Defying Trump’s false dichotomy of ‘vengeance or vision’

There are times when the statements and claims made by Donald Trump and the GOP are so tremendously ridiculous they are unintentionally comical. Such was the case this week when Trump haughtily proclaimed that the newly Democratic-controlled Congress is faced with two false choices:  to either seek the “vengeance” of “ridiculous partisan investigations” of his campaign and administration, or else join with him in cooperation to enact a new, “miraculous” economic vision for American prosperity.

In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that Trump “should not bring threats to the floor of the House.” House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff said, “I can understand why Trump is afraid of investigations,” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump’s performance was like “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” as it whipsawed between aspirational platitudes and petulant whining.

What’s truly ridiculous was the complete lack of irony with which Trump made these proclamations, when everyone knows that the GOP-controlled Congress chased the white rabbit of Benghazi for more than two years—only to determine that Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong.

WASHINGTON — Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.

The 800-page report delivered a broad rebuke of the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks in Benghazi, and especially for maintaining outposts there that they could not protect.

But now Trump and the GOP are saying that investigations and obstruction like what they engaged in during the entirety of Barack Obama’s presidency are now suddenly a threat to the economy and the American people?

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