Editorial Article by Jim Lantern, 10:00am CT Thursday 30 June 2016
Trump is a hypocrite. He has supported the pledge when it has suited him, opposed it when it has not suited him. He has further repeatedly threatened to leave the GOP to go Independent, saying he really doesn’t need the RNC anyway – he can win without them. He was the last to accept the pledge in the first place during the first Republican presidential debate. Trump would have been the first to break the pledge, and now he condemns anyone who breaks it. How can Trump expect them to support him when he continues to engage in personal insults against them. So I can’t blame them for refusing to bow, kneel, and kiss the ring of Trump royalty. Trump is like an Internet troll. He has a dictator mentality ideal for an aristocratic or autocratic government. Emperor Trump.
My opinion of Trump has gone from positive to increasingly negative, from planning to vote for him to planning to vote for the Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. Trump has become like a massive zit on the face of the GOP. Every time he opens his mouth it is like explosive diarrhea, attacking people with childish name-calling instead of properly addressing the major issues. Soon after he does speak on issues, he then flip-flops like a typical politician.
Excerpts from Gant News – CNN Affiliate…
- Donald Trump on Wednesday said his former Republican primary rivals who have refused to support him in November should be barred from running for public office again.
- “They signed a pledge saying they will abide, saying they will back the candidate of the party,” Trump said during a campaign appearance in Bangor, Maine, adding, “They broke their word. In my opinion, they should never be allowed to run for public office again because what they did is disgraceful.”
- Trump didn’t mention any Republican candidates by name. But some of his significant primary challengers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — who on Wednesday released a letter on his campaign fundraising list highlighting a positive poll for him — have yet to endorse Trump despite saying during the primary they would back the GOP nominee.
- Trump called Republicans who wouldn’t back the pledge “sore losers.”
- Trump has struggled to unite Republican officials behind his campaign since clinching the party’s nomination in early May and his frustrations with the slow pace of that unity have boiled over in recent weeks.
- Despite talking up the need for party unity, Trump earlier this month criticized fellow Republicans and threatened to go it alone and campaign into the general election “by myself.”
- Kasich has been using his campaign email list to fundraise for down-ballot Republicans such as Sen. John McCain along with candidates for House seats after the Ohio governor dropped out of the presidential race in May. But his letter on Wednesday, entitled “The Latest” and authored by senior adviser John Weaver, highlighted the recent findings of a Ballotpedia poll that look bad for Trump.
- Weaver argued that the poll results “confirm what we said throughout the campaign: John Kasich was the very best candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton.”
- “Under a modeled electorate, Trump loses every swing state by 6-12 points. Governor Kasich wins 6 out of 7 swing states. Speaker Ryan wins 2 out of 7 swing states,” the email reads.
- The email makes no mention of efforts to stop Trump from claiming the nomination but points to Kasich’s importance as a popular Republican leader.
What a mess the Republican party is in.