Arguing that “everyone makes mistakes,” Utah Senator Mike Lee defends Trump’s attempted coup attempt while speaking with Fox News hours before the historical trial for Trump’s second impeachment begins.
Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports:
Hours before the second impeachment trial of now-former President Donald Trump began in Washington, Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) said Trump deserved a “mulligan” for his involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.
News and Guts reports:
In golf, a mulligan is a do-over, a free shot. It’s pretending that the previous bad shot didn’t happen.
GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah apparently thinks Donald Trump deserves a mulligan for inciting a riot that killed and maimed police officers, did millions of dollars in damage, and most importantly, destabilized our democracy. But for Lee, all this apparently doesn’t matter.
Lee, appearing on the “America’s Newsroom” program on Fox News, declared:
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is entitled to a mulligan once in a while.
beyond parody pic.twitter.com/HguEJBP6mm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 9, 2021
Lee went on to claim that Trump’s inflammatory words on January 6th were just “outgrowths of the same natural impulse that exist from time to time among anyone in this business.”
As one might imagine, Lee’s attempt to defend Trump for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 during which MAGA terrorists stormed the building to try to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory while leaving five people dead, was met with scorn and derision. For example:
Utah Senator Mike Lee: Every president should be allowed at least one failed coup attempt.
No, really. That’s what he’s saying. https://t.co/3rOj51RXxt
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) February 9, 2021
Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins on Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels, 2018: “We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan.”
Senator Mike Lee on Trump’s actions ahead of the riot, 2021: “Everyone’s entitled to a mulligan once in a while.”
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 9, 2021
If you supported and incited a white, violent mob that stormed the US Capitol and tried to overturn the election, you get a mulligan.
If you’re Black and Brown and get caught with drugs, you get a jail sentence.
The Mike Lee school of law, order and justice.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 9, 2021
“Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is entitled to a mulligan.” An actual US senator (@SenMikeLee) actually said this while defending an actual incitement of insurrection. Really. For real. In real life. pic.twitter.com/pA2NL52zb5
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 9, 2021
When unarmed Black children are killed by police, MAGAs proclaim “why didn’t they just follow orders?”
When a racist President incites insurrection that kills police & undermines our Democracy, Mike Lee proclaims “everyone deserves a mulligan.”
There are two Americas.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) February 9, 2021
To Mike Lee: a coup is not a “mistake” and a riot that results in the death of five people is never deserving of a “mulligan.” This is life and death, not a golf game.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 9, 2021
Bottom line: Utah Senator Mike Lee defends Trump’s attempted coup attempt, arguing that “everyone makes mistakes.”