The Republican Party is in turmoil. Again GOP leaders are separating themselves from their presumptive Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump, this time for racists remarks about a Judge on his personal Trump University Lawsuit. The list of GOP members criticizing Trump is long and impressive: the most powerful Republican in the House (Paul Ryan), the most powerful Republican (Mitch McConnell), opponents of Trump, possible Trump running mates plus a slew of other Senators and House members.
There have been other times the GOP leaders had to distance themselves from the candidate their voters handed to them as their Standard Bearer. In the recent past Trump:
- verbally attacked the (Republican) Governor of New Mexico
- has decided that NATO is obsolete
- insulted reporters for asking tough questions
- praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
- banned Muslims from the USA simply because of their religion
- said he wants Saudi Arabia, South Korea to have Nuclear Weapons
- boasted that he knows more about ISIS than U.S. Generals
- said that John McCain is not a war hero
- the list goes on
Our congressman, Rep. Reed was an early endorser of Trump, making it official in March. His reasoning:
“As the people vote, it has become clear more Republicans favor Donald Trump than any other candidate,” Reed said
It is one thing to acknowledge that a candidate has received more votes than others, but an endorsement is much more than an acknowledgment. When Reed endorsed Trump, he publicly announced that he approves and supports Trump to be the President of the United States, which is often referred to as the most powerful position in the world.
Trump met with Reed and a few other politicians in Washington. He personally selected Reed as the Co-Chair of his New York Leadership Team. Reed quietly represented Trump at a conference on Hunger.
Reed has not questioned any of Trump’s controversial statements until the latest one. Falling in line with his party’s leaders, on Monday Reed felt he had to admit that he “has concerns” about Trump as a candidate. Reed then sided with Trump by suggesting that the Trump University lawsuit in New York is politically motivated.
Longtime GOP operative Rick Wilson wrote to his fellow Republicans who like our congressman, have endorsed Trump, like our congressman:
“You own his politics. You own his policies, even the ones that only last as long as the next contradiction. You own the racial animus that started out as a bug, became a feature and is now the defining characteristic of his campaign. You own every crazy, vile chunk of word vomit that spews from his mouth.”
Although Reed is pretty quiet about endorsing Trump, his plan is to ride Trump’s coattails to victory in November. We need to remember that Reed = Trump.
Trump is simply saying out loud what Reed is afraid to say in public. Trump does represent the ideas and attitudes of a major segment of the GOP, including Reed.
Republicans call on Trump to change his tune; he won’t do it though: outspoken and offensive are his brand. Toned down, he would have been only another also-ran.