In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan “cuts the baby in half” so to speak. On one hand, she admits Donald Trump is not fit to be President. On the other, possibly fearing “Trumpers” wrath, she fawns:
I start with the obvious. I never meet Americans who love America more than Trump people do. They really love it—its history, what it means in the world, what it’s done. It has not always been a fully thought-through love but it’s generally fully felt, and at a time when not everybody bothers to feel such allegiance and gratitude it is admirable.
Ms. Noonan attempts to straddle the line between Right-Wing talking points and coddling the most dangerous groups in America. It’s insulting. These people call themselves Patriots, they’re not. They’re violent Nationalists, the antithesis of loving America.
Love of country isn’t flag patches on every piece of clothing you own or giant flags on your pickup truck.
Love of country isn’t calling for the Vice President of the United States to be hanged.
Love of country isn’t putting your fellow citizens at risk over a minor inconvenience.
Love of country isn’t threatening elected representatives and their families with death.
Love of country isn’t blind hatred of Americans who don’t look or think like you.
“Trumpers” have always longed for a country that never was and fantasized about a country that hopefully never will be. They continue to follow Trump blindly as he takes their money and laughs all the way to the bank. They refuse to entertain the idea that they’ve been suckered even as the pile of evidence grows higher.
For this reason, the right’s “love of country” die-hards will continue to support him likely claiming fraud against their own party should he lose the primary. By electing Trump and continuing “the big lie” Republicans have increased the number of “angry white guys” Lindsey Graham longed for. The genie’s out of the bottle, there’s no going back.