In the final stages of the Trump era, Hair Furor is proving to us once again that nothing less than total obedience will be tolerated. Even a failure to insufficiently fawn will be punished and severely. With that in mind, take a look at what the Child in Chief tweeted out to Lisa Murkowski after she endorsed Mike Mattis’ remarks against Trump on Wednesday.
…Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
This tweet conveys the essence of Trumpism. Trump says he will endorse “any candidate,” the plain inference being, any candidate who will bow to him unequivocally. The equation is very clear. If you want Trump’s support, you worship and you don’t say a word against him, ever. Plus, you recant or ignore any previous lack of fealty. You become Lindsey Graham, in essence, and you drink the Kool-Aide. (Enough Trump Kool-Aide makes your hair change color, by the way, go check out Graham.)
Meanwhile, if you take a stroll down memory lane, McConnell primaried Murkowski back in 2010. She won the senate seat, anyway, with an impressive write-in vote.
Plus, and here’s the killer: the way things are going, Trump endorsing you may be the kiss of death and not the benediction that his delusions tell him it is. This is precisely the quandary that keeps incumbent Republicans tossing and turning in the night. To flip or not to flip against Trump — that is the only question. They don’t know how things are going to go down in the fall and they can’t judge whether to stay on the Trumptanic or flee while there’s still a lifeboat.
And here’s the Catch-22: they’ve all been indoctrinated to go along with a sitting GOP president, no matter what, and the fact that this one is a clear and obvious lunatic is something that none of them ever anticipated and they don’t know what to do. This puts them in a position of having to think for themselves and make responsible decisions based on their own integrity and sense of right and wrong — and that’s where their circuits start to overload. They’re not geared to think that way. They’re geared to get in line and toe the party line. That’s it.
It will be interesting to see how many of them wash out in the fall. Donald Trump may have been right, ironically. He may end up draining the swamp, only not the way he thought.