Saturday, June 23, 2018

Trump supporters and GOP leaders deny that Trump is beyond control.

The News Alert email contained this gem.

Trump voters have become a resilient force for the midterms. They leap to his defense, they say, because criticism has gotten out of control.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:23 PM EST

In interviews across the country over the last few days, dozens of Trump voters, as well as pollsters and strategists, described something like a bonding experience with the president that happens each time Republicans have to answer a now-familiar question: “How can you possibly still support this man?” Their resilience suggests a level of unity among Republicans that could help mitigate President Trump’s low overall approval ratings and aid his party’s chances of keeping control of the House of Representatives in November.

Trump's crowd in Duluth
The Cult of Trump in Minnesota,
an otherwise sensible state

Are you effing kidding me? Criticism out of control? This is not resilience. It’s cult worship. Here’s some of the longer story in As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper.

Republican voters repeatedly described an instinctive, protective response to the president, and their support has grown in recent months: Mr. Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is now about 90 percent. And while polling has yet to capture the effect of the last week’s immigration controversy, the only modern Republican president more popular with his party than Mr. Trump at this point in his first term, according to Gallup, was George W. Bush after the country united in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The increasingly tribalized politics on the left and right have helped insulate Mr. Trump from the paroxysms that have jolted his party and eroded longstanding expectations of restraint, humility and honesty in American presidents. This era of tumult has left Democrats energized and determined to win back Congress and act as a check on Mr. Trump, and their intensity has been reflected by strong turnouts in the primaries so far. But still, in just the last year and a half, Mr. Trump has bounced back from crises that at the time seemed as if they might be too severe for him to recover politically.

… as another immigration crisis of his own making smoldered this past week, critics inside and outside Mr. Trump’s party predicted another devastating, irremediable low point in his presidency. Yet many Trump voters said that they no longer had the patience or interest to listen to what they see as another hysterical outburst by Democrats, Republican “Never Trumpers” and the media.

For many Republicans, the audio of children sobbing at a migrant detention center barely registered, because these voters don’t pay attention to the left-leaning and mainstream media that have covered the family separation crisis far more than their preferred channel, Fox News.

And would you believe that the Republicans in Congress are too busy saving their own skins to care about all this?

At Daily Kos, FiredUpInCA tells us that Mark Sanford Explains Why Republicans Will Do Nothing As The Republic is Destroyed.

Mark Sanford, who committed the unpardonable sin of speaking against the current occupant of the White House while being Republican, just lost his Congressional seat to an opponent that Trump endorsed.

In an interview [aired a week ago on] “Face the Nation,” he explains why we cannot expect a critical mass of Republicans to stop this President from denigrating our intelligence agencies, undermining the rule of law, destroying our oldest alliances or ending the assault on basic human rights when asylum seekers reach out to the United States.

The reason is craven and pathetic.

Sanford, a frequent critic of Trump who lost his primary this week to pro-Trump challenger Katie Arrington, suggested there’s a simple, unspoken principle in Congress that enables his party’s hands-off approach toward Trump: “What you do as an elected official is … an old-time senator told me years ago, the name of the game is staying in the game,” Sanford said. (from

The reason I’m so outspoken on this now is there is no seeming consequence to the president and lies. And if we accept that as a society, it is going to have incredibly harmful consequences in the way that we operate going forward based on the construct of the founding fathers.” (From

So the party of alleged Family Values, that supposedly defends the lives of children, will say nothing as more than 2000 children have been forcibly separated from their parents.

So the party of the heartland, real America and the last defenders of democracy will do nothing as their leader rejects and demeans our closest friends and gushes over tyrants like Putin and Kim.

Why support a recreational liar and underminer of American democracy?

For the same reason that the majority of the American press does not have the courage to call out this president as passionately as our comics do.

To stay in the Game.

Our lives are not a game. The character of our nation, as expressed through our policies, is not a game. Our democratic ideals are not a game.

Right now the nation’s soul is being forcibly separated from our stated values. We have been and are currently under assault by a hostile foreign power that is undermining our elections and a hostile President that is undermining our democracy, our culture and our future.

Complicit Republicans and their complicit voters are not a loyal opposition at this critical moment. They are a threat and we must outvote them everywhere, every time, in every election, whether its school boards, statehouses or the White House.

Because they do not care about whether or not they are ruining the country and the world for decades to come. They care about ruining the day of a liberal. They care about winning the Game.

But this is not a game.

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