There is One Thing Trump’s Done For the Nation Which Progressives Should Thank Him For

To listen to Donald Trump, the GOP, his supporters and Fox News, the media is obsessed with bashing anything and everything about this “president.” To be fair, yes, it can seem that way sometimes. Nearly every day the media is forced (keyword) to discuss something dishonest, disgusting, incompetent or awful he’s said or done because nearly every single day he says or does something dishonest, disgusting, incompetent or awful.

Honestly, Trump’s so terrible I don’t think he gets enough attention. By that I mean we’re not devoting adequate time to each horrible or inept thing he says or does because it’s humanly impossible — they just keep on coming. Before we can fully process or analyze one thing, he’s already done three others.

In other words, it’s been a never-ending sh*t(hole) show.

That said, there is one thing I think the nation should thank Trump for doing: Putting on full display just how racist, terrible, hypocritical, bigoted, and ignorant the Republican Party is.

Sure, most of us on the left have known about all of that for years, if not decades, yet Republicans have always denied it. They’d dismiss individual acts of hypocrisy, bigotry or racism and “unfortunate” behavior by a singular person.

While they’re still trying to do that, their denial of what their party is, and the type of people it’s supported by, has reached a comical level of absurdity.

When David Duke, the KKK, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis are supporting, defending, and praising the words of your party’s president, yeah — you’re the party of white supremacy.

Trump’s also proven that Republican voters will believe damn near anything, no matter how ridiculous, just as long as it’s what they want to believe. I’m convinced that if 90 percent of Republican voters wanted to believe unicorns were real, but that Democrats and the “liberal media” must be keeping them hidden in bunkers, they’d elect the next GOP candidate who told them unicorns were real and Democrats and the liberal media were keeping them hidden in bunkers.

I’ve joked with people that it must be really easy to be a conservative politician, member of the media or analyst. You don’t need to care about being factual, making sense, or even not contradicting yourself — all you have to do is read the “top comments” on any social media post, repeat that garbage, and you’re set.

Soon after Trump launched his campaign I referred to him as the “perfect Republican candidate.” Someone with no morals or ethics who’d say or do whatever he had to, no matter how dishonest, bigoted, racist, or ignorant, just as long as he felt doing so was what conservative voters wanted to hear. At long last Republicans had a candidate who fully embraced just how full of shit the party is — and conservative voters loved him for it.

He’s mocked POWs, bragged about sexually assaulting women, lied about how much money he raised for veterans, called most Mexican immigrants rapists, called a Gold Star widow a liar, and proven himself to be a blatant racist, yet his support among the vast majority of conservative voters remains strong.

Without a doubt, Donald Trump is one of the most vile human beings to ever call the White House home; however, as terrible as he is, I do feel we should thank him for putting on full display how absolutely terrible the GOP is, how ignorant most of its supporters are, and for proving that all the negative things progressives have been saying about them over the last few decades were absolutely true.

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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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