UGH: Lindsey Graham Wants to ‘Harness the Magic’ of Trump While Ignoring His ‘Dark Side’

The perverse devotion of many Republicans to the disgraced, twice-impeached, former reality TV game show host, Donald Trump, continues to entrap them in a quicksand-like sinkhole from which there appears to be no escape. Each day provides more evidence that they are disciples of a cult whose principles consist exclusively of worshipping Dear Leader.

Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump

Among the most spiritually bound Trump-vangelists is Sen. Lindsey Graham, a convert who once described Trump as a “kook,” “crazy” and “unfit for office.” Over the years Graham’s position changed as he concluded that his own fortunes were tightly knitted into Trump’s. He recently issued a bizarre call for the impeachment of Kamala Harris. And the depths of Graham’s devotion was affirmed again in an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios. In this interview (video below) Graham is seen clinging desperately to Trump and his continued friendship like a security blanket. “Donald Trump was my friend before the [Capitol] riot,” Graham says, “and I’m trying to keep a relationship with him after the riot.”

Graham refers to the Trump Insurrection at the Capitol as “a dark day in American history,” but nevertheless dismisses it as something from which we should just “move forward.” That’s like just moving forward from 9/11 while remaining friends with Osama Bin Laden. To date, Trump still refuses to take responsibility for the Capitol riots. And Graham himself fails to take responsibility for unlawfully pressuring Atlanta election officials to overturn the state’s results by throwing out valid ballots.

Graham believes that the best way to move forward with the “values” of the Republican Party is “with Trump, not without Trump.” Never mind that Trump has embarked on an aggressive campaign to attack Republicans who he has deemed disloyal to him, and to oppose their reelection. And the Party is going along with him.

When Swan directly questions Graham’s support for Trump despite his continued propagation of the Big Lie that the election was “stolen,” Graham dodges the question entirely. In his way, Graham is adopting the Big Lie himself.

Graham says that he wants to “harness the magic” of Trump’s “movement,” while ignoring his “dark side.” He could say the same thing about Satan. Then he claims that Trump is a “cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, and P.T. Barnum,” as if it’s a good thing to be like a notorious racist, a disgraced president who traded arms for hostages, and a professional showman and huckster.

Graham praised Trump as the only person he knows who “can make [the Republican Party] bigger.” [GOP registration dropped from 31% in 2016 to 26% currently]; “He can make it stronger.” [Trump still has the lowest approval rating of any modern president]; “He can make it more diverse” [Trump has exacerbated racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia]; “And he also could destroy it [Okay, we’ll give him that one]” For some reason, Graham thinks that the best way forward for the GOP is someone who presided over the loss of the House, the Senate, and the White House.

Graham is typical of the Republican bootlickers who are too afraid of angering the Orange Menace for fear that he will sic his rabid QAninnies on them. But that fear will doom them to a perpetual minority status on the political landscape if the GOP even manages to survive without breaking apart. And while this is good news for Democrats in the long term, it still holds short term perils for the nation as Trump’s hostilities are spread like a virus through the body politic by infectious agents like Fox News.

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3 thoughts on “UGH: Lindsey Graham Wants to ‘Harness the Magic’ of Trump While Ignoring His ‘Dark Side’

  1. Since this lot of single IQ figures sorts are so very bloody-minded, it might be the best thing if TrumpyBum DID get his fat arse back in the Presidential seat. Just so he can destroy the US once and for all – then MAYBE his cult will finally get it. It’s so weird that no matter how many times he blatantly demonstrates his utter contempt for his cult-sheepies they STILL follow him, bleating their happy way to utter destruction. (Cue the QAnonsense Shaman whining…’Trump let us down! WAAAHHHH!’) It can’t be for the money, Trump’s broke; it can’t be for his fabulous looks or personality (he has neither) and it’s certainly not for his intelligence (ZERO of.) Is it because he did exactly as he pleased for years and not one single law enforcement/political body stood up to him and said, ‘NO, Don. You may NOT do…’? A few individuals did and paid for it with their reputation at the time and thnakfully, those peoples’ actions are now validated…after the event.
    As for Trumpet taking responsibility for Jan 6, did anyone really expect him to? If anyone wants to look back over his track record, he accepts accolades when something is a success – including achievements made by others with no input from him (the Covid vaccine that he ‘created’ and accepted secretly, after declaring Covid a scam, a hoax and moreover, a DEMOCRAT hoax). But when something goes very miserably wrong, he wasn’t there, he didn’t do it, he had nothing to do with it and when all else fails, ignores it completely.

  2. While I was reading the opening sentence of this article, a vivid image came to mind (OK, I am a nerd that loves paleontology). If you’ve ever read about the La Brea Tar Pits in LA, you know that they are a treasure trove of 1000s of fossils of medium-to-small predators of the age. A yu-u-u-u-ge animal would get mired in the tar, and dozens of relatively smaller animals would leap on the big guy, seeking an easy meal. As the giant prey began to subside in the muck, the little predators wouldn’t give up their meal ticket and leap away to safety. So the trumpistas are riding don-the-con down into the pit of insanity, clinging to their “meal ticket”. Who else is going to feed them that diet of undisguised hate, racism, and p!ssing off the “Libs”? They’d rather have that than a living wage, a successful challenge to a deadly pandemic, or that trivial stuff.

    • Love this analogy, I really do. I hadn’t thought of him as ‘feeding’ them in any way, so I appreciate this even more so -that he is feeding them ‘that diet of undisguised hate, racism, and p!ssing off the “Libs” ‘ and moreover, he legitimises it and makes it somehow ‘right’ for them to behave the way they do – exactly like him. And exactly like him, as your analogy points out – they will descend into the pits with him.

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