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Did Donald Trump Create The Apex Of Post-Shame Culture?

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By Rootbound HomesteadPublished 27 days ago β€’ 3 min read

New York State: "Never back down": The rich and the powerful are exploiting a post-shame society, and it's popularity is growing. Where once the powerful stepped down, now they hang on for dear life until the elephant in the room dissapears.

The Trump playbook demonstrates that, for some individuals at the pinnacle of American power, each scandal you manage to survive somewhat mitigates the blow of the next.

The GOP will obviously choose a convicted felon for president in less than a month, nearly 50 years after Richard Nixon resigned before facing any criminal charges. Trump is not alone in realizing that a lack of shame can be an essential survival skill, even though he may be the most extreme example. Here are some others:

Even after recently revising his 2019 financial statement, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas neglected to reveal years of lavish private travel that he received as a gift from GOP megadonor Harlan Crow.

Judge Samuel Alito acknowledged that his wife had flown an upside-down flag outside their house, a symbol held by pro-Trump protestors, but he declined to disqualify himself from matters about January 6.

Despite being charged with bribery, both Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) are seeking reelection.

Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), a serial fabulist, stayed in the House for so long that he was ejected, becoming only the sixth person in American history to do so.

Following the GOP's victory in the House, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) gained significant influence among the MAGA movement despite having lost her committee assignments in 2021 because of her advocacy of ludicrous conspiracy theories.

The most recent: Legendary New Jersey Democrat George Norcross boldly sat in the front row on Monday during the unveiling of a massive indictment that accused him of being the head of a ten-year criminal organization.

Trump has long disregarded the accepted rules of politics, leveraging his ability to attack his opponents, undermine the media, and present himself as a victim to survive a plethora of scandals.

After the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape almost destroyed his campaign in 2016, he issued an apology, then invited women who had accused Bill Clinton of the same abuse to his debate with Hillary Clinton.

Nowadays, almost no one in the GOP voices criticism of him, regardless of the difficulties he gets himself into.

The "never back down" mentality has expanded to several spheres of the business world in recent years, mostly by Elon Musk. The bizarre billionaire enjoys criticizing the mainstream media and regularly spreads conspiracy theories to anyone who will listen.

Days after yet another article raised concerns about Musk's behavior with employees, he was approved for the highest compensation package ever for a CEO of a public company: $44.9 billion.

The bottom line: There's a good probability Nixon would still be in office if Watergate had occurred in 2024. What I mean by that is, now-a-days you don't have to take responsibility for your actions anymore. What an almost shame.

Citations:

Mierjeski, J. K. E. (2024, April 23). Clarence Thomas Secretly Accepted Luxury Trips From GOP Donor. ProPublica. https://www.propublica.org/article/clarence-thomas-scotus-undisclosed-luxury-travel-gifts-crow

Jouvenal, J., & Marimow, A. E. (2024, May 25). Wife of Justice Alito called upside-down flag β€˜signal of distress.’ Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/25/alito-flag-martha-ann-washington-post/

https://www.politico.com/news/2024/06/17/george-norcross-indictment-new-jersey-corruption-00163700

Rodriguez, C. (2023, July 27). The MAGA Scorecard: How House Republicans Vote With Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Center for American Progress Action. https://www.americanprogressaction.org/article/the-maga-scorecard-how-house-republicans-vote-with-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene/

Fahrenthold, D. A. (2023, April 12). Trump recorded having negative conversation about women in 2005. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-negative-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html

https://www.wsj.com/business/elon-musk-spacex-employee-relationships-8bca2806

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/06/trump-campaign-lost-substance/678727

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