Eli Stokols of the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that some Republicans are getting concerned about Trump and have told him “They’re not going to be able to stand by this White House."
GETTING concerned?? They're just now "getting" concerned? Well, there in two words is the problem Republicans face. It is only now just dawning on them that Trump might actually be a problem for them, and standing too close is not a great idea, as he and his administration and family are sucked into the vortex and then bursting into flames, before getting indicted and going to prison.
Note to Republicans: sorry, the point-of-no-return has LONG SINCE passed. You're tied to him. As I've written for many months, this is no longer about Trump, it's about the elected officials of the Republican Party enabling him. The damage has been done. The Pottery Barn Rule applies -- You break it, you own it.
The Republican Party could have put an end to the blatant, crazy damage Trump has caused long ago. They could have supported some of his policies that were important to the party and country, but privately told him that some of this other stuff you want is very dangerous to national security and some is un-American and against all we stand for, and that Congress exists in the Constitution as a check-and-balance on the presidency, so do what you want but don't expect us to support it, and by the way, we're concerned about the criminality about your people conspiring with Russia and we won't tie ourselves to you, that's on you.
But they didn't. They tied themselves to Trump. And doubled-down. And tripled-down. And then just threw off all pretense of Constitutional responsibility and moved in to live together in sin.
Republicans are tied to Trump. There's no "Not standing by him" anymore. That ship has sailed -- and it hit a really big iceberg. And they all were on board. You can't build a house alongside someone you know is making horrific construction decisions, and then when the cracks start to appear walk away and say you had nothing to do with it. You had everything to do with it. When the house comes crashing down, you are tied to it.
If this isn't blatantly clear, here's just one, basic example. CNN reporter Manu Raju asked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) if he had any concerns about allegations that Trump had committed a felony over the payment of hush money. Hatch replied, “The Democrats will do anything to hurt this president.” It was explained to him that the charge did not come from Democrats, but was an allegation from the U.S. Justice Department's Southern District of New York -- to which Hatch replied, “Okay but I don’t care; all I can say is he’s doing a good job as President.”
This is not about Trump. We know who he is. This is about the Republican Party enabling him.
And show the world you love him.
Keep giving all the love you can.
Stand by your man.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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