The weekend before the Republican National Convention with Donald Trump, in a interview on Meet The Press, host Chuck Todd pulled out the Republican Party’s “autopsy report” from 2013 after they lost the 2012 election to ask the Republican National Convention and Committee chairman Reince Priebus why the party failed to win over a majority of voters back then, resulting in giving President Obama a second term.
The program referred to a collaborative polling project the NBC network did with The Wall Street Journal which shows that of the total 47 percent of voters Donald Trump earned, half of them feel that whites are losing their relevance in America on top of numbers which show the consistency of Hillary Clinton’s two-month lead in the polls against Donald Trump.
Throughout the campaign, many have accused called Donald Trump of racism following and standing by his remarks against Mexicans and Muslims over the year since he started campaigning, adding more validation to the idea that the Republican Party would rather alienate minorities than accept them. Even now, many feel that the footage from the Republican National Convention is confirming what many have said, that the party with Trump at the head of it is now, as The Huffington Post puts it, the “Grand Old White Party.”
Chuck Todd first focused on the issue of party unity when he asked Reince Priebus about Donald Trump’s pick for Vice President Mike Pence and whether he felt this would unite the party.
“I really think it does. I know that there are some delegates that were slower to come around than others. What I’ve heard from a lot of the delegates is a lot of praise about Pence, a lot of the conservatives are very happy about it. I know leadership in the House and Senate are very happy with the Pence pick. So good for Donald trump is good for the party; it’s good for our country.”
There’s a wide consensus throughout the party that Mike Pence is a great pick. They tout his leadership and conservative qualities, which they say is the reason many who haven’t will now gravitate to Trump. Even Donald Trump has admitted after his VP announcement that the reason he picked him was for party unity.
The Huffington Post quoted a piece from a New York Times article where it explained the process the Trump campaign went through to select Pence, pointing out how eldest son Donald Trump Jr. made an offer to Ohio Governor John Kasich to be the “most powerful” vice-president in America’s history.
“But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history? When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy. Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of? “Making America great again” was the casual reply.”
The Post makes the comparison with Vice-President Dick Cheney who was said to be more involved in foreign policy during the Bush administration than he should have been. But overall, Mike Pence is also said to not be the kind of conservative who has a record of inclusion, as a former candidate for Maryland Senate wrote in their piece for The Washington Post where they ask that the Indiana Governor leave behind his ant-LGBT views, as he did enforce a Religious Freedom bill after same-sex couples were being rejected from businesses, who do not want to serve them; a bill that gives them the right to do so.
Regarding the acceptance of Donald Trump as a candidate, Reince Priebus also expressed how he’s told Trump that if he acted more like the person he got to know personally in public, he would be unstoppable.
The Inquisitr reported when Donald Trump confirmed that he wasn’t going to work on the general election until after the convention which ends this week, which has been packed with so many public relations issues and controversy since it started that it’s hard to know if the Donald Trump Reince Priebus is referring to is going to reveal himself or be able to turn things around, to show the public more of the person he knows in private.
It is also difficult to know if Priebus is even interested in following up on the “autopsy report” because during the time it was put together in 2013, the party itself was far more different than what it is today. When asked about it in the interview with Chuck Todd, he felt they’ve held on to their traditional values regardless, which includes the full support of his claim that children raised in a family unit of a mother and father come out as better people than those whose parents are a same-sex couple.
As far as being supportive of LGBT equality, if he were to be judged by the company he keeps, along with his view on other minorities, many feel that Donald Trump is going in the opposite direction of what the autopsy report determined prevents the party from winning the election.
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