Panicked establishment Republicans sharply stepped up their attacks on a surging Donald Trump on the eve of Super Tuesday in a frantic effort to derail his path to the GOP presidential nomination. At this point, the movement is an anti-Trump protest, but if the GOP establishment adopts the same kind of hypocritical, incoherent shilling that we saw from Chris Christie on Sunday (his interview with George Stephanopoulos was breathtakingly painful), it will morph into a significant departure of voters from the Republican Party.
Two political realities on the national scene converged last week that clarified the rise of Donald Trump in the Republican Party.
The turmoil grew from coast to coast Monday after a raucous rally in Redford, Virginia, as Trump endured taunts from “Black Lives Matters” protesters a day after initially refusing to disavow the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
“And it seems to me that there are a lot of conservatives who earnestly believe that they have no reason to support a Republican Party headed by Trump”. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry.
“I signed up for the party of [former President] Abraham Lincoln, not the party of David Duke, Donald Trump“, Sasse continued, linking the white nationalist with Trump’s White House run.
He added: “This is fundamental”.
When U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, flanked by our senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn, made it clear that the Senate would not even entertain the notion of abiding by the U.S. Constitution and consider any Supreme Court nominee put forward by President Barack Obama, they declared they were doing so to give voice to the people.
At times, Trump has sought to ease tensions within the Republican Party over his superheated rhetoric on immigration. A Sessions-Trump alliance makes sense in many ways.
Rubio, for his part, ridiculed Trump for not distancing himself from Duke and other white supremacists: “He’s unelectable now; he refused to criticize the KKK”, the Florida senator said in Tennessee. “Of course I am”, he responded. He later said he had a problem with his earpiece and didn’t hear the question properly.
The surest sign of Trump’s strength might be the growing acceptance of his candidacy among Republican Party stalwarts.
Last month, Trump took a swipe at Ryan, saying the GOP lost the White House in 2012 because the vice presidential candidate was synonymous with a budget that targeted Social Security. And Republicans have lacked someone from outside the presidential race who could help set the terms of debate from afar. “But I really do feel like this one is the most important election of my lifetime, and it’s important that we don’t let someone like Donald Trump run away with it”.
Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada noted that both GOP leaders say they expect to support the eventual nominee. “My plan is to support the nominee”.
The brash billionaire is leading nearly all of the 11 states voting for their presidential candidates on Tuesday. Marco Rubio, hopes to encourage other Republicans to take similar vows. But after a string of controversial comments, King endorsed Sen.
On Monday evening, Corker refused to reveal who he voted for in Tuesday’s Tennessee primary.
Congressional Democrats also began to seize on the issue Tuesday to argue that Trump’s views represented his party as a whole. Trump wouldn’t disavow the endorsement, saying: “I just don’t know anything about him”.
Another mainstream conservative, Sen. And many K Street Republicans will rush to embrace him because they know he has no principles and will be happy to deal. “If not, we’re probably going to be struggling”. “I feel very strongly that he has not and will not earn my vote”. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said. If a third party gets going I think it could attract somewhere between 10-15 percent in early polls this summer.
“We reap what we sow”, the strategist said.