The last few weeks haven’t been all that great if you’re a Republican. First the Supreme Court once again prevented Republicans from trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, then the very next day same-sex marriage bans were struck down, legalizing gay marriage in the United States. Heck, even the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina State House.
But the “gift” that just keeps on giving has been GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. He is wreaking havoc within the Republican party, even if many within the party won’t admit that publicly.
There’s nothing quite like having a presidential candidate basically call most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists – only to see him skyrocket in the polls soon after. It’s been rather entertaining watching Republicans realize that Trump is exposing the bigotry and racism within their party, while still trying to deny that it exists.
But there’s been another upwelling of ridiculousness from the conservative side of life concerning Trump: Conservatives claiming he’s actually a liberal.
Yes, there seems to be a growing trend among some Republicans where they’re trying to claim that Trump is nothing but a liberal trying to make conservatives look bad.
Take for instance a tweet sent out by Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Miami) where he called Trump a “phantom candidate,” essentially suggesting that he’s not seriously trying to win the presidency.
Then he took it a step further in a later interview where he suggested that Trump might be a plant from the Clinton campaign to make the Republican party look bad.
“I think there’s a small possibility that this gentleman is a phantom candidate,” Curbelo said. “Mr. Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. They were at his last wedding. He has contributed to the Clintons’ foundation. He has contributed to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaigns. All of this is very suspicious.”
There’s just one problem: Trump isn’t really the one making Republicans look bad, it’s the growing support he’s getting from conservative voters that’s doing that. If Trump were still just a fringe 2-3 percentage candidate who wouldn’t even be invited to the debates, no one would really be giving him much attention. The problem is, he’s saying all these awful things and it’s catapulted him to front-runner status. Heck, he’s not just near the top in many polls – he’s leading in some of them.
But even if he were a “Clinton plant” (which is ludicrous to even suggest, by the way) it doesn’t really matter because the absurd comments Trump is making are actually proving to be effective with conservative voters.
So, in reality, all Rep. Curbelo did was admit that there’s a huge contingent of conservative voters who are racists and bigots. Because the fact is, as bad as he claims Trump is making Republicans look (and he most definitely is) – what he’s doing is working. So you really can’t blame Trump for making the Republican party look bad by seemingly just giving conservative voters what they want.
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