Conservative columnist David Brooks offered a stinging rebuke of Republicans who embrace Donald Trump in yesterday’s New York Times.
But if the last 10 days have made anything clear, it’s this: The Republican Fausts are in an untenable position. The deal they’ve struck with the devil comes at too high a price. It really will cost them their soul.
Brooks argues “the Trump administration is not a Republican administration; it is an ethnic nationalist administration.”
Second, even if Trump’s ideology were not noxious, his incompetence is a threat to all around him. To say that it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs. . . .
Third, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the aroma of bigotry infuses the whole operation, and anybody who aligns too closely will end up sharing in the stench.
Brooks concludes that eventually Republicans will
have to either oppose Trump and risk his tweets, or sidle along with him and live with his stain. . . .With most administrations you can agree sometimes and disagree other times. But this one is a danger to the party and the nation in its existential nature. And so sooner or later all will have to choose what side they are on, and live forever after with the choice.