Spiraling Republican Extremism Under Trump Has Strong Historical Precedent

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You would think that a former president who invented the Hitler-level Big Lie that massive fraud distorted the 2020 elections, engaged in the bald-faced character assassination of respected public servants; and who continues, daily, to  trample underfoot God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden rule, the rule of law, and our basic moral and democratic values; would be well on his way to committing political suicide. There’s just one problem: Republicans not only continue to praise Donald Trump, their worship of him increases the more brazen his immorality becomes.

And, yes, I mean Republicans as a whole, not just the “Trumpists.” Does anyone not see the frightening reality of modern America? The members of one of our two political parties have become untethered from any of the moral anchors that presumably govern our basic character—and underlie our political institutions and practices.

And the justification for our alarm over Republican extremism has solid historical precedence. What do I see when I watch Republicans at a Trump rally cheering loudly at someone who tells outrageous lies, commits character assassination, and speaks words of overt racism, xenophobia, and misogyny? I see the German masses at one of Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies. I see the white faces gathered around the body of a lynched black man, laughing and having a good time. I see white adults spitting in the faces of black children desegregating a Little Rock school. I remember white Southern politicians singing more loudly in the segregationist choir even as the violence and bombings exploded during the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s. I hear the Republican applause every time Joseph McCarthy rose to libel and slander an innocent American with lies about being a Communist. I’m reminded of Richard Nixon proclaiming “I am not a crook.”

There is something wrong with Republicans, and in their sickness, they may continue to elect  cretins who will destroy America.

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