By now it is evident that the secondary requirement, after being a proficient liar, for employment in Trump’s administration is unwavering loyalty; not to the Constitution, not to America, not to the Republican Party, but to Trump. It is just what tyrants with low self esteem demand as a matter of course whether it was Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mussolini, Saddam Hussein or Russia’s Vladimir Putin; fealty to the dictator is demanded and anything less is grounds for extermination.
Although Trump hasn’t yet put out a hit list on people he regards as disloyal, at least not that anyone knows about, he has no qualms terminating his allies and punishing his supporters if he even suspects they are being disloyal. And it is noteworthy that in Trump’s tiny mind, disloyalty entails a wide range of actions unique to tyrants.
A normal person would expect someone that demands loyalty without question would reciprocate naturally, but that is not and never has been Trump. As an accomplished hypocrite, Trump refuses to reciprocate loyalty and despite his devoted acolytes and the preponderance of congressional Republicans staying loyal to the Trump, the Oval Office cretin is lashing out at members of his own staff and party like a vindictive spoiled child. Of course members of his staff are powerless to do anything, but one seriously wonders when the GOP cowards will start pushing back against what any sane person should call a traitor to the Republican movement; many Americans know Trump is a traitor to America.
Trump’s demand for loyalty is, at this point, legend. He demanded it from former FBI Director James Comey and fired him for doing his job that Trump regarded as disloyalty. Over the past two weeks he has lashed out at his own attorney general for doing his job and Sessions’ termination is likely a foregone conclusion at this point. Regardless Trump’s lies about why he fired Sean Spicer and Reince Preibus, it was down to Trump’s twisted belief their disloyalty was manifest in “not protecting their president.” And according to an article in the Washington Post, Trump describes himself as a “loyalty freak.” It is a truly freakish idea that entails a simple-minded and black-and-white interpretation of the concept: you are either with him or you are his enemy. There is no such thing as in between. And “no in between” means blind obedience or else. As an aside, all of Trump’s “private sector” employees have been forced to sign a non-disclosure document pledging to never talk about Trump, his family, or his business; doing so means immediate and summary termination.
Although Trump is powerless to terminate members of Congress, that doesn’t mean his evil mind can’t devise a means of punishing members for what he regards as disloyalty. In the most recent instance, Senate Republicans are disloyal for not succeeding in taking healthcare from 20 to 30 million Americans and Trump reacted with a swift threat for disloyalty.
When Trump threatened to punish the American people and the insurance industry because Senate Republicans failed to deliver a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement, it was a vicious threat, but Trump is a vicious beast. However, when he threatened to withhold the employer’s portion of members of Congress’ healthcare insurance, both Republicans and Democrats and their staffs, he revealed that he has no loyalty whatsoever to the members of his own party who were taking a politically dangerous gamble to show their loyalty to Trump and take healthcare away from millions of their constituents. And, it is a serious gamble for Republicans according to a recent poll showing the GOP replacement farce is the single most unpopular piece of legislation in several decades. In fact, there is not one state that supports the GOP legislation, and yet Republicans loyal to Trump are pushing it on his behalf.
What is curious is that Republicans are not enraged that Trump is threatening them for perceived disloyalty and is going to punish them and their constituents as well as the insurance industry. One Democrat, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), responded to Trump’s threat in dumb Don’s favorite form of communication, Twitter. Murphy tweeted:
“This is a clear threat to Congress: pass my health bill or as punishment I will end health care for you, your staff, & your constituents.”
No matter how one looks at this issue, Trump is threatening members of Congress, including loyal members of his own party, for what he regards as disloyalty; or in Trump’s mind disobedience. It still boggles the mind that Republicans are not in open revolt against Trump and one would think that these idiots that call themselves the “real Americans” would take umbrage that despite their unwavering loyalty to a worthless malcontent for the sake of the party, they are being publicly threatened by a two-bit reality television celebrity. This is particularly true when an overwhelming majority of the population is adamantly opposed to the GOP’s healthcare “reform.” Republicans were not looking forward to facing their constituents if the repeal effort reached fruition, but out of loyalty to Trump and the Party they laid their political careers on the line; and then got publicly threatened with losing their healthcare in the process.
No real president would ever think to publicly threaten to punish members of Congress, especially his own party’s members and their families; but then again no president has ever defined loyalty as “you’re either with me or you’re my sworn enemy.” If Republicans were half the “real Americans” they claim to be, they would begin impeachment proceedings immediately because if Trump is willing to eliminate their healthcare over a failed vote, there is no telling what actions he will take when Republicans oppose any of his bonehead ideas.