If every great hero has a tragic flaw, then Donald Trump’s must surely be unthinking loyalty.
Time and again, Trump has trusted those around him, only to be betrayed or disappointed. Adding to this is Trump’s willingness to forgive those who have betrayed him once, only to give them a chance to stick the knife in again.
Symbolic of that whole class of ingrates is Mitt Romney, whose presidential run Trump supported in 2012, but who then returned the favor in 2016 by publicly denouncing Trump as a con man. Rather than holding Romney at arm’s length after that, DJT considered him for secretary of state and later supported his run for the Senate from Utah. Romney, of course, repaid Trump’s loyalty by being the only Republican to vote to convict the president in his first impeachment trial.
Of course, now that the second impeachment trial is set to begin, Romney is being joined by other traitors who care more about their reputation with Democrats and DC elites than with the Deplorables.
I suppose Trump had no reason to expect loyalty from Rep. Liz Cheney, so her vote for impeachment can be written off as just one more disappointment from a RINO. But Sen. Mitch McConnell has every reason to be respectful and grateful to Trump, the first Republican President to fight for conservative principles since Ronald Reagan. Yet McConnell couldn’t run away from Trump fast enough. He worked with Vice President Pence to undermine Trump’s very reasonable argument that he had been cheated out of his re-election by an unconstitutional scheme hatched by Mark Zuckerberg, Stacy Abrams and a handful of top Democrats. Going into the impeachment vote, it’s not even clear whether McConnell will stick with our great president.
But McConnell is a creature of the swamp. His support was always transactional, but now we get to the “Et tu Brute” moment when Trump’s true allies turn against him. Sadly, that includes Sen. Ted Cruz, who had once said he would represent Trump’s case for fraud in the Supreme Court, but now can’t run away fast enough.
On Jan. 23, Cruz called the president’s claims of a “stolen” election “reckless and irresponsible” on his Verdict podcast.
“President Trump’s rhetoric, I think, went way too far over the line,” he said. “I think it was both reckless and irresponsible because he said repeatedly — and he said over and over again — he won by a landslide. There was massive fraud. It was all stolen everywhere. That evidence, the campaign did not prove that in any court. And to make a determination about an election, it has to be based on the evidence. And so simply saying the result you want, that’s not responsible, and you’ve never heard me use language like that.”
What? You sniveling coward!
Just last week, I had put Cruz in my Top Three candidates for 2024, but now I have to assume that Cruz has reverted to his self-centered egotist mode that he showed in 2016 after getting his butt kicked by DJT. This is truly disgraceful!
What President Trump needs and deserves is friends who will have his back. He’s got most of 74 million voters who supported him, but for some reason his advisers have spines of jello! I’m terrified of what his attorneys will do when they put on his defense! Can they have the backbone to argue that Trump was right-minded when he challenged the election results? Can they stand for the truth? Or will they surrender to Big Brother and ask for forgiveness?
Trump’s reputation is under assault by the communist left, and if his lawyers abandon him, then he needs to forget about his loyalty to them and instead remain loyal to principle. He needs to be loyal to us Deplorables and fight for right, not for mere acquittal but for vindication.
Fight for right!
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