Category: Conservatives

Sen Isakson: No Problem with Trump’s Growing Authoritarianism

ABC News on Sunday released a video of a series of interviews with President Trump by correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Trump at one point stated that Article 2 of the Constitution “allows me to do whatever I want.”

And what will be Senator Johnny Isakson’s response to Trump’s claim that the Constitution gives him he  unchecked executive power? Our prediction: Isakson will give the stock answer he has given to every other Trump lie or statement that shows utter contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, democratic norms, and common human decency:

“We muster elect this man President for four more years!”

Canada Doubles Down on Support for Abortions Abroad

“Trump has cut U.S. support for abortions abroad. Canada’s Trudeau is now doubling down on that aid.”
One of the great ironies of modern politics is all the energy that Republicans are putting into appointing right-wing ideologues to the Supreme Court, with the aim of someday overturning Roe v. Wade and putting an end to abortion, will not, in the end, put an end to abortion. I mean, a stunning characteristic of the Republican base is that they tell us they know what a lying, dishonest, racist, xenophobic, misogynist, demagogic bullying thug Trump is–they just don’t care, as long as Trump appoints the right stuff to the Supreme Court.
So, we have a generation of Republicans who invoke Jesus’ name in support of things He never said one word about–abortion and gay rights–while completely ignoring the central tenets of Jesus’ teachings: the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule.
The crowning irony: even if a right-wing Supreme Court should someday reverse Roe v. Wade, it will not end abortion. It will only throw  the issue into the laps of State legislatures–in a country where the pro-choicers are an overwhelming majority. Many states will undoubtedly allow abortions to continue. They will become the mecca to which residents of no-abortion states will flee to have the procedure performed.
And, of course, nearby foreign countries and territories will also be available to pick up the slack.
That is why Prime Minister Trudeau’s act to increase Canada’s funding to protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women in developing countries is so important. It is a harbinger of things to come. If Canada is willing to take this step now, what will it do to fill the gap if some U.S. States outlaw abortion?
Final question: what proportion of America’s female population will be within an hour’s plane ride of a state or country where abortion is allowed, if some states someday outlaw it all together? For that matter, how many American females will be a one hour or less car ride from a pro-choice state or country?
What a fool’s errand Republicans are on, This is where pure ignorance, and electing the village idiot president, will get you.

Johnny Isakson as Trump’s Acolyte: #2

//Senator Johnny Isakson Endorses Trump’s Embrace of Kim Jong Un//

Georgia Senator Isakson has remained a faithful supporter of Donald Trump since Trump became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The various vicissitudes of Trump’s presidency has brought only rare and minor rebukes from Isakson. Isakson has been in the forefront of Republicans shrugging off Trump’s epic misconduct and wrongdoing.

And now, Isakson is endorsing Trump’s re-election—meaning, Isakson is giving his stamp of approval to every word Trump has spoken and every deed he has committed.

IndieDems is so impressed with Isakson’s steadfastness, we have decided to honor him by linking him in separate posts to Trump’s words and deeds. We will present the facts, and then render what Isakson’s track record and previous stands seem to show is his current position.

On June 11, we linked Isakson with the Trump Administrations multi-dimensional corruption, as recently exemplified by Labor Secretary Chao’s flagrant exploitation of her official position to benefit her family’s business interests.

In this post, we show how Senator Johnny Isakson is inextricably linked to a deeper pathology — Trump and the GOP’s growing embrace of authoritarianism and oppressive foreign authoritarian leaders.

Here are the latest headlines:

Senator Isakson says:

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and the above headlines just warm my Trump-loving heart. I am ever so proud of President Trump’s refusal to spy on North Korea or Kim Jong Un. This is a fine continuation of Trump’s other policy that I have so firmly endorsed—his rejection of the entire Intelligence Community’s findings about Russia’s massive interference in our 2016 elections. I and Trump intend to maintain our passivity, despite the Mueller Report’s uncontested finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election ‘in sweeping and systematic fashion’ and ‘violated U.S. criminal law.’ Trump and I are unimpressed that Mueller himself, in his swan song press conference, underscored the point by saying ‘Russian intelligence officers, who are part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system.’ ”

“Let me tell you, it takes courage for me and Trump to continue to take the word of Putin over U.S. Intelligence agencies!”

