices”, one member of the Twitterati quipped.
“My mood is this woman in blue on the stairs”, another said. “Lord, give me the strength to deal with all the foolishness”.
Most of those assembled behind Gaetz (who staged a similar publicity stunt on his own earlier this month) aren’t on the committees conducting the impeachment probe, which means they aren’t entitled to attend the hearings. The proceedings are open to members of both parties who sit on the committees.
Ultimately, the lawmakers stood around and chanted “Let us in! Let us in!” while waving cell phones, which aren’t allowed in the room. Esquire summed it up nicely:
Lord save us. Apparently, a mob of angry white people committed a dangerous breach of national security Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. No shots were fired in the incident
The show of desperation came a day after US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor delivered a damning account of the quid pro quo pressure campaign that Trump sought to foist on the fledging Volodymyr Zelensky government in Ukraine. Taylor’s opening statement caused extreme consternation among the president’s defenders, who seem to sense that the end may be nigh.
(In a testament to how concerned some folks are, two readers e-mailed us to say we shouldn’t have published Ambassador Taylor’s remarks. Apparently, those readers believe it’s not in the public’s interest to read the account of America’s top diplomat in Ukraine.)
Lawmakers would have heard from Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, on Wednesday, but Gaetz’s farcical soap opera interrupted the deposition.
Adam Schiff called the sergeant-at-arms to shoo the uninvited Republicans away. Capitol police were also involved.
Sources say Trump was informed on Tuesday of Gaetz’s plan to stage a circus.
Later, the president pinned the “human scum” tweet to the top of his Twitter feed.