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A phrase that perfectly captures the craziness of the Trump era

(CNN) – In an interview with Donald Trump Earlier this week, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said something really impressive.

“You know, Mr. President, you and I don’t agree on elections, but we agree on a lot,” Hewitt told Trump, leading to a conversation about China’s hypersonic missiles.

Hewitt, speaking without sarcasm, is a window into how conservatives have found ways to rationalize Trump and his fundamentally undemocratic attempts to undermine the American public’s confidence in the results of the 2020 election.

Here’s the truth: You can’t say “so and so” about Trump’s rejection of the election. Because by refusing to accept the outcome of the 2020 election and repeatedly (and wrongly) claiming election fraud, Trump is actively working against everything that makes America, well, America.

Hewitt’s attempt to dismiss his disagreement with Trump over the election at the time as just another political feud is ironic. This is not to say that Hewitt says we should have stayed in Afghanistan and that Trump says we should have withdrawn US forces. This is the former president of the United States who refuses to accept the results of the national elections.

In fact, it is more than that. Trump has turned the electoral rejection into a critical test for aspiring Republican candidates. If you don’t want to say that you believe, contrary to all available evidence, that the 2020 election was stolen, not only will you get Trump’s support, but you might also find him actively working to defeat you when you run for re-election. (Look at the case of Brian Kemp and David Perdue in Georgia. also from Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel).

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Trump is working to plagiarize the 2020 election as a cornerstone of the Republican Party’s platform. And again, this is not the same as making abortion or trade a partisan platform. This makes rejecting American democracy an important part of what it means to be a Republican.

Because of all of that, Hewitt simply cannot describe what Trump is doing as something they disagree on. This kind of justification is how we got into this mess, with one of the country’s two major political parties becoming more cult of personality than any kind of organization brought together by a common set of principles and policies.

Refusal to believe the results of a free and fair election should disqualify any party leader. It is not negotiable. If we can’t agree that an election was fair, even if our favorite candidate loses, we’ve sacrificed what makes America great. Hewitt and his fellow Conservatives who continue to do everything in their power to please Trump, cannot (or will not) see that this indicates how much the Conservative movement is losing at the moment.

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