Category: Republicans

In Recognition of Georgia Senators’ Chiefs of Staff

//Georgia’s two female Senatorial chiefs of staff: Loyal Trumpists to the end!//

It occurred to IndieDems that probably few average Georgians know that both our United States Senators have female chiefs of staffs: Megan Whittemore for David Perdue and Joan Kirchner Carr for Johnny Isakson. (Her husband is Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, himself a former Isakson aide).  Now, we don’t know exactly how unique this is, since we don’t know how many other Senators have female chiefs of staff. But–let’s celebrate it for what it is, an affirmation of growing women’s power in politics.


Joan Kirchner Carr                    Megan Whittemore

In fact, IndieDems thought it was a good time to give credit where credit is due by devoting a post to how these two achieving females have joined their bosses in showing unqualified loyalty to their President, Donald Trump. Their fidelity has not wavered, even as Trump critics point out that he is unique in being the only President who has reached this chronological point in his term without ever gaining at least a 50 percent approval rating.

Along the way, Whittemore and Carr have given their stamp of approval to Trump’s bragging about sexually assaulting women and calling various women bimbo, fat, ugly horse-faced, of low intellect, Pocahontas, and dog.  Whittemore and Carr, of course, have also stood by Trump despite his demeaning the military service of John McCain, lying about Barack Obama’s birthplace, making 12,000 other false or misleading statements, locking up migrant children in wire cases, having words of praise for neo-fascist demonstrators marching through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and mocking a handicapped person.

Out intention to bring you up to date on Whittemore/Carr’s endorsement of Trump’s recent words and deeds that have led many to conclude that he is psychologically unhinged has been made easier by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. His column Let’s ‘gut check’ all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements provides the item-by-item list of Trump’s actions that Whittemore and Carr have accepted as normal.

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Let’s ‘gut check all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements
by Dana Milbank
It was an exemplary week for presidential misbehavior.

  • President Trump had an international tantrum over Denmark’s refusal to sell him Greenland.
  • He invoked the anti-Semitic trope that American Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel.
  • He proclaimed himself the Messiah.
  • Along the way, he used shooting victims for self-promotion, said he wanted a medal for military valor, and more.
In this divided land, there is broad agreement on one thing: Our president is unpresidential.A Post/ABC News poll released last month found that two-thirds of Americans find Trump “unpresidential” and only 28 percent say his actions are “fitting and proper.” Trump himself has acknowledged that some of his behavior is “not at all ‘Presidential’.”


Carr & Whittemore say: Re-elect that man President!

It’s hard to say for sure whether Trump was more undignified this week compared with most others. This is, after all, a man who boasted publicly about his genitals, uses words such as “bull—-,” “p—y,” “goddamn” and “little Schitt” in public, misspells tweets, talks of women bleeding, proclaims himself a “stable genius” with a “very large brain,” “fell in love” with North Korea’s dictator, paid hush money to a porn actress, shoved a prime minister, wore an ill-fitting vest to visit Queen Elizabeth and praised the “shape” of France’s first lady.

He also let Kanye West loose in the Oval Office, prayed for higher ratings for “The Apprentice” at a prayer breakfast , spoke of “raking” forests, hugged an American flag, dragged toilet paper from his shoe, suggested the Clintons murdered Jeffrey Epstein, described neo-Nazis as “very fine people,” and, when told by a rape victim that the Islamic State killed her family, replied: “Where are they now?”


Carr & Whittmore say: Re-elect that man President!

But maybe there is a way to calibrate vulgarity. Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler and his team have documented more than 12,000 false or misleading statements by Trump using the Pinocchio system: from one Pinocchio for “shading” facts to four for “whoppers.” Rare, unexpectedly true statements earn a Geppetto.

Instead of a fact check, I propose a “gut check” of how unpresidential Trump is. Instead of Geppetto and Pinocchio, this uses Beauty and the Beast. Where Kessler’s work is objective and researched, this will be arbitrary and slapdash — like Trump’s policies.

  • One Beast: Routinely unpresidential.
  • Two Beasts: Extra gross, vulgar, narcissistic.
  • Three Beasts: Downright beastly, uncouth, uncivilized.
  • Four Beasts: A wild rumpus. We weep for our country.

On the rare instances when he behaves in a “presidential” manner (usually a teleprompter is involved), he will be assigned a “Beauty.”

