If the Republican party had any courage, it would have washed its hands of Donald Trump long ago. What he’s said and done throughout his campaign is, in my opinion, completely disqualifying for the office of the presidency. I’ve never had a whole lot of respect for the GOP, but I would have gained some had they done the right thing and simply said that the party winning the presidency wasn’t worth backing someone like Trump — especially after the video was released where he boasted about sexually assaulting women.
Though as we all know, that’s not what they did.
Instead, the RNC has continued to back Trump, while most of the party’s leaders have gone to extraordinary lengths to do everything they can to avoid discussing Trump publicly.
However, even as bad as Trump’s “grab them by the p–sy” comment was, it’s still not nearly as dangerous as his continued insistence on pushing the absurd conspiracy theory that the only way he’ll lose on November 8th is if the election is rigged, and he might not publicly concede if he loses.
Trump’s stance over the last couple of weeks has pretty much been that our democracy is a sham, there are forces working to fix the election and that rampant voter fraud is going to hand Hillary Clinton the presidency.
It’s preposterous propaganda that’s flat-out dangerous. Words matter. So, when someone in Trump’s position spends weeks working people up, telling them that their votes won’t count because the election’s going to be rigged anyway, and that he might not concede if he loses — that’s a combustible mixture which could lead to violence.
Furthermore, Trump’s been encouraging his supporters to “poll watch” for this non-existent voter fraud. He’s basically encouraging people to travel to polling locations and engage in voter intimidation — which is illegal.
Well, Trump’s continued encouragement for his supporters to “poll watch” has led the DNC to file contempt charges in court against the RNC for violating a decades-long agreement between the two parties concerning “ballot security” at polling locations.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
In a dramatic escalation of a long legal battle between the national Democratic and Republican parties – and in what is arguably a fitting culmination to the year of Donald Trump – the Democratic National Committee is asking a federal court to hold the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for allegedly violating a decades-old consent decree limiting so-called “ballot security” activities at poll places.
The Democrats’ filing Wednesday, among other things, ask that the consent decree — which is set to expire Dec. 17 — be extended for another eight years. The DNC is also asking the court to block any coordination between Trump and the RNC as it relates to Election Day poll monitoring activities that many fear will amount to voter intimidation.
The legal move by the DNC comes in response to Donald Trump’s calls for vigilante “poll watchers” to come out in force nationwide on Election Day. The RNC had hoped to be freed from the consent decree as soon as next year, and Trump’s actions now threaten to hobble the GOP for nearly another decade, if Democrats have their way.
I do like how the RNC is apparently trying to get out of this agreement. Though I’m not sure what reasonable position the RNC could take to want out of an agreement between two parties stipulating that neither will engage in voter intimidation. If anything, that’s something all Americans should support.
But I’m absolutely glad the DNC is doing this. It’s time the GOP is held responsible for Donald Trump.
For most of his campaign the party has kept him at arm’s length, often acting as if they’re “shocked” that he managed to become so popular and win their nomination.
That’s all bullshit.
Donald Trump is the perfect manifestation of decades of the GOP pandering to the worst parts of society. All Trump’s done is remove the filter Republicans often used, bluntly saying and doing what the party has typically only subtly alluded to for years.
Just like this whole “the election is rigged” line of nonsense.
Sure, Trump’s being much more direct about it, but all he’s doing is taking the underlying message Republicans have been pushing with these voter ID laws (that voter fraud is rampant and Democrats oppose them because they’re trying to fix elections — which isn’t true) by simply saying Democrats are rigging the election. Then his continued whining about the “media being unfair to him” is just another way to say what Republicans have been saying for years, that the media is “liberally biased.” Even his questioning the validity of a presidency isn’t completely unprecedented considering the racist birther conspiracies against President Obama that many members of the GOP helped perpetuate were a direct result of people trying to delegitimize his entire presidency.
So I’m glad that the DNC is taking steps to do what more people need to be doing, which is holding the RNC and the entire Republican party accountable for everything Donald Trump says and does. Because while the party has clearly tried to distance itself from most of Trump’s more controversial moments, the only reason why he’s in the position he currently occupies is because of the decades they spent creating the perfect environment for someone like him to eventually win the GOP presidential nomination.
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