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Diehard Trump Supporters

The anonymous New York Times op-ed piece trashing Trump sent Democratic hopes soaring.

The loyal opposition prayed the story would steel the spines of Republican bigwigs to speak truth to power and finally 'fess up that the emperor has no duds.

Instead, White House insiders are falling all over themselves to deny authorship. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP brass are still aboard the Trump clown car.

"The root of the problem is the president’s amorality," warned the unnamed author, who claimed to "work for the president" and allying himself or herself with "like-minded colleagues...to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations."

Sorry, Democrats, hogs will fly before this GOP will ever dump Trump.

In a recent tweet, Rep. Eric Swalwall put the blame for Trump's "crazytown" White House squarely where it belongs: "...at the feet of a GOP Congress's absolute failure to check the President." Because lawmakers "won't check him...cowardly aides who won't speak up publicly have gone rogue."

The fact that they—including the tell-all-but-his-or-her-name Times guest columnist—are too timid to tell who they are should give Democrats pause. They're hardly examples of profiles-in-courage.

Meanwhile, a slew of Never Trumpers has switched to independent. Most of his Republican House and Senate critics are opting against additional terms.

What's left is a party of Ever Trumpers. I know. I live in western Kentucky, Trump country where white folks still dote on The Donald.

Trump isn't dividing the GOP. His policies have forged a white quadruple alliance of plutocrats, George Babbitts, neo-Confederate yahoos and Christians of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you-persuasion.

Trump isn't dividing the GOP. His policies have forged a white quadruple alliance of plutocrats, George Babbitts, neo-Confederate yahoos and Christians of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you-persuasion.

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They're not about to derail their gravy train with Trump at the throttle.

Oh, the big-city fat cats and the small-town bougies might wince at the president’s publicly boorish bigotry, but only because they think it's bad for business and makes them look bad, to boot.

By themselves, more than a few yacht clubbers—and Republicans who live in Middle America's real Zeniths—spew varying degrees of racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia while making fun of the red-capped rubes who whoop and holler at Trump rallies.

Upper-class and upper-middle-class Republicans will stick with the president because he’s delivering the goods for them. He's cutting their taxes (and his). He's busting unions.

He's slashing government regulations that cost business owners, big and small, money by compelling them to make their workplaces safer and the environment tidier and forcing them to protect consumers against shoddy and even dangerous products.

Old-fashioned, greed-is-good Social Darwinism is back. Okay, it never left with Nixon, Reagan and Bush I and II.

Simultaneously, latter-day Johnny Rebs are clinging like grim death to their Great White Hope. Trump's a Yankee from New York City. But his heart's in Dixie where he's taking his stand for reprising white supremacy. Jeff Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Bilbo, and Big Jim Eastland would love the guy David Duke loves.

It’s no coincidence that deepest Trumpistan is the old Confederacy—and some border state sections like my neck of the woods. Hereabouts, racial and religious prejudice jibe like white beans and cornbread. Trump is the rock upon which churches of the praise-Jesus-and-vote-Republican gospel is preached.

I hope I’m wrong. But I’d bet next month’s Social Security check that Trump’s quadripartite GOP will weather this latest storm. Unfazed will be the tycoons, the local chamber of commerce movers-and-shakers, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the faithful who warm the pews in houses of worship where liberalism is equated with Old Scratch himself.

Trump is the GOP’s man for all seasons, the Koch sibs, Steve King, Roy Moore and Franklin Graham all-in-one. There's no way the Republicans will forsake such a president who's everything to everybody in their party, which looks more like the party of Jeff Davis than of Abe Lincoln.

Berry Craig

Berry Craig