Here’s a surreal milestone you may have missed: The more than 2,000 National Guard troops that have been stationing the Capitol in the aftermath of January’s insurrection have finally left.
The departure comes as Republicans increasingly align themselves, and rather brazenly so, to the very false statements that spurred the deadly attack in the first place. Meanwhile, hopes for a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection are looking doomed, thanks to Republicans who presumably don’t have any interest in rehashing just how on earth pro-Trump supporters came to storm the Capitol.
When asked about the GOP insistence to downplay the attack, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré didn’t mince words. “What I’m afraid of when I hear statements like that,” Honoré told CBS, “is that we have a two-party system that normally would be referred to as the minority party, the opposition, and that scares me. They’ve gone from being a minority party to an opposition party.”
Because the nutball wing of the Republican Party are such idjits – dedicating the efforts of that formerly conservative party to the looney politics of the most recent criminal to occupy the White House – we face the possibility of the National Guard being called out, again, someday to face the next insurrection called for by a fascist-minded gangster. Whether they hold office or not, at the time.