While Donald Trump has been the talk of the town recently, I do think there will be a time in the not too distant future where we’re all going to look back on these last few weeks stunned that he was ever considered a legitimate presidential candidate. Heck, even though I’ve suggested he might just be the perfect Republican candidate, I still can’t believe I’m reading articles where “The Donald” has suddenly become the leader in many of these polls.
That being said, the truth is Republicans aren’t all that trilled with his ascent to the top of these polls. Trust me when I say that the last thing the Republican party wants is Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.
But the funny thing is, Trump the “political figure” only exists because of the Republican party and the conservative media – in particular Fox News. In fact, up until he announced he was running for president, Trump was given a weekly segment on Fox & Friends to spout whatever kind of nonsense they felt like discussing at that time. Naturally, when he was bashing President Obama (including doubting whether or not he was even an American), they had no problem with Trump’s ridiculousness.
And when it came to the 2012 presidential race, it seems many Republicans not only agreed with Trump, but they sought out his endorsement as well.
It’s a point Chuck Todd brought up Sunday on Meet the Press when he asked former Texas governor (and current Republican presidential candidate) Rick Perry if Republicans are simply reaping what they sowed with Trump.
“Is this a ‘reap what you sow’ issue here for the Republican Party?” Todd asked. “The party embraced Donald Trump four years ago. Mitt Romney sought his endorsement. A lot of you were courting Donald Trump back in 2011, after he dropped out during his birther craze at the time. You actively reached out for him. In hindsight, was that a mistake, for the party to embrace Trump four years ago?”
So, what was Perry’s response? Did he admit that it was a mistake to seek out Trump’s endorsement in the past? Nope. He brought up Trump’s Twitter handle instead.
“His Twitter handle is therealDonaldTrump, and I’ll suggest to you we’re seeing the real Donald Trump now,” Perry said. “We’re seeing an individual who’s more interested in throwing invectives in this hyperbolic rhetoric out there rather than laying out solutions.”
Are you kidding me?
Trump has always been about hyperbolic rhetoric. Again, he’s a birther – otherwise known as someone who believes President Obama faked a birth announcement, fooled the FBI and faked two forms of his birth certificate. The whole “birther” movement is really just tied to racism and the fact that some people don’t like “a black guy being in charge.”
The only issue Republicans like Perry have now is that Trump is climbing the polls by being openly racist, exposing the true bigotry and ignorance of the Republican party. For Perry to imply that he’s “shocked” by this so-called “real” Donald Trump is ridiculous.
Hell, Trump basically called most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists – then proceeded to skyrocket in the polls.
Rick Perry is being completely disingenuous to say that the version of Donald Trump who Republicans have proudly embraced for years is any different than the man we’re now seeing on the presidential campaign trail spouting all kinds of hate, bigotry, racism and ignorance.
It’s the same guy. The only difference is, so far, his hyperbolic rhetoric is causing him to climb in the polls and these other Republican candidates, and the GOP as a whole, really don’t know what the heck to do about it.
Watch the interview below via NBC News: