It's up to principled Republicans to ensure Trump insanity is just a chapter of history – Public Opinion
Donald J. Trump has always been bad news. If there was alcohol, drugs or sex around, so was Donald Trump, especially if someone else was paying for it. Breaking wedding vows, as well as using and throwing away people, has never been a problem for him. As peculiar as it would seem, with all of the other evils in which Trump revels, he does not smoke and doesn’t approve of cigarettes.
There is a lack of morality that consumes Trump’s soul. He is a longtime model agency owner who’s been accused of chasing his own employees for sex. He was part of the era when young girls were used as currency between unscrupulous men doing business with one another.
The fact is that Trump freely admits all this, even to gossip columnists with whom he likes to brag about one sex escapade or another. News outlets like The Daily Beast have written “about the parties he has hosted where ‘his wealthy friends, high-rollers from his Atlantic City casinos, and potential Trump condominium buyers could meet models.’” Witnesses have shared scandalous specifics about Trump’s behavior at these parties where illegal drugs and young women were passed around and used.
Donald Trump’s stomach-churning antics are catching up with him and his influence is melting in some places like a snowball in the hell that he deserves.
Starting with a recent special election to replace a Texas congressman who died, Trump’s chosen candidate got shellacked. Voters in this arch-conservative Congressional district ignored the outrageous statements and downright lying of Trump to elect their own conservative. Trump’s candidate lost by a wide margin. This occurred even when Trump lined up others to support his candidate including Texas junior senator, Ted Cruz, and the Club for Growth (which claims to be conservative but which exists to ensure that middle-class people are more heavily taxed than the already rich).
The fact that Cruz damaged his own reputation by backing a Trump candidate who lost miserably suggests that Trump has had a negative impact on the standing of Cruz himself. This all goes to show what a bad choice some Republican leaders have made after Trump’s own failed election campaign and also failed coup in January. This horror show presented the perfect opportunity to denounce Trump, to walk away from this skirt-chasing, drug-using, crazy, old and orange clown who tried to overthrow our government.
But, no, some of the current Republican leadership remains staggering under the weight of Trump and his erratic pronouncements. They are caught between a rock and a hard spot. They are afraid of Trump swaying the minority of Republican voters who can affect the outcome of primary elections. At the same time they are also afraid of Trump’s very negative effect on the majority of voters whose votes are necessary to win general elections, and who are turning against Trump in droves.
Republican leadership should also be taking note of the plethora of court cases that Trump is losing. These losses define his wrongful claims about the election he lost, about his lying legal representatives, about money Trump owes employees and contractors, about the women he stiffed, and about the cons he has attempted to put over on the American people.
Still, true cultish believers attach god-like characteristics to Trump. They ignore his delusions, lies and incompetence. They ignore his failures and poor performance in the tumultuous years he was President.
Some go so far as to state their trust in only Trump and Jesus. John the baptist has been replaced by Tucker Carlson. And Saint Paul by Sean Hannity. To hear them preach, only Trump matters.
This incredible nonsense is blasphemous to any religious believer. How can rational people ignore reality to bestow perfection on anyone other than God, especially on such an evildoer as Trump? What makes this even more ridiculous is that Trump himself claims to be a staunch Christian. He says he reads the Bible more than anyone. But his words show that he holds Christians in utter contempt. In his book, “Think Big,” Trump wrote for pages denouncing those who accept Jesus’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount as “fools,” “idiots,” and “schmucks.”
And just how many of these Trump sycophants are there?
The University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats reports that 47 million American adults believe the election was stolen from Trump, and Biden is an illegitimate president. Of these, 21 million believe use of force is justified to restore Trump to the presidency. They have the capacity for violence, own guns and have served in the U.S. military. Many support right-wing militias and other extremist groups.
Fortunately most Americans are not fools. History buffs know that bad pennies show up from time to time, make a splash and eventually disappear or die. Support for Trump and his cult may well continue to diminish. Hopefully our democracy will be strengthened as a result of standing against Trump’s assault. The Constitution embraces principles rooted in rationality and reason, not cultish devotion to a self-serving, whorish, wannabe dictator.
While Trump and his incompetent cult continue their descent into madness, Trump himself worries about his pending indictments. The rest of us need to worry about political leaders who still stand by Trump following his Jan. 6 insurrection. Those named as co-conspirators include Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and other members of Congress or their staffers including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
Donald Trump, backed by this handful of radical members of Congress, continues to demonstrate his evil intentions and to do all he can to establish himself as an American dictator. Isn’t it time that he faces his come-uppance?
It is my hope that elected Republicans with actual principles will turn their backs on fascism and harness those Republicans who put Donald Trump ahead of their oath to defend our Constitution. Otherwise, we will continue to be threatened by those in the state and federal House and Senate who show allegiance to the criminal mind of Donald Trump.
Bill Gindlesperger is a central Pennsylvanian, Dickinson College graduate, Pennsylvania System Of Higher Education (PASSHE) Governor, Shippensburg University Trustee, and Chairman of eLynxx Solutions. eLynxx software coordinates and drives communication, specifying, approval, procurement or production, reporting and activities necessary to obtaining direct mail, marketing materials and all other printing. He is a board member, campaign advisor, successful entrepreneur, published author and commentator. He can be reached at [email protected]