This week, the Gut Checker awards Trump one Beast each for:

  • ● Again describing the “evil” free press with the Stalinist phrase “Enemy of the People.”
  • ● Promoting Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • ● Boasting about breaking Elton John’s crowd-size record.
  • ● Badgering the Federal Reserve chairman he appointed as the “enemy” and “a golfer who can’t putt.”
  • ● Describing Fox News’s Juan Williams as “pathetic,” sycophantic, “nasty and wrong.”
  • Threatening not to let Fox News host a presidential debate because he didn’t like his favorite network’s latest poll.
  • ● Threatening to release Islamic State fighters into Germany and France.
  • ● Claiming Google “manipulated” some 16 million votes in 2016.

All routine breaches of decorum for Trump. All unpresidential.


Based on their track record, Carr & Whittmore say: “We
just love our unpresidential President!”

The Gut Checker awards two Beasts each for:

  • ● Telling reporters he might not vacate the White House for “maybe 10 or maybe 14” years — regardless of what the Constitution says; and using imaginary powers to say U.S. companies are “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to Chinese markets.
  • ● Resuming his attacks on four nonwhite women in Congress, mocking one’s “tears” and accusing her of being “violent.”
  • ● Calling former aide Anthony Scaramucci a “highly unstable ‘nut job’ ” and a “mental wreck” guilty of “gross incompetence.”


Carr & Whittmore say: We look forward to four additional years of this!

Three Beasts:

  • ● Saying hospitalized victims of mass shootings paid tribute to him. “They love their president,” he said, in an “unparalleled” way. “They were pouring out of the rooms. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms.”
  • ● Expressing desire to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor against an enemy force, despite draft deferments for bone spurs. “I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify. . . . I’d say, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?’ They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ ”
  • Tweeting the words of a racist conspiracy theorist who said Israelis view Trump like “the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” He later claimed he’s “the chosen one.”


Carr & Whittmore say: Four more years! Four more years!

Four Beasts:

  • ● Canceling his trip to Denmark and twice calling its prime minister “nasty” because she labeled as “absurd” Trump’s absurd plan to buy Greenland.
  • ● Accusing nearly 80 percent of American Jews of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” and after an outcry by Jewish leaders, repeating the slander.

One week, zero beauties and 31 beasts — a full herd and, by any measure, an impressive stable of rude, crude and undignified behavior. But if we as a nation can agree that our president is unpresidential, experience should also allow us to agree on this: Next week might well be worse.


Carr & Whittmore say: Somebody’s got to tell it like it is!

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IndieDems comment: We believe you will agree with us. Joan Kirchner Carr and Megan Whittemore represent the very epitome of Republican Woman 2019. They reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party. The Party would not be what it is today without women like them. No matter how many racist, misogynist, xenophobic, white nationalist statements Trump might make, he can count on the Joans and Megans of the world to remain his faithful subalterns. After all, it takes a  real man to call those shithole countries what they are–and to call for sending those four Congresswomen back to them.

GOP Mouthpiece: Use Defense Budget as Pork Barrel

//The more unhinged Trump’s statements become, the more GA Republicans rally to his side//

Republicans view the Washington post as second only to the New York Times as a purveyor of “fake news,” meaning, anything that differs with what Republicans think. But two of the Post’s regular columnists, Marc Theissen and Hugh Hewitt, are gushing supporters of Donald Trump. Hewitt recently reached new heights of propaganda with an article titled “How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump’s chances in 2020.” Hewitt unabashedly calls for the use of the Navy’s budget as pork barrel to help Trump’s re-election prospects in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

In our comments, IndieDems points out how this naked call to use the defense budget as Republican pork barrel is a perfect fit for the rest of the Trumpist agenda. We also seize the opportunity to again recognize Georgia Republican leaders support for that agenda:

IndieDems supposes a decision by the Trumpists to openly declare that the defense budget is just one big pork barrel bonanza was inevitable, given the fact that:

1) This is already the most corrupt administration in our history—and the more evidence that piles up establishing that fact, the more corruption Trump and his benighted followers commit. Without shame.

 
Senator Johnny Isakson 
Based on his track record,
Isakson says: I don’t give a fig
about corruption. I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

2) The Trumpists have sent the federal debt spiraling out of control, with not one iota of a plan to bring it under control


Senator David Perdue
Based on his track record,
Perdue says: Who cares about
deficits? I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

3) The tax cut for the rich that was supposed to be the spark that ignited massive investment in our economic future has failed miserably to achieve its goal. Our corrupt corporate class has spent most of it on buying back their companies stocks, sending their stock prices upward and thereby enriching their own pockets. And even this con game seems to have run out of steam.


Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Based on his track record,
Loudermilk says: We need more
tax cuts for the rich! That’s why
I endorse everything Trump
has said or done and will avidly
support his re-election.

4) Most craven of all, Trump and the Republicans are now overtly espousing a racist, xenophobic, white nationalist, Islamaphobic agenda as the basis of their 2020 campaign strategy.

