You Knew Who Trump Was When You Endorsed. You will never live down what you’ve done -- Why We Shouldn’t Forgive Republicans Who Sold Their Souls

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    Oct 09, 2016 8:16 PM GMT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-leaders-backing-donald-trump_us_57f97538e4b068ecb5df3409You knew. You all knew. You knew the whole time who and what Donald Trump is.

    Mike Pence. Paul Ryan. Mitch McConnell. Ted Cruz. Chris Christie. Newt Gingrich. Orrin Hatch. John McCain. Marco Rubio. Virtually all of you.

    You heard every terrible thing he said. You watched every inexcusable thing he did. You knew Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic, misogynistic, authoritarian con man. You knew about his insatiable appetite for power, his bottomless need for affirmation, his dangerous impulsiveness and uncontrollable temper. You knew he was a huckster who ruined businesses and lives. You knew he debased your party, and you personally. You knew.

    You knew he waged a racist campaign against the president’s legitimacy. You knew he called immigrants rapists. You knew he advocated forbidding Muslims from American soil. You knew he said a federal judge wasn’t qualified because Mexican blood flowed through his veins. You knew he besmirched the parents of a dead soldier. You knew he mocked prisoners of war. You knew he courted white supremacists. You knew he admires dictators. You knew he incited violence. You knew he lies ― blatantly, shamelessly, ceaselessly.

    You knew all of that, and you asked Americans to elect him president anyway. Shame on you. You knew.

    Your condemnations are and have always been empty. Your sudden rush to abandon Trump ― after what’s merely the most recently uncovered manifestation of his hatred for women ― is motivated by the same venal cowardice that led you to support him in the first place.

    You knew Hillary Clinton isn’t the monstrous caricature you spent decades depicting. You knew she is ― like each and every one of you ― an ordinary politician, in all the ways that word has positive and negative connotations. You knew she would govern in a perfectly normal way.

    You knew this, but you told voters she was more dangerous than Trump. More evil. A greater threat to the republic. And this, after so many of you spent the presidential primary campaign warning the U.S. that Trump is exactly who he appears to be. But you fell in line. You knew, and you endorsed him anyway....

    ...When this is all over, you may win your own re-elections. You may retain control of Congress and of governors mansions, state legislatures, county councils and school boards all across the nation. You may sigh in relief that you survived. You may even ― and not terribly long from now ― regain the presidency and resume carrying out your agenda. Your own careers may be successful.

    But history will condemn you. History won’t forget your callowness. Because you knew.

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    Oct 11, 2016 6:14 PM GMT
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cowardly-gop-has-engineered-its-own-suicide/2016/10/11/ec585af8-8f22-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html?utm_term=.f4dcdfb6c9beWhy we shouldn’t forgive the Republicans who sold their souls

    By Robert Kagan October 11 at 10:00 AM

    Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Post.

    Of the remarkable things we have learned this election year, the most significant is that the current Republican Party is unfit to lead the country. It has failed the greatest test a political leader or party can face, and failed spectacularly. It has abandoned its principles out of a combination of cowardice and opportunism. It has worked to place in the White House the most dangerous threat to U.S. democracy since the Civil War. And perhaps just as revealing, it has in the process engineered its own suicide. Not only has the party refused to save the country, but also it has proved too helpless, too incompetent and too craven even to save itself.
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    Oct 11, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cowardly-gop-has-engineered-its-own-suicide/2016/10/11/ec585af8-8f22-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html?utm_term=.f4dcdfb6c9beThese are the people we’re supposed to put in charge of the House and Senate for another two years? Whom we’re then supposed to rally behind in the battle for the White House in 2020? No. Not this group. We know too much. We know all we need to know.

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    Oct 11, 2016 6:30 PM GMT
    When Trump said what he did, he was a potty mouthed Democrat, but his evolved since then.
    The whole thing stinks of hypocrisy.
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    Oct 11, 2016 6:55 PM GMT
    It's going to be a very slow, painful death. The Republican Party enabled Trump's ascension, and it is equally responsible for the damage that Trump has done to this country.
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    Oct 11, 2016 8:28 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidIt's going to be a very slow, painful death. The Republican Party enabled Trump's ascension, and it is equally responsible for the damage that Trump has done to this country.


    Yes & no. It's a curious set of events that will be studied in PoliSci classes for generations to come. The Republicans certainly are entirely responsible for this disaster of an election cycle as well as for their own demise. It is their greed, it is their hate, it is their hypocrisy, it is everything we have been bitching about and warning them about for years. It is every political topic on this forum for a decade finally come to fruition. How sad those who have abandoned us. Because having stuck it out for a front row seat to now watch the RJepublicans writhe in their own piss and shit is absolutely delightful.

    That wee touch of gloating aside, Americans are good at not bothering to hide our faults. Because you learn from that stuff. I don't know yet that this was so damaging. Even if a third party arises from the ashes of Trump burning down his own Republican Party, should that party splinter, that in itself will both in number by their dividing and in resolve by both our own vigilance now fully awoken and also now with the vigilance of Republicans who have woken up to their own faults strengthen both the Democratic Party and our Democratic principles and institutions required also by Republicans to maintain the Republic.

    But just for grins, one last little kick in the ass to the RJepublicans:

    With all the men you sent to defeat him before you sold your souls

    Trump was beat by a girl

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