Donald Trump is Single-Handedly Destroying the GOP… and I’m Loving Every Minute of It

I’ll be the first to admit that I find it absolutely disgusting how nearly every time I turn on the news, it’s almost always something about Donald Trump. It’s sickening the amount of news coverage he gets. Though as sick and tired as I am of hearing about Donald J. Trump – I’m also quite enjoying it. Because the truth is, Trump is single-handedly destroying the Republican party… and I’m loving every minute of it.

We now have elected Republicans admitting that they won’t vote for Trump; members of the conservative media admitting that even they won’t vote for Trump; and increasing talk of a party that might seem to be headed towards trying to sabotage his campaign to keep him out of the White House. What we’re seeing is the GOP approaching a cataclysmic breaking point within the party.

While this splinter within the GOP has been taking place for quite some time – especially with the rise of the tea party giving a voice to the far right fringe – Trump has become the living embodiment of all the hate, paranoia, fear, anger, racism, bigotry and intolerance to which Republicans have been pandering for years. As I’ve said before, it’s as if the conservative blogosphere and comment sections attached to those blogs magically came to life and decided to run for president. After all, Trump’s success is directly linked to his pandering to the very same ignorance that’s driven the right-wing online media (especially the likes of Breitbart, Drudge, The Conservative Tribune and The Blaze) for years.

That’s another reason why I find this all so completely hilarious. It’s sort of running blindfolded into on-coming traffic and acting shocked that you got hit by a car. They knew exactly what they were doing. So it’s rather ludicrous for many Republicans to act “shocked” now that the people they’ve spent decades brainwashing and indoctrinating have finally found the perfect candidate who says all the vile, hateful things most Republicans have only alluded to for years.

You know, sort of like the whole “Barack Obama isn’t really one of us/an American” – a piece of rhetoric driven primarily by the color of his skin.

What did Republicans think was fueling:

  • Birthers.
  • Jade Helm conspiracies.
  • The 2013 government shutdown.
  • Ridiculous threats to throw this country into default by not raising the debt ceiling.
  • Obamacare “death panels.”
  • Unfounded fears about President Obama confiscating guns.
  • Blatant attempts to sabotage President Obama’s foreign policy by going around his back to try to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Suggestions that practically non-existent voter fraud is all a plot by Democrats to rig elections.
  • The myth that illegal immigration has skyrocketed under President Obama despite the fact immigration is actually flat or even down.
  • The idea that President Obama is actively trying to weaken America.
  • The belief that President Obama isn’t a Christian.
  • This ridiculous idea that there’s a “war on Christianity.”
  • Irrational anger and hostility toward gay rights and legalized same-sex marriage.
  • The empowerment of anti-government radicals like Cliven Bundy, his sons and the Oregon domestic terrorists militia.

All of those things (and more) have been foundations of Republican rhetoric for years. And I guarantee you that the vast majority of the people who support Donald Trump believe almost every asinine (and factually absent) thing on that list.

So spare me this fake “outrage” I’ve been seeing from so many Republicans, members of the conservative media and those linked to the GOP. It’s pathetic to see Republicans come out to act like they have some sort of moral authority over Trump’s behavior when they all gladly embraced his support for years. They certainly didn’t feel like disavowing Trump when he was driving “birtherism” – a movement that was clearly spawned from racism.

At this point, in a weird way, I’m “rooting” for Trump. I want to see the GOP potentially ignite a complete revolution within their party as they continue to try to undermine his candidacy privately while most claim to support it publicly.

Because if they aren’t careful with how they handle these next few weeks, the Republican party is basically over. Sure, in name it will still exist, but they will have very likely triggered a revolt so severe that a “new” GOP is formed (if we’re not past that point, already). And at that moment all the hate, fear, paranoia, lies, propaganda, bigotry, racism and intolerance Republicans have blatantly pandered to for years will ultimately be what kills the once proud party of Abraham Lincoln.

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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