- The Washington Times - Friday, August 24, 2018

New York Times columnist Charles Blow penned a scathing op-ed Thursday vilifying President Trump’s “beastly base” for purportedly destroying what’s left of moderate conservatism.

Mr. Blow, a liberal commentator who often appears on CNN and MSNBC, wrote that Republicans in Congress “sat quiet” for too long and let Mr. Trump’s narrative of no wrongdoing in the 2016 presidential election “subsume their party.”

“Now, Republicanism is Trumpism, with no daylight between them,” he argued. “Traditional Republicans are now afraid to stand on principle because they do so at great peril of being drummed out of politics. The voters are now Trump’s noxious base, ergo Trump holds each of their fates in his hands.

“Viewed that way, Trump’s base itself becomes the enemy of the Republic,” he continued. “It is its enthusiasm for Trump that is the greatest impediment to a genuine search for truth and an honoring of it.”

Mr. Blow lamented that mainstream Republicanism had been “gobbled up” by Mr. Trump’s “beastly base.”

He then called on Republicans to “snatch a bit of honor from the ashes of what was their party” and initiate an investigation into accusations by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who implicated his old boss as an unindicted co-conspirator while testifying under oath in federal court on Tuesday.

“We need to know if the president broke the law and did so for his own benefit to influence the election,” Mr. Blow demanded. “Will you stand up for what is right? Will you stand up for the health of the country and be on the right side of history? Will you at least initiate an investigation into Cohen’s accusation? … Republicans, won’t you seize this moment?”

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