A Timeline Of Nihilism And Fecklessness

How about crowd sourcing a timeline for all of Trump's enablers?

Steven Taylor’s concise summary of Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic is extremely useful. I would propose that we need the same type of timeline for his enablers. Not only must Trump go, but so too all of the people who gave him the gas can and matches, then stood by as he burned down the country. What were they doing at key moments since January 2017?

While the list of enablers is quite long, perhaps it would be sufficiently manageable if we were to limit it, for starters, to the US Congress. Take, for example, US Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado). As the screenshot shown above from his web site suggests, he is a very typical Republican senator who, among other typical behaviors, trumpets his ability to bring federal benefits to his state, and enjoys being photographed with “the troops,” a folksy shorthand to young men and women who have committed to putting themselves in harms way in defense of the rest of us.

Just a couple of weeks ago — though, due to the Trumpian time dilation effect, it feels like months — a major story concerning the troops broke. Russian agents were paying the Taliban bounties for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan, and the current regime had done nothing about it. After the story appeared in The New York Times, Trump and White House officials focused on defending themselves against accusations that presidents should read their daily intelligence briefings. They did not state whether would be any action against Russia.

What was Cory Gardner talking about in the days after the story broke? In his Twitter feed and his Facebook posts (pretty much the same content), Gardner said nothing about the Russian bounties. Gardner did continue to promote his earlier idea to label Russia a sponsor of state terrorism. To his credit, Cory Gardner after the Times published the story did not undercut past Cory Gardner. Unfortunately, he also let Trump off the hook, saying that Congressional Democrats had the same information. Of course, if that were true, he is implicitly assuming that they had the obligation to read it, and paid them the backhanded compliment that they probably lived up to that high standard. He is also implying that the President of the United States has no more obligation to review intelligence and act on it than a member of the House or Senate.

It did not take me long to unearth how Gardner enabled Trump through the painfully familiar pattern of first ignoring something horrible that Trump did, then attempting to shift blame when confronted with that fact. It would not be hard to expand that effort to more senators, and more moments like these. Imagine if there were a crowd-sourced effort to map every senator’s response or non-response to a terrible Trump action or statement. Children in cages, betraying the Kurds, hawking hydroxychloroquine, violating the Hatch Act on the behalf of a Trump-friendly bean tycoon, pardoning Roger Stone, saying that white supremacists included some “very fine people,” chasing non-existent election fraud in a transparent effort to suppress voting, firing the FBI director for not swearing loyalty to Trump personally, forcefully clearing Lafayette Square of peaceful protesters so that he could hold a Bible for the cameras…What was the senator from the great state of [fill in the blank] doing that day, and in the days afterwards?

If it were not for this group, Trump would be a toxic clown, instead of an active threat to public health, the economy, America’s standing in the world, and our political system. They deserve just as much scrutiny of their cynical and pointless efforts to stay in office, in lieu of what they could have done to prevent these calamities, as does the Current Occupant.

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Kingdaddy is returning to political blogging after a long hiatus. For several years, he wrote about national security affairs at his blog, Arms and Influence, under the same pseudonym. He currently lives in Colorado, where he is still awestruck at all the natural beauty here. He has a Ph.D in political science that is oddly useful in his day job.


  1. de stijl says:

    All Rs are complicit.

    This is scandalous. They should be ashamed. That that man is President is shocking.

    We are living in interesting times. Books will be written. So many books.

    It did not happen by accident. Folks voted for that fool in caucuses and primaries. Voted for him in the general election.

    A minority of us but geographically sorted so the EC made it so.

  2. de stijl says:

    Local ads are really revealing. Ernst is really pushing Portland “anarchy” and how Ds are complicit and responsible for that.

    How that applies to Greenfield is just magical transference I guess as she is just a citizen now.

  3. Joe says:

    I trust you have seen this Lincoln Project video tying Congressional Republicans hard to Trump. But your OP would make an excellent template for every Democratic candidate for Congress running against an incumbent Republican this year to make a timeline commercial for their opponent’s reaction to each item on the list.

  4. JohnMcC says:

    If the subject is how R-party elected and WH officials will in future deal with their behavior during the Administration, it is absolutely necessary to watch “The Death of Stalin”.

    Please take that seriously. It’s a weird title and in some ways a weird movie. But it seems totally true to the situation that people like Mark Meadows and Sen McConnell will find themselves in.

  5. Michael Cain says:

    I have wound up on Hickenlooper’s email lists, averaging two or three messages per day. If those were all you saw, you would swear he was down by ten percentage points in the polls, not up ten. It’s been most of year since Gardner was willing to show his face in public in an uncontrolled situation in Colorado.

  6. Mr. Prosser says:

    @Michael Cain: He showed up over here in the Junction area a week or so ago. The local news fawned over him. They gave him free self-promotion airtime and he used it. Took credit for a USFS wildfire airstrip and the public lands bill.

  7. An Interested Party says:

    I’ve read that Joni Ernst and her campaign team in Iowa are pissed that they are struggling in a race she should be leading in…I’m sure they’re pissed at Trump but Ernst needs to look in a mirror for the person to be mad at…her sticking by this clown is why she’s in danger of losing her election…this is the vise that that the Democrats should put all these vulnerable Republican senators in and then simply squeeze…

  8. de stijl says:

    @An Interested Party:

    Every time an Ernst ad comes on I flash a finger at my tv or screen.

    She doesn’t know what to run on. I am a vet. I voted for PPP. Anarchy in (the UK) Portland which is the Ds fault.

    The Greenfield ads have been I went to community college and worked. I had a good week when on Friday I could afford to have a burger and a beer. I support community colleges.

    Her messaging team is pretty smart. When the enemy is self destructing, don’t interrupt them.

  9. steve says:

    I have a hard time distinguishing between those who enable Trump and those who are true believers. I would like to think more of them are the former but suspect in reality they are the latter.


  10. de stijl says:


    Props for “fecklessness”. Good word.

    Why is there no “feck” in modern English but there is “feckless”?

    “Feck” has a pretty cool etymology.

  11. An Interested Party says:

    I have a hard time distinguishing between those who enable Trump and those who are true believers.

    That’s sort of a distinction without a difference…both groups are wrong and should be defeated…

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @steve: Does it matter?