aside Proof Positive: The Republican Party Is Now The Trump Party/ Conservatism Is DOA

Thank you Koch brothers, FOX TV, Breibart and other right wing media, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for paving the way for the new Trump Party, a haven for racists, hard line anti-immigrants, prideful Evangelicals, and the rich who just wanted the 2017 tax cuts bill for the donor class.

While the business community is now wanting free-trade versus the president’s tariffs, its corporate leaders have lost its power to influence the Trump kind of lawmakers who could care less about what these corporate leaders want. Corporations are strongly in favor of fixing the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) but its executives talking to their legislators in the US Congress have been producing no results. DACA is that program designed to delay/ end the possible deportation of young adults who came here as children with undocumented parents but who know no other country.

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Here is the rest of the story….

On June 13, 2018, David Weigel, Robert Costa and Seung Min Kim of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs”

Excerpts:

“Fiercely and undeniably, the Republican Party this week confirmed its rebranding as the party of Trump.”

“Buoyed by a late Tuesday presidential tweet, voters in South Carolina cast out Rep. Mark Sanford, a firmly conservative member of Congress who had survived earlier scandal, in favor of a state legislator who had condemned Sanford for publicly criticizing the president. In Virginia, Republicans nominated for senator a Trump-like candidate with a history of embracing, as the president has, Confederate symbols and white nationalists.”

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“The week was marked by continued deference to Trump on the part of congressional leaders who have swallowed the president’s upending of long-standing party views on several major issues. Legislative efforts by some in the party to wrest trade authority back from Trump and rewrite the nation’s immigration laws in ways he has opposed both fell in defeat.”

“Meanwhile, many in the party who in the past have opposed talks with North Korea’s leader this week praised Trump for his summit with Kim Jong Un.”

“As a result, the Republican Party appears united now not by fealty to ideas or policies but to a man, one who defied the odds to win the presidency.”

“It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it?” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters Wednesday morning. “It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cultlike situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly — of the same party.”

“The president has expanded his power throughout the Republican political firmament in an unexpectedly broad way, given his narrow 2016 victory after a campaign filled with internal party drama.”

“His social media habits have commanded the airwaves and obliterated any efforts by Republicans or Democrats alike to change the subject.”

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“Driving it all has been the sentiment of Republican voters, who have swiftly adopted the president’s issue positions and looked the other way at a progression of missteps and conflicts that would have doomed prior presidents.”

“Despite misgivings about Trump’s behavior, Republican voters have rewarded him with support unmatched by a Republican president since George W. Bush’s tenure in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And they have rained down punishment on those who disagree with Trump.”

“Corker is a member of the sole group of Republicans on Capitol Hill comfortable with criticizing the president: those who have decided to leave office, either voluntarily or with a push from Trump and his allies.”

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“Earlier this week, after Trump threatened a trade war with Canada, one of the nation’s strongest allies, Corker had been pushing the legislation to reduce the president’s power to set tariffs.”

“Its defeat, along with that of the immigration legislation pushed by moderate Republicans, reflected the sentiment of voters: They want the party to stand by the president, and it is pointless to resist.”

“I think people who lock horns with the president need to understand what the limits are in terms of their ability to win elections,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.). “At this point, he’s the leader of our party.”

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“Yet even if that decision is the only rational way forward for ambitious Republicans, it is also fraught with danger.”

“Trump’s Tuesday afternoon endorsement of Katie Arrington, a U.S. House candidate in South Carolina, may have contributed to her victory over Sanford, a longtime Trump nemesis. But his endorsement of other candidates — such as Alabama’s appointed Sen. Luther Strange or Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie — did little to improve their standing and may have contributed to their defeats.”

“Republicans face a conflict in five months because most of the races that will determine control of the House are being fought in suburban districts, filled with women and independent voters who have been less in thrall to Trump than have strongly Republican voters.”

