Trump’s Derangement and Extremism, i.e., The Republican Mainstream

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President Donald Trump’s history of tweets and words show him to be an unhinged, deranged person and an outright racist. There is no defense—none—for his:

  • Retweeting propaganda videos that portray flagrantly anti-Muslim xenophobia
  • Using an outright ethnic slur to insult Rep. Elizabeth Warren
  • Revising his Big Lie about Obama’s birthplace
  • Claiming that the tape in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women is a fake
  • Embracing child molester Roy Moore

Trump proved he is out of touch with reality and is now openly encouraging racist extremists and violence. Trump has joined the xenophobic lunatic fringe, and his presidency now poses a clear and present danger to the national interests of the United States. He has deprived the presidency of any semblance of moral authority. He has laid waste to the international stature of the United States and rendered worthless its reputation and prestige. World leaders, including our own allies, now view the United States, at best, as a laughing stock, and, at worst, a pitiful, helpless pygmy led by a truly unhinged president.

And Trump has spent 11 months proving his unfitness to be President with the full support of Republican leaders, including Georgia’s own Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel. Their silence even after the his recent despicable acts demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt they intend to remain his staunchest enablers as he continues his war against America’s basic moral and democratic values and common human decency. Trump daily tramples on the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule like Sherman marching through Georgia—and Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel do not give a damn. (Read More: The 394 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List; To date, Trump has made over 1,600 false or misleading claims as president.)

The Republican Party’s acquiescence in Trump’s words and deeds has emboldened his move toward ever increasing extremism, which has now reached fever pitch. Trump has come to believe—justifiably—that he can get away with anything, without paying any price, and the Isaksons, Perdues, Loudermilks, and Handels of the world prove him right.

The candidate who famously said that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it, is now a President who mouths the words of outright racism and xenophobia—and can count on Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel to let him get away with it. (Read more: Trump believes he can stir the pot without ever getting burned)

Let there be no doubt about it: Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel are sacrificing their country on the altar of worshiping Donald Trump. History will judge these four the way it now judges the Republicans who slavishly supported McCarthyism and enabled the criminality and corruption Republicans brought us with Watergate and Irangate. Along with Spiro Agnew. Their complicity in Trump’s recent outbursts prove that Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel not only have no sense of decency—they have no moral scruples whatsoever.

(A must read! Perdue’s words are in a class by themselves: “David Perdue Strengthens Ties to Trump…”  Quotes: “Perhaps more than any of his colleagues, Perdue has defended Trump’s almost every move, brushing aside questions about his ally’s most provocative actions, pronouncements and tweets…compared Trump to Winston Churchill… ‘a man of destiny who pulled that country together and survived one of the greatest debacles…’ With that, Perdue is surely in the running for God’s Pure Fool of the Year.)

Read more:

Johnny Isakson’s ‘no apologies’ approach to Donald Trump


Trump’s Disturbing Tweets and Words 

Extremist anti-Muslim Rhetoric

President Trump on November 29 retweeted three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist. The authenticity of the videos have not been independently verified. Trump’s action drew a backlash from across Britain, including a sharp, unprecedented rebuke from the British prime minister’s office.

  • Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman issued a statement saying Trump was “wrong” to redistribute material from a group that promotes “hateful narratives” and continued, “British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency, tolerance and respect.”
  • Brendan Cox, the husband of slain Labour Party member of Parliament Jo Cox, who was killed by a far-right supporter days before the June 2016 Brexit vote, tweeted, “Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.”
  • Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of House of Commons home affairs select committee, called Trump’s actions “appalling” and called on the U.K. government to condemn him for promoting the views of a leader of “a far-right hate group.”

The videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, which bills itself as a political party but has been widely condemned as an extremist group that targets mosques and Muslims.

The President who aligned himself with these extremists is the same one who has attacked Mexicans as rapists, consistently demonized Islam and Muslims, referred to some neo-Nazi marchers as “very fine people,” and spent the better part of his presidency nurturing white nationalism as his base.

Racist Slur Insulting Elizabeth Warren

On November 27, Trump, speaking at a ceremony honoring Navahos for their services in WWII, said that there was a Representative in Congress some called “Pocahontas”—a clear reference to his own past racist slur against Rep. Elizabeth Warren. The President of the Navaho Nation quickly condemned Trump’s words.  (Click here for a detailed review of the Trump’s use of the name)

Revival of the Big Lie about Obama Birthplace

Trump reportedly has in recent weeks revived his Big Lie conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. According to various media, in private he is again questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, a falsehood he started spreading in 2011. In the midst of the presidential campaign in 2016, Trump had announced, “President Obama was born in the United States — period.”

