Now that we have Trump basically siding with the racists, white supremacists, anti-Semites, and the rest of the raggle-taggle collection of knuckle-draggers who long for the days of really being losers at Appomattox and Berlin, what about the rest of the party he’s the titular head of?
So far no major party figure has stood next to him to support him, but neither have they stood up and called him out other than to make the easy call that Nazis are bad people. As Charlie Pierce notes:
The problem is that the only way all that works is if Republican officeholders en masse run away from the man as fast as these CEOs have. So far, we haven’t seen anywhere near enough of them doing that. There is a lot of bold talk deploring white supremacy, and the Klan, and white supremacy. That and six bucks will get you a latte.
Say his goddamn name. Don’t tell me how much you deplore racism in the abstract. That does not make me feel good as a citizen. Tell me you deplore racism in the specific human being who’s now president* of the United States. For anyone whose moral compass still points true north, that’s the proper response. Otherwise, shut up.
There are a couple of reasons why the party leaders won’t call him out. First, the obvious: they don’t want to be the subject of a 3 A.M. tweetstorm and lose their seat on the couch at “Fox and Friends.” While being the target of Trump’s wrath isn’t the shaming that it used to be, it’s still something you’d rather not have to put up with on your Facebook page.
But the second reason is that the Republicans still think they can rescue themselves and maintain their majority in the House and Senate going into the 2018 midterms. No, really; somewhere they’re gaming it out that if they make a token condemnation of Trump and move on to the issues they think really matter such as wiping the record clean of anything Barack Obama said or did and rigging the districts so that every last white Christian male has a two-to-one advantage over the majority of minorities, they’ll stay in office and that clown down the street in the White House will be the target, not them.
So the GOP will now go about its business of dismantling the last eighty-plus years of progress in providing for the general welfare of the people, disenfranchising all but the nice white landowners and as a bonus giving them even more tax loopholes to jump through, all the while letting their whirling dervish spin himself into oblivion and possibly taking the rest of us with him. It shows a complete lack of moral character to do it, which is why it comes so easy to them.