“Bob Corker worries GOP is becoming a cult. Don Jr. likes that. The Republican Party is having a remarkable internal conversation about whether it is turning into a personality cult that has abandoned all principles in order to follow President Donald Trump`s every whim.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker kicked off the debate on Wednesday in a press scrum. “We`re in a strange place. It`s becoming a cultish thing, isn`t it?” Corker told reporters. “It`s not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a President that happens to be purportedly of the same party.” Corker has been specifically critical of his party for abandoning the cause of free trade because of Trump`s protectionism, but many more instances can be cited.”
The New Republic
When Donald Trump was unexpectedly elected president I imagined that he would face as much opposition from mainstream Republicans as from Democrats. Surely I thought conservatives will never accept the lifelong Democrat as one of their own.
But I was wrong, boy was I wrong! In warp speed Trump has transformed the party of family values, fiscal responsibility and free trade into a cult of personality.
If a Republican in the House or Senate criticizes Trump he immediately blasts him on Twitter, and his prospects of reelection immediately diminish.
Before Trump a Republican was called a RINO (Republican in name only) if he strayed from Republican orthodoxy, say for example if he advocated for national health care. Today a Republican`s bona fides is judged entirely on whether or not he fervently supports the megalomaniac.
The law and order party enthusiastically joins Trump is attacking the FBI, the Justice Department and our intelligence agencies. The party of free trade is mute while Trump imposes tariffs not only on China, but on our allies. The party of small government and fiscal responsibility approves a $1.3 trillion budget deal. The anti-Communist party denies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and doesn`t take any steps to prevent the oligarchy from doing so again in the mid-term elections. The Big Tent party has no room for advocates of comprehensive immigration reform. The party of family values embraces a serial pussy-grabber president, and endorses the senatorial candidacy of a pedophile. The anti-corruption party approves the swampiest creatures to be members of Trump`s cabinet.
Republicans march lockstep with the corrupt president, and the only voices crying in the wilderness are Republicans who have announced they aren`t running for reelection like Senator Bob Corker, and the terminally ill Senator John McCain.
The Republican Party is a cult, and you can`t appeal to Republicans on the basis of reason or facts. The truth is whatever the pathological liar and eminently unreasonable Trump says it is. If Trump says the sky is purple and you say it`s blue, Republicans accuse you of promulgating fake news.
You can no longer debate rationally with the GOP, principled Republicans who aren`t enthralled by the con artist in the White House should follow the advice of conservative pundit George Will and join Democrats in voting for Democrats in the mid-terms.
Only a Democrat-led Congress will impeach Trump, and only after he is removed from office will the Trump cult of personality be destroyed.
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