As the nation picks its collective jaw off the floor, the natural question is, “What now?” The answer is, it’s time for Republicans to not only denounce racism, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and their violence, they must finally, fully, abandon ship. So too, must every decent American who didn’t want a truth-challenged Clinton in the White House and voted for Donald Trump.
First, why is anyone surprised what Trump belied as his true self? As Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (an Asian) and Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly looked on in disbelief, Trump merely bared his dark soul as he has done so many times before. He showed that his Saturday “too little, too late” statement was a joke and a lie.
What now for Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn who has Jewish centers named after him in Ohio? He was also at the off-the-rails news conference.
Trump has a very long record of moral relativism which, ironically, has been the bane of all conservatives. He equated the murderous Vladimir Putin with activity by the CIA. He pointed out that Bill Clinton had done much worse than what he had said he could do to women. He compared the American intelligence community to Nazis.
To varying degrees, Republicans have spoken out against Trump’s win and nod to the deplorable racists. Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to refuse to couch his outrage in a way Trump’s base would find acceptable.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio did likewise.
Mr. President,you can’t allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain 5/6
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
Meanwhile, it’s time for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to abandon the SS Trump as it starts to list. Granted, they’ve been sitting in the lifeboats all along but never have had the courage to lower them into the water and paddle way. Some things are more important than ripping health care away from millions or rejiggering the tax code so the very wealthiest among us can get even wealthier.
One of the more laughable moments in the superlative-defying news conference was when he said he needed all the facts about Charlottesville before he could speak to it. That didn’t apply to his knee-jerk reactions to terrorism in Paris, San Bernardino, Orlando and elsewhere. He needed all of 15 minutes to denounce Merck COE Kenneth Frazier, an African American, when Frazier quit a presidential advisory board (others followed). There was no need to “know all the facts.” Conversely, the facts are clear in the bombing of the mosque in Bloomington, Minn. and yet not a peep from Trump.
For someone who “watched [Charlottesville] very closely, closer than anyone” Trump claimed not to know David Duke was there. Even worse, he claimed the white supremacists who marched Friday night were “good people” who were lawfully protesting “very quietly” the removing of a Robert E. Lee.
What now for people of conscience in the White House? How does Jared Kushner, an observant Jew, and his converted wife Ivanka Trump step foot in the White House? How does Gen. Kelly, who spent his entire adult life fighting for freedom, show up for work?
Even more important is how intelligent, reasonable, genuinely good people who voted for Trump react. Some people who I know who voted for Trump are loving, giving and simply didn’t want Hillary Clinton running our country. It’s is no moral failure to admit you were wrong, denounce Trump and work in any way you can—large or small—to bring about understanding and peace.
Elections have consequences and we are dealing with them now. We need peace. We need love. And we need to aggressively fight racism in every aspect of our lives.