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The ABCs of the GOP: T is for TRUMP and friends

If you followed the blog closely during the height of our last Presidential race, you may recall my extensive series about the state of the Republican Party– The ABCs of the GOP.  The series was an attempt to catalog just how far party leaders have strayed from what they professed as their essential ideals for the country.  This was of course back in 2012, and when all with that election was said and done, President Obama had a decisive victory in part because of the many internal problems on the other side.

But after everything that Republicans went through in 2012, it doesn’t seem that the party has learned any valuable lessons.  Bolstered by huge victories in 2014 (co-sponsored by all those people that didn’t care enough to vote), it appears that the GOP is preparing to venture down the same rabbit holes which cemented its downfall 4 years ago.

And the guy leading the way to that rabbit hole??  It’s none other than Billionaire media harlot Donald Trump.  As one can imagine, Democrats are enjoying every minute of the chaos, even giving Republicans a new nickname.  Here’s more from Colin Campbell of Business Insider

The national Democratic Party released a new video Thursday that connects the entire Republican presidential field to the immigration remarks made by real-estate magnate Donald Trump.

The Democratic National Committee’s video is titled, “Retrumplican Party.”

The brief clip intersperses some of Trump’s most controversial comments with the other GOP candidates’ own statements against illegal immigration.

“Trump may be running for president,” the video concludes, “but his ideas are running the party.”

The video immediately spread like wildfire among political pundits, and “Retrumplican Party” started trending nation-wide on Twitter.

Of course we know that all Republican leaders do not agree with Donald Trump, and many of the more sensible ones have come out in direct opposition to his heinous comments.  But now for the third week in a row, the top message being conveyed from Republicans is directly from Donald Trump.

Only this week have we finally got a close second from 2016 front-runner Jeb Bush.  Mr. Bush, who was born to a life of exceptional privilege and is the son and brother of two presidents, thinks the rest of us should be working longer hours to help improve the United States economy.  Sheesh!!

But in any event, the point remains.  Once again, Republicans can’t seem to learn from their very recent past.  As long as the Party’s “big tent” is controlled by a ravenous coalition of Primary voters, it’s going to be difficult to ‘