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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In fairness to the GOP, very little of it has come from the dwindling serious faction of the party. However, the vast MAGA wing has been losing its collective mind.

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To be honest, that headline is a bit misleading. It would be impossible to pick which of the responses are the dumbest because there has been such a torrent of hyperbole, overreactions, hysteria, blatant lies, subtle falsehood, disingenuous “arguments,” and misdirection.

In fairness to the GOP, very little of it has come from the dwindling serious faction of the party. However, the vast MAGA wing has been losing its collective mind.

Therefore, most of the reactions below come from all of the House Republicans and talking heads whose job it is to pretend to be outraged and get their voters fired up at any cost.

Obviously, this list would not be complete without Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who apparently went by the motto “a picture says more than a thousand words.”

Greene is a mainstay when it comes to dumb reactions, but the upside-down flag indicating a nation in distress is a nice touch.

As per usual, it was not just rank-and-file Republicans who joined the fray but also the highest-ranking GOP lawmakers in the House.

“Justice should be blind, but Biden has weaponized government against his leading political opponent to interfere in the 2024 election,” tweeted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). “Now a radical DA in Georgia is following Biden’s lead by attacking President Trump and using it to fundraise her political career. Americans see through this desperate sham.”

There are so many things wrong with this tweet that it’s tough to figure out where to start. We have often written about the disingenuous argument of the “weaponized government,” which has been a staple of GOP politics in recent years, so no need to rehash this.

Instead, let’s look at the funny part about using someone to fundraise their political career. After all, it is Trump who has recently raised millions off being charged with many different crimes in very detailed indictments.

As for Americans seeing right through this, nearly two-thirds of them believe that Trump has committed crimes. However, because there really are two tiers of justice, and one favors the former president, only 42 percent of them think he will be convicted, and merely half of that number believes he’ll ever serve prison time for any of those crimes.

Perhaps the most offensive lines of attack are those that characterize as “election interference” efforts to hold Trump to account for trying to overturn the results of an election he lost, or that pretend that this is about 2024 and not 2020.

These approaches are certainly in line with the GOP’s attempt to gloss over the fact that their leader staged a coup and sparked a violent insurrection. Republicans want Americans to forget what really happened after the 2020 election, which is why it’s so hilarious that Trump keeps trying to rehash it all.

Speaking of funny, the most comical reaction we have seen today is the cherry-picking of language in the Georgia indictment and then pretending that Trump is being indicted for totally normal things (i.e., “overt acts”) and not for trying to overturn an election.

First of all, the former president isn’t being charged with making a phone call or reserving a room; he and the other 18 defendants are charged with conspiracy.

So, yes, everyday activities like calling a buddy, buying stuff at a hardware store, and gardening are perfectly legal things to do. However, if you are calling a friend to help you hide a body in your backyard with the shovel you just bought, they do become part of a criminal act.

Finally, we leave you with this tweet from the Republicans of the House Judiciary Committee.

It is truly astonishing that Trump has convinced millions of Americans that he is fighting for them when, in reality, he has them wage his battles and pay his bills.

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