"We’ve gone from the party of the president who built the Interstate Highway system, and warned against the military industrial complex having too much influence over the country, to a party that, for the most part, scoffs at any mention of spending to improve our crumbling infrastructure and makes increasing our already bloated defense budget a key talking point for essentially every member of the party. They’ve become such an absolute joke we’ve seen some Republicans leave the party altogether because of Trump’s success. Last year, one Republican spent many of his last days alive speaking out as much as he could against Trump. Meanwhile, cowards like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — despite repeatedly condemning Trump’s horrific rhetoric during his campaign — has treated most Americans like we’re all brainwashed Trump supporters who believe the absurd lies he’s been forced to come up with trying to defend the “president’s” childish, reprehensible, and disgusting behavior. And Ryan’s far from the only Republican who I’m certain knows Trump’s a national embarrassment and unfit for office, but has chosen to put party over country to defend someone who’s turned the United States into a global laughingstock. As I’ve pointed out on several occasions, this downward spiral all began during the 50’s and 60’s during the implementation of the “Southern strategy” when the GOP decided it was going to pander to racism, bigotry, and ignorance. That’s when the party officially severed ties with what it once was and embraced the right-wing extremism and racism that have now completely taken it over."