To the Editor:
The steady march toward tyranny continues as the Republican Party becomes a personality cult with President Trump officially in control mode. Four years ago, the GOP platform was rejiggered to accommodate Putin and now there’s no GOP platform whatsoever.
Cults are dangerous, sometimes deadly. Pinch me, but I thought I heard Trump mention “12 more years” on the first day of the Republican National Convention. I couldn’t hear too well because my husband sitting beside me was shouting expletives at the TV.
What about Trump’s words taken straight from the playbook of despots everywhere? On July 24, 2018, Trump told the American people, “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” This was immediately after Helsinki, when Trump pledged his allegiance to Putin over and above the U.S. intelligence community.
How dare Trump dictate how to interpret what we hear and see? Brainwashing is the strategy of thugs around the world as is the chaos that Trump belches forth daily to keep Americans confused and distracted.
It gets worse. We are now beyond the 60th day of Trump’s dereliction of duty to confront Putin about Taliban bounty hunters and Trump’s failure to launch an investigation here on the home front. Nevertheless, Trump expects us to believe his wishy-washy waffling, instead of intelligence reports.
We’re not alone in our outrage. Conservatives from “central casting,” such as Rex Tillerson, exited after extending Trump the middle finger. Several were from the top military brass who vented their spleen by writing a book or uttering the appropriate vulgarities. Gen. Maddox, Gen. McMasters and Gen. Kelly come to mind.
Trump’s strategy is to pass the Kool-Aid and blame the media. But now that Putin once again poisoned his political opponent and Trump says nothing, there’s no hiding the ghastly path we’re on.