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“Already in Virginia, outside fundraising groups have backed away from embracing the controversial new U.S. Senate nominee, Corey A. Stewart. But Stewart, strongly supported by Trump, remains on the ballot, and his presence there threatens to diminish the turnout levels Republicans need to hit to hold on to several suburban House seats amid rampant Democratic enthusiasm.”

“Trump remains the party’s biggest draw, but voters are enthused about him more than the party’s other candidates, made paler by comparison with the president.”

Trump’s closest allies have largely dismissed the “cult” commentary, as Corker put it, as evidence of cultural and class tension inside the Beltway.”

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“They keep saying the cult stuff because they don’t like the disruption and change,” said former White House communications director and financier Anthony Scaramucci. “He doesn’t speak with an elitist vocabulary and the savoir faire that Washingtonians are used to,” referring to Trump.”

“Disruption works both ways, however, and is no guarantee of success in midterm elections, which are often perilous to a president.”

“Last week, after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway boasted that the president had the same approval rating as Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency, Democrats pointed to the results in 2010 — a landslide defeat for Obama’s party in the midterm elections.”

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“I don’t think we, or any president, demanded personal loyalty to the degree Trump has,” said David Axelrod, an Obama adviser during his first campaign and term. ”

“The results in elections so far show that Trump has one of Obama’s most vexing problems, the inability to transfer power down the ballot.”

“In Tuesday’s primary elections, even some Republicans who have bound themselves to Trump ran into difficulty.”

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“South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, whose primary campaign highlighted his alliance with Trump, was forced into a runoff with a business executive who ran as an outsider. Turnout in that race was down by about 25 percent from 2010, the last time the state’s Republicans had a contested gubernatorial primary.”

“Similar signs of disinterest bedeviled Republicans in other primary states. In Maine, while just 90 percent of precincts had been counted, Republicans were likely to fall roughly 30,000 votes short of their 2010 turnout. In Nevada, roughly 30,000 fewer Republicans voted than in 2010; Adam Laxalt, who tied himself more closely to Trump than to the state’s outgoing Republican governor, had gotten a last-minute Trump endorsement in the gubernatorial race.”

“In Virginia, Republican turnout was lower than it had been for 2017’s gubernatorial primary; Stewart, who had lost that race with 155,780 votes, won Tuesday’s Senate primary with 136,410 votes.”

The Michigan State Capitol

“Still, across the country, more candidates have aligned themselves with Trump than not. In Michigan, 2 Republican candidates have spent weeks squabbling over how one of them abandoned Trump after the pre-election release of a recording of Trump bragging about sexual assault.”

“Longtime Republican consultant Mike Murphy, a Trump critic who led the super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential bid, said the GOP may have to “wait for the election” this fall to finally loosen the president’s grip on the party’s voters and leadership.”

“Trump is king, and the party has a suicide pact,” Murphy said. “You would hope we could see it coming, that there is enough evidence with polling and the special election results, or with him coddling dictators.”

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DENNIS HOF

In Nevada, brothel owner Dennis Hof, the star of a TV show about prostitution and the author of “The Art of the Pimp,” blew past a Republican incumbent to win the nomination for a seat in the state legislature. In an interview, Hof said that Trump “blazed the trail” for him.

“He gave me the confidence that I could do this — I could be a reality TV star, an author and a brothel owner and then be elected to serve,” said Hof. “I want to keep the stuff that the president’s got going. The unemployment rate is as low as it’s been forever. I don’t want sanctuary cities. I want them to build the wall. Let’s tighten all that down.”

Link to entire article: Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs

15 comments

    • Dear David Prosser,

      There has to be a major night of Democratic winners in November 2018 for there to be a c-change where the US Congress will do its duty to be a check on President Trump’s power.

      I’m believing that history will be made.

      Hugs,Gronda

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  1. I think it might be worse than that Republicans are the party of Trump. I think they want to be in power and are willing to excuse anything to stay in power. One by one, all of their party’s “values” go by the wayside and they say nothing. They screamed about every perceived issue with Obama but are silent at the unethical and downright criminal behavior out of this administration. I’m calling it: If it means staying in power, Republicans are happy to toss out democracy in favor of a dictatorship.

