I Have a Message for Republicans Who Are In Denial About Trump and the State of Their Party

For years, liberals have called the GOP the party of racism, ignorance, hatred, bigotry and intolerance. And for years, Republicans have vehemently denied these allegations. Because the truth of the matter is, there wasn’t really a concrete way to “prove” any of those claims. If you cited any example of bigotry or racism, Republicans would typically spin it in some way or dismiss the act of racism as a “deplorable, but isolated event that doesn’t represent the values of the party.”

But with the rise of Donald Trump, there’s no more denying any of this.

Sure, many still try to spin Trump’s rise as “Americans being angry over business as usual politics.” That’s basically been the “go-to” excuse Republicans and many members of the conservative media have been using for months.

Except, you can’t really do that anymore. Not only has Trump retweeted white supremacy propaganda on a few occasions (while refusing to ever apologize for doing so), but now he literally played dumb when asked to condemn former Grand Wizard, and renowned white supremacist, David Duke.

Despite all of this, Trump’s poll numbers continue to skyrocket. The latest CNN/ORC poll (granted it was done prior to his KKK debacle) showed him with 49 percent of the Republican vote. And unless something unexpected happens today, Trump is slated for huge wins this evening – potentially enough to all but seal up the GOP nomination for him this November.

But if you listen to many Republicans talk, both politicians and ordinary voters, they seem “shocked” that Trump has risen to the position that he has.

Which begs the question: What reality have these folks been living in for the last few years/decades?

The Republican party is the party that elected the same former Grand Wizard to the KKK, David Duke, in Louisiana in 1989. This is the same party that defended the fact that one of the members of House leadership, Steve Scalise, spoke at a white supremacist event a few years ago. This is the same party filled with voters who don’t think the Confederate flag is racist. This is the same party that has many of its members of the media openly embrace the one-woman hate group known as Ann Coulter. This is the same party that’s supported by several well-known white supremacist groups and organizations. This is the same party that had quite a few of its members openly doubt the legitimacy of our nation’s first black president seemingly based on nothing more than his race and name.

But these folks want to play dumb about Trump’s rise and the current blatantly racist, bigoted and ignorant state of the Republican party?

I’ve always heard denial can be a powerful thing, but this is unreal.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades (especially the last few years), nothing Trump is saying or doing should be shocking. He’s essentially a live-action version of a comment section from your average conservative blog going back to the day Barack Obama first announced he was running for president.

There’s a reason why he’s so incredibly popular among such a large, loyal section of Republican voters: Because he’s acting like they act, saying what they say and telling them exactly what they want to hear. Donald Trump and the current state of the GOP are the byproduct of decades of the party pandering to ignorance, racism and bigotry.

This is a party that’s progressively devolved every single election. When liberals said they couldn’t do worse than Mitt Romney in 2012, it seems Republicans took that as a challenge. Because no matter which of the three clowns they ultimately select (Trump/Rubio/Cruz), each of them is much worse than Romney.

So, for Republicans to suddenly start acting like they’re “shocked” that someone like Donald Trump could be as popular as he is among such a large section of conservative voters is ridiculous.

This is what their party has been for a very long time, only now they can’t hide it anymore. When Republicans sold their souls to the tea party in 2008 they created a monster. Today, that monster is on the verge of picking its presidential candidate.

And if that happens, the only people Republicans have to blame are themselves. Finally, after years of pandering to hate, fear, paranoia and pushing propaganda, it seems to all be culminating in a presidential candidate by the name of Donald J. Trump who might ultimately end up tearing the entire party apart.

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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