I used to occasionally argue with MAGAs before I realized I’d have better luck trying to convince Wile E. Coyote not to jump off the cliff in his Acme Batman Suit. He always jumps, and it always ends in disaster.
I’ve never understood how you can spend more than a minute watching Donald Trump and not know he’s a con man. From day one, his administration held roughly the same promise as a Groupon for a Tijuana donkey show. And it still managed to disappoint. MAGAs are sure Trump was sent by God, but if there’s any kind of divine intercession happening, it’s a lusty supernatural dick punch. And, anyway, God was unable to stop Joe Biden’s inauguration, so there’s that.
But it’s now an article of faith among Republicans that the 2020 election was rigged against Donald Trump—though somehow not against Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Susan Collins. In fact, a recent CNN poll showed that 70% of Republicans still think Biden didn’t legitimately win the election.
And then there’s this nut:
So as you can clearly see, consensus reality just isn’t their thing anymore. And the delusions simply won’t clear away. Take, for instance, this soupçon of lunacy from a MAGA mite in Michigan.
Debra Ell, a Republican organizer in Michigan and fervent supporter of former president Donald Trump, said she has good reason to believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
“I think I speak for many people in that Trump has never actually been wrong, and so we’ve learned to trust when he says something, that he’s not just going to spew something out there that’s wrong and not verified,” she said, referring to Trump’s baseless claims that widespread electoral fraud caused his loss to President Biden in November.
“Trump has never actually been wrong.”
I don’t even know where to start. Well, okay, I do. I’ll open with disinfectant in your veins and humbly rest my case with sunlamps up your ass. I really don’t think we need to go any further than that.
But, hey, I’m sure the Branch Davidians thought David Koresh was infallible, too. Ditto for Jim Jones and Charlie Manson.
This sort of doctrinal purity has corroded what’s left of the Republican Party. Rep. Liz Cheney is now persona non grata among many of her fellow travelers because she voted to impeach Trump, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict Adipose Wrecks, is now poised to get a MAGA primary challenger. And Republicans in Arizona recently approved the silliest, most unhinged, most nakedly partisan election audit in our nation’s history.
But this delusion-palooza isn’t just happening in D.C. and Arizona. It’s metastasized throughout the country.
Several local Republicans have either stepped down or been forced out of their party positions for not supporting Trump’s baseless election claims or for criticizing the former president’s role in inciting the deadly Capitol riot. In Iowa — after telling a local newspaper that Trump should be impeached for his “atrocious conduct” in egging on the Jan. 6 attacks — Dave Millage was called a “traitor” and forced to step down as chair of the Scott County Republican Party. In Missouri, the state’s Republican Party executive director, Jean Evans, resigned from her term several weeks early amid angry and threatening calls from Trump supporters, who urged her to do more to help Trump hold onto the White House after his loss in November.
I have mixed feelings about this. If the Republican Party is divided along sane/insane fault lines, that might dilute their power. That said, the insane contingent appears to be winning, while the sanes have either been intimidated into toeing the new party line or are in the process of being exiled to Snake Island.
And what can we do? Not much, other than sit back and watch the GOP self-destruct while hoping the collateral damage can somehow be contained.
After all, there’s simply no arguing with “Trump has never actually been wrong.”
Where can you possibly go from there, other than to hell and back?
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