           
Sen. Isakson      Sen. Perdue             Rep. Loudermilk
Based on their track record, Georgia’s three stooges
say: racism, xenophobia, white nationalism, Islamaphobia?
Music to our ears! More than ever, we intend to support
Trump’s re-election.

All of this depredation presided over by a warped and twisted demagogue, a serial liar and adulterer, who lives In daily contempt of God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule. Someone who more and more mirror images Adolph Hitler in his capacity for evil.

So it’s not surprising that some little Trump lackey like Hugh Hewitt now openly tells us that Republicans view the defense budget as pork to bolster their election prospects.

Trump Paves the Evangelicals Path to Hell

The Washington Post recently published an extensive, balanced analysis of Donald Trump and his relations with the evangelical community:

In God’s country: Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
By Elizabeth Bruenig

Opinion columnist focusing on politics, religion and morality in public life. Education: Brandeis University, BA in English & sociology; University of Cambridge, Jesus College, MPhil in Christian theology; Brown University, PhD candidate in religion.

IndieDems Comment:

Thank you, Elizabeth Bruenig, for a balanced article that cannot disguise the moral and intellectual corruption that lies at the heart of the evangelical movement, especially those parts of it that avidly support Donald Trump. The evangelicals damn themselves with their own words. The word “specious” was invented to describe the evangelicals’ attempts to use logic and rational thought to explain their position. The word “hypocrisy” was invented to describe how the evangelicals square their beliefs and practices with the teachings of God and Jesus in the Holy Bible. If the evangelicals are Christians, I’m the Easter Bunny.

The arguments that eviscerate the evangelicals’ positions have been so thoroughly expressed–especially by their real Christian critics—it would be superfluous for me to repeat them here. In fact, an evangelical, Ben Howe, has expressed them eloquently in his new book “Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values.” He  discussed the book in the Washington Post on August 8.

Two points never to be forgotten when examining whether the evangelicals are right or wrong. One of the chief agents of evangelicalism, the Southern Baptist Convention, was created explicitly to support the view that Jesus approved the perpetuation of slavery. And for 100 years after that, the States of the Confederacy that most rigorously practiced the evil of segregation were the ones that most rigorously practiced evangelicalism. And today, they include the redest of the red states that endorse Trump’s racism, xenophobia, and hate-mongering and approve his treating immigrants the way Hitler treated the Jews.

What else does any human being need to know to damn the evangelicals to hell?

“Don’t Get Complacent. Things Really Are that Bad Under Trump”

//Spelling out the moral & intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party//

Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of the Washington Post, today published a column that so cogently and eloquently sums up the colossal moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party, we post it here in its entirety, hoping for forgiveness for what ever copyright rules we may have violated.

As you read, remember: every horror that Hiatt describes is endorsed by Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk as the essence of good government. They like it so much, they are eager to re-elect Trump to continue doing it for four more years.

And to counter the inevitable Republican allegations that this is just more “fake news,” we provide at the  end of the the article some names of the plethora of real conservatives and even some Republicans who condemn the Trumpists  better than any liberal.

Don’t get complacent. Things really are that bad under Trump
by Fred Hiatt

The economy is humming. We’re not at war (much). So he can’t be that bad, right?

Steadfast NeverTrumpers may find it hard to believe, but I’m hearing that argument more and more lately, as people try to come to terms with the possibility of a second Trump term. It’s the “normalization” we’ve been warned about since Donald Trump’s ascension, but in a different form than we might have expected.

After all, many of the people telling themselves that things aren’t “that bad” insist they are as offended as ever by the racist tweets and sexist taunts. They’d prefer someone more civil in the Oval Office, of course.

But . . . the government, and the world, carry on. He insults our allies, but they remain on our side. He imposes tariffs, but unemployment stays low. He threatens defaults, but the debt ceiling is raised. Maybe, people think, a second term wouldn’t be the end of the world.

I’d argue such complacency is not justified. First, because a second term could be a lot more dangerous than the first. There would be more Trump judges on the courts to validate his lawlessness, no Jim Mattis or (God help us) Jeff Sessions in the Cabinet to curb his authoritarian whims, no worries of voter anger to restrain his bellicosity. A second mandate surely would embolden him; at worst, we could find that his jokes about a third term were no joke.

But complacency is misplaced also because — and here’s where the normalization comes in — things are that bad, even now. If people discount the damage, it’s due to a combination of fatigue and relief: fatigue, because it’s almost impossible to maintain outrage when the outrages are so incessant; and relief, because we are constantly aware that things could be worse.

