In Saturday night's, CBS Republican Presidential Debate, Donald Trump did what he always does. He went too far. He corrected the record about the 9/11 attacks, demolishing the fairy-tale version that the George W. Bush administration kept us safe and that he wasn't one of the worst Presidents of the last century. It is true. George W. Bush was president when the World Trade Centers fell. You can even look it up online.
A large part of the GOP's rhetoric centers around these fairy tales. America stands for freedom. Voter ID laws threaten our democracy. Welfare Queens are sucking up all of your money. And George W. Bush did the right thing in the face of terrorist attacks. None of these are true. America has 2.2 million people in jail and regularly upholds dictatorships in order to protect necessary foreign resources. Voter impersonation makes up about 0.00035% of voter fraud while millions are denied the vote due to this oppressive rule. Food Stamps cost the average American family $36 per year, while tax breaks for big business racks up to a staggering $6,000 per family. And Donald Trump is right, George W. Bush destabilized the Middle East after 9/11. The GOP establishment has been ignoring tough truths it would prefer to ignore, and the Donald just let the cat out of the bag.
As soon as Donald quickly pointed out that he lost "hundreds of friends" in the World Trade Center and it was Jeb's brother who should accept the blame, the rest of the field called treason. As soon as he lifted the veil that Bush was President during this time, Rubiobot turned on the GOP rhetoric to fight back against the billionaire mogul. "George W. Bush kept us safe and I am forever grateful for what he did for this country" Rubio quickly stated and then switched to a familiar GOP attack, "The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn't kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him."
There it is. The great example of the made-up fantasy the GOP establishment uses to help its base go to sleep and ignore the atrocities it has rallied for. It is against the 1st commandment of GOP politics to suggest that Bush bears even the slightest responsibility for 9/11 even though he was President at the time. President Obama on the other hand is responsible for any terrorist attack that happens anywhere in the world and it's because of his liberal incompetence.
Republicans love to suggest that Democrats are soft in the fight against terrorism both here and abroad. They claim that Obama's refusal "to utter the words 'radical Islamic terrorism" as Ted Cruz often says, threaten not only American lives but is somehow responsible for the clusterfuck that has happened to the Middle East. However, when Trump called for temporarily banning all foreign Muslims from entering the country, it forced the GOP to take a step back and acknowledge that Islam itself isn't really part of the problem.
Trump is wrong on almost everything. I vomit when I think about him sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. But Trump's campaign has a silver lining that many people are ignoring. By being so bombastic, he threatens his party's orthodoxy and reveals the nonsense they have been peddling for decades now. For example, Republicans loved to talk tough on illegal immigration in the past. Deportation was a huge part of their rhetoric and anyone who said otherwise was calling for "amnesty." Trump took this policy to its logical conclusion and called for the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and immediately the establishment had to take back about how all of the partisan rhetoric wasn't meant literally. Trump threatens to lift the veil on the GOP's fantasy world.
Trump challenges even the Republican's traditional economic rhetoric by claiming he is a free trader, but then opposes existing trade pacts. Republicans love championing free trade, but fail to examine what happens to working class jobs when pacts like NAFTA are passed. Trump wants to expand entitlements, not shrink them, and it turns out that many GOP voters feel the same way.
Make no mistake, Saturday night's debate was nothing short of blood bath on a daytime TV soap opera. Allegations of cheating, attacks in Spanish, claims of bald-faced lying, but the most serious attack that happened was from Trump himself and it was on the fantasies that the GOP has been peddling. He lifted the veil on their partisan rhetoric and showed what it truly meant to be a Republican. Deportation of 11 million immigrants, Ban on Muslims, and calling anyone you oppose weak and that a vote for them is a vote for the terrorists to come get you. It just that those who used to be weak were the Democrats. Now Trump has claimed it is anyone who stands in his way to the Presidency, and that to be is the sign of a true Republican.