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Trump is destroying the GOP. Why won’t his peers speak up?

Trump is destroying the Republican Party. Why won’t any of his peers speak up?

 

There are moments that have signaled seismic shifts in U.S. history. The fevered pitch of McCarthyism was broken when Army counsel Joseph Welch, with tears in his eyes, asked Sen. Joe McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” Ronald Reagan’s ascension to the White House began with the former actor grabbing a microphone in a high school gym and declaring it his own. And Donald Trump’s descent down a gold-plated escalator a generation later did the same for the reality TV star.

 

But perhaps no scene better dramatizes the turbulent political age that we have been passing through for half a century than the “Hard Hat Riot” of 1970.

 

That violent showdown in Lower Manhattan pitted antiwar protesters against enraged union members, who took umbrage at “long-haired hippies” they saw as desecrating the American flag.

 

The chaotic event long ago passed into political folklore for conservatives, helping to mark the moment when White working-class identity shifted from economic to cultural. As Vanderbilt history professor Jefferson Cowie wrote in the New York Times in May, “The new class war would be waged not against the old corporate robber barons but the impudent snobs of the cultural elite.”

 

That shift may explain why so many working-class Americans have been voting against their own economic interests for so long.

 

On May 8, 1970, the Times reported, union workers streamed out of the “soaring red steel skeleton” of Tower A on the construction site of the World Trade Center and raced to an antiwar demonstration underway on Wall Street. The workers later told reporters they were determined to stop protesters from denigrating U.S. soldiers fighting in Vietnam. “I’m doing this because my brother got wounded in Vietnam, and I think this will help our boys over there by pulling this country together,” one construction worker told the Wall Street Journal. Chants of “Love it or leave it” and shouts about killing “commies” rang out above the chaos, before workers seized an American flag at Federal Hall and began singing “God Bless America” under the watchful gaze of George Washington’s statue.

 

Then-president Richard Nixon declared “Thank God for the hard hats!” and began building a “New Majority” including White working-class voters who supported politicians they saw as backing the troops and revering their sacrifice. For decades, Republican politicians and thought leaders followed Nixon’s lead, even when that meant shamelessly attacking Democratic war heroes such as George McGovern, Max Cleland and John Kerry for the political crime of being insufficiently patriotic.

 

Given the party’s brash support of all things “patriotic,” the past week’s developments have been disorienting even for the age of Trump.

 

Post associate editor Bob Woodward’s new revelations regarding President Trump’s pandemic performance will forever tarnish the 45th president’s legacy, but Trump’s savage attacks on

 

America’s military leaders and war dead will leave a lasting scar on his Republican Party. The playboy scion, who avoided military service in Vietnam by claiming bone spurs, told Woodward that the decorated military leaders who serve him are “pussies” and “suckers.” It can be no coincidence that the president reportedly also called the 1,800 Marines who died at Belleau Wood “suckers” for giving their lives in war. After those comments were reported by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Trump predictably made matters worse for himself by mounting a defense that showed just how much he loathed the military and those who serve as its leaders.

 

“They want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy,” Trump blurted out at a news conference. This commander in chief offering lectures on the excesses of the military-industrial complex is laughable. He has, after all, championed weapons sales like no president before him. Trump even refused to cancel billions in arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the killing of Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi because he didn’t want to “lose an order like that.” He said doing so would be unfair to Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon.

 

Trump’s Republican Party has been damaged yet again by their leader’s offensive statements. It has also lost any claim it ever had at being the U.S. military’s bulwark against left-wing attacks. A recent Military Times poll suggests that most active duty troops agree, with a plurality supporting Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential bid.

 

Perhaps Lindsey O. Graham was right when he predicted that Trump would destroy the Republican Party. The question that remains is why the South Carolina senator and so many of his peers stay silent while the honor of our military leaders is under attack by America’s president. One wonders what the hard-hat rioters would have thought about that.

 

Trump is destroying the Republican Party. Why won’t any of his peers speak up? 


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
Honored Social Butterfly

If Trump loses in November, how long will it take the Republican Party to rebuild and once again becomes a party of patriots and loyal Americans, as opposed to loyal Trump Cult members.

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CriticalThinking:   If Trump loses in November, how long will it take the Republican Party to rebuild and once again becomes a party of patriots and loyal Americans, as opposed to loyal Trump Cult members.

 

 

That's a great question CT. In my opinion it's going to be just as important to figure out what to do with the current base. How does a party govern seriously when it's base wants to elect folks like Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert etc.?

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@Panjandrum 

Good point in driving that nail home!

How would they rebuild with their cast of clowns in leadership positions...they would have to find a way to take out the bad baggage first! The folks that they have now are not leaders, just subservient enablers, afraid of their own shadows, and more scared of trump. 
If they keep the same party members, they will have to have a new slogan...

”we only follow authoritarian liars, we do not lead”!

Social Butterfly

Trumps peers possess neither the vocabulary nor the low hangers to speak up.

They need to grow a pair.

 

They have severe fence mending to do in this country, and I don't think they are capable.

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They had their chance to remove him from office in the impeachment trial.

 

By now, they could have had a suitable candidate to run against Biden and restore the values of the Republican Party  that Trump has so severely damaged.

 

Paul Ryan would have been perfect.

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@PhilipT605548 wrote:

Trumps peers possess neither the vocabulary nor the low hangers to speak up.

They need to grow a pair.

 

They have severe fence mending to do in this country, and I don't think they are capable.


Indeed they do, PhilipT.  It will take a LOT to undo what trump has done to our democracy, to the FBI and secret service, etc. Where does one start? 


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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@CriticalThinking wrote:

If Trump loses in November, how long will it take the Republican Party to rebuild and once again becomes a party of patriots and loyal Americans, as opposed to loyal Trump Cult members?

 

It will take a few years IMO, just to get over the shock!  They've been lied to and conned for so long already.  It will take them years to rebuild the "trust"...Carlson Tucker?  LMAO!!!


 


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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trump has taken the trump repub party so far afield and away from any norms, and any moral values, might we see a new party for the real Republicans? 
There are no credible trump repubs to speak up, and their silence and support of trump is deafening.

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Time for a "profile in courage...."


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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@Centristsin2010 wrote:

Trump is destroying the Republican Party. Why won’t any of his peers speak up?

 

 


Because they are all afraid of him ..... gutless wonders who would rather see the county destroyed than do the right thing!!!

 

 

DUMP TRUMP AND DITCH MITCH TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
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@myexper 

Have to agree...and to add, they seem to have forgotten their oath of office...

We have a foreign enemy in putin, and a domestic enemy in trump...Yet they continue to support both, and forget who the enemies are...in a sense they have become an enemy!

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Here's the oath of office:

 

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

 

Who believes the Republicans have upheld their oath the last 4 years?


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
Social Butterfly

So Help me God, regarding the Constitution is what Trump forgot about.

So Help me Russia, he remembers.

 

Social Butterfly

It is way too late for them to say anything about Trump, holding on by fingernails for the Senate.

 

They had their chance for integrity during the impeachment when they could have voted for his removal.

 

History will not treat them kindly.

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