We’re never gonna see a Republican like Bush, McCain, or Romney again. The GOP might as well replace their goddamned elephant with an actual poop-flinging monkey.
CHARACTERISTICS OF GOP RISING STARS, POST-TRUMP:
- Don’t know jack about shit
- Make headlines for boldly ignorant sloganeering and/or smug putdowns
- “How triggered are the liberals” is primary measure of success
- Defended by wave after wave of Whataboutism on Fox News et. al
Subjects Where I Suspect We’re Mainly Talking to Each Other:
- “The Big Lie”.
Most Republicans still don’t believe the election was fair.
- “Republican Civil War”.
January 6 notwithstanding, the GOP rank and file has not turned against Trump in any significant way.
The Republican Party still wants Trump. Failing that, they want a candidate who delivers as much of Trump’s agenda as possible:
1. More power to the cops 2. Guns, guns, guns 3. Defund PP / end abortion 4. Fight tooth & nail against LGBT normalization 5. Piss off the liberals
They see no contradiction in the party of Law and Order willfully turning a blind eye to sedition, insurrection, and abuse of power because none of them really view Trump’s offenses as an especially big deal. Certainly no worse than anything the Democrats have publicly supported.
They don’t hate us because of the trigger warnings and disclaimers.
They hate us because they hate brown people, they hate gay people, they’re terrified of the mainstreaming of trans people, and they’ve been brainwashed into believing the socialists are coming for their guns.
The trigger warnings and disclaimers - even for something as benign as The Muppet Show - are just ammunition for their side to make us look absurd and oversensitive.
But it could all stop tomorrow & it would not make a difference, because it’s not why they hate us.
DISNEY: Hey, there was some racist stuff in these old kids’ TV shows that was accepted as normal 40 years ago, but rather than throw out the baby with the bathwater we’ll just include a short disclaimer before we rerun them unedited
The staff at Trump Hotel had very specific instructions for how to serve Donald Trump his Diet Cokes, which I cannot read without remembering the elaborate ritual required to serve the Monseigneur his “happy chocolate” in A Tale of Two Cities washingtonian.com/2021/02/19/tru…
GOP YESTERDAY: BLM protesters are anti-American agitators whose relentless rioting & looting are destroying our cities
GOP TODAY: MLK was a Republican, you know
GOP TOMORROW: BLM protesters are anti-American agitators whose relentless rioting & looting are destroying our cities
Yes, I maintain that your reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests are the closest indicator we have to how you would have reacted to Martin Luther King’s activism if you’d been around sixty years ago
Anyone over the age of 70 who was actively aware of the Civil Rights Movement as it was happening is welcome to compare & contrast
After Biden is inaugurated and the Senate impeachment trial is over there will really be no reason for Trump to be on TV all the time and since he won’t be yelling at us on Twitter every day let’s hope this “Cancel Culture” works as well as Republicans keep telling us it will
I’m trying to imagine what Trump’s post-Presidency life will look like and he’ll probably show up on OANN & Newsmax and he might even continue with the rallies but without his Twitter/Facebook megaphone I can’t imagine they’re going to be as popular as they were before
I’m fully aware of how much oxygen Schmuck a L’Orange is draining from the upcoming Presidential Inaugural and with all due deference to President-Elect Biden it’s not like we’ve ever had an openly seditionist lame duck kicking and screaming and refusing to leave before
Yes, let’s delay the inauguration until the pandemic, which the current President has done fuck-all to fix, is “behind us”
We already know this idiot believes there should be zero obstacles to Trump staying President forever; there’s no need to pretend “public safety” is of particularly grave concern to him, especially him light of what his allies are willing to do to keep Dear Leader in power
You can review my Twitter feed from the week that preceded January 6 and find numerous iterations of me asking “WTF do Trump and his acolytes think he will accomplish?”
Trump overplayed his hand. His attempted coup has backfired in every possible way, & he is far worse off now.
Trump is now banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The House is rushing to impeach him a second time - with less than two weeks to go! - and a Senate removal is no longer the fairy tale it seemed a year ago.
Trump is justifiably being treated as an enemy of the state.
America’s eyes are now fully open. The footage we saw Wednesday indicates the kind of people we are dealing with. Trump has never been more disgraced, & those who ride with him are indisputably toxic.
Did I mention that Democrats now have the House, the Senate, & the Presidency?
All right, Democrats: if you’re serious about “looking forward, not back” then at the very least you should use these past four years as a learning experience and strengthen some things we took for granted.
- Require all future Presidential candidates to disclose 10 years of tax returns
- Draw a line in the sand about when it’s acceptable to nominate SCOTUS replacements & stick to it
- Better yet, get rid of lifetime SCOTUS appointments & make it a 10-year limit
- Have a serious discussion about abolishing the Electoral College. (It’s just affirmative action for red states now; if they want a seat at the table, they should have to fairly compete in the marketplace of ideas.)
So the official view of the “Trump Always Wins” sect of the Republican Party is that it is perfectly reasonable for a Presidential candidate to win the popular vote, win the electoral vote, but still not ascend to the Presidency if 51 Senators say “Nah”
To be honest, I don’t know if this is even a mainstream view of the GOP or simply the mantra of a tiny but vocal sect of Trump dead-enders who believe “Trump Always Wins” is an immutable law of the Universe that the mainstream media just hasn’t figured out yet
I don’t know WTF these people think is going to happen on January 6th after Congress inevitably confirms the Biden election but clearly they think the Proud Boys are going to serve as some kind of MAGA enforcement militia
COUNTERARGUMENT: The Trump supporters who do know Biden supporters have steadfastly refused to listen to a word any of us have said because they have all been brainwashed into beliving that mainstream media is a tool of the Deep State & never to be trusted washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
The implicit solution of the article is that Trumpism can be cured by exposing the participants to friendly voices from the other side, but the very structure of the cult is designed to reflexively reject such voices as unwitting participants of a huge anti-Trump conspiracy
- When you eliminate shame from the equation, Republicans will happily lie again & again to get what they want
- When truth & power are at cross-purposes, the GOP will always choose power
- Sunlight is not always the best disinfectant; it is merely the easiest