A large part of one’s progressive bona fides is the belief no respect can be given even for conservatives who have been “never Trumpers” right from the start. Their previous views and writing over the last three decades made Trump inevitable. I do not disagree that they contributed to Trump’s rise. I do not agree we cannot afford some respect to those who have been never Trumpers from the start.
Perhaps it is my incessant belief in people’s better angels, perhaps it is my naivety, but I just cannot internalize it.
I think those who have been never Trumpers right from the start represent an admirable “psychotic break” into reality. Joe Scarbarough went from being a flame throwing far right-winger to being damn near a moderate. True, he was desperate to get into bed with Mika and she wasn’t about to let that happen with a flame throwing, Trump supporting, right winger. Joe moderated his views long before Trump, again, perhaps Mika caused it. But, I think it matters that it was Joe who came to the middle, not Mika.
Watch Nicole Wallace some time on her own show or Rachel’s show. One can viscerally see and feel that Nicole is charging left despite herself. She has hated Trump from the beginning. My view on Wallace has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve got a raging crush on her now that she’s moderated.
The Right Wing is a cult and had been long before Trump. People who declared themselves “never Trumpers” from the start have slowly become … well, people.
So, to me it actually does matter when a person goes from always Republican to never Trumper, and then from being a never Trumper to a “Never support people who support Trump..” So, having established that we, opps, I meant “I,” can grant some respect to those who have agreed with me about Trump from the start, let’s read her words: From the Washington Post via Daily Kos (which lacks my genius analysis, pffft)
For decades now, Republicans have insisted mass murders with semiautomatic weapons are not reflective of a gun problem. I can no longer comprehend how such a ludicrous assertion is remotely acceptable. But in one sense they are right: It’s not merely Republicans’ indulgence of the National Rifle Association that puts Americans’ lives in jeopardy. It is the support and enabling of a president that inspires white nationalist terrorists – and even denies white nationalism is a problem.
Please proceed Jen, even if we definitely don’t get the “no longer” support any Trump supporter part, but anyway:
In sum, we are awash in hate crimes and white nationalist-inspired mass murders. We have a president whose words inspire and bolster perpetrators of these heinous acts. That makes Trump not only a moral abomination, which no policy outcome can offset, but a threat to national security. Those encouraged by his words in recent years kill more Americans than Islamist terrorists.
If that is not justification for bipartisan repudiation of this president and removal from office at the earliest possible moment I don’t know what is. Those who countenance and support this president for his white-grievance mongering are not merely “deplorable” but dangerous.
Okay, wait. That is rather impressive. A Republican calling to remove Trump purely on the basis of his race baiting (technically not a crime), is impressive to me because that doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with being a never Trumper from the start.
Shout out, Jenny.
I will not state (unlike some on Dkos) that Trump was and is the direct cause of this weekend’s hate-infused attacks. That certainly is not some bow to the right-wing, just the opposite, actually. We have had mass killings inspired by the right for quite some time now, many prior to Trump.
We only know that Trump makes it more likely that people will go on sick rampages. And, again, that is sufficient to support removal from office.
If we are ever going to go back to some sort of “normalcy” in this nation, it is necessarily going to involve some embrace toward moderate conservatives, and I propose it begin and end with the never-Trumpers. Because, as even Jennifer Rubin notes, “we” can no longer tolerate Trump supporters, and I will add, “ever again.”