THE UNTHINKABLE is starting to look like the inevitable: Absent an extraordinary effort from people who understand the menace he represents, Donald Trump is likely to be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party.
We argued that winning would not erase the bigotry and ugliness of his campaign, nor remove the dangers of his presidency. ….
The RepublicanParty …is faced with a front-runner … with no credible agenda and no suitable experience. He wants the United States to commit war crimes, including torture and the murder of innocent relatives of suspected terrorists. He admires Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and sees no difference between Mr. Putin’s victims and people killed in the defense of the United States.
He would round up and deport 11 million people, a forced movement on a scale not attempted since Stalin or perhaps Pol Pot. He has, during the course of his campaign, denigrated women, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, people with disabilities and many more.
He routinely trades in wild falsehoods and doubles down when his lies are exposed.
Certainly there are Republican leaders who understand all this …. Some have spoken up over the course of HIS campaign, and then stepped back; others have been silent. The silence may reflect an absence of courage and also an element of calculation: There was an assumption that HE would fade, and that confronting him would only make him stronger.
The calculations have proved wrong. If HE is to be stopped, now is the time for leaders of conscience to say they will not and cannot support him and to do what they can to stop him. We understand that HE would seek to use this to his benefit, and that he might succeed. But what is the choice? Is the Republican Party truly not going to resist its own debasement?
And now a former candidate running in the primaries has chosen to endorse him even though he mocked this chubby Governor of New Jersey by calling him a little boy.
This “little chubby boy” said this of the man he is now endorsing. “… He’s a great guy…, but I just don’t think he is suited to be president of the United States. I don’t think his temperament is suited for that and I don’t think his experience is. NJ Governor Chris Christie on Fox News August 2015.
I wonder why this chubby little boy is now endorsing this man. How much MONEY has this Pablo Escobar like candidate promised the state of New Jersey.
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