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State legislators in Ohio are trying to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine for implementing modest public health measures during a raging pandemic:

A total of 12 Articles of Impeachment have officially been filed against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Those articles were filed by State Rep. John Becker (R-Union Township) and were joined by Representatives Keller, Vitale and Zeltwanger.

The representatives argue that the governor has abused his power during the coronavirus pandemic and cites his veto of Senate Bill 55, along with threatened vetoes against other General Assembly legislation, including Senate Bill 311, which aims to severely limit the powers of the governor during a pandemic.

In a release sent to the media, Rep. Becker’s office said, “Governor DeWine’s mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open. He weaponized the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to bully and harass businesses and the people; to enforce a statewide mask mandate and other controversial measures of dubious “value,” making Ohio a hostile work environment.”

The statement goes on to mention the governor’s inclusion of places of worship during shutdown orders and the mask mandate which has been in effect in one state or another since the summer.

“Rather than hearing the cries of Ohioans, Governor DeWine continues to stifle those cries by finding more inventive ways to use masks to muffle the voices of the people,” said Representative Becker in the statement. “He continues to have callous disregard for the fact that his isolation policies have led to a shockingly high number of suicides, alarming rates of drug abuse, persistently high unemployment, and the forced abandonment of the elderly by their loved ones.”

I assume the use of Title VII language regarding having transformed the state into a hostile work environment is just Ben Shapiro-level trolling, but these people are clearly out of their tiny little minds, so who knows?

After four years of doing rails of primo conspiracy theory off Donald Trump’s feculent ass, the Republican party’s electoral base is rapidly hunting any non-lunatic GOP office holders into extinction. What will be left will reflect the mixture of right wing religious wack jobs, you’re not the boss of me libertarians, new gilded age aspiring plutocrats, proud boy white supremacists, raging misogynist incels, and general free range sociopaths that makes up the bulk of the approximately 74.5 million people who voted to retain Trump as president of the United States.

Two thirds of the Americans who had the legal right to vote to eject Trump from the office he has befouled every day for the last 1,411 days chose not to do so. One third of this country is sane, one third is insane, and the other third is too indifferent or disaffected to help save the former from the latter.

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