A few quotes from Conservatives need wider coverage

As an independent voter, having been a member of both parties, I seek to find the truth and facts beneath the politics. The tribal nature requires its bellringers to denounce any criticism or facts that get in the way of their winning. The US president does this frequently with his claims of fake news when he does not like what is being said.

What concerns me is we have a president who has a modus operandi of heretofore questionable and dubious behavior to further his personal cause. Yet, the claims of fake news heightened by the narrative it is Democrats that are behind this. What I have observed is an increasing number of conservative voices who are exhibiting greater courage to speak out against actions and words of this president.

Here are a few that resonate with me:

Elsa Alcala, a former Texas judge, decided to leave the Republican party this summer, alienated by Trump’s  latest attacks on Democratic representatives of color, three of whom were born in the United States. “Even accepting that Trump has had some successes (and I believe these are few), at his core, his ideology is racism,” the 55-year-old retired judge wrote Monday in a Facebook post. “To me, nothing positive about him could absolve him of his rotten core,” as reported by The Washington Post.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, a long-time defender of whistleblowers and a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, pushed back Tuesday against the president’s call to identify the person who filed a complaint about his July phone call with the Ukrainian president. “This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality,” the senior senator from Iowa said in a news release as reported by USA Today.

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois noted in response to the president retweeting a comment by an evangelical minister that a civil war would result if he was impeached. “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war,” the Illinois lawmaker tweeted. “I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant,” as reported by USA Today.

Chris Truax, legal advisor to Republicans for the Rule of Law noted last week, “Republicans in Congress must condemn this behavior without reservation. It is no longer about whether Republicans believe President Trump or whether they support his policies. It’s about whether they support his admitted abuse of power and his efforts to secure a foreign government’s help in an American election,” said in a statement to Huffington Post.

Nebraska Republican State Senator John McCollister, wrote in an email sent to his supporters, “The Republican Party is enabling white supremacists in our country. As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s true. I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists, nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist.”

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire during Congressional testimony said “I want to stress I believe the whistleblower and the inspector general have acted in good faith throughout.” Maguire also agreed with Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro’s assertion that the whistleblower’s complaint is “remarkably consistent” with the transcript released by the Trump administration. “I would say that the whistleblower’s complaint is in alignment with what was released by the president yesterday,” Maguire said as reported by Fortune.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace called out “astonishing” and “deeply misleading” spin from President Donald Trump’s defenders over the whistleblower complaint on his contacts with Ukraine. He also criticized White House advisor Stephen Miller in an interview for Miller’s “obfuscation of the truth.”

Former National Economic Advisor Gary Cohn confessed to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward in his book “Fear,” saying Trump is a “prodigious liar.”

Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen said the following under oath to a Congressional committee, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.”

I am a fiscally conservative and social progressive voter. This is why I have been a member of both parties. I do not mind people being more conservative or progressive than me on issues. What I do care about is focusing on facts and truth.

I share these comments as there has been a purposeful reaction to distract from the truth to protect this president by his supporters. This is in part due to the media reporting everything the president does or says that is not accurate or appropriate. I wish they would focus more on the big lies as we have become inured (and even weary) to the unending inappropriate tweets and comments. Obstructing justice and abusing powers is a big thing.

25 thoughts on “A few quotes from Conservatives need wider coverage

  1. Good post, Keith. It is encouraging to see that some republicans are condemning Trump and his speech/actions. Just in … he is now also trying to get China to investigate the Bidens, despite the fact that he is in hot water over asking the same of the Ukraine. This must stop! This is the most insane, chaotic government I have seen in the western world in all of my 68 years. I hope that some of the senators in Congress will wake up and do what needs to be done to protect the integrity of the office of president, and to protect this nation.

    • Jill, thanks. Trump released the transcript thinking it would clear him, when in fact it indicts him. As does the China request. It is shameful those who are repeating various conspiracy theories to discredit, including the president. I found it interesting former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh calling out Congressman Jim Jordan for such. We need to let the Jordans of the world know we know you are lying. Keith

      • He’s a fool, which in this particular case was a good thing, for we were able to see at least part of his perfidy. They say there are parts missing in the ‘rough transcript’ … I wonder what could be worse than what we already know? It is shameful … the accusations coming from people (like Trump himself) who we pay to be more professional and honest are a disgrace to our entire federal government. The games they play are costing us in ways that cannot yet be quantified. It’s good to see these republicans calling out Trump and his sycophants, but it isn’t enough. Republicans who are in Congress now need to stand up and speak out against Trump’s abuse of power.

      • Jill, there are some things that must be emphasized no matter which party is president. The GOP vilified Obama for his golfing, yet that does not seem to be a problem now. Yet, if Pres. Obama or Clinton had said they were going to ask Ukraine or China on dirt on their presidential opponents, the GOP would be screaming bloody murder. Keith

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Some days it is all too easy to become discouraged, listening to the endless twitterstorm, hearing the baseless accusations, wondering if this circus will every end. We look at the republicans defending Trump and wonder where they left their integrity. But, the winds are beginning to shift in the republican camp, and some are finding that there is no longer any defense for some of Trump’s words and actions. Our friend Keith has highlighted some of those, and I find a glimmer of hope in it. Thank you, Keith, for the post and permission (implied) to re-blog!

    • Thanks Jill. Another encouraging note is I had a few more I could have used – Justin Amash, Will Hurd, Jeff Flake, Anthony Scaramucci, Anthony Napolitano, Shep Smith…

      • Jill, the Mooch is less credible than the others, but for a supporter to say “Trump is off the rails,” is impactful. Former Congressman Joe Walsh vilified Congressman Jim Jordan for his sycophancy to Trump. I think you said Jordan was in your district, so I hope you are sharing your concerns with his tribalism. Keith

  3. It’s good to see Keith. We need to see more of this…many times over. I keep waiting for the tipping point. Maybe we’re almost there. I sure hope so.

  4. Note to Readers: Here are the words of GOP Congressman Will Hurd, a former CIA employee. I find his to be a highly reasonable Republican voice in the House: “Having laws in place to ensure that folks throughout the government are able to get to the right committees information where they think may be wrongdoing is important,” the Texas Republican said on CBS (and reported in the National Review). “There are troubling issues within the whistleblower’s report, but they are allegations, and I think that’s why we should explore these allegations through hearings.”

    Further, per Newsweek, Republican-turned-Independent congressman Justin Amash laid into the House’s top Republican on Sunday, saying House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Cali.) lacked competence and was dishonest in a CBS 60 Minutes interview where he defended President Donald Trump’s actions involving the Ukraine whistleblower scandal.
    “Kevin McCarthy again displays his unique brand of incompetence and dishonesty,” Amash wrote on Twitter, along with a portion of McCarthy’s 60 Minutes interview. It should be noted Amash left the GOP this summer as he called for the impeachment of Donald Trump after reading the Mueller report.

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  6. Note to Readers: Per Politico today, “Sen. Mitt Romney on Friday denounced President Donald Trump for calling on China and Ukraine to investigate 2020 political rival Joe Biden, saying the president’s request is ‘wrong and appalling.’ It should be noted in the same article Senator Ben Sasse and Congressman Will Hurd, Republicans like Romney, have shared criticism of Trump’s open request to Ukraine and China. It should be noted Shep Smith and former Judge Andrew Napolitano noted that Trump’s request of China is precisely what he is being investigated for.

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