George Will on how Trumpism became Republican Dogma

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[ Editor’s Note: George Will takes on Trumpism to spotlight the carnage it has done to Republicanism.

When Trump eventually burns down, what is left of the Republican Party will have to reinvent itself if it can somehow bleach out the Trump stain. We can be grateful that he seems to have passed on the Trump Library, with little really to put in it other than his wax figure.

It’s a seven minute interview and a good change from everybody else talking about the same things and trying to sound original… Jim W. Dean ]

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First aired … September 18, 2021

Veteran conservative columnist and thinker George Will joins MSNBC’s Brian Williams to discuss how Trumpism – not conservatism – became the prevailing principle of the modern Republican Party.

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    • Watergate, Trickle down, Iran Contra, Gulf War, 9/11, Anthrax, hanging Chad in brothers state, Oil, Afghanistan, Iraq, Market crash of 08, Trump, Covid , Insurrection.

      It’s not even close. One could also add , inflecting religion into politics and the SC.
      The constitution is a socialist document. It’s { We The People },..
      .not …{We the Godly Corporations of the Military Industrial Complex }…

  1. Even this article dances around the simple truth that Israel nuked the USA on 9/11 and got away with it. Any attempt to explain what happened to the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party, since that horrible false-flag attack is doomed to fail. So-called Republicanism fell to Zionism under Reagan in the 1980s and has never looked back. The Rapture-me-outta-here folks, who are an apocalyptic death cult that prays for WWIII to happen, are its heart and soul.

  2. vi·tu·per·a·tive (vituperativness)
    “Using, containing, or marked by harshly critical or irate language.”

    A third party would be great, campaign finance reform, lobby restrictions,…..
    The rhetoric has gone childish to the point of nearly identically matching the nonsensical wailing of a self righteous child, arguing a case lost days ago simply due to a complete lack of ideas or justifications. An annoying tantrum.

    • VT articles are not designed to cover all aspects of an issue every time it comes up. That’s what we have the archives for. Will is anti-Trump, and Trumpers, and it’s always good to have an extra man with a stilletto in a big knife fight, even if he is not a Jets fan. Practicality is what matters, focusing on the biggest, the most immediate threat first, especially when you have limited resources and the clock is ticking away, the one where ‘if you don’t get this fixed its going to get worse, to where you may not be able to fix it.

  3. Bleach out? Not possible. Trump represents the kind of freedom most Americans particularly male Americans enjoy. Has Trump not got a reputation of enjoying his targeted females at his leisure? Has he not got a wife whose naked self is loved by his voters.?

    • There is a list of scams that allegedly smart people fell for. Bernie Madoff with the loot, Enron, Elizabeth Holmes had 4 star generals and CEO’s on her board, 85% of the country fell for the stupid war on terror, etc etc…. I myself fell for Trump university, though I must admit I did not lose money, many unfortunates did lose everything they had, mostly those who could not afford it. very nasty.
      The measure of a person is to admit the mistake, admit the miscalculation, and move on. When someone clings to a horrible idea well after it becomes obvious that it was horrific, it looks …and feels…. pathetic. Freedom, was never what trump was bringing, quite the opposite.

  4. Nice fancy words, but completely ignoring the big money that is behind the downfall of the legacy of the “1970 Republican Party of ideas,” which would be the 800 lb. gorilla in the room… Big money in mainstream media that he’s worked for over the decades. Both major parties for various reasons found it easier to be supported by billionaire money, wouldn’t you say?

    • That’s right, and doesn’t he support the big 9/11 lie, and all the other big lies? He might have spoken logical sounding words, I didn’t watch. I’m not interested in anyone’s opinion who’s onboard the big line bandwagon.
      “”Veteran conservative columnist and thinker George Will””
      Just because he’s smart doesn’t make him worth listening to.

    • Maybe we can channel old dead Bill Buckley from the other side for his comments on Trump. American conservative political theory is historically flawed because it is grounded in Manifest Destiny. We could do so much better.

    • When people are allied with you on an issue, you take it and run. It gains nothing to take out your ‘what we don’t agree on list’, unless your goal is to have zero cooperation forever with people on all issues. What would Congress be like, think about how little would get done if every time they were close to a deal on somebody, someone got the memory trunk out to look for some past disagreements to drag out? I forget who said it, “Politics is the art of the possible”. It stuck with me.

    • With respect, George Will is equivalent to the old homeless guy who pulls out a used paper towel to clean your windshield at a stop light in the city. An unfortunate distraction from the problem. He says ‘look over here’, when the problem is ‘over there’.

    • Alright Jim, I see your point.
      To get on the field of play, one must suspend reality, accept a working form of cognitive dissonance, and pay respect to a high sounding dismantling of the dysfunctionality of Washington politics, while exercising mental contortions trying to ignore the psychotic thousand pound Zionist gorilla in the corner.