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Friday, January 18, 2019

What an election year. I feel like I’ve been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are fiction, bizarre is normal and corruption is a virtue. Am I hallucinating? Or has this insanity really happened?

Since I can’t yet conjure up the deep meanings (or lack thereof) in this year’s national vote, I’ll offer instead a reflection on some of the oddities from this rutted and pot-holed general election road we’ve traveled, jouncing through the destruction brought largely by the furies howling from deep within The Donald.

Trump on his own splendiforousness:

“No one RESPECTS WOMEN more than me.”

“Nobody BUILDS WALLS better than me, believe me.”

“MY IQ is one of the highest.”

“Nobody knows more about TAXES than me.”

“Nobody knows BANKING better than I do.”

“I have a great relationship with THE BLACKS.”

“There’s nobody that’s done so much for EQUALITY as I have.”

“I’m the LEAST RACIST person you’ll ever meet.”

“Nobody’s ever been more SUCCESSFUL than me.”

“Nobody knows THE SYSTEM better than me.”

“I’m REALLY RICH. And by the way, I’m not even saying that in a braggadocious way.”

“There’s nobody who feels more strongly about WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES!”

“There has to be SOME FORM OF PUNISHMENT [for women who seek abortions].”

Finally, who can forget Trump’s assessment of his own magnificence in a 2015 Lincoln Day speech, when he declared: “Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing.” Honest Abe couldn’t have said it better, could he?

Trump’s limitless ego wasn’t the worst of the spectacle, of course. Again and again this year, packs of Republican Congress critters rushed to the media to denounce the boorish comments and bullying behavior of their party’s presidential nominee. And then, having blasted Trump as being somewhere between thuggish and morally depraved, they proceeded to urge voters to elect the brute our nation’s leader.

The worst of these gutless lawmakers are the top two GOP leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Like clowns in a jack-in-the-box, they kept popping out to decry The Donald’s latest attack on the people he hates. Then this pitiful duo meekly folded back into the box, reiterating that, well, they would still endorse him to be president of our U.S. of A! For example, after October’s stunning revelation that Trump had bragged on video about how easy it is for him to assault women sexually, here came McConnell, professing outrage: “As the father of three daughters,” he sputtered, “I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize … for the utter lack of respect for women.” In turn, Ryan proclaimed that he was “sickened by what I heard.” Nonetheless, neither Mitch nor Paul was offended enough to withdraw his embrace of Trump, instead insisting that the misogynist should be our president. How sickening is that?

Then came the Congressional two-step, a Republican line-dance featuring stalwarts so appalled by the Trump Access Hollywood video that they summoned the integrity to withdraw their endorsement of the serial groper. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska declared Trump’s attitude “disgusting and totally unacceptable under any circumstance,” calling on him to withdraw; Sen. John Thune of South Dakota also demanded that the nominee step down, fuming that Trump’s boasting of grabbing women’s genitals was “more offensive than anything that [he] had seen” from the narcissistic candidate. At last, some political courage! But only momentarily. Scorched by a furious backlash from Donald diehards, Fischer and Thune quickly stepped back into line, obediently dancing again to Trump’s tune and pledging anew to support him.

Even though I still can’t make sense of it all, I do know that now more than ever it is important for us to continue to organize and mobilize across the country around populist issues and local campaigns. The Working Families Party, the Greens, the majority of Democrats (including Hillary backers) and the no-party people are in open rebellion and change is coming. To advance it, thousands of us Berniecrats have launched Our Revolution, an independent, state-based political network that flows from, and is building on, the progress and grassroots structures of Sanders’ seminal run. It’s already organizing for next year’s local elections and looking toward the 2018 congressional races, the 2020 presidential contest — and beyond.

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IMAGE: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) meets with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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9 responses to “The GOP Two-Step: Republican Trump Critics Fall In Line”

  1. Thoughtopsy says:

    Well that’s just unfair.
    When you put all his statements in writing in a row like that, Pred-Elect F**kstick Von Clownface just sounds like a complete moron.


  2. bernicemowrey says:

    One yr ago I decided to abandon my office work and i couldn’t be happier now… I started doing a job from my house, over a site I stumbled upon over internet, several hrs daily, and I earn much more than i did on my old job… My check for last month was for 9 thousand bucks… Superb thing about this is that i have more free time to spend with my family…

  3. 1standlastword says:

    If the democratic ideals are better than republican ideals why can’t democrats win races and govern in a way that all The People can see progressive policies are superior??

    Let’s just take the recent history into account. How do republicans ignite a preemptive war that ignites a worldwide terrorist network that is spreading all over Europe, Asia, Africa and America, plus cause a humanitarian crisis the worst since WWII, precipitate an economic crisis that spreads across the world and still win political races???

