A few notes on: “Who is the dummy?”
A note on religion:
‘He was sent to us’: at church rally, evangelicals worship God and Trump (at least Trump was mentioned second by His worshippers who will continue to venerate him for all his many sins, just so long as he supports white supremacy and opposes a woman’s right to abortion).
A note on party before country, “That was then, this is now” version:
Then: Lindsey Graham, who is one of the president’s closest allies, warned that should the Turkish carry out an invasion of Syria, Congress would impose bipartisan sanctions that he expects to be “veto-proof,” and he said he has already spoken to Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen about the sanctions.
Then: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement that said that a “precipitous withdrawal” posed the danger of allowing ISIS to “regroup,” and he argued that a new conflict between Turkey and “our partners in Syria” would risk Turkey’s ties to the U.S. and cause it to be more isolated.
Then: Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted, “If reports about US retreat in #Syria are accurate, the Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.” He noted that it would “confirm #Iran’s view of this administration,” potentially causing an escalation in their attacks and possibly a broader regional war.
Then: Maine Senator Susan Collins called it a “terribly unwise decision by the president.”
Then: Utah Senator Mitt Romney tweeted that the pullback is a “betrayal” that “says America is an unreliable ally.” The move, he said, “facilitates ISIS resurgence” and “presages another humanitarian disaster.”
Then: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on “Fox and Friends” that “if you make a commitment, and somebody is fighting with you, America should keep their word.”
Then: Fox and Friends Host Brian Kilmeade urged McCarthy, “Call the president before it’s too late.”
Then: Trump tweeted: “If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off-limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”
Now: A member of U.S. Special Forces serving alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria told Fox News on Wednesday they were witnessing Turkish atrocities on the frontlines.
“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple continents. The hardened service member is among the 1,000 or so U.S. troops who remain in Syria.
“Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” the military source on the ground said. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks — none — from this side of the border.”
Now: Not “totally destroying and obliterating the Economy of Turkey (you’ve done before!).”
Now: “Kremlin-controlled state TV hosts throw buckets of mud on #Ukraine, insist it should investigate Biden and conclude that ‘Republican majority in the Senate won’t allow President Donald Trump—whom we elected— to be impeached. It’s impossible,’”
Now: Surveys have shown that Trump retains very high levels of support with Republicans: Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Kevin McCarthy, and Brian Kilmeade.
A note on Trump’s promises: Then: Trump pledged to release an unredacted transcript of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
So, now, about the title question: “Who is the dummy?”
Answer: We all are. He is the President, raking in illegal money and false honors. It is we who put him there. And half of America still believes what he says.
H.L.Mencken: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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