It is fascinating to see nearly all Republicans in Congress unabashedly laud Mr Trump’s victory, and its effect on the Republican party. Until now, Republicans have tried, and by and large succeeded, to block nearly all of President Obama’s projects, arguing that Democratic projects go against the conservative ‘small government’ ethos of the Republican party.
Paradoxically, Mr Trump has run on a platform that is nearly antithetical to all that Republicans have claimed as their fundamental ‘conservative’ principles: promises of major infrastructure spending; government intervention in artificially restoring entire industries such as coal; he is even now arguing in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
So why is it that Republicans are so quick to embrace Trump’s victory, if they are so opposed to so many of his policies?
It is now increasingly clear that Republicans are willing to overlook Mr Trump’s significantly antithetical views because of two things: his inclination to put business first, despite his campaign rhetoric to the contrary; and his reliance on hatred as a tool to bring white people together.
Mr Trump’s behavior since the election leaves no doubt that the is placing a great emphasis on corporate welfare, providing immense tax cuts for large corporations, and leaving the people to deal with the inevitable immense debt increase this will cause.
The argument that these huge corporate tax cuts will ‘pay for themselves’ has been demonstrated to be a myth.
Mr Trump’s commitment to this business first approach can also bee seen in his recent dealings with his own businesses. Rather than distancing himself from his businesses, he is poised to bring an unprecedented level corruption to the White House. Indeed, while he is not even yet in office, he has been applying pressure to forward his personal financial interests at home and abroad.
Finally, few Republicans seem to acknowledge that Mr Trump is revealing the Republican party’s reliance on hate.
Most of his cabinet appointments have ties with white supremacist groups, which sends a clear message: the Republican party is now explicitly hateful; bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, and all the other forms of hate are now to be outwardly embraced by Republicans…
The long-maintained, yet thinly veiled, pretense that Republican opposition to the Obama Presidency can now be dropped; it was always about race. It is now obvious that Republicans were never that serious about their ideas of ‘small government’…
So, while the Democratic Party has a serious messaging problem with its inability to get its message to the woking and middle classes, the Republican party has a much more fundamental problem: its identity is swiftly being shown as the party of white hate. It sounds to me like the party in disarray is not the one people think…