They are who we thought they were. They’re what we thought they were:
“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” Minton told Mazzei. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”
Once upon a time you all lived through, they were the party of “family values” and “christian values” and “faith and freedom.” I’ve spent the better part of two decades trying to convince people that it was all a fraud, and for the longest time most of my non-political friends thought I was a bit daft in my insistence that it was all just a front for centuries-old white identity politics of the Southern variety. “There are no Southern racists in Montana and Nebraska,” they would say.
Y’all believe me now, right?!? We’re weren’t imagining those dog whistles. They meant what we said they meant, and now they’re saying all the quiet parts out loud.