Loyalty to a Traitor

Why remain loyal to a traitor ? The evidence Before, During, After a year of treasonous manipulations are  stunningly awkward for avowed patriots. This allegiance to one whose calculated self interest trumps any and all notions of ethics. or simple good will test adherents’ stomach for betrayal.

The Evidence

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Storm clouds on the validity of the 202o Presidential election were brewing many months before  election day. ..

The Attack was cultivated by then President Trump and his cohorts in a series of fiery speeches at the Capitol Ellipse. Trump promised “So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give… we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help. We’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”

But of course,  Trump did not walk with his people. Instead, departing immediately to the White House:

President Donald Trump had just returned to the White House from his rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6 when he retired to his private dining room just off the Oval Office, flipped on the massive flat-screen television and took in the show. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, thousands of his supporters were wearing his red caps, waving his blue flags and chanting his name.

Live television news coverage showed the horror accelerating minute by minute after 1:10 p.m., when Trump had called on his followers to march on the U.S. Capitol. The pro-Trump rioters toppled security barricades. They bludgeoned police. They scaled granite walls. And then they smashed windows and doors to breach the hallowed building that has stood for more than two centuries as the seat of American democracy.” 

 

“On the day after the riot, the right side of Capt. Carneysha Mendoza’s  face burned. The 19-year veteran of the Capitol Police, Mendoza led officers battling rioters in the Rotunda of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Her face now burned painfully where pepper spray and other chemicals had seeped into her pores. She could still picture the enraged faces of those who had attacked her and her colleagues under the Capitol dome. Some had worn fatigues like the ones Mendoza donned as an Army soldier stationed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

That day, the United States had weathered a faceless attack orchestrated covertly from beyond the country’s borders. This time, Mendoza had faced a very different enemy: fellow Americans, many of them wrapped in red, white and blue, inflamed by a sitting president.”
And so former President Trump, having cultivated the Big Lie that the US Election was flawed, rigged and stolen from him, now worked to harvest all that he could from his grand deception, The Big Lie.
Contagion Consequences
Salon – The New Confederacy: Trump and the Republicans have already seceded from US Democracy’s Union.
TheNewYorker – The Big Money Behind The Big Lie
Wikipedia – The History behind The Big Lie
Quinnipiac Poll – The Big Lie’s ROI – as of October 2021, 78% of Republicans say they want Trump to run for President in 2024

Donald Trump’s recent pronouncements:
NBCNews October 16, 2021 “The single biggest issue — the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect, the biggest cheers — is talking about the election fraud of 2020’s presidential election,” Trump said last week at at a Oct 9th 2021 rally in Des Moines Iowa. CNN confirms that 33% of Trump statements since January 20th 2021 have been about the Big Lie.

 

Immediate US Public Reaction to Jan 6th

Pew poll January 15th 2021

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Republican Resistance to Covid Vaccination – Pew Research Sep 2021

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Republicans Distrust of Science – Pew Research, May 2020

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Forbes report on Us Attitudes towards Masking August 2021

FactorTotal USDemocratGOP
Mask mandate64%88%40%
School masking69%92%44%

Republican Distrust of Science extends to Climate Change  – Pew Research

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