Tuesday, October 08, 2019

A Republican tipping point?

One of Trump’s tweets from yesterday: 

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over ....”

If this is not a tipping point for those unwilling or reluctant to conclude that Trump is mentally or psychologically unfit for office, nothing will be. His remaining obdurate public supporters can only be deeply ensnared in the muck and mire of denial, self-deception and wishful thinking, psychological armour and blinders they share with his Republican Party lackeys, bootlickers and sycophants in his administration and Congress, who in addition are bereft of moral backbone and ethical integrity, performing their grotesquely inane public defenses of Trump’s behavior as mere apparitions of politicians in a would-be democracy, their servile authoritarian predispositions having now become habitually or temperamentally fascist. 

President Trump and the Republican Party quickly call to mind the following verbs: prevaricate, obfuscate, dissemble, conceal, lie, evade, smirk, obstruct, phantasize, pretend, condescend, grovel, abrogate, destroy, besmirch, erode, assault, degrade, sully, extort, bribe, coerce, threaten, intimidate, bully, slander, wriggle, endanger…. And largely white evangelical Christians (excluding of course Left evangelical Christians, of which there appear to be far fewer in number) will confidently remind us how God in fact favors Trump, how such verbs vividly incarnate the preaching and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels!


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