The Rise of Donald Trump Has Cemented the GOP’s Legacy as the Party of Stupid

trump-fox-news-debateWhile in many ways Donald Trump is the perfect Republican president, I’ll fully admit that I’m still having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that he’s not only ran for president – but he actually won. I don’t even mean that as a progressive; I’m just saying that as a human being who’s lucky enough to have been blessed with at least a little bit of common sense.

The truth is, it’s not just liberals who are laughing at Republicans right now – the whole world is. It’s absolutely embarrassing that there are millions of Americans who support this buffoon.

It’s like I joked on Twitter, people who legitimately support Trump should lose their right to vote in any election – for the rest of their lives. Anytime I encounter someone who supports Trump, I can’t help but just feel like I’m talking to an absolute idiot. His campaign has been like one really long, unfunny Saturday Night Live skit.

That’s why I was ashamed of the media’s coverage of his candidacy. It’s nauseating to see supposed “legitimate news channels” speak of Trump as someone a serious candidate, while mostly ignoring his shady history. Well, at least until it was too late.

He’s a joke and always will be. 

In fact, if you ask me, the only reason why he did so well is because the media treated him more like a celebrity than a presidential candidate. This is a guy who’s called women fat pigs, made racist comments about African-Americans, bragged about sexual assault and has almost certainly been involved in some unethical business dealings throughout his career – yet you almost never hear about any of that.

I love it when I hear Republicans try to find excuses as to why Trump has become such a right-wing favorite. They’ll say things like “he’s just telling it how it is” or “he’s just tapping into an anger that many Americans have felt.”


Trump became a right-wing hero because he’s just saying whatever the hell it is he thinks Republicans want to hear. He doesn’t care if most of what he’s saying is complete nonsense, because he knows conservatives couldn’t care less about facts or truth – they just want someone who tells them what they want to hear. He’s pandering to racism, bigotry and ignorance. If you can do that effectively (which he has) conservatives will love you.

Not only that, but he’s all over the place with issues. In a period of two days I heard him profess he wants to raise taxes on the rich, then falsely state that we’re the most taxed nation in the world. He flip-flops more than any other politician I’ve ever seen.

Don’t even ask him to provide any specifics about how he plans to do anything – because the exchange will typically go something like this:

Reporter: So, how do you plan to force Mexico to build a wall, deport 12 million illegal immigrants and end all inner city gangs?

Trump: Listen, I’ve been really successful, okay? I know how to get things done. I’ll do what no other candidate running for president can do and it will be fabulous – you’ll love it. 

What the hell does that even mean? Sometimes I really do feel like Ashton Kutcher is going to pop out during one of his speeches and tell us we all just got “Punk’d.”

Watching thousands of people showing up to hear him speak is like watching thousands of people proudly boast about their participation in one of the most embarrassing political moments in U.S. history. These people are literally so clueless that they think it’s everyone else who are the idiots.

And for every day that he’s the darling of the Republican party, it’s just one more day that history will look upon as a time in this country when millions of conservatives stood loudly and proudly and professed: We want Donald Trump to be our nation’s president. In the end, he’s just firmly cementing the GOP legacy as the party of stupid.

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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