The New York Times’ David Brooks — the house conservative — notices that Republican loonies have begun to think of themselves as an abused remnant.
What’s happening can only be called a venomous panic attack. Since the election, large swaths of the Trumpian right have decided America is facing a crisis like never before and they are the small army of warriors fighting with Alamo-level desperation to ensure the survival of the country as they conceive it.
Notice that, as the nation writ large calms down and recovers from the serial lunacies of Trumpism, the hard corps seem to conceive of themselves with a perspective that hearkens to the Bible:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and shall say all manner
of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Recall the improbable-seeming adoration of evangelicals for Donald Trump. And when people like me (and probably you, and millions of others) roll our eyes and ridicule them, why … it’s the persecution foretold in the Good Book!
It will never be possible to reason with these morons or ease them into the communion of democratic ideals; their malice toward a world that has left them behind, and in which they are out-of-step and uncomfortable, is too great.