Morning Joe Calls For 25th Amendment To Be Invoked To Have President Trump Removed From Office By Force

The hosts of Morning Joe are using their show to rally members of Trump’s cabinet remove the president from office. This cabinet-led coup could happen via the 25th Amendment, host Joe Scarborough said Friday. That amendment to the Constitution, adopted in 1967, deals with replacing a president who is no longer able to “discharge the powers and duties of his office,” which these hosts say applies to Trump due to his apparent mental incapacitation.

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by Geoffrey Grider December 1, 2017

The hosts of Morning Joe are using their show to rally members of Trump’s cabinet remove the president from office.

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.” The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Article 4

EDITOR’S NOTE: How desperately sad and pathetic it is when all the Liberals can do is call for impeachment and military coups to try and stop President Trump from draining the swamp. Libs would do well to remember that Trump beat 16 Republican opponents in the primaries, beat a bought-and-paid for by the fake news media candidate Crooked Hillary, and continues to win or battle to a draw every fight he has had in the year he has been president. So rage on, little snowflakes, rage on. Trump will mop you up after you’ve melted. #maga

This cabinet-led coup could happen via the 25th Amendment, host Joe Scarborough said Friday. That amendment to the Constitution, adopted in 1967, deals with replacing a president who is no longer able to “discharge the powers and duties of his office,” which these hosts say applies to Trump due to his apparent mental incapacitation.

“If you’ve been around mental health issues in your life … the pressure heightens, it gets worse,” Donny Deutsch said Friday. “And we should be frightened right now. We should be — there is nothing glib about it.”

“At what point do you go to article 25? [sic]” Deutsch asked.

Deutsch said he’s able to diagnose a change in Trump’s mental state: “I have known him for 20 years and I’ve spent hours and hours with him, everything from negotiating leases to at-school functions to hours and hours of interviewing him on my old show. He’s not the same guy. You can see it in his eyes and in his speech pattern, and most frighteningly his behavior. I think there’s something else happening here. If you’ve been around mental illness and whatnot, I think he’s feeling the noose around his neck tightening with Mueller.”

“So take a guy who is mentally unstable,” Deutsch continued. “Now put a gun closer — metaphorically, closer and closer to his head, and I think that’s what you’re seeing this week. I think there’s a new level, and I think we’re going to see it heightened as these two stories are coming together. His mental health and the Russian inquiry are coming together and it’s going to crescendo in even more insane behavior.”

Scarborough also predicted Trump’s mental health would deteriorate.

“My mom has dementia,” Scarborough said. “She had pre-dementia for several years. My father’s death, the pressure of that, is when we really lost her. And so it got exponentially worse very first. The more pressure you’re under in this — if this is, in fact, the problem, the worse it gets.”

Scarborough said that Trump confidantes agree with him that Trump has “mentally devolved.”

“There is no doubt mentally, and maybe it’s the pressure of the campaign and this, everybody that’s known Trump for years says he has mentally devolved, and I just want to know when it’s safe to start talking about it and writing about it,” he said.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said mental health experts warned him that Trump’s behavior would get worse.

“I mean, it’s just extraordinary. How much worse can it get?” he asked. “I fear it can get worse, and the people who are professionals in mental health frankly tell me this doesn’t get better. This probably won’t get better. It’s not going to resolve itself somehow. And as you said, he tends to want to escape the people who could keep him on the straight and narrow, so maybe we need to shut down Mar-a-Lago.”

During a conversation about Trump’s retweets that caught the ire of British lawmakers, Deutsch went further, declaring that this behavior shows he’s a “sociopath.”

“And you know who does things without any thinking about repercussions?” he asked. “A sociopath.”

On Thursday, Scarborough said the 25th Amendment was created for situations like this.

“He is completely detached from reality, we had a New York Times and Washington Post piece saying so a couple of days ago, and the question is Mika,” Scarborough said, “if this is not what the 25th Amendment was drafted for, I would like the cabinet members serving America, not serving the president” to act accordingly.

“He is completely detached from reality, we had a New York Times and Washington Post piece saying so a couple of days ago, and the question is Mika,” Scarborough said, “if this is not what the 25th Amendment was drafted for, I would like the cabinet members serving America, not serving the president” to act accordingly.

