Dear conservatives; Who amongst you would like to be the first to step up and explain this?
“This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable. He has every right to criticize a judge. He has every right to say certain decisions aren’t right and his attorneys can file to move the venue from the judge. But first of all this judge was born in Indiana. He is an American. Period.” ~ Newt Gingrich
“I’ve said that I do think Donald Trump understands that his tone and rhetoric is going to have to evolve in regard to how we’re communicating to Hispanics across the country. I think he gets that. Now, there’s a lot of time between now and November, and I think you’re going to see an evolution on that particular issue.” ~ Chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus
“His comments are offensive and wrong, and he should retract them,” ~ Sen. Kelly Ayotte
“I couldn’t disagree more with him.” ~ Sen Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell
“It’s reasoning I don’t relate to. I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.” ~ Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan
Yes, we’re all quite moved. So an ex-speaker, the current speaker, two U.S. senators, one of whom is the most powerful person in his party today and the party chairman himself have all scraped up the temerity to criticize the de-facto GOP candidate for president over his latest racist comments. But whatever happened to “principles over politics?” And how about that other old chestnut conservatives think they own, standing on “the courage of one’s convictions?” Simply put, that means you have the strength of character to do what is right, regardless of peer pressure and consequences. That’s why it’s called a PRINCIPLE.
Not a single one of the aforementioned pols had the integrity to take it to the next step—the only logical step—to say: “Mr. Trump’s comments have not only crossed a moral line, but they’ve crossed my line as a Republican and as an American. I therefore withdraw my endorsement for him as President of the United States.”
Do you honestly think any of them will ever do so? When pigs fly. Their faux outrage over his bigotry is strictly political. Anybody who believes Gingrich, Ryan, Priebus, Ayotte and McConnell are sincere about this other than to minimize the damage Trump’s blatant racism is doing to their party, hasn’t been paying attention since June of last year. He’s been saying this exact same crap for a year now, but his party brethren didn’t have a problem with it until recently. Why? Because they never believed he’d be their nominee so they ignored it. It wasn’t the threat to their political fortunes that it is now. Borrowing a line from ex-secretary of state James Baker: “Fuck them, they don’t vote for us anyway.” How right you were. And I bet you still wonder why that is.
And now we have this newest trouble in Trumpville. Six months ago today, Trump blasted the President of the United States for allegedly “profiling” American Muslim athletes. And now…? Oh yeah, that guy. Does he even bother to listen to what he himself says?
I challenge ANY Republican out there, voters, local, city, county, state or federal officers to stand up and proclaim; Yes, I’m a Republican, and yes, Trump’s bigotry has crossed my personal threshold. I will not vote for a man who divides Americans by race, religion or ethnic heritage.
If you’re capable of doing so, congratulations. You have more integrity than anybody running your party today.
Feature image by Lia Kantrowitz