Dana Milbank documents the decline of ethics and morality that characterizes the Republican party and now threatens democracy itself.
Opinion | The GOP is sick. It didn’t start with Trump — and won’t end with him.
Trump is just a symptom of the sickness in the GOP.
The essay echoes a theme in my observations of political leadership on the right. There is a long tradition of political scheming and distortion of the public’s perception of reality. Lee Atwater said “Perception is reality,” and he actively employed that principle to create negative political memes. Manifort, Stone, Gingrich, Rove, and many other GOP political operatives have risen to power and influence manipulating perception without concern for fairness or truth. They seek to win by any means.