Sunday, June 06, 2021

Is the GOP willing to give up democracy to a Trump autocracy?

Russians favored over US Press

What is wrong with the GOP? I’ve been critical of the Trump presidency these last four years, and am still exhausted from the experience. It is unbelievable that there are any Trump loving voters left in the Republican party, but instead we see a large majority of Republicans who see Trump as the leader of the Republican party. Some even believe his “big lie” that the election was stolen by Democrats and Trump is the true President.

We've all been through the Trump Presidency and know how bad it was. It is unforgivable for Republicans to perpetuate the “big lie” and not speak out against it. Republican leaders must leave the crazy train, yet we see more and more Republican leaders who not only praise Trump, but also act as insane as Trump himself.

A friend has enumerated some of the damaging, illegal and just crazy things that Trump has done that I have listed below.  This should make it clear that he is a real danger to American democracy should he re-enter politics.

Trump incited Insurrection
He tried to block all Muslims from entering the country. 

Trump incited an insurrection against the government. 

He mismanaged a pandemic that killed nearly half a million Americans.

He separated children from their families and then lost those children in the bureaucracy. 

He tear-gassed peaceful protesters on Lafayette Square so he could get a photo op holding a bible in front of a church.

He got impeached and then got impeached again. 

Tear gas used on peaceful protestors

He had the worst jobs record of any president in modern history. 

He pressured Ukraine to dig dirt on Joe Biden.

He fired the FBI director for investigating his ties to Russia and then bragged about firing the FBI director on TV. 

He took Vladimir Putin’s word over the US intelligence community. 

Trump submissive to Putin at Helsinki
He diverted military funding to build his wall. 

He caused the longest government shutdown in US history. 

He called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate”. 

He lied nearly 30,000 times during his Presidential term. 

He banned transgender people from serving in the military. 

He ejected reporters from the White House briefing room who asked tough questions. 

He vetoed the defense funding bill because it renamed military bases named for Confederate soldiers. 

He refused to release his tax returns. 

He increased the national debt by nearly $8 trillion. 

He had three of the highest annual trade deficits in U.S. History. 

He called veterans and soldiers who died in combat losers and suckers. 

Trump signals he's OK with Saudi Prince 
He coddled the leader of Saudi Arabia after he ordered the execution and dismembering of a US-based journalist.

He refused to concede the 2020 election. 

He hired his unqualified daughter and son-in-law to work in the White House. 

He walked out of an interview with Lesley Stahl. 

Neo-Nazi rally at Charlottesville

He called neo-Nazis “very fine people.” 

He suggested that people should inject bleach into their bodies to fight COVID. 

He abandoned our allies the Kurds to Turkey. 

He pushed through massive tax cuts for the wealthiest but balked at helping working Americans. 

He incited anti-lockdown protestors in several states at the height of the pandemic.

He withdrew the US from the Paris climate accords. 

He withdrew the US from the Iranian nuclear deal. 

He withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership which was designed to block China’s advances. 

He insulted his own Cabinet members on Twitter. 

He pushed the leader of Montenegro out of the way during a photo op. 

He failed to reiterate US commitment to defending NATO allies. 

He called Haiti and African nations “shithole” countries. 

He called the city of Baltimore the “worst in the nation.” 

He claimed that he single handedly brought back the phrase “Merry Christmas” even though it hadn’t gone anywhere. 

He forced his Cabinet members to praise him publicly like some cult leader. 

He believed he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

He berated and belittled his hand-picked Attorney General when he recused himself from the Russia probe. 

He suggested the US should buy Greenland. 

He colluded with Mitch McConnell to push through federal judges and two Supreme Court justices after supporting efforts to prevent his predecessor from appointing judges. 

He repeatedly called the media “enemies of the people.” 

He claimed that if we tested fewer people for COVID we’d have fewer cases. 

He violated the emoluments clause. 

He thought that Nambia was a country. 

He told Bob Woodward in private that the coronavirus was a big deal but then downplayed it in public. 

He called his exceedingly faithful vice president a “p---y” for following the Constitution. 

He nearly got us into a war with Iran after threatening them by tweet. 

He nominated a corrupt head of the EPA. He nominated a corrupt head of HHS. He nominated a corrupt head of the Interior Department. He nominated a corrupt head of the USDA. 

He praised dictators and authoritarians around the world while criticizing allies. 

He refused to allow the presidential transition to begin. 

He insulted war hero John McCain – even after his death. 

He spent an obscene amount of time playing golf after criticizing Barack Obama for playing (far less) golf while president. 

He falsely claimed that he won the 2016 popular vote. 

He called the Muslim mayor of London a “stone cold loser.” 

He falsely claimed that he turned down being Time’s Man of the Year. 

He considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller on several occasions. 

He mocked wearing face masks to guard against transmitting COVID. 

He locked Congress out of its constitutional duty to confirm Cabinet officials by hiring acting ones. 

He used a racist dog whistle by calling COVID the “China virus.” 

