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Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity talks in July 2018 during a taping of his show in New York.

It isn’t hard to imagine how Republican lawmakers, right-wing political pundits and almost every host on Fox News would have reacted if President Barack Obama had said and done even a couple of things the current president has. Their rants would be non-stop, and the GOP majority in Congress would have begun impeachment proceedings a long time ago.

Evangelical Christians who support the current president would have been outraged if candidate Obama had cheated on all of his three wives and paid porn stars to keep their mouths shut about their affairs with him. They’d have screamed to high heaven if he’d bragged about grabbing women by their private parts and going, unannounced, into the dressing rooms of teenage girls who were competing in a beauty pageant.

Military veterans who support Donald Trump would have risen up in fury if President Obama had told radio talk show host Howard Stern that, after avoiding the draft five times, he had his own personal Vietnam as he avoided getting sexually transmitted diseases. And what would they have said if Obama had attacked Sen. John McCain, as Trump did at the 2015 Leadership Summit in Iowa, by saying, “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

What would hard-working Republican laborers have thought about President Obama if they found out he cheated thousands of people just like them by not paying them what he’d promised? And imagine what people who believe Trump is a successful business person would have said about Obama if his businesses, including two casinos, had declared bankruptcy six times to avoid paying vendors.

What if Obama had founded a fraudulent university and used his charity as a personal checkbook, all of which Trump has done. What would they have said, if under Obama, the national debt increased to more than $21 trillion, the highest ever?

How would flag-waving Republicans have reacted if President Obama had constantly attacked the free press and believed Russia’s Vladimir Putin over our country’s intelligence agencies? Or if he had said, as Trump did at an Oct. 6, 2016, rally in West Virginia, that he and murderous dictator Kim Jong Un of North Korea “fell in love”? And speaking of North Korea, remember when Sean Hannity attacked Obama for wanting to meet with Un, but then praised Trump for the same thing?

Another example of Republican hypocrisy is what they repeatedly said when President Obama bowed to a Saudi official in 2009, but said nothing when President Trump did the same in 2017.

What if candidate Obama had promised to release his tax returns and then refused? Fox News talking heads still would be screaming about it and asking what he was trying to hide. They’d also have laughed hysterically if Obama had said he knows “more than the generals,” that he was a “stable genius” and, “I’m, like, a smart person.” What did they say about Trump when he said those ridiculous things and more? Nothing.

Remember when Republicans constantly repeated that Obama had lied when he said “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Most people did keep their doctors. Yet they say nothing about the current president, even though credible fact-checkers prove that Trump has lied more than 7,600 times since he took office. That was even noted by conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in her Dec. 31 Washington Post column.

Anyone who was paying attention knew Trump was a liar long before he was elected. Starting in 1985, Tony Schwartz, the actual writer of “The Art of the Deal,” spent 18 months with Trump, listening to his phone calls, in meetings, and during weekends in his New York penthouse and Mar-A-Lago. Schwartz now regrets “putting lipstick on a pig,” but said he had no idea the man someday would be president.

Schwartz said if he could re-name the book, he’d call it “The Sociopath” because of Trump’s lack of morality or conscience, his ignorance, need for unending attention and adulation and inability to concentrate. Funny, isn’t it, that none of President Obama’s biographers or associates has ever accused him of lying, corruption or ignorance? And funny that none of President Obama’s campaign staff was indicted while several of Trump’s have been.

As for draining the swamp, Trump appointed a former Boeing lobbyist to head the Pentagon, a former coal lobbyist to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a former oil lobbyist to head the Interior Department and a former big pharma lobbyist to head Health and Human Services. Big money doesn’t just talk in this administration; it yells “Yee Haw!”

The next election can’t come soon enough.

Pat Nash has lived in the Baraboo area, off and on, for more than 35 years. Contact her at patnash5149@gmail.com.

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