The GOP Is Threatening Its Small Donors
I really want to write about the Biden administration. You know, infrastructure, taxes to pay for it, gun control (did he just say something about the second amendment not being absolute?), there’s lotsa good stuff going on.
But . . .
Have you seen the weird shit going on in the Republican Party? I hate to keep writing about it day after day, but damn, they have really gone off the deep end.
Let’s briefly recap.
So far, Trump has sent a cease-and-desist order to the party telling them to stop using his name and image in their fundraising efforts.
The party countered with the fact that Trump is a public figure and so he can’t stop them from using his name and image.
Trump responded by telling his followers to donate to his Save America PAC instead of the Republican Party.
Game, set, match.
But not quite.
The New York Times reported that Trump cheated his donors out of money using a little pre-checked box on his fundraising appeals that allowed his campaign to automatically withdraw money from their bank accounts or credit cards first on a monthly, then a weekly basis.
He had to refund the money. But in Trump World, that’s just the cost of doing business.
Now, you would think that the Republican Party would be shocked and appalled at this. But like I said, there is some weird shit going on because they actually think that this is a good idea!
Not the refunding part, the part about the automatic withdrawals using a pre-checked box.
They have not only adopted the strategy, but they put their own bizarre twist on it.
Here it is. Tell me what you think.
In the bright yellow box containing the now infamous pre-checked box there’s a warning. It says:
Oh my God, you guys!! Didn’t we used to do that when we were kids? Threaten to tell a parent if a sibling did something wrong?
“If you do that, I’m gonna tell mom (dad).”
Well, here’s the truth of the matter. In addition to being funny as all hell, it’s also scary as all hell. Because they are setting Trump up as a god or at least a strongman who will punish anyone who doesn’t do as he says.
Think about it. Only scary dictators who rule by force actually punish their citizens for not doing as they are told.
Here are some examples.
“If you UNCHECK this box, we will have to tell Putin you’re a DEFECTOR.”
Pretty scary if you’re a Russian.
“If you UNCHECK this box, we will have to tell Kim Jong Un you’re a DEFECTOR.”
Most North Koreans would shit themselves if they read that.
Now try this.
“If you UNCHECK this box, we will have to tell Biden you’re a DEFECTOR.”
Did you laugh or just check you phone to catch the latest TikTok video?
That’s the difference. Telling Biden is like telling your grandfather. No consequences, except maybe a longwinded story about his glory days in the Senate and nobody is afraid of that.
Why am I panicking about using Trump as a threat? Because he has incited violence in the past against people who have opposed him. Like at his rallies, telling attendees to beat up protestors or the media. And how about January 6 when he sent a violent mob to storm the capitol with the intent of stopping the certification of the election and hanging Mike Pence for disobeying him?
If he is willing to execute his own vice president for refusing to go against the Constitution, think how some grandpa in a Red state feels when he reads that if he unchecks the box, Trump will be told that he is a defector.
Pretty damn scared if you ask me. Might even shit his Depends. Basically, the GOP is threatening small donors with the possibility of violence if they refuse to give recurring donations to whichever Republican entity is fundraising.
Republicans are no longer living in a free country. Hell, they’re not even living in a democracy. They are living in a violent fascist dictatorship that controls every aspect of their lives. Their thoughts. Their actions. Their finances.
They call it America First, but the reality is that it is Trump first. And if you don’t like it, Trump will be told and then all bets are off. If there’s knock on your door, don’t answer it if you value your life. Better yet, pack up the kids and leave town BEFORE the knock.
Ted Cruz says that Cancun is lovely this time of year.
This is what we have to look forward to if Trump runs and wins in 2024. Okay, if Trump wins in 2024 because we all know that he is going to run.
They are so gullible.
Is this the kind of country that we want to live in? Being threatened with violence from our leaders? As counter intuitive as it may sound, please support the sane Republicans who are splitting off from the looney bin that is currently the Republican Party. We need to isolate those inmates from civilized society.
We urgently need a normal, sane conservative party. Our country works best with at least two political parties, which hold complementary American values. Political violence or the threat of it has no place in our country.