American traitor Donald Trump’s shameful performance at the Surrender Summit has removed all doubt about where his allegiances lie—believing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lies over his own intelligence agencies. His slavish performance, akin to a puppy dog desperate for his master’s attention, wasn’t just geopolitically embarrassing, it wasn’t just humiliating to watch as an American, it was also an overt admission that America is now a Russian puppet state.
A former RNC chairman and former CIA agent have called Trump’s performance treasonous. A handful of Republican senators have expressed disapproval to some degree or another, while doing nothing more to hold Trump accountable.
Yet for the most part, the Republican Party has dithered between silence and outright surrender in the face of this Russian aggression—aggression that has extended to brazenly murdering allies. And Trump and his Republicans don’t care, and haven’t, since the day that top Republicans Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarty were taped saying that they believed that Trump and other Republicans were literally on the Kremlin payroll. But they got their tax cuts and Supreme Court seats, so what do they care? If they had to surrender their country to their historical boogeyman to enact their agenda, well, it was an acceptable price to make.
That is called treason. And most Republicans aren’t even hiding it anymore.
There are the eight Republicans who went to Moscow during the Fourth of July weekend, paying respects to their new bosses—Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Thune (R-SD), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX). No Democrats were invited for obvious reasons. We’re not traitors to our nation.
There are the Republicans who outright defend Russia, unafraid to take our traditional foe’s side over that of our own country.
Then there’s the House Republicans, trying desperately to derail the investigation into Russian interference in our democracy by obstructing the investigation, to the point of wanting to impeach Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official in charge of the investigation.
We can all wonder just how different things would look if it was President Hillary Clinton who stood accused of colluding with Russia to obstruct our democracy. Difference is, not only would Republicans be losing their head over this (fun fact: her email server is seemingly the only one that wasn’t hacked by the Russians), but Democrats wouldn’t be defending her at all costs. Heck, all of us here at Daily Kos would be flabbergasted and outraged.
But we aren’t traitors to our country.
Republicans have shown, quite clearly, that they are.