If the Party of Trump had any integrity
by Tom Sullivan
They are the Real Americans™. Just ask them. Some carry pocket constitutions the way preachers carry bibles. See? They believe in America, the red, white and blue bunting, county-fair version, just not in the messy, multiethnic, democratic one. And especially not in any democratic one in which people who look and believe like them are not firmly in control. By popular majority, if possible; by election-rigging, if necessary. Just as the presidency of Donald Trump has exposed design flaws in our system of government, it has also exposed Republican patriotic posturing as flag-hugging jingoism at its core. [Insert #notallrepublicans here.]
Oh, they love their country. The one they believe is theirs and theirs alone. Their birthright. Unchallenged by lesser-thans.
Certainly, Donald Trump is the perfect phony patriot for phony patriots. He's spent his life as front man for a phony business empire propped up for decades by tax fraud and daddy's money. After daddy left the scene, reportage suggests, Trump's Potemkin empire has been propped up by money and launderers.
But most of that was before he took office in 2017. David Leonhardt lists a bill of particulars against Trump-the-president not so unlike those against George III in the Declaration of Independence:
He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.You get the picture. "Just the facts, in 40 sentences," reads the online subhead.
He urged a foreign country to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.
He divulged classified information to foreign officials.
He publicly undermined American intelligence agents while standing next to a hostile foreign autocrat.
He hired a national security adviser whom he knew had secretly worked as a foreign lobbyist.
He encourages foreign leaders to enrich him and his family by staying at his hotels.