Donald Trump’s rise within the GOP has proven quite a few things that many of us on the left have spent years (if not decades) accusing Republicans of representing. This is a group of people who call themselves members of the “party for Christian values” who just elected a spiteful, racist, bigoted, adulterer who belittles people with disabilities and is the least Christian individual this country has ever elected. You know, many of the very same people who claim to oppose same-sex marriage because they believe in the sanctity of marriage are many of the very same people who just elected an adulterer who’s on his third marriage and has had children with three different women.
But I want to ignore all of that for a moment. I could write a book on everything I feel this election has proven about the Republican Party and those who support it. For the sake of this article, I wanted to focus on one specific (and very alarming) fact I believe we can say, without a doubt, is true of most modern day conservatives and the GOP: Republicans are perfectly fine siding with, or defending/praising an enemy who attacks us, just as long as the Americans who they attacked are people they don’t like.
Because that’s what we’re currently witnessing.
According to all of our national intelligence agencies, Russia was behind the cyber attack against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and it seems clear that Vladimir Putin personally ordered this attack with the intent of undermining our democracy to help elect Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, the same man who’s been the lone beneficiary of this attack — and make no mistake about it, this was an attack against this country — has been staunchly opposed to speaking out negatively against Russia, especially its President and Dictator Putin. In fact, not only has Trump flat-out refused to speak negatively about Russia or Putin, he’s repeatedly gone out of his way to cast doubt on the findings of our own intelligence agencies, while trying to downplay how significant this attack against the United States was.
Yet, to the GOP and most Republicans, they couldn’t care less.
Putin attacked a political party (and a political figure) they don’t like — it’s as simple as that.
They benefitted from this attack, so they don’t care that a foreign head of state who hates this country targeted Americans in an effort to upend our democracy. They don’t care that there’s a very real possibility that the candidate they just elected might have legitimately committed treason against the United States.
They. Simply. Don’t. Care.
That’s a truly sad indicator of how pathetic this party and many of the people who support it have become. That winning matters more than defending the integrity of this nation against foreign attackers. They’ve proven that they don’t care how they win — just as long as they win.
And that’s just sad.
Even as much as I detest many of the values for which conservatives stand, and I absolutely did not want to see a Republican (any Republican), elected as our next president, I would have never been okay with a foreign enemy attacking the RNC and their candidate’s campaign in a blatant attempt to tamper with our democracy. I respect the values on which this nation was built far too much to put party over country.
The truth is, I’d rather lose ethically than win by cheating.
Though as we’ve seen with Republicans and their attempt to pass these voter ID laws that are specifically meant to suppress the vote of voters who tend to not support the GOP, or gerrymandering districts to effectively rig the House of Representatives in their favor, this is a party that’s established itself as one that’s not above trying to cheat to win.
But they’ve reached a new low with this election.
This year Republicans have proven that, not only are they okay with cheating to win, but they have no problem with foreign enemies attacking this country — as long as the Americans they’re attacking are people they don’t like and they benefit from the results of it.
Are these people still Americans? Yes, but I’m thoroughly ashamed of the fact that they are.