Racism, Lies and Hypocrisy Are Now Seen as Electable Qualities in GOP Candidates

Trump and his acolytes as well as the corrupt political leaders of Trumpified GOP make a lot of dangerous and blathering statements.

We are witnessing some truly extraordinary events even in an age of debased political discourse.

Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell late last month via his Truth Social site. So far, all is well. Except for September 30, his rant took an extra sinister twist, even by his diabolic standards. McConnell had, Trump wrote that by casting his vote in Senate (on unspecified matters) in a manner that the ex-president did not approve, McConnell had shown that he has a “DEATH WISH.” Moreover, in an explicitly racist, albeit incoherent, attack against McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao — one of Trump’s own ex-cabinet members — Trump ranted that the Republican leader in the Senate must “immediately seek help and advise [sic] from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!”

This line makes absolutely no sense. Let’s put aside for a moment and consider the raw racial animus that it evokes. It was the kind of racist diatribe Archie Bunker might have launched in a past television era. It was, perhaps more importantly, the type of racist bile that has fueled violent anti-Asian hate attacks across the country since the COVID pandemic in the U.S. early 2020.

How did the GOP leadership react to Trump’s mob attack on McConnell and Chao, then?

McConnell’s office responded with a series no comments, which is pretty much a cowardly par for the course for a man who enabled Trump’s escalating fanaticism throughout his four-year presidency, who said that he held Trump “morally responsible” for the January 6 insurrection but then turned around and marshaled his Senators to vote “not guilty” in Trump’s impeachment trial — thus ensuring that he has remained a loud, and menacing, presence hanging over the GOP to this day.

Most GOP senators retreated to the hills and declined to take part in this latest intraparty drama.

The ones who made statements were so sloppy in their observations, they would have preferred to remain silent. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) mustered up enough courage, when asked about the “death wish” comment to say, simply, “What I want to make sure is what I can do. I can try my best to bring people together.” As for Trump’s racist attack on Chao, Scott noted, “The president likes to give people nicknames.”

It just so happens, that Trump-troll’s nicknames tend to be saturated in the most toxic, inflammatory, and racist of racist marinades.

Coherence and moral dignity are in perilously short supply in today’s retrograde version of the GOP. Take, for instance, these allegations published by the Daily Beast, that in 2009 Herschel Walker — at the time a football star, now the GOP’s bumbling, ban-abortion-in-all-circumstances-including-rape-and-incest, fringe candidate for U.S. Senator in Georgia — paid for a girlfriend to get an abortion.

Walker, who has been also begged by allegations that he held a gun to his ex-wife’s headDuring a fight. threatened to sue for defamation. But, of course, he didn’t. Because it’s one thing denying something on conservative talk radio; it’s another denying it after swearing an oath, in a court of law, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Given that his political campaign apparently knew of the abortion issue months ago, it’s unlikely many of his own crew would have been willing to head to court with him.

Walker has instead issued a series incoherent pronouncements regarding the event. He even said that if his ex-girlfriend had been pregnant and he had paid for it, there would have been an abortion. “nothing to be ashamed of.” Which is actually, of course, true… except, according to previous statements made by Walker, abortion is equivalent to murderAnyone who aids or facilitates an abortion is guilty.

As documented in the Daily Beast Other publications Walker has a long and dishonorable track record of half-truths, misstatements and downright fabricationsYou can even pretend to be someone else. trained FBI agentHe claimed to have founded a company (he was not one). veterans support program, lying to his own campaign staffHe has had many children and he has been taken into court for child support claims.

In more normal political times the GOP would have thrown Walker away months ago. But these aren’t normal times. Trump backs Walker, and that’s good enough for the Trumpian base; and because it’s good enough for the Trumpies, who terrify the Mitch McConnells of the world through their ability to bring fire and fury to all who stand in their way, it’s good enough for the broader party.

Instead of denouncing Walker’s actions, GOP bigwigs continue making excuses. My personal favorite was from ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich’smouth mid-week. “I think he is the most important Senate candidate in the country because he’ll do more to change the Senate just by the sheer presence, by his confidence, by his deep commitment to Christ. You know, he’s been through a long, tough period. He suffered a lot of concussions coming out of football.” In other words, don’t hold Walker accountable, blame the game of football for his blatant lies and dangerous ideas, and then elect him despite it all because he has God on his side.

Other candidates might have decided to leave politics in the wake of these scandals and say they need to spend more time with the families. Walker would find this difficult, as Walker is at least a bachelor. some of his close relatives have, in recent days, publicly denounced him.

Despite all the scandals, Walker is still a viable candidate and will be seeking to defeat Senator Warnock in the November election. Trump continues to terrorize his Grand Old Party, despite all of the evidence against him.

Returned in 2016 Trump boasted that he could shoot someone in broad daylight on Fifth AvenueHe won’t lose the support of his supporters. Six years later, Trump is waging war against Mitch McConnell in the same manner he did against his vice president on January 6. The entire GOP leadership, including McConnell, have no comment.