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We Are All Deplorables Now

Four days after he described Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as a “very credible witness,” President Donald Trump could no longer contain his feelings or constrain his instincts.

With the fate of his Supreme Court nominee in the balance, Trump let his “Make America Great Again” rally attendees in Mississippi know what he really thought of Ford’s testimony.

“‘Thirty-six years ago this happened. I had one beer.’ ‘Right?’ ‘I had one beer.’ ‘Well, you think it was (one beer)?’ ‘Nope, it was one beer.’ ‘Oh, good. How did you get home?'”

‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How did you get there?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘Where is the place?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How many years ago was it?’ ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.'”

By now the Mississippi MAGA crowd was cheering and laughing.

Trump went on: “‘What neighborhood was it in?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Where’s the house?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?’ ‘I don’t know. But I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember.'”

Since that day three years ago when he came down the escalator at Trump Tower to talk of “rapists” crossing the U.S. border from Mexico, few Trump remarks have ignited greater outrage.

Commentators have declared themselves horrified and sickened that a president would so mock the testimony of a victim of sexual assault.

The Republican senators who will likely cast the decisive votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation—Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski—they all decried Trump’s mimicry.

Yet, in tossing out the “Catechism of Political Correctness” and treating the character assassination of Kavanaugh as what it was, a rotten conspiracy to destroy and defeat his nominee, Trump’s instincts were correct, even if they were politically incorrect.

This was not a “job interview” for Kavanaugh.

In a job interview, half the members of the hiring committee are not so instantly hostile to an applicant that they will conspire to criminalize and crush him to the point of wounding his family and ruining his reputation.

When Sen. Lindsey Graham charged the Democratic minority with such collusion, he was dead on. This was a neo-Bolshevik show trial where the defendant was presumed guilty and due process meant digging up dirt from his school days to smear and break him.

Our cultural elites have declared Trump a poltroon for daring to mock Ford’s story of what happened 36 years ago. Yet, these same elites reacted with delight at Matt Damon’s “SNL” depiction of Kavanaugh’s angry and agonized appearance, just 48 hours before.

Is it not hypocritical to laugh uproariously at a comedic depiction of Kavanaugh’s anguish, while demanding quiet respect for the highly suspect and uncorroborated story of Ford?

Ford was handled by the judiciary committee with the delicacy of a Faberge egg, said Kellyanne Conway, while Kavanaugh was subjected to a hostile interrogation by Senate Democrats.

In our widening and deepening cultural-civil war, the Kavanaugh nomination will be seen as a landmark battle. And Trump’s instincts, to treat his Democratic assailants as ideological enemies, with whom he is in mortal struggle, will be seen as correct.

Consider. In the last half-century, which Supreme Court nominees were the most maligned and savaged?

Were they not Nixon nominee Clement Haynsworth, chief judge of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Reagan nominee Robert Bork, Bush 1 nominee Clarence Thomas, and Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the last three all judges on the nation’s second-highest court, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals?

Is it a coincidence that all four were Republican appointees, all four were judicial conservatives, and all four were gutted on the grounds of philosophy or character?

Is it a coincidence that Nixon in Watergate, Reagan in the Iran-Contra affair, and now Trump in Russiagate, were all targets of partisan campaigns to impeach and remove them from office?

Consider what happened to decent Gerald Ford who came into the oval office in 1974, preaching “the politics of compromise and consensus.”

To bring the country together after Watergate, Ford pardoned President Nixon. For that act of magnanimity, he was torn to pieces by a Beltway elite that had been denied its anticipated pleasure of seeing Nixon prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison.

Trump is president because he gets it. He understands what this Beltway elite are all about—the discrediting of his victory as a product of criminal collusion with Russia and his resignation or removal in disgrace. And the “base” that comes to these rallies to cheer him on, they get it, too.

Since Reagan’s time, there are few conservatives who have not been called one or more of the names in Hillary Clinton’s litany of devils, her “basket of deplorables” — racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, bigoted, irredeemable.

The battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the disparagement of the Republicans who have stood strongest by the judge, seems to have awakened even the most congenial to the new political reality.

We are all deplorables now.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the recent book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.


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55 Comments To "We Are All Deplorables Now"

#1 Comment By EliteCommInc. On October 7, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

“I watched the nomination vote yesterday and all I can say is Praise God, there’s still sanity and respect for due process in our nation.”

Ohh boy,

that’s a bridge too far for me. my support for this nominee spun largely on fairness and one other issue. In my view, he represents the very kind of thinking on foreign policy that has us in the place we are in. And no one claiming christian credentials — especially one with Catholic roots is going to be supportive of torture, same sex relations, and a string of policies that actually serve to undermine the constitution. How much of a victory this is for upholding constitutional protections — has yet to be seen.

This as some form unifying event is troubling. Because the unity pertains to one who was part of steering the ship in the opposite direction we voted for the current executive. One will have to wait and see. The firestorm this week is part and parcel fed by the prosecution of Pres. Clinton that started out as a question of theft via land deal to telling tales(?) about intimate behavior. The muck that eventually muddied not only the process, but the republican leadership has never been washed clean. Justice Kavenaugh was part of that mess. One hopes he comes away from this more prudent about the power of government. Though I am not sure that will be the case.

As with Pres. Trump, I hold no illusions about what is actually on the table. The justice got off easy — compared to the real issues at stake. His real ace in the hole is that the democrats are as neck deep in the polity he has upheld.

#2 Comment By EliteCommInc. On October 7, 2018 @ 7:12 pm

It is correct, I bit my tongue on the issues that really mattered. A victory for due process — not where it matters — in the everyday lives of the citizens of the US.

What seems to matter most is loyalty — even my housemate is more aggressive supporter of the president, the justice than I am — and that is saying a lot for a former liberal democrat.

We’ll see.

#3 Comment By mrscracker On October 8, 2018 @ 10:08 am

EliteCommInc. says:
“..my support for this nominee spun largely on fairness and one other issue.”

For me too pretty much. And I support decency & the rule of law also.

#4 Comment By Brendan Sexton On October 8, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

Entirely without going into the actions back decades ago, Kavanagh’s words and demeanor in his testimony disqualified him from the Court–any court, in fact. His being upset, even angry (not to mention embarrassed in front of his children), is surely understandable, but acting out that anger in such ugly fashion, threatening revenge, trying to turn the scene onto the Senators who were doing their job in asking him tough questions, and all the rest, especially when taken together, obviously disqualifying. And people on this site, of all places, know that very well.
That person who testified is manifestly NOT the neutral arbiter we want and need among the Supremes.
C’mon! you all know that was a terrible display, pretty much a tantrum, and judges are simply not allowed to throw tantrums, particularly in such an official situation with serious matters at stake. (And again, I say I do understand why he was upset, but judicial temperament and behavior apply in those situations MOST of all.

#5 Comment By Scott Willens On October 9, 2018 @ 5:39 pm

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