An amazing transformation has occurred within the American political dictionary over the past, oh, six year or so.
The term RINO has taken on a new meaning, one that has nothing to do with what I understand the acronym was created to symbolize.
RINO is shorthand for Republican In Name Only. I long have understood the term as one that describes someone who talks a good Republican game, but who veers far from normal GOP orthodoxy with his or her votes or public policy decisions.
These days? It is used as an epithet for anyone who opposes the presence of Donald John Trump on the political stage. Here’s where the irony gets so rich you damn near choke on it: Of all the prominent Republicans in action today, Trump himself is the personification of a RINO.
He once said that abortion should be legal, then he changed his mind. He has disparaged the men and women who serve in the military. Trump has cozied up to dictators such as, let’s see, former KGB spy Vladimir Putin, Marxist North Korean thug Kim Jong Un. He trashes our intelligence network. Trump wants to yank the United States out of NATO. He applauded Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. During his term as president, the nation rang up the largest debt in history.
Do you get where I’m going here?
And yet those who adhere to Trumpism contend that those who don’t are the RINOs of this world.
Trump has redefined Republicanism, turning into something barely recognizable to real Republicans.
Therefore, he has reshaped the American political glossary, turning it into … damn, I don’t know what to call it.