Saturday, October 02, 2021
What is noteworthy, though, is not that someone closely affiliated with Trump would engage in questionable alleged behavior (see Jason Miller, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Matt Gaetz, et al.), but that there would actually be consequences for his behavior. Like so many in Trump's orbit, Lewandowski has established a pattern of inappropriate and abusive behavior that has generally resulted in slaps on the wrist, followed by his failing forward. It has been a pattern for most of his life. Indeed, Lewandowski's political career reads more like a rap sheet than a standard political rsum.
This raises the obvious question: Why is Lewandowski finally being held accountable, now? The answer is also obvious. As Maggie Haberman explained in the New York Times, "Aides to Mr. Trump insist this latest incident is different, particularly because it involves a donor to the former president."
Moral, ethical, and legal failings can be overlooked, but a lack of loyalty or deference to The Donald will not. The unpardonable sin is doing anything that Trump perceives as taking liberties with whatever is perceived to be Trump's domain. That's why, say, grabbing a reporter or refusing to pay child support won't get you banished, but denying Trump's "Big Lie" will. That's why Trump donors exist in the do-not-grope zone. As Never Trump conservative Charlie Sykes put it, "asses may be grabbed and thighs fondled, but the donor class shall not be molested. The MAGAverse has standards."
In other words, do what you want to the normies"the reporters, the singers, the staffer ... the civilians"but allegedly groping a donor's wife is an unpardonable sin, right up there with admitting Joe Biden won the election.
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