The train wreck that is Donald Trump and the fetid swamp of insanity which is today's base of the Republican Party is becoming far too much for what few sane and decent Republicans. True Trump is the logical culmination of GOP policies and dog whistle race baiting and misogyny over the last decade and a half or more, but now that the result of their own policies have become consolidated in Trump, thinking Republicans are view Trump with revulsion and rightly so. Trump's suggestion yesterday that gun rights lunatics might need to assassinate Hillary Clinton and/or federal judges seems to have been the final straw for some, including former GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough who calls for the GOP to remove Trump in an op-ed in the Washington Post. Here are excerpts:
The Muslim ban, the David Duke denial, the “Mexican” judge flap, the draft dodger denigrating John McCain’s military service, the son of privilege attacking an immigrant Gold Star mother and the constant revisionism and lying about past political positions taken are but a few of the lowlights that have punctuated Donald Trump’s chaotic chase for the presidency.
Any one of these offenses would have disqualified any other candidate for president. But the Republican nominee remained competitive against a historically weak Democratic nominee on the promise of bringing radical change and dramatic disruption to Washington.
That appears to be changing. Post-convention polls show Trump falling behind by double digits both nationally and in must-win swing states like Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia.
And the political ride will only get rockier for Trump in the coming days afterhe suggested that one way to keep a conservative Supreme Court after Hillary Clinton got elected would be to assassinate her or federal judges.
We are in unchartered waters but that does not mean that the way forward is not clear. It is.
- The Secret Service should interview Donald Trump and ask him to explain his threatening comments.
- Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should denounce in the strongest terms their GOP nominee suggesting conservatives could find the Supreme Court more favorable to their desires if his political rival was assassinated.
- Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should revoke their endorsement of Donald Trump. At this point, what else could Trump do that would be worse than implying the positive impact of a political assassination?
A bloody line has been crossed that cannot be ignored. At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.
- The Republican Party needs to start examining quickly their options for removing the Republican nominee.