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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  • CE Lee

    Very well said.

  • Arthur Adams

    Should Donald Trump actually get the Republican nomination, here is how I envision his acceptance speech playing out…

    The press is all atwitter waiting for Trump’s acceptance speech. Unusually — perhaps unprecedented in the modern era — not one single word has come from the campaign about the topics of the speech. The only comment was Trump himself telling a reporter, “you’ll be amazed, babe!”

    At 9:00 PM, Trump walks on stage. The applause is thunderous. Trump basks in it for almost fifteen minutes, (The Republican staffers who media manage the convention are yelling about losing the audience, but what are they going to do, rush on stage and yell at the nominee “start speaking!”)

    He finally motions for the crowd to be quiet. When the noise subsides, he begins. “My fellow Americans! Republicans! I stand here today… AMAZED that you have chosen me to represent your party.” (Some very perceptive people are noting the phraseology is odd. He seems to be referring to Republicans in the third person.)

    After another five minutes of thunderous applause (the delegates are too euphoric to notice odd word choice) he quietens them again, “Seriously, I am absolutely shocked… a major political party fell for this. Suckers.” He then “flips off” the shocked convention, spins around, drops trou, “moons” the United States of America, and allows his personally selected security guards/hired goons to shove his way out the convention to an awaiting limo, which whisks him to his private jet, containing about a dozen $10,000/night “escorts”, enough liquor to fill an Olympic size swimming pool, $100K of top-grade cocaine, and, according to rumors that emerge the next few weeks, Bill Clinton on a “one night pass” from Hillary.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Agree with article. But let me float a possibility:

    Trump sucks the air out of the room from the other candidates.

    Could this be an intentional ploy to keep the other members of the Klown Kar from facing scrutiny ? Then Trump drops out and the eventual nominee is saved over a year of scrutiny which could bring out all sorts of unpleasant facts about them.

  • hldboo

    Only equaled in stupidity by the Dems supporting Clinton or Sanders. Sure glad I’m registered Independent.

    • Bilbo

      Nice, “HURR DURRRR NO UUUUUU” response. Pretty much par for the course for the modern conservative when publicly demonstrating their argumentative skills and intellectual/emotional development.

      • Michael Anderson

        Yeah Libtards like to sit in social circles and talk about how intelectual they think they are. It’s a real gas!

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        Yup; and at the last meeting, we discussed the intellectual limitations of Michael Anderson. The meeting ended up going really long…..(and at least, we know how to spell “intellectual.”) It WAS a gas!

      • MJJames

        Your trailer needs a wax job.

      • John X

        You know, you have a point there. They think because they paid thousands to go to college, somehow that makes them experts on everything. They learned everything from a book and equate that with life experience. They brag about being critical thinkers, but they all sound the same. They just regurgitate something they read or heard from some call liberal intellectual.

  • 127guy

    I agree with the part about “Allen” being blessed with a little bit of common sense. Sadly, he doesn’t have much else.

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. It’s the only way to explain Trump’s popularity.