Trump’s Presidency Is the Responsibility of Those Who Enable Him

No individual rises to power without the assistance and acquiescence of others. In Donald Trump’s case, his rise to the pinnacle of American politics was aided by millions of people, among them Republican voters and politicians, rightwing media, Russia, the email-obsessed mainstream press and punditry, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein for baselessly impugning Hillary Clinton’s character, people across the political spectrum who unjustly demonized Clinton, and eligible voters who sat out the most important election of our lifetimes.

Some in big ways, others in small, each helped put Trump in the Oval Office. In so doing, they bear partial responsibility for his most reprehensible policies, actions, words, and tweets.

These are the facts. Trying to deflect every iota of blame for Trump onto Hillary Clinton and her voters, who fought tooth and nail to defeat him in the face of virulent attacks and foreign intervention, is empty excuse-making and rationalization. It is the height of hypocrisy to have smeared and maligned Clinton then accuse her of not doing enough to win. It’s the equivalent of throwing mud at someone and blaming them for being sullied.

Charles Blow’s 2012 quote is particularly apt for this moment.

“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.”

Many people who vilified Clinton—thus aiding Trump—are convinced of their own righteousness and still have the gall to lecture Clinton and her voters. Until these people own up to what they did, until they work with humility and self-awareness to rectify the damage, until congressional Republicans find a moral compass and stop enabling the White House, America will remain on a self-destructive course.

-Peter Daou


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  1. GOP leadership, incl. all those who ran in the primaries against Trump, to say nothing of your generic supporter, crossover voters, etc. are responsible for Trump in our White House. It was out there to see, it was out there to investigate, even Trump himself was caught on tape bragging about assaulting women!! STILL no one cared! The Republican Party still nominated him for President of the United States!!! They should all be charged with breach of promise!

  2. When all is said and done I am still left with 2 major thoughts
    1) are they really Christians? Doesn’t the Bible say “treat others as you would to
    be treated?” How do they justify what they are doing?

    2) How do they vote for racist and White Supremacy as Representatives and
    Senators? What does it say about their States? Why would anyone want
    to spend money/tourist money to support their cause.

  3. You laid it out RIGHT! Spot on!

    All those people you pointed out won’t ever admit they are the reason we have this government.

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“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.” – Charles M. Blow
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