Shame on us all for making Donald Trump a thing

Well, I’ll start close to home: I’ll blame my fellow conservatives. There are actually some movement conservatives who’ve fallen for the Trump scam — who actually take his PT Barnum show seriously, who actually believe the man could one day become president, or (perhaps even worse) would make a good president.

But what’s even worse in the conservative camp isn’t these few deluded souls. It’s the money-driven conservative organizations who give Trump a platform, knowing very well that they’re playing a game where everybody gets suckered and the world gets worse, but they get to pocket a few extra dollars by giving Trump a speaking slot. So many of the people on the money and organizational side of the conservative movement are dedicated and tireless activists. Yet there are also many crooks who are just mooching off the others, and we need to do more to get rid of them.