Since announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump has led the field of GOP presidential candidates running a campaign based on bigotry, racism, sexism, disrespecting veterans, bullying reporters and mocking a writer with disabilities – and conservative voters have loved him for it.
But to listen to “establishment Republicans,” or at least those closer to party leadership – and even many conservative pundits – they’re “shocked” by some of what Trump says and certainly don’t believe that his views represent their party.
House Speaker Paul Ryan even weighed in, stating in part, “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for.”
Excuse me? These people are joking, right?
Clearly, Donald Trump is saying exactly what the majority of conservatives believe and want to hear.
It is completely ridiculous for Republicans to sit there and claim that Trump doesn’t represent the values of their party… while he’s remained the overwhelming frontrunner for their party’s presidential nomination for the last several months.
How exactly can someone not represent the values of a party when the majority of supporters of that party support that person for their presidential nominee? That doesn’t make any sense.
But the truth is, Republicans like Paul Ryan are in denial. Trump’s rise isn’t shocking to anyone except those who haven’t been paying attention. His rhetoric – while far less tactful – isn’t all that different than what we’ve heard from other Republicans and the conservative media in general for years.
Just look at this list of absurdity coming from the Republican party and conservative media:
- Mike Huckabee compared Planned Parenthood to terrorists.
- Ted Cruz accused President Obama of wanting to bring Syrian refugees here to slaughter Americans.
- Marco Rubio called same-sex marriage a “real and present danger” to Christianity.
- Several Republicans at different levels of government (including Cruz, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert) added legitimacy to the radical conspiracy theory that the Jade Helm military exercise was a plot by the Obama administration to seize guns.
- Sean Hannity became a cheerleader for Cliven Bundy, a racist criminal who encouraged people to take up arms against federal agents because he doesn’t want to follow the law.
- Fox News’ Eric Bolling touted the “success” of Japanese internment camps and stated that we should declare a “holy war” on Islam.
- Another Fox News personality, Dr. Keith Ablow, advocated that the United States declare an “American jihad” on the world, essentially forcing our views on anyone who doesn’t agree to adhere to them willingly.
- Huckabee called President Obama a “pretend Christian.”
- Frequent Fox News guest and conservative personality Ann Coulter has essentially become a one-woman hate group.
- Draft-dodging, racist piece of scum Ted Nugent, who once said that the “piece of sh*t” President Obama could suck on his machine gun and called Hillary Clinton a “toxic c*nt,” – is adored and embraced.
- It’s common practice to suggest that President Obama is un-American and trying to destroy this country.
- Another Fox News personality, Andrea Tantaros, said President Obama is allowing ISIS to grow stronger because he feels the U.S. has been oppressive to Muslims.
- A Fox News show geared toward women, Outnumbered, actually defended the public sexual harassment of women.
- Two Fox News analysts were suspended for hurling profanities at the United States of America.
- Rush Limbaugh, one of the most deplorable personalities on radio, is revered as a “credible news” source.
- A gay soldier who was actually deployed in Iraq was booed by an audience of conservatives at a 2012 debate – without a single candidate on stage having the courage to condemn the response.
Yet, with all of that, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other leading Republicans have the nerve to claim Trump’s views aren’t a true representation of GOP values?
Give me a break.
Either Paul Ryan is lying (most likely), he’s in denial or he hasn’t been paying attention to what’s been happening to his party. Because I hate to break it to Speaker Ryan, but Donald Trump perfectly personifies exactly what the Republican party has become and the type of conservatives I deal with all the time.