Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Majority Leader, confirmed that he will be backing Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, according to The Huffington Post. In a released statement, McConnell made it clear that Republicans should be throwing their support behind Trump.
“I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee is now on the verge of clinching that nomination. Republicans are committed to preventing what would be a third term of Barack Obama and restoring economic and national security after eight years of a Democrat in the White House. As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.”
About 12 months ago, the thought of Donald Trump somehow gaining popularity and being the frontrunner for the Republican party was laughable, to say the least. Yet, 12 months later, here we are. Some Republicans were burning their Republican registration cards upon hearing the news that Donald Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee.
— Chris Koster (@Koster4Missouri) April 16, 2016
The Republican party and the media are to blame for Donald Trump’s rise to popularity. Fox News, MSNBC, CNN – these organizations have all given Donald Trump $2 billion worth of free advertisements and media on their stations, airing his public speeches and rallies. This has been happening with magazines, newspapers, and even social media.
And the Republican party itself has been harboring the foundation of hate and ignorance that is fueling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign right now. It didn’t come out of nowhere; it’s been boiling beneath the surface for decades, but ever since Obama was running against McCain in 2008, the energy and sentiments that are present at Trump’s rallies began to make themselves known.
But, Trump has made all of this ugliness much more obvious to those who were previously oblivious. Many conservatives are doing their best to gently tap dance around the fact that Donald Trump, real estate tycoon, is this much closer to becoming the president. It’s even resulted in some deciding that they will not vote at all, as they view Hillary Clinton and Trump as equally problematic — which is an absurd and frighteningly idiotic sentiment.
“I vehemently oppose our nominee and some of the comments and issues he brought up during the campaign,” says Senator Dean Heller.
Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson appeared on The Ed Show back in 2012 and outright admitted that his political party is rampant with racism.
Yet Donald Trump seems to be ignoring all of this or treating it as if it’s trivial. Nightly News‘ Lester Holt spoke with Trump in person, illustrating yet another example of the media just throwing free press at him. What makes it worse is the fact that Holt — along with a large majority of news anchors — are not calling out Trump’s campaign on its disgusting rhetoric. Instead, it’s simply sugar-coated with them questioning whether or not what he has said is misogynistic or racist — describing his absurd statements as possibly problematic.
Trump has said he’s gotten calls from certain Republicans, who were once refusing to support him and publicly making it known, now congratulating him on his success with the Indiana primary. He continues to ramble on about the fact that he’s brought in millions and millions of conservative voters who weren’t previously voting. Trump refuses to acknowledge his disapproval ratings, which are pretty high — not surprisingly. Sixty-nine percent of women are not supporting Trump, along with 88 percent of Black people, 79 percent of Latinos, and 75 percent of people who are under the age of 34.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 5, 2016
While Mitch McConnell is falling for the lies that Donald Trump is selling, some conservatives are willing to vote for Hillary Clinton, just to make sure Trump does not win. The Republican party is never going to be the same after 2016, and I am honestly looking forward to seeing this party completely destroyed. They’ve done this to themselves.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 3, 2016
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