//Sen. Johnny Isakson dissents–but does he still support the racist’s re-election?//
Two related events took place over the weekend that showed in bold relief how far into the sewer of moral depravity Donald Trump and his Republican allies have taken the country. By “Republican allies,” we mean the whole Republican Party, including its Georgia component led by Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk.
First event: President Trump said Sunday that four minority Democratic congresswomen who are viewed as leaders of the Democratic Party’s most liberal Congressional wing should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He tweeted:
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
He continued: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”
Sen. Perdue Rep. Loudermilk
What Georgia Republicans are thinking, based on
their track record: “We never cease to be impressed
by our President’s eloquence in speaking the truth!”
Trump’s remarks, of course, are explicit expressions of overt racism and bigotry. There is no rationalization that can make it otherwise. It’s equivalent to using the “N” word. Three of the women are native-born Americans. Only one was born abroad.
Second event: Republican politicians nationwide stayed largely silent about Trump’s racist harangue. True to form, as of Monday morning. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy endorsed Trump’s racist rant by their silence. As did all Republican committee chairmen in both houses. As well as Republican governors and state legislators in the 50 states.
This episode of rampant Republican racism would be bad enough by itself. But of course, it is only the latest and most egregious example of the racist, xenophobic, and misogynist agenda Trump and the Republicans have pursued in the three and one-half years of his presidency.
As equally appalling and unsurprising: Georgia Republicans by their silence have once more endorsed Trump’s racism, xenophobia, and misogyny. And the leaders of the pack are Georgia’s senior Republican leaders: Senator David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk. In recent weeks IndieDems has posted a series of posts pointing out their lapdog-support for Trump’s depravity. We can say: we rest our case. For now, that is. More instances are sure to follow.
Perdue and Loudermilk: How in
the world can anyone see Trump’s
statements about those three liberals
as overtly racist? Why, we are Republican,
conservative, Christian white males,
and we endorse our President 100
percent! His remarks have reinvigorated
our support for his re-election. Getting
minority female Representatives out of
the country will Make America Great Again!
Senator Johnny Isakson Dissents
As our faithful readers know, IndieDems has included Senator Johnny Isakson as one of the Georgia Republicans who can be counted on to support Donald Trump. We, therefore, give due notice to his being among the rare Republicans who have explicitly disowned Trump;s flagrant appeal to racism. According to the AJC:
Isakson said Trump’s comments were “totally inappropriate. I wasn’t elected to make excuses or explain the statements of somebody else, and so I’m just not going to do that,” said Isakson, a three-term Republican who sharply criticized the president for dishonoring the late John McCain earlier this year.
The AJC also reported that another Georgia Republican, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, directly condemned Trump’s remarks, saying “there is not a debate about whether or not it’s acceptable.”
IndieDems applauds Isakson’s going against the Republican tide on this flagrant display of Trump’s racism. But, as we have pointed out, Trump’s racist, nativist, xenophobic, misogynist agenda has been apparent since day one of his presidential bid, and it has only gained force during the two and a half years of his presidency. Trump’s rhetoric about the congresswomen is the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
Isakson, right now, faces a litmus test on where he stands on the whole of Trump’s record: does Isakson support Trump’s re-election? A vote to re-elect Trump is an explicit endorsement of every word he has spoken and every deed he has committed as President. Verbal raps on Trump’s knuckles are better than nothing–but they pale into insignificance if they’re followed by a vote to keep this moral cretin in the White House for four additional years.
So, Johnny Isakson: where do you stand?