Have you no sense of decency, sir?
Boston lawyer Joseph Welch posed that question to Senator Joe McCarthy during his Communist witch hunt hearings in 1954. Welch's question, is moot when it comes to Donald Trump.
A man who forcibly separates babies from parents and sends them to “tender age” shelters just to fire up his most ardent supporters lacks any shred of decency.
The leader of the still free world traumatized small children to make cheap political points. To him, they are “throwaway kids.”
Following national outrage, the president now promises to detain parents and kids together though a 1997 consent decree prohibits the federal government from holding children in immigration detention centers for more than 20 days.
Meanwhile, the Republican party covers itself in disgrace, supporting the presidential cruelty or remaining silent while the tweeter-in-chief is criticized worldwide for the abuse of helpless children.
One now former Republican, John McCain’s former campaign manager Steve Schmidt, has the decency that is lacking in Trump and the GOP.
Last night, Schmidt renounced his membership in the GOP, which he blistered as “corrupt, indecent and immoral.”
The party formed in 1854 to “oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life,” is now “fully the party of Trump,” tweeted Schmidt.
He believes the child separation policy is connected to worst abuses of humanity in US history. “It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated.”
Schmidt wrote: “The first step to a season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities. I do not say this as an advocate of a progressive agenda. I say it as someone who retains belief in democracy and decency.”
He sees today’s GOP as “a danger to our democracy and values.”
Republicans and the country need more Steve Schmidts.
His “democracy and decency” line would be a great slogan for a challenger to Trump for the 2020 GOP presidential nomination.