Since 2016 and the rise of Donald Trump, Republican leaders have shown that almost everything they claimed to care about — from rule of law, to equality for all Americans, to the sacred institutions of our democracy — was a lie, or could easily be discarded if it meant power for themselves and their political allies.
But it didn’t have to be this way; discarding 160 years of a legacy of honesty, integrity, and compassion was an active political choice. And I first witnessed the beginnings of it 10 years ago, when I worked for Republicans in Congress.
Many of Donald Trump’s Congressional enablers finally had their “come to Jesus” moment after a violent mob — incited by Trump himself — seized the Capitol in the first coup attempt in American history.
Like so many of Trump’s supporters and enablers, these Republicans gave up the game only after they personally felt threatened — and were forced to confront the malevolence and violence they’ve fomented for the past four years.
After coming face-to-face with the dark forces they’ve unleashed, many Republicans now claim to have a change of heart. “Enough is enough,” said Lindsey Graham.
But if anti-Trump terrorists…
David Meyers worked in the Bush West Wing from 2006 to 2009, and in the U.S. Senate. He is a produced playwright, screenwriter, and author.