Take North Korea’s missile launches last week, for example. Congress and the media would be scorching any other president right now for allowing North Korea to continue its nuclear and military buildup unimpeded. But we are so grateful that Trump has not blustered and stumbled into a war — into “fire and fury” — that we bite our tongues.

It’s the same around the world: Our ankle-high expectations for the man keep us from noticing how completely he is meeting those expectations. Our two key allies in East Asia, Japan and South Korea, are at loggerheads; a marginally competent president would be helping to mend fences.

Our most important allies in Europe are spinning apart as Britain plunges toward a disastrous Brexit; a normal president would be helping our friends salvage something workable for the future.‘

When Ebola emerged in West Africa, the Obama administration mobilized; now Ebola is spinning out of control in Congo, and the United States is absent. A Darfur-scale tragedy has unfolded among the Rohingya in Myanmar, also known as Burma; Trump doesn’t know who they are. A human rights violation of epic scale has taken shape in western China — the cultural genocide of an entire people, with as many as 3 million people in concentration camps — and Trump takes no notice. Journalists are murdered and imprisoned, and Trump sides with their murderers and jailers.

To the world, it is not just Trump taking these positions. It is America. The damage will be long-lasting.

And his ignorance and cynicism reverberate through some of the biggest stories of our time: the confidence of authoritarian strongmen in China, Russia and beyond; their distortion of technology from a liberating force into a malevolent tool of surveillance and suppression; the destructive warming of the climate, which the United States ignores and abets. None of these is easily reversible.

The story is similar, if more familiar, at home. The constant, willful lying; the attacks on the press and on the very idea of truth — these are not harmless. They draw from but also foster a lack of trust that will persist long after his presidency.

So does the racism. So do the ugly attacks on immigrants. So do the contempt for science and the refusal to stand up to foreign attacks on our elections. So do the disparaging of public servants and the casual threats to wield the vast powers of the federal government against perceived political enemies. These things used to be not okay. Now they are okay. There will be no easy return.

Yes, we’ve avoided recession, the nation is (mostly) at peace, the government will not default. Naturally, we are thankful.

But when we need to be thankful for avoiding disaster, we don’t really have so much to be thankful for. Things are that bad. We have a right to expect better.


Conservative Voices Condemn Trumpist Republicans

IndieDems note: We begin with three columns by Max Boot. He is one of the strongest and most prominent of Republicans who left the Party in disgust over its direction under Donald Trump. Boot was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007-08, Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011-12 and Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-16. He spent eight years as a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the last five as op-ed editor. He left the Republican Party because it had become “morally and intellectually bankrupt” under Donald Trump. He wrote a book about his disgust, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.” 

A Conservative Speaks: “Vote against all Republicans. Every single one.”

“Donald Trump Is the Worst Person Ever to be President”

True Conservatives Flee Trumpist Republican Party

  • Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist and former head of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign: “I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”
  • Schmidt follows in the illustrious footsteps of Post columnist George F. Will, former senator Gordon Humphrey, former representative (and Post columnist) Joe Scarborough, Reagan and Bush (both) aide Peter Wehner, and other Republicans who have left the party.
  • You used to belong to a conservative party with a white-nationalist fringe. Now it’s a white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe. If you’re part of that fringe, what should you do?
  • A vote for the GOP in November (2018) is also a vote for egregious obstruction of justice, rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.
  • Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.
  • Personally, I’ve thrown up my hands in despair at the debased state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of the child-snatchers
  • What I can’t respect are head-in-the-sand conservatives who continue to support the GOP by pretending that nothing has changed.

GOP-leaning Orlando Sentinel Eviscerates Trump/Isakson Agenda

George Will: Trump’s damage to country worse than Nixon’s (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)

Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)
The scathing voice of
Bill Kristol, former editor of the Weekly Standard and true scion of the American conservative movement.

Reagan Daughter to Republicans: Stop Abusing My Father’s Name 

Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Is Trump a Blackmail Risk?

Robert Mueller’s testimony before the Congressional committees has reinvigorated the question: Is Donald Trump susceptible to blackmail by foreign  countries? Trump and the Republicans’ refusal to take measures to counter Russia’s massive cyber war against the United States, focused on sabotaging our electoral system, raises alarming questions about Trump’s motivation.

A recent media report examines the issue: Is Trump a blackmail risk?

