But to understand why Republican officeholders with an ounce of integrity, intelligence and self-respect don’t tear into Trump for his lack of civility, dignity, integrity and embrace of authoritarians is not to excuse their silence.
At some point, everyone should agree that there must be a time to put country over party and ideology. We are at that point now.
I am not at all sure that Democrats would behave any differently than Republicans are now behaving if the shoe were on the other foot.
In fact, as I recall, few Democrats complained about Bill Clinton even after he said, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
But Clinton’s transgressions pale in comparisons to Trump’s.
The Democrat did not give aid and comfort to America’s longtime adversary or undermine institutions crucial to our freedom and national security.
Only Donald Trump has done that.