In the wake of Trump’s impeachment by the House, Republicans have been bloviating non-stop about the “unfairness” of the process and the mean Democrats who hated Jesus Trump from the start. But anyone who paid attention to the actual impeachment hearing, and indeed anyone who listened to the Mueller hearing and read both parts of the Mueller report, knows that the Democrats have been arguing facts while the Republicans have been throwing tantrums. House Republicans yell and scream and spew word drivel signalling to their base an emotion–grievance–that’s totally devoid of any substance. The level of their anger is meant to communicate to the base that something awful is happening to them. It’s simple fear-mongering, and it’s bad for America. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote an excellent op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday that touches on this widening chasm between evidence-based Democrats and fear-based Republicans.  She says:

…the divide is vast and still widening between the parties. One appeals to college-educated voters who consume factual information and develop emotional intelligence as they navigate through diverse workplaces and school settings. The other party appeals to non-college-educated voters who claim the bully president as their own and consume hours upon hours of right-wing media, which panders to ignorance and prejudice, not to mention to amoral profiteers who have figured out how to monetize the right-wing nuttery. Republican politicians and their base not only ape Trump’s views but also imitate his unhinged demeanor, cruelty and preference for conspiracy theories.

Full article here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/19/republican-outmatched-outwitted-outclassed/

Rubin argues that Republicans now take their cues from Trump’s behavior, which is growing more vile and disgusting every day.  His attack on the dead husband of Rep Dingell continued to make waves yesterday, and conservative pundit Rick Wilson (@theRickWilson) wrote an epic takedown on Twitter of Trump’s attack.  Here is a stitched-together version of Wilson’s Twitter thread:

What Trump’s attack [on the Dingell family] betrayed, in case you missed the four obvious points of it, was as follows.

A. For Trump, the cruelty IS the message. He knew Debbie’s wounds were fresh, her pain real. He’s a sadist of the worst order; one who exploits the pain of the grieving.
B. He *always* projects. Trump knew in MI Dingell is *still* a beloved figure, and respected. Trump knows he’ll never have that. He’ll be a figure of fun, a term of insult, a sad clown womp womp laugh track. He knows he’s more likely to be “looking up” from Hell.
C. His boundless, ravenous ego is a singularity of need, an insatiable maw demanding abject loyalty when he shows even the most minimal courtesy. Everything is transactional and disproportionate. Nothing is ever enough. It’s always “What have you done for me lately?” and FYPM.
D. Trump exists in Trump nation, the agitprop bubble of his media lackeys and enablers. He plays only to the mob, the unwashed and furious masses of a cohort educated only in their grievances and the imagined slights of their betters.
I wish to the gods there was one goddamn elected Republican in the world to call out his b.s.  Just. One.  But profiles in Cowardice is the order of the day, and it is a party not only without stalwarts but one where the collaborators with evil see themselves as heroes.

The condemnations by Rubin and Wilson, both conservatives, are a significant indication that the fire-hose of nonsense coming from Trump and his cult are both obvious and increasingly tiresome to many non-Democrats. And the dissatisfaction may be spreading. Perhaps the most significant development yesterday was not the Democratic debate, nor the tit-for-tat between Speaker Pelosi and Leader McConnell, but rather a front-page article in Christianity Today demanding the impeachment and removal of Trump. Christianity Today, the preeminent Evangelical magazine, was founded in 1957 by Billy Graham and in the 90’s advocated for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.  The article by editor Mark Galli is direct and devastating.  He says:

…the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral. The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.

Full article here:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html

While CT is more of a centrist publication, if Trump loses even a fraction of his Evangelical support, he’s screwed.  And this article is sure to fire up a massive struggle within the conservative Evangelical community.  Are Evangelicals finally able to confront Trump’s vile character? Are Evangelicals finally willing to look beyond a few more judges and tax breaks for billionaires to see the real Trump that so many New Yorkers have known for years–the sleazy, philandering, vain, lying opportunist who will say anything to feed his bottomless ego and limitless greed?  2020 is going to be an intense struggle for the soul of America.

Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”

Wishing you a Happy Holiday!  Back to blogging on January 1.

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