Underneath all of this is the real horror, that many posts have alluded to. That the entire Republican Party has pretty much sold out. Not to big corporations, or even to a single ideology, but to the lure of power and the fear of losing it. It becomes clearer every day that in the House and Senate the GOP is quite willing to destroy the country to keep their jobs, perks, and sense of control. For some it may well be ideological; they might fear in their heart the "evil" of the other side. For some it may well be a single issue that consumes and overwhelms them. In neither case are these representatives of the people doing their constitutional job, but whatever. For most, though, it seems like a knee-jerk but completely irresistible reaction to any challenge. They have to "win," regardless of the cost.
Even deeper, though, it seems a huge chunk of America agrees with them. The comments in social media, the local papers, everywhere form Trump supporters indicate that this mass of people has already decided that any information that runs counter to their desires is false, that any criticism of Trump is sour grapes from the Democrats, and that the mere existence of Trump and his people in Washington somehow solves everything.
As much as I loathe the spinelessness of Congress (sometimes, both sides of the aisle, but much more so on the GOP side), I am only really afraid when I consider that so much of our country is willfully gouging its eyes out and pouring wax in its ears.