Republicans have decided to follow Trump off a cliff of treachery

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‘America First’ is now ‘Russia First’; the GOP favors a dictator over a heroic US marine. We are through the looking glass

For more than a generation, conventional wisdom has portrayed Republicans as the sole defenders of the American flag, the great stewards of patriotism, the gun-toting, tough-talking party of law and order. This myth has been pushed relentlessly on talk radio, on Fox News, and through every facet of rightwing media. It has long been presented as fact by the traditional media, putting Democrats on the defensive as they have struggled to shake ingrained perceptions that they are meek and unpatriotic.

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