While none of the party leadership will publicly admit it, the GOP is an absolute mess right now. Suddenly a growing number of folks within the party are acting as if they’re “shocked” at the fact that Donald Trump is being exactly who he’s been since he launched his presidential campaign a year ago. It’s funny how they want to pretend to be appalled by his bigotry, racism and outlandish comments now — when just a few weeks ago they were coalescing around him after he became the party’s presumptive nominee.
The truth is, the only reason why they’re acting like they’re opposed to what he’s saying is because he used blatant racism – which even they couldn’t spin – to accuse a federal judge of being biased against him because he came from Mexican heritage.
Then after Trump’s appalling behavior following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Republicans really seem to be inching toward trying to find a way to keep Trump from being the party’s nominee this November. That move would be tantamount to Republicans hitting the “self-destruct” button on their own party.
For more proof of what I mean, look no further than comments Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said on Thursday when he was asked what he would do if a “President Donald Trump” tried to ban Muslims or build a wall without congressional approval.
“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said.
Ryan quickly followed that up by stating he wasn’t sure if a “President Trump” would have the legal authority to unilaterally issue a ban on all Muslims.
While the statement in and of itself seems basic, it’s telling in that we have basically the most powerful member of the Republican party saying that he’s willing to sue a Republican president during a time when that presidential candidate is reeling from a nightmarish couple of weeks for his campaign.
Typically you’ll see party leaders going out of their way to not speak out against, or say anything negative about, their party’s presidential candidate. Especially someone as high-ranking as Paul Ryan.
Granted. while we still have a long way to go before November’s election, I just can’t see the Republican party letting Donald Trump come close to winning this November — if they even let him represent the party as its nominee. I’ve been saying this for months, I really do believe that there are a good number of Republicans who would rather roll their dice with Hillary Clinton and then try to beat her in 2020, rather than risk Donald Trump embarrassing their party for the next four years.
However, one thing I know for certain is, the next few months are going to be very… very interesting.