The GOP’s Single-Message Machine


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Via:  hallux  •  one week ago  •  6 comments

By:   Charles Sykes - The Atlantic

The GOP’s Single-Message Machine
Prominent Republicans have made Trump’s revenge tour the centerpiece of their agenda.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

After the 2016 release of the  Access Hollywood  tape in which Donald Trump boasts about groping women, Republicans considered their options—and Trump’s candidacy faced a moment of maximum peril. But after Trump’s conviction last week, an enraged MAGA establishment moved quickly to enforce new litmus tests.

No Hesitation

Think of last Friday as a bookend to the transformation of the GOP.

Back in October 2016, after the   Access Hollywood   tape was made public, many Republicans paused and took a deep breath. Then, some of them— such as Senator Mike Lee of Utah —decided to openly abandon their party’s nominee. I remember texting Reince Priebus, then the chair of the Republican National Committee. “I am the guy trying to fix this!”   he wrote . “I am in tears over this.”

Within a few hours, House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew his invitation to Trump to appear at a joint appearance the next day in Wisconsin. For a moment, it seemed like a turning point. But it wasn’t, at least not in the way I thought it would be. In the end, most of the Republicans returned after a few days of fruitless soul-searching.

This time, there was no hesitation. Republicans fell seamlessly in line last week, not merely defending Trump after his conviction on 34 felony charges but also embracing his threats of retribution. Seemingly prewritten statements of unwavering, fervent support were issued within minutes. The GOP presumptive nominee had just been found guilty of paying hush money to a porn star and covering it up, and not a single prominent Republican withdrew their endorsement.

Prior to the arrival of the jury’s decision, Larry Hogan, the former Republican governor of Maryland and a current Senate candidate, issued a statement urging Americans “to respect the verdict and the legal process”; after the verdict, the Trump adviser Chris LaCivita  fired back at Hogan : “You just ended your campaign.” Even though the former governor is locked in a competitive race that could determine control of the Senate, the RNC co-chair Lara Trump also  lashed out  at Hogan, saying that he “doesn’t deserve the respect of anyone in the Republican Party at this point, and, quite frankly, anybody in America.”

Hogan stood nearly alone: One after another, Republican politicians at  every level  of government rallied to Trump’s postconviction defense. Wealthy conservatives and business executives such as Bill Ackman and David Sacks also rushed to support Trump, perhaps thinking that they are buying while the stock is low—hoping that Trump will remember, and repay them for, their loyalty. (This, of course, is the same logic the GOP politicians have been using for a while now.)

Meanwhile, right-wing influencers echoed and amplified Trump’s defiant calls for payback. Trump, of course, has made locking up his opponents a   central theme of his campaigns   and has   repeatedly threatened   to use another presidential term to retaliate against his critics, his opponents, and   the media . Thus far, it has been tempting to dismiss all of this as Trump’s peculiar and personal animus. But it’s now clear that he has a substantial constituency for his campaign of vengeance. In fact,   his base is demanding it . As   Ali Breland reports in   The Atlantic , the MAGA internet is seething with threats of violence and retaliation—not just at the fringes, but from well-known right-wing media outlets as well.

GOP members of Congress are seeking revenge too. Marjorie Taylor Greene   called for defunding New York   as a result of the jury verdict. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician turned Texas congressman,   declared   that if Trump wins, he will encourage members of Congress to go after Joe Biden and members of his family: “I’m just telling you ri ght now, President Biden should be ready … What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

And then there is Mike Lee. Back in 2016, Lee was so appalled by the   Access Hollywood   tape that he recorded a video asking Trump to step aside as the Republican nominee. Lee said that if someone had spoken to any of the women in his family the way Trump had spoken, “I wouldn’t hire that person, wouldn’t want to be associated with that person,” and most important, “I certainly don’t think I would feel comfortable hiring that person to be the leader of the free world.”

On Friday, Lee declared that his fealty to Trump was now so unbreakable that   “strongly worded statements” were “not enough.”   “Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable,” he declared, as he joined seven other GOP senators in refusing to cooperate with “any Democrat legislative priorities or nominations.”

Prominent Republicans have not only made their peace with Trump’s character; they have also made his revenge tour the centerpiece of their agenda. If Trump wins and enacts his campaign of retribution from office, do not expect any resistance from the GOP establishment. They will be cheering it on.


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PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    one week ago

Never thought I'd say this: The only good RINO a living RINO!

Professor Principal
2  Kavika     one week ago

Let us not work for the people, but work to gain vengeance on the infidels called democrats. It is our calling since we are too stupid and bigoted to put anything before our Supreme Leader. 

Greg Jones
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3  Greg Jones    one week ago

The real revenge will begin in January, shortly after the 20th.  It's going to be brutal. No one will be spared. Not even the Big Guy. Mr 10%

With Trump in the White House and the Republicans in control of Congress, the Democrats will not be able to stop what awaits them.

If you think there won't be political payback in store for the duplicitous Dems, you're living in liberal la la land.

PhD Principal
3.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @3    one week ago

What exactly awaits them, unbridled revenge? Or to put it into simpler terms, Remember the Pequod! Revenge is a dish that devours the chef. Bon appetit!

Professor Principal
3.2  CB  replied to  Greg Jones @3    one week ago

MAGAs' dreams palooza. . . . Just be sure not to violate any laws while satiating yourselves! Those who do will soon arrive at a place for shattered dreams .


Professor Principal
3.3  TᵢG  replied to  Greg Jones @3    one week ago

Now that is some truly irresponsible rhetoric.


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