The rise of Donald Trump within the Republican party caught many by surprise, but when you really think about – it shouldn’t have. I’ve often referred to him as a live-action version of the comments section of any right-wing blog you can find on the Internet. All Trump has really said throughout his campaign is basically what I’ve heard Republicans all around this country saying for years. So, in a lot of ways, Trump is the perfect candidate.
You won’t find many within the GOP who’ll admit that. In fact, many Republicans have tried playing dumb concerning Trump’s popularity and how he managed to become the candidate who’s going to represent the party this November. With every vile and highly controversial statement, many within the party condemned his views as not “representative of what the party stands for” – yet his popularity continued to grow. At times I laughed at Republicans who were claiming Trump didn’t represent their party’s values as he skyrocketed to absurd popularity and, ultimately, an overwhelming victory in the GOP presidential primary.
Well, on Tuesday Sen. Harry Reid absolutely crushed the Republican party for continuing to try to deny that Trump is a very accurate representation of the values for which their party stands.
“Donald Trump is the natural evolution of a party that spent eight years honing a platform that is anti-immigrant and anti-woman, anti-Obama and anti-working people,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
He then went on to say that Trump sat back and watched how Republicans “embraced the darkest elements of their party” while building his strategy that eventually propelled him to become the party’s nominee. Furthermore, he slammed Republicans for blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, instead choosing to let someone who’s mocked Sen. John McCain as “not a war hero” be the person who decides the balance of power in the highest court in our land.
Then he went after Republican senators (and Republicans in general) who’ve been trying to distance themselves from their party’s nominee.
“Republican senators need to stop waffling about Donald Trump,” Reid stated. “Republican senators need to say whether they’re gonna vote for this guy.”
If you have a few minutes, check out the whole speech below. I wouldn’t call myself the biggest fan of Sen. Harry Reid, but I thought he did a damn fine job laying into Republicans concerning Donald Trump and how many seem to be in denial about the reality that their party has been pandering to some of the worst aspects of our society for years – and it finally has caught up with them.
As I’ve said before, the GOP is no longer the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower. The nomination of someone like Donald Trump officially marked the end of any hint of that sort of legacy within the Republican party.
Watch Reid’s comments below via C-SPAN:
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