Republicans Applaud Donald Trump's New Clothes

Jun 2013
1. It is unthinkable that America, the supposedly bastion of freedom and democracy, has descended to the level depicted in Hans Christian Andersen's satire.

Charm Baker writes opinion pieces and fact-based articles on diverse topics. Her expertise is the writing/self-publishing category. The following are excerpts from her June 5, 2018 opinion piece headlined "Republicans Applaud the Emperor’s New Clothes While Trump Prances Naked in Public".

(Begin excerpts)
...When we assess the situation with our current President, there’s no way to deny that Donald Trump walks around in public, draped in nothing but lies (pick a lie, any lie). Sad as it is, he doesn’t seem to possess not one honorable quality to cover himself with. Just like the Emperor in the story, President Trump has made a spectacle of himself with all the false statements and outright lies he has told. Those who wink and nod and act like they don’t see it are just as bad as the Emperor’s “subjects” were. They blindly supported him and showered him with their applause. They cheered the foolish man on and let him revel in his pride and arrogance. Some of the subjects probably talked themselves into believing that they really could see the “new clothes,” but for the most part, they were all just too cowardly to speak up.

In a similar way, Republicans have been doing the same thing with President Trump, but now enough is enough. Someone needs to finally speak up? Tell Donald Trump how embarrassing his dishonesty really is for the country. Other nations are watching from all around the world. What must they really be thinking? In fact, what could the Republicans and entire Trump Administration be thinking? It is high time Trump supporters stop drinking the Kool Aide and behaving like sheep being led to a slaughter. It's okay to be a patriot, but not okay to support blatant lies. Why is this such a hard concept to grasp for those who sincerely want what's best for our nation, especially members of the Administration?....

His once veiled racism is no longer hidden under the folds of his imaginary suit. His fancy Emperor’s robes don’t cover up the petty, insecure “me, me, me” attitude. You’re fully exposed Mr. President and anyone with half a brain can see you. Maybe that’s why the Republicans just don’t get it. They behave like they don’t have half a brain between them. There doesn’t appear to be even a handful of courageous women and men in their ranks. If there weren’t so many cowards among them, maybe someone could sit him down and do an intervention; and for God’s sake, tell the man to put some damn clothes on!

...Whether Republicans admit it or not, President Trump’s nakedness is on display (figuratively speaking of course) for all the world to see. All his private parts are no longer private and his secret shortcomings have been put on blast (thanks Stormy). But his lies are not just about his sexual proclivities. I for one could care less if and how he makes a habit of cheating on his wife. But when you make a habit of lying to the American people about any and everything that comes out of your mouth, that is why your honesty is constantly in question....

As we continue watching our own naked “Emperor” during this difficult Administration, it causes one to wonder, how much longer will we allow this type of leader to set the tone for who we are? If the President of the United States of American can’t be trusted not to lie whenever he opens his mouth; he’s creating a new definition of truth. Pretty soon we’ll all be walking around naked. (End excerpts)

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Hans Christian Andersen : The Emperor's New Clothes
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Dec 2015
Trump's actions as President have created a clear moral test: Are you complicit or are you against? Trump has gone so far -- racial demagoguery and slurs, abuse of office, dictator appeasement, nepotism and family corruption, blazing incompetence, contempt for the rule of law, betrayal of public institutions, epic dishonesty, authoritarian thuggishness... the list never ends -- that he is damaging public institutions and debasing the Presidency of the United States.
You either have the courage to oppose that, regardless of blind party loyalty, or you don't. And the bulk of our party's elected leaders are showing moral indifference and cowardice about Trump. It's tragic and sad and makes of mockery of the legitimate criticism the GOP used to level at erring Democrats. It's a stain on the party that sadly will now last.

Those who dare to speak think Trump is vain and stupid. But many say they are powerless to change his behavior. The thinking goes: "If I publicly criticize him he won't change one bit, but I'll lose my seat in a primary to a nut and the nut will give the seat to vile socialists on the other side, who are no better than Trump in many ways. Plus we cannot let the liberal Republican-hating media 'win.' "
So they keep quiet while they rack up important ideological victories -- judges, regulatory reform, taxes -- and wait for this dark storm to pass.
Like Trump's base, they like his agenda, but do not like HIM. So, this becomes a self-inflicted wound. They are caught in the trap of their own making.

Most Americans KNOW this will end badly.
Jul 2014
The whole point of the story is that the majority is willingly deceived up to a turning point, and when that turning point is reached, the change in opinion is massive and immediate.

This is a possible scenario in the current political situation, the Trump majority is willingly deceived, it's the incident that precipitates the end of that self deception, whatever it will be, that I am waiting for.

It could be the mid terms, if there is a blue wave, the whole "winning" narrative kind of falls apart