Donald Trump, the Republican Party and Their Supporters: Where Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Some degree of hypocrisy is a part of politics on both the left and the right, but I’ve never seen anything like I have when it comes to Donald Trump, the GOP, and his supporters. The list of things Trump has said or done that Republicans and his supporters would be going ballistic over had a Democrat done them is practically endless. Heck, just being a twice-divorced adulterer with five children from three different spouses would have been more than enough for the “party of the Christian moral majority” to deem a Democrat unfit for office. Yet these hypocrites — especially the evangelicals — proudly embraced the least Christian person to ever run for office.

However, I don’t want to get into some of the things that have been talked about ad nauseam already. We all know he’s a self-admitted sexual predator who mocked a man with disabilities and can’t control himself on social media. Those have all been documented plenty of times. Instead, let’s talk about some of the political/government issues that, had they involved someone like President Obama, would have caused Republicans to have a total meltdown.

First, let’s talk about Michael Flynn and the indisputable evidence that Trump knew about his phone calls to Russia weeks ago, yet has repeatedly lied about knowing anything about it — then waited until he had no choice but to get rid of him before Flynn finally “resigned.” If this scandal swirled around a Democrat, especially someone like Obama or Clinton, they’d already have investigations underway. Yet, thus far, nothing.

Furthermore, for years Republicans criticized Obama for being “soft” on Russia. They mocked his attempt to “reset” relations with Vladimir Putin at the beginning of his administration. Even now many will admit that Russia can’t be trusted and is an adversary to the United States.

Yet despite all of that, they seem perfectly fine with the fact that Trump refuses to say anything negative about the country which every national security agency says attacked us. During his interview with Bill O’Reilly, he basically put the United States on equal footing with the values and behavior of a Russian tyrant who’s had political rivals and journalists killed. Had a Democratic president told someone on Fox News that the United States is really no different than a Russian tyrant, Republicans would have lost their minds.

Then there’s the cost of his trips to Florida, guarding Trump Tower in New York City, and the business trips his children are taking — all requiring taxpayer-funded security. For a third straight weekend Trump flew down to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida at a combined cost to the taxpayers of around $10 million. When his sons went on a business trip to the United Arab Emirates, their taxpayer-funded security detail went with them. This follows nearly $100,000 that was paid for a trip Eric Trump took to Uruguay. Meanwhile, it’s costing New York City $500,000 per day to guard Trump Tower because his wife and son aren’t living in Washington.

Had Obama spent his first 3 weekends in office flying down to a fancy resort at a cost of $10 million, while his children were being protected on business trips on the taxpayer’s dime, all while taxpayers were also funding security for his wife and child who aren’t living in D.C. for around $3.5 million per week, Republicans would’ve been screaming about how much taxpayer money was being wasted.

Wait, you know what, so would 2014 Donald Trump:

I guess we can add that to the list of Trump’s blatant hypocrisies.

There’s his handling of classified information at his resort where people holding cell phones with cameras were surrounding documents Trump was going over following a North Korean missile launch. But, hey, no big deal for Republicans, right? Sure, they were willing to spend years investigating how Hillary Clinton handled a handful of classified emails over four years ago as Secretary of State, but a so-called “president” treating classified intelligence briefings like he was just handed the dessert menu isn’t apparently a big deal.

And I’m not even going to get into reports that he’s still using an non-secure Android phone.

Again, people who wanted Clinton in prison for their belief that she mishandled classified information now don’t seem to give a damn that Trump’s using non-secured electronic devices and handling classified documents in public view.

Then there are his attacks on the media.

Was Obama a fan of Fox News? No. Sure, he took jabs at the network form time to time. But he never… ever lashed out at them like Trump has basically anyone who dares to criticize him. If Obama had spent weeks calling Fox News “fake” (or any media entity that criticized him), while referring to them as “the enemy,” conservatives would have been calling him a “dictator” far more than they already did.

Then there’s the fact that most Republicans don’t seem remotely interested in opening investigations into possible ties between Russia and Trump. Even though his top national security advisor just resigned over unethical contact with Russian officials concerning sanctions relating to a cyber attack against the United States, and Trump’s behavior displays the huge red flags of someone who’s desperately trying to hide something, most Republicans don’t seem to think any of this is that big of a deal.

The same people who spearheaded 2-years worth of investigations, totaling 33 hearings into Benghazi, and had also pledged to spend years investigating Clinton’s emails, don’t seem to think an ever-growing list of evidence indicating that the President of the United States might have committed treason by colluding with an enemy warrants an investigation. Even though everything about Trump’s behavior seems to corroborate rumors that he’s compromised by Russia.

Meanwhile, many Republicans want the leaks exposing the possible treason to be investigated. Let that sink in for a moment.

Many Republicans don’t want to investigate the possible treason committed by the person they call “president” because they’d rather investigate the people who are leaking that information.

You can’t make this stuff up

Even his wall — that stupid damn wall. After spending his entire campaign promising he was going to build a “big, beautiful wall” that “Mexico would pay for,” we’ve already found out that’s never going to happen. Now they’re trying to spin it as the taxpayers will pay now, but Mexico “will eventually pay for it.” How stupid does someone have to be to believe any of this?

It’s never-ending. I could write a short book on just the first month of Trump’s presidential hypocrisies that Republicans and his supporters would be flipping out about had a Democrat done any of them. From attacking “so-called judges” for ruling against him, having aides use terms like “alternative facts” to defend blatant lies, to his continued insistence on degrading the United States and American intelligence while defending Russia would have the GOP screaming for a Democrat’s impeachment.

These are the people who called for Obama to be impeached because of his executive order protecting DREAMers from being deported who haven’t even hinted at the word while facing a so-called “president” who not only shows numerous signs of being a traitor to the country, but is clearly mentally unfit for the office he holds.

It’s like I’ve said to these people numerous times before, the only thing I’m asking for from Republicans and Donald Trump supporters is that they hold him to the same standards they did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. As we all know, that’s not something they’ll ever do, because they’re all a bunch of hypocrites who put political party over country as often as they can possibly get away with.

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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