When history looks back on this time in our country, and what I think will eventually be Donald Trump leaving office before his four years are up (whether that’s via impeachment or resignation is still anybody’s guess), he’s clearly going to be the main focus of many discussions.
While understandable, I think we’ll be doing a grave injustice to the unethical behavior and corruption we’re all currently witnessing if we don’t give the proper amount of attention to those who’ve defended and enabled Trump this entire time: The Republican Party.
The same party that spent years on bogus investigations into Benghazi, then pushed ridiculous propaganda trying to make Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server into one of the most nefarious scandals in United States history (even though the FBI cleared her of all charges), has done almost everything it can to downplay these allegations against Trump.
That is when they’re not pathetically playing stupid about Trump’s behavior like a bunch of spineless cowards — like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
As I’ve said before, Trump is really only as powerful as those who refuse to hold him accountable for his actions.
This hypocritical betrayal of their duty to defend this country from enemies both foreign and domestic was a focus of an article Paul Krugman wrote for The New York Times. In it, the economist tore into the GOP for putting party over country by continually defending Trump, a man they know has no business being the leader of this country:
On Wednesday, Paul Ryan held a press conference just after the revelation that Donald Trump had pushed James Comey to kill the investigation into Michael Flynn — you know, the guy Trump appointed as national security adviser even though his team knew that Flynn’s highly suspicious foreign ties were under investigation.
Faced with questions about the Flynn scandal and the Comey firing, Ryan waved them away: “I don’t worry about things that are outside my control.”
It has become painfully clear, however, that Republicans have no intention of exercising any real oversight over a president who is obviously emotionally unstable, seems to have cognitive issues and is doing a very good imitation of being an agent of a hostile foreign power.
Sadly, he’s absolutely right.
While a few Republicans have spoken out against Trump, or at least publicly supported investigations into what went on during last year’s elections — most haven’t.
The way Paul Ryan has often played dumb about Trump’s behavior has been especially appalling. As the leader of the GOP outside the Executive Branch, Ryan has shown exactly zero leadership. Not only has he frequently defended Trump, a man he clearly knows is incompetent and corrupt, but he’s putting the entire country at risk because he’s too gutless to do his job and hold him accountable for anything he’s said or done.
That’s why I hope when the 2018 midterms roll around next November, the American people make the GOP pay for their unconstitutional act of putting partisan politics before the best interests of the country.
When you get right down to it, while Donald Trump is absolutely terrible, he’s been empowered by Republicans who refuse to do their sworn duty to this country by holding possibly the most dishonest and corrupt human being to ever call the White House home accountable for anything he says or does.