Mar 3, 2016
The Harsh Reflection of The Republican Party
On Thursday we heard another scathing critique of Donald Trump’s temperament and its affect on him as a contender for President of the United States. He was described as “not a business success” in his life and “very, very not-smart” on Foreign Policy. He was called a “phony” and a “fraud” with “promises as worthless as a degree from Trump University”. These sound like the attacks we’ve heard time and time again from Democrats throughout the country. Those kinds of attacks would be expected from diametrically opposed political opposites, but this time they weren’t coming from Democrats at all. No, they were straight from the mouth of 2012 Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney. Consider that for a moment. The overwhelming frontrunner of the 2016 Republican party is being torn to shreds in an open address to the American people by the person that the party selected to run against President Obama just 4 years ago. There’s talk that Romney and the other establishment Republicans may even try to block the nomination of Trump at the Republican convention, although they seem to be struggling to figure out exactly how to go about it. If that happens, what kind of message does that send to all the Trump voters out there? I can’t think of any better way to ostracize a large number of voters that the party will need to succeed against the Democratic nominee come November.That’s the real problem isn’t it? The Republican establishment seems to be incredibly threatened by a monster that they themselves have created. They’re scrambling to try and quash their own frontrunner and seem baffled as to why he’s doing so well amongst Republican voters. After all, he does have a pretty questionable record in regards to nearly all of the traditional Republican social issues. So it must be something else then that is making Trump so appealing to many Republican voters. It would seem that years of Fox News propaganda subtly spreading divisive and racist rhetoric has now found a much louder mouth piece in Donald Trump, and people are responding to it. Trump launches his campaign by saying illegal immigrants are coming into the country and they’re rapists, so he’ll build a wall to keep them out. He instantly jumps to the front of a very crowded pack of Republican nominees. Shortly thereafter he says Muslims are a threat and they should be temporarily banned from entering the US, which helps him build on that initial support. All of this was made even clearer in Thursday night’s Republican debate. As the Fox News moderators and the other Presidential candidates were attempting to distance themselves from Trump advocating torture and war crimes, Trump doubled down on his stance to the sound of thunderous applause. Every Presidential primary season creates an atmosphere of infighting amongst its candidates; after all they’re trying to convince the American people to elect them to be the leader of the free world over other potential nominees. Few, though, have presented such a harsh reflection as to what a party’s constituency actually looks like. With record Republican primary turnout in every contest thus far (save for Vermont) and Donald Trump winning 10 out of 15 of those contests, at what point does a party moderate look into the mirror and realize that you’re not exactly the party that you thought you were?