On Friday, Scarborough was more circumspect, though still advocating for removing Trump from office.

“The 25th Amendment, again, Mika, it wasn’t put for a situation like this,” Scarborough said. “It’s hard to wonder — it’s very complicated, but you do wonder.” source

 

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ISIS Calls for Attacks on American Kids

 ISIS called for attacks against kindergartens in the U.S. in retaliation for Syrian airstrikes. (Illustrative Photo: Pixabay)ISIS is calling for attacks on American children in revenge for U.S. airstrikes that killed Syrian children, Newsweek reported.Communicating on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, one ISIS supported texted, “I wish that I could travel to Europe or America or Australia and, by Allah, burn their children with oil in place of their men and women. I would not choose a market, club, shopping center, or park…no…no…no…I would choose a kindergarten and a maternity hospital to slaughter them.”The message, which originated from the pro-ISIS media group the al-Qastantiyyah Foundation, was a call for “lone wolf” attacks in the West.“ISIS has made numerous justifications of killing children, stating in issue five of its Rumiyah magazine: ‘One should not grieve over the collateral killing of kafir [infidel] women and children’,” Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence group, told Newsweek.The threat comes amid Russian airstrikes at the beginning of the week on Al-Shafah a town located in eastern Syria.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (based in the UK) said 53 people were killed in the strikes, including 21 children.The ongoing battle against ISIS makes avoiding civilian deaths nearly impossible as the modus operandi of the terror group is to hide among civilian populations.Watch the trailer to Clarion Project’s upcoming film KiDS: Inside the Terror Factory (working title), a documentary exploring the complex topic of the exploitation of children by extremists.

CRAZED LIBERAL RYAN CLAYTON DEMONSTRATES ‘LOVE TRUMPS HATE’ BY SCREAMING AND THROWING RUSSIAN FLAGS AT PRESIDENT

Capitol police took hold of Ryan Clayton after he began yelling and escorted him away from the press gaggle. Clayton was previously kicked out of the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference after he distributed Russian flags to attendees. Reporters noted that Clayton was also spotted with the press gaggle earlier this morning when Senator Bob Corker was being interviewed about president Donald Trump.
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A LIBERAL PROTESTER MANAGED TO BREACH SECURITY AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING TUESDAY AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ARRIVED FOR A LUNCH WITH REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO TALK TAX REFORM.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The next time you come across some Alt-Left Liberal spouting “love trumps hate” and talking about “peace, diversity and inclusion” you better run for cover because it’s highly likely that person is getting ready to snap and go postal on you. Today’s case-in-point comes from Liberal nutjob Ryan Clayton who threw Russian flags as the President passed and screamed like a wounded animal. Ahh, ‘when they go low, we go high’. Haha…funniest thing ever. 

The protester, who some reporters have identified as Ryan Clayton — the president of Americans Take Action — began yelling from within the press gaggle before throwing Russian flags on the floor as Trump passed.

“Trump is treason,” Clayton yelled. “This is not about tax reform!” (NTEB subscription readers click here to view video.)

IT IS UNCLEAR HOW CLAYTON WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT INTO THE PRESS AREA–HE WOULD NEED VALID PRESS CREDENTIALS IN ORDER TO GET PAST CAPITOL SECURITY.

“That’s a very unusual breach of decorum for us to experience here,” MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt said.

Andrea Mitchell confirmed, “the president was walking down the corridor right off the Senate floor on the second floor of the Capitol, one of the most secure places in Washington. We saw something we’ve never seen here before.”

Capitol police took hold of Ryan Clayton after he began yelling and escorted him away from the press gaggle. Clayton was previously kicked out of the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference after he distributed Russian flags to attendees.

