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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 05:41 PM

2. Not really. Trump is part of a continuum.

The anti-Trump Republicans want to sell everyone on the idea that there's some clear demarcation, so that they can go back to being the pre-Trump Republican Party that made Trump possible, which doesn't make any logical sense.

They continue to worship at the altar of Saint Ronnie without acknowledging the linkage between the rise of Trump and the white backlash to the Civil Rights Movement and Nixon's Southern Strategy in the 1960s, the Powell Memo and creation of the Moral Majority in the 1970s, Reagan's dog whistling (like kicking off his campaign with a speech on "states' rights" less than 10 miles from where 3 civil rights workers were murdered) in the 1980s, and so on.

Trump is a symptom and part of a continuum. As intelligent and articulate as the likes of Steve Schmidt are, these anti-Trump Republicans are in denial...the alternative is coming to terms with what they helped make possible. Denial helps assuage guilt, so they opt for denial.

I worry very much about what the dominant narrative will be after Trump is gone. Republicans will try very hard to establish a narrative that is downright dangerous and will only allow for Trump 2.0. Democrats better be ready and better understand the importance of establishing narrative in the public consciousness. Being on the defensive (as we've been against the "liberal media" narrative for the last 30+ years) is a losing position.

As for GHWB specifically, his rhetoric and personality was softer, you could say, than some other Republicans, but he still played a role in making Trump possible.

Republicans aren't merely people with a different take on the role of government or tax rates. They support legislation that they *know* destroys lives. They know they are taking health care coverage from people. They know they are polluting the air and water. They know they are starting wars for profit. They know they are fomenting and exploiting racism and sexism. And so on. They've been doing so for many, many years.

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