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(10,681 posts)
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 11:52 AM Feb 2020

. "Spare me. That's what I mean. I don't need phony off-the-record after-the-fact friends."

Dem lawmaker drops hammer on GOPers ‘covering their butts’ by rushing to defend Vindman after Trump fired him

Saying “spare me,” Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) trashed the anonymous Republican lawmakers who contacted the New York Times to claim they tried to stop Donald Trump from firing EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to make it look like they cared.

Speaking with MSNBC host Kendis Gibson, the New York lawmaker expressed disgust with what he called their “cowardice,” while reacting to a New York Times report noting the alleged concerns of Republicans over the president’s actions.

“I think what you’re seeing there is pretty obvious,” Maloney stated. “You’re seeing vulnerable Republicans, after the fact, try to cover their butts by leaking to the New York Times that they want us all to know they were deeply troubled by this. And even though they took a vote that could have absolutely guaranteed that people like Lt. Col. Vindman would be hurt, would be made to pay the price for their fecklessness, for their cowardice, they want us to know they were troubled by it.”

“They’re going to continue to support this president, but they want the New York Times to know they secretly know it’s wrong,” he continued. “Spare me. That’s what I mean. I don’t need phony off-the-record after-the-fact friends.”

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. "Spare me. That's what I mean. I don't need phony off-the-record after-the-fact friends." (Original Post) dajoki Feb 2020 OP
Phoney friends with pretend concerns who are personally responsible for the turmoil lark Feb 2020 #1
I am right there alongside of you. Scarsdale Feb 2020 #6
Dude is righteous. irisblue Feb 2020 #2
I love Sean soldierant Feb 2020 #21
That is so pathetic PatSeg Feb 2020 #3
HELL YEAH MALONEY - this guy is *not playing* with this pack of scumbucket LOSER BAYBEES Leghorn21 Feb 2020 #4
I loves me some Sean Maloney. GoCubsGo Feb 2020 #5
Another member of his fan club not_the_one Feb 2020 #16
How noble and courageous of you ... Anonymous. sarge43 Feb 2020 #7
When Trump is finally gone, there will be many retroactive epiphanies from republicans. keithbvadu2 Feb 2020 #8
Exactly. volstork Feb 2020 #9
Repubs are not our friends. brutus smith Feb 2020 #10
Nor are they "the opposition" hangaleft Feb 2020 #24
Good insight... Newest Reality Feb 2020 #28
+ brutus smith Feb 2020 #32
You are right... dajoki Feb 2020 #34
+ brutus smith Feb 2020 #31
You can't serve god and the devil at the same time. lunatica Feb 2020 #11
A-freaking-men. SergeStorms Feb 2020 #12
Spot on Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2020 #13
Cowards. Nowhere to be seen when it mattered. Go to hell. Evolve Dammit Feb 2020 #14
"when it mattered" Skittles Feb 2020 #20
Yep. Cowards of un-fathomable bottom. Never would have believed it, were we not living it. Evolve Dammit Feb 2020 #22
I have long despised republicans Skittles Feb 2020 #23
Ditto! SWBTATTReg Feb 2020 #27
"While I was driving him to the bank, I tried to discourage him from robbing it struggle4progress Feb 2020 #15
Spot On. not_the_one Feb 2020 #17
Gooo on him! .n/t whathehell Feb 2020 #18
Sometimes it really is a little too late. democrank Feb 2020 #19
We are fresh out of effin' pearls for these lily-livered repukes to clutch. MFGsunny Feb 2020 #25
Now THIS ... this kinda thing is what I want to hear every day from our Dems til November ... mr_lebowski Feb 2020 #26
Like Susan Collins The Wizard Feb 2020 #29
Spare me the bullshit. Maybe that should be our standard mantra..... KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2020 #30
IT'S NOT OVER YET FOR LT COL VINDMAN blakstoneranger Feb 2020 #33


(23,575 posts)
1. Phoney friends with pretend concerns who are personally responsible for the turmoil
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 11:55 AM
Feb 2020

and treachery and criminality they have unleashed. This is just the beginning and they are compllicit and this BS will not save them, not for 1 second. They enabled the destructions of the USA and need to pay the personal price at election time. They are lying and trying to pretend to be on both sides, but that never works and I look forward to all of them getting the pink slip they deserve.


(9,426 posts)
6. I am right there alongside of you.
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:34 PM
Feb 2020

Their constituents saw them do the wrong thing. Not protecting them, but their orange tinted idol. Shameful. Every last one of them deserves to be driven out of office. They are not representing their people at all. tRump is a total disaster as president, or even as a decent human being and they know it. Vote into office people who will speak up for the working class people of the country, not the millionaires.


(33,204 posts)
2. Dude is righteous.
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:00 PM
Feb 2020

His Twitter, addy & bio.
Sean Patrick Maloney
Father of three awesome kids. Accompanying
through life. Representing NY-18 in Congress. Join my campaign ⬇️
Cold Spring, NYbit.ly/35juHGpJoined March 2009

Send him your thanks there, cause some staffer will need to tell him about the thanks he is getting.


