Look, I know the headline of this article might seem a little hypocritical considering we here at Forward Progressives have written plenty of articles about the vile and absurd nature of Donald Trump. And as long as he remains politically relevant, we’ll continue to do just that. Being that we mostly cover United States politics, as the overwhelming GOP presidential frontrunner, it’s not yet feasible for us to dump Donald Trump completely from our commentary.
I hope that changes early on in 2016.
I would love nothing more than to never have to write another thing about Trump. To be honest with you, he’s not even an enjoyable person to cover. He’s not complicated, witty or even really interesting.
Trump is one thing: Offensive.
But it’s not even the serious kind of offensive like you see in other candidates like Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee. Trump is just a blithering idiot who, to be honest with all of you, I don’t really feel believes half of the drivel that comes out of his mouth. I think he’s a master at reading crowds and giving speeches that pander to those crowds. Which makes sense. After all, he’s a salesman and a reality TV star. Heck, this is a guy who once participated in a storyline for WWE in a “hair vs hair” match.
Yes, this really happened:
I do have to admit that I’m somewhat torn. On one hand, I would love nothing more than to wake up tomorrow and see the latest poll showing Trump plummeting out of first place. To finally see the end of a really bad practical joke that’s gone on way… way too long. But on the other hand, Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee would all but guarantee a Democratic victory in November.
It’s a tough decision.
The thought of having to cover Trump for the next ten months – ten months – that will definitely test my sanity. And with each passing poll, it seems more and more likely that I’m going to find out.
Ultimately, if nothing else, I hope this experience with Donald Trump will teach Republicans some sort of lesson – at least the moderate ones that are still left. Because if the GOP doesn’t change their tactics from the fear-mongering, hateful, bigoted anti-everyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male party – in 2020 (assuming they don’t win in November) Trump is going to seem like a moderate compared to the next candidate the conservative base galvanizes around. The truth of the matter is, with every election, the GOP continues to move further away from the days of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and even Reagan into an abyss driven by paranoia, conspiracies and people who are legitimately mentally unstable.
Judging by what I’ve seen over the last few months, I have almost no hope that even a semblance of sanity will return to the Republican party anytime soon. We’re talking about a group of people who seem determined to let the lowest rungs of our society completely take them over. And those with the power to try to do something about it seem far too cowardly to even try.