Ex-Bush Speechwriter: A 'Loyal' Republican Is Now Either A Sucker Or A Liar

Michael Gerson split Republicans loyal to Donald Trump and the 2020 ex-president election falls into two camps in his new column for the Washington Post, published Monday.
"To be a loyal Republican, you have to be either a sucker or a liar," wrote Gerson, a former speechwriter for ex-President George W. Bush.
"And because this defining lie (about the election) is so blatantly and ridiculously wrong, we can assume that most Republican leaders who adopt it fall into the second category," he continued. "Knowingly repeating a lie - an act of immorality - is now proof of the Republicans' loyalty."
Gerson said "a founding lie" like Trump's conspiracy theory of electoral fraud seeks to "remove supporters from the chaotic world of facts and evidence," "replace critical judgment with personal loyalty," and "encourage distrust of any source of social authority that opposes it." the changing will of the leader. "
Trump's supporters who stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 seemed "fairly sincere" with their views, said Gerson, who also noted that it is difficult to know whether "innate liar" Trump really believes in his lies .
"No, it is the elected Republicans who lie with open eyes out of fear or cynicism and who have the most to atone," he concluded. "Given the health of US democracy, their excuses are a shame."
Read Gerson's full essay here.
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