For those who still aren’t convinced the GOP is brain-dead and on life support, you’re not paying close enough attention. The emergence of the 17-Klown Klown Kar at the end of last year was only the beginning. Now, they seem to have nominated Donald Trump as president – at least, so far, but who knows? – although Trump seems to be unaware that he’s the presumptive leader of his own party or quite possibly the leader of the Walking Dead.
Seemingly determined to ditch the party and go it alone, Trump decided to take on the entire GOP establishment or at least the few who haven’t endorsed him as yet. And his record on women continues to be as bad as it’s ever been. He attacked the only two women in the Republican Party who have any sort of stature in the largely all-male GOP country club, Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico, who is also Chair of the Republican Governors Association, and Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Of course, we know he hates women, and he seems to be unable to change his tune on them, despite the fact that 53 percent of the electorate is female. Of course, he probably considers it a “two-fer,” because those two women are members of other minority groups that he needs. (Source) Seriously people; if we can’t beat this version of the Republican Party, we truly suck.
Meanwhile, a sure sign that the Republican Party is dead is exemplified by the steady stream of “mainstream” Republicans who continue to line up behind Trump. First, it was “Little Marco” Rubio, who actually apologized for saying mean things about Trump, even though they were true. When he announced his endorsement of Trump on CNN, he actually said,
“I have real issues with the way that he conducted himself at certain aspects of this campaign, throughout the campaign. That remains. He’s now the Republican nominee, or presumptive nominee, and will be the nominee. And I think he has an opportunity now to enter a second phase in this campaign.” (Source)
Basically, Rubio has once again proven that he has much “smaller hands” than even Trump’s little Chee-to. Jake Tapper was kind enough to remind us of how Rubio really feels about Trump, and demonstrates why there isn’t a principle to be had anywhere in the GOP:
And Rubio wasn’t the last one. By the end of the week, the guy who holds himself up as the “conscience” of the GOP, Speaker Paul Ryan, also endorsed Chee-to man. In an op-ed in the Janesville, Wisconsin Gazette, he said the following:
“I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.” (Source)
Like we said, the Republican Party has absolutely zero principles, except to “win.” They don’t stand for anything, they have no scruples and they can’t govern worth a crap. Still, it has to be embarrassing and pathetic to see Republican luminaries like Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan bow before the Great Orange One (Herinafter, GOO) with the tiny hands!
That may be why Trump received one of his strongest endorsements all year last week, from someone who would surely be a Republican if he lived in this country, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean leader has high praise for Trump, saying,
“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate.” (Source)
Given Trump’s love of all things south of the border, it was more than a little fun to see a PGA tournament high-tail it from Trump National Florida Golf Course and relocate to Mexico City. It wasn’t a small, insignificant one, either. The tournament, once known as a Doral Invitational, has been at what used to be Doral Country Club for more than a half-century, but because of his amazing negotiating skills – you know, the ones where he’s magically going to bring “all the jobs” back here – the tournament is moving. In response, Trump issued the following statement (keep in mind, this idiot is running for president):
“It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf, to have the PGA Tour consider moving the World Golf Championships, which has been hosted in Miami for the last 55 years, to Mexico. No different than Nabisco, Carrier and so many other American companies, the PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition. This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for President of the United States.” (Source)
What else can you say? The guy equates the PGA moving a tournament to Mexico City to the Republican Party’s drive to move the jobs of millions of factory workers all over the world to save money. I think we can all agree that to equate the two is troubling, to say the least. And yes, we did say that it was Trump’s chosen political party who engineered the exodus of jobs.
One interesting development seems to be that the media seems to be over its fawning of Trump. The GOO called ABC news reporter Tom Llamas a sleaze at a press conference (Source) made reporters realize that no one is exempt from The Wrath of Trump. Even Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski despite being so kissing up to Trump for months got into trouble by criticizing Paul Ryan’s “selling out.” Scarborough, brave soldier he said Trump shows ” a lack of tact!” CNN even used their Chyron to refute Trump’s lies in real time. (Source) It’s good to see that “news” organizations have figured out how to use a Chyron. Later, Jake Tapper refused to let the GOO off the hook as he continued to deny then defend his anti-immigrant and racist insults of Trump University’s Fraud Case presiding Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel. (Source) Trump called this highly regarded federal judge biased due to his Mexican heritage, despite the fact that Judge Curiel was born in Indiana. It not only exposes Trump’s racism but his lack of geographical knowledge. He clearly thinks Indiana is the part of Mexico, north of Tanzania (Tan-ZAY-nee-a) and west of Melania.
And if you’re still wondering why white supremacists just love the GOO, yesterday, at a rally in extremely hot Redding, California, Trump sought to reinforce his support by the ten Black people who currently love him by pointing to a Black man in the audience and saying,
“Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him,” Trump said. “Are you the greatest?” (Source)
As dumb as the Republican Party is these days, there are signs they’re losing a lot of their financial support. It seems that a great many CEOs, who used to religiously support whomever the GOP ran, may support Hillary this time. (Source) (And no, Bernie Stans, it’s not because she’s “Republican-lite,” it’s because she’s sane.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a fun week without mentioning some Trump incompetence. Remember when Trump made a big deal out of skipping a debate and raising money for veterans a few months ago? Well, they finally got their money – a total of $5.6 million. However, most of the money had just been received within a week before he made the announcement. (Source)
The GOO wasn’t the only Republican right boob this week.
The Republican Governor of Mississippi told reporters this week that his religious right to discriminate against gay people was so important that Christians would line up for crucifixion in order to protect it.
Meanwhile, the Republicans’ most fervent supporters, the National Rifle Association is now on record as suggesting that guns be stored in their children’s bedrooms, for safety purposes. As if this country wasn’t gun-loony enough.
Then there is Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt, who went on a pseudo-Christian program laughingly called “Pray in Jesus’ Name” to declare that Caitlyn Jenner was once a national hero when she was Bruce, and that all she needed was an exorcist.
Then, there’s Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who. as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, seems hell-bent on repeating the Bush Recession. He has proposed a measure that would make “too big to fail” banks impossible to determine and spare them from the Volcker Rule and the strictest measures of Dodd-Frank. (Source)
And that is it for this week’s collection of the biggest reasons why we have to get rid of every Republican in every government. It’s the only way to force them into sanity.
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