Just Who Is Beneath Their Office?

Predictably, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski again got under Tr-mp’s toilet-paper skin. If you watched Morning Joe’s broadcast today, which was quite hard on Agent Orange, you could sort of feel it coming. It came in two Tr-mpian tweets:

I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came…..to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!

Now, just as predictable as a Tr-mp hate tweet, was how The Woman Who Lost Her Soul To Donald Tr-mp, known as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended her master: “This is a President who fights fire with fire.” I suppose she had that one at the ready just in case Tr-mp really did shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. Too bad she had to waste it on a tweet.

In any case, it was also predictable that some Republicans would, reluctantly in some cases, mildly condemn the sexist tweet. Senator Lindsey Graham said it was “beneath the office.” Senator Ben Sasse said it was “beneath the dignity” of the office. Such comments from Republican legislators are probably the best we’re going to get, considering that Tr-mp has said and done much worse, in terms of his interactions with women, and yet still most Republican lawmakers have stood beside him, grinning from ear to ear, through it all.

But such mild condemnation is just not good enough. It’s won’t do to merely label Tr-mp’s revealing tweets as beneath the office or beneath whatever dignity is left in the office, now that Tr-mp has been sitting in it for five months. Until congressional Republicans go mika tweetfurther, until they say out loud (as opposed to whispering it behind closed doors) that Tr-mp himself is beneath the office, that he is a mentally unstable man who is not up to the job, that he is a national embarrassment, then they are to blame for the likely irreparable damage he has done and will continue to do to the presidency. They are to blame for every unseemly utterance, every twisted tweet, every vulgar violation of the emoluments clauses, every audacious attempt to obstruct justice. If they do nothing but condemn a tweet or two, they are beneath the dignity of their offices.

And they are especially responsible for not holding Tr-mp accountable for doing absolutely nothing about a cyber attack on our democracy and sovereignty by a foreign adversary—an adversary he openly begged for help during his horrific campaign—and for not preparing the country for the inevitable cyber attacks to come during the election seasons of 2018 and 2020.

In short, Republicans own Tr-mp. They own every nasty and petty tweet, every stupid and demeaning and illegal thing he does. And when the Russians try to muck up our elections again—perhaps next time to help Democrats—they will own that, too.

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  1. All of this. But, especially the part about Huckabee-Sanders. How she and her father can get away with such un-Christianlike behavior has puzzled me for several years now. It literally hurts my stomach to listen to/read about/watch either of them. To me they represent everything that is wrong with today’s Christian zealots. The use of their misguided religiosity in order to gain attention and wealth is not just hypocritical but an abomination to all that is good and pure as it was initially presented by Jesus. No wonder so many of our children are turning away from God (or the ideology of such as presented by so many of those in political power today). Can’t say that I blame them.

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    • Bravo, Dawn.

      Being an agnostic myself, after many years of being a conservative evangelical, I suppose I’m especially sensitive to the hypocrisy involved, as you stated it. My Christianity was always tied to reactionary politics, mainly because I read a lot of William F. Buckley and others associated with the conservative movement, many of them Catholics. Weirdly (as I look back now) I was also drawn to people like Pat Robertson, whose belief system closely aligned with the Pentecostal church I attended (it was actually called a “faith” or “charismatic” church).

      I want to be careful how I express this, but I am glad that “so many of our children are turning away from God,” if by “God” one means the God of people like Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who during the press conference today looked like she enjoyed defending Tr-mp’s remarks, even as she referenced her “faith”). Fair-minded people should be atheists with respect to that kind of God, as far as I’m concerned. Any God who—if we are to believe his followers—apparently favors the few rich over the many poor, the fortunate well over the unlucky sick, soulless corporations over sentient people, doesn’t deserve any followers. And that’s ignoring the fact that many of those who share Sanders’ faith believe God is a Tr-mp guy.

      Having said all that, I think I often come across as hostile to all religious belief. I’m really not. I respect what religious faith can do for many people, in terms of offering comfort from the fear of death, making them more compassionate than they might otherwise be, and so on. What I have fiercely opposed, and will always oppose, is the kind of fundamentalism that offers a view of the world that separates people into the saved and the unsaved, those going to heaven and those going to hell, those who are true believers and those who are infidels.

      That kind of fundamentalism sometimes leads to heinous acts like chopping off heads in Syria, blowing up innocents in France, or shooting abortion providers in America. Thankfully, more often it manifests itself in one of its mildest forms, like today when a God-fearing press secretary, whose father pastored a Baptist church in Arkansas, defended a nasty sexist tweet from a vulgar man—“a fighter” said Ms. Huckabee—pretending to be the president of a country that once was a shining “city on a hill.”

      Duane

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      • As a friend of mine once said, don’t hijack my religion. That has been my motto for several years. I have made a conscious effort to seek out those who work to bring love and kindness into our world in order to combat fear and hate. Why on earth would anyone want to follow a god who promotes hatred of the other instead of working to help us understand and encourage the connection we should all have? That just doesn’t make sense to me.

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