IndieDems Comment:

Gee. Just because:

  • Trump as a successful businessman is a sham and a fraud who was constantly going bankrupt
  • Relied on Daddy’s money to get started and to stave off total disaster
  • And when Daddy’s well ran dry, had to turn to a massive infusion of Russian money to survive, because New York banks wanted nothing to do with him;

Just because:

  • Trump has connived with both the American and Russian mafia
  • Established an American kleptocracy modeled on the one Putin heads in Russia
  • Slavishly declares his admiration of murderous thugs like Putin and Kim Jung Un
  • Has done absolutely nothing to block Russia’s massive cyber warfare against the United States, aimed at sabotaging our electoral system

Does not mean, for heaven’s sake, that Trump has an arrow above his head pointing to him as a prime target for recruitment by foreign dictators armed with mega bucks.

Now, about Jared Kushner. That’s another story…

Christians, Segregationists, & Trump: Onward Christian Cowards

//Back to the days when you could lynch a black person on Saturday and attend church on Sunday and be assured your immortal soul was headed for eternal salvation//

Trump’s launching of an overtly racist attack on four Democratic Congresswomen by calling on them to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” has inflamed the issue of how Christians should treat Donald Trump. The matter arose on day one of Trump’s presidential bid, and became more and more acute as he became increasingly wedded to a racist, nativist, xenophobic, misogynist, white nationalist agenda.

Three recent articles lay out the debate:

During America’s ‘most segregated hour,’ preachers grapple with President Trump’s politics

For Spewing Hate, Trump Should Quit, a Priest Tells Parishioners
In a recent sermon, the Rev. Percival D’Silva, an officially retired priest, spoke of how the “current occupant of the White House spews hatred, bigotry and intolerance” and must resign…attendees at the service said D’Silva also:

  • Talked about how racism is a sin and referred to the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism of 1979, which called upon the church at every level to confront the evil of racism and work toward full inclusion of racial and ethnic groups
  • Stressed the need to “respect one another as children of God”
  • Talked of racism as being rooted in fear

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity
“Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.”

By Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

  • “…evangelical Christians should acknowledge the profound damage that’s being done to their movement by its braided political relationship—its love affair, to bring us back to the words of Ralph Reed—with a president who is an ethical and moral wreck.”
  • “Until that is undone—until followers of Jesus are once again willing to speak truth to power rather than act like court pastors—the crisis in American Christianity will only deepen, its public testimony only dim, its effort to be a healing agent in a broken world only weaken.”
  • “At this point, I can’t help but wonder whether that really matters to many of Donald Trump’s besotted evangelical supporters.”

Segregationists, Now Trump: Christian Tolerance of Evil Repeats Itself

For many Americans, the question of Christian relations with Trump evokes memories of the passivity of Christian churches as African Americans in the 1960s waged their struggle to end segregation and gain the full measure of the Civil Rights due them as Americans. I had thought that long ago we had settled the question of who was right and who was wrong in that struggle. Most southern Christian leaders either supported segregation outright or tolerated it by their silence.

Christian pulpits on Sunday remained silent as blacks endured violence, beatings, killings, bombings, attacks by police dogs and water hoses, and intimidation of all sorts. One photograph riveted in my memory shows Christian adults spitting in the faces of black school children as they walked to a recently desegregated school. It took incidents like the bombing of the church in Birmingham that killed four young black girls and the horrific beatings inflicted on innocent demonstrators on the bridge in Selma to finally move some Christians to point an accusatory finger—but Christian churches never experienced an epiphany that caused them to repudiate segregation and discrimination outright.

The idea that most pastors, reverends, and preachers did not take a strong stand in favor of those fighting for basic human rights will forever remain a stunning rebuke of those so-called Christians.

Finally, the outrage of Americans nationwide put an end to legal segregation and shunted the racists off to the fringes of American society. But now comes Donald Trump and his Republican minions who are working zealously to revive and nurture the racist mentalities and attitudes that we thought had been permanently placed on the dustbin of history.

Christians Rally behind Trump’s Decadence and Degeneracy

Trump’s Disregard for God’s 10 Commandments

Once more, Christians not only rise in support of policies that drive a dagger into the heart of the Judaeo-Christian ethos; like the deluded segregationists of old, they fervently declare that those policies represent the true spirit of Jesus Christ.

The deluded brains of people who call themselves Christians but support Donald Trump staggers the human mind. Two of God’s Commandments are explicit: thou shalt not bear false witness and thou shalt not commit adultery. Donald Trump has lived a life in wanton disregard of both of those Commandments. He started his political career by telling the whopping Big Lie that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He has made over 10,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president.

Trump not only has committed serial adultery, he has bragged about it and paid hush money to at least two adulterous partners to cover it up—and lied to the American people about doing it.

Trump’s Disregard for Jesus’ Golden Rule

Trump has waged an all-out war against Jesus’ Golden Rule. Name one Trump tweet that reflects the spirit of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Instead, his words every day are full of hate, slander, insults, and invective.  Show us Jesus in mocking a handicapped person, praising neo-Nazi demonstrators, or calling women bimbos, fat, ugly, a dog, or Miss Piggy.

