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.
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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Lindsey Graham is a deeply disturbed individual.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) March 8, 2021
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