- Trump’s summit with the North Korean dictator was a complete joke, somehow even worse than I had forecasted. And yet, in a fit of hypocrisy so overt that you simply cannot parody it, neither the “conservative” media, nor the GOP voting base, nor Republican elected officials showed even the slightest sign of reacting in the same way that they would have had Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton even thought about engaging in the same sort of insane capitulation to a Kim Jong Un.
- Trump’s cynical and dishonest O.J. Simpson-like undermining of the Mueller investigation, as well as his continuing, inexplicable sucking up to Russia, his bizarre voicing of his belief that he can pardon himself, and his over-the-top and inaccurate attacks on the news media, have all convinced me that, while I still have an open mind, Trump is very likely guilty of something serious enough to be disqualifying for a president of the United States. However, it has become exceedingly clear that the same “conservative” media, voter base, and GOP elected representatives are not going to do anything to even remotely rebuke Trump, even if Mueller comes up with O.J. Simpson-like evidence. A new poll shows that 34% of Republicans even say they wouldn’t have a problem with Trump pardoning himself!
- Trump was easily able to take out conservative Congressman Mark Sanford, with just a mid-election day tweet, all because Sanford had the gall to be critical of Trump in a highly credible fashion, without barely even a peep of support for Sanford coming from his gutless fellow conservatives in Congress.
- Republican voters in Virginia gave the nomination for a key senate race to unqualified alt-right nut-job Corey Stewart, and then Trump publicly embraced him.
- Republicans won’t even allow a vote on a conservative effort to reign in Trump’s power to create an ill-advised, and exceedingly un-conservative, trade war, all because they are afraid of offending their King.
Ever since I was nine years old, and I watched Ronald Reagan’s concession speech at the 1976 GOP convention cause tears to run down the cheeks of now-late mother’s eyes, I have been a staunch conservative Republican. In 2008, I was even a delegate to the Republican National Convention. While I once gave a campaign donation to my very good friend Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, I have never voted for a Democrat for a federal or state office in my life. This year, much to my amazement and disappointment, not only will I be likely be voting for Democrats at that level, I will actually be rooting for Democrats to win back at least the House of Representatives. While I have been heading in this direction for much of the Trump presidency, the last few days have finally pushed me over this previously incomprehensible edge. Here are some the recent reasons I have finally reached this point: