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Moulitsas: Stuck with Trump

Moulitsas: Stuck with Trump
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For a party that pretentiously parades around with pocket Constitutions, it was funny seeing the Republican standard-bearer betray his ignorance of the most foundational of American documents: “Not only will I stand up for Article I, I’ll stand up for Article II, Article 12 [sic], you name it, of the Constitution.” You name it! Because Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE certainly can’t. 

This is who Republicans have running their show. An ignoramus who continued to defend the blatantly anti-Semitic use of a Star of David on an anti-Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Monica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP MORE image days after his own campaign had sheepishly taken it down, despite the fact that the graphic was created by a white-power nationalist. A braggart who took time in a “unity” meeting with Senate Republicans to call Illinois’s Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDuckworth announces reelection bid Brave new world: Why we need a Senate Human Rights Commission  Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls MORE, Arizona’s Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse “losers” for refusing to endorse him. A bumbler so maladroit that even a reluctant defender, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, sheepishly protested, “He may be loose on some facts, reckless on some, but there’s not malicious intent there.” 

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If there’s a theme here, it’s Trump’s inability to gracefully handle the criticism inherent in running for any public office, much less the presidency. It’s no surprise that his speeches are devolving to rambling airings of grievances, both real and perceived. 

Take, for example, his Scotland disaster, when he tweeted about Scots “going wild over the vote” — when they in fact voted decisively against the British exit — and became visibly excited about the collapsing pound benefiting his business interests. Then, last week, he griped that all he was doing was answering a reporter’s questions: “Next day, it’s in an ad by Crooked Hillary Clinton, and I’m all over the place.” What was so wrong about Clinton’s ad? It was “dishonest” because it showed him using a golf club, and “I never touched a club.” Politics has never been this rough.

But the following rambling, incoherent whine when he was called to task for his repeated support of the deposed Saddam Hussein’s suspension of civil liberties — he even described the notorious dictator as “so good” — encapsulates the presumptive GOP nominee’s inability to deal with the big stage: 

“I love Saddam Hussein, according to the press, because they’re dishonest as hell. They heard what I said. And No. 2 — and they said it very, very strongly — they said he should have spoken about Hillary Clinton longer. Now I wrote out four pages that I wrote out. And I read it, point by point by point. And after a long time, I don’t know, many, many minutes — ya know, I’ve got thousands of people. And this really stupid guy, Chuck Todd — I won’t use his name. I refuse to use his name. I refuse to call him Sleepy Eyes. I am not going to call him Sleepy Eyes anymore. But he’s talking about, he had an opportunity to hit Hillary Clinton. Did you see what I did to her last night? Am I correct? I mean, it got to a point, I was hitting her so hard. And the problem is I’m a professional. And I’m hitting her so hard. And I know it doesn’t mean anything.” 

Republicans sharing the ballot with this walking ball of ego and rage are left to try to make the best of their disastrous situation. “If you look at the trajectory of his unforced errors, he’s getting better,” said Texas Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE. “I mean, he’s not where we want him to be, but he’s getting better.”

Is he really, though?

Moulitsas is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos.