For anyone to support Donald Trump takes an incredible amount of hypocrisy, ignorance and flat-out denial of reality. Sure, most Republicans you ask will say they’re going to vote for him, but there are quite a few who have publicly stated that they’re not going to. Even the ones who have said they’re backing him, if you actually pay attention to most of what they say, they’re not praising Trump — they typically just bash Hillary Clinton.
A great example of what I mean is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. After taking quite a long time to “endorse” Trump, he went out to give his speech during the RNC’s convention in July — and mentioned his party’s presidential candidate by name a grand total of two times. This was also the same convention where Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the more well-known Republicans in Congress and tea party hero, gave his infamous speech where he refused to endorse his party’s candidate.
But, hey, Trump has Scott Baio, so who cares about the rest of these scrubs.
The attitude I seem to get from the Republican party is this: While we’re not going to work against Donald Trump, we’re also going to use the minimal amount of resources we can to make it look as if we’re trying to help him get elected – though we won’t be heartbroken if he loses.
However, because Trump is quite popular with a good portion of the party, the RNC is in a very difficult position. They need to act as if they’re truly supporting him, while also realizing the majority of their party wants nothing to do with him.
This seems to be what triggered RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to blatantly threaten those Republicans who continue to refuse to endorse and/or support Donald Trump.
“Look, people who agreed to support the nominee, who took part in our process, they used tools from the RNC. They agreed to support the nominee. They took part in our process,” Priebus said Sunday morning on Face the Nation.
“We’re a private party. We’re not a public entity. Those people need to get on board,” he added. “And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think we’re going to evaluate the nomination process, and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them. I think these are things that our party’s going to look at in the process. I think people who gave us their word, used information from the RNC, should get on board.”
That’s borderline extortion.
Priebus is basically saying to any Republican who might have future political ambitions that they either need to do what we tell you (support Trump), or we might do whatever is within our power to end your political career.
So much for democracy.
Then again, this is the chair of the party that nominated Donald Trump — the most dictator-like/authoritarian-loving presidential candidate for a major political party in our country’s history.
But this shows you how desperate things really are within the party. While most are “playing nice” and saying what they need to say, it’s clear to anyone with even a shred of common sense that most of the GOP is embarrassed they have someone like Trump as their candidate. It’s pretty sad when, just a few weeks away from the general election, the head of the RNC is having to issue direct threats to the careers of the Republicans who refuse to support Trump hoping it might force them to “get on board.”
Unlike Reince Priebus and many of these other members of the GOP who’ve put party before country, it does appear at least some Republicans refuse to sell their souls by supporting a vile, conspiracy-driven bigoted racist like Donald Trump.
Watch his comments below via CBS News: