(Salon) -- The party of personal responsibility continues to blame everyone except itself for the ascendancy of Donald Trump. This comes as no surprise, given how the GOP collectively lacks the self-awareness to grasp that its years-long strategy of blurting superficial, often racially-tainted patriotic memes, while encouraging pervasive anti-Obama hatemongering over serious policy initiatives.
Long gone are the days when Republican leaders reached across the aisle to get things done in a divided government, replaced by inchoate rage amplified by the knee-jerk derangement syndrome of both Fox News and AM talk radio. Taken as a whole, the GOP’s reliance upon lies, non-scandals and the fear of outsiders with “exotic” names like “Barack Hussein Obama” opened the door for Trump, and his most vocal disciples who’ve been instructed by the conservative entertainment complex that it’s okay to be overtly racist and politically childish.
Nevertheless, the same people who rolled out the red carpet for Trump continue to distance themselves from the neo-fascist chimera they themselves have been assembling for over 30 years.
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