Why Big GOP Hates Donald Trump

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Why Big GOP Hates Donald Trump

by baldilocks

Peo­ple love to be lied to and smooth-​talked. Con­versely, they hate frank speak­ers who tell them the truth. This is part of the rea­son that there is still love and nos­tal­gia for For­mer Pres­i­dent Obama and a wide­spread vis­ceral hatred of Pres­i­dent Trump. I’m not immune, but I have recovered.

Admit­tedly, hav­ing a plain-​spoken, abra­sive pres­i­dent was jar­ring to me at first. Then I began to think back on the last two pres­i­dents, both pathetic blow­ers of back­side smoke from the two “oppos­ing” par­ties lulling many of us to sleep with their sweet dul­cet tones.

Me again:

One thing that many foes and even sup­port­ers of Don­ald Trump hate is his refusal to play the accepted role of “states­man.” (As I typed that last word, the notion of “the state’s man” popped into my head, that is, a man who is owned by the state.)

Rush Lim­baugh:

And here comes Don­ald Trump, and there is nobody even the peo­ple that vote for him gonna tell you he’s a paragon of virtue. He’s a paragon of some kinds of virtues, but he’s not a paragon of char­ac­ter, and there’s nobody in the world who expects him to be and nobody voted for him hop­ing he would be.

It wasn’t the slight­est bit of a fac­tor for peo­ple who voted for him. Because the sit­u­a­tion on the ground, the real­ity of life in Amer­ica is far more dan­ger­ous. Stop­ping Hillary Clin­ton was para­mount. There’s noth­ing else that mat­tered. There was noth­ing else that got even close to mat­ter­ing. Stop­ping Hillary Clin­ton and the con­tin­u­a­tion and the inten­si­fi­ca­tion of the Obama agenda meant sav­ing this country.

Well, the Rom­ney crowd thinks that’s laugh­able. Country’s never threat­ened. Amer­ica doesn’t need to be saved. Amer­ica is Amer­ica. There’s noth­ing that’ll ever hap­pen to Amer­ica, cer­tainly not inter­nally. And they think the idea that America’s in some kind of cri­sis is lit­er­ally laugh­able. And they think you’re a kook if you think so. Many of them proudly announce they voted for Hillary, they were so repulsed by Don­ald Trump! (…)

Obama’s char­ac­ter was unas­sail­able. And by char­ac­ter, I mean, the guy wasn’t a phi­lan­derer, he lied, yeah, but they were polit­i­cal lies and you know how peo­ple look at polit­i­cal lies.

But in terms of being a rogue or being a dubi­ous kad, he wasn’t. And the guy was just as destruc­tive as any­body we’ve had in the Oval Office in terms of pol­icy. And that’s what these peo­ple can’t get past. They look at Obama as the model! Well, the prob­lem is that most Repub­li­can vot­ers these days do not accept this premise that Trump’s char­ac­ter is more impor­tant than what he’s doing. Because what he’s doing trumps every­thing as far as his vot­ers are con­cerned, and Rom­ney can­not fathom this, nor can the Never Trumpers.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that a lot of Trump vot­ers find his char­ac­ter, his tweet­ing and his direct, on-​point talk at peo­ple as part of his virtue. The guy’s will­ing to say it like it is. The guy’s will­ing to get out­side the nor­mal polit­i­cal bound­aries and call these peo­ple out, and we’ve been want­ing that. And not to be gra­tu­itously attack­ing, just tell the truth about it to peo­ple. To some peo­ple this is a char­ac­ter virtue. It isn’t a defect.

Empha­sis mine.

About that line I empha­sized: a lot of con­ser­v­a­tives bashed the major­ity of black vot­ers for the pride of hav­ing a pres­i­dent who is of African her­itage; who looks like them. But the GOP intel­li­gentsia is no dif­fer­ent about Repub­li­can pres­i­dents: they would rather have a pres­i­dent who “looks” like them as well — mean­ing one who speaks, acts, and behaves in a pre-​approved manner.

Many black vot­ers still don’t care that they were worse off while the brown and smil­ing Pres­i­dent Obama was in office. And Big GOP doesn’t care that rough, rude, orange-​skinned Pres­i­dent Trump is imple­ment­ing many of the poli­cies for which Big GOP claims to stand.

All both groups care about is appear­ance. They care about the main­te­nance of their feel­ings over the good of the coun­try itself.

And, yes, the atti­tude dis­played by Sen­a­tor Rom­ney and by much of the GOP intel­li­gentsia is merely pride, though it’s very well cam­ou­flaged by haughty finger-​wagging – well, it’s not that well dis­guised since rab­ble like me can see it from miles away. As Rush points out, the intel­li­gentsia is no longer being lis­tened to and stamp their feet because of that alone.

Here’s some­thing that Rush doesn’t address when he com­pares the Amer­i­can public’s reac­tion to then Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton’s indis­cre­tions and to those of Pres­i­dent Trump’s: the lat­ter has never pre­tended to be a Boy Scout nor has he lied and said, “I did not pay off that woman, Ms. Daniels.” Nor has the lat­ter done his thing while in the Oval Office.

