When Donald Trump called women “pigs”, Republican politicians said it was no big deal.
When Trump called Mexicans killers and rapists who are ethnically unfit to try any legal case related to his businesses, the GOP said they didn’t understand what everyone was getting so upset about.
WHen Trump shouted out that he wanted his followers to start beating up anti-Trump protesters, Republican Party officials said not to worry, because Trump was just saying what everybody else was thinking.
When Trump suggested that KKK Grand Wizard might not be such a bad guy, Republican politicians nodded their heads in approval.
When Trump mocked people with disabilities, the leaders of the GOP said it was unfair to criticize him.
When Trump accused the parents of a captain killed while serving in the U.S. military of trying to impose sharia law on the USA, GOP leaders said that Trump was showing strong leadership.
When Trump called for torture, the assassination of children, carpet bombing of civilian cities, mass execution without trial, and putting people in concentration camps if they don’t belong to a government-approved religion, Republican politicians applauded.
When Trump screamed “lock her up”, Republicans roared in approval.
When Trump bragged about how he could get away with sexually assaulting women, Republicans politicians said it was okay because all guys talk like that.
When Trump said he could shoot someone in the middle of the street and his supporters would stand by him, GOP leaders said it was an impressive marketing technique.
But now, after almost two years of excusing practically every form of abusive, crude, violent behavior a person could possibly commit, Republican leaders are cautioning that Donald Trump should stop criticizing corruption, because anti-corruption talk isn’t presidential.
It sounds like a joke, like an exaggeration, but it’s actually happening. In a week when Donald Trump’s children were caught twice trying to charge money for access to Donald Trump, including at least once for a meeting scheduled after Trump is sworn in as President, and when Trump himself was caught pressuring diplomats from Kuwait to pay one of his hotels to host an expensive event, Newt Gingrich has announced that the reason Donald Trump has walked away from his campaign promise to end corruption in Washington D.C., to “Drain the Swamp”, is because “the next president of the United States, that he should be marginally more dignified than talking about alligators in swamps”.
Do they really think we’re going to buy this? Do they really think it’s plausible to claim that Donald Trump all of a sudden reversed course after Election Day to embrace corruption because Trump is just too dignified to confront the rampant bribery going on in his transition team?
No, of course Newt Gingrich and his buddies in the Republican elite don’t think that Americans believe their ridiculous justifications of the most corrupt President Elect in American history. They know that Republican voters don’t really care about corruption.
Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and their friends know that Republican voters don’t care about ethics, or morality, or the rule of law, just so long as they can have a President who entertains them by shouting weird conspiracy theories about a War on Christmas, builds walls like the had in East Germany, and is using to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” at the drop of a hat.
Donald Trump and his cadre of swamp dwellers have decided that Republican voters are so stupid that they don’t have anything to lose, and might as well grab all the money for themselves that they can while they have the keys to the White House and control over Congress and the Supreme Court.
Really, who is going to stand up to them?
That’s not a rhetorical question. I’m asking you, readers: Who is going to stand up to this?