'An Unpardonable Offense'
Editor's Note: Steve Schmidt is one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project. He is a communications and public affairs strategist who has worked on several Republican campaigns, including John McCain's 2008 bid for the White House, and he is now a regular political contributor to MSNBC. On Sunday, Schmidt wrote a 6-tweet thread in response to some Republicans' anticipated attempt to disrupt certification of the 2020 presidential election. MaxNewsToday has assembled his tweets and reprinted them as one easy-to-read op-ed for our ongoing segment, Schmidt Storm. It has been edited for grammar and clarity. The seditious actions of GOP Members of Congress will not succeed on Jan. 6th. Joe Biden will be inaugurated President of the United States on Jan. 20th at noon. However, if their ACTION was successful, it would destroy the government of the United States and cause the collapse of the Republic. This is an unpardonable offense. It is an unspeakable betrayal of the United States and the sacrifices of generations of patriots. It is fueled by Trump's incoherent delusions and disordered ramblings. It is fueled by ruthless cynicism and dishonesty; cowardice and self-interest. It is advanced by unpatriotic men and women like Mark Meadows, Marc Short, Kayleigh McEnany, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Marsha Blackburn, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley and Kevin McCarthy. Everyone of them knows that Joe Biden won the election in the same way they know the Earth is round and the moon landing was real. They are wretched collaborators in a conspiracy to poison faith and belief in the virtues and legitimacy of American democracy. They are doing grievous damage to our country and humiliating the nation abroad with their lies and calumnies. They are willing to end the American experiment in the name of Trump. We are at an unprecedented moment in the life of the American nation. The people who have brought us here will have earned the disgraceful epitaphs that will be their eternal shame. They will all have earned their places on a list of America’s most disgraceful villains and ignominious names.