The American president has refused to defend America. That is, as far as I can tell, an unprecedented development in American history. Even when delusional conservatives were railing on and on about President Obama, they usually stopped short of seriously complaining that he had sold out the country in deference to a hostile foreign nation.
Because it’s an act so astonishing, so unprecedented that it’s hard to seriously fathom.
And yet, on Monday, there was Trump, standing alongside Vladamir Putin — a man whose 12 military officers were indicted by the American Department of Justice just 72 hours ago for hacking an American election — at a press conference. That brings the total number of Russian citizens indicted by Robert Mueller and his team to 25.
But that didn’t stop Trump from meeting with Putin. And it didn’t stop the two from presenting a cozy relationship.
And it didn’t stop the American president from proclaiming that the relationship with Russia — strained for the past four years, he said — got “a lot better about four hours ago.” And it didn’t stop the American president from saying during a press conference on foreign soil, standing side by side with a foreign adversary, that he had as much faith in the adversary’s words as he does in the American intelligence agencies’ investigation and his own DOJ’s indictment.
It was an utterly deplorable scene.
And one that Republicans appear too ignorant to understand.
Let me be clear: That is not an assessment of Republicans’ intelligence. It is an assessment of Republicans’ sources of information.
It has left them ignorant of basic facts and completely lost when it comes to details that should be widely known and accepted facts by now.
How badly misled are GOP voters?
Consider this: On Monday — again, just 72 hours after the DOJ announced the hacking indictments — a candidate for Alabama Attorney General, Troy King, a former attorney general in the state, invited and advertised that Trump advisor Roger Stone would be in Alabama to endorse King. Because King’s campaign has taken the temperature of the Alabama GOP voters and determined that such an endorsement would aid King.
This is the same Roger Stone who exchanged messages with one of the most prominent Russian hackers in an attempt to obtain the hacked information. While he wasn’t named in Friday’s indictment, he was all-but-named in Friday’s indictment, as a person “in regular contact with the Trump campaign.”
It is widely believed that charges against Stone are forthcoming. Stone’s finances have already been investigated by Mueller’s team and Stone is on record saying he expects to be indicted.
But somehow, Alabama GOP voters see the guy as a trustworthy source of political advice.
There’s only one possibility for how that can be: Those voters are ignorant of Stone’s transgressions and of the seriousness of the Russian interference in our elections.
Republicans have encapsulated themselves in a bubble. And the only thing that is allowed into that bubble are sources that confirm their already held beliefs. Anything that deviates from those beliefs even slightly — no matter how grounded in reality that information might be — is dismissed as “lib’rul fake news.”
Except … it’s not.
I seriously wonder how conservatives never feel embarrassed by the misguided and things they believe. Like that Obama was behind Benghazi. Or that Hillary Clinton sold uranium to Russia. Or that Obama wasn’t born in America. Or that the IRS was targeting Republicans. Or that unemployment under Obama was fake but is real under Trump.
All along, us sane people have tried to convey to you that your continued shunning of legitimate news sources could become detrimental to the country.
And now, here we are.
An American president is actively “paling around” with dictators, selling out American law enforcement and lifelong patriots and undermining the American government for personal gain repeatedly, and you’re making excuses. You’re parroting the orange buffoon and calling it all one grand witch hunt.