“So let me make it perfectly clear, Senate Republicans condemn David Duke [and] the KKK,” said Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader about Donald Trump. “I condemn his comments in the most forceful way.”
But that was then. Now, he hopes Trump will take the White House. Winning it for the Republicans is more important. Means don’t matter if the end goal is achieved.
Lindsay Graham called him a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. Now, he’s urging Republicans at a Florida fund raiser to back Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan sounded cool on him. Now he’s hoping Trump will be elected.
Rick Perry was going to defend conservatism from the cancer of Trumpism. Then, he endorsed him: “What I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them”.
Mike Huckabee at least was consistent, pounding on Republicans who were unwilling to climb in bed with Donald Trump. “The establishment Republicans are all, you know, bed-wetting over this… They don’t seem to understand that we have an election.”
Before standing behind Trump, Chris Christie considered him “thin-skinned”, “carnival barker”, “entertainer-in-chief”, and mocked his Mexican wall: “This is not negotiation of a real estate deal, OK? This is international diplomacy, and it’s different.”
Let’s draw a line, here, and chalk it all up: Something is very rotten in Washington.
And it was rotten long before Trump came on stage. These individuals were supposed to be party leaders, elected as citizen representatives – the best and the brightest of the nation. Isn’t that how Democracy, with capital D, was supposed to work?
We still value, in this country, people who say what they mean, and mean what they say. It’s still considered a sign of character to be a “straight shooter”, to be truthful and speak squarely no matter who might get upset. But that’s at the bottom, in our day to day interactions. What regards these individuals at the top – supposedly, the best among us – they are casually willing to fabricate, deceive, be false, switch side, say one thing today, and another thing the next day.
Then, this is not really a very representative democracy, is it, if leaders at the top speak differently and act differently from regular people at the bottom.
Let me ask you, all wise BMGers: How did this come about? And what will it take to change?