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.

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