The Republican Senators and Congresspersons who promoted the big lie that fueled a violent insurrection against our government have escaped any significant legal or political accountability for their actions. Indeed, many of them have used their acts of betrayal to support
2]their fundraising efforts. If these politicians had committed the same terrible acts 20 years ago to the same effect, I suspect that our justice system and national media would have reacted very differently. At the very least, I doubt major tv and cable networks would have
3]given people like Rick Scott, Stephen Miller and Chris Christie air time to rehabilitate their reputations by whitewashing or ignoring their prior lies and deception.

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