It looks like some of the rats are beginning to bail out. The Republican political and business establishment was fine with Donald Trump saying anything he wanted about Muslims, hispanics, immigrants, blacks, Democrats, fellow Republicans, judges. They said nothing when he cozied up to tyrants.
They made a deal with the devil because they thought he’d get them less regulation on their polluting businesses, lower taxes for corporations and the rich, big government contracts for infrastructure and defense, an end to onerous steps to combat climate change. He was going to let the old, good time, laissez faire capitalism roll.
But he’s proven himself incapable of making even a model railroad run on time, let alone the government of the United States. He over-promised and delivered nothing on healthcare reform and may fail to enact anything on their wish list, particularly if he goes out of his way to divide and alienate his own party.
Meanwhile, he deals recklessly with foreign adversaries, deliberately polarizes the country, empowers the farthest out, anti-American fringe, and looks increasingly dirty as regards his relations with Russia and his business dealings. And all this has won him an approval rating of 34 percent, and heading further south.
Now, more and more Republican officeholders and corporate chieftains have quit simply holding their noses and are putting distance between themselves and the Divider-in-Chief. Each time one speaks out, the president and head of their party lashes out and threatens to back a primary opponent or to use governmental power to screw their companies.
But even in the face of these Brown Shirt tactics, senators have shown more loyalty to each other and their institution than to him, a virulent bacillus infecting the body politic. And CEOs fear the wrath of their customers more than an unpopular, ineffectual pol.
Even the Murdocks — pioneers of divisive, right wing 24-hour media falsehood that panders to the prejudices of angry, old white men — have decided Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the alt-right are too much for the FOX-right to stomach. So, Rupert has reportedly told his Frankenstein’s monster to fire Steve Bannon, cut the crap, and get busy passing the pro-business and billionaire-friendly reforms he promised.
Murdock pere may be freaked out that his puppet has forgotten the populist nonsense he spouts is just fake news designed to distract the attention of the unwashed from policies quietly enacted to enrich the one percent. The sap is apparently taking his own con seriously.
Meanwhile, Murdock fils, the heir apparent who has been instrumental in sending the elderly, sexual harassers in the Fox stable — Ailes and O’Reilly — to the glue factory, also appears to have had enough of Trump. So, James Murdock has denounced the president’s embrace of fascists, racists and anti-semites and contributed one million dollars to the anti-defamation league.
That’s nice, but it’s no different than the wicked sinner who spends six days every week on pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth, then throws ten bucks in the plate on Sunday to get right with the Lord. Too little, too late.
Trump’s enablers thought they were making a shrewd deal in backing him, gaining the whole world and losing no sleep. Instead, they are in bed with a rabid dog and find themselves crawling with a lot more than mere fleas. Oh, and losing their souls, if any, into the bargain. Like everyone else who has ever dealt with Trump, they have wound up on the losing end. Unfortunately, they’ve taken the rest of the country down the chute to the nether regions with them.