Are you still a Republican? Find out whether these quotes agree with your worldview

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times

Still a Republican? Still thinking about what a vote for Trump or any MAGA candidate gets you? Take a little test. See how many of these quotes really represent you.

The Supreme Court has made it more and more likely Trump will go in November without an election, so it’s more important than ever to see just what the Republican Party has become. Is it for you?

THE U.S. SUPREME Court once again has made it clear that the fate of the Republic lies in the hands of the voters. The likelihood that Donald J. Trump will be tried and convicted prior to the November general election may have just gotten a lot more remote. The Court announced this week it would not hear arguments until April 25 with a decision possibly not coming until late July.

The Republican convention is July 15-18 so “late July” would be after the convention. Would a trial, or trials, go ahead if they would run up to within 60 days of the election? Who knows?

But, going back to the assumption that whether Trump returns to the White House will be up to voters, based on his reputation and the reputation of his party and any legal issues, here is a little test for anyone still supporting Trump and his Republican Party.

Mike Johnson, Speaker of the House: 

“Today, nearly one in four high school students identifies as LGBTQ. Whether it’s by scalpel or by social coercion from teachers, professors, administrators and left-wing media, it’s an attempt to transition the young people of our country. Something has gone terribly wrong …”

From Donald Trump:  

“For hard-working Americans, Nov. 5 will be our new liberation day. But for the liars and cheaters and fraudsters and censors and imposters who have commandeered our government, it will be their judgment day! Your victory will be our ultimate vindication, your liberty will be our ultimate reward and the unprecedented success of the United States of America will be my ultimate and absolute revenge.”

“Either the deep state destroys America or we destroy the deep state…..for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”

“We’re a third-world country at our borders, and we’re a third-world country at our elections. The world is laughing at us, the world is taking advantage of us…”

“We are not respected. Our country is known as a joke. Other leaders can’t believe what happened to us….three years ago we were the most respected country in the world…..we were getting along with everybody. We had no wars…..”

“Sad to see how far country has gone….look at the depths of where it has gone…we are going to close borders, drill baby drill, get inflation down…we have to get the criminals out of our country…..murders, drug dealers…close our borders and deport bad people….our cities are choking to death, our states are dying, our country is dying…”

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

“[John McCain is]… not a war hero. He’s a war hero – he’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I Like people that weren’t captured, OK, I hate to tell you.”

“[Kim Jong-Un] speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

“My mug shot — we’ve all seen the mug shot, and you know who embraced it more than anybody else? The Black population. You see Black people walking around with my mug shot, you know, they do shirts and they sell them for $19 apiece. It’s pretty amazing — millions by the way.”

“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. (speaking of China’s  Xi Jinping) And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

“We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country. Nobody has ever seen anything like we’re witnessing right now … it’s poisoning the blood of our country.”

“We have languages coming into our country. We don’t have one instructor in our entire nation that can speak that language. These are languages — it’s the craziest thing — they have languages that nobody in this country has ever heard of. It’s a very horrible thing.”

“Mark Milley, who led perhaps the most embarrassing moment in American history with his grossly incompetent implementation of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, costing many lives, leaving behind hundreds of American citizens, and handing over BILLIONS of dollars of the finest military equipment ever made, will be leaving the military next week. This will be a time for all citizens of the USA to celebrate! This guy turned out to be a Woke train wreck who, if the Fake News reporting is correct, was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH!”

Steve Bannon, former Trump aide, talk show host, convicted fraudster speaking at CPAC:

“We should just go buck wild…Let the grassroots turn on the hate because that’s the ONLY thing that will make them do their duty.”

Mark Robinson, Republican nominee for governor of North Carolina:

“We have pushed homosexuality over the top. Mark my words PEDOPHILLA is next, which will be closely followed by the END of civilization as we know it.”

“We’re going to defend women in this state. That means if you’re a man on Friday night, and all of a sudden Saturday you feel like a woman and you want to go in the women’s bathroom in the hall, you will be arrested — or whatever we got to do to you.”

“There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth.”

“This foolishness about Hitler disarming MILLIONS of Jews and then marching them off to concentration camps is a bunch of hogwash.”

“I absolutely want to go back to the America where women couldn’t vote….because in those days we had people who fought for real social change, and they were called Republicans.”

And, a couple of links to consider…

This what you want? OK. Vote MAGA. But if you think all this is not where you really want to be, maybe you need to either vote for Democrats, or sit this one out. Because if you mark a ballot for Trump and other MAGA candidates, this is what you are voting for.

Rich Heiland, has been a reporter, editor, publisher/general manager at daily papers in Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and New Hampshire. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at the Xenia Daily (OH) Daily Gazette, a National Newspaper Association Columnist of the Year, and a recipient of the Molly Ivins First Amendment Award from the Walker County (TX) Democrat Club. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University and leadership and community development at Woodbury College in Vermont.  Since 1995 he has operated an international consulting, public speaking and training business specializing in customer service, general management, leadership and staff development with major corporations, organizations, and government. Semi-retired, he and his wife live in West Chester, PA. He can be reached at

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