Profile in courage

Profile in courage

While enjoying the genius which is a basketball game last night, this came across my Twitter.

Of course, this is what he was saying right after the "grab her by the pussy" tape came out:

Shortly after the tape of Trump saying he groped and kissed women dropped like a two-ton explosive into the middle of the presidential campaign, Chaffetz said he could not vote for Trump.

”My wife, Julia and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter,” Chaffetz told CNN. “Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her that I endorsed Donald Trump for president when he acts like this and his apology? That was no apology, that was an apology for getting caught.”

”So I’m not going to put my good name and reputation and my family behind Donald Trump when he acts like this, I just can’t do it,” he continued.

You can always count on a Republican to fly away from probity and rectitude. Mr. Chaffetz apparently is fine with not being able to look his daughter in the eye and is going to vote for someone whom he hated just two weeks prior.

The most amusing thing about his tweet, however, is how he says he's neither endorsing nor defending Trump. In my realm of reality, saying you're going to vote for someone is both a defense and an endorsement. There's no other way to parse those words. Mr. Chaffetz thinks that by saying he's going to hold his nose and vote for Trump he will be absolved of any opprobrium. He won't. He has made his bed, and I truly hope he will never be able to look his daughter and wife in their eyes for his abject and cowardly decision.

This again shows that Trump is not the disease, but merely the pus-oozing symptom. The groundwork for Trump was laid in the Southern strategy and the "silent majority." It was laid when Ronald Reagan made alliance with the Religious Right. It was laid when George W. Bush and Karl Rove pushed homophobia in 2004 to get the base to the polls. And it exploded once the country elected a black man to be in the White House. Trump is the culmination, the apogee, not the cause. And Mr. Chaffetz is an example of that. Without people like Mr. Chaffetz, there'd be no Donald Trump. Without 50 years of demonization, we wouldn't have the broken politics we have now. After the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Republicans made a conscious effort to cultivate embittered whites. They are now reaping the whirlwind.

My only hope is that the whirlwind is selective, and hits only Republicans. My fear is that we'll have to pick up the damage for years to come.

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