It’s Time We Start Calling the Republican Party What It Is: A Domestic Terrorist Organization

Over the last few years, I think the Republican party has proven that it qualifies as some sort of domestic terrorist organization. These aren’t people who are serving the best interests of the United States and all Americans — they’re serving themselves and their party, national security be damned.

Years ago during President Obama’s first term, current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP’s top priority was to make sure he wasn’t re-elected in 2012. Well, the only way they could accomplish that goal would have been to blatantly obstruct and/or sabotage anything possible with the hopes that doing so would cost him his job when he ran for re-election.

As we all know, they weren’t successful in accomplishing McConnell’s “goal.” Though it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Since 2012 we’ve seen Republicans shut down our government when they knew it was never going to accomplish anything; several have praised a Russian dictator who hates this country (because this pro-Putin stance by conservatives has been going on since well before this election); they pushed our country to the brink of default for the first time in history by lying about what the debt ceiling is; and did everything they could to prevent this president from having the power to keep improving on an economy a Republican president spent eight years destroying.

And that doesn’t even get into what happened in 2015 when the GOP blatantly attempted to sabotage President Obama’s negotiations with Iran. They took the unprecedented move to sidestep him by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress and sent a letter directly to the Iranian government basically saying the deal they were working on with the president was pointless because they were going to undo it as soon as they could.

But nothing they’ve done over the last few years comes close to what we’re witnessing right now. The vast majority of the GOP is sheepishly lining up to defend and support Donald Trump, a man who the heads of our major intelligence agencies (NSA/CIA/FBI) have said was the beneficiary of a cyber attack against the United States. An attack they say was ordered by a tyrant and murderer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a blatant attempt to undermine our democracy hoping to help the person he wanted to be our next president.

This is a party that wasted millions of dollars on bogus investigations into Benghazi, and swore to spend years investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails had she won, that doesn’t seem all that concerned with the fact that our intelligence officials are literally saying that a foreign leader (who hates this country, by the way) did just about everything he could to help the most pro-Russian presidential candidate in our nation’s history get elected. A presidential candidate who not only repeatedly praised the Russian president, but has oddly been surrounding himself with quite a few folks with close ties to the Kremlin such as:

  • His second campaign manager Paul Manafort, someone who abruptly resigned after the AP exposed he had ties to pro-Russian groups that seek to weaken U.S. influence in Europe.
  • A former foreign policy adviser who was investigated by U.S. officials for links to the Kremlin in regards to the hacking of the DNC and Clinton’s campaign.
  • Picked as his secretary of state a man who was given a “friendship award” by Putin.

Then there’s his close friend Roger Stone who, weeks before anyone knew Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta had been hacked, sent out a tweet where he said that Podesta was going to be next. He’s also publicly admitted that he has “backchannel” ways to communicate with Wikileaks.

We’re now looking at a situation where it’s very possible that Donald Trump and/or his campaign coordinated with individuals linked to a foreign government that launched a cyber attack against the United States to undermine the purity of our democracy and help get him elected.

But that’s not all.

Donald Trump’s also the same person who’s refused to show anyone his tax returns, which means we have no idea if he owes money to the Russian government or Russian interests.

What if he does owe millions (or have millions invested) in business dealings in Russia? Are there people out there who don’t think that would pose a massive conflict of interest as it relates to Trump’s ability to be president? Are his supporters so brainwashed and ignorant that they won’t even entertain the idea that Putin could have quite a bit of information with which to blackmail Trump, which is why the Russian dictator wanted him elected and why Trump refuses to denounce Russia in any way?

I think it’s important to point out that Trump’s someone who’s publicly criticized NATO, Mexico and Saudi Arabia and has gone out of his way to provoke China — but flat-out refuses to say anything negative about Russia or its leader.

Now, in the face of firm evidence that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, Trump’s decided to take Putin’s word that he had nothing to do with it, while bashing our own president, our spies, our intelligence agents and our national security agencies who’ve all said this happened and the Russian president is the one who specifically ordered it.

If that doesn’t instantly raise a lot of red flags with you, you’re either insane or an idiot.

However, as this has been going on, the vast majority of the Republican party has done nothing — because most don’t care. This is a party that’s supporting and defending a man siding with a foreign enemy who launched a cyber attack against the U.S., not because he wanted to “make America great again,” but because he clearly felt Trump would be the president that would serve his best interests — not ours.

Even though there’s more than enough information out there to warrant an in-depth investigation into whether or not their presidential candidate colluded with a foreign government that had attacked us, most Republicans don’t really seem to feel that looking into all of that is much of a priority.

Facing the actual, legitimate possibility that our president-elect could have colluded with the leader of a foreign government that attacked the United States — in a clear affront to our democracy during a crucial presidential election — the majority of the GOP has decided to either defend Trump, or downplay the significance of the fact that a Russian tyrant might have tipped the scales in favor of the most pro-Russian presidential candidate this country has ever had.

So, in my opinion, when you’re a group of people who seem to have no problem backing and supporting someone who was not only helped by foreign enemy who attacks us, but defends and praises the person who ordered that attack, that makes you some form of a domestic terrorist. Vladimir Putin didn’t do this to help the United States, he did it to either destroy us from within or help him rebuild Russia into a stronger nation to oppose us.

You’re damn right that makes him our enemy. And when you back and support someone like Donald Trump, a man who praises and defends that enemy, that tells me that you’re siding with a foreign adversary over the United States, our president, our national security agencies and the values for which this nation stands — values Vladimir Putin flat-out wants to see destroyed.

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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