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.