The old dynamic was that Americans run for office first and then get convicted of crimes. But in 2018, that dynamic has been flipped: several Republicans are criminals and are running for political office.
It’s been called the “convict caucus”: three GOP ex-cons, two of whom spent time behind bars, are now running for Congress. It includes Arizona’s immigrant-torturing Joe Arpaio, New York’s tax-evader Michael Grimm, and West Virginia’s evil environment-destroying CEO, Don Blankenship.
Lately, this is more than just a curiosity. The convicted criminals who will soon be on the ballot represent something important growing in contemporary Republican politics. Washington Post had a good article on this:
[Former New York congressman Michael Grimm] has uncovered a new reality in the constantly changing world of Republican politics: Criminal convictions, once seen as career-enders, are no longer disqualifying. In the era of President Trump, even time spent in prison can be turned into a positive talking point, demonstrating a candidate’s battle scars in a broader fight against what he perceives as liberal corruption.
In a startling shift from “law-and-order Republicans,” Trump has attacked some branches of law enforcement, especially those pursuing white-collar malfeasance, as his allies and former campaign officials are ensnared in various investigations.
Brainwashed GOP voters are being told to believe that law enforcement can’t be trusted when there’s a Republican accused of a crime, and the gullible puppets are quick to believe it, just because they want it to be true.
The president lied at his Klan, oops I mean campaign rally in Michigan last weekend, “We support the rule of law, and we support the heroes of law enforcement.” The lies generated applause, but Trump’s agenda is really the opposite, and includes manic condemnations of the Justice Department and the FBI.
Just as importantly, it does not reflect the attitudes of sociopathic candidates like Arpaio, Blankenship, and Grimm, who are each telling voters to ignore their convictions since law enforcement is rife with corruption, in the classic manipulative and lying red herring tactic beloved by Republicans.
They’re not ex-cons, their lying story goes; they are victims of overly aggressive prosecutors. With Trump lying to his party’s base the very same way for months, this lie is landing on fertile brainwashed soil for Republicans.
Susan Del Percio, who is a New York GOP consultant and advised Grimm in 2010, but now opposes his evil candidacy, told the Washington Post, “Here’s a general rule of thumb: Lawmakers should not be law breakers. I guess it’s a different political norm we are facing today.”