"RIGHT-MINDED" REPUBLICANS ARE WRONG AGAIN
Let me say right off: I think Donald J. Trump is a complete asshole! I say this not simply because I think it is true or because I own the domain name--www.donaldtrumpisacompleteasshole.com --and wanting to drum up interest before it goes live.
I am saying this to impress upon you how difficult it is for me to write anything supportive of the Donald. Fair is fair, however.
So I’ll just say it: Donald is justified in striking back at those in his party who have given their tacit approval and are now piling on and calling for him to step aside.
The wave of Republican politicians now attempting to un-endorse their party’s candidate for the presidency is too little, too late. A recent count of the bailers puts the number at 33-- including senators, members of Congress and state governors.
Surely these patrician politicians weren’t surprised by what ole Potty-Mouth had to say? It’s not as if they didn’t know he was totally lacking a moral compass. You would have to be living under a rock not to be aware of this misogynistic character.
He’s made a career of being an arrogant, egocentric sack--claiming dominion over all he surveys. Really, is anyone surprised by either his lechery or claim of a license to grope?
It’s too late to reclaim the moral high ground. The damage was done when Trump secured the nomination and these right thinking Republicans first put their righteousness aside.
It is disingenuous to use this most recent example of Donald being Donald to cover their “Trexit.” The truth is they sense blood in the water and are trying to get out before they get bitten in their collective buttocks.
Once again, these patrician politicians are misreading the mood of the rank and file members of their Party and the contempt much of the electorate has for the system. All that will be accomplished, by retracting their support, is ceding control of the Republican Party to hardcore Trump supporters.
Abandonment confirms the candidate’s claim that insiders are hoping to be rid of him and his ilk. A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after the offending recording went public shows just 12 percent of Republicans polled think Trump should jump. Just 13 percent of female Republicans wanted him replaced on the ticket.
Ralph Reed, a conservative Christian activist and a member of Trump’s advisory board on religion stated:
…people of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, grow the economy, appoint conservative judges and oppose the Iran nuclear deal
Sacred and secular Republicans continuing to endorse Trump agree. Although an imperfect vehicle deserving of censure, Trump’s hardcore supporters actually see him as the solution—not the problem. To these voters Ms. Clinton is--as Donald calls her—the Devil. She may not ignite much passion in her supporters, but she certainly does in his.
The only Republicans having a defensible right to oppose their party’s nominee for president are those who were guided by their conscience before Friday, October 7, 2016. For the others the un-endorse by date has passed.
I can’t ever imagine voting for someone of Donald’s character and temperament. It is unlikely that I will ever understand why anyone would support him. Yet, I have grudging respect for those who, on a Friday night in October, declared “my candidate—right or wrong.”
When this election is over, Trump supporters may indeed rise with fleas. Unlike others in the Party, however, they will still have their integrity intact.
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Joel B. Stronberg
Joel Stronberg, MA, JD., of The JBS Group is a veteran clean energy policy analyst with over 30 years’ experience, based in Washington, DC.