Eugene Robinson gets it right – blame Republicans as much as Trump

Shortly after 5 PM Monday, Robinson’s column for Tuesday’s Washington Post, titled Republicans embrace Trump’s racism. Blame them as much as him., went live.

It is well worth the read.

Robinson begins with a two-sentence paragraph

Donald Trump’s presidency is melting down into a noxious stew of racism, failure and farce. With breathtaking cynicism, the Republican Party pretends not to notice.

and he is off to the races.

He thinks Trump may have chosen to start this pie fight to distract from his “humiliating surrender” surrender on the issue of the citizenship question on the census.

We then read the following paragraph, one of several that are powerful and cut to the heart of the matter:

“Trump is a racist” does not exactly qualify as breaking news. But the silence from prominent Republicans is staggering — and telling. It amounts to collaboration — perhaps “collusion” is a better word — with the president’s assault on diversity and pluralism. In the coming campaign, you will hear Republican candidates at every level claim to be colorblind and embrace all Americans regardless of race or ethnicity. Do not believe them. Their failure to speak out now tells us everything we need to know about their true feelings.

I really like that invocation of “collusion.”