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    • Dear TokyoSand,

      You said it. The republicans who are the majority power in the US Congress have placed keeping their jobs and party loyalty over protecting the US Constitution and its peoples from harm’s way. They are failing to honor their oath of office.

      They are complicit in covering for a Russian asset living in the White House.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • tokyosand — I totally agree with your last statement. It’s all about money and power … and to hell with the people (especially blacks and immigrants).

      I dread to think where we will end up if this disastrous guy gets reelected. Hopefully Mueller will prevent that!.

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      • Dear Nan,

        There cannot be another 4 years with President Trump at the helm. “We the people” cannot allow that to happen as we will already be spending years to fix his huuuuuge pile of manure.

        Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, this is not news, although the primaries in SC seemed to validate what was already happening. This fast evolution is at the Trump Party’s peril. Whether people agree with this statement or not, the GOP used to stand on pillars of decency and prudence. They stand for none of that now as the front man is neither.

    His major claim is the economy, but Presidents get too much credit and blame for that. With that said, he inherited an economy that is now the second longest economic growth period in US history at 107 consecutive months. But, he has only been President for 17 months. He did cut some regulations that aided optimism and growth, but he went too far on many which will hurt us down the road. But, it is the tax law change that not only did nothing to help the debt, but will add $1.5 trillion to a debt that is expected to otherwise grow from $21 to $32 trillion. The law adds a little to growth, but we are borrowing from our future.

    Yet, by harming our relationships with allies and his attacks on the media, civil rights and environment, he has done huge damage. He ceded America’s leadership role in the world and made us untrustworthy and unreliable. Let me state it from a business point of view. He has made other leaders (business and country) consider other options for trade and supplies. The Asia-Pacific deal we pulled out of was completed without us. CFOs have to find buyers in a state of flux. Trump caused this. In tennis, this would be called an unforced error.

    The former Republican Party represents little, but a hodgepodge of Trump panderings to causes. The sad part is he is dragging the country down with him.

    Like Bob Corker said, the remnants of the GOP is a cult. We need Senators to stand up and worry less about keeping their jobs and start doing their jobs.

    Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      There used to be more men/ women of courage and honor of leaders within one’s party who would step forward to do what is right. But that is not exactly true, as there were times when peoples failed to come forward to act with bravery in confronting evil.

      It took the years from 1950-1954 before someone had the courage to step forward to end the Army-Joseph McCarthy era where he was looking for communists everywhere and tore this country apart. It took one Army man Joseph Welsh to stop him with the question, “Have you no shame?”

      It was President Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn who had represented Joseph McCarthy at the hearings. I think evil just follows this guy.

      I want to ask those republicans in the US Congress that same question, Have you no shame?

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Good afternoon to all.
    I would like to present to you the Creator of MAGA, the Master of Deliberate Trashcollecting, the new face of Dartworthy Targetthrowing, your God of gods, Donald “the Jackass” Trump, Deliverer of Twittertweets. May He rule forever as our Despotic Terrorizer.
    And now, here he is, your Defining Traitor, with a special word for you, Donald J. Trump:
    “DUH!”

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  4. Gronda,

    It may be becoming the party of Trump (as opposed to the party of conservatism, because I don’t think Trump is conservative but a nationalist with authoritarian tendencies), but that my hurt them in November. Many districts can swing either way.

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    • Dear Brendan Birth,

      As more peoples become aware as to the president’s racist impulses and his cruelty, I am hoping and praying that those who are decent from the left to the right, will vote this November for Democratic candidates.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      It looks like this is an opportunity for unemployed conservatives that are even remotely quantifiable to find gainful employment with the US government.

      I am troubled by this because many of these jobs should not be political in nature and so why does there appear to be a conservative test? I wonder if this is even legal.

      Thanks for sharing the reference.

      Hugs, Gronda.

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      • Let’s be honest, Trump wants to fill his cabinet and possible position in the WH with YES men and women. Forget about right and wrong, propriety, rule of law, all goes out the window. Oh well….

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