Republicans Shouldn’t be Ashamed of Trump, They Should be Ashamed of Themselves and Their Voters

trump-bigmouthEver since Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made some rather ill-advised remarks belittling Sen. John McCain’s military record, I’ve been nauseated. Not at Trump, but at the entire Republican party. If there’s one thing “The Donald” has done, it’s put the vile, bottom-feeding aspects of the GOP on full display for all the world to see.

But what’s disgusted me the most is the fake outrage shown by many members of the Republican party. Sure, Trump’s an easy target, and rightfully so, but there’s an undeniable fact that no member of the GOP seems to want to address: Conservative voters love Trump.

Prior to his comments about McCain which will almost assuredly hurt him in the polls, he had built a double-digit lead over his GOP counterparts.

Just think about that for a moment: People who vote for the party that often tries to tell everyone else what is or isn’t “Christian” or “moral” rushed to support a guy who’s been divorced three times, doesn’t believe President Obama is an American citizen and basically called millions of Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists.

And these are the people who want to act appalled that he mocked McCain’s war record? Please. Where was this outrage when George W. Bush and large portions of the Republican party were mocking John Kerry’s Purple Hearts? I’m sure many of you remember back in 2004 when the Republican party turned a war veteran’s battle wounds into a running joke for political gain.

Hell, where were they in 2000 during the Republican presidential primary when some right-wing PACs were calling McCain a traitor, suggesting he conspired with the enemy while captured? To this day the 2000 GOP presidential primary is viewed as one of the dirtiest primaries in history. The Bush campaign ran some of the most aggressive attack ads our political process has ever seen.

Now suddenly many of these same jackasses want to lecture Trump about what he said?

But the truth is, it’s not Trump who Republicans should be condemning, it’s their voters and their party as a whole. After all, it’s conservatives who are telling those conducting these polls that Trump’s rhetoric is what they want to hear. That Trump is the kind of guy they want leading the country. That Trump best represents their values and beliefs.

And it’s been the Republican party and the conservative media that’s been propping up and promoting Trump for years. The only real difference now is that after saying these horrible things he’s climbing in the polls, which is exposing the bigotry and racism that runs rampant through the GOP.

It’s like I’ve said numerous times, Trump doesn’t exist without the ignorance that’s been pushed and embraced by the GOP and the right-wing media. It’s their rhetoric and propaganda that’s created this toxic environment where a loud-mouthed blowhard who thrives on some of the most deplorable comments ever uttered in a political campaign can flourish as a presidential candidate.

So, to those Republicans pretending to act disgusted at Trump’s remarks, all I have to say to you is: Don’t blame him – blame yourselves. It’s your party that created Trump. It’s your media that gave him multiple outlets on which to spew his ignorant rhetoric. And it’s your voters who’ve placed him at the top of most presidential polls for the last few weeks.

Trump has always been this kind of guy – nothing’s changed about him in these last few weeks. The only difference is, instead of hurling his idiocy toward President Obama, he’s using it against other Republicans. The “monster” you people created is now dealing you all fits with the very same ignorance liberals have called out for years, yet conservatives have always embraced.

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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