Even though he may very well become our next president, to say Donald Trump’s presumptive nomination as the GOP’s presidential candidate hasn’t gone over exactly all that well with many Republicans would be a vast understatement. Even though it’s been a couple of weeks since Sen. Ted Cruz and John Kasich bowed out of the race to essentially concede the nomination to Trump, many within the Republican party have been less than enthusiastic to embrace the new face of their party.
It’s clear many within the party are only contemplating warming up to the idea of Trump out of party loyalty, their own political ambitions or both. But it’s blatantly clear that many Republicans are not-at-all happy with the fact that someone like “The Donald” is going to be the GOP nominee this year.
Well, those rules didn’t apply to former Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett. Sadly, Bennett died on May 4th after suffering from pancreatic cancer, though not before he apparently voiced his disgust and apologized for Donald Trump – especially concerning his rhetoric about Muslims.
Between the hectic helter-skelter of nurses, doctors and well wishes from a long-cultivated community of friends and former aides, Bennett faced a quiet moment with his son Jim and his wife Joyce.
It was not a moment for self-pity.
Instead, with a slight slurring in his words, Bennett drew them close to express a dying wish: “Are there any Muslims in the hospital?” he asked.
“I’d love to go up to every single one of them to thank them for being in this country, and apologize to them on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump,” Bennett told his wife and son, both of whom relayed this story to The Daily Beast.
Perhaps you may recall, Bennett was a victim of the tea party rise of 2010, losing his seat to current Sen. Mike Lee – one of Sen. Ted Cruz’s good buddies.
Bennett had also told a local Utah news source that he was “glad” Muslims were in Utah and the rest of the country.
“He would go to people with the hijab on and tell them he was glad they were in America, and they were welcome here,” his wife said. “He wanted to apologize on behalf of the Republican Party.”
“He was astonished and aghast that Donald Trump had the staying power that he had… He had absolutely no respect for Donald Trump, and I think got angry and frustrated when it became clear that the party wasn’t going to steer clear of Trumpism,” Jim Bennett, his son, said.
This shows you the de-evolution of the Republican party that a former Republican senator, who was a fairly staunch conservative in his day, was so completely and totally disgusted that someone like Donald Trump could become the presidential nominee.
But Bennett’s words do give a little bit of insight to what some of these Republicans who’ve been less than eager to embrace Trump might be thinking. While I’m sure there are some who are mostly worried about what it might do to their political careers if they embrace him (Paul Ryan), I honestly believe that there are some within the party who are disgusted and appalled that someone who’s said and done the things he has during his campaign managed to garner the success that he did.
And while I’m sure I wouldn’t have agreed with Bennett on much, I would like to commend him for using some of his last moments on Earth to speak out and apologize for the embarrassment that’s been the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
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