The GOP is in trouble heading towards the November election. They have a nominee that about 30-40 percent of the party adores and sees as their new personal savior, and the majority of the party, including the ‘old guard’ to the party, either despises or is fearful of his negative effect on their ‘grand old party.’ In the last few weeks, we have all seen republicans running from presumptive nominee Trump in one way or another. One congressman has even sworn off even talking about his party’s nominee. Congressman Duncan Hunter said the following;
“I am done with trying to articulate or explain or answer for what Donald Trump says,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R.-Calif.).
“I think he’ll make a great president,” said the Marine officer and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. “I think he’ll make good decisions on the economy, on the border, on national security–doesn’t mean I endorse what he says.”
What Trump says and what he does are two different things, said the congressman from suburban San Diego.
“Him talking about things and saying things about things are different from him saying what he is going to do,” he said. “I think he’ll do what he says he’s going to do–I am not trying to parse words–I think he’ll do what he says he’s going to do, but, he says things about things that I don’t endorse and I am not going to try to articulate for him.”
Hunter isn’t alone in his verbal gymnastics in trying to support someone and not support him at the same time. This Sunday, on Meet The Press, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan admitted to Chuck Todd that he has taken a ‘party over country’ position. Ryan tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube, but after he said what he said in an unscripted moment, putting that toothpaste back was impossible.
‘Imagine the Speaker of the House not supporting the duly elected nominee of our party, therefore creating a chasm in our party that would split us in half and basically helps deny us the White House and strong majorities in the House and Senate. The last thing I want to see is a Democrat in the White House. I don’t want to see Hillary Clinton as President. I want strong majorities in the House and Senate.’
Party over country. Ryan has spoken out that Trump doesn’t represent his party’s values and his ‘endorsement’ was painful to watch. Todd called out Ryan in pointing out that even when Ryan has called for Trump to back off on things like the ‘Muslin ban’ and Trump hasn’t wavered a bit — if anything, he’s doubled down.
Check out Ryan taking Party over country HERE:
Trump’s recent gaffes and statements have left Trump falling to Clinton in the polls. Some republicans are trying to change the rules at the RNC convention and prevent Trump from seizing the nomination. The rest are for the most part, except for Chris Christie and Jeff Sessions, are either refusing to answer questions about Trump or simply talk themselves in circles trying to defend them. then, always, they play the fear card about ‘Hillary.’ No facts on their side, but ‘fear HRC.’
So now, without any tangible argument on policy, this is all the GOP has with over 4 months left to the election. What might be the ‘elephant in the room’ for the GOP is that what Trump did is show just how weak the GOP really is. Maybe they were due for a beatdown and Trump, as wrongheaded as he might be, was the guy who could do it. Perhaps Democrats can learn from that. So far, it seems they have as they have kept the focus on issues. Trump speaks and basically tells everyone how great he is and how wonderful things will be when he’s ‘leader’ — with nothing to back it up that would pass muster anywhere but on a social media comment section. His ‘surrogates’ shamelessly try to defend him, and for the most part fail. The rest of the GOP either wants to get rid of him or get caught up in ‘word salad’ trying to ‘triangulate’ some statement that will keep Trump from attacking him while not offending the majority of GOP voters by backing one of Trump’s racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-anyone who doesn’t worship at the altar of Trump statements.
This is simply an untenable situation.
Whether it’s Hunter talking about Trump saying and doing different things (yet, isn’t Trump supposed to be the ‘tell it like it is’ guy?), Ryan blatantly choosing party over country, despite his conscience or other GOP leaders refusing to talk about their new ‘party leader’ — this simply cannot last for months. At some point, these folks are going to have to drink the Trump kool-aid or own up to the fact that their party got hijacked by a con artist and shyster. Trying to walk this tightrope will only lead to more falling and failing.
It will be interesting to see which they choose.
See the complete interview with Speaker Ryan HERE:
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