While most of the Republican Party and right-wing media sold their souls to defend Donald Trump, there are still a few conservatives out there who’ve refused to support someone who they don’t feel represents their party’s values (unfortunately for them, he does) and has no business being this country’s “president.”
One of those individuals, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, absolutely ripped into the Christian right’s continued support of Trump.
Here are a few excerpts from her amazing article:
They have not let religion or values get in the way of their support. Consider the “Access Hollywood” tape, the attack on a Gold Star family, a mass of inexplicable ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials (and the president’s open invitation to Russia to continue hacking), the firing of the FBI director, the humiliation of evangelical-favorite Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the politicization of the Boy Scouts, the threats to the special counsel and now an interview with Trump’s out-of-control, potty-mouthed communications director. What about Trump, exactly, reflects their values? (Taking Medicaid away from millions and separating families to deport law-abiding immigrants?)
If Trump nevertheless proceeds to fire Sessions and then order Justice Department officials to fire Mueller (or fire them if they won’t), Republicans will have no remedy at their disposal other than impeachment; they may very well choose not to use it, but then we have the makings of a constitutional crisis on our hands.
Is there any point at which the religious might put country above tribe, morality above partisanship? No, I don’t think it will do so ever.
She also called the Trump administration a “clown show” while accusing evangelical Christians of “supplying the tent.”
Rubin echoed my belief that you can’t be both a Christian and a Trump supporter because he doesn’t represent any actual Christian values. I’ve also written about how his rise to the top of the Republican Party is proof of an article I wrote four years ago: It’s Time to Tell the Truth: Republicans Aren’t Christians.
During last year’s GOP primary, Republican voters had a large group of candidates from which to choose. In fact, they had an actual former Baptist minister (Mike Huckabee) and son of a preacher (Sen. Ted Cruz) as presidential candidates.
Yet they overwhelmingly chose the least Christian candidate of the entire group: Donald J. Trump.
Furthermore, while some Republican groups begrudgingly sided with Trump after other candidates dropped out, evangelical Christians almost immediately flocked to support him. They couldn’t get enough of the guy who launched his campaign by vilifying Mexican immigrants as “rapists and criminals,” belittled POWs, and encouraged violence against protesters at his campaign speeches.
What Ms. Rubin, as well as other Republicans who are sickened by Trump, need to realize is that Trump is the modern day Republican Party. It’s not as if he’s hiding the type of person he is. For everything negative I can say about Trump — and there’s plenty to be said — he never really hides who he is.
He’s an appalling, vile, revolting, sexist bully who used hate, fear, racism, bigotry, and fear-mongering to fuel his political success.
I find it funny, even if it’s in a sad way, to see some of these anti-Trump Republicans who are in denial about the true nature of the party they still support. They continue to act like Trump’s rise is some sort of “shocking surprise” when the truth of the matter is, it was never a question of if someone like Trump would ever achieve this level of success among Republicans — just when.
As I’ve made sure to point out plenty of times, the “second place” candidate behind Trump was Ted Cruz — someone who’s just as terrible (if not possibly worse) than he is in many ways. So it’s not as if Republican voters were deciding between a moderate Republican and Trump. The two most radical, dishonest, and arguably awful Republicans running for president last year were the top two candidates in the race.
While I’m glad to see there are some conservatives out there who’ll call Donald Trump and the hypocrites who support him out, what these folks need to realize is that today’s Republican party has proven itself to be a farce.
The GOP is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Dwight Eisenhower, it’s now the party of Donald Trump. Good luck redefining that.