It’s hard to know when to take Republicans seriously.
On the one hand, you’ve got those who support Donald Trump. They’re steadfast in their resolve to unequivocally stand by the Party, no matter who leads it. Some even agree with his agenda, despicable though it is. I believe we have to take them seriously, because at this point, supporting Donald Trump is like having a “W ’04” bumper sticker: At first you were just stupid, but now you’re an asshole. You take assholes seriously.
On the other hand, there are those in the GOP who perhaps have shady pasts, or who I (we) have criticized in the past, who have expressed reservations about The Empire. They haven’t quite become converts to the Jedi Council or anything, but they are beginning to suspect Palpatine is up to something. I don’t know what to do with these guys. Do we trust that maybe they’re coming around? Are they covering their asses? It’s just plain hard to tell.
That’s the case with Rep Mark Sanford, Republican of South Carolina. He went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, and sort of broke with the GOP talking points:
I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again not in anyway totally, but partially to blame for the demons that have been unleashed.
I mean, that’s kind of a negative thing to say about Trump, right? Sanford definitely fits the profile of not-quite-converts: He’s that one guy who used to be governor of SC until, um…
Those Republicans are not the majority.
We could forgive Sanford his past, we really could! If only he wasn’t still palling around with those other assholes. You know, like Rep. Lamar Smith, from a few states over in Texas. Aside from his batshit crazy ideas about rape, science, and immigration, Smith likes to give House floor speeches like the one he gave Thursday:
The media’s constant barrage of personal attacks can incite someone to take irrational actions. The American people deserve better than a biased media. For the sake of our country, let’s hope they will drop their abusive language.
That is more like it. Give me predictable Republicans every time.
Featured image via flickr/Mike Licht, “Mark Sanford’s Spiritual Advisor”
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