By David Cholesterol
While President (I abhor using this word in reference to him) Trump is nonsensically lying about Time magazine calling him about being “Man of the Year,” Trump propagandist Sean Hannity calling “bullshit” on Time, Trump claiming the infamous Access Hollywood “grab them by the pussy” tapes were fabricated (even after he admitted they were real in the general election), his Moore-onic support for a pedophile, his whoring of a conspiracy kook website while screaming FAKE NEWS, and his diarrhea of the mouth moment while hosting the World War II Navajo code talkers, I am once again reminded how we got here.
In a relatively short amount of time, we’ve seen a definitive understanding of what’s right and wrong within the Republican Party morph into fifty shades of Trump orange.
For example: Although I have no love for CNN‘s leftist agenda, I distinctly remember Trump using them to host his bogus fundraising stunt in order to dodge the FOX News debate. Back then, to Trump’s disingenuous supporters, FOX News was evil and CNN was good. Today, CNN is evil and FOX is good.
Why? Because for most Trump supporters, good and evil are simply measured by their unequivocal loyalty to an unrepentant, amoral man.
To be fair, Trump being an unrepentant amoral man was never a secret. From the time Trump flirted with the presidency in 2011 (and became the voice of the racist Birther movement) to the present, corrupt, inept, unstable, narcissistic, liar Trump has always been corrupt, inept, unstable, narcissistic, liar Trump. The real surprise was how many so-called “Conservatives” and/or “Christians” seemed more than willing to sacrifice and distort what they claimed to espouse for an unrepentant amoral man.
I believe this recent PRRI/Brookings poll reflects this mindset.
A brief excursion down memory lane may show how Trumpism helped cause this deterioration while many of us tried to athwart this point in history by yelling “Stop!”
In a 1990 interview with Playboy magazine (the same interview Trump said Jesus had a “Far greater ego[s] than you will ever understand.“), after his initial disappointment that they “ALMOST BLEW IT,” Trump was clearly impressed with the massacre at Tiananmen Square:
“The Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.”
When pressed by commentator Jake Tapper in the CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate about these comments, Trump back-peddled, but still dismissed the pro-democracy protesters as a “riot”:
“That doesn’t mean I was endorsing that. I was not endorsing it. I said that is a strong, powerful government that put it down with strength. And then they kept down the riot. It was a horrible thing. It doesn’t mean at all I was endorsing it.“
Then there was the 2005 Howard Stern interview, in which Trump admits to walking in on naked pageant contestants:
“Well, I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, I’m inspecting, I want to make sure that everything is good.”
I remember saying, “Once the Republican electorate finds out about this (or that), it’s over.” But it wasn’t. In fact, most Trumpers shamelessly dug their Melania stilettoes in even deeper.
By breaking their moral compass (or exposing their non-existence of one), Trump KNEW he was bulletproof with his base. No matter how much Trump mocked POW’s, Gold Star families, and even a disabled reporter…
No matter how much he used ALT-RIGHT Birtherism and JFK conspiracy theories against his Conservative Republican opponents… his sycophantly devoted fanbase (who continued to attend his rallies, wear their Trump-branded Halloween costumes, and purchase MAGA hats, tee-shirts, commemorative coins, bobbleheads, and other useless miscellaneous Trump tchotchkes) continued to USE their twisted/limited understanding of “conservatism and faith” to defend the indefensible.
Oh. Did I mention Trump was (and still is) unabashedly unrepentant?
All that mattered to his legion of lemmings was Trump’s populist rhetoric (aka. LIES)…
“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done. I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.“
“Lock her up!“ (which later turned into: “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons. I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”)
And my personal favorite… “I am going to save Social Security without any cuts. I know where to get the money from. Nobody else does.”
Though all the LIES, Trump was truthful about one thing, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
So– here we are. In the Twilight Zone-like age of damnable Trumpism…
Where, for many masquerading in the “conservative” movement, moral relativism trumps actual morality. Where countless political and religious leaders have sold their once respectable souls for 30 pieces of corrupt Trump silver. Where “the poorly educated” constantly act like sleazy lawyers desperately trying to get their guilty client off the hook.
So where do you stand? You do not have to be a diehard Trumper to be affected by all of this. Any kind of sycophantism to a politician, especially one who supports Trumpism, would do.
Are YOU spreading Trump propaganda websites (aka. FAKE NEWS) to smear a certain Alabamian’s accusers? Are YOU using Mary and Joseph as an analogy to defend pedophilia? Have YOU found a convoluted way to use one evil to excuse another? (aka: a manipulative blogger from The American Thinker concluded, “This is not a morally challenging issue for me.“)
Did Trumpism break your moral compass too?
If our standards have avalanched downhill this fast, what do you think our nation will look like in next five to six years if we stay on this insidious path?