Adolph Hitler like Donald Trump continues to have diarrhea of the mouth and attack all demographics other than angry, low education whites. After the 2012 loss of the presidential campaign, the GOP conducted a post mortem and recommended a change in course if the party was to win the presidency in the future. Trump is seemingly ignoring ever single recommendation and pushing a campaign best described as racist, white supremacist oriented and neo-Fascist. Some in the Republican Party are belatedly waking up to the Trump nightmare as reported in a piece in the Washington Post. Here are highlights:
A growing number of Republican lawmakers and strategists fear that Donald Trump’s hostile remarks about minorities and his unorthodox strategy have imperiled his campaign . . . .Their concerns increased again Sunday after Trump said he thought a Muslim judge might treat him unfairly because he wants to temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the country. The remark was an expansion on repeated assertions over the past week that an American-born judge overseeing a fraud case against him should recuse himself because of his “Mexican heritage.”
While Republicans credit Trump for making some strides after vanquishing his final GOP opponents last month, many are concerned about repeated comments singling out people for criticism on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion. The attacks in the Trump University case also underscore the extent to which Trump, who is traveling overseas later this month to visit some of his golf courses, commingles his private business interests with his presidential campaign.
Finally, many Republicans are also unnerved by Trump’s decision to continue picking fights with fellow Republicans and to spend time and resources campaigning in California and other Democratic-leaning states that he is extremely unlikely to win in November.
[T]hey see some acute problems in the way he has conducted himself in recent days.Republican strategist Brian Walsh, a former spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, quickly took to social media after Trump’s remarks on Muslims on Sunday: “I don’t care if he’s the nominee — Republicans should loudly condemn this racist, nonsensical rhetoric by Trump,” Walsh tweeted.
“It’s very toxic for other Republican campaigns and for the party as a whole,” he said. “It’s very concerning.”
In the latest sign of the separation down-ballot Republicans are seeking from Trump, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) responded to Trump’s latest comments with a strongly worded statement to The Washington Post.
“This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made, and I think it’s inexcusable,” said Gingrich. He added: “If a liberal were to attack Justice Clarence Thomas on the grounds that he’s black, we would all go crazy.”
Rick Wilson, a longtime GOP operative who has been one of the most aggressive critics of Trump, penned a column to fellow Republicans this weekend warning that candidates up for election will be yoked to Trump: “You own his politics. You own his policies, even the ones that only last as long as the next contradiction. You own the racial animus that started out as a bug, became a feature and is now the defining characteristic of his campaign. You own every crazy, vile chunk of word vomit that spews from his mouth.”
Republican concerns over Trump’s campaign extend beyond his comments to his strategy. After cementing his claim to the nomination after the May 3 Indiana primary, Trump has taken long stretches off the trail and, when he is campaigning, has focused his time on blue states that still have primaries to come but are virtually unwinnable for a Republican in the general election.
Trump shows little sign of changing course and continues to champion policies that Ryan and other establishment Republicans oppose. At his Redding rally last week, for example, Trump led one of his regular chants on building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Build that wall!” Trump said to the cheering crowd.
With luck, Trump will come to define the GOP for a generation and make it into a permanent minority party.