(7,424 posts)
21. I love Sean
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 06:47 PM
Feb 2020

He was in the primary for NY State Atty Gen, but I'm just as happy he's still in Congress. And Tish James is doing jsut fine in the AG job.

No, I'm not from NY, but the NYAG is the closest thing the nation has to a real AG with Barr in that position,


(49,286 posts)
3. That is so pathetic
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:00 PM
Feb 2020

Trying to have it both ways, but looking complicit in the process, except now they look two-faced as well.


(13,575 posts)
4. HELL YEAH MALONEY - this guy is *not playing* with this pack of scumbucket LOSER BAYBEES
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:04 PM
Feb 2020

Remember when he wiped the floor with Gordon Sondland’s lying face??! HELL YEAH

Thanks for posting, dajoki!!


(32,506 posts)
5. I loves me some Sean Maloney.
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:08 PM
Feb 2020

So happy to see him speaking out. The rest of his party better follow suit every chance they get.



(2,227 posts)
16. Another member of his fan club
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 03:16 PM
Feb 2020

He seems to be willing to do what needs to be done. A democrat of the future.

Hope his particular virus is catching...


(28,973 posts)
7. How noble and courageous of you ... Anonymous.
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:48 PM
Feb 2020

I'm sure Sondland and Vindman are grateful and Mitt Romney appreciates you having his back.

just in case



(649 posts)
24. Nor are they "the opposition"
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 07:15 PM
Feb 2020

They are the enemy. We’re in a Cold War and our Democracy is at stake.

What some candidates for the presidency don’t understand is that we cannot and should not “reach across the aisle” to any legislators who supported Trump, including those who supported him by inaction. They are Quislings, and there should be no looking forward without also addressing what happened on their watch.

Newest Reality

(12,712 posts)
28. Good insight...
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:12 PM
Feb 2020

To me, they have been shifting from a valid, opposition party since around the 80s. They have crafted themselves into something more like an enemy, as you said. This is not longer a yin-yang relationship and so, that contributes to throwing things out of balance in our system.

They are so top heavy that we can clearly see the party being their main devotion rather than the common good of the country, which is what is both expected and demanded from a public servant who as taken the oath to do so. Terms like rogue and renegade party apply better than any now politically archaic ones like conservative and Republican.

Now, we get to see them pull out all the stops in an effort to try to remain in power, relevant and to take their party to an ascendancy in our politics that it does not deserve in any sensible way. We cannot be held accountable for their failure to adapt and move forward as needed in a very dynamic, fast-changing world that requires appropriate responses in order for our country to survive and thrive. Yet, they would like to give the impression that those outside their bunkers are the cause in order to deflect from the GOPs psychological self-destruction in the face of its present obsolescence and future, demographic irrelevance. Their fear, failure and fight is all based on that and so, why not try to take over the country while you can as a last ditch effort?


(154,994 posts)
20. "when it mattered"
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 06:40 PM
Feb 2020

that's it, right there - they seem to know what is right, but fail to do it WHEN IT MATTERS


(154,994 posts)
23. I have long despised republicans
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 06:57 PM
Feb 2020

but they have gone so low now, I cannot them redeeming themselves as a legitimate party in my lifetime


(118,701 posts)
15. "While I was driving him to the bank, I tried to discourage him from robbing it
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 03:06 PM
Feb 2020

But he did that anyway. And since there was nothing I could do then, I drove him to the airport"


(11,142 posts)
19. Sometimes it really is a little too late.
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 05:50 PM
Feb 2020

Can’t still have your cake once you swallow it, as the saying goes.



(33,643 posts)
26. Now THIS ... this kinda thing is what I want to hear every day from our Dems til November ...
Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:05 PM
Feb 2020


No mealy-mouthed stuff.

No 'he misspoke' or it was 'contrary to the facts' or whatnot.

Nail this fucker, and his enablers, every chance you get.

BRAVO Congressman!


(14,543 posts)
30. Spare me the bullshit. Maybe that should be our standard mantra.....
Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:17 AM
Feb 2020

when addressing Rethugs. Cut 'em off at the pass.




(333 posts)
Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:55 AM
Feb 2020

You see, Lt col vindman still gets to keep his rank and he still gets to retire at full rank, time in grade, and time in service. All trump did was transfer him to another job. He might lose some special pay, but that's it. He gets housing allowances and other benefits for his family. And he gets to retire with honors including an honorable discharge. All he did was get transferred. So what you bet somebody tells this to trump. Although it's highly unlikely given that trump knows he's guilty, but for publicity sake and to instill fear in any future whistleblowers, trump may, upon vindman making the slightest mistake, error in judgment, reduce his rank or set him up for a bad discharge like under other than honorable, bad or misconduct discharge. I don't see trump letting this guy get away with just a job transfer. That's not trump's idea of revenge! From what i've been reading about trump, when he gets a thirst for revenge he goes all the way. He crushes you. Even if you only did a minor thing to upset him. So let's keep a look out, because a bad discharge can ruin this vindman's life.

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