It takes a special effort to stand out as radical within the Republican Party, an organization filled to the brim with science deniers, crooks, misogynists, and cryptofascists, but the Freedom Caucus has managed to carve out a reputation for being fringe even by GOP standards.
Of all the regressive monsters within the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is by far one of the most egregious, having been previously accused of ignoring rampant sexual abuse when he was a coach at Ohio State. With a moral compass so fundamentally broken as that, it makes perfect sense that he would be such a fervent supporter of the sexual predator currently ensconced in the White House.
Earlier today, Jordan tried to defend the Freedom Caucus from the fair statement that his group has morphed from a “purity-based conservative” movement into a “protectorate for the president.” Jordan tried to insist that his caucus is about “FREEDOM” and that its purpose is not tied to defending the president. Jordan’s tweet was a transparent lie, all the more pathetic because you can tell that the accurate criticism has burrowed under his skin.
If these people truly cared about “small government” they’d be up in arms over the president’s constant authoritarian power grabs. Instead, they’ve made it clear they have no real interest beyond keeping their jobs in the Trump-ruled GOP.
The @freedomcaucus is about FREEDOM.
This isn’t not about Amash. It’s not even about the President.
It’s about what Emmet Flood said: if the intel community can target the President for political reasons, imagine what they can do to any one of us. https://t.co/V3uvJ7lBL1
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 21, 2019
Soon after, former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh responded to Jim. Referring to himself as a “friend & former colleague” he said that the Freedom Caucus has turned into a “Fealty Caucus” for Trump. Since it’s Joe Walsh he still harbors some backward views despite his outspoken criticism of the current president, so he also got a shot in at Obama. Somewhat mitigatingly, he used it to call attention to the caucus’s staggering hypocrisy.
The truth is that Joe Walsh does not belong in government and we are better off without him, but the same goes for the Republicans who are currently serving and standing by as our democracy is dismantled. At the very least, Walsh should be commended for calling them out.
Jim, as a friend & former colleague, I believe the Freedom Caucus has become the "Fealty Caucus" to Trump. You & I railed against Obama when he acted like a King. But when Trump acts like a King, obstructs justice, & believes he's above the law, the Freedom Caucus cheers. Smdh. https://t.co/4KWQSgNv9g
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 21, 2019