    How did a party so rotten totally *SMASH* democrats?!

    Are they that good at cheating? Do they have that much more $$$$$$? Are they that much smarter? Or is this NOW a country with just one political party?

    I am processing the thought that the republican party has evolved with the Trump movement that was the Tea Party that was the Neoconservative movement while the democratic party apparently hasn’t evolved at all. It appears to have completely, totally crashed and burned all at once…that is stunning!

    • dbtheonly says:

      Start with a RWMO that consistently trumpets RW talking points and packages it as “fair and balanced” news.

      Add attacks on education and downplay any real knowledge of history. When a High School Senior can assert that Jerry Ford became President when Chester Arthur was assassinated; something is dreadfully wrong.

      Mix in Twitter, which reduces everything to 140 characters or less. This allows for sloganeering but not discussion of serious issues.

      Add a for-profit Lamestream Media, terrified of being called “liberal” with the attendant boycotts. This brings the twin problems of “both sides do it” and every criticism of one candidate must be matched by one of the other. Also adds the false equivalencies.

      Mix in virtually unlimited Radical Rich money, though the self-interest of the Coal Barons is pretty blatant. Money plays a larger role the further down the election levels you go.

      The result is as you see it.

      • 1standlastword says:

        Money, lies, deception, trickery, deceit…and where were the democrats, what where they doing while the republicans were winning with these stratagems?

        I suggest the 2 party political system we’ve been seeing is like watching a World Wrestling Federation championship match….you know they aren’t really fighting…it’s all play acting and in the end both opponents get paid and when its over, ‘We The People’ who have paid to see the act go home to bed, get up in the morning and start the next day in a life long series of workdays…..

  4. In light of Trump’s daily expressions of his splendor and magnificence, and despite his obvious infatuation with himself, the GOP like any career opportunists is so shallow and devoid of principles and morals that they line up behind Trump, like sheep and goats being led to pasture.

  5. Jon says:

    Trump has showered us with so many statements about his excellence it is difficult to recall all of them. “I am a really smart guy.” “I’m intelligent. Some people say I’m very, very, very intelligent.” “I’ll win the Latino vote because I’ll create jobs.” “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” “I cherish women. I want to help women.” “I’ve never had trouble in bed.” “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me.” “Every guy in the country wants to go out with my daughter.” Women:”You have to treat them like sh*t.” “The show is Trump. And it is sold-out performances everywhere.” “Nothing wrong with ego.” “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.” “Power corrupts.” “Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.” “I know how to sell. Selling is life.” “I really value my reputation and I don’t hesitate to sue.” “My brand became more famous as I became more famous, more opportunities presented themselves.” “Fighting for the last penny is a very good philosophy to have.” “I don’t like to lose.” “I’ll do what I have to do.” “I do things by instinct.” “My moves are totally uncalculated.” “Just go after them as viciously and violently as you can.” “Sometimes, part of making a deal is denigrating your competition.” “I can be a killer and a nice guy” “You have to be ruthless.” “You’re either born with it or you’re not.” “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest—and you know it!” “I’m so good looking.” “People are too trusting.” “I’ve done an incredible job.” “I’m a guy who lies awake at night and thinks and plots.”
    Those are a few more words of wisdom from the yet to be pardoned turkey.

  6. missygreen says:

    It’s been one yr since I finally left my old job and i couldn’t be happier now… I started doing work on-line, for a company I discovered over internet, for a few hrs each day, and I earn much more than i did on my old job… Pay-check i got for last month was for Nine thousand bucks… Great thing about it is that i have more time with my family…

  7. Here’s a thought: Since critics of Obama have been so delighted to constantly harass Obama and the Clinton’s, we should have someone compile a list of Trump’s egregious comments and behavior and put them on a DVD and have several on-air misanthropic segments and base accusations played periodically to remind Trump and his supporters and enablers of what Donald truly represents. The DVD should also show segments of the gung-ho responses he’s been getting from sordid and depraved elements in American society.
    What Donald has said, and his incendiary rhetoric should be played again and again so as to remind him that there are consequences for words said with the intent to harm and demean. He must never be allowed to have a free pass on being amoral and depraved, and never be allowed to utter the phrase “Time to move on”. And society owes itself to counter the effects of the constant chants of “Lock Her Up”, the imperious references to “Lyin’ Cruz”, “Little Marco”, and the constant questioning of Obama’s birth.

    This isn’t personal, it’s just “Turnabout is fair play”, and the GOP needs to have its feet kept in the fire. What has gone around, must come back around.

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