“And now Trump has chosen to kick the intelligence agencies in the butt again by shaming them for spying on his great love, Kim Jong Un! Oh, aren’t we lucky to have this man as our president!”

“Trump’s refusal to spy on North Korea shows once more what Republican government is all about. It’s the Republicanism that I support!  After all, this is the same Trump that gave us Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and the Mueller-indicted Five: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen. Brings back nostalgia for those other great Republican heroes, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew.”

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and I am ever so proud of all my colleagues named above, and proud to be supporting for re-election the man who brought them to power: Donald Trump, the bestest President the United States ever had! I look forward to bringing the American people five and one-half years more of what has gone before.”

Honoring Johnny Isakson’s Faithful Support for Donald Trump

//Senator Johnny Isakson Endorses Trump Administration’s Corruption//

Georgia Senator Isakson has remained a faithful supporter of Donald Trump since Trump became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The various vicissitudes of Trump’s presidency has brought only rare and minor rebukes from Isakson.

But now, Isakson is endorsing Trump’s re-election—meaning, Isakson is giving his stamp of approval to every word Trump has spoken and every deed he has committed.

IndieDems is so impressed with Isakson’s steadfastness, we have decided to honor him by linking him in a separate article to Trump’s words and deeds. We will present the facts, and then render what Isakson’s track record and previous stands seem to show is his current position.

We start with Elaine Chao, Trump’s Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senator Isakson says:

“I am ever so proud of Elaine Chao, and proud of my vote to approve her selection as the Republican Secretary of Transportation. As the headlines show, she is carrying on in the fine tradition of the Republican Party and the Trump Administration. She is a key player in our campaign to make America great again. She’s just the kind of leader America needs, and that President Trump and I have provided. Elaine Chao is what Republican government is all about. It’s the Republicanism that I support!  She is in the same league as Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and the Mueller-indicted Five: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen.”

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and I am ever so proud of all my colleagues named above, and proud to be supporting for re-election the man who brought them to power: Donald Trump, the bestest President the United States ever had! I look forward to bringing the American people five and one-half years more of what has gone before.”

“In parting, let me pay my respects to some other Republicans who represent the heart and soul of the Republican Party: Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew, “

Isakson and Trump March Toward a Better America, cont.

Senator Johnny Isakson has never wavered in his support for Donald Trump to be President of the United States. Sure, he has taken an occasional mild dissent to some Trump policy, or to some aspect of some Trump, policy but has never come close to separating himself from Trump altogether. Isakson has a 92 percent approval rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood.

The litmus test of where a Republican politician stands on Donald Trump’s presidency is very simple: does he or she support Trump’s re-election as President in 2020? A “yes” vote, ipso facto, means the Republican gives a stamp of approval to every policy, Tweet, and statement emanating from Donald Trump. “Yes” means the Republican is quite comfortable with whatever Trump has done, and approves his continuing to do it for another four years. A rare vote against Trump, verbal dissent, or some other form of a rap on Trump’s knuckles does not amount to a pitcher of warm spit.

Let there be no doubt about it. Johnny Isakson really believes Donald Trump is making America great again and believes he deserves another four years to continue doing it. With that in mind, here are some recent examples of Johnny Isakson’s view of what constitutes good government.

White House asked Navy to hide USS John S. McCain during Trump’s Japan visit: report
“As recently as March, Trump was trashing the late Viet Nam war hero, former prisoner of war, and elder statesman.”

Mitch McConnell just proved he’ll do anything to pack the Supreme Court
“McConnell’s nakedly political aim of cramming the Supreme Court with justices who will undo more than seven decades of precedent. They’ll do the bidding of corporate interests, undercut voting rights and empower billionaires to buy elections.”

When will the Republican silence on Trump end?
By William S. Cohen, a former Republican congressman, senator and defense secretary who served on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 during the Watergate impeachment inquiry.

  • “The silence of Republicans today in the face of presidential behavior that is unacceptable by any reasonable standard is both striking and deeply disappointing.”
  • “I can attest that Congress never intended to subcontract out its investigative powers to the executive branch.”

