Last Monday’s column by Star Parker demonstrated the delusions which are at the heart of right-wing politics. It’s not the left-wing media, or any media of any description that has prompted the conflict within the Republican Party. It is the actions of Donald Trump which have prompted that conflict.

After the Jan. 6 riot, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) declared: “Lies have consequences. This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President’s addiction to constantly stoking divisions.” Mitch McConnell acknowledging that there were plausible arguments on both sides of the debate about the constitutionality of impeachment/conviction of a former president, nevertheless voted against conviction. However, in his statement following the verdict he urged that the matter be taken up by criminal and civil courts, saying the former president had not “gotten away with anything, yet.” He stated that, “President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of Jan. 6,” because, according to McConnell, “The rioters believed they were acting on his wishes.” That belief was a “foreseeable consequence” of his using “the loudest megaphone on earth to promote conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole” about a “stolen election” and his “landslide election win”.

The interview of Nikki Haley made clear that she supports many of Trump’s policies, but rejects his actions after the election. She stated: “We need to acknowledge he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.” She doesn’t come off as confused, but rather like somebody walking a tightrope. After the interview she tried to make contact with the former President, who refused her calls. You see Trump believes his actions after the election were “totally appropriate.”

In Trump’s gag-worthy post-impeachment statement, he practiced a lot of projection. It is he who by his actions leading up to Jan. 6 was actively undermining the rule of law, who excused rioters and coddled mobs, who in his rage will try to cancel the likes of Sasse, McConnell, and Haley. His first impeachment was about trying to use the leverage of the U.S. government to get a foreign government to attack his political opponent. His second impeachment was about using the leverage of a mob to interfere with a Constitutional process.

These are not minor things or superficial wounds. 

If you buy into the argument that it’s all the media’s fault, you are practicing the worst sort of self-deception. It’s damaging not only to you, but to this country.

Lorna Westlake



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