Reporters noted that Clayton was also spotted with the press gaggle earlier this morning when Senator Bob Corker was being interviewed about president Donald Trump. source

7 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY SCANDAL INVOLVING THE CLINTONS AND URANIUM ONE

For starters, there is absolutely a real Russian conspiracy scandal, and it absolutely has nothing to do with Donald Trump. It has everything to do with Hillary Clinton selling influence to the State Department, and allowing the Russians to purchase 20% of all United States uranium used in the making of nuclear weapons. The Clintons enriched themselves while Obama looked the other way. It is a conspiracy at the highest levels, and the fake news media won’t report hardly a word on it.
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HILLARY CLINTON AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FIND THEMSELVES AT THE CENTER OF AN EXPLOSIVE SCANDAL INVOLVING THE TRANSFER OF 20 PERCENT OF ALL U.S. URANIUM TO RUSSIA VIA THE SALE OF THE URANIUM ONE COMPANY, JUST AS NINE FOREIGN INVESTORS IN THE DEAL FUNNELED $145 MILLION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION TO HELP GREASE THE WHEELS.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For starters, there is absolutely a real Russian conspiracy scandal, and it absolutely has nothing to do with Donald Trump. It has everything to do with Hillary Clinton selling influence to the State Department, and allowing the Russians to purchase 20% of all United States uranium used in the making of nuclear weapons. The Clintons enriched themselves while Obama looked the other way. It is a conspiracy at the highest levels, and the fake news media won’t report hardly a word on it.

Here are the seven facts about the Uranium One deal you need to know:

  1. Peter Schweizer Broke the Uranium One Scandal
    Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer broke the Uranium One scandal in his book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. In the book, he reported that Clinton’s State Department, along with other federal agencies, approved the transfer of 20 percent of all U.S. uranium to Russia and that nine foreign investors in the deal gave $145 million to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal charity, the Clinton Foundation.
  1. The New York Times Confirmed the Scandal in 2015
    The New York Times confirmed Schweizer’s Uranium One revelations in a 4,000-word front-page story by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. It detailed how the Russian energy giant Rosatom had taken over the Canadian firm with three separate purchases between 2009 and 2013, largely coinciding with Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

  1. The FBI Uncovered Evidence that Russian Money Was Funneled to the Clinton Foundation
    The Hill reported last week that ahead of the deal, the FBI had uncovered “substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering” to expand Russia’s nuclear footprint in the U.S. as early as 2009. The agency also found that Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. to benefit the Clinton Foundation. The Justice Department would sit on the evidence for four years before looking to prosecute, by which time the deal had been approved.
  1. Congress Is Now Investigating
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a probe into the scandal and has sent requests for more information to 10 federal agencies involved in the approval of the partial sale of Uranium One, asking what they knew about the FBI investigation and when.
  1. Bill Clinton Was Paid $500,000 for a Speech in Moscow
    Bill Clinton bagged a $500,000 speech in Moscow paid for by a Kremlin-backed bank shortly after Russia announced its intention to take a majority stake in the company. According to the Times, Clinton traveled to Moscow in June 2010, the same month Rosatom struck its deal for its majority stake in Uranium One.
  1. The Clinton Foundation Took Big Bucks from Uranium Investors
    According to the Times, The Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, a mining investor who was also the chairman of Uranium One when Rosatom acquired it. It also received $31.3 million and a pledge for $100 million more from Frank Giustra, the Canadian mining financier whose company merged with Uranium One.
  1. Senate Republicans Want an FBI Gag Order Lifted
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has called for the Justice Department to lift the gag order on the FBI’s whistleblower, indicating that he may have more explosive revelations related to the case and on what the Clintons and the Obama administration knew about the case and when they knew it. source

ALT-LEFT HERO MAXINE WATERS GETS STANDING OVATION AFTER THREATENING PRESIDENT TRUMP WITH BEING ‘TAKEN OUT’

Maxine Waters starts off with, “Wow, what a moving evening this is.”…Then this: “I’m sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I never met him. And with this kind of inspiration, I will go and take out Trump tonight,” she said as the crowd roared in approval and Waters pumped her fist.
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APPEARING AT THE ALI FORNEY CENTER GALA IN NEW YORK CITY, IT ONLY TOOK MAXINE WATERS 27 SECONDS BEFORE SHE SLAMMED TRUMP.

