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Zirpoli: Republicans tolerated, excused, championed Trump, created a monster that took over the party | COMMENTARY

It is safe to say that the Trump administration decided to go out with a bang. I mean, good gosh, an insurrection against Congress. You outdid yourselves, Trumpers.

So, congratulations! You successfully raised a little dictator and created a political monster. Predictably, the monster has turned on you and the Republican Party. No surprise there, right? As stated by Jennifer Senior for The New York Times, narcissists “claim they are victims. They lie, reject facts, and call foul play. They blame everything and everyone for their failures except themselves. They accuse even their most loyal supporters of treachery.”

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There is not enough groveling in the world to satisfy Trump. Like when you spoil a child. No amount of giving-in will do. It only makes the child a bigger, louder, and a more out of control brat than you could have ever imagined.

Trump supporters, represented especially well by the characters who stormed the Capitol, sold their souls to the devil and what did they get? Condemnation and ridicule from the man they admire most. Speaking of which … how are you feeling today, Mike Pence? Was four years of blind, adoration worth it?

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I’m sure the guys receiving visits from the FBI right now are asking the same question. They will lose their jobs and, soon, their freedom. All for a man who never cared about them and who thought, according to White House sources, that they looked “low class” and made Trump and the Republican Party “look bad.” As if Trump knows anything about class.

Polls show that a majority of Republicans supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election (but only in states where Trump lost). And they call themselves patriots?

Also, I’m confused. Do Republicans support the police or not? One officer killed, another committing suicide, some in the hospital, and many more injured after being attacked by Trump supporters. It seems that they support the police only against Black protesters, but not against White Trump supporters invading our Capitol.

So, again, congratulations! The Frankenstein you spent four years building is complete.

You didn’t say anything when he called White Nationalists and Nazis marching in Charlottesville “good people.” You excused him when he bragged about assaulting women. You didn’t complain when he gathered mask-less people at the White House during a pandemic he called a hoax. You made excuses when he made fun of a reporter with disabilities. You turned a deaf ear to his constant lying. You pretended not to see when he separated young children from their parents seeking refuge and freedom. And you said nothing when he encouraged his supporters to attack reporters, as your fellow Trump supporters did, again, in Washington last week.

You were just fine with him sending love letters to the dictator in North Korea and defending a Russian president who continues to attack our nation’s infrastructure and put targets on American soldiers serving abroad.

Historians are taking notes. Those of you who continue to defend Trump will not look good when your great-grandchildren read about this time in the history books. Trump will be noted as the worst president in American history. You will be remembered as one of his enablers who defiled the values that make America great and the American troops who died defending those values.

Former attorney general and chief Trump enabler Bill Barr said last week that Trump’s behavior was a “betrayal of his office.” But we will remember Barr for the betrayal of his office at the Justice Department. He joins Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Republicans who, after four years of looking the other way, report that they now see the light regarding Trump’s inappropriate behavior. But it’s too little, way too late. And we are not so gullible or stupid as the Trump supporters who filmed themselves on social media breaking the law so the FBI could quickly identify them.

As former Republican Senator Jeff Flake said, “It is hard to comprehend how so many of my fellow Republicans were able — and are still able — to engage in the fantasy that they had not abruptly abandoned the principles they claimed to believe in. … How many injuries to American democracy can my Republican Party tolerate, excuse, and champion?”

Like the parent raising the bratty child, it is too late to put the monster in his place. You made him what he is today. Now he has consumed what is left of your Republican Party. As stated by Don Trump Jr. as he yelled to the mob just before they marched to the Capitol building, “This is Donald Trump’s Republican Party.”

Indeed, it is. Good luck with that.

Tom Zirpoli is the program director of the Human Services Management graduate program at McDaniel College. He writes from Westminster. His column appears Wednesdays. Email him at tzirpoli@mcdaniel.edu.

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