-- Ronald Reagan to President Richard Nixon who laughs, 1971
Yes, I know that this story is from three weeks ago. But there was SO much Trump Hell (tm) that I kept putting it off. And it's not like it's newsworthy now but two reasons why I decided to post it -- 1) I just didn't want to write anything about Trump today. And there was plenty: his anti-Semitic comment about 79% of Jews being "disloyal;" him canceling a meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark because they wouldn't sell him Greenland (really, it was in a tweet); caving in to the NRA on his earlier false-call for universal background checks for buy guns; news that the Trump administration is being sued to provide basic health care because, despite three immigrant children dying in their prison cages of the flu, the government would not be providing flu shots to those incarcerated which risks a tragedy; and a report that Trump appears to have lied on his tax forms to both the IRS and Scottish tax office for $165 million which could be two federal crimes punishable by up to six years in prison. And that's just for starts and just yesterday But I don't want to write about that. Just listing them is wearying enough. And 2) this conversation is SO racist and shameful by two former Republican presidents that it just shouldn't be ignored, no matter how belated.
Here's the Atlantic magazine article written by former director of the Nixon Presidential Library Tim Naftali, and the accompanying audio, if you care to hear the evidence.
So, clearly this sort of attitude isn't all new in GOP leadership. Or the GOP. It's who they are for the past 50 years. I know that Republicans hate it when others call them "racists" all the time, but seriously if you don't want to be called a racist, stop acting like one. For the past half century.
And at the very least, stop electing them to be your party's leader to set the standard for members to follow.. Time after time after (once again...) time.
The Party of Lincoln, indeed...