EDITOR’S  NOTE: The Alt-Left is funny group of people. They get so triggered that ‘safe spaces’ had to be invented to sooth their frazzled feelings every time someone said something they either disliked or disagreed with. But yet, they have no problem when one of their leaders threatens a duly-elected, sitting president with being ‘taken out’. In fact, they cheered like they were bloodthirsty spectators watching Roman gladiators slaughtering Christians in the Coliseum. Proving yet again that Liberalism is a mental disorder. 

YouTube has taken down the video from the Ali Forney Center gala in New York City on October 13th where it only took Maxine Waters 27 seconds before she threatened President Trump. We’ve looked everywhere but the video is gone. After much digging, we found a clip of it on Facebook so here you go.

Waters starts off with, “Wow, what a moving evening this is.”…Then this: “I’m sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I never met him. And with this kind of inspiration, I will go and take out Trump tonight,” she said as the crowd roared in approval and Waters pumped her fist.

MAXINE WATERS VOWS “I WILL GO AND TAKE TRUMP OUT TONIGHT!”

Appearing at the Ali Forney Center gala in New York City, it only took Waters 27 seconds before she slammed Trump. Feeling inspired, Mad Maxine promised the group that she would ‘go and take Trump out tonight!’. (NTEB subscription readers click hereto watch the video.)

WATERS TOOK THE STAGE IN FRONT OF LOS ANGELES CITY HALL ON SUNDAY AND QUICKLY TURNED THE EVENT INTO A PLATFORM TO PUSH HER PERSONAL POLITICAL AGENDA.

She congratulated APLA Health for meeting online fundraising goals and briefly outlined the progress made to control the AIDS epidemic, then quickly pivoted to Trump and Republicans in Congress.

“We face unprecedented challenges today in our struggle against HIV and AIDS and I want you to know those people in Congress on the opposite side of the aisle from me control every branch of our federal government,” Waters said. “And we have, unfortunately, an unstable, erratic person in the White House.”

“We don’t know what this president will do, or say, or tweet from one day to the next. Don’t forget, this is not a political event, but I’m heading toward impeachment,” Waters said with a snicker.

“Another challenge we face today is Republicans’ determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare,” Waters continued.

“Without Obamacare, insurance companies will once again be able to deny care to the people living with HIV and other pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, without Obamacare states like California that expanded Medicaid will not be able to cover low-income adults living with HIV.

“And so, the House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill which passed the House in May will cut $100 billion from Medicaid and cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance,” the 79-year-old career politician said. “So far, the Senate has been great. It has refused to pass the bill.” source

GEORGE SOROS TRANSFERS $18 BILLION TO HIS ALT-LEFT GLOBALIST ANTI-TRUMP GROUP OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS

The transfer, according to the Wall Street Journal, accounts for most of Soros’s Open Society Foundation, which he accrued through a controversial career as an investor. The Journal notes: “Open Society has vaulted to the top ranks of philanthropic organizations, appearing to become the second largest in the U.S. by assets after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based on 2014 figures from the National Philanthropic Trust.”
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LEFT-WING BILLIONAIRE GEORGE SOROS HAS TRANSFERRED $18 BILLION TO HIS OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS, THE PRIMARY VEHICLE FOR HIS GLOBAL POLITICAL ACTIVISM AND PHILANTHROPY.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The New World Order’s resident villain-in-chief just took his evil scheming to a whole new level with what some are calling the largest cash transfer to a philanthropic organization in US history. And not just any group, but a group whose whole purpose is to sow disharmony and discord throughout our country. The Open Society Foundation is pro-abortion, anti-Israel, and uses race baiting tactics to stir up trouble. Soros spent $33 million to fuel the St. Louis race riots by busing in agitators from out of town. One can only imagine the kind of anarchy that can be created with an $18 billion dollar checking account. And the new civil war just got kicked up a notch. 

The transfer, according to the Wall Street Journal, accounts for most of Soros’s Open Society Foundation, which he accrued through a controversial career as an investor. The Journal notes: “Open Society has vaulted to the top ranks of philanthropic organizations, appearing to become the second largest in the U.S. by assets after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based on 2014 figures from the National Philanthropic Trust.”

