Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Josh Marshall - We can see how President Trump has united the GOP behind his openly and aggressively racist attacks on four freshman congresswomen of color. If Trump says it, the GOP will fall in line behind him, either with cowed silence or explicit assent, usually trending from the former to the latter. That applies to really anything Trump says. No matter what.

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If some garden variety GOP senator had gone off on this rant I doubt he'd have survived it. So what we're seeing here is not only the white nationalist grievance politics that Trump has made explicit and open and really at the core of present-day GOP politics.

What we're seeing here is more the authoritarianism of Trumpism than the racism, though of course it's both. Like all personality cult political movements, party or movement ideology is defined by what the leader is saying on that given day. Think about Trump/GOP policy today on North Korea and how mind-bogglingly different that is from anything any Republican has said over decades or what Trump himself was saying until he decided to switch. The limits of the acceptable or standards of behavior are defined simply by what the leader does. Period.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-17 12:07 PM | Reply

Fuhrerprinzip.

One reason we know they're fascists.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-17 01:55 PM | Reply

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