Unquestionably, Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican Party has confirmed, for many of us, our belief that the GOP is filled with hypocrites who live in some alternative universe where facts, science, reality, history, and truth simply don’t matter.
So, since so many Republicans have been so eager to embrace a vile con artist who embarrasses this country on a daily basis, I thought I’d come up with a list of 10 things I never want to hear a conservative claim about themselves and their party, or attack a Democrat for doing, following their support of Donald J. Trump.
1. They’re patriots who respect our military and our veterans: Don’t even try it. You don’t get to claim you respect our country, veterans, or our military while supporting a man who belittled POWs, attacked Gold Star parents, lied about how much money he had raised for veterans, and slandered a senator for embellishing his time that he served in the military when Trump, himself, never served in the military. Donald Trump has proven, repeatedly, that he has absolutely no problem mocking, attacking, or using veterans just as long as he thinks doing so will benefit him in some way.
2. Claim anything that any other president does is “beneath the office of the presidency”: Remember when many of these Trump-loving Republicans threw a fit when Barack Obama wore a tan suit, put his feet on the desk in the Oval Office, or saluted a Marine while holding a cup of coffee? I certainly do. Now these people seem to have no problem with a “president” who, on a daily basis, disgraces the office of the presidency by acting like a spoiled, unhinged, petulant child who can’t control himself on social media.
3. Democrats are the problem in Washington: Yeah, this myth can soundly be put to rest. Republicans control the House, Senate, and the White House — yet couldn’t even pass a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare after spending years promising a “full repeal on Day 1.” When your party controls both both houses in Congress and the White House, yet you still can’t get anything accomplished, you lose the right to claim it’s the other party that’s the problem.
4. They’re the party of Christian values: Ha! Don’t make me laugh. When you endorse, support, and defend a man who does all of this — you lose any right to claim you support actual Christian values.
5. They’re not a party driven by racism, bigotry, and hate: When your “president” inspires and energizes the KKK, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis to levels not seen in decades — then wins — yeah, your party is most definitely pandering to those types of people.
6. They care about having a president who makes the United States stronger and more respected globally: Considering it’s clear that most of the world’s leaders don’t take Trump seriously, while the image of the United States across the globe continues to fall under his “leadership,” Republicans no longer get to claim that this is something they demand from any future president, or they care about as a party.
7. They’re defenders of family values and the sanctity of marriage: Once again, when your party embraces a guy who’s been divorced twice, is on his third marriage, has five children from three different women, and was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator — you don’t have any right to say your party cares about family values or respects the sanctity of marriage.
8. Whining about a Democratic president playing golf, taking a vacation, or wasting the taxpayer’s money: Unless a Democratic president manages to spend more weekends vacationing at some fancy resort playing golf, which is very unlikely, I never want to hear another Republican bellyaching about this issue again. Donald Trump’s on pace to cost taxpayers more on personal expenses in his first year than we spent on the Obamas during their eight years in office.
9. That transparency within a presidential administration is important: When your “president” bans any and all recording devices from daily press briefings and continues to refuse to release their tax returns, all while avoiding holding press conferences with reporters, you no longer get to claim that you care about a president being transparent and open with the American people.
10. That you’re a party that cares about the Constitution, American values, democracy, or defending this country: Currently Trump spends most days trying to undermine our First Amendment by attacking the freedom of the press and free speech; he’s frequently tried to undermine the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies; he’s lashed out at judicial rulings, questioning why the Judicial Branch of our government has the power to overrule him; he’s criticized NATO and the U.N., and spoken negatively about our allies — all while refusing to say anything negative about Russia (the country that attacked us), while often speaking highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the individual who ordered the attack against our democracy.
Clearly I could add much more, but I’ll save that for a possible “Volume 2.”