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Opinion: Blame GOP elites, not the grass roots, for the party’s descent into madness and sedition

Opinion: Blame GOP elites, not the grass roots, for the party’s descent into madness and sedition

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mlc885

Can't I blame both? I blame the rich, corrupt, and well-educated people *more*, of course, but it's not as if the voting base is solely made up of people who never had a chance to learn that they or their party might be wrong or flawed.


hadesdemeter

Right, like grown adults bear zero responsibility… no. You don’t get to support a white supremacist who attempted a coup and then try to abdicate responsibility…


SissySlutKendall

Yes, yes you can, but then you are smarter than the Author.


InterstellarSucksBad

I would think there is enough blame to go around.


AmHoomon

This headline is stupid as shit. Everyone affiliated with, supporting, endorsing, donating to, volunteering to, or voting for Republicans or conservative causes is all responsible.


ThePresidentsNipples

Grassroots... there ain't no roots in astroturf


henlochimken

But the astroturf does explain the rug-burns on their knees


Natiak

Why can't it be both?


aquarain

Reply to author: we have met your "grass roots". You're full of it.


Sanudder

I'm good blaming both, thanks. The Party of Personal Responsibility™ has plenty of responsibility to go around.


DapperCourierCat

Blame the elected politicians, not the people that support, elect, and enable them! 🤡


OttawaMan35

>Yet even with his repulsive toadying to Trump, McCarthy may not be the worst offender among Republican elites. It is hard to go lower than Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas. They seem to be in a sick competition over how many of their own citizens they can kill by catering to anti-scientific prejudices. >Abbott made a strong case that he was the leader in this ghoulish contest by trying to ban all coronavirus vaccine requirements, even in private companies. But DeSantis might have surged back into the lead by appointing as Florida’s surgeon general a fringe physician, Joseph Ladapo, who questions the efficacy of covid vaccines. Last Thursday, DeSantis stood by as Ladapo went down the rabbit hole, complaining about people “being forced to sort of put something in their bodies that we don’t know all there is to know about yet.” >Mock the Republican grass roots all you like. But the real problem is the complete abdication of responsibility by Republican leaders. Rather than trying to restrain the zeal of their most fanatical followers, they are amplifying it. Blame the party’s elites, not its rank and file, for its descent into madness and sedition.


taco-bake

Nope you GOP regulars don’t get a pass. You were mostly silent for this shit show .


Thomasnaste420

Yeah, because it’s the “elites” showing up at school board meetings screaming about masks and CRT


theskyguardian

¿Porqué no los dos?


postapocalive

Uh, no, the Grass Roots are bat shit crazy.


duh_cats

Oh, there’s enough blame to go around. The leaders and the base can share.


Marvin_Frommars

There's enough blame to go around. No need to be conservative with it.


rolfraikou

I blame the vast majority of them for standing back and standing by as the party has increasingly gotten more extreme. Sure, a hand full of them have come out and said "This isn't the party I joined" but it really is such a small portion. Most of them have just watched as the shitshow happened, or encouraged it.


ArrowheadDZ

No, no no. This opinion is just fundamentally wrong. At first, in 2016, we actually believed that the Republican mainstream plugged their noses and reluctantly voted for Trump, secretly wishing that they had Reagan, or even Teddy Roosevelt back. This has been profoundly disproven by the past 5 years. Republicans in 1980 plugged their noses and reluctantly voted for Reagan, all the while wishing he was Trump. Trump is a far more accurate representation of the moral core of the republican mainstream than Regan or Roosevelt ever were. We cannot solve misidentified problems. As long as we see Trump as a con-man who infiltrated an unsuspecting republican mainstream, we will never be able to address the underlying causes.


erikbrandvig

Just FYI: the Republican grass roots would happily lynch teddy roosevelt today. And any mainstream Republican who thinks they would support him or holds him up as a Republican hero has no idea what he did as president.


dmullaney

Who are these supposed "grass roots republicans"?


jmatthews2088

Morons who watch Fox News and read Breitbart.


dmullaney

Sure, but I mean I think this is possibly the first mention I've seen of Republican Grassroots since the Tea Party movement...


Meritania

We’re going to have an interesting few years ahead as the grass roots remain loyal to Trump and the party elites look for their next presidential candidate.


dudewafflesc

Truth! None of them will stand up for what is right.


cfpct

No blame Americans for they're overwhelmingly poor critical thinking skills and the decline of education. Blame evangelicals for ruining education in the south. If we had the rank the dumbest people in every culture, then evangelicals would be at bottom.


Ulf_the_Brave

I blame Reagan for trashing the fairness doctrine. Prior to that, lying, unrefuted in the media had consequences. Return the cranks to relative obscurity. They NEVER turn out to be right.


twitch_delta_blues

Oh? And are the elites the ones who vote for these assholes?


OpenImagination9

Now now … regular folks can be Q-maniacs too! Don’t be so elitist!


Optimal_Ear_4240

Get rid of em, buncha corrupt mo fos


DollarsAndDreams

There is a metric fuckton of blame to go around here but …maybe, just maybe the so-called grass roots shouldn’t be so goddamn gullible enough to swallow this stuff without a thought in their pea-sized brains 🤔