Don Jr. emails trap Trump and his whole circus. They have no good choices.
USA Today, July 12, 2017
As the lies unravel, mainstream Republicans and conservative intellectuals are loath to admit how badly they’ve soiled themselves.
By releasing a damning email exchange from last year revealing his own eagerness to take help from Russia to elect his father, Donald Trump Jr. has brought us to a watershed moment. One of the dikes blocking public understanding of the story line of potential collusion has given way. A flood of further incriminating evidence is now almost certain to follow.
President Trump is in a bind. Even if he were a model of rationality (which he is not), and even if he had retained the finest Washington attorneys to advise him (which he has not), he is confronted by impossible choices. After all, to state the obvious, Donald Jr. is his son. Jared Kushner, also tangled in the web, is his son-in-law. Even if the president himself is not implicated, would he throw them under the bus? And if he is implicated, he cannot throw them there without getting crushed himself.
Caught in this predicament, Trump could lash out and sack the special counsel Robert Mueller, sparking a major crisis.
Perhaps, recalling the applause he garnered by launching cruise missiles at Syria, he will start a diversionary conflict somewhere abroad. It is impossible to predict Trump’s future direction or gauge how long his damaged presidency might linger on.
But what about the rest of his circus? To begin with the Republican Party, corrupt is hardly an adequate description of an organization that so readily jettisoned its core principles for their antitheses. Degenerate is perhaps a more appropriate word. A party that follows a demagogue down the path toward protectionism, nativism, ethnic and religious bigotry and much else that is anti-Constitutional and on the dark side of American life.
Much of the impetus for this shift came from the ideological far right, with Breitbart News and its former proprietor Steve Bannon among its leading lights. But what is far more significant is how eagerly mainstream Republicans followed suit. Figures like Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, cogs in the White House machinery who today seamlessly defend Trump and his lies, come to Trump from the heart of the GOP apparatus, the Republican National Committee.
Employing their skills to rationalize Trump’s fabrications, his misogyny, his debasement of discourse and language, these apparatchiks have compromised themselves even more than Trump’s band of true believers. There is no going back.
The conservative intellectuals who puffed Trump up into something he is not will also have to make their choices. William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues, shows no signs of withdrawing his support from a president who is depraved. Fervent Trump backer David Gelernter of Yale has yet to retract his breathtaking discovery of virtue in Trump’s vulgarity. Roger Kimball, editor of the highbrow journal The New Criterion, opined this very week that our sub-literate president is an orator on a par with Pericles of Athens.
It would not be surprising to see these intellectuals, along with the political operatives and politicians, stick with Trump to the bitter end. Having wandered into the muck, they are loath to admit how badly they’ve soiled themselves, let alone turn back. Their dilemma is quite similar to the one their hero now faces. They have no good choices. The rest of us can take satisfaction that the ship of fools has run aground.
AL comment: And the “corrupt” and “degenerate” Democrats – along with filthy war-monger Hillary Clinton – are not one whit better.
The “Russian connection” is a reactionary and dangerous ruse. Down with American imperialism!
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