Whether you’re on the left or an establishment Republican, Trump’s campaign for the GOP presidential nomination should be concerning. He has managed to harness the unbridled rage of the far right, including white supremacists who love his ultra-nationalist rhetoric toward immigrants.
Many Republicans have had enough of Donald Trump hurting their already-distant chances of reclaiming the White House, and they’ve decided to launch an attack to finally take him down.
In recent days, a Super PAC backing Ohio governor and presidential candidate John Kasich has gone on the offensive against Trump in an effort to expose how harmful he is to the GOP’s struggling public image with social and religious minorities.
A video released online Tuesday by the Kasich campaign attacks Trump for his rhetoric against various minority groups, invoking the theme of needing to stand up for people before it’s too late. The video features retired Col. Tom Moe, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Vietnam POW, paraphrasing the famous words of late German pastor and concentration camp survivor Martin Niemoller:
“You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with their government because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s OK to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one.” (Source)
I’m not usually one to compare political opponents to Hitler or Nazis in debate as Godwin’s Law describes, but the ultra-nationalist rhetoric of Donald Trump is the closest we’ve heard from a leading presidential candidate from any political party in recent history.
Republican political experts aren’t stupid, and they know how harmful he is to the party in the long run. If the GOP wants to be relevant and not just a regional entity beyond 2016, they have to start appealing to a base other than Tea Party activists and/or poor white voters who believe that everyone else other than themselves are to blame for their economic inequality.
Certainly the recent stunning defeat of David Vitter in the governor’s race here in Louisiana should be on the minds of the party elite. Vitter was already a flawed candidate running for governor in the wake of a disastrous two terms from Bobby Jindal, a politician who spent much of his tenure preparing for his doomed presidential run.
In the final weeks of his campaign, David Vitter turned to racism and fear-mongering about Syrian refugees, despite the fact that his wife works for a charity organization that aids the same refugees. Instead of propelling his campaign to victory, Vitter went down in flames – even though Louisiana is a deeply conservative state.
This embarrassment to the GOP hasn’t gone unnoticed, and establishment Republicans desperately want to try to move the party away from the lunatic fringe before it is too late. Donald Trump is leading the Republican Party over a political and ideological cliff that they may never be able to come back from, which is why supporters of John Kasich have finally decided to fight back.
Go ahead and stock up on popcorn, because this is going to be fun to watch.
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