Besides lying about Obama’s birthplace in his announcement speech, Trump lied about the alleged criminality of Mexican immigrants and demeaned the military service of John McCain. During the campaign, he spoke racial and ethnic slurs and incited his followers to violence. As president, he has zealously promoted an agenda of racism, nativism, xenophobia, and white nationalism. He reached a new low early on by praising neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville in 2017.

His standard campaign speech in 2018 expressed unvarnished hate-mongering and race-baiting. He labeled Hispanic migrants as animals. As Americans united in paying homage to John McCain on his death, Trump insulted his memory by raising the White House flag even as the memorial services continued. Meanness and pettiness combined.

Trump Doubles Down on Racism—and Christians Applaud

Trump has now adopted a campaign strategy based on explicit racism, nativism, and xenophobia. He speaks about the four congresswomen—and Hispanic migrants—the way Hitler talked about the Jews.

Trump wages a daily war against God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’s Golden Rule—and so-called Christians praise him instead of condemning him? “Christian” preachers cannot denounce this hate-spewing person from their pulpits?

Our Christian denominations were already experiencing serious decline. The current crop of befuddled Christian leaders are sounding Christianity’s death knell.

The silence of our religious leaders in the face of the Nazi-like horrors being inflicted on imprisoned Hispanics is another nail in the coffin of organized religion. A big nail. You do have to ask: have the Antichrist already seized control of the Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian churches?

READ MORE (From our archives):

Republicans Mimic the Segregationists and Unleash the Wolves of Hate
“When the wolves of hate are loosed on one people, then no one is safe.”
–Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill, recognizing the broader truth behind the bombing of the Jewish Temple in Atlanta in 1958.

IndieDems Comment: President Donald Trump’s speeches during the final weeks of the 2018 midterm elections established an irrefutable fact: Trump and his Republican followers are overtly committed to a racist, xenophobic, misogynist, nativist, ethno-nationalist agenda, and will use lies, fearmongering, race-baiting, and demagoguery to advance that agenda.


The Bible and Immigrants

There are about 22 Bible passages about welcoming immigrants. A sample:

Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.”

Exodus 23:9 “You shall not oppress an alien, for you know the heart of an alien, seeing you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”

Leviticus 19:33-34 “‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.”

And so-called Christian reverends, pastors, preachers, priests, bishops, archbishops, cannot find reason to denounce gthe immigrant-bashing Trump from their pulpits? And putative ordinary “Christians” not only cannot condemn Trump—they worship him like the second coming of Der Fuhrer?


Experts Fire Warning Shots Across Democrats’ Bow

The New York Times on July 19 published an article by an expert on electoral dynamics that has alarming implications for Democrat in the 2020 elections. After an extensive review of recent polling data and voting patterns, the author, Nate Cohn, concluded:

Trump has “a distinct chance to win re-election while losing the popular vote by more than he did in 2016, when he lost it by 2.1 percentage points.” It is even possible, Cohn says, that Trump could win while losing the national vote by as much as five percentage points.

In the article, Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign, Cohn says that Trump’s advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016.

“That persistent edge leaves him closer to re-election than one would think based on national polls, and it might blunt any electoral cost of actions like his recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.”

Cohn’s conclusions gained added credibility when they were echoed the next day by Rich Thau in an interview with the CNN TV newscaster, Smerconish. Thau is an expert on public opinion and messaging, and has conducted groundbreaking research in public policy, financial communications, insurance, trial consulting, and infomercials.

Thau discussed the results of his extensive research of swing voters, those who are not single-mindedly committed to one party or ideology.  He has conducted focus group interviews with swing voters all across the country. Thau’s main message:

Swing voters support Trump’s hardline immigration policies far more than is generally recognized. It is not simply the Republican base that rallies behind Trump.

Smerconish showed a clip of Michigan swing voters in one of the focus groups. They were people who had voted for Obama and then Trump.

  • There was strong sentiment in favor of Trump’s immigration stand and against letting “too many” immigrants into the country at one time.
  • Many of the voters wanted to build a wall, send people back.
  • They think that giving people food and shelter only encourages more people to come here, and the only thing standing between them and those migrants coming to their communities is Donald Trump.

Thau said it might be counterintuitive, but Trump benefitted politically from having all those migrants massed at the border.

Smerconish asked Thau if the Michigan swing voters were unique among the voters Thau had interviewed across the country. Thau said they were not unique at all. They are people who think Americans are not being put first. Among the Obama-Trump voters, more of them are now in the Trump camp rather than Obama’s.

