By Leonard Pitts Jr.
“We kind of gave him — ‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.”
— Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star.
“He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning as he goes.”
— House Speaker Paul Ryan on allegations that Trump sought to interfere with an FBI investigation.
“(Politicians) say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed.”
— Chief of Staff John Kelly on Trump’s promise to build a border wall.
“He’s a human male. … So he’s not perfect.”
— Pennsylvania voter Joey Del Signore on Trump’s boast of sexually assaulting women.
“It’s not policy. It’s social media. You know the difference, right?”
— Former aide Sebastian Gorka on why people should not take Trump’s alarming tweets seriously.
“All people lie.”
— North Carolina voter Bill Wallace on Trump’s frequent untruths.
“Let’s not judge the president on what he says.”
— Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, on reports that Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and Africa “——— countries”
“I’m not going to blame him. Absolutely not.”
— Pennsylvania voter Pam Schilling on Trump’s failure to deliver on his promises
Our topic for the day (as if you couldn’t tell): “Excuses for Donald Trump.”
Spoiler alert: There aren’t any. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped people from trying.
Indeed, 16 months into this crisis presidency, one of the most troubling things about it is not the revolving door White House, the indictments, the lies, the sex scandals, the racism, the decline in American prestige, nor the daily drumbeat of war, but rather, the refusal of his followers to hold the Dear Leader accountable for any of it.
Consider the excuses above, each more threadbare than the last. It’s a litany of rationalizations and justifications of a sort depressingly familiar to anyone within earshot of a Trump believer.
“He’s not perfect, but …”
“He says crazy things, but …”
“What about when Hillary …?”
“What about how Obama …?”
“What about …?”
Granted, Trump, a rich man’s son with a long history of walking away from responsibilities and debts, has probably never known what it is to be held accountable. But his failure to take responsibility is a personal problem. The failure of 89 percent of Republicans — Trump’s most recent Gallup approval rating — to demand responsibility is a national scandal.
Christian leaders are breaking faith, political leaders are sacrificing moral authority, average people …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News