In his 24 years in Congress, I don’t think long-retired Speaker of the House John Boehner ever called a single other lawmaker a “legislative terrorist.” But that’s the designation he held for his fellow Ohioan Jim Jordan, most recently famous for ranting his way through five different days of public impeachment inquiry hearings. And it’s one that Brent Larkin, a writer for the Cleveland website associated with their newspaper the Plain Dealer, not only agreed with, but added to with a few descriptions of his own.
It’s no mistake that we used the word “takedown” in our title here — as a wrestling coach at Ohio State, Jim likely used the word often himself. And that wrestling team has proved to be the bane of his existence some 25 years after he left the school, now that he’s dogged by allegations that he covered up the school’s sports doctor’s sexual abuse of student-athletes at the university: More than 1,400 incidents simply called “sexual assault” and almost 50 classified as “rape.”
Jordan is somehow able to blow that off as easily as he does the nearly two dozen credible sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, the man he’s now allegiant to.
And his placement at the impeachment hearings was a bit of a full nelson put on Democrats as well — he was appointed to the Committee responsible for holding them just days before they began, due to that same reputation that both John Boehner and the reporter from Jordan’s own newspaper of record recall about him.
Larkin goes on to call Jordan “the ideal bootlicker” before appropriating even more descriptors from other sources: “Guided by bigotry, seized by conspiracy theories, dismissive of facts and truth, indifferent to ethics, contemptuous of institutional norms and ruthlessly dedicated to the success of a demagogue.” That’s language Larkin lifted from a Washington Post article from earlier this month that called Jordan and his detestable counterpart inside the West Wing, white supremacist Stephen Miller, “truly Trumpian.”
We couldn’t agree more, and we’ve never agreed with more people who hated a single person in one article.
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