During his New Rules segment, Bill Maher called the people who make Trump’s crazy possible his gang of White House enablers.
Maher had a great point. A president can’t live as deeply in denial and delusion without a dedicated staff of enablers who keep reality out. Trump has created a culture around himself where his enablers compete to appease their boss. The President Of The United States is treating governing like The Apprentice. Sean Spicer puts on blustery lie filled performances each day where he scolds the press and disavows reality. Kellyanne Conway goes on Fox News to break government rules by hawking Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus says things on the Sunday talk shows that easily proven to be false.
However, the problem goes much deeper. It takes more than a staff to enable a delusional president. It also requires an entire political party. When Speaker of the House Paul Ryan enables Trump by helping Devin Nunes with the Russia cover-up or by refusing to condemn Trump’s lies as lies, he is enabling this president for his own political gain. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to talk about Trump’s lies, or disagree with false statements, he also is enabling Trump.
Trump isn’t just a crazy man living in the world’s most famous white house. He is a man who got to where he is today because a political party didn’t have the guts to stand up to him. Trump’s staff is the immediate problem, but the bigger concern for America is that one of the two major political parties has given up on sanity and embraced the crazy.