“With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. One is left wishing that Obamacare covered spine transplants. The Republican-led Congress is now an adjunct of the White House. The White House is now an adjunct of Trump’s chaotic will.” –Michael Gerson, conservative (traditional) newspaper columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter, in his column “The Cowardice among Republicans is Staggering,” February 5, 2018.
IndieDems note: The following by no means covers all the acts and words by Donald Trump that Senator Isakson has supported, condoned, or tolerated. But…in the few days since this article began to be drafted, the Bob Porter wife-beating saga and Robert Muellar’s indictment of 33 Russians for prostituting our electoral process have come to the fore. Who knows what might follow—or what more research might reveal—that could delay publication? So, here’s the first draft of what is likely to be a continuing serial.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by abandoning any semblance of exercising Congressional oversight of Trump’s Executive Branch and joining the Republican herd in displaying staggering cowardice toward Donald Trump.
- What may have begun as Isakson’s temporary political compromise with Trump has become an indelible moral stain.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by continuing to support a President who refuses to take any action against Russia’s flagrant use of cyberwarfare and disinformation to interfere in America’s elections. President Trump explicitly ignores a law passed by the U.S. Congress calling for sanctions against Russia for election meddling and aggression against Ukraine.
- Johnny Isakson violates his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States and does nothing while the United States #1 enemy delivers hammer blows against U.S. national interests.
Editorial note: The above paragraph was written prior to February 13, 2018. On that date, the six chiefs of our intelligence services appeared before a Senate committee to report: Russia Likely to Meddle in 2018 Races, Officials Tell Senators. Here are excerpts that show what Johnny Isakson is doing nothing about:
- “In an effort to deepen political divisions, U.S. intelligence chiefs said, Moscow is using fake accounts on social media — many of them bots — to spread disinformation.
- The warnings were striking in their contrast to President Trump’s (and Johnny Isakson’s) views on Russia.”
Continued: Johnny Isakson betrays America and his office by continuing to support a President whose assertion that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was a hoax was blown to smithereens by the facts in Mueller’s indictment of 33 Russians for waging a massive covert campaign to distort America’s democratic process by inciting political conflict and discord.
Johnny Isakson doubles down on his betrayal of America and his office by continuing to support a President who, in response to the indictments, issued an irrelevant statement that the indictments showed no collusion between his campaign and the Russians—while refusing to propose any concrete actions to punish Russia for waging war on the United States.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by continuing to support a President who compounds his inaction against Russia by lavishing praising on the dictatorial, murdering thug Vladimir Putin.
Johnny Isakson betrayed America by approving the release of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes, a memo roundly denounced even by some Republican as failing miserably to make its intended case that the FBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
- The Isakson-approved effort ended in a pathetic fizzle. Nunes’ brief, amateurish document failed to demonstrate that FBI surveillance was triggered solely or mainly by a Democratic-funded dossier.
- But for cherry-picking above and beyond the call of duty, Nunes and Isakson deserve their own exhibit in the hackery hall of fame.
Johnny Isakson betrayed America and showed his lack of a moral conscience by approving Trump’s actions in the Rob Porter affair, in which someone known by Trump’s staffers to be a wife beater—including knowing that the charges were responsible for his failure to obtain a security clearance—was kept in his White House job until media revelations forced a decision by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
- Isakson shows no problem with the fact that even after the revelations were made public, the first response of Trump’s Chief of Staff was to issue a press release stating “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional.”
- Just to make sure Trump, Kelly, and Isakson’s view was made clear, Trump press spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders—after Porter announced his departure—stated that Porter still had the White House’s support and that the decision to resign was his own. She continued: “I have worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year, and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character. Those of us who have the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it.”
Kelly and Sanders’ praise of wife beater Porter apparently had Isakson’s full approval. He has not publicly stated otherwise.
Only after the media followed up with a photo of one of Porter’s abused former wives sporting a horrible black eye did Donald Trump and John Kelly decide he had to go.
Johnny Isakson showed his contempt for common human decency and morality by continuing to support Trump as President after Trump in a press conference praised Porter, wished him well—and said not one word about the two abused women.
Johnny Isakson betrayed America and showed his lack of a moral conscience by continuing to support Trump even after, two days past Porter’s resignation, another Trump staffer—a speechwriter—resigned after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive.
Johnny Isakson’s contempt for America’s basic moral values continues a pattern he showed when he by continued to support Trump for president after then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was shown on video assaulting Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, and Trump described him as “a very decent man.”
Johnny Isakson betrays America by continuing to support Trump as President after the wife beating fiasco displayed once again how rudderless and dysfunctional the White House remains—and how unfit Isakson’s hero Trump is to be president.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by continuing to support a President whose son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, and dozens of other White House staffers still lack a security clearance—but are allowed access to the most sensitive and highly classified information in the U.S. Government.
Johnny Isakson doubles (triples?) down on his—and the Republican Party’s—hypocritical betrayal of America by tolerating Trump’s sellout of U.S. national security interests—after spending years in near hysteria claiming that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system posed a grave danger to U.S. security, even though nine years after its establishment, Hillary’s emails have caused not one iota of harm to U.S. national interests.
Isakson betrayed America by supporting a President who was warned not to appoint Mike Flynn as National Security adviser, appointed him anyway, and had Flynn subsequently plead guilty to a federal crime.
Isakson betrays America by continuing to support a President who forged a close political alliance with Paul Manafort, despite his shady dealings with foreign countries and businesses, and has seen Manafort indicted on federal criminal charges—along with his associate, Rick Gates.
Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who hired George Papadopoulos as a foreign policy adviser—and has seen him plead guilty to a federal crime.
Isakson betrays America by supporting Trump as President after his COS, Kelly, stated publicly that young undocumented immigrants were “too lazy” to sign up for DACA and then doubled down after a public backlash.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who has proven he is a congenital liar, responsible for over 2,000 lies or misrepresentations in one year.
Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who had words of praise for the racists and neo-fascists who marched through the streets of Charlottesville, bearing torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us,” in flagrant imitation of the Nazis.
Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who labeled Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.” (Isakson did manage a rap on Trump’s knuckles for this one—the supreme act of rebuke for Trump lackeys like Isakson. House Speaker Paul Ryan is the all-time champion of issuing these meaningless verbal reprimands—which, of course, reinforce rather than diminish what a toady the “critic” is.)
Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who prefers to surround himself with toadies constitutionally incapable of standing up to him and prepared to pay the price of slathering him with praise.
- Isakson could have no doubt about the banana republic Trump is transforming the United States into after, at Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting in June, the attendees attempted to outdo each other in delivering gushing, sycophantic praise of their leader—a display reminiscent of a gathering of the top aides of Adolph Hitler or Benito Mussolini—or Idi Amin.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by continuing to support a President who endorsed a candidate for the U.S Senate who was an accused child molester who had also showed contempt for the rule of law by twice defying court-ordered restraints on his behavior.
Isakson’s Republican Party also officially endorsed the candidate.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who was forced to withdraw his controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, after even some Republicans questioned her credentials.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by continuing to support a President who was forced to withdraw three of his nominees for federal judgeships after their unfitness was revealed.
- One nominee, during his Senate confirmation hearing, was unable to answer basic questions about the courtroom process, showed little familiarity with federal trial rules, and acknowledged that he had never prosecuted or defended a case.
- Another also had scant trial experience and apparently had spoken favorably about the Ku Klux Klan under a pseudonym on a website.
- The third once described transgender children as proof of “Satan’s plan.”
Johnny Isakson betrays America by supporting a President whose appointee as Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, who resigned in disgrace in September after he was found to have spent $400,000 chartering private jets at taxpayer expense.
Johnny Isakson betrays America by supporting a President whose appointee as director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned this past January after it was revealed she had recently bought stock in a tobacco company.
- She had spent months recusing herself from various official duties because she owned shares in bio-tech and health-information companies.
(Read the report by a science writer and also Trump Could Help Curb a Potential Pandemic. Instead, He’s Been Silent, about how Trump’s disastrous choices for public-health leadership left the country woefully unprepared for this year’s virulent flu epidemic and will contribute to the flu deaths that will occur between now and summer—deaths for which Johnny Isakson will also bear blame).
Johnny Isakson betrays America and makes it more vulnerable to suffering a catastrophic pandemic by supporting Trump’s massive cuts in the CDC budget—and his proposal for even more cuts. (Read the above articles for details. Quote: “For a fraction of what the president (and Isakson) wants to spend on his pointless barrier with Mexico, we could make ourselves infinitely safer from infectious diseases.”)
Read more on what Senator Johnny Isakson considers competent government:
- Johnny Isakson betrays America by supporting a President who used tweets to abruptly announce he wanted to bar transgender people from the military. Trump’s arbitrary act demeaned the office of President, short-circuited an ongoing military review of the issue, and inflicted emotional suffering on transgender troops who are serving their country with pride and distinction—something, of course, Donald Trump never did.
- Johnny Isakson betrays America by proving over and over again that Trump was correct when he said during the presidential campaign that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.
- Johnny Isakson betrays American values and morality by supporting a President who keeps Kelly as Chief of Staff after Kelly attacked Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica S. Wilson as an “empty barrel” and a video showed that Kelly had misrepresented her comments. Kelly vowed he would “never” apologize.
- Johnny Isakson betrayed America by supporting a President who demeaned the military service of John McCain.
- Johnny Isakson betrayed America by endorsing Trump for President after he berated and threatened a federal judge of Mexican heritage; falsely claimed that most illegal Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists; and called out to a black person at a rally, “Look at my African American.”
- Johnny Isakson betrayed America by supporting a President who calls women bimbos and bragged about sexually assaulting them.
- Johnny Isakson betrayed America by supporting a President who mocks handicapped people.
- Johnny Isakson betrayed America by supporting a President who incited his followers to violence.
- Johnny Isakson betrayed America by supporting a President who foregoes any attempt to forge national unity and appeals to anger, hatred, racism, and frustrations.
- Johnny Isakson betrays America with his continued effusive support for Trump, which has provided political cover for a weakening of the constitutional order. Trump is using Isakson as a tool. The way Isakson is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool.
- Johnny Isakson puts his legislative agenda above his own professed principles and the good name of the country so someday he can say, yes, Trump got us into a ruinous trade war but I passed a tax cut for the rich and rimmed a bit off the Affordable Care Act.
Isakson’s response to the recent Mueller indictments and the wife abuse scandals, in short, has continued to display the flaws that have become the hallmark of Trump and Isakson’s character. The scandals have reinforced the fact that the Trump administration and its enablers like Johnny Isakson suffer from a singularly morally bankrupt strain of Republican tribalism. Isakson prizes loyalty to President Trump above all else, and Trump’s failings are ignored.
In short, Trump and Isakson deserve each other. Their country deserves better.