Now-Deposed Ivory Coast Dictator Still Getting a Boost from C-Street Conservatives
Now that the fighting is over, there remain a lot of questions about actions by soldiers on both sides of the Ivory Coast civil conflict, which caused massive bloodshed and involved reported atrocities. In a phone conversation with the new president, Alassane Outtara, President Obama emphasized the importance of investigating these crimes on both sides.
But one thing there's little question about is that now-deposed former leader Laurent Gbagbo -- currently awaiting national and international charges in the Ivory Coast after being arrested -- illegally remained in power even after losing an election, leading to the fighting.
So why are Republicans in DC rushing to Gbagbo's defense, even though he's gone and there's international consensus that he's gone for a just reason? As AlterNet recently noted and Salon's Justin Elliot explained in an extensive run-down, it's because of Gbagbo's ties to The Fellowship, the secretive right-wing Christian organization that has its tentacles in the DC establishment via its C Street house.
But now that Ggabo is gone, the conservative support isn't going away.
Even worse, as TPM noted yesterday, Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., has directly contradicted the Obama administration's (and much of the world's) position on the Ivory Coast elections in a letter to Hillary Clinton, arguing for a new vote -- even though the last round of voting was found to be fair.
Watch the video below, from TPM: