I listened to a Republican congressman speaking on the night the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump ended with an acquittal. Exhorting all to move on from the Impeachment, he was celebrating the “achievements” of Donald Trump as president.
Specifically, he talked of the tax cut (which profited giant corporations and the richest Americans, but he did not speak to that), and gains made abroad such as moving Israeli’s capitol to Jerusalem.
He made no mention of the seven people dead from the invasion of the American capitol or of the close brush with death by numbers two and three in presidential succession, the vice president and the speaker of the house. Or even himself and the 600 other congress people who faced death. Or of the 145 policemen injured and battered by trump followers armed with pipes, zip-ties (to kidnap political leaders, both republican and democrat), guns, baseball bats, tasers, confederate flags, Jesus flags, Trump flags, and the rest.
Or the peeing and the smearing of feces onto the capitol walls by those invading the once sacred premises shouting “Lynch Mike Pence” and “Where is Nancy (Pelosi)?”
It seems to me that The Republican Party no longer exists for 43 senators and 197 congress people who acquitted his crimes behind a legalistic façade of “no impeachment of an ex-president.”
It is a façade denied as folly by literally hundreds of constitutional scholars, both conservative and progressive, but a fig leaf nonetheless that presumably let republicans off the hook so that they can follow Trump wherever he leads. Invasion of the nation’s capitol, threatening congressional staffs and elected officials notwithstanding. And slaughtering the outnumbered congressional police notwithstanding.
What is going on here in America? I think we have a movement that is nothing less than a new religion–The Church of Donald J. Trump. The Republican party has been replaced with a Church complete with doctrines and worship.
Forty-three senators who voted to acquit him for his crimes of tyranny constitute the church’s college of cardinals.
One hundred ninety-seven congress people who voted to acquit him constitute his house of bishops.
The missionaries are those zealous members of new religious orders who play the role of guardians of the true faith.
Among them are the q-anon folks (of whom a good number were once evangelical believers), who believe that “others” such as democrats drink the blood of children and are busy trafficking children, etc.
Other missionaries include the religious orders of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers and Neo-Nazis. All these zealous missionaries carry the message of the Church of Donald J. Trump to state houses and elsewhere.
Preaching loudly, they are eager to create a new inquisition complete with public hangings of heretics (a heretic being anyone who does not agree with Trump). They carry his message into the world, as all good missionaries do, by holding up his doctrines and mowing over those who do not believe.
We will discuss the doctrines of the Church of Donald J. Trump in subsequent DM’s.
Do you sense the Republican Party breaking apart and one part of it becoming like a church of true believers? What follows from that?