GOP Created Donald Trump
Tom, a long-time reader and commenter on this blog, wrote the following today.
Despite their (the left) constant and vicious and unreasoning assault on anyone who disagrees with them, they still believe they had nothing to do with creating Trump or the great wave of anger in the country. Good Grief…..
Over the months I have made it clear my view is that Donald Trump is the ultimate outcome of GOP hate, racism, FAUX NEWS, and the lack of education from the conservative base about a whole array of topics.
Last week syndicated columnist Cynthia Tucker added meat to the bone on this argument. Her words were printed in my local Sunday paper. I had clipped it and while it was on a pile next to my computer had no reason to use it at this time.
Until Tom, that is, made his comment that in some way liberals created Trump. Unless he means that some liberals might be farmers and the billionaire gained strength from eating the fruits of leftist labor there is no place for him to hang his hat.
Or does he mean that the nation had the audacity to elect a black man to be president?
Tucker makes the case that Trump is the creation of the GOP and they now need to own it.
And so it has been through several decades, as the Republican Party has increasingly become the preserve of a contingent of aging white voters uncomfortable with social and cultural change, and fearful as a wave of social movements swept over the land and unmoored them from familiar touchstones.
Any political party that hoped to grow with the modern world would have sought to reassure its voters, to help them adapt as black Americans demanded full equality, as women assumed positions of leadership, as gay and lesbian Americans stepped out of the shadows.
A political party that had its eye on attracting a broad base of younger voters would have tried to reassure its older constituents about immigration, reminding them that their ancestors, too, came here from other lands.
Instead, leading Republicans pandered to the fears and prejudices of their constituents.
They updated and refined the old Southern strategy to signal to their voters that the party remained skeptical of black Americans’ continuing fight for social justice.
They played along as conservative media outlets, such as Fox News, fed GOP voters a steady diet of made-up “facts” and manufactured outrage.
Instead of trying to prepare their constituents for a more diverse country, GOP leaders caved when their voters balked at immigration reform.
(Yes, the party’s 2012 postmortem called for outreach to Latino voters, but that was too little, too late.)
And Republican leaders helped to stoke the fires of mistrust and resentment of Obama, engaging in the most irresponsible tactics and outlandish rhetoric to sink his agenda.
Along comes Trump, perfectly positioned to abandon the subtle dog whistles of past campaigns and engage in full-throated bigotry and misogyny.
Despite his insistence that he can moderate his pitch for the general election, he’ll go after the Democratic nominee, likely Clinton, with the same unhinged and outrageous invective for which he is so well known.
He is the harvest, yielding its bitter fruit and poisoning the party of Abraham Lincoln.