He hired and associated with numerous shady figures that were eventually convicted of federal offenses including his campaign manager and national security adviser. 

He pardoned several of his shady convicted associates. 

He gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two congressman who amplified his batshit crazy conspiracy theories. 

He got into a telephone fight with the leader of Australia(!). 

He had a Secretary of State who called him a moron. 

He forced his press secretary to claim without merit that his was the largest inauguration crowd in history. 

He botched the COVID vaccine rollout. 

He tweeted so much dangerous propaganda that Twitter eventually banned him. 

He charged the Secret Service jacked-up rates at his properties. 

He constantly interrupted Joe Biden in their first presidential debate. 

He claimed that COVID would “magically” disappear. 

He called a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas.” 

He used his Twitter account to blast Nordstrom when it stopped selling Ivanka’s merchandise.

He opened up millions of pristine federal lands to development and drilling. 

He got into a losing tariff war with China that forced US taxpayers to bail out farmers and claimed that his losing tariff war was a win for the US. 

He ignored or didn’t even take part in daily intelligence briefings. 

He blew off honoring American war dead in France because it was raining. 

He redesigned Air Force One to look like the Trump Shuttle. 

He got played by Kim Jung Un and his “love letters.” 

He threatened to go after social media companies in clear violation of the Constitution. 

He botched the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans when he finally visited them. 

He pressured the governor and secretary of state of Georgia to “find” him votes. 

He thought that the Virgin Islands had a President. 

He drew on a map with a Sharpie to justify his inaccurate tweet that Alabama was threatened by a hurricane. 

He allowed White House staff to use personal email accounts for official businesses after blasting Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing. 

He rolled back regulations that protected the public from mercury and asbestos hazards. He pushed regulators to waste time studying snake-oil remedies for COVID. He rolled back regulations that stopped coal companies from dumping waste into rivers. 

He held blatant campaign rallies at the White House. 

He tried to take away millions of Americans’ health insurance because the law was named for a Black man. 

He refused to attend his successors’ inauguration. 

He nominated the worst Education Secretary in history. 

He threatened judges who didn’t do what he wanted. 

He attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

He promised that Mexico would pay for the wall (They didn’t). 

He allowed political hacks to overrule government scientists on major reports on climate change and other issues. 

He struggled navigating a ramp after claiming his opponent was feeble. 

He called an African-American Congresswoman “low IQ.” 

He threatened to withhold federal aid from states and cities with Democratic leaders. 

He went ahead with rallies filled with maskless supporters in the middle of a pandemic, one of which caused the death of Herman Cain from COVID-19. 

He claimed that legitimate investigations of his wrongdoing were “witch hunts.” 

He seemed to demonstrate a belief that there were airports during the American Revolution. 

He demanded “total loyalty” from the FBI director. 

He praised a conspiracy theory that Democrats are Satanic pedophiles. 

He completely gutted the Voice of America. 

He placed a political hack in charge of the Postal Service. 

He claimed without evidence that the Obama administration bugged Trump Tower. 

He claimed that the 2020 election was rigged and the democrats stole it. He claims he will be reinstated as President in August of 2021.

There are many more serious and nefarious acts that Trump has undertaken since he was elected.  The list could be much larger than those issues cited.

He is a dangerous man who is totally incapable of being a President of all the people and has been described as having dangerous autocratic tendencies. He is a threat to American democracy. Watching the GOP support this is frustrating and concerning.

So what is wrong with the GOP? One possibility is that they see themselves as a shrinking party with no way to continue to win elections unless they marry themselves to Trump. Trump seems to have convinced most of his cult following that he is the best person to lead the GOP. The GOP as a whole believes it is easier to get those cult followers votes if they join Trump in his insanity, rather than prove his insanity to the cult followers. 

Additionally, we see the GOP standing by Trump by rejecting the January 6th insurrection bipartisan investigation. We see the state level GOP leaders pushing the lie that election fraud caused Biden to win by creating laws that suppress voting rights and hiring a fake investigation of votes of certain states districts lost by Trump. 

Thoughtful and concerned citizens should realize that our democracy is fragile.  The power of the ruling party can be used in nefarious ways to destroy that democracy.  Citizens should be aware that the GOP no longer is a party for the people and instead has shown itself to be an anti-democracy cult full of conspiracy theorists who only want to remain in power because of what that power can mean to them personally.  To them it is power to avoid prosecution of serious crimes. It is power to evoke huge monetary gains by grifting off the taxpayer.  It is power to create state level laws that suppress voting rights.  It is power to obtain millions of dollars from lobbyists who keep them in office.  All they need from you is to believe their lies and give them your vote.  After that they do not care about you anymore and will cater only to the needs of the richest of Americans.

Democracy needs politicians who will do what's best for the country and not their party or themselves.  Democracy must be based on truth and politicians that lie cannot be a part of democracy.  Voters must vote wisely because when a party has gone off the rails like the GOP, it is time to vote them out.