For the better part of three years, Donald Trump’s most diehard supporters have tried to make us think that there is an 11th Commandment–“Thou shalt not speak ill of Trump.” To hear them talk, those calling out the almost daily fail coming from this White House are simply out to attack Trump, and aren’t letting him do his job.
They’re following the lead of Trump himself. Just a day after the horror in Charlottesville, the Trump campaign released this ad.
Cliff Notes version: “Waaaahhh, the libruls and the fake news media are just out to attack Trump and keep him from making America great again!”
Wait a minute. Isn’t the media supposed to hold our elected officials to account? Isn’t the loyal opposition in a democracy supposed to call out the government? As Trump has made clear far too many times to count, he believes the answer to both questions is “no.”
The 2018 midterms proved loud and clear that this message didn’t take hold. Exit polls showed that 38 percent of respondents cast their vote in opposition to Trump, against only 26 percent who voted in support of Trump. They also showed that 52 percent of respondents wanted the Democrats to control the House. You would have thought that if Americans were displeased at the efforts to “attack” Trump, the wave would have been blue, not red.
But apparently Trump hasn’t gotten the hint. For instance, when Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff announced he was going to make good on his vow to investigate Trump’s business dealings, Trump responded in typical fashion.
As if on cue, one of Trump’s most diehard religious right supporters, Lance Wallnau, went on an almost Trumpian Twitter rant of his own.
Wallnau was speaking in code–a code that is all too familiar to this left-leaning charismatic/Pentecostal Christian. For those who don’t know, the Bible portrays Ahab as one of Israel’s most wicked kings. As the Bible tells it, Ahab twiddled his thumbs while his queen, Jezebel, encouraged worship of Baal. For years, whenever a woman is considered to be ungodly or rebellious, fundies are quick to brand her a “Jezebel.”
So let’s see here. A Democratic House led by a female Speaker is fulfilling its constitutional duty to hold the president to account. Said House is doing so amid mounting evidence that said president was at the very least complicit in massive tax fraud and other criminal activity in his real estate empire. There is also mounting evidence that said president was compromised by a hostile foreign power, and at the very least fostered an environment in which it was remotely acceptable for his aides to collude with said power.
Given the stakes, it would be grossly derelict–to put it mildly–not to pursue every lead. And yet, doing so is considered a “Jezebel attack”? And allowing the House to do its duty and get to the bottom of this is an act of “Ahab passivity”?
Come off it, Lance. The real attack is being waged by you and Trump’s other minions who believe that we shouldn’t hold Trump to account. And the real passivity occurred in 2017 and 2018, when the Republicans sat on their hands in the face of this mounting evidence. Under those circumstances, we damned well better rebel–for the sake of our democracy.
Sadly, it looks like what passes for leadership in the GOP is of the same mind as Wallnau. When the Democrats ramped up their push for Trump’s tax returns late last week, House Republicans wailed that it risked opening a “Pandora’s box.” Never mind that Trump ignored four decades of precedent by refusing to release his returns–and for reasons that are not even remotely convincing.
The last object in Pandora’s box was Hope–which was released to heal the wounds inflicted by the evils Pandora released when she opened the box. Apparently the Republicans don’t want you to know that–just like Wallnau doesn’t want us to know that the Democrats are working to fend off the real attack on our democracy.
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