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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  • Tillmann Puschka

    Spot on, Allen. I think they know very well how Trump has come to be the leading candidate of the GOP- but they absolutely HATE talking about racism in any shape, form, or fashion because they know that they are the ones who give it life and who have also kept it alive and well since the 19th century.

    Going nowhere fast.

  • Carol Lynn

    The real problem, of course, is that we think of white supremacy as a bad thing. The people who support Trump think it’s a good thing so of course they are happy to support someone who comes right out says that they are ‘great’ for believing, from our point of view, bigoted and hateful things. They are happy to do so rather than having to pretend to be less bigoted than they really are for ‘political correctness’. Unless we can change their minds and stop them actually being hateful and bigoted, I’m not sure that merely driving them underground again would serve any purpose. How we change their minds, if 50 years of change hasn’t done it, is a puzzlement.

    • anastasjoy

      But WHY do they “think it’s a good thing”? They have been fueled to believe that non-white people are responsible for any problems they suffer — and this is a huge problem in this country (and has historically been in other cultures in the past). You have people of prominence and power who tell those with none that their problems are due to another powerless group, deflecting blame from the real cause: those in power.

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        They are need of a scapegoat.

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  • John1966

    You’re funny. You think playground rhetoric means anything. You think racism and bigotry are lurking under every rock. Yet you liberals advocate killing babies, catastrophic debt, appeasing terrorists, etc; your moral arrogance is staggering. And oh yeah, speaking of the election, the best your party can muster is a CLOWNY COMMUNIST and a FUGITIVE FELON. I’m no Trump fan, but at least he’s not a COMMUNIST or a FELON. And by the way, you know full well that Trump is not a Republican. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if his support is coming from a lot of Dems, switching party registration to vote for a liberal candidate that is not a COMMUNIST or a FELON. How else do you explain the total Republican primary votes cast outnumbering the Dems by a ratio of 6 to 1? I hope Trump isn’t the next president, but if that happens, don’t worry, your panic is unjustified, you’ll be fine. I’ll have more to complain about than you as he stays true to his liberalism.

    • Howard Sands

      The WHOLE Republican party is made up of people like you who misrepresent and project your own disgraceful shortcomings on others. GOP, I now dub ye Ironic party.

    • Jym Small

      Sanders is not a Communist and Clinton is not a felon. Your failure to recognize these simple facts and your anti-choice rhetoric along with your obsession with voting for the party which increases debt (the GOP) show that your comments and opinions can safely be ignored.

    • COMALite J

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  • COMALite J

    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.

    You mean like, oh, say, Donald Trump? Remember, it was he whose Birther insistence finally drove the State of Hawaii to violate their own state laws and release Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth (aka “long-form”) on April 27, 2011, when the Certification of Live Birth (aka “short form”) which Obama showed in good faith back in 2008 outright stated that it constituted Prima Facie evidence for all legal purposes. That means evidence considered to be so overwhelmingly certain that it actually shifts the burden of proof to the other side, even if it would normally be on the side presenting it.

    It was he who continued to express doubts about the birth certificate well into August of 2013.

    It was he who tweeted in late October of 2012 (mere weeks before the election) that he had a “bombshell announcement” about Obama, and when asked about it the next day in a televised interview, strongly implied that it had something to do with Birtherism, and outright stated that Birtherism “makes sense to a lot of people” ← (advance to 04:25 in the linked video).

    Turns out, of course, that all he had was a challenge that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama would “release his records.” He made it sound like he had some new evidence, some real bombshell (his word), and he didn’t.

    Much more recently (during his campaign), he has still refused to denounce Birtherism when given the opportunity to do so, and even continued to express doubts about Obama’s birth.