The publication of Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” has sent the Republican Party into free fall, setting off a vicious war of words between President Trump and his erstwhile ally, Steve Bannon. The contents of the book itself were bad enough, with its details of insider revelations of the destructive chaos of a White House presided over by a clueless, unfit, and probably unhinged President. And the resulting intra-party nastiness shows the Republican Party as a burnt-out case, ready for the dustbin of history.
But Georgia’s Congressional Republicans, led by Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel, remain unfazed in their untiring praise of Donald Trump.
Take what Donald Trump is saying about Steve Bannon as true. What does that tell us about Trump–and his Republican yahoo supporters like Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel? It tells us that they have stupendously poor judgment in choosing who will run their campaigns and then then run the U.S. Government. Everything Bannon is today, he was that same person when Trump selected him as his campaign czar and then his Presidential Counselor. The same debased character who today denounces Trump is the same debased character who, as head of Breitbart, had spouted flagrantly sexist, misogynist, and anti-Semitic words by the carload lots.
And Republicans like Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel knew his track record full well when they avidly supported Trump’s choice of Bannon to head the Republican presidential campaign and then to become a White House Counselor. What an egregious lack of judgment or intelligence, what abysmally flawed leadership those Republicans admit to when they now denounce their recent hero, Steve Bannon.
But at the same time, they show their continuing flaws and stupidity by continuing to slavishly support Donald Trump! The Republican Party is a burnt-out case, long overdue for the dustbin of history. Or the dung hill.
The one-year track record of Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel shows that the implosion of the Trump Administration is matched by the implosion of the Republican Party. Even as Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” demonstrates Trump’s manifest unfitness to be president and the disaster of his presidency, the same Republicans who brought him to power remain indifferent to exercising the slightest degree of Congressional oversight. Trump’s trashing of the prestige of the presidency is matched by Congressional Republicans’ trashing of Congress’ role of exercising checks and balances on presidential abuse.
The same Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel who have spent a year in rapturous praise of Trump’s Administration, even as it plunged to new depths of moral and intellectual corruption, show us that they will remain content with a congenitally lying, racist, sexist, xenophobic president as he takes a sledgehammer to every democratic and moral principle America has lived by–as long as he will sign the bills that nurture their corporate masters and remove all regulations that keep them from their predation against average Americans.
The Georgia Republicans’ cowardly abdication of Congressional oversight has simply reached new heights of shame as they stand mute in the face of tons of new evidence that reveals the extent of Trump’s immorality, ignorance, and psychological flaws. Republicans, after all, have spent a year boldly proclaiming they know full well all of Trump’s failings–they just do not give a damn. That is the legacy that Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel—along with Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, Orrin Hatch, and Nikki Haley—proudly bequeath America. They are lower than the pond scum Republicans who supported Joseph McCarthy to the bitter end.
What is there left to say, after this book’s indelible proof of Donald Trump’s manifest unfitness to be President–except that the Republicans, by electing this moron to office, and, worse, keeping him there, have no shame, no decency, no integrity, and no defense. And Republicans give not one tinker’s damn about their country.