Sunday, July 31, 2016

Defending the Indefensible Because Email Maintenance

This is the entire GOP 2016 playbook. Whatever shameful and indefensible thing Trump does next is condoned because: well Hillary had the scandal over her emails.

Marco Rubio had gone as far as saying Trump is not fit to have the nuclear codes in the primary. After Trump beat Little Marco by 20 points in his own state Rubio has now said that while he hates that Trump has white nationalists supporting him, hey, Hillary Clinton used private email at the State Department.

That most government officials in fact use private email, and that the DNC hack shows government email is certainly no panacea is something the media doesn't allow to be considered. When you are talking about Hillary Clinton you have to compare her with Jesus Christ not her opponents is the Beltway rule.

Most people are appalled by Trump's attack on Khizr Khan. This showed no appreciation for the loss of his son. But then Trump even abused a fire marshall who had earlier protected him so gratitude is another thing Donald Trump doesn't do.

"Donald J. Trump belittled the parents of a slain Muslim soldier who had strongly denounced Mr. Trump during the Democratic National Convention, saying that the soldier’s father had delivered the entire speech because his mother was not “allowed” to speak."

"Mr. Trump’s comments, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that will air on Sunday, drew quick and widespread condemnation and amplified calls for Republican leaders to distance themselves from their presidential nominee. With his implication that the soldier’s mother had not spoken because of female subservience expected in some traditional strains of Islam, his comments also inflamed his hostilities with American Muslims."

"Khizr Khan, the soldier’s father, lashed out at Mr. Trump in an interview on Saturday, saying his wife had not spoken at the convention because it was too painful for her to talk about her son’s death."

"Mr. Trump, he said, “is devoid of feeling the pain of a mother who has sacrificed her son.”

"Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, a rival of Mr. Trump’s in the Republican primaries who has refused to endorse him, castigated him on Twitter. “There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect,” he wrote, using the term for surviving family members of those who died in war."

What Trump is doing is thanking the Khans by insulting their religion.

Jeb Bush also criticized Trump:

"This is so incredibly disrespectful of a family that endured the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

But there are plenty of Republicans tacitly condoning what Trump said.

"Without mentioning the GOP nominee's name, McConnell subtly rebuked Trump's comments directed to Khizr Khan — who delivered a memorable speech condemning Trump's rhetoric toward Muslims on Thursday evening at the Democratic National Convention — and his wife, Ghazala."

"But the Kentucky Republican declined to explicitly disavow the comments from Trump, who sparked yet another firestorm when he implied Ghazala Khan had stayed silent during the DNC speech because of her Muslim faith and accused Khizr Khan of having "no right" to critique Trump over his knowledge of the Constitution."

"Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans, I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror," McConnell said in a statement Sunday. "All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services."

"In his own statement, Ryan also declined to name Trump."

"Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice," Ryan said Sunday afternoon. "Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice — and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan —should always be honored. Period.”

"But Democrats made it clear the tepid repudiations weren't enough. In a blistering statement Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ripped the two Republican leaders, calling anything short of withdrawing their endorsements of Trump "cowardice."

Reid invoked McConnell's swift disavowal of former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) in 2012, whose "legitimate rape" remarks during his candidacy for the U.S. Senate were widely condemned by top Republicans — and Reid said McConnell should be willing to do the same for Trump."

“This shouldn’t be hard," Reid said. "Donald Trump is a sexist and racist man who insults Gold Star parents, stokes fear of Muslims and sows hatred of Latinos. He should not be president and Republican leaders have a moral responsibility to say so."

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There are plenty of Republicans like this who say insulting the Khans was wrong, but won't criticize Trump himself and are still supporting him for POTUS.

Kelly Ayotte said this, but supports Trump anyhow because she cares deeply about email server maintenance.

The worst of all case of false equivalence came from Morning Joe Scarborough:

"Donald Trump's entire interview with @GStephanopoulos was breathtaking even by Trump standards. Trump & Clinton. Wow. What a year."

Does Morning Joe not see that by right away saying 'But Hillary is just as bad because emails' he is actually condoning and normalizing what Trump said?

Then Republicans wonder how Trump took over their party.


  1. Bill Kristol takes Republicans to task over Trump's Putin connections:

  2. The Weekly Standard has a lot of #NeverTrumpers