As Donald Trump’s linguistic rhetoric increasingly begins to further resemble the type of defamatory propaganda employed by the authoritarian and fascist regimes responsible for the genocidal murder of populations that they consider less than human, those minority of Republicans brave enough to oppose the president find that even they are not immune to his verbal assaults.
Outraged over the “Never Trumper” Republicans failing to intervene to defend him from the ongoing impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats in the Wake of his Ukraine “quid pro quo” scandal, Trump lambasted the opponents within his own party as “human scum” — a term that could be lifted from one of Adolph Hitler’s speeches attacking pre-war Germany’s Jewish population as sub-human vermin — in a tweet that only served to redouble the resolve of the anti-Trump faction of the GOP to try to reclaim their party from the hateful populist insurgency headed by the president.
The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
Faced with such a loathsome, dehumanizing insult, one prominent Republican critic of the president, CNN political analyst S.E. Cupp, asked a former GOP congressman, Sean Duffy (R-WI), who is now employed as a CNN contributor, whether he agreed with Trump’s description of his disloyal fellow party members as “human scum.”
“I know you are a stand-up guy, a family man. You teach your kids good values. Would you, sir, call me human scum?” Cupp asked Duffy while the two appeared on the network this past weekend.
Duffy, who resigned from Congress recently due to the health complications suffered by his youngest child, naturally deferred that “it’s not the language I’d use.” He did, however, go on to try to weakly defend the president.
“I think it’s important to go not ‘What did Donald Trump say?’ but ‘Why is he saying it?’” Duffy continued.
Cupp wasn’t having any of Duffy’s diplomatic dodge, having been one of the targets of Trump’s slur.
“I actually want to talk about what he said, because he called people like me ‘human scum,’” she replied.
Duffy quickly reassured his CNN colleague that he didn’t negatively think of her while offering an excuse for the president’s comments.
“I don’t think you’re scum, and I know a lot of Never Trumpers,” Duffy said, adding that the president was “frustrated he’s been investigated for two years.”
The mention of the investigation of Trump’s actions surrounding connections to Russia and obstruction of justice brought the conversation around to Trump’s claim that a “civil war” would break out if Democrats attempted to remove him from office. Duffy reinforced the president’s perception.
“Republican voters, Trump supporters, are wildly angry he could be taken out by this sham of a process. They’re really angry,” Duffy claimed. “I don’t know if you’d have civil war where people are taking up guns, but I think you’d have a political civil war,” he continued.
Reinforcing the depths of political alienation in this country, Duffy echoes the sad comments of the supposed White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham — who has yet to actually hold a press briefing since she inherited the office from her equally duplicitous predecessor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Grisham defended Trump’s “human scum” description of his Republican critics, saying that “the people who are against him and who have been against him and working against him since the day they took office are just that.”
“The fact that people continue to try and negate anything that he’s doing and take away from the good work he’s doing on behalf of the American people, they deserve strong language like that,” she added.
If a new civil war ever does break out in this country, the responsibility will be squarely positioned in the hands of Donald Trump and his administration who have created the most polarized political environment in recent history with exactly the kind of dehumanizing propaganda that his harsh language towards even members of his own political party demonstrates.
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Original reporting by Zack Budryk at The Hill.