IndieDems note: Just out of curiosity, Senator Isakson. What makes you so much smarter then William Cohen?

But Johnny Isakson and Donald Trump today really struck a blow for good government and brilliant policies with the following announcement:

Trump Says U.S. Will Hit Mexico With 5% Tariffs on All Goods
“An across-the-board tariff on all Mexican goods would exact a serious toll on American consumers and corporations, and is likely to generate significant opposition among businesses. Rufus Yerxa, the president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents the nation’s largest exporters, called the move ‘a colossal blunder.’ ”

Comment: And to think, Senator Isakson, in the face of such brilliance, that even many prominent conservatives have been labeling the Republican Party under you and Trump as “morally and intellectually corrupt.” Congratulations on your fortitude in standing by Trump as he pursues his and your vision of America’s future.

Read More: See our recent report on the Isakson-Trump alliance.

Trump and Johnny Isakson: The Sorry Result of Their Collusion

IndieDems note: The media stories reporting the chaos, corruption, and incompetence of the Trump Administration, and the moral and intellectual corruption of its leader, were coming so fast and furious in recent days, we decided to compile a selective list of them. Let us emphasize: the list not the result of deep Google searches. It’s derived from the front page headlines of the media sources that come across our inbox daily. It is by no means exhaustive. We have to run fast to stay even halfway up to date.
To give recognition where it is due, IndieDems has attached to each article an annotation attributed to Senator Johnny Isakson, giving our interpretation of his likely thinking based on his three years of support for Donald Trump.

A Few Days Headlines on the Chaos, Corruption, and Incompetence of Donald Trump, with Annotations attributed by IndieDems to Senator Johnny Isakson, based on his track record of support for Trump for three years.  

Trump Circumvents Congress to Sell Weapons to Middle East Allies
Congressional oversight, says Johnny Isakson? What the heck is that, and why should I give a damn? 

Trump has shown his contempt for Congress. Will Congress reciprocate?
Why, our fine President is just doing his job, says Isakson. Hey, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. Together, me and Trump are making America great again! 

Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war
“The Saudi-led effort, which has targeted civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments from getting to Yemenis, has been faulted by human rights organizations for exacerbating what the United Nations has deemed the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.”
Yemen, says Senator Isakson. Where the devil is that? Don’t seem that any of them contributed to my campaign fund.

MBS is not reining in his thuggery. That’s bad news for Saudi activists.
Says Senator Isakson: Murder? Authoritarianism? Denial of human rights? Why, these are our Saudi friends. And Jared just loves MSB—the way Donald loves Kim Jong Un!

A volatile week and erratic president leave little hope for compromise in Congress
“Lawmakers appear poised to continue an eight-year trend, lurching from deadline to deadline, crisis to crisis, unable to tackle looming policy issues.”

How wonderful, says Johnny Isakson! The same President who closed down the federal government to blackmail Congress into funding his border wall, now says he will do no business on behalf of the American people until Congress shuts down its investigations of him. Now, that’s leadership!

Trump tweets heavily edited video of Pelosi played by Fox Business
Golly, says Johnny Isakson. Give my President “A” for consistency. He spent five years telling the lie that Obama was not an American citizen, he has made over 10,000 false or misleading statements since becoming President, and now, he has the courage to tweet a patently doctored video of Nancy Pelosi! Why, I’m just so pleased we Republicans gave America a President imbued with such Christian virtue!

 Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries
This is just great, says Isakson. We Republicans have long advocated for American politicians to turn to foreigners to get dirt on their opponents. Just look at all those contacts between Trump’s people and the Russians. Masterful move! And Giuliani? Another great American hero! How lucky Americans are for Trump to have Giuliani and Lindsey Graham as his brain truest!

On Assange, the government throws smart and careful out the window

Says Isakson: Oh, listen to all those liberals caterwauling about the First Amendment. We Trumpists are not going to be deterred by such triviality. Why, remember how Joe McCarthy went after all those Commies? Well, me and my Republican colleagues have put ol’ Joe back in town!

Trump tries to steer border wall deal to GOP donor’s firm
Isakson: We Republicans have always been strong advocates for crony capitalism, and this is crony capitalism at its best. Plus, Trump has brought back nepotism! I sleep better at night knowing that Jared and Ivanka have those high-level positions in the White House. And President Trump, in his infinite wisdom, exempted them from those pesky security clearances. Now, that’s REAL leadership!

Trump Gives Attorney General Sweeping Power in Review of 2016 Campaign Inquiry
Isakson: Just think! The chain of command for Trump’s investigation of the Russiagate imbroglio runs directly from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump to William Barr. An innovation right up there with trusting Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence services, publicly blabbing sensitive intelligence reports to the Russian Foreign Minister in a meeting in the Oval Office, sucking up to Putin in the Helsinki press conference, and refusing to do a damn thing to strengthen US countermeasures against Russian cyber warfare. Trump’s stewardship for U.S. national security interests just amazes me!  

Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 workers
Isakson: Great move! Those rural areas are getting too much of a slice of the pie. Their residents risk becoming welfare queens, just like those minority people in our big cities. I hope Trump will hold the line and not give in to their demands for more federal funding for hospitals and improved education and internet connections. Good God. They already get Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. And we Republicans are going to take that away from them, by golly! Do those people think the world owes than a living?

Trump/Isakson Plan to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths off the Books by Changing EPA’s Math
“The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.”

Johnny Isakson: Pure genius! If the rules you want to change, based on decades-old methods of scientific calculation, would show more people dying, just manipulate the math to support your political objectives. Such ingenuity! I’m proud to be working with a President and a Party that came up with it.

Trump considers pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes
This would be such a vile, despicable act, we won’t even attempt to provide an annotation about Senator Isakson’s response. So far as we can determine, Isakson has not spoken out against the proposal. Isakson’s acquiescence would put him so deep into the Trump sewer, the stench would never leave him. Meanwhile, while Isakson remains silent, American veterans speak out loudly:

Six migrant children have died in U.S. custody. Here’s what we know about them
A 16-year-old boy died in CBP custody.
So sorry, says Johnny Isakson. But how else are we to deal with the immigration crisis except by detaining the children in concentration camps? And some of them are bound to fall through the cracks now and then. And remember what my favorite Republican President, Donald Trump, said about immigrants: “‘These aren’t people. These are animals.” He has stated that they “criminals,” and called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.” Dead on, says Johnny Isakson.

Republicans to Georgia on Disaster Relief: “Drop Dead”

From U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s latest newsletter, May 3, 2019:
“On Tuesday, Senator Perdue and I held a bipartisan press conference with several of our colleagues from other affected states to continue our push for critical disaster relief funding. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, and Congress has failed to provide assistance. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action to provide this critical funding to our farmers. I’m going to continue fighting to see that we get it done. “

Comment: Imagine. We have a Republican President. A Republican United States Senate. Two Republican Senators. A Republican governor. A Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature.

Our Republican Senators have to go public with begging bowl in hand to try to convince the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to pass disaster relief for Georgians, for a disaster that happened six months ago.

What piece of the puzzle are we missing here? For two years and 4 months, we have argued that the idea that Donald Trump and his Republican minions give a two-bit tinker’s damn about ordinary Georgians is a lie, a Big Lie of monstrous proportions. And yet, Trump’s Republican base continues to support him, despite the fact that they are working against their own self-interests.

Please, you Georgia Trumpists. What piece of the puzzle are we missing?

Reagan Daughter to Republicans: Stop Abusing My Father’s Name
Bulletin – May 3, 2019
“At this moment in America’s history when the democracy to which my father pledged himself and the Constitution that he swore to uphold, and did faithfully uphold, are being degraded and chipped away at by a sneering, irreverent man who traffics in bullying and dishonesty, you stay silent.”—Patti Davis

IndieDems to Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Representative Barry Loudermilk: Reagan daughter Patti Davis obviously had you in mind when she wrote those heartfelt words. She joins the large and growing chorus of true American conservative voices who have done what any decent American should do and turn their backs on Donald Trump. Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk, meanwhile, remain steadfast members of the Trump lapdog club that wages a daily war on God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, the Constitution, the rule of law, and common human decency.  

