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On Friday morning Paul Krugman tweeted out the following:

“A thought about where we are as a nation: We’re living in the age of the unsurprising revelation. Is there anyone who doesn’t already believe that Trump-Putin-treason is a real thing? Even Trump loyalists surely know it’s true, they just think it’s an OK price for the racism 1/

The question instead is when and whether the evidence will become so dramatic, so blatant, that Trump’s defenders won’t feel able to keep pretending they don’t know. That is, it’s not really about what we learn but about how it plays 2/

Think of the Steve King story as a dress rehearsal. Everyone knew what he was, and has for years. Somehow, though, we reached a tipping point where GOP leaders felt they had to say “We’re shocked, shocked to find open racism going on in our party!” 3/

I don’t know if we’ll ever reach that sort of tipping point with Trump. But even if we do, remember: they’ve known all along, but were willing to sell out America as long as it was convenient 4/”

That’s really it in a nutshell, isn’t it?   I would only make one slight tweak — “they just think it’s an OK price for the racism and the tax cuts.”

And his last line there is very important.  When Individual-1 goes down, there is going to be an absolute tidal wave of Republicans that turn on a dime and pretend like they are just good, traditional conservatives that are ready to get back to being the old GOP.  It is going to be our job to be there for every one of them to say “Nope, no way — you KNEW he was dirty all along.  You don’t get to wash this stain off.”

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