Smerconish then quoted from Cohn’s NYT article: “The president’s views on immigration play to…pivotal Obama-Trump voters.” Smerconish noted that Cohn stated there is an argument to be made that Trump might lose the popular vote by 5 million and still win the Electoral College “because of the issues you (Thau) are discerning and uncovering in your focus groups.”

Thau replied: Yes. Because people like the president stylistically. They like what he is saying and arguing for. Specifically on the immigration issue. Thau noted that these same people had also liked Obama’s style. “Some people like Coke and Pepsi at the same time.”

Smerconish than put up his survey question. “True or False: This week, politically speaking, was a disaster for President Trump.” He asked Thau for his answer.

Thau replied “It’s false. Among the voters who matter most, the swing voters in the upper Midwest, this was a great week, because the president reinforced what he is doing to protect them.”

New Book Reveals Republican Hypocrisy in Embracing Trump

//REPUBLICAN=COWARD is as valid a scientific equation as E=MC2.//

Journalist Tim Alberta has written a new book, “American Carnage,” which compiles public reports and on-the-record quotes from prominent Republican officials who criticized Trump before his election, but then changed their tune after he won the GOP presidential nomination and the presidency. The book is not due to be publicly released until next week but some media have reviewed advance copies.

Among the most prominent of the quisling Republicans is Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who decided not to seek re-election in 2018. Ryan never wavered in supporting Trump for President, while occasionally voicing criticism of some of Trump’s specific acts or deeds.

Ryan reportedly told Alberta that, once Trump became President, he wanted to “scold” Trump “all the time” because Trump “didn’t know anything about government.” Ryan reportedly claims that he helped Trump to make better decisions, instead of acting on his ill-informed, “knee-jerk reactions.”

Whatever behind-the-scene interventions Ryan may have made, he aggressively pushed Trump’s agenda through Congress. He fully supported Trump’s efforts to gut Obamacare, and he was a key leader in securing Trump’s greatest legislative triumph so far: the 2017 tax cuts that were heavily skewed in favor of the rich and gave the middle class crumbs.

Regular readers of IndieDems will know we are not surprised that Paul Ryan’s exquisite hypocrisy receives prominent coverage in Alberta’s book and in its reviews. Vanity Fair sums it up quite well: “In New Book, Paul Ryan Admits He Was a Fraud All Along.” (Click here for our review of Ryan’s career)

But imagine: it takes a whole book to use Republicans’ own words to sum up how they have produced the morally and intellectually corrupt wreck the Republican Party has become. We leave the final word to The New York Times: “It isn’t really a Trump book at all. Instead it’s a fascinating look at a Republican Party that initially scoffed at the incursion of a philandering reality-TV star with zero political experience and now readily accommodates him… the Republican electoral plan currently consists mainly of riling up the base, gerrymandering and appointing the judges who will decide the gerrymandering cases.”

And remember: Republicans who continue to wallow in the hypocrisy, double-speak, and lies that allow them to continue to support Donald Trump while privately bad-mouthing him prove the ultimate truth about modern-day Republicans: they are a bunch of sniveling cowards. Imagine, being a Republican governor, Senator, or Representative—and living every day in mortal fear that you may say something that offends Donald Trump.

REPUBLICAN=COWARD is as valid a scientific equation as E=MC2.

Georgia Republican Patriarchs Find Another Warped Cretin to Rally Behind

//Another powerful Republican is caught pandering to a sex pervert. No problem, say Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk//

During the past few weeks, IndieDems has run a series of articles emphasizing the complicity of Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk in the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, incompetent, corrupt, chaotic Administration of Donald Trump. We refer to them as the three stooges, in recognition of their lapdog support for Trump no matter what slander, insult, crime, or misdeed he commits.

The three stooges, we have pointed out, were fully engaged in showing indifference  to the horrid conditions of imprisoned migrant children and to Trump’s trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law in his efforts to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census.

And now–another case of the three stooges putting loyalty to Trump and Party above concerns for their country. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has been caught red-handed arranging a sweetheart deal, as a federal prosecutor in 2007, for billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Facing calls for his resignation, he held a press conference on July 10 to address his handling of the case.

Here is the consensus opinion of Acosta’s position:

Acosta defends wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal

The Latest: Ex-state attorney disputes Acosta’s account
Barry Krischer says Acosta’s recollection “is completely wrong.”
Krischer said that the U.S. attorney’s office’s always had the ability to file its own federal charges and that a lengthy indictment was prepared but “abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta.” 

The big question Acosta failed to answer 

Acosta does himself and Trump no good
“Acosta was unapologetic and weirdly unemotional during a nearly one-hour news conference.”
“Acosta refused to apologize to the victims…He refused to even express regret.” 

