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March 29, 2020

Conservatives launch efforts to stop the ‘scourge of Trumpism’ as Republicans abandon Lincoln’s example

A poll indicates Republicans favor Trump over Lincoln. Now some conservatives are desperately trying to save the GOP from Trump.

Finally, as Trump faces impeachment in the House on December 18, some Republicans are strongly coming out against the “scourge of Trumpism,” forming a super PAC called The Lincoln Project. The group hopes to remind Republicans that Trump is not a better president than Lincoln, as they indicated in a recent poll, believe it or not.

In the New York Times, the group founded by George T. Conway III, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson posted an Op-Ed that states:

“The president and his enablers have replaced conservatism with an empty faith led by a bogus prophet.”

And, “Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption.”

A co-founder of the project, GOP strategist Rick Wilson appeared to talk about it on Deadline, MSNBC. The Lincoln Project has already raised a million dollars, according to anchor Nicolle Wallace, who noted that the founders “are opening up the secrets of how Republicans win campaigns and putting them to use to defeat the Republican president.”

Wilson indicates that he and his fellow conservative founders think that nothing is more important than removing Trump from office as a “danger to this country” who could do “incredibly cataclysmic damage” if he holds a second term.

“…We recognize that you have a long road to rebuild something that matters as an active, positive force in American society – Instead of being something that is dedicated to the sole defense of a man who is overtly criminal, overtly corrupt, and who has diminished the office of the presidency, and diminished this country in meaningful ways,” explained Wilson.

Wilson called out the Republicans who he says are “getting away with murder right now,” privately saying they know Trump is doing wrong but then putting on their red Trump hats in public and pretending “all is good in the world” as the “furrow their brows.”

Sadly, Wilson laments that there are no signs of heroes emerging in the Republican ranks, particularly in the senate, as Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have declared they will not hold impartial impeachment hearings.

“Today this entire senate process that we’re seeing emerge right now – there are no heroes in the Republican party right now, and some of those folks need to understand that there is a political cost to being part of Donald Trump’s orbit,” said Wilson.

Wilson has referred to the six-page letter that Trump sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the even of House impeachment “six pages of pure crazy weapons-grade nuts.”

Former Trump friend shames Trump voters

Wilson appeared on the show with Donny Deutsch, who has appeared on three seasons of “The Apprentice” with Trump. At one time, Deutsch considered Trump a friend. However, since Trump won the White House, Deutsch has been one of his worst critics.

In a previous MSNBC appearance, Deutsch spoke directly to “the white people out there” who are still supporting Trump, using the flimsy and flawed excuse that Trump is creating a strong economy.

Deutsch unloaded on Trump supporters, shaming them for looking the other way as the 45th president endangers our country. Transcript from Daily Kos:

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“Enough is enough, and I want to talk to the white people out there. Okay? I want to talk to wealthy white people. Because I’ve had it. I’ve had discussions when I talk to friends, people I know, ‘He’s good for the economy, but he’s good for the economy. They’re all jerks anyway.’ No, no, it’s time. By the way, if you’re somebody who’s poor, and you believe Donald Trump is going to get you a job, maybe you don’t have the luxury of a moral imperative, okay? But everybody else, shame on you at this point.”

“Enough. This is where you stand up, and if you don’t, you own it. And I talked about this yesterday. You are no different than, if you are on a subway train, and you saw four white nationalists screaming at an African-American woman, ‘Go home, go back where you came from!’ If you vote for Trump, it’s like you’re going like this [looks down]. And own it. No more ‘he’s good for the economy,’ no more ‘well, they’re all jerks, he just says these things.’ We are heading to such a dangerous place. And guess what? You look at history, it can happen here. Maybe it’s the Jews next. Oh, oh, oh, I forgot, his daughter is married to a Jew. Who says? Who says?”

“And I come from a place, I come from a group of people where it happened to — 6 million of them. And I’m not saying Trump is that person, but every playbook that’s happening, every single playbook — creating the other, getting rich people to look the other way, getting people to not trust the press, getting the judicial system in your pocket, getting an entire branch of government, the legislative branch, the Republicans, to just march with you. To act above the law, to say that you’re going to put your adversaries in jail. … And now, hey you, dark person, if you don’t like it here, go back from where you came. Boy, it’s time for us, and time for white people, who maybe it’s not so great for your pocketbook, go in and look at your children and decide who you are.”

See the video below:

Can Republicans stop the scourge of Trumpism before it’s too late, or have they abandoned Lincoln’s example forever?


Featured image: Lincoln via Wikipedia with Trump via Flickr (CC BY SA-2.0)

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