As Dissident Voices Grow Louder, Georgia Republicans Double Down on Extremism

Recent days have witnessed a growing chorus of Republicans speaking out against the extremism of President Trump and his followers, which include most (if not all) of Georgia’s Congressional contingent. Trump’s critics did not mention him by name, but their target was clear. They all pointed to the coarse nature of the nation’s politics under Trump’s leadership and expressed misgivings about the character of current leaders.
Senator Jeff Flake Blasts Trumpism, Says He Won’t Seek Re-election

“We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually reckless, outrageous and undignified.” He had earlier written a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that critiqued the president’s character and ideology.

Senator Bob Corker Says Trump is “Debasing” the Country

Corker said the White House under Trump had become “an adult day care center” and that much of what Trump says is “untrue…We have young people who for the first time are watching a president stating absolute nontruths nonstop, personalizing things in the way that he does…I think the debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for…”

Bush Decries ‘Nationalism Distorted Into Nativism’

Speaking at a forum put on by the George W. Bush Institute, former President G.W. Bush said that in America today “bigotry seems emboldened” and that the national discourse had been “degraded by casual cruelty” that “escalates into dehumanization” and a “nationalism distorted into nativism.”

McCain Decries “half-baked, Spurious Nationalism”

“…nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history…We live in a land of ideals, not blood and soil.” (An apparent reference to white supremacists who sparked violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August. The tiki-torch-wielding demonstrators shouted the Nazi slogan “blood and soil.”)

Georgia Republicans: “Is There a Problem?”

Not surprisingly, Trump’s Georgia hallelujah chorus–led by Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel–remains firmly in the ranks of the Republican base that gives trump an 80 percent approval rating –while Americans overall give him a record low 33 percent approval rating–and rate the Republican Congress even lower.  Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel share Trump’s debased image of what America is all about.  They remain perfectly content with a president who is “dangerously unstable, divisive, childish, nasty, deceptive, self-deluded, morally unfit, deeply unconservative and thus badly wrong on some of the largest issues of our time”–to quote respected conservative columnist and former G.W. Bush speechwriter, Michael Gerson.

 Rep. Barry Loudermilk from the 11th Congressional District Is the leading voice of Trump’s Georgia lap dogs. He responded this past week to his GOP colleagues’ condemnation of Trump by becoming even more effusive in his praise, according to the AJC:
Trump “came out with a message of ‘make America great again…’ So they don’t necessarily look at Trump as an individual as far as what his beliefs are, what he says. But they’re behind his idea, which is a positive idea, looking over the horizon as we could be much better than we are today. And I think when somebody in the same party comes out and openly criticizes him, the American people see that as you’re criticizing the idea of making America great again.”
The lines are clearly drawn. We can only hope that the 80 percent of decent Americans who see Trump for the debased person that he is will make use their votes to make the misguided 33 percent minority who support him be “Gone with the Wind”–including Barry Loudermilk.

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