If Only a Few Republicans Had Led, and Not Followed Trump
The Washington Post
june 7, 2016
The most disturbing part of the Donald Trump phenomenon is the abysmal reaction of others on the right and across our political-media landscape. It is not merely left-wing protesters who turn violent or Trumpkin racists and anti-Semites on social media who should alarm us. Rather, it should concern us when so many wake up to say, “Let’s do the wrong, cowardly thing.”
– Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus never went on bended knee to Trump with his worthless pledge but instead routinely denounced his utterances.
– Republican candidates with no real chance to win chose not to run or quickly dropped out and denounced Trump, leaving only three or four candidates in the field.
– Mike Murphy at the Jeb Bush super PAC spent more money exposing Trump than attacking other Republicans.
– During the debate the Trump opponents had uniformly denounced his bigoted rhetoric, ridiculed his lame ideas and leaped on his lies.
– The other Republicans refused to say they’d support him as the nominee.
– Cable TV did not give Trump billions of dollars in free airtime and critically interviewed him and investigated his scandals from the get-go.
– Fox News behaved like a real news operation.
– Radio talk show hosts posing as conservatives had revealed Trump as a charlatan, a hater and a fraud.
– The RNC quickly reduced the debates to four or five competitors so as to provide them and the moderators with more time to grill Trump.
– Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had not fawned over Trump for months.
– Social conservative leaders in unison had denounced Trump as racist, ignorant, cruel, dishonest, greedy and ungenerous instead of being content after he checked the antiabortion box and toted around a Bible.
– The RNC made clear that the rules at the convention would require the release of five years of tax reforms.
– Republican leaders refused to endorse Trump after he secured the requisite number of delegates, donors refused to fund him and elected GOP officials declined to speak for him at the convention.
– An attractive team (Sasse-Haley, Ryan-Martinez) had chosen to contest Trump and run as an independent ticket.