Embrace of Senate Candidate and Accused Sex Predator Roy Moore

On November 21, Trump effectively endorsed the candidacy of accused sex predator Roy Moore, saying in an impromptu press conference that Moore had denied the charges against him. He also said about Moore’s Democratic opponent, “We don’t need a liberal person in there. … We don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime like Jones.”

Labeling as Fake the Tape Recording of Him Bragging about Sex Assaults

Several sources have reported Trump’s private remarks, according to media reports. After the tape was made public, Trump had appeared before the microphones, admitted his guilt, and apologized.

As a native Georgian, I grew up in a South where civility and good manners were considered essential behavior for any normal human being. Violate those norms with vulgarity, cursing, bad words, or off-color jokes, and you would be isolated and insulated from your fellow citizens. Nothing marked someone as white trash more than bad behavior in public.

Let me recognize what I suspect has already popped into some readers’ minds: yes, those requirements for overt behavior sometimes masked a nastier reality for some people, and many white people’s attitudes toward each other did not apply to their treatment of blacks. But those facts do not override an overall standard of civility and good manner that visitors have noted and complimented through the ages.

And nothing, to me, defines the decline and fall of the Republican Party more than its hell-bent-for-leather drive to throw overboard any vestige of concern for those old Southern values of civility and good manners—along with the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule. And, yes, Donald Trump is the exemplar of what I’m talking about, but let’s be clear about cause and effect. One person cannot single-handedly bring about such a sea change in behavior over the course of a few years.

Trump has to have ploughed a fertile ground of incivility, meanness, selfishness, racism, and misogyny to raise such a thriving crop. That is the chilling though when I see the ilk of Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel singing their praise of the vulgar, foul-mouthed, mean-spirited braggart they have welcomed as president. And the more uncivil his tongue becomes, the more they bend over to kiss his behind.

The more times I see Georgia’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse bow down to Trump, the more nostalgia I feel for Richard B. Russell, Walter F. George, and Herman Talmadge—segregationist warts and all.  Hell, even the axe-handle-wielding Lester Maddox—whose election as governor was heretofore considered the nadir of Georgia politics—takes on a more positive luster compared to our current crop of morally and intellectually bankrupt Republicans.

I won’t in this missive attempt to review the various trends in American society that produced Trump and his minions. Let me just note the facts that revealed Trump’s abandonment of civility, decency, and good manners and the complicity of Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel in that abandonment. Who, as of the summer of 2015, would have thought that Georgia Republicans would vote for president someone who:

-Lied about Barack Obama not being a native-born American

–Lied about virtually all Mexican illegal immigrants being racists and criminals

–Lied about watching a video showing Muslims in America dancing to celebrate the fall of the Twin Towers

–Demeaned the military service of John McCain

–Bragged about sexually assaulting women and called them bimbos

–Incited his followers to violence

–Accused Ted Cruz’s father of involvement JFK’s assassination

—-Wanted to trample the Second Amendment underfoot by making it easier for him to sue those who tell the truth about him

After becoming President, of course, Trump used his voice and his Tweets to double down on displaying the poisonous personality shown above. One his most notable lies was to claim that tens of millions of illegal voters were responsible for Hillary getting more popular votes than he did. He even appointed a special commission to look into it—and the commission reaffirmed what a lie it was.

Appointed as Presidential Counselor the white supremacist Steve Bannon, who, while chief of the alt-right extremist group Breitbart, presided over the publication of a newsletter that printed the most flagrant misogynistic articles ever seen in America.

To date, Trump has made over 1,600 false or misleading claims as president.

He also botched health care reform in a display of Executive and Congressional ineptitude unparalled in our history.

–Refused to release his income tax returns

–Called on Russians to hack Hillary’s emails

–Showed abysmal ignorance about the substance of national policies

–Didn’t understand the meaning of Nuclear Triad, the foundation of America’s nuclear strategy)

These are just the highlights that prove what a lying, xenophobic, nativist, anti-intellectual, bigoted, race-baiting, Islamophobic, Hispanophobic, demagogue Donald Trump really is. A fitting candidate for a Republican Party that has spent years nurturing all the above and finally created its Frankenstein’s monster, under the skillful grooming of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

And it seems the White House is happy to lump itself alongside the xenophobic fringe. When confronted about Trump’s tweets, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CBS: “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.” Trump and his lieutenants decry “fake news” all the time, so it’s startling to see the spokeswoman of the president arguing implicitly that actual “fake news” is fine when it suits their political purposes.

His political base cheers him on. Fellow Republican leaders largely stand by him. His staff scrambles to explain away his misbehavior — or even to laugh it off. And the White House disciplinarian, chief of staff John F. Kelly, has said it is not his job to control the president.

Trump’s promotion of vicious propaganda risks encouraging further violence and emboldening those who seek to drum up hate.

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