Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the closest the United States has ever been to being a dictatorship ruled by a tyrant and his lapdogs, propped-up by their own state-run media, patsies who refuse to stand up to them, and millions of people brainwashed into trusting them.
More times than I can remember I’ve sat here behind my desk, struggling to put together an article that will adequately convey the facts and my thoughts on any number of unbelievable things we’ve seen since Trump glided down a gold escalator to declare his candidacy for president over two years ago.
The dilemma I’m always faced with is: How do I rationally try to explain that which isn’t rational?
More than a writer or political analyst, lately I’ve felt like someone who’s been tasked with trying to make sense of the incoherent ramblings of a crazy person who’s not bound by any laws of reality. Before I can debunk one lie, Trump’s said five others. Yet even fact-checking his never-ending stream of myths and misinformation ultimately proves futile because he’ll simply deny that he said what he’s on record as saying, or someone in his administration will claim that exactly what he said isn’t what he actually meant.
For the first time in my life I’ve seen reports based on word-for-word quotes from a “president” that have been called “fake news.”
Nothing Trump says matters, because he can change his mind at any moment. Nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is meant for that moment and that moment alone. A perpetual-panderer to whatever he feels his crowds or supporters want to hear, seeing as those who defend him never hold him accountable for anything, Trump’s free to say and do practically anything he wants.
A perfect example of this can be seen in his insistence that Hillary Clinton, not his campaign, is the one who colluded with Russia. This conspiracy has been perpetuated by most of the conservative media and, in particular, Fox News. It doesn’t matter how absurd it is to claim that a woman “colluded” with a country that launched a sophisticated cyber attack aimed at hurting her chances at becoming this country’s president, logic like that doesn’t mean anything to Trump’s supporters.
They hate Clinton and want to believe that everyone is “out to get Trump,” so without hesitation, they’ll continue to believe this lunacy — even if it doesn’t make any sense.
A point I’ve made sure to emphasize lately is that I hope history doesn’t forget the GOP’s role in empowering Trump. These cowards have a sworn oath to this country and serving the best interests of the people, not a political party, yet many Republicans who I know realize Trump’s not fit for office have tucked their tails between their legs and bowed down to the insanity.
Even as he pushes hate, fear, bigotry, divides the country, launches petty insults at members of Congress, calls a Gold Star widow a liar, disgraces the dignity of the presidency, alienates our allies, and embarrasses the nation globally, the vast majority of the Republican Party sits silently by, cementing their legacy as the gutless wonders who stood side-by-side with one of the biggest mistakes in U.S. political history during one of our most shameful moments.
No matter what Donald Trump says or does — no matter how awful, vile, or inexcusable — Fox News, the conservative media, his supporters, and the vast majority of the Republican Party will make excuses for him, defend him, and/or downplay the significance of his abhorrent and disgusting behavior.
As we’ve seen time after time, like those who came before them, today’s conservatives will find themselves on the wrong side of history once again.