Former Republican Party Power Player Says 'Party Of Trump' Has To Be Obliterated, Destroyed
July 04, 2018
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CLICK TO ENLARGE: Cover of the July 4th print edition of the New York Daily News portraying President Donald Trump as the Clown King of America
(NATIONAL) – Rolling Stone came out last week with a fascinating interview with former Republican Party power player/consultant Steve Schmidt.
He’s the guy who helped run George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, led Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid and helped introduce Sarah Palin to the world.
Schmidt famously quit the Repubican party last week in a series of tweets saying the party had become “corrupt, indecent, and immoral” and to boot was “filled with feckless cowards” for leaders.
Since you most likely did not catch that Stone piece (we didn’t either, a reader just told us about it) here’s some gems from that interview:
~ “The reality that I’ve come to is that the party stands at an hour at which it is irredeemable, where it has died and bled out because of the cowardice and fecklessness of its leaders. When Trump was elected...the Republican Party had every chance to put a check on his vile personal conduct, his administration’s outlandish corruption, his fetishizing and affinity for autocrats around the world and his undermining of the western alliance.”
~ Schmidt talks of a cancer in the Republican party: “This cancer has always been there. This dormant cancer. But it has become fully embraced in this moment. We’re seeing at this moment a president of the United States do five things.
.He is using mass rallies that are fueled by constant lying to incite fervor and devotion in his political base.
.The second thing we see him do is to affix blame for every problem in the world. Many of them are complex, not so different from the issues faced at the end of Agrarian age and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. We see him attack minority populations with words like “invade” and “infest.”
.The third thing he does is a create a shared sense of victimization caused by the scapegoated populations. This is the high act of Trumpism: From Trump to Sean Hannity to Laura Ingraham, everyone is a victim.
.The fourth thing he does is he alleges conspiracy by nefarious and unseen hidden forces – the “deep state.” And the fifth thing is the assertion that “I am the law, that I am above it.”
~ “Now, culturally, we’re in thrall to theocratic crackpots like Mike Huckabee...where you’re able to justify the candidacy of a Roy Moore because you want to keep the Senate seat. The theocracy and crackpot sewer conservatism has taken over.”
~ What you’ve seen is this rapid devolution over the last 18 months of the Republican Party becoming a white ethno-nationalist party, a blood-and-soil party that is protectionist, isolationist, that is rooted in resentment and grievance.”
~ On the issue of can the Republican party be saved: “If the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt and Reagan is to be redeemed and resurrected, then the party of Trump must be obliterated. Annihilated. Destroyed. And all of the collaborators, the complicit enablers, the school of cowards, need to go down.”
And there’s much more to that interview right here
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