Once Again Republicans Prove They’d Be a Nightmare in Latest CNN Presidential Town Hall

While Wednesday night’s CNN Republican presidential town hall was filled with plenty of lies, with Donald Trump part of last night’s “day two” event, I expected more of the same. After all, most of Trump’s campaign has been based on and driven by blatant lies and ridiculous statements.

First up on CNN last night was John Kasich who didn’t say or do anything of note. While he is undoubtedly a conservative and I’d never personally vote for him, he at least strikes me as someone who has the ability to use common sense once in a while. That’s not something I can say about any of these other Republican candidates. On top of that, I’ll always give him credit for being the first Republican candidate to publicly say that basically everything Donald Trump was saying was fictional nonsense.

Second on the stage was Jeb Bush, and what a disaster. This was the first time I’ve actually watched him speak for an extended period of time and it’s easy to see why his campaign has been a train wreck. He has almost no charisma or leadership traits and nearly bored me to tears. While I don’t think a president needs to be an “entertainer,” I do think they need to at least project a sense of leadership. Too much of what Jeb says sounds like his “plan” for his presidency would be exactly what we saw during his brother’s eight years. In case you’ve forgotten, those didn’t go so well.

Finally there was Donald Trump. No matter how much I see this guy speak, I can’t believe there are millions of people dumb enough to think he would make a good president. It’s so blatantly obvious that almost everything out of his mouth is complete b.s. you really do have to be willfully ignorant to believe him. He repeats the same talking points that he’s used for months and almost never gives a specific answer to any question he’s asked. Ask him a question about the economy, he pivots to China. Ask him about how he would handle ISIS, he brings up that he’s run successful businesses. Ask him about health care and he’ll just ramble on and on about – nothing. He basically said he’s going to get rid of “Obamacare,” but cover every American with his plan that will be “much cheaper” (though never said how)… but it’s not “single-payer.” He just says – stuff. He’s the only candidate I’ve ever seen who really couldn’t care less about facts or reality at all. While all politicians lie, Trump literally just makes stuff up as he goes along. Hell, he just recently tried to put my words in the mouth of former Republican Senator Tom Coburn, so there’s really no depths to which the Trump campaign won’t sink to pander to voters and lie about basically anything.

The truth is, if Republicans were smart, they’d nominate John Kasich. While he’s still a Republican, and I still disagree with him on many issues, he’s the only one of these candidates who seems genuine with his answers. Unfortunately for him, he’s a Republican with signs of compassion, common sense and the ability to think rationally. This means he stands almost no shot at becoming the GOP nominee. In today’s political world, Kasich would actually do better as a moderate Democrat than he does as a Republican. (Make no mistake, however, I’m not trying to heap nothing but praise on John Kasich – he’s been a nightmare for women’s rights in Ohio, among other things.)

As I say after each of these events, we cannot let any of these Republican candidates win the White House this November. If we do, we’re going to set progress in this country back decades. With women’s rights, abortion rights, gay rights, climate change, health care and the Supreme Court basically all on the ballot this November, we must get out there and make damn sure our next president is a Democrat. I’m really not sure if this country will be able to recover from giving Republicans complete control of Congress, the White House, and the potential to select between three and four Supreme Court Justices that will rule for the next 20-30 years.

If there’s one election we can’t afford to mess up, it’s this one. Once a nominee is picked, we all need to come together and make sure we #VoteBlueNoMatterWho.

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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  • Jim Bean

    What you are seeing this cycle is something new: GOP candidates using the same tactic Democrats always use – promising all sorts of things they can’t possibly deliver to get votes – saying whatever it takes. The Left seems rather alarmed by it.

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    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Oh yeah, exactly the same tactics. LMAO:

      “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time.”

      “He may have one but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or he may not have one. I will tell you this: if he wasn’t born in this country, it’s one of the great scams of all time.”

      “They’re bring drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some I assume are good people”

      This is the tip of the iceberg, not to mention the utter destruction he is wreaking on the GOP candidates. Please show me where a Democrat has used these tactics to secure a nomination.

      This will all play very well, over and over and over, come time for the general election. Keep up the good work Jim and hopefully you will get your tRump nomination. At least, that is who we are all hoping gets the nomination….

    • FD Brian

      GOP uses more fear tactics than anything and they’re really good about rallying people around common enemies. Don’t get me started about the outright lies.

      • Jim Bean

        Fear tactics? Christians. Guns. Global warming. The wealthy. Corporations. The Kochs. Fox News. Limbaugh. Trump.

        Everybody is too busy being frightened by your guy’s boogiemen to notice what the GOP thinks your should be afraid of. (ISIS, stagnant GDB growth, ballooning food stamp use, ballooning disability claims, etc)

      • FD Brian

        it’s okay to be fearful of actual things. But there is a lot more hope on the democrat side.

      • Michael Wallingford

        Jim, those you presume to be fear tactics are not true. They ARE the issues that need to be addressed. I believe possibly you are a troll!

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