Should Republican leaders disavow Donald Trump? | The Tylt
Donald Trump has had a wild week. The controversial candidate's last few days have been riddled with gaffes, falsehoods, confused messaging, and unforced errors. His continued attacks on a Muslim couple whose son died in Iraq crossed a new line of indecency for many people, and even Pres. Obama called for Republican leaders to withdraw endorsements from a candidate who appears so uninformed and unstable.
Should GOP leaders reject Trump?
On Tuesday Trump declined to endorse speaker Paul Ryan or John McCain in their races, instead, he praised Paul Ryan's challenger. This insulting behavior alone could give the two leaders and their allies an easy out for disavowing Trump. Beyond GOP infighting, critics are labeling Trump a dangerous demagogue and a serious threat to American democracy and global stability. Obama called Trump "unfit" for office, and as his behavior grows more erratic, people on both sides of the aisle are urging GOP leaders to reject him for the safety of the nation. In the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham, “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary."
There is that old saying about the GOP, however: "Democrats fall in love, but Republicans fall in line." Party loyalty is deeply ingrained in Republican culture. To publicly withdraw support for the party's candidate will alienate the millions of voters who support Trump, and could fracture an already deeply divided GOP. And if Trump does become president, what happens to those who opposed him? As frightening as the prospect of a Trump presidency may be to some, for others, nothing outweighs the terror of another four years of a Democrat in the White House. Clinton hatred runs deep in the GOP. Ryan, McCain, and their colleagues may simply be unable to throw their support behind a candidate they also see as dangerous and corrupt.
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Should Republican leaders disavow Donald Trump?
Hard-core conservatives are urging Paul Ryan and others to rescind support for Trump. They point to his refusal to endorse Ryan and McCain in their primaries as evidence he will only bring harm to the party.
Other Republicans argue that leaders who don't disavow Trump endanger their own integrity by not standing up to the candidate.
Many Republicans have already publicly disavowed Trump, so Ryan and McCain would not have to go it alone.
But the backlash GOP leaders could suffer if they withdraw endorsement from a candidate who is adored by millions of conservatives would be major.
McCain, and Republicans like him are in lose/lose situations. Disavow Trump, they lose Trump supporters. Don't, they lose sane people.— Andrew Hibbard (@andrewhibbard) August 3, 2016
The political consequences for Ryan, McCain, and others could be dire.
And party loyalty runs deep with the GOP. Trump called Clinton the devil last week, and for many Republicans, rejecting Trump means embracing the devil.