I remember way back in the late summer and early fall of 2015, when Donald Trump made the claim, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose voters.” And for the most part, he’s been right. His support among his followers has been cult-like. Making excuse after excuse for being let down.
When candidate Trump threw his hat into the ring for president, he brought with him a side of the Republican Party that I did not think existed. I had always fought against the idea that the party was inherently racist or sexist or Islamophobic, and yet there was Donald Trump espousing the kind of inane ramblings that I had always defended my party from and people defended him. They defended him when he waffled on health care. They stuck up for him when he went full protectionist against anyone or anything outside the United States.
They loved the idea of deporting illegal immigrants and building a wall and making Mexico pay for it. They cheered wildly every time he made the grand pronouncement that the wall just got “10 feet higher.” They cheered with glee at the mention of locking up his political opponent. I was shocked and beyond saddened by what I saw was becoming of the party I had affiliated myself with. I told anyone who would listen that Trump isn’t a true conservative, and his values aren’t what the Republican Party is or should be built upon. My voice and the voices of those that agreed with me were proud #NeverTrump. But our voice was shouted down by those who had a larger stage and grander medium to reach people.
I told anyone who would listen that Trump isn’t a true conservative, and his values aren’t what the Republican Party is or should be built upon. My voice and the voices of those that agreed with me were proud #NeverTrump. But our voice was shouted down by those who had a larger stage and grander medium to reach people. TV personalities like Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs and Ann Coulter sold their conservative soul to a con-artist. Radio hosts like Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, a former congressman from Illinois Joe Walsh, Mark Levin (to a lesser extent) all harpooned actual conservatives and worshipped at the altar of Trump. Most of them, as well as many Trump supporters, are beginning to get buyers remorse.
We were all promised oh so much winning. There’s the video proof if you don’t believe me. His followers surely aren’t getting a lot of winning. Much to their chagrin, “Crooked” Hillary remains at large, according to a new poll that came out to today Jeff Flake is down 27 points to his challenger. Republicans lost open seats to Democrats in New Hampshire and Oklahoma the other night, he’s waffled back and forth on DACA. When exactly is all of this winning supposed to take place? For the record, I don’t think that you can just round up “Dreamers” and force them to leave. It’s inhuman to do so, but his most ardent supporters sure can’t be happy with what they’ve heard the last week.
The death-blow may have come last night. President Trump had a dinner with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and according to the AP they struck a deal to “protect young immigrants; it includes border security.” But the deal that was struck makes no mention of the wall that candidate Trump consistently talked about. Needless to say, most of his supporters were furious.
Ann Coulter, author of the book, In Trump We Trust; (a totally noncult-ish name for a book right?) responded: Better tell Trump’s 63 million voters! To the story, the White House tried pushing out that the president had always backed amnesty.
Joe Walsh was apoplectic to the news of the deal between Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer last night; saying, “Hey conservatives! We no longer have a friend in the White House. He stands for open borders with Pelosi. Time to fight and fight hard.”
In response to the AP story of the Trumps deal, Laura Ingraham tweeted out: “Exactly what @realDonaldTrump campaigned on. Not.” In another tweet, she lamented “ONLY deal that MIGHT make sense for #DACA is RAISE Act+E-Verify+Wall. Dems’ “Border security” pledge is MEANINGLESS. @realDonaldTrump”
Each of these people, who betrayed everything they once claimed to have believed in just to get back at the mythical boogeyman that is the GOP Establishment, are quickly beginning to realize that the first and only commandment of Trumpism is “Thou shalt do whatever brings the best media coverage to me.” They’re beginning to see that the man they championed has no inner compass that points in any conservative direction.
Of course, there’s still going to be those who are so far into the cult of Trumpism that they’ll claim he’s playing some 4-dimensional chess that us mere mortals simply fail to grasp. Or, you can just be like Sean Hannity who did the most stupid thing one could do. Instead of laying the blame at his idol, Trump, he did some form of truly impressive mental gymnastics to blame Republicans. When the AP story broke, this is what Mr. Hannity tweeted out in derangement: “If reports true 100%. I blame R’s. They caused this. They wanted him to fail and now pushed him into arms of political suicide–IF TRUE.” You can’t fix stupid, and some members of the Church of Trump seem to be beyond redemption. But for the most part, it looks like the cult that was the Church of Trump is finally starting to show some cracks in its foundation.