GOP Cruelty Pleases Their Constituents
I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it. As it is presently constituted, the GOP represents a small minority of people in this country who think being cruel to people is a virtue.
We all know about the disgraced former president. We’ve seen the hatred he spewed as president and now as a private citizen. He is the standard-bearer for this type of behavior. He’s got a group in Congress who continue to support him no matter what. And, if he’s indicted, we know that support would continue. Many of those same GOP politicians mirror the personality of their dear leader, who relishes every chance he gets to insult and lie with impunity.
And they wouldn’t do it were it not for millions of people in this country who love every minute of it. And they do not cross the former president because they know the death threats and intimidation that will come with any denunciation or criticism they might level at him. Thus, they go along to stay in power, spewing racist comments and memes, making fun of the vulnerable and needy, and calling Democrats every name in the book.
It’s not just members of Congress, of course. We’ve got crackpot governors who do the same, some with lofty political ambitions. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida fits the bill, but so does Greg Abbott of Texas. It’s hard to distinguish which of these men is worse, but they’re doing their best to outdo the other.
If I had to rank the two, DeSantis would probably nudge Abbott out on the despicable meter, but only by a hair or two. The recent political stunt by DeSantis, gathering up asylum seekers in Texas and sending them to Martha’s Vineyard to supposedly showcase hypocritical sanctuary cities and embarrass President Biden, was one of the most brazen attempts to exploit human beings for political gain as you’ll ever see.
Again, though, why would he do such a thing? You would think most governors would never try such a stunt because of the backlash and ensuing criticism. Well, you and I would be wrong. Because we know that MAGA world and a massive chunk of the GOP are not only ok with what DeSantis is doing, they can barely hide their glee. Instead of immediately thinking DeSantis is toast in his…