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Cruelty has become the defining characteristic of modern Republican policy-making.

Michael A. Cohen, MSNBC *Opinion Columnist

July 31 2022

Former President Donald Trump returned to Washington this week for what was billed as “a policy speech” at the America First Policy Institute, an advocacy group friendly to Trump staffed by multiple people who served in his administration. Not surprisingly, the policies he touted are just like the ones he backed when he was president and which Republicans are increasingly embracing in state legislatures around the country: punitive, authoritarian and mean.

There were Trump’s usual calls for executing drug dealers, bringing back “stop-and-frisk policies in cities,” and deploying the National Guard in urban areas with high crime rates. But one policy idea was new: Trump called for removing thousands of homeless people from American cities and making them live in tents on “large parcels of inexpensive land in the outer reaches of the cities.”


But, it’s not just Trump. Cruelty toward vulnerable Americans, such as people who are experiencing homelessness, is becoming the norm in Republican politics. Last month, Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons, a Republican, signed legislation that includes some of the punitive measures Trump promoted this week. The bill Parsons signed, which sailed through the GOP-controlled state legislature, directly targets the homeless population by making it a crime to sleep on state-owned lands, such as under highway overpasses and bridges. Violators can be fined up to $750 or sentenced up to 15 days in prison.


Mainstream Republicans now regularly deride Democrats as communists and Marxists. They label as “pedophiles” and “groomers” those pushing for acceptance of LGBTQ children. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that a party that embraces a man who once bragged about grabbing women by the “p---” and insulted a Gold Star mother would make such a heel turn, but it doesn’t make it any less disturbing.

There’s a meanness in the GOP’s attitude toward their perceived rivals that is defining the way Republicans approach the job of governing the country. And if Trump’s speech this week is any indication, if he returns to the White House, the meanness will only get meaner.


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* Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one. Most of the stink. This one Reallly Stinks.

I wonder what Mr. Cohen would say if his neighborhood looked like This?




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