Nothing short of real consequences will stop them.
Blaming the victim for dividing the family unit is a common tactic of abusers.
When faced with consequences for their actions, the “Party of Personal Responsibility” immediately shrivels into a bunch of whiny, entitled brats who seem to think that rules should only apply to those they see as beneath them.
Trump and his enablers are calling for “unity" when what they really want is immunity and impunity. They’re pushing “healing” when what they really want is absolute power and control. Like the perpetrator in every domestic violence/abuse situation, they play the victim card. They tell the true victims that if they leave and seek justice, then they’re the ones tearing them apart. They threaten retaliation. (“Don’t make me hit you again.”)
Lies and denial. Excuses and projection. Whataboutism and gaslighting. More hallmarks of abusers. They pass the buck for their toxic behavior to anyone and everyone they can think of. They let insane conspiracy theories spread like wildfire. Anything to keep the light from being shone on them. They continually try to shift focus to their accusers, using their imperfections against them. As if that excuses their dangerous actions. They twist words and take things out of context, in attempts to “prove" things that didn’t happen or don’t exist. These bullies do whatever they want, take whatever they want, and expect to get away with it. (Unfortunately, they often do.)
At times, they will appear contrite and apologetic. They will say, “I love you,” and they will “strike a new tone". Or others will advise those who have been hurt to give their abusers time to change. But they will keep returning to their harmful ways until they face real consequences. The cycle will continue.
They are repeat offenders, asking for leniency time and time again. The hammer must fall on them. They must be indicted, convicted, imprisoned, impeached, removed, expelled — whatever it takes to thoroughly shame them and make sure they can never hurt us again.
They care only about what they want, about their own happiness and comfort. They minimize others' problems and never acknowledge their pain. Whatever problems they think they have are always so much worse than what anyone else might be going through.
That has become painfully obvious in the past few days as their foolishly defiant bravado has melted and these fragile MAGA snowflakes have become even more like petulant toddlers. They’ve lost followers or their social-media accounts. Their book deal has been canceled. The jail doesn’t have organic food. (What if there was also a lack of soap and toothpaste, as there was for the children in cages at the border?) They were maced at an attempted coup in which others were shot, beaten, and killed.
These self-important, white-supremacist clowns have been abusing, menacing, and even terrorizing us for years. (And it’s gotten much worse within the past year.) We’ve had to put up with their oppression and mockery. Their stupidity and incompetence. Their intimidation and harassment. We’ve been able to do little more than fume as they’ve shown complete disrespect and disregard for the great majority of Americans. As they’ve refused to do even the bare minimum to ensure our health and safety. As they’ve denied facts and pushed falsehoods. As they’ve stripped away health care and let people go hungry and/or lose their homes. As they’ve continually failed us while enriching themselves and their buddies. All while crying about their perceived “rights" while clearly not giving a damn about the actual rights of others.
And now these soulless monsters have the nerve to tell us how to “unite"? Seriously?
Why don’t they step up and help us rid this country of the sicknesses that have plagued us for far too long? Before healing can begin, surgery to remove the cancerous tumor must be complete. Wounds need to be cleaned out to prevent infection. Healing is not painless. Treatments are not pleasant. But they are necessary.
Our Constitution makes it really clear; it says we are to ensure domestic tranquility, but then it tells us how to do that. You must establish justice… Out of this pain, we must go forth.. Birth is preceded by pain. This moment could be a birthing, or it could be a destruction. Let it be a birthing. Let it be a birthing. Let it push us to deal with things we should have dealt with a long time ago, and that in itself will lower the temperature and will heal the nation. The body is sick with racism and disparities. Heal the body, and the spirit will get better. — Rev. William J. Barber II
All of the American people need to be told the truth about our nation’s conditions and prescribed treatments. Those who have been spouting lie after lie after lie, fueling the flames, don’t get to show up with buckets of water and be heroes. But they can help the firefighters by shutting up and doing what they need them to do.
They know the truth. They know they’re wrong. If they truly want to lead and serve with principles and integrity, they will abandon their selfish ambitions and be honest with the people who elected them.
“Truth comes before reconciliation,” said Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE).
We are not going to sink down to their level to “unite” with them as they goose-step down a road to destruction — paved with greed, arrogance, and a lust for power — and try to drag us behind them, in chains. We will not hold hands and sing kumbaya with selfish, narcissistic, fascist scumbags. We will not coddle these violent traitors. America does not negotiate with terrorists — neither foreign nor domestic.
“My sense of history is that civilizations that skip the accountability phase after an attempted coup are doomed to have that insurrection rise again,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).
The road to true unity and healing is paved with truth, decency, accountability and justice. No justice, no peace.
Those who refuse to help guide us along that path need to get the hell out of the way.