A Sad but Perfect Example of Today’s Republican Party in Name Only

You probably don’t know her name, unless you are like me and read a little too much, but New York Representative, Elise Stefanik is the perfect poster-woman for today’s Republican Party in name only.

As the district she represents became more extreme, she abandoned her former moderate stance and followed the lead of Trump devotee and traitor to America, Devin Nunes. When the orange buffoon was under investigation for receiving foreign aid in the 2016 election, Stefanik became an ardent defender, falsely claiming that ‘there was no evidence.’ There was an enormous amount of proof that Russia was relentless in its attempts to secure the election for Trump.

When investigations began for a second time, alleging that Trump sought aid from Russia once again in the 2020 election, Stefanik made a mockery of the hearings, creating conspiracy theories as she maliciously attacked the witnesses. She followed the example of other Trump stooges, attempting to make her failed president the victim instead of the villain.

At the 2020 Republican convention, she was allowed to speak. Her entire time on the dais was spent defending Trump, claiming that he did nothing wrong when he demanded “quid pro quo” from the President of Ukraine. Here are her most recent “accomplishments.”

December 18th, 2019: Stefanik ignores her Congressional duty to hold a president who has been proven to commit high crimes and misdemeanors accountable and votes against the impeachment of Donald Trump.

May 15th, 2020: Stefanik votes against the HEROES Act, to further support the healthcare industry and citizens affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

December 10th, 2020: Stefanik signs her name to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, begging them to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The same election that she won re-election in.

January 7th, 2021: Elise Stefanik votes for the objection to the electoral college’s votes in the 2020 election, a failure to send any sort of message that he wasn’t intimidated or sympathetic to those who attacked the Capitol to attempt a violent coup.

January 13th, 2021: Rep. Stefanik votes against the second impeachment of Donald Trump, because the Republican Party no longer feels like they should be accountable for anything, including failed coups that result in the deaths of both their participants and police officers.

February 4th, 2021: Elise Stefanik votes to keep Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee assignments, because she wouldn’t want her to be accountable for all the bigoted remarks and conspiracy theories she’s spread online (probably because she’s a kindred spirit).

February 25th, 2021: Stefanik votes against HR 5, the latest version of the Equality Act, that would provide workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans.

March 3rd, 2021: Rep. Stefanik votes against HR 1, a bill created to prevent the corruption of money in politics, and protect voter access to the ballot box.

March 3rd, 2021: Elise Stefanik votes against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

March 10th, 2021: Stefanik votes against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, because she feels people deserve to die in poverty during a pandemic.

March 17th, 2021: Rep. Stefanik votes against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, likely because they feel the 2nd Amendment remaining absolute is more important than preventing people with a history of domestic abuse from owning a firearm (which statistics show, makes them more likely to use those firearms against women in their lives).

May 19th, 2021: Elise Stefanik votes against HR 3233, the creation of a commission to investigate the Capitol Attack.

Stefanik serves Trump, not the people of New York or the people of the United States.

Op-ed by James Turnage


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