If there’s anything great about Donald Trump as his party’s nominee, it is this: that it once and for all confirms that if it weren’t for basic decency, explicit post-WW2 civil rights legislation, and, yes, political correctness (not always bad), Republicans, if given the chance, would be the openly sexist, racist, bigoted, nationalist creeps we always thought they were (while using coded language like “law and order” and dog whistle phrasing). Archie Bunker with a bit more money at the top of the ticket.. permission granted!
Meanwhile in North Carolina, the Raleigh/Charlotte McClatchy newspaper brothers report that:
What the hell is wrong with Democrats in NC?
“McCrory this week said he’s supporting Trump because “I’ve said I would support the Republican nominee.” The governor has not directly addressed Trump’s comments about the judge.”
Why would Democrats even think about trying to “push” McCrory to condemn comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel? To what end? To give him any kind of breathing space? I say let ’em all hang together. In marriage, if your wife TELLS you you have to apologize….it’s too late. You lose. Get OUT! Pat McCrory has already lost the moral battle here; he deserves no political space to wiggle out of this one.
Democrats should be willing to put to the test this alternate example of Trump’s boast he could gain votes even if he shot someone on Fifth Ave. in NYC. This is it. —I’m going to call an American judge a Mexican judge, deem him unfit to fairly judge my case… a personal case that started many years before I was in politics, by the way.— You can’t call his comments racist then say he’s not an actual racist and lean on the number of votes he got in the primaries as your excuse for withholding judgement or endorsing him….lot’s of ’em are trying that one. That’s the playbook, apparently. McCrory takes his craven, calculated approach because he must believe that Trump has majority support for his views… and he may right with the extreme redneck Republican base in NC… The last paragraph below indicates 78% SUPPORT for Donald’s not having said a racist thing about Judge Curiel.
“Polling suggests that voters overall aren’t buying the Trump excuses. The latest research from YouGov shows that only 20 percent of Americans think that Donald Trump was right to complain that Judge Gonzalo Curiel had a ‘conflict of interest’ because of his Mexican ancestry. Most Americans (57 percent) think Trump was wrong in his complaint. Even Republicans are divided on whether Trump’s complaint was right or wrong, with 43 percent saying it was right but 39 percent saying that it was wrong.”
Even more stunning: “What a large majority of Republicans do agree on, however, is that Donald Trump’s comments weren’t racist. Only 22 percent of Republicans say that the comments were racist. In comparison 81 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents say that the comments were racist.”
The conservative Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin sets the table this way:
Since the 1960s, Republicans have had to battle against liberal elites’ accusations that the GOP is exclusionary, anti-immigrant, uninterested in the fate of minorities and downright racist because the party rejected top-down welfare state programs, opposed race-based quotas and did not have a lot of national nonwhite leaders. That changed somewhat under President George W. Bush, who championed education and immigration reform. He got 44 percent of the Hispanic vote and 43 percent of the Asian vote in 2004….
Trump’s recent remarks about Judge Gonzalo Curiel are simply icing on the cake for Democrats, who have long claimed Republicans simply don’t like minorities.
Republicans may protest and condemn Trump’s comments all they like, but for every denunciation, a Republican surrogate offers up some contorted defense. (or in the case of Pat McCrory, a full, 100% dodge) And Republicans keep Trump as their nominee. Trump’s racist and misogynistic rhetoric makes him toxic to women and minorities, and it risks tarring the party for years.
Viewed from the vantage point of skeptical minorities, the conclusion here is likely to be that Trump is a racist and a majority of Republicans (who won’t acknowledge the “textbook case of racism”) are nearly as bad.
In short, a bad rap (Republicans’ opposition to the liberal agenda makes them racists) has been turned into an accurate, deadly analysis. (Too many Republicans harbor bigoted views of minorities and/or do not recognize racism when it’s in front of them.) Not all Republicans can be labeled as such, but far too many can. The solution only comes with repudiation of Trump, success of diverse candidates and an empathetic agenda that demonstrates Republicans care about all Americans, not just rich, white males.
It is that problem that now hangs over the GOP. It’s why the GOP is likely to lose the presidential race and perhaps one or more houses of Congress. It is why many will conclude it is better to scrap the party and start anew. Ironically, they may have to kill off the party of Lincoln to save the spirit of Lincoln.
Good luck with that.