In government, and especially a democratic republic such as ours, political discourse is commonplace and, in fact, encouraged. After all, it is this discourse and constant discussion between parties that decide our laws and decides what is right and wrong for all citizens. However, there are times when this constructive criticism can be taken much too far, such as when lawmakers start to attack each other over a simple difference of opinions.
And this most certainly is the case when talking about The Lincoln Project. This is a group of former Republicans or current Republicans who consider themselves to be Never Trumpers and would like nothing more than to see him ousted from the White House. The group is led by those like George Conway, the husband of White House Counselor, Kellyanne Conway, and Rick Wilson, who was recently recorded on CNN saying that Trump supporters are “illiterate.”
As their website says, “President Donald Trump and those who sign onto Trumpism are a clear and present danger to the Constitution and our Republic. Only defeating so polarizing a character as Trump will allow our country to heal its political and psychological wounds and allow for a new, better path forward for all Americans.”
One of the group’s primary strategies for getting rid of Trump is to heavily criticize his supporters, to the point of defamation even. In some of their most recent attempts to do so, they have created video ads attacking Trump-supporting GOP senators. And while all of them should be considered a disgrace, one, in particular, is exceptionally malicious, not to mention, downright shameless.
In it, the Lincoln Project seeks to discredit and attack Republican Senator Martha McSally of Arizona, who is a steadfast supporter of our President and the policies his administration has worked to enact. They say she is weak and a coward, claiming she lacks the “toughness” and “courage” that is needed in her position. They point to past Arizona senators like John McCain and Barry Goldwater as a comparison to her. They even go so far as to call her “a Trump hack.”
However, I’m pretty sure they missed something in their blind hatred for our President and anyone who would support him. You see, McSally is no ordinary senator. Firstly, she is a veteran of the United States Air Force. And she wasn’t just in for a two or four-year stint, she served for a full 22 years, retiring with the rank of colonel. That alone should prove some sort of bravery.
But she was also the first American woman to fly in combat. The first woman combat pilot ever. Then she went on to become the first female commander of a USAF fighter squadron. Let me just tell you; they don’t give that position out to cowards.
Neither does a coward challenge the United States Department of Defense’s military policies… and win. In 2001, she challenged the rule that requires US and United Kingdom servicewomen such as herself to wear body-covering apparel known as an abaya when traveling in Saudi Arabia, as well as other requirements.
She once noted in an appearance on “60 Minutes” on CBS, “I have to sit in the back and at all times I must be escorted by a male – (who) when questioned, is supposed to claim me as his wife. I can fly a single-seat aircraft in enemy territory, but (in Saudi Arabia) I can’t drive a vehicle.”
Does it sound like she lacks bravery? On the contrary, I would say.
After she retired from the military, having achieved one of the highest ranks a woman has ever received, she joined Congress. She first served in the House of Representatives and then moved to the Senate in 2018.
So no, I don’t think she lacks bravery or “toughness.” If anything, she has too much of it. And clearly, it scares the pants off these has-been Republicans, who just happen to be almost entirely older white males.
What this sounds like to me is a group of a bunch of cynical and bitter old men who have nothing better to do than go after those currently in power. But this time, their hatred has crossed a line. It’s one thing to criticize someone who you may not agree with; it’s another thing entirely to drag the first female combat pilot ever and her record through the mud, all in the name of blind vengeance.
It’s simply detestable.