DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
by William Phifer
The Republican Party and their “Tea Party” movement have created more chaos, civil disorder, political, religious and racial divisiveness, and a propensity for encouraging ignorance more than any other organization in the United States within the last two centuries. In recent years, “Tea Party” candidates have been successful, particularly in “red” states. This has allowed the “Tea Party” movement to gain momentum and influence, particularly during the off-year elections of 2010 and 2014.
The Republican Party has allowed the “Tea Party” movement to dictate and symbolize what the party stands for and what kind of candidate personifies the party’s stance. Moderate Republicans seem to have gone silent since the election year of 2008. Largely due to the candidacy, subsequent election and reelection of Barack Obama, they have been engaging in an all-out effort to destroy Obama and the Obama presidency using any method they deem necessary.
This strategy began soon after, then, Senator Obama announced his candidacy for president on February 10, 2007 in Springfield, Illinois. Despite what some may profess, hate and racism is at the root of their obsession. Publicly and privately, Republicans often refer to Obama as a racist, a terrorist, a socialist, a communist, a fascist, the antichrist, a black liberationist and a fraud. Despite verifiable evidence to the contrary, many Republicans continue to insist that he was born Kenya and thus ineligible for the U.S. Presidency. Some even threatened to impeach him. Notable television and radio personalities have stated that President Obama hates White people and is out to destroy America. Donald Trump, in particular, has questioned President Obama’s birth place and education credentials.
Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican candidate for Vice President, was a consequence of this growing “Tea Party” movement/conservative strategy. Because of several issues during President George W. Bush’s administration, the Democrats had a significant early lead in polls to win the White House in 2008. The Democrat’s voter choices of Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as candidates, made the up-coming election a potentially history-making event. Although Clinton was the early favorite to win the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama ultimately won enough delegates to win. Clinton initially resisted her support of Obama and women supporters were also reluctant to give their full support to him. Many expected Obama to name Hillary Clinton as his running mate. He didn’t! (Hillary Clinton was later nominated as Secretary of State by President Obama.)
In 2008, McCain, announced the choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. At that time, she was governor of Alaska. She was certainly selected to help add voters to McCain’s run for the White House by offsetting angry Hillary voters, who were less eager to support Obama. At first, there was a boost in McCain’s support. However, as time went on, some of this support began to fade. Sarah Palin’s seemingly lack of preparation for the office and little political, social and historical knowledge astounded many as the Republican choice for Vice President of The United States.
She reflected the kind of anti-Obama rhetoric and hate that the “Tea Party” supports. Few Republicans dared to challenge her as a viable Vice Presidential candidate in 2008. After McCain’s defeat in 2008, Sarah Palin eventually resigned as governor, went on extensive paid talking tours and became a Fox News commentator. Her ‘calling card’ was her anti Obama stance on anything he did or proposed. She often added her opinion, misinformation, and rumor with her rambling speeches. However, the more she talked, the less credible she became as a spokesperson for Republican Party or as a possible future presidential candidate. Her endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016 was no surprise.
The Republican Party has embraced and supported several conservative candidates running for political office. These same candidates probably would not have had the same kind of support during the Ronald Reagan and/or George H.W. Bush administrations. The kind of rhetoric that these recent candidates engage in would have not been acceptable in the Republican Party of the past.
Seasoned and some-what moderate Republicans are now just realizing what kind of monsters they have created in Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (Sarah Palin would be included in this, if she were a viable candidate in 2016.) Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are seeking the candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of The United States. But it is Donald Trump who now possesses the greatest threat. AS/of April 22, 2016, He is leading in the candidate delegate count with 844. Ted Cruz is at 543. To win the nomination, 1,247 delegates are needed. The Republican Party encouraged him, agreed with him and sought his endorsements. Now as candidate Trump continues with his divisive and hateful campaign rhetoric, they may now realize that the Republican Party cannot win with Donald Trump nationwide. Having a divided party and another four to eight years of a Democratic presidency concerns them greatly.
The Republican party is now asking for help! The party is in chaos now. They have helped to create Donald Trump as a candidate and allowed this fraud to become a possible candidate for President of the United States. Now they have to live with their decisions! Many thoughtful moderate Republican and Independent voters may cast their votes for a Democrat in 2016 rather than voting for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.