It took him a while, but Donald Trump managed to complete the job. He has totally wrecked the Republican party. Or, perhaps more accurately, he provided the necessary catalyst for the party to wreck itself. This is a journey that the GOP has been on for some time. Richard Nixon exposed the fundamental hypocrisy of the Republicans and then they managed to shore things up for a while until things got out of control under Reagan and Bush Lite, what with Oliver North, Iran Contra, Afghanistan, an entire conga line of disasters.
But still, the guardrails held. Things could only get so crazy and then a semblance of normalcy would descend for a time. But now, since 2015, in the era of Trump, things have been so Bizarro World that the GOP is unlikely to recover from this. Why? Because there’s only so far out there that you can get and then you’re not a real political party anymore. No group of people calling themselves an actual political party can tout a standard bearer who is currently on trial in four different jurisdictions and moreover, is an adjudicated rapist who just had a monumental fine of $83.3 million assessed against him for defaming the woman he raped. This is a level of abnormal that a party does not bounce back from. Color the GOP gone.
Bobo supports Putin.
If anyone supports Freedom, then you must support Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/GnUReikk6T
— Peggy Gabour (@peggy_gabour) February 5, 2024
That is the direction that things are going. Need to be further convinced? Tucker Carlson is over in Russia interviewing Vladimir Putin so that you can get “the truth” which is being kept from you by legacy media.
What Tucker is doing is not journalism and it is not an interview. Putin doesn’t do those. It’s a mind game where every word Putin says on Elon’s platform will be disinformation calibrated for maximum damage and to create confusion and chaos and the conditions for another trump…
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) February 6, 2024
The tweet ends, “term for himself. Tucker and Elon and Putin will be poisoning America’s body politic with Russian and rightwing propaganda. And the rest of the rightwing media and social media machine will kick into high gear using (wittingly or not) Putin’s talking points to further undermine the public’s understanding of what’s actually happening in Ukraine, the Middle East and US domestic politics.”
Here’s more evidence, still. This is the stable genius admitting that he set up the GOP senators to tank the bill that would take care of both Ukraine and the border.
His family needs to step in. He's getting worse by the day. Get him the help he needs!
— Chris Rogers 🍊 (@MCWarrior4Life) February 7, 2024
Nobody is going to step in. The Trumps are a true dysfunctional family. They’re going to normalize the situation and pretend nothing is wrong. And the GOP is also a dysfunctional family. They’ve normalized Trump and they will continue to do so. No matter what he does, they’ll sign off on it as normal.
They will never stop lying, obfuscating, cheating, doing whatever is necessary to make their Frankenstein’s monster a statesman and not some out of control creature on a rampage, wreaking havoc with our country.
Watch closely what happens this year. You’re going to see a once in a life time event. You’re going to see a major political party crash and burn because its ideas are so insanely out of whack with the times.
This is what happened with the Whig party in the mid-1800s. It fell apart of its own weight because its central premise, the expansion of slavery, simply didn’t fly anymore. Watch the GOP go the same direction. They are as out of touch on the abortion issue as the Whigs were on slavery.
Lastly, check out this last speech of Reagan’s if you want to see, side by side, what has happened to the GOP.
What happened to Republicans? This is astonishing. pic.twitter.com/tCflNvF9Jz
— Rich Thrash (@ThrashinRich) February 7, 2024
Trump was supposed to be the Second Coming of Reagan. It puts me in mind of the old expression, “all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice; the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Reagan may have been on the level, Trump has never been anything but farce. And so the Grand Old Party, knowing it’s its time to go, finds the tar pit, walks in and sinks.