For the better part of the last four decades, a significant element of the Republican Party has simply refused to accept a Democratic president as legitimate–be he white, black, or polka-dotted. This element seemed to crave nothing more than obstruction for its own sake. Indeed, a major reason this country has never really healed after the past three elections is because certain elements of the GOP consider anyone who even thinks of reaching across the aisle to be a RINO at best and a “cuck” at worst.
If Joe Biden manages to upend Donald Trump, this country will need as heavy a dose of bipartisanship as it has ever needed. After all, Biden and the Democrats will need to work with sane elements of the GOP to undo the damage that Trump has done. A number of Republicans know this as well. That’s why we’ve seen a smorgasbord of “never-Trump” Republicans rallying to Biden’s standard, most notably via groups like the Lincoln Project.
It should come as no surprise that such efforts don’t sit well with Trump’s most diehard supporters. Among them is one of Trump’s youngest and most ardent supporters, teenage conservative activist CJ Pearson. After spending most of his teen years branding himself as a new voice for young people, Pearson has gone all-in for Trump–a marked turnabout from when he claimed the thought of Trump in the White House “scares the crap out of me.”
Pearson has increasingly taken on some of the worst traits of his older compatriots. He has openly declared that he doesn’t really care about Trump’s depravities, only that he’s “winning.” He merrily joined in the disgraceful slut-shaming of Stormy Daniels, retweeting pro-Trump podcaster Bill Mitchell calling her a “vile creature.” He even went as far as to get an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos long after Milo was exposed as a pedophilia apologist and a normalizer of hate.
All of this should have been enough to amply demonstrate that Pearson has morphed into just another right-wing talking head. But if there was any doubt this was the case, it was erased earlier this week, when Pearson took to Twitter just as he was starting his freshman year at the University of Alabama.
Wait a minute, CJ. How is it a bad thing for conservatives to crave acceptance from Democrats? Is it really a bad thing to actually want to be bipartisan? Have you considered that Republican unwillingness to “crave acceptance” from Democrats is a big reason why this country is in gridlock?
Pearson is studying political science at Alabama. One can only hope that when he starts looking into this country’s history, he’ll see that a lot of significant events were only able to happen because one side was willing to crave acceptance from the other.
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