Who's the more embarrassing ... Trump or the fools that follow him?

It wasn’t long ago that the majority of the Republican Party cringed at the thought of Donald Trump becoming the Republican nominee for president. No one wanted that man to represent what the GOP had actually become. But in truth, it makes perfect sense.

In the almost eight years since Barack Obama was first elected, conservatives with the help of the conservative media have taken such an extreme right turn, that not only are they doing the bidding of the billionaire class, they thought it would be a good idea to elect one of them.

While some Republicans didn’t think he was conservative enough, others referred to him as a lunatic, a con artist, dangerous, a national embarrassment, etc. It’s not too often I get to the opportunity to say this about Republicans, but this time they were right… At least they were.

Donald Trump is a billionaire narcissist, misogynist and racist. He’s lived in a bubble his whole life and barely knows the difference between right and wrong. He insulted everyone. Mexicans, Muslims and African Americans. He even insulted people in his own party.

He disrespected past Republican nominees (John McCain to Mitt Romney.) He insulted Fox News pundits (Megyn Kelly.) not to mention slighting every other candidate he ran against. The more people he insulted, the more this Frankenstein monster grew in popularity.

The GOP and their media lackeys needed to expose him or face the consequences. They failed. The national embarrassment got the nod. But in the words of the great Obi-Wan Kenobi “Who’s the more foolish…the fool or the fool who follows him?”

It didn’t take long for #nevertrump to turn into Trump! Trump! Trump! The Republican establishment rallied behind the billionaire bigot seemingly overnight. Actually, it happened over the course of a day.

On Wednesday, May 18, Trump pulled an unusual move by releasing a list of potential Supreme Court nominees as part of an effort to quell concerns that he would not select conservative jurists. It turns out these potential SCOTUS judges would have made conservatives like Ted Cruz proud.

That’s all it took. That’s all it took for Donald Trump to prove his conservatism and rally the rest of the party behind him. Now that’s a national embarrassment. It proves that the narcissism, misogyny and racism never mattered. The real fear was Trump not being a true conservative.

And now everyone is falling in line. John McCain now supports him, as does Bob Dole. Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, even Lindsey Graham, all people who once opposed his candidacy are now supporting him.

People who Trump attacked and insulted are even apologizing to him. Speaking on CNN yesterday, former Republican Candidate Marco Rubio, a man who called Trump a lunatic and dangerous conman, apologized to Trump for insulting his small hands.

Rubio also remarked on his reason for warming up to trump; “Despite all my differences with Donald Trump, I have a better chance to get a conservative-nominated Supreme Court with him than I ever will with Hillary Clinton,” he said.

Republicans don’t care if they elect a monster and alienate millions of people from their party. Those of whom have warmed up to billionaire narcissist, misogynist and racist, do so for a number of reasons; they’re looking for a cabinet position, they are more interested in the long term picture, they still believe in his economic policies, who knows.

But the real question, for a progressive anyway, is to be asking is whether or not Democrats will be able to rally around their eventual nominee as Republicans have to Trump. I have to say it’s unfortunately not as likely. Liberals have spines… They stand up for what they believe in.


  1. As I read this, there are 2 ads for Trump International Hotels at the bottom of the web page.
    WTF, Mike … is there no way to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen?

  2. Yes, “mainstream” Republican supporters of Trump prove that they are pure power-zombies. The emperor has no clothes.
    * * *
    One quibble with your essay. The “great Obi-Wan Kenobi” is a fictitious character with a particular kind of circumscribed existence. I appreciate admirable fictitious characters (eg. Atticus Finch), but they are not “great” like, eg. Gandhi, inasmuch as they don’t actually exist.

  3. Here is a direct quote from my sample ballot for the democratic party, to which I enrolled to enable me to vote for Bernie. It is printed under the headline Presidential (Party-Nominated/Partisan Offices), first page, top of the page:
    “Result: The candidate who moves on to the general election is the candidate nominated by their national political party and may not be the candidate that was elected by popular vote in the California primary election.”
    I switched party to Dem so that I could vote for Bernie. According to this, it’s a done deal and my vote doesn’t matter. I
    It’s going to take more than protesting a rigged election to fix our political “system.” Much more. af

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