Here is the letter to the editor:
The real reason Trump is not a Republican
|Former Sen. John Danforth (R-MO)|
Many have said that President Trump isn’t a Republican. They are correct, but for a reason more fundamental than those usually given.... The fundamental reason Trump isn’t a Republican is far bigger than words or policies. He stands in opposition to the founding principle of our party — that of a united country.
The Republican Party has a long history of standing for a united country. Theodore Roosevelt raised up the ordinary people of his day and championed their cause against abusive trusts. Dwight Eisenhower used the army to integrate a Little Rock high school. George H.W. Bush signed the most important civil rights legislation in more than a quarter-century, a bill authored by Republican senators. George W. Bush stood before Congress and the nation and defended Muslims after 9/11. Our record hasn’t been perfect. When we have pushed the agenda of the Christian right, we have seemed to exclude people who don’t share our religious beliefs. We have seemed unfriendly to gay Americans. But our long history has been to uphold the dignity of all of God’s people and to build a country welcoming to all.
Now comes Trump, who is exactly what Republicans are not, who is exactly what we have opposed in our 160-year history. We are the party of the Union, and he is the most divisive president in our history. There hasn’t been a more divisive person in national politics since George Wallace.
It isn’t a matter of occasional asides, or indiscreet slips of the tongue uttered at unguarded moments. Trump is always eager to tell people that they don’t belong here, whether it’s Mexicans, Muslims, transgender people or another group. His message is, “You are not one of us,” the opposite of “e pluribus unum.” And when he has the opportunity to unite Americans, to inspire us, to call out the most hateful among us, the KKK and the neo-Nazis, he refuses.
To my fellow Republicans: We cannot allow Donald Trump to redefine the Republican Party. That is what he is doing, as long as we give the impression by our silence that his words are our words and his actions are our actions. We cannot allow that impression to go unchallenged.
As has been true since our beginning, we Republicans are the party of Lincoln, the party of the Union. We believe in our founding principle. We are proud of our illustrious history. We believe that we are an essential part of present-day American politics. Our country needs a responsibly conservative party. But our party has been corrupted by this hateful man, and it is now in peril.
In honor of our past and in belief in our future, for the sake of our party and our nation, we Republicans must disassociate ourselves from Trump by expressing our opposition to his divisive tactics and by clearly and strongly insisting that he does not represent what it means to be a Republican.
"But our party has been corrupted by this hateful man, and it is now in peril." What a stunningly ignorant and dishonest statement. I have news for you Senator, you and your ilk sold out Republican ideals and policy decades ago, all Trump's election did was make you shit down your leg sooner than later because you've been exposed as the establishment leeches you really are.
I am sick of your Pro-Trump bias! Get out there and attack Trump!
If we Republicans only narrowly lose the U.S. House next year color us surprised! Our gut says that we hold the Senate if only barely. As far as Trump getting impeached and Pence becoming President not happening! Pence is a Trump lackey and traitor. Democrats would have a field day against old Mikey! We can just see old Michael sweating buckets being asked about where he and Karen resided when he ran for Governor. They probably shouldn't have put down there address as being Arlington, Virginia on there 2011 tax returns! But "Pampered Pence" is above us mere mortals! At least for now.
A list of “traditional Republican values” would be very helpful.
I was unhappy with Pence's performance as Governor. Having said that there is no comparison between his competence, qualifications and temperament for the Presidency as opposed to Trump. Pence wins that comparison by a landslide. As far as impeachment goes, I think if the Dems retake the House which is likely, they will be under tremendous pressure to impeach in light of the Mueller report. Then it moves to the Senate. You cannot tell me that there aren't scores of Republican Senators who would love to see Trump replaced by the far more competent and much less embarrassing Pence. Plus, they'd much rather be running for re-election with Pence than with Trump in 2020.
I think it much more likely that Trump resigns at some point and the impeachment doesn't have to happen. I would be very surprised if Trump is still President going into the 2020 elections.
Trump IS a Republican. He's racist. He's for the persecution of gays. He's anti-science and intellectualism. He's anti-women, unless for sex. He's okay with making everyone live by religious views of a few. He's a Christian that doesn't care about the poor, sick, and old. Nope, Paul you're wrong. Trump is very much a Republican. He's disgusting just like you.
Unless the Democrats retake the Senate by a huge margin there will not be enough votes to remove Trump! If Pence does become president before 2020. It's unlikely that he would not face SOME challenge for the GOP nomination. He is to associated with Trump to break away now. Trump is to stubborn to quit. And even if he is removed from office Pence would get wasted in the general election.
" founding principle of our party — that of a united country."
Hmm, does that mean giving into every agenda, even though wrong, that the Democrats proposed and implemented.(I mean the new Democrats-(aka gone over the edge to the new doublespeak code word Progressive=Marxist)???? Be still your hearts keep reading don't zone out--
All I read here is the standard media code words and I doubt if any of you have pushed yourselves to actually listen to PRESIDENT Trump rather than what you are told he says or believes. Obama started the division and the divided country is because of that. Not to forget the mainstream Marxist press which incites by innuendo and lies. When Obama condoned actions based on emotional trigger words we see the results today. It isn't meek conservatives out there in the streets causing havoc.
By the way, anonymous above, Trump hasn't done a thing to stop your precious abortion, he hasn't done a thing to the gays, hasn't done anything to the poor, and nothing against LEGAL immigrants, and all the rest of the list you want to try to pin hate on him. For all you mind readers out there who think you know what a person is you wouldn't give an ounce of credit for anything positive he has done which is the difference between us.
Besides that you are just plain nasty in your words and actions. That is why there is division. "1984" anyone. This is about the U.S. a sovereign nation not run amok Europe and a world run by Brussels.
I didn't say a President Pence wouldn't face primary opposition in 2020. He will. But the GOP would much rather run for election in 2020 with a President Pence (or some other person not named Trump) at the top the ticket than the Senate.
As far as the Senate goes, try counting sometime the number of GOP Senators who have been sharply critical of Trump. Unlike the House, GOP Senators are almost universal in their condemnation of Trump. Do I think 17-20 GOP Senators would love to get rid of Trump? (And that is all it will take) Absolutely. Trump has very few supporters in the Senate...again unlike the House.
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