“The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics”

"The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics"

by digby

“Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities,” the former presidential nominee told the audience. “The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”

He reminded the audience that Trump was “an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.”

He laid out the clear and present danger posed by Trump. “He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants. He calls for the use of torture. He calls for killing the innocent children and family members of terrorists. He cheers assaults on protesters. He applauds the prospect of twisting the Constitution to limit First Amendment freedom of the press. This is the very brand of anger that has led other nations into the abyss.”

Beyond Trump’s unfitness for office was his coarsening effect on the culture. “Now, imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does. Would you welcome that? Haven’t we seen before what happens when people in prominent positions fail the basic responsibility of honorable conduct? We have. And it always injures our families and our country.”

At stake was the future of our democracy, the former nominee said, citing John Adams. “Remember, democracy never lasts long; it soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

That's from Mitt Romney's speech attacking Trump back in 2016.

But that was that. Pretty much the entire Republican party decided that repulsive man was better than voting for Clinton and that was that.

But he was right. If all you care about is tax policy then Trump is just another in a long line of greedheads eager to give out goodies to the rich and corporations. He is that, of course, which is why the GOP excuses everything else he does. He is their instrument. But he's much more than that. He's much uglier than that.

That excerpt above is written by conservative apostate Charlie Sykes. It's worth reading the whole thing.