The awful, dishonest, incompetent, and unhinged nature of Donald Trump has been well-documented and discussed. With what seems like a daily barrage of crazy, one doesn’t need to look very hard to find an example proving how terrible Trump is, not just as “president,” but as a human being.
With that said, I’ve also frequently implored people not to ignore the GOP’s role in not only “electing” this orange imbecile, but defending, supporting, and enabling his dangerous incompetence, corruption, bigotry, and never-ending stream of lies. I cannot stress enough how important it is for the role the Republican Party has played in empowering Trump to be talked about and remembered with the same amount of disdain and disgust as we do the man, himself.
Without the help of Republicans, and their voters, one of the most shameful moments in American political history never takes place: The “election” of Donald Trump.
And it’s that role Republicans have played that Dan Rather has spoken out about on several occasions. Most recently ripping into the gutless nature of the party that continues to defend him even when, deep down, most of them know he’s a liar and a threat to this nation’s security.
“Because I think they’re afraid where this may go,” Rather told CNN’s Don Lemon when asked why more Republicans aren’t actively speaking out against Trump.
“They’re afraid that he may have indeed committed some impeachable offense,” he added. “And also they’re hearing from home that a lot of their constituents are increasingly concerned with the Trump presidency.”
While there are clearly other factors behind the GOP’s absurdly hypocritical behavior dealing with Trump, I completely agree with Rather’s assessment. They’re don’t really want to dig into him, because they’re afraid of what they’ll ultimately find. The last thing a Republican-controlled Congress wants to do is be forced to impeach a “president” from their own party.
But Rather wasn’t done ripping into the GOP.
“Up until now, we have no profiles of courage among the Republicans,” Rather stated. “Someone speaking out saying ‘Trump is bad and bad for the party.’”
He then said that he doesn’t expect Republicans to abandon Trump until his approval sinks below 30 percent. Because, clearly, to Republicans, the important thing here isn’t protecting the integrity of this country from a pathological-lying con man, it’s doing what’s best for the party.
No matter how ridiculous things get with Trump, we must always remember Republicans are the ones who chose to put their support behind a man they knew had no business being “president.” They’re the ones who are allowing him to embarrass this country on a daily basis. They’re the ones allowing him to tear apart decades-long alliances with our allies because other world leaders can’t stand him and sure as hell don’t trust him.
I just hope when next year’s midterm elections roll around, Americans show up in large numbers, vote Democrat, and hold the Republican Party accountable for putting party over country by defending a national disgrace like Donald Trump.
Watch Dan Rather’s comments below via CNN: