“To be a faithful Republican, one should be both a sucker or a liar,” wrote Gerson, a former speechwriter for ex-President George W. Bush.
“And since this defining falsehood (concerning the election) is so clearly and laughably false, we will be able to safely suppose that almost all Republican leaders who embody it fall into the second one class,” he endured. “Knowingly repeating a lie — an act of immorality — is now the proof of Republican constancy.”
Gerson mentioned “a founding lie” like Trump’s election fraud conspiracy concept is “meant to take away fans from the messy international of info and proof,” “exchange essential judgment with non-public loyalty” and “inspire mistrust of each supply of social authority adverse to the chief’s transferring will.”
Trump’s supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 “appeared fairly trustworthy” with their perspectives, mentioned Gerson, who additionally famous it’s tough to grasp whether or not “congenital liar” Trump in point of fact believes his falsehoods.
“No, it’s the elected Republicans who’re mendacity with open eyes, out of concern or cynicism, who’ve essentially the most to make amends for,” he concluded. “With the well being of U.S. democracy at stake, their excuses are disgraceful.”
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