Friday Was a Really Bad Day for Donald Trump and the Republican Party

Talk about a day where there seemed to be no shortage of things to discuss. Following Thursday night’s tragic terrorist attack in Nice, France, we saw a full-blown military coup take place in Turkey on Friday. Clearly these two stories dominated most of the national headlines, though that didn’t mean there wasn’t much more going on.

For instance, the rather sad and embarrassing day the Republican party and Donald Trump went through.

First, even though he said he was going to delay his VP announcement due to the attack in France, Trump tweeted out the news that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was going to be his running mate. While the announcement wasn’t exactly surprising considering it had already been leaked on Thursday, the fact that it was made on Twitter was strange. It also confirmed that Trump picked the most dull (though still despicable) running mate he possibly could have, in order to make sure his running mate doesn’t steal any of his headlines.

The embarrassing part came when rumors started to circulate that Trump was having regrets about choosing Pence and was asking aides early into Friday morning if there was a way he could change his mind. While the campaign obviously denies that, clearly they wouldn’t admit to it either way. Nevertheless, that’s not the rumor you want floating around as you attempt to solidify your campaign.

Then there was Newt Gingrich having to admit that his idea to deport any Muslim who supports Sharia law (which is not only illegal, it’s incredibly unconstitutional) was met with the man, himself, admitting that it would be “impossible” to carry out his idiotic idea.

There’s nothing quite like a high-profile individual who represents your party basically saying he wants to single out an entire religion, question them, then illegally remove them from the country for expressing their First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

However, perhaps the most humiliating news of the day came when a story surfaced about the GOP essentially begging billionaire Sheldon Adelson to donate $6 million to the convention to make up the gap that’s been caused by corporate sponsors backing out of the event, most citing Donald Trump as the reason.

Republicans are less than a week away from their party’s major convention, yet they’re having to beg a donor for money because their presidential nominee is so vile and disgusting that millions of dollars worth of corporate sponsorship backed out on them.

On a day that the GOP should be celebrating, when their presidential candidate announced his running mate, the party was actually forced to hang its head in shame. Then again, since Donald Trump became the “face” of the GOP, the party has found itself embarrassed and ashamed quite often and it doesn’t seem to faze their supporters one bit.

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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  • The Klandidate

    Does anyone else think that the Trump campaign has just been hijacked? He obviously has no control of what is going on anymore. That tweet announcing the pick was clearly not him and this is getting forced on him. Honestly, I wonder when he will start insulting his VP pick during the campaign because they have nothing in common…..


    I don’t think Trump’s campaign was ever anything but another of his countless ego trips. This one just happened to get out of control. He is now in so far over his head, that he does not know which way to turn. I don’t think there are any good choices for VP on a Trump led ticket. Trump can’t surround himself with good people when he can’t even identify good people, and in any event, he can’t hire anyone who doesn’t want to work for him. He’s left with the worst of the worst, each with their own agenda, and he is growing increasingly powerless to deal with them. This thing has a momentum, and a life of its own now.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    And Trump had announced that, out of respect for France, he would delay making the announcement. But the hunger for the limelight must have gotten too strong as he turns around and tweets his choice on Friday anyway. So much for respect.

    Then in the press conference Saturday, typical for Trump, Trump kept the limelight on himself. MSN even ran article titled, “In introducing Mike Pence, Donald Trump keeps the spotlight on himself”.

  • amersham1046

    You think Friday was bad , just wait till Monday