GEORGE SOROS TRANSFERS $18B TO OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION:

Soros, who is 87, transferred the funds as part of a plan to make sure his activism continues after he retires or passes away. $18 billion is roughly three times the amount of money spent by all parties, in all races, during the 2016 election cycle, according to Open Secrets. Though not all of the Open Society Foundations’ activities will be focused on the United States, Soros’ grant easily makes his organization the biggest player on the American political scene.

THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK. IN FACT, IT MAY BE THE LARGEST PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION EVER BUILT, WITH BRANCHES IN 37 COUNTRIES. WHILE THE GATES FOUNDATION SPENDS MORE MONEY, OSF HAS A LARGER FOOTPRINT WORLDWIDE THANKS TO ITS MANY LOCAL OFFICES, INCLUDING THROUGHOUT AFRICA. OSF’S BUDGET WILL BE AROUND $930 MILLION THIS YEAR—WHICH IS SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN FORD’S TOTAL GRANTMAKING.

GLOBALLY, SOROS IS INVOLVED IN EFFORTS TO MAKE IRELAND PRO-ABORTION, TO DEMONIZE THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, AND TO PROMOTE MIGRATION FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD INTO EUROPE ACROSS OPEN BORDERS.

Though Soros’s foundation was originally aimed at fostering “open societies” as opposed to authoritarian systems, in recent years the foundation’s work has supported dogmatic, aggressive left-wing groups that disrupt liberal democracy and stifle opposing voices. Soros has funded the Black Lives Matter movement and is considering bankrolling the so-called “resistance” to President Donald Trump. He also backs Media Matters, a so-called “watchdog” group that spends most of its energy trying to eliminate conservatives from the media.

Soros recently named former ambassador and Democratic National Committee official Patrick Gaspard as president of the Open Society Foundations as of the end of 2017. source

HERE ARE SOME NOTABLE GEORGE SOROS EXPOSES YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ AND SHARE:

LIBERALS CHEER AS GLOBALIST JOHN MCCAIN LAUNCHES FULL-FRONTAL ATTACK ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS PRO-AMERICAN AGENDA

On Monday night in Philadelphia, John McCain offered a total and complete rejection of the world view offered by the leader of his party. “To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” “Half-baked.” “Spurious nationalism.” “Tired dogma.”
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ON MONDAY NIGHT IN PHILADELPHIA, JOHN MCCAIN OFFERED A TOTAL AND COMPLETE REJECTION OF THE WORLD VIEW OFFERED BY THE LEADER OF HIS PARTY, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

EDITOR’S NOTE: John McCain’s speech shows that he has never been more popular…with the Liberals, globalists, Democrats and all stripes of the Alt-Left, that is. As failing health from a brain tumor brings his 40 year career to a close, a teary-eyed McCain could not resist one more swipe, one more attack, on Trump’s mandate agenda to restore the American government to the American people. McCain and his ilk are not for America, they are for a global government that America serves, funds and bows down to. McCain likes to call himself the “maverick”, but he’s nothing more than a good, old-fashioned traitor to both the Constitution and the country it was written to protect. You end your career as a hero to the Alt-Left Movement. 

Here’s the key paragraph:

“TO FEAR THE WORLD WE HAVE ORGANIZED AND LED FOR THREE-QUARTERS OF A CENTURY, TO ABANDON THE IDEALS WE HAVE ADVANCED AROUND THE GLOBE, TO REFUSE THE OBLIGATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND OUR DUTY TO REMAIN ‘THE LAST BEST HOPE OF EARTH’ FOR THE SAKE OF SOME HALF-BAKED, SPURIOUS NATIONALISM COOKED UP BY PEOPLE WHO WOULD RATHER FIND SCAPEGOATS THAN SOLVE PROBLEMS IS AS UNPATRIOTIC AS AN ATTACHMENT TO ANY OTHER TIRED DOGMA OF THE PAST THAT AMERICANS CONSIGNED TO THE ASH HEAP OF HISTORY.”
“HALF-BAKED.” “SPURIOUS NATIONALISM.” “TIRED DOGMA.”

Those would be harsh words coming from any politician about the president of the United States. They are remarkable when you consider that McCain and President Trump are, ostensibly, part of the same Republican party.

