10 Questions Republicans Need to Answer Concerning the Rise of Donald Trump

As Donald Trump continues to wreak havoc within the Republican party, the thing that’s been most maddening to me has been the fact that many within the GOP and the conservative media have played dumb about how this has happened. If you talk to many of these folks, they’ll claim they’re “shocked” that someone like Trump could possibly be the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.



It’s absurd. For years Republicans have embraced this ignorance. Do they not remember last summer when many within their own party defended the Confederate flag? What about the ridiculous conspiracies about Jade Helm? How about the weekly segment Fox News gave to Trump before he became a presidential candidate? Hell, their presidential candidates have built a large part of their campaigns on the idea that President Obama has weakened America, doesn’t care about keeping Americans safe and has no respect for our military. During the last debate Ted Cruz basically said the president acts like an “emperor.” To say nothing about their attempts to delegitimize his presidency, going as far as to try to sabotage his nuclear deal with Iran. The Republican party has embraced irrational, hateful, bigoted and racist rhetoric for years.

So, please, these Republicans really need to stop trying to tell us all with a straight face that they’re “shocked” Trump has become as popular as he has.

But since so many Republicans continue to play the “I’m shocked at his rise/he doesn’t represent Republican values” card, I thought these folks should answer a few questions. I want to see if they can actually defend their talking points.

1. How can your party even remotely claim that it respects veterans when your overwhelming frontrunner for president insisted Sen. John McCain isn’t a war hero because he was captured? Shouldn’t that have pretty much disqualified him from being a Republican presidential candidate? Or is it okay for your leading candidate to demean the war record of a legitimate American hero?

2. Considering his numbers rose after he called for banning all Muslims and suggesting we create a registry for the ones who are already here, isn’t that actually proof that large parts of your party are anti-Muslim?

3. After months of hateful, bigoted and disgusting comments, why is it only now that most of the party is finally speaking out strongly against him?

4. If Donald Trump is so awful and not a true conservative, why have many of your politicians sought out his endorsement in the past? Furthermore, why is he currently getting endorsements from people like Ben Carson and Chris Christie, among other prominent Republicans and conservatives?

5. Does it say nothing about your party that your leading presidential candidate has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chinese government’s deadly response at Tiananmen Square in 1989 and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s murdering of his own family members as things he admires for being “strong” leadership?



6. What does it say about your party that white supremacists are openly praising your party’s presidential frontrunner, while your second place candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, has been endorsed (and defended the endorsement) of a pastor who’s called Adolf Hitler a “hunter” sent by God to kill Jews?

7. What does it say about the GOP that possibly the most popular presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan has managed to achieve that position – even though almost nothing he’s said has actually been true?

8. Do you really think Jesus Christ would endorse a candidate who’s called women fat pigs; belittled a war veteran; mocked a man with disabilities; called most Mexican immigrants rapists; has advocated for ripping families apart; thinks it’s okay to slaughter the families of terrorists even if they have nothing to do with the terrorist’s behavior; frequently brags about how much money he has; tries to bully anyone who criticizes him; advocates for violence against protesters; and vilifies an entire religion?

9. When I talk of a charismatic leader who preyed on hate and anger; vilified an entire religion; promoted nationalism; and often tried to attack and silence his detractors, doesn’t it bother you that I’m actually talking about Adolf Hitler – even though it sounds a lot like I was talking about your current presidential frontrunner?

10. How many states and delegates does Donald Trump need to win before the Republican party finally admits that he represents the values of the GOP?

Alright folks, there you have my list. While there are plenty more, I think these ten questions are plenty. I would genuinely like Republicans to answer these, because I think when someone like Donald Trump is your party’s current presidential frontrunner… you have a heck of a lot to answer for.

Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • A Clarke

    The most straightforward answer is that Trump represents change, as does Sanders. His flaws will be excused, as Hillary represents the status quo ante, which has become intolerable.

    (Full disclosure: I’m a Sanders guy, but I’ll take a shot at answering Allan’s questions, mostly for grins.)

    1. Remember Max Cleland? Winning isn’t everything in politics; it’s the only thing. [See e.g., Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove.]

    2. Yes. And precisely what is wrong with that? It’s not like these guys don’t want to empty the contents of an AR-47 into us….

    3. No one took The Donald seriously. Seriously.

    4. See the answer to #1.

    5. Not really. People are willing to give the guy a pass because he represents change, and isn’t as carefully scripted as Mister Roboto (a/k/a “Little Marco”). He may be a rodeo clown, but have you SEEN the other clowns in that car?

    6. Not much. Remember, you guys are stuck with Al Sharpton. You can’t ban anyone from either Party.

    7. Not much. Politicians lie. Obama promised hope and change, and all we got were more lousy trade deals.

    8. If Jesus is around to run, let him put forth his own platform. If they wanted a pastor-in-chief, they’d vote for Mike Fuckabee (thank you, Megyn!). All that people want is a fair shot to provide for their families.

    9. No. Godwin’s Law. Besides, that could be said about at least 100 leaders — of which, some are benign! — and it could be fairly argued that the Muslims have earned it.

    10. I’m not sure he does. The Republican Party has always been an uneasy coalition between libertarians, religious fruitcakes, and plutocrats. The Donald is attracting disaffected Reagan Democrats, who have watched Party leaders gang-rape their exchequer. H1-B visas, illegals flooding the borders, and free trade that is not reciprocated equals wage erosion, and the common people’s backs are against the wall. Hillary is a poster child for the corruption (just look at the Clinton Foundation!) that has led us to this juncture.

    You don’t have to feel the Bern to understand the anger. And it doesn’t help that Weather Underground alumni are inciting riots at Trump rallies.

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      • A Clarke

        San Bernardino. Fort Hood. And who knows how many plots have been thwarted. And look at all the problems they are having in Europe. Dearborn is a success story, but there seem to be plenty of failures.

        As for what our plutocrats did in the Middle East — from Operation Ajax (the toppling of a Western-friendly parliamentary democracy in Iran over oil) and Operation Fat F***** (King Farouk) to our support for the Ba’athists (Saddam) and the land theft known as “Israel,” we caused that cluster****. They don’t hate us for our freedoms; they hate us for what we did to take away THEIR freedoms. And that is as good a reason as any to keep them “over there.”

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  • DesertSun59

    Can you imagine his frat boy sons running around, with their Wall Street slicked back hair, giving interviews to anyone who will listen, about the virtues of shooting big game animals in Africa?

    • GenEarly

      Now that’s an exciting show, Shooting Big Game! and in Africa too!