In a recent back-and-forth debate on the web, one participant said Trump was a coward for refusing to listen to the Turkish tape that reportedly records the brutal murder of Saudi dissident Khashoggi. Someone responded that even Trump’s Republican base would not tolerate cowardice. My comment on the exchange:
My friend, for three years Republicans have shown they absolutely revel in cowardice. As they do with telling lies. They’ve stood for it for three years. What would they change now? Remember: they won the 2018 elections. Der Fuehrer—er, der Donald—done told them so. Who you gonna believe—Trump, or mere truth?
There is something wrong with Republicans, seriously wrong with their moral compass, if they even have one.
But why is this surprising, coming from people whose Party’s chief legacy to America is McCarthyism, Watergate, and Irangate? Trump, Pence, McConnell, Ryan, Haley, Hatch combined the worst of all three and fed the result steroids. Voila, Trumpism.
Remember the connecting link: Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief thug and enforcer, a true psychopath—and Donald Trump’s chief mentor. Remember: the Republicans of the 1950s never had an epiphany and turned their backs on McCarthyism. They had to be forced to do so by the weight of public opinion, with President Eisenhower heading a behind-the-scenes action to further the process.
Republicans revel in cowardice and lying. It’s the Republican way of life. In this year’s campaign, they added racism, tribalism, xenophobia, and white nationalism. The more Trump supports that platform, the more Republicans roar their approval. Just like Germans roared their approval of Hitler the more he denounced the Jews and threatened war.
Need I remind you? Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue, Representatives Loudermilk and Handel, and their staffs are part of the roaring mob.