Top Republican Senator: ‘Complete Idiot’ Donald Trump Could Be ‘The End of the Republican Party’

donald-trump-2016-gopFor quite a few years now I’ve been predicting the ultimate demise of the Republican party. My feeling has been that, over time, the voice of the radical right (tea party crazies) would continue to grow louder and louder, ultimately putting the Republican party in a dangerous position where it would either have to fully embrace the crazies or risk ripping the party apart.

Despite what we all might think about the GOP, party leaders are well aware that eventually Republicans are going to have to tone down some of their rhetoric (particularly it pertains to gay rights and immigrants) if they want to remain relevant nationally – especially during presidential elections.

But therein lies the problem: How do you pander to ultra-conservatives who harbor bigotry, racism and out-of-touch ignorance on many social issues while still appealing to a society that’s becoming increasingly more progressive with each generation?

The truth is, they can’t. If Republicans try to walk the line of the more moderate aspects of the party of the 80’s and 90’s, while still allowing the tea party to heavily influence large parts of the GOP, eventually what you’re going to see is the party ripped in two.

It seems Republican Senator Lindsey Graham agrees with me, declaring during a CNN interview that if the “complete idiot” Trump wins the GOP nomination, it would be “the end of the Republican party.”

He also set his sights on Trump’s ignorance concerning military matters and foreign policy.

“He’s shallow,” Graham exclaimed. “He’s ill-prepared to be commander in chief. He’s a complete idiot when it comes to Mideast policy.”

While I’m sure many will dismiss Graham’s comments as just a fellow GOP candidate who’s desperate for attention, I think his comments are actually more telling of a much larger problem brewing within the Republican party. As Trump’s star continues to rise, I think it’s obvious the RNC (and most people within the party) cannot stand the fact that he’s the party’s overwhelming favorite right now to win the nomination.

But the problem is, they don’t know what the hell to do about him. If they actively try to take him out, they’ll only increase the likelihood that he runs as a third-party candidate. But at the same time, if they embrace him, they’re well aware that he stands almost no shot at winning in the general election.

They are, quite literally, in a no-win situation. Their only real hope is that Trump’s asinine rhetoric eventually brings himself down. Otherwise, there’s not a whole lot they can do about his continued rockstar status among conservative voters.

If Trump does ultimately win the nomination, I do believe Graham is right when he says that it would most likely be the end of the Republican party.

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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  • Kat

    Never thought I’d agree with Graham on anything but it’s spot on.

    • OMGface

      I ditto, Kat….cept the party was self destructing on it’s own before the feckless blowhard martinet arrived…..just more in slo mo.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Donald is doing our work for us. We really just need to stay quiet and let him totally dismantle the GOP front runners. He is single handedly destroying every ‘electable’ repuke (Jeb, Walker, etc) and doing it better than any Democrat could do at this point. The only person who could do a better job of insulting every GOP darling would be Alan Grayson, but he doesn’t have the deep pockets and media coverage. Seriously, this is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, and the ‘train’ is the GOP and Donald is the conductor.

    • Billy Banegas

      I’ve seen the movie several times with different actors, but in the end, the last man standing isn’t for or against either side, he’s all for himself.

  • NotThatGreg

    Well he’s right about Trump. But many of the other candidates are as bad or worse, in terms of their potential as President. Huckabee? Jindal? Cruz? Santorum? Perry? … etc…Trump just makes it more obvious by being louder, and more alarming by his popularity. Also Trump doesn’t seem to need to create a smokescreen for his idiocy by talking about gawd all the time; it must really piss off the others that he can pull that off.

    • Howard Sands

      True. As bad as he is, he’s the most moderate of the GOP. That says a lot.

    • Sunnysmom

      Exactly, I think Scott Walker would be far more dangerous than Trump in terms of regressive policies. Although Trump might actually put us into nuclear war first since he’s so impulsive. Either way, anyone on that side of the aisle running will not “make America great again.”

  • wendy

    from your mouth 😉

  • cruisersailor

    America needs many robust political parties not just two major parties that get all the attention from media.

  • Keith

    Trump may finally get both parties off of their butts and ignite some interest in politics.

  • noah vail

    Graham has seen a lot of fools and idiots in his time in congress and he knows one when he sees one….i’m a lib and i have to agree with him on this

  • JuppKerckerinck

    All the Republicans have to do is: 1. Face reality, and protect the environment. 2. stop denying climate change, 3. Stop the bigotry 4. Find a single man or woman, who is decent, honest and not a slave of fossil fuel industries. A person who is far away from the tea party, who knows foreign policies but puts America first; somebody who young people can look up to. At the moment I don’t see anybody like that on the horizon.