David Brooks threatens that they will end up being treated like Joe McCarthy supporters.
The way David Brooks threatens Republicans shows that he hasn’t learned any lessons from Trump’s rise to power.
Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee. So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do?
Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. They seem blithely unaware that this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter.
Really David? You thought Trump would never have a chance to become President. Yet you assume that your view of history is still reliable.
That view of history assumes that the establishment, both Republican and Democrat, will continue to rule America both culturally and politically in the future. Thus, establishment opinions, no matter how mysteriously impotent they are at marginalizing Trump in the present will eventually succeed in condemning him. When the establishment is ascendant somehow, Brooks promises the perfidy of Republicans who didn’t fight against Trump more diligently will be avenged. The humiliation of “collaborating” with the enemy will forever haunt them.
In the rest of Brooks’ column, he suggests several things that will, somehow, prevent people from supporting so odious a candidate as Donald Trump—including “national service” (so there’s another reason we might have a conservative draft resistance).
Reading the whole column, this thought overwhelmed me: No matter how bad our situation gets, the media will give David Brooks a platform to make it more onerous and painful. It is like being imprisoned in a cell and, between torture sessions with electrodes, Brooks comes in, sets up a chalkboard, and scratches it.
There are many things I oppose about Donald Trump, but the fact that he is hated by elitist Brooks is a point in his favor.