There is nothing presumptive about Donald Trump anymore. After yesterday’s roll call vote of delegates, the political novice and self-described multi-billionaire IS the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential candidate.
What began as a joke to many political observers, is now the standard bearer of a major political party. The man who launched his run for the presidency by riding down an escalator with his beautiful wife, now carries the GOP’s hope of regaining the White House. The man who on the day he announced his candidacy claimed Mexico was sending us “their criminals, drug dealers and rapists” is the Republicans’ pick to unify a divided country.
In case political amnesia sets in, here is a list of how some Republicans have described their 2016 presidential candidate:
Rick Perry: Trump is a “cancer on conservatism.”
Marco Rubio: “We’re on the verge of having someone take over the conservative movement who is a con artist.”
Ted Cruz: “This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.”
Chris Christie: “Showtime is over. We are not electing an entertainer-in-chief. Showmanship is fun, but it is not the kind of leadership that will truly change America.”
Lindsey Graham: “He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for. … He’s the ISIL man of the year.”
Carly Fiorina: “Donald Trump reminds me of the Kim Kardashian of politics.”
Mitt Romney: “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,”
Jeb Bush: Trump is “not a stupid guy, so I don’t assume he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. He’s doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign.”
Yes, politicians say all sorts of things during political campaigns. But do you notice a common theme here?
Out of a primary field of 17 candidates, Republicans have decided to go with their most divisive, disliked, least experienced, double-talking candidate of the bunch.
Word of warning to the many Republican politicians who have bought their tickets on the USS Titanic – there is a limited number of life boats.
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