Even If It Means We Lose
Following the release of the audio in which Donald Trump can be heard speaking about women in a vulgar and predatory manner, the Republican Party erupted.
As expected, Trump's true-blue acolytes explained away their leader's behavior. That was 11 years ago; he's a changed man; "shared values" don't matter; he apologized; (insert rationalization here). However, in a somewhat unexpected turn, many in the GOP who had previously endorsed Trump began to retreat at breakneck speed.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he was "sickened" by Trump's "grab em by the p***y" remarks, and rescinded the nominee's invitation to a joint campaign event. Numerous Republican Senators and Congressmen either condemned Trump's remarks or annulled their prior endorsements of the candidate over the weekend.
Then there were those who never supported Trump in the first place, like Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), who urged Trump to "step down" after the audio was made public.
For his part, Trump has made it clear that he will "never drop out of the race."
Some are saying that the Senators, Congressmen, and commentators who are jumping ship are turncoats to the Republican cause. Some are saying that those who refused to support Trump from the get-go are traitors who are pushing Hillary into the White House. After all, Democrats stood by former President Bill Clinton during numerous accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape, Republicans should likewise stand by Donald Trump. What Trump did was nothing close to what Clinton did, they say. So suck it up.
I disagree. Indeed, what Trump boasted about doing isn't as heinous as what Clinton is alleged to have actually done, but in this case, that doesn't matter.
The members of the GOP elite who endorsed Trump fall into one of two categories:
1. The spineless; those who desire power and the status quo, and who would have endorsed anyone so long as he would help them get re-elected. 2. The prudent; those who dislike Trump intensely, but believe that getting even a small percentage of Trump's promises would be better than a Clinton presidency.
As for the spineless, perhaps they are turncoats. Then again, they always were. As for the prudent, I pray they haven't made their decision lightly.Read the rest from Frank Camp HERE.
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