The Moral Descent of the Republican Party

My parents were staunch Republicans, but they would not recognize the Republican Party in the era of Donald Trump. They would not have believed that the Party would sink so low. They would not have imagined that a Republican president would put his reelection above national security concerns, or would praise foreign dictators, or refuse to hold Russia accountable for paying bounties to Afghans who kill our soldiers, or would promote quack remedies, ignore expert advice, and indulge in magical thinking in dealing with a pandemic, or would direct the compliant postmaster general he appointed to slow post office operations so as to create election chaos, so he can claim that election results are fraudulent. “Republicans would never behave that way!” they  would have said.