Many folks, myself included, have called the Republican Party out for being too gutless and afraid to stand up to Donald Trump and hold him accountable for anything. The worst part is, while most of them will never publicly admit it, I can guarantee you the vast majority of elected Republicans know Trump is completely unfit and unqualified to be “president” — yet they continue to put party over country.
While they deserve all the criticism they receive, there are reasons why, at least in my opinion, the GOP’s response to Trump has been so cowardly and pathetic.
1. He’s still far too popular among most of their voters: It’s true Trump’s approval rating has reached humiliating depths never seen before by any president this early into their first term in office, but he still remains very popular among most conservative voters. We’re witnessing what happens when, after years of creating this “monster” by pandering to the worst parts of our society, Republicans are now being destroyed by their very own creation. Deep down I think most of them know they can’t continue down this path for long, but they can’t turn against him (at least not yet), because doing so could end their political careers.
2. Some of them could be involved if his campaign colluded with Russia: This is something I’ve said for quite a while now. While most of the attention has been on Trump, his family, and his closest associates, I think the collusion could easily go much deeper than all of that. I just can’t imagine that all of this was going on, yet no one within the RNC, or GOP leadership, knew anything about it. It’s just an educated guess, but I don’t think it was only Trump’s campaign which was colluding with Russian officials. Which brings me to #3…
3. They know if he goes down, he’s bringing a bunch of them down with him: Donald Trump is the type of person who, if your boat capsized, would use everyone else who fell overboard as his own personal “flotation devices” trying to save his own backside. Make no mistake about it, if Trump’s forced to resign, or even gets impeached, he’s not going to go quietly. I absolutely believe that he’s willing to throw anyone and everyone under the bus — including his own children — if he felt doing so benefited him in some way. The overwhelming sense is that most Republicans don’t want to end up on Trump’s shitlist of people who weren’t “loyal” or “protective” of him leading up to his potential removal from office. They know the fall of Trump could very well be the fall of the entire party.
4. They’re hoping he takes himself down: I think what many within the party are hoping is that, like a toddler throwing a hissy fit, eventually Trump will wear himself out, gets sick of the whole circus, and simply quit on his own. For the GOP, that’s probably the “best case scenario.” While I still don’t believe he’d leave office quietly and peacefully, I do feel many Republicans are desperately hoping they’ll be able to “play nice” with him and placate his ego some until he makes the decision, himself, to resign from office. That way most of them will avoid his wrath, and they can spin it to their supporters that the media and Democrats were responsible for Trump’s downfall. Because the party for “personal responsibility” absolutely loves pointing the finger and blaming everyone else but themselves for their own incompetence.
5. They’re trying to use him to pass their radical right-wing agenda: This goes back to the “party over country” thing. As I said earlier, I fully believe most of them know he has no business being “president.” I think most Republicans are aware that he’s dangerous and completely unfit to lead this country. However, because they’re hoping to pass their radical right-wing agenda to strip health care away from millions (which thankfully took a huge blow last night), massively cut taxes for the rich, strip away protections for the environment, and pass a whole host of legislation that mostly benefits the richest among us, most simply don’t care how much of a threat he is to our national security. They’re going to stick with him no matter what, just as long as they believe he’s going to sign whatever legislation they can actually manage to send him.
While there are several more reasons I could have listed here, I’ll wrap it up here.
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