After that Atlantic story and Bob Woodward’s tapes, I wondered if the big blue “Trump 2020” flags would still be flying along a two-lane highway near my old Kentucky home.
Tapes brought Richard Nixon down. Woodward’s tapes reveal that Trump knew from the start how deadly COVID-19 was. But, according to a New York Times editorial, the president “spent weeks insisting in public that the coronavirus was no worse than a seasonal flu….nearly 200,000 people in the United States have already died….imagine what this picture could look like today if the president had been honest with the American public…calmly taking charge of the nation’s response to the pandemic and [doing] his best to protect them.”
The Atlantic story said that Trump demeaned soldiers killed and wounded in battle as "losers“ and "suckers,” according to multiple anonymous sources. (The story’s main elements have been confirmed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN, and a FOX News reporter.)
Trump trashed The Atlantic story as “a hoax” and Woodward’s book (and the tapes it’s based on) as a “hit job.” Not surprisingly, the flag fliers are standing by their man. I’d bet next month’s Social Security check that most other Ever Trumpers are too.
Neither slams from a draft evader nor lies about the disease outbreak can separate Ever Trumpers from their Great White Hope.
In contrast, forty-six years ago, Nixon resigned after most Republican bigwigs jumped ship.
Nixon had hung on for months, but eventually, he faced almost-certain impeachment, removal from office, and possibly jail time. “In the end, what brought Nixon down was Barry Goldwater and other Republican senators turning on him,” said Murray State University historian Brian Clardy.
Even so, he doubts that Trump will quit or that Mitch McConnell and other GOP Senate leaders will march on the White House. “McConnell has been an enabler for Trump from the beginning, and history is going to remember him for that,” Clardy said.
History will be no kinder to Trump, who was elected after pandering to the most pernicious infections in the body politic: racism, sexism, misogyny, nativism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious prejudice.
Some people will vote for Trump despite his racism, a Washington Post reporter said on TV the other night. She meant white people.
Four years ago, a slew of other white folks voted for Trump because he’s a racist. It looks like millions will do likewise this year, more than a few of them in the Bluegrass State where I’ve lived all my 70 years.
Neither slams from a draft evader against soldiers who sacrificed lives and limbs nor lies about the deadliest disease outbreak in a century will separate the bulk of Ever Trumpers from their Great White Hope.