Let’s Just All Acknowledge That Cruelty & Death Is the GOP Brand

Thom Hartmann
10 min readSep 19, 2022
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Editorials in America’s major newspapers are shocked — shocked, I tell you! — that DeSantis and Abbott would exploit asylum-seekers to rack up votes from their racist base.

Whatever happened to government being the power that helped people, they want to know?

But it was entirely predictable. Even, recently, by actual medical scientists.

The Lancet is arguably the most respected medical journal in the world. Founded in London in 1823, its reputation is impeccable and it only publishes science that’s peer-reviewed and scientifically sound.

Which is why their indictment of the four years of Republican rule under Trump, McConnell, and McCarthy — and the ongoing racism Republicans are today stoking — is particularly worthy of our attention.

“Trump exploited low and middle-income white people’s anger over their deteriorating life prospects,” the Lancet’s Commission on Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era wrote, “to mobilize racial animus and xenophobia and enlist their support for policies that benefit high-income people and corporations and threaten health.”

Published in February, 2020 — the last year of Trump’s dystopian reign — this commission’s shocking report lays out for the world’s public health community exactly how monstrous, cruel, and depraved Trump and his GOP cronies behaved in the face of a worldwide public health crisis.

They actually called out GOP fealty to the corporate elite and billionaire class.

“His signature legislative achievement,” the Lancet commission wrote, “a trillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and high-income individuals, opened a budget hole that he used to justify cutting food subsidies and health care.”

We shouldn’t be surprised that the world’s top medical journal pointed out how disastrous Trump’s presidency was for the American people in real time. It’s simply the logical extension of conservative policies on pretty much everything for the past 90 years.

Republicans simply don’t believe it’s part of the job of government to provide for the “general welfare” of the American people like the Constitution says; instead, government — in their minds —…

Thom Hartmann

America’s #1 progressive talk show host & NY Times bestselling author. Thom’s writings also appear at HartmannReport.com.