This is related to what I said in the first part of this post regard­ing smoke-​blowing. What­ever kind of truth is being told, it will always be painful to a great deal of ears and the own­ers of those ears would rather that you don’t tell it. Because if they accept it, they have to change. And change involves pain, often in the bank account.

Many peo­ple pre­fer cover-​ups. This is why, through­out his­tory, bear­ers of bad news have often been punished.

So it is that Big GOP con­tin­ues to pout and to try and pun­ish the Bearer of Bad News, one Don­ald J. Trump. The bad news? Big GOP was and is wrong.

The good news? The pres­i­dent doesn’t care and keeps on telling the truth and keep­ing his promises. That is virtue.

(Thanks to Don Surber)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Gab.

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by baldilocks

People love to be lied to and smooth-talked. Conversely, they hate frank speakers who tell them the truth. This is part of the reason that there is still love and nostalgia for Former President Obama and a widespread visceral hatred of President Trump. I’m not immune, but I have recovered.

Admittedly, having a plain-spoken, abrasive president was jarring to me at first. Then I began to think back on the last two presidents, both pathetic blowers of backside smoke from the two “opposing” parties lulling many of us to sleep with their sweet dulcet tones.

Me again:

One thing that many foes and even supporters of Donald Trump hate is his refusal to play the accepted role of “statesman.” (As I typed that last word, the notion of “the state’s man” popped into my head, that is, a man who is owned by the state.)

Rush Limbaugh:

And here comes Donald Trump, and there is nobody even the people that vote for him gonna tell you he’s a paragon of virtue.  He’s a paragon of some kinds of virtues, but he’s not a paragon of character, and there’s nobody in the world who expects him to be and nobody voted for him hoping he would be.

It wasn’t the slightest bit of a factor for people who voted for him. Because the situation on the ground, the reality of life in America is far more dangerous. Stopping Hillary Clinton was paramount. There’s nothing else that mattered. There was nothing else that got even close to mattering. Stopping Hillary Clinton and the continuation and the intensification of the Obama agenda meant saving this country.

Well, the Romney crowd thinks that’s laughable. Country’s never threatened. America doesn’t need to be saved. America is America. There’s nothing that’ll ever happen to America, certainly not internally. And they think the idea that America’s in some kind of crisis is literally laughable. And they think you’re a kook if you think so. Many of them proudly announce they voted for Hillary, they were so repulsed by Donald Trump! (…)

Obama’s character was unassailable. And by character, I mean, the guy wasn’t a philanderer, he lied, yeah, but they were political lies and you know how people look at political lies.

But in terms of being a rogue or being a dubious kad, he wasn’t. And the guy was just as destructive as anybody we’ve had in the Oval Office in terms of policy. And that’s what these people can’t get past. They look at Obama as the model! Well, the problem is that most Republican voters these days do not accept this premise that Trump’s character is more important than what he’s doing. Because what he’s doing trumps everything as far as his voters are concerned, and Romney cannot fathom this, nor can the Never Trumpers.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that a lot of Trump voters find his character, his tweeting and his direct, on-point talk at people as part of his virtue. The guy’s willing to say it like it is. The guy’s willing to get outside the normal political boundaries and call these people out, and we’ve been wanting that. And not to be gratuitously attacking, just tell the truth about it to people. To some people this is a character virtue. It isn’t a defect.

Emphasis mine.

About that line I emphasized: a lot of conservatives bashed the majority of black voters for the pride of having a president who is of African heritage; who looks like them. But the GOP intelligentsia is no different about Republican presidents: they would rather have a president who “looks” like them as well — meaning one who speaks, acts, and behaves in a pre-approved manner.

Many black voters still don’t care that they were worse off while the brown and smiling President Obama was in office. And Big GOP doesn’t care that rough, rude, orange-skinned President Trump is implementing many of the policies for which Big GOP claims to stand.

All both groups care about is appearance. They care about the maintenance of their feelings over the good of the country itself.

And, yes, the attitude displayed by Senator Romney and by much of the GOP intelligentsia is merely pride, though it’s very well camouflaged by haughty finger-wagging – well, it’s not that well disguised since rabble like me can see it from miles away. As Rush points out, the intelligentsia is no longer being listened to and stamp their feet because of that alone.

Here’s something that Rush doesn’t address when he compares the American public’s reaction to then President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions and to those of President Trump’s: the latter has never pretended to be a Boy Scout nor has he lied and said, “I did not pay off that woman, Ms. Daniels.” Nor has the latter done his thing while in the Oval Office.

This is related to what I said in the first part of this post regarding smoke-blowing. Whatever kind of truth is being told, it will always be painful to a great deal of ears and the owners of those ears would rather that you don’t tell it. Because if they accept it, they have to change. And change involves pain, often in the bank account.

Many people prefer cover-ups. This is why, throughout history, bearers of bad news have often been punished.

So it is that Big GOP continues to pout and to try and punish the Bearer of Bad News, one Donald J. Trump. The bad news? Big GOP was and is wrong.

The good news? The president doesn’t care and keeps on telling the truth and keeping his promises. That is virtue.

(Thanks to Don Surber)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!