At what point does blind party loyalty cross over into sheer stupidity and illogical partisanship? At what point do Republicans put up a mirror to themselves and ask, “How did we get here?” Trump is the face of the Republican party. He’s loud and lacks self-awareness and any kind of filter – which is why of course, people “like” him. Not that it matters if you like him because as he said at a campaign rally: “If you really like Donald Trump, that’s great, but if you don’t, you have to vote for me anyway.”
Those are actual words that came out of the Republican presidential nominees at an Iowa campaign stop. His reasoning? Because the vacant seat on the Supreme Court has to be filled. And since he’s scarily close to being president, he’s also scarily close to nominating a backward hillbilly judge to sit in the same room and breathe the same magical air as RBG – a travesty in and of itself. He recently released a list of his would-be choices to fill the vacant spot and unsurprisingly, each nominee is a white male with very conservative, some would say oppressive, views with a penchant for upholding racist, misogynistic rulings. Yay!
Impressively, there are some prominent Republicans who have either refused to endorse Trump and one sitting Republican Congressman who said he’s voting for Hillary. Although others have simply disavowed Trump’s incoherent, universally offensive ramblings and adding that his statements do not reflect the Republican party. But how do you separate out the man who is currently the figurehead for Republicans and the hate, fear, and discord he’s spewing?
According to reports, GOP donors are similarly distancing themselves from Trump and moving money originally allocated for the presidential race into House and Senate campaigns. Financially, they are simply setting adrift the dumpster fire of Trump’s campaign.
But is this man’s ascendance all that surprising? No. Trump is a monster borne out of years of repressive policies that have culminated in this insane moment in American politics. To say Trump is a hardline conservative is disingenuous because he says what he says in order to garner conservative votes, sure, but he is also the dictionary definition of a loose cannon – one of the many reasons why Republican leaders are nervous about his possible leadership role.
He even went after a Gold Star family. Following Khizr Khan’s speech at the DNC where Khan called out Trump’s attitudes toward Muslims and said that the Republican candidate has “sacrificed nothing”. Khizr and his wife, Ghazala lost their son, Captain Humayun Khan who lost his life serving in Iraq. And of course, Trump took to Twitter and TV and went on the attack while pretending to be the victim.You know what Trump has no defense against? Someone speaking from the heart.
Between Trump calling on Russia to hack into Hillary’s emails, to him refusing to reveal his tax documents, to his utter lack of understanding of geopolitical issues and foreign policy, and this new attack on a Muslim family who lost their son in combat… it’s insanity. It’s utter insanity and everyone should be panicking. This isn’t the time to be complacent. This person cannot be in charge. Or even as a figurehead – he can’t be what represents America.
Trump has backtracked and flip-flopped on some of his most extreme policies but this Twitter-happy buffoon isn’t going away. There’s still 90 days. He can’t answer for himself in interviews and nothing, NOTHING he says makes any sense. The ramblings of a madman are what consist of today’s Republican presidential candidate.
He’s even claiming that the debate dates with Hillary are rigged despite the fact that are set up by a non-partisan entity.
Everyone treated him as a joke in the beginning of his campaign and now, it’s terrifying. It’s terrifying knowing that his Vice President choice, Mike Pence, said on the record he wants to repeal Roe v. Wade. Pence also wrote a wonderful op-ed against the Disney movie Mulan ranting about why women shouldn’t be in combat roles.
The scariest part of a Trump/Pence ticket is for every racist, misogynistic, xenophobic either man says, there are THOUSANDS of like-minded people who are nodding along.
Trump doesn’t want to be president, he wants to win.