President Obama announced his plans to finally close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and not surprisingly, Republicans lost their ever-loving minds. Admittedly though, even being aware of the usual hysterics common among conservatives, it was still a bit of a surprise when the President’s plan to move detainees out of the facility was compared to the “Trail of Tears.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) made this absurd comparison on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom.
Our process is to go to the court. The court is likely not to rule quickly. It’s an old example, but Andy Jackson, the founder of the Democratic Party, in the Trail of Tears defied the Supreme Court and marched Native Americans to their deaths.
Seriously, this jackass got on national TV and compared the closing of a prison known around the world for torture, with one of the most well-known and shameful injustices ever committed against the Native Americans.
The Trail of Tears was the forced relocation of the entire Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in the 1830s under President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act. An estimated 4,000 people died along the way.
Issa questioned whether the military would follow orders that he deemed unlawful.
Are they going to obey an unlawful order, an unlawful order to move people from Guantanamo, an unlawful order to close the base?
The delusional conservative congressman then explained that the deaths of thousands of people on the Trail of Tears could have been completely avoided if the military had just refused to obey unlawful orders.
Remember the Trail of Tears was only possible, the murder of those Native Americans was only possible, because the military obeyed an order in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court. So do I believe that the military may push back on the President if he’s given an unlawful order? Actually, I do. I can see flag officers resigning rather than obeying a clearly unlawful order.
Watch Issa’s WTF analogy for yourself, here:
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