GLOBALIST RINO JOHN MCCAIN DENOUNCES TRUMP AND PRO-AMERICAN AGENDA:

If the video does not display, click here to watch McCain bash Trump.

What McCain’s speech shows — again — is just how far Trumpism is from the traditional Republican party on virtually every issue. And how much Trumpism represents a break from the ways in which all post-World War II presidents — Republican and Democratic — have envisioned the role the U.S. can and should play in the world.

(Perhaps the most moving part of McCain’s speech was when he recounted attending an event in which George H.W. Bush was commemorating soldiers lost on Dec. 7, 1941; “May God bless them, and may God bless America, the most wondrous land on earth,” McCain recounted Bush saying, with emotion heavy in his voice.)

That McCain is giving this speech isn’t terribly surprising. He has always been someone who fancies himself as willing and able to critique his own party. And, his diagnosis earlier this year with an aggressive form of brain cancer has made him even more outspoken about the problems he sees in the party (and the country).

BUT, SIMPLY BECAUSE MCCAIN IS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF TRUMP IN THE PAST DOESN’T MAKE HIS SPEECH LAST NIGHT ANY LESS IMPORTANT.

Remember what McCain has given to the country. Naval service. Six years as a prisoner of war. More than three decades in public office. Two presidential bids. This is someone who understands at a gut level what this country means — and what it should mean — around the world.

“What a privilege it is to serve this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, magnificent country,” McCain said on Monday night. “With all our flaws, all our mistakes, with all the frailties of human nature as much on display as our virtues, with all the rancor and anger of our politics, we are blessed.”

THAT VIEW OF AMERICA — WHO WE ARE AND WHO WE SHOULD BE — IS AT DIRECT ODDS WITH TRUMP’S VISION.

“Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation,” Trump said in his speech accepting the Republican nomination in 2016. “The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”

On foreign policy, Trump offered a similarly grim assessment in that convention speech. “The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo,” he said. “As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect.”

In office, Trump has made good on that rhetoric. He has decertified the Iran nuclear deal. He has pulled the US out of the Paris climate accords. At global summits, he has been adamant that the US will no longer write checks to fund the rest of the world.

McCain, in his speech Monday night, was not just rejecting Trump’s dark vision of America and the world but he was seeking to point out how at odds that vision is from how all of the men who came before Trump in the office — at least since the 20th century — saw their job and the country.

THESE LINES, IN PARTICULAR, SPEAK TO THAT DIVIDE — AND THE DANGERS, IN MCCAIN’S MIND — OF PURSUING TRUMPISM TO ITS LOGICAL END. SAID MCCAIN:

“WE LIVE IN A LAND MADE OF IDEALS, NOT BLOOD AND SOIL. WE ARE THE CUSTODIANS OF THOSE IDEALS AT HOME, AND THEIR CHAMPION ABROAD. WE HAVE DONE GREAT GOOD IN THE WORLD. THAT LEADERSHIP HAS HAD ITS COSTS, BUT WE HAVE BECOME INCOMPARABLY POWERFUL AND WEALTHY AS WE DID. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CONTINUE IN OUR JUST CAUSE, AND WE WOULD BRING MORE THAN SHAME ON OURSELVES IF WE DON’T. WE WILL NOT THRIVE IN A WORLD WHERE OUR LEADERSHIP AND IDEALS ARE ABSENT. WE WOULDN’T DESERVE TO.”

Will other prominent Republicans speak out in support of McCain? Almost certainly not. To date, the only consistent voices of criticism against the rise of Trumpism within the GOP have been McCain and Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona. (Of McCain’s speech, Corker said Tuesday: “Well the pieces that I saw, I loved, and I gave him a big hug on the floor.”)

Corker is retiring and Flake is in deep trouble for reelection. Sasse appears, at least at the moment, to be the one whose willingness to stand against Trumpism hasn’t negatively affected his political future.

Regardless of whether other Republicans rise to support him, what McCain is trying to say is of critical import: Trumpism is neither conservatism nor Republicanism. The question is whether that will continue to hold true if no other voices rise to speak out against Trumpism. source