The sad truth is that as long as Donald Trump’s telling his supporters what they want to hear, regardless of whether or not any of it is true, they’re going to keep supporting him. He doesn’t even need to pretend to provide any evidence for the asinine conspiracies he pushes, most of the people backing him will blindly believe practically everything he says.
For instance, his continued fact-less insistence that Barack Obama had Trump Tower illegally wiretapped. Even as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Senate Intelligence Committee have publicly stated that there’s no evidence this ever happened, that hasn’t stopped Trump from continuing to claim that it did. After all, that’s what happens when you’re dealing with a childish egomaniac who refuses to admit that he was wrong about anything. It’s the exact same thing we saw with his baseless claim that “millions of people” voted illegally which supposedly caused him to lose the popular vote.
This is all really about Trump not wanting to publicly admit that he was wrong.
One of the issues I’ve had with this newest soundly debunked conspiracy is that Trump blatantly slandered President Obama. Sure, that’s nothing new from him, or even the GOP, but it’s rather unprecedented for someone in Trump’s position to, without providing a shred of evidence, accuse their predecessor of a very serious crime and unconstitutional abuse of power. He called Obama “sick,” saying this was on the level of Watergate.
The truth is, Trump doesn’t just owe it to the American people to admit that he was wrong, but he owes President Obama an apology. This seems to be gaining at least some bipartisan support as Oklahoma Republican Representative Tom Cole seems to feel the same way.
“Frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think the president, you know, President Obama is owed an apology in that regard. If he didn’t do it, we shouldn’t be reckless in accusations that he did,” Rep. Cole said.
This isn’t about partisan politics. Granted, nearly everything in politics carries with it some level of partisanship, but this is about maturity, leadership, and respect for the office of the presidency. These are clearly traits Trump and most of the people supporting him lack.
Donald Trump didn’t spout off some random, mostly harmless attack against President Obama. He called him “sick” and accused him of unconstitutionally abusing the power of the presidency in an attack that, based on the lack of any evidence, is textbook slander. Even if you don’t like Obama, you should at least have enough respect for the office of the presidency – and maturity – to admit that you recognize what this was and that Trump was wrong.
As someone who’s defended the likes of Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Ted Cruz on separate occasions despite not being a supporter of any of them, I can at least recognize when “my side” is acting unfair or inappropriate concerning something. It’s also about respecting the values “my side” represents and doing my best to not hypocritically go against them. It shouldn’t matter which “side” I’m on or whose ox is being gored in a certain situation.
But this is what the modern day Republican Party has created. This is an environment that’s so toxic and filled with hate that it’s perfectly acceptable to most conservatives to viciously slander and show absolutely no respect toward a political opponent. That’s exactly how a vile, pathologically-lying man-child like Donald Trump managed to reach the level of success within the GOP that he has.
Watch Rep. Cole’s comments below via CNN: