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.
Should Republicans disavow Trump? Or stay the course? Vote below!
Should Republican leaders disavow Donald Trump?
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
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