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Donald Trump’s Not the Main Problem, the Spineless and Hypocritical Republican Party Is

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When it comes to Donald Trump, there’s plenty all of us can say about what a horrific, vile, and disgusting human being he truly is. That being said, we have to at least give him this much credit: He is exactly who he is.

Does he lie a lot? Nearly all of the time. Does he try to portray himself as something he’s not? Most definitely.

However, you have to be an absolute imbecile to not see who Trump really is. That’s why he’s supported by millions of people he’s essentially called mindless sheep who’ll support him no matter what he does. It takes a “special” sort of person to enthusiastically defend and support someone who constantly treats them like they’re morons.

The truth of the matter is, Trump’s not the main problem — the Republican Party is.

Long ago the GOP had a choice to either risk losing the 2016 election by rejecting a candidate they knew had no business being president, or to put party over country by backing and defending someone who’s not mentally sound or competent enough to run this country.

They chose partisan politics over the best interests of the country.

Even now, as Trump’s behavior gets more unhinged and reprehensible, the party’s not abandoning him. Sure, a few of its members have condemned some of the things he’s said, but they haven’t come out and flat-out rejected him as someone they can no longer support as “president.”

As I wrote about the other day, for me, this is no longer about politics. This is about having a “president” who I, along with millions of other Americans, including many Republicans (even though most won’t admit it), don’t believe is mentally sound enough to be this country’s leader. This is about opposing someone who’s tarnishing the dignity of the office, embarrassing this country, and repeatedly proving that he couldn’t give a damn about anyone but himself and what’s best for his own ego.

Yet despite Trump proving on a daily basis that he’s not competent enough to lead this country, the vast majority of the GOP continues to support him, even as they defend behavior that they would never allow a Democrat to get away with.

Imagine the reaction from the GOP and the conservative media if Barack Obama had lashed out at the hosts of Fox & Friends the way Trump did last week at the hosts of Morning Joe. Then think about the total meltdown we’d be seeing from the right if the former president posted a GIF depicting himself violently attacking Fox News in what many took as an endorsement of violence against the media.

They would be going absolutely ballistic.

These are people who bashed Obama for wearing a tan suit, saluting a Marine while he was holding a cup of coffee, putting his feet on his desk, and accused him of faking tears when he spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting.

I kid you not, here’s a direct quote from Rep. Peter King (R-NY) following Obama wearing a tan suit:

There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday. When you have the world watching … a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out —I’m not trying to be trivial here— in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy.

Yet that hypocrite, along with many others, continues to defend Trump.

To Peter King, there’s “no excuse” for Obama wearing a tan suit — yet he defended Trump’s suggestion that, if Hillary Clinton had won, assassinating her might have been a solution.

To run that down, in King’s mind:

  • There was “no excuse” for Obama to wear a tan suit.
  • Trump hinting that assassination could be an option wasn’t a big deal, because he simply misspoke.

That’s one of the aspects to all of this that infuriates me the most. It’s not just Trump’s behavior, it’s the outrageous hypocrisy from the Republican Party that’s defending it when they would be losing their minds if a Democrat were acting like he is.

Donald Trump is absolutely terrible — but it’s the people empowering him to behave how he does who are actually worse.

Right now, the GOP has the power to control Trump. They could say we’re not going to do anything until you start behaving in a manner befitting of the office of the president, they could collectively reject him as someone the party can no longer endorse, and they could push forward with impeachment considering he’s proven, repeatedly, that he’s not fit for office.

But they won’t do that because they’re cowards.

They know if they go against Trump, his cult-like followers would lash out at them the same way this orange buffoon lashes out at people on Twitter. The uproar among the right if the Republican Party did the right thing and said ‘enough is enough, we can’t continue supporting this idiot’ would be unprecedented.

True, many of their political careers might be ruined, and the party, itself, would be tossed into complete chaos — but they’d be doing the right thing. They’re not going to do that.

What most Republicans are going to do is sit back, comically and hypocritically defend Trump’s revolting behavior, and ride it out hoping he eventually resigns from office until they’re forced to take action against him. Until then, most members of the GOP are going to do everything they can to sell out and embarrass this country for the best interests of their own careers and the Republican Party.

So we can bash and criticize Donald Trump all we want — and rightfully so — but we all need to make damn sure that we’re including the entire GOP, along with their millions of supporters, in with him. Without that support, from both elected officials and voters alike, Donald Trump never reaches this point where, every single day, he’s making the United States into a bigger laughingstock all over the world.

I’ll never be ashamed to be an American, but I am embarrassed for my country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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