Can any Georgia Republican be so blind they truly do not see the sewer of a morally and intellectually corrupt Republican Party they are swimming in? Read Patti Davis’ words and see the light:  

Dear Republicans: Stop using my father, Ronald Reagan, to justify your silence on Trump
By Patti Davis



As you read the following, remember that Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk have given their stamp of approval to every word and deed of Donald Trump.

President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims

The Republican War on Democracy
If you can’t win playing by the rules, you change them.

How conservatives rationalize their surrender to Trump
James Comey is right: The president eats their souls.
By Max Boot, former Wall Street Journal editorial writer

In Barr, Trump has found someone who licks his boots out of principle
William Barr has diminished the independence of his office.
By Michael Gerson, former G.W. Bush speechwriter

(IndieDems note: Substitute the names Isakson, Perdue, or Loudermilk for Barr, and you nail GA Republicans)

William Barr: Another Morally Corrupt Republican…

…conservative Christian white male–and Trump lapdog to boot.

IndieDems at the beginning of the Trump presidency predicted that he would combine the worst of previous Republican administrations suffused with lies, criminality, and demagoguery–McCarthyism, Watergate, Irangate–and the resulting toxic brew would be the Republicans’ guiding light.  Our only regret: we underestimated how right we would be.

The pattern is not only the repetition of the same depraved acts, but in who is carrying them out.  It’s the same culprits over and over again: Republican conservative Christian white males.

In assessing Attorney General William Barr, remember this: the only two Attorney Generals in U.S history forced from office on charges of corruption and malfeasance were the twins of Barr in his status as a prominent, respected lawyer. AG Daugherty under President Harding and AG John Mitchell under Nixon entered office as honorable men. Both Republican conservative Christian white males—same background as Barr—were kicked out covered in slime as craven malefactors.

Daugherty was done in for his part in the Tea Pot Dome scandal. Mitchell went to jail after being convicted of crimes connected to the Watergate scandal. In fact, as I recall, virtually all the officials convicted as criminals for their roles in Tea Pot Dome and Watergate were Republican conservative Christian white males with impeccable credentials prior to assuming office. As were the only two National Security Advisors in U.S. history forced out of office for wrongful acts, and in the case of Michael Flynn, convicted of criminal acts.

In fact, all those Trump officials convicted in the fallout of the Mueller investigation are Republican conservative Christian white males. Is there a pattern here?

The Incredibly Shrinking Johnny Isakson

IndieDems has noted numerous times the fact that Senator Johnny Isakson has remained a faithful lap dog for Donald Trump throughout his presidency, giving the Senator’s stamp of approval to Trump’s litany of lies, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. Only occasionally has Isakson risen to at least rap Trump’s knuckles, most notably when he rebuked Trump for bad-mouthing John McCain.

What makes Isakson’s toadying to Trump even more inexplicable is that he is virtually immune to the disease that afflicts other elected Republicans: he does not have to live in mortal fear that if he says something that arouses Trump’s ire, Trump will see to it that Isakson has opposition in the next Republican primary. Isakson was re-elected to a six-year term in 2016, and he has health issues that almost certainly will make this his last term in office.

Isakson by now is well situated to serve as a senior statesman in the Republican Party, able to speak freely in support of the basic values of America and traditional conservatism. Instead, Isakson has given unwavering support to a President who is waging a war against those values and against God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, and common human decency.

And now comes the Mueller report—at least, the version as redacted by another Trump lap dog, Attorney General William Barr. The facts Mueller has collected in two years of extensive investigation reveal in bold detail the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Trump Administration and the Republican Party.

Rather than prove our point by repeating the extensive media reporting, we simply give you the words of the newly elected Republican Senator from Utah and former GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney:

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President. I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia—including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”

“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

And more from George Conway, a prominent conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who said he believes the evidence collected by Mueller is so “damning” for President Trump, he should be impeached immediately.

“What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump,” Conway wrote in a scathing op-ed published in the Washington Post on April 18. “Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.”

(Also check out IndieDems’ post The Moral Bankruptcy of Johnny Isakson’s Republican Party, written before the release of the Mueller report)

But—despite these condemnations of Trump from fellow Republicans, Johnny Isakson continues his lap dog support of Trump and remains silent about the Mueller report.

Isakson is a disgrace to his office and does a disservice to the people of Georgia equal to Donald Trump’s disservice to America.