Guardian: Donald Trump isn’t the only villain – the Republican party shares the blame

Robert G Fresson illustration for Jonathan Freedland on Trump’s Republicans
Illustration by Robert G Fresson

Jonathan Freedland

Who’s the villain here? Naturally our rage focuses on Donald Trump, a pantomime baddie drawn, as he would put it, from central casting. But behind him stand many others, and it’s about time they shared in the opprobrium.

Start with the unfolding scandal over Trumpworld’s links with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and the increasingly close parallel with the Watergate affair that toppled Richard Nixon. Both episodes, then and now, began with an election-year break-in at Democratic party headquarters. In 1972, that involved burglars with torches. In 2016, it was hackers and passwords. But in each case, real and virtual, the apparent objective was the same: the acquisition of damaging political intelligence. In 1972, the culprits were taking their orders from the American president. In 2016, at least according to 17 US intelligence agencies, the orders came from the president of Russia.

Watergate spawned the now-cliched maxim that “it’s never the crime, it’s always the cover-up”. In the current case, it’s correct that had Trump’s associates told the truth immediately about their contacts with Moscow, they would now be confronting controversy rather than scandal. If attorney general Jeff Sessions had admitted that he had met Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, twice last year, he’d have prompted raised eyebrows rather than calls for his head.

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  1. It’s even arguable, up to a point, that Donald is the Republican Party’s Id, but thta would ultimately be false, because he is purportedly pushing through some very important Christian measures, notably relating to the family, the very backbone, the very core of society.

  2. Yup. The Republicans Are America’s Id. They talk a quasi Christian spiel, but the Second Commandment will always be negotiable to say the least, as far as theya re concerned.

    The very fact that theism, a personal god, (in fact, Christianity) is more than vindicated by modern physics, while Evolution has been proved a joke, is kept from the public, is a testament to the power of the multinationals, the ‘deep state’.

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