Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Congressional GOP Leaders OK with Trump but split on the meaning of "racist"

Well, Mitch McConnell might know what that word means but he didn't answer the question put to him on Meet the Press.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused three times to say Sunday whether Donald Trump's attacks on a Latino judge were racist.

Instead, in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Kentucky Republican would only say he "couldn't disagree more" with Trump's comments

McConnell is one of those spineless slugs who lust after Trump the nominee but "disagree with" Trump's statements. That is, McConnell is putting party well before country. But what else is new? He's been doing that for a long time.

Then there is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who called Trump's comments about Judge Curiel "racist" but went on to support Trump anyway.

Mr. Ryan on Tuesday struggled but mostly failed to distinguish between Mr. Trump’s remarks and the man himself, saying, “I don’t know what’s in his heart.”

He said: “I do absolutely disavow those comments. I think they are wrong. I don’t think they are right-headed. And the thinking behind it is something I don’t personally relate to. But at the end of the day this is about ideas. This is about moving our agenda forward.”

It's another instance of party before country, "our agenda" meaning Ryan's aims, and, supposedly those of the GOP. At least Ryan go the word right:

"Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment, ” Mr. Ryan continued. “I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.

But, Ryan should have added, the GOP is well beyond denial and is at the stage of acceptance. There really is nothing that is "absolutely unacceptable" to those who are behind Trump. In Tom Engelhardt's words, "Donald Trump Is the Mosquito, Not the Zika Virus".

Perhaps it would be better to see Donald Trump as a symptom, not the problem itself, to think of him not as the Zika Virus but as the first infectious mosquito to hit the shores of this country. If you need proof that he’s at worst a potential aider and abettor of authoritarianism, just take a look at the rest of our world, where the mosquitoes are many and the virus of right-wing authoritarianism spreading rapidly with the rise of a new nationalism (that often goes hand in hand with anti-immigrant fervor of a Trumpian sort). He is, in other words, just one particularly bizarre figure in an increasingly crowded room.

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