Instead of an Apology, Acosta Offers Epstein’s Victims Implicit Blame

The Jeffrey Epstein charges raise grave questions about Alexander Acosta

Here is Donald Trump’s opinion:

President Trump is standing behind Acosta and resisting calls for his resignation. “For two and a half years, he’s been just an excellent secretary of Labor. He’s done a fantastic job…I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him. I can only say this from what I know, and what I do is he’s been a great—really great—secretary of Labor.”

Here are the opinions of Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, and Barry Loudermilk…

…on a powerful Republican who arranged a sweetheart deal for a  cretin who committed serial sex offenders against minors and, this week, looked the American people in the eye and told flagrant lies about what he had done:

 “RE-ELECT DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!”

 
Sen. Isakson  Sen. Perdue      Rep. Loudermilk
The three stooges: We are absolutely convinced that Alexander Acosta represents the same Republican standards for public service that we asked of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates,  George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Scott Pruitt, and Wilbur Ross.  That is to say, what’s a little pedophilia, sex trafficking of minors, and pornography compared to, say, Jared’s having access to the country’s most sensitive information even though national security agencies considered him such a risk, they denied him a security clearance.

We Georgia Republican conservative Christian gentlemen expect Acosta to continue to carry on in the fine tradition shown by President Trump in his embrace of lies, ruthless authoritarian dictators, insults to our chief allies, jokes about Russian interference in our elections, and needless trade wars. We are proud to be a part of a government that exhibits such fine Christian values, as exemplified in the moral  character of Donald Trump. We and Donald Trump are soul brothers, no doubt about it.

GA GOP Supports Trump’s Lies, Obfuscation on Census Citizenship Issue

//Georgia’s Three Stooges Remain Firmly in Trump Corner as Federal Courts Eviscerate His Citizenship Case//

IndieDems continues its series making sure Georgia’s three Donald Trump stooges—Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk—are closely linked to the words and deeds of the President they so admire. IndieDems provides their response, based on their track record of three years of unstinting support for Trump—and their desire to re-elect him.

Census farce: Trump, Barr and the Justice Department make a mockery of the law

The Supreme Court ruled last month that “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied when he said the Justice Department had initiated the process (of including a citizenship question in the 2010 census) to enforce the Voting Rights Act.” (It was) “a blatant misrepresentation.”

 
Isakson          Perdue           Loudermilk
The three stooges: What poppycock. William Barr sends his Justice Department mouthpieces to tell a little fib about why we want the citizenship thing, and the Justices throw the case out of court? Our President has spent two and one-half years making America great again by telling over 10,000 lies, and the Justices make a big deal out of this? Heads should roll!

Justice Department lawyers went back to federal court in Maryland to state the Administration was still looking for ways to include the citizenship question. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel was having none of it.

  • Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe observes, “The district court’s refusal to go along with the antics of the Justice Department’s legal team has been a reassuring reminder that this dictator-admiring president has not yet succeeded in breaking the judicial guardrails completely.”
  • Tribe argues that Trump “has left little doubt about his willingness to do so if he senses at any given moment that it would serve his theatrical or political interests — interests that he seems incapable of distinguishing.”
  • Ian Bassin, executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy, said: “There’s a term for trying to create a structural political advantage for ‘Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,’ and that term is ‘white power.’ And we now know that’s been the purpose all along for adding a citizenship question to the census.”

 
The three stooges: So the citizenship question would deal a heavy blow against minorities gaining more power, influence, and federal largesse. What a fine companion to the decade-old campaign we Republicans have waged to to find ways of suppressing the minority vote. This is exactly why we Republican conservative Christian white males elected this serial liar and adulterer as President and want to keep him there four more years!

Not surprisingly, Trump and his Republican minions for whom it is no big deal to lie to the Supreme Court, and who are obsessed with limiting the political influence of minorities and suppressing the minority vote, were not going to give up.

Justice Dept. Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders
Judge Rejects Justice Dept. Request to Change Lawyers on Census Case
  • “The sharply worded order, by United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman, may further hobble an already struggling battle by the administration to save the citizenship question…”
  • “Judge Furman barred the old lawyers from leaving until they met a legal requirement to satisfactorily explain their departure and show that it would not impede the case. “Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” he wrote.”
  • “Multiple people familiar with the case have said that the lawyers resigned from the lawsuit out of ethical concerns and a belief that the suit was unwinnable.”

 
The three stooges: We want to assure the people of Georgia that we stand solidly behind our lying, racist, xenophobic President and his lackey Attorney General as they wage this noble fight against those disreputable federal judges!