Dear Republicans: Your Hypocrisy in Supporting Donald Trump is Beyond Abhorrent

From people who feel they should have the right to force their religious views on others who somehow claim they’re fighting for “religious freedom,” to the so-called “Christians” who support a party that vilifies the poor and most vulnerable among us, the cognitive dissonance I see in most Republicans is absolutely astounding. They’re completely oblivious to their abject hypocrisy.

And it’s never been put on display more than with their support of Donald Trump.

The party of so-called “Christian values” backed a man who’s the least Christian presidential candidate I’ve ever seen. There’s nothing Christian about a greedy, insecure, petty bigot who brags about sexual assault while building a campaign on a foundation of hate, lies, racism and bigotry.

I’d laugh at the absurdity if it wasn’t so depressing to realize that millions of people are that naive.

You don’t really have to look further than the Republican reaction to the Russian hacking scandal to perfectly display what hypocritical cowards these people are.

Republicans spent years ordering fake “investigations” into the Benghazi attack that were nothing more than witch hunts to push blatant propaganda and lies for no other goal than to slander Hillary Clinton. Then they promised to spend years — probably her entire time in the White House had she won — “investigating” the private email server she used over four years ago that the FBI had already concluded wasn’t linked to anything illegal.

Millions of conservatives called her a traitor who should be in jail. Memes of her in an orange prison jumpsuit flooded social media while Trump encouraged his crowds to chant “Lock her up!” at his rallies.

However, here we are, with actual U.S. intelligence officials saying that it’s indisputable that the Russian government hacked a U.S. political party, and a presidential candidate, with the intent to undermine our democracy. Intelligence tells us Vladimir Putin — the authoritarian dictator who’s had political rivals and journalists killed — did all of this to help elect Donald Trump, a man who’s more pro-Russia than any presidential candidate in U.S. history. Someone who’s surrounded himself with several people who have ties to Russia, including a former campaign manager who abruptly resigned after a report by the Associated Press linked him to pro-Russian groups trying to weaken U.S. influence in Europe. A president-elect who just picked a man for secretary of state who just happens to have been given a “friendship award” from Putin. This is a president-elect who’s repeatedly praised Putin, an ex-KGB agent and dictator who hates the United States — yet most of these GOP hypocrites, and Trump’s supporters, have the gall to act as if there’s nothing worth investigating?

These are people who accused the Clinton Foundation, a charity that has an A-rating and donates 88% of all the money it raises to charitable causes, of being some massive pay-for-play international crime syndicate ran by the Clintons even though there wasn’t a shred of evidence to support that ridiculous conspiracy. Now many of those same folks want to act like a pro-Russian president-elect who’s aggressively bashed the U.S. intelligence agencies saying that Russia launched a cyber attack against an American election isn’t a big deal and shouldn’t be investigated?

It’s so completely absurd.

Here’s how I view the “logic” of many Republicans and Trump supporters: They feel Hillary Clinton is an evil traitor who needs to rot in prison for the rest of her life because of Benghazi (an attack multiple Republican-led investigations concluded wasn’t her fault); a private email server she used four years ago (that the FBI concluded wasn’t linked to any illegal activity); and a charity with an A-rating that donates 88% of all proceeds to charity — but they’re perfectly okay with a man who mocks veterans; attacks Gold Star parents; praises an anti-American Russian dictator; slanders our own presidents; attacks our own intelligence officials; encourages espionage against Americans; defends a foreign country against factual allegations from our intelligence that they hacked an American political party and presidential campaign to undermine our democracy; chose as his second campaign manager a person who was exposed by the Associated Press for having ties to pro-Russian groups that were trying to weaken U.S. influence in Europe; and will nominate for secretary of state someone who was given a “friendship” award by a serial-killing dictator who’s apparently had at least 60 rivals and journalists killed.

It’s absolutely pathetic.

I’m ashamed that these people call themselves Americans. In fact, if you ask me, they’ve lost any right to call themselves patriots, say they respect our veterans or claim they have even the slightest bit of love for this country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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