If the GOP
continues to repeat ex-President Donald Trump
's 2020 election
lies, Peter Wehner
predicts more riot-style political violence in the United States Capitol.
Wehner wrote in The Atlantic this week that if the Republican Party
"doesn't counteract these lies rather than indulge them," "political violence will become more acceptable and prevalent on the American right."
The Republican Party remains “fully in Trump’s thrall, with its leadership more committed than ever to spreading his foundational lies and conspiracy theories,” according to Wehner, who served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan
, George H.W. Bush
, and George W. Bush and was a vocal critic of Trump during his one term in office.
Some elected Republicans
“who initially reacted with horror” to Trump’s instigation of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot
were “now making their peace with it,” he wrote, adding that this is “where things really get dangerous.”
“The repetition of lies not only causes tens of millions of Americans to embrace them; it deforms their moral sensibility over time,” wrote Wehner, “creating an inversion of ethics, what in philosophy is known as the ‘transvaluation of values,’ in which lies become truth and unjust acts are seen as righteous.”
“Believing the deceptions also becomes a form of virtue signaling, a validation of one’s loyalty to others in one’s political tribe,” he concluded. “Of course, in this case, what we’re dealing with is a particularly destructive lie, among the most dangerous a democracy
can face, eroding confidence in our elections
, the rule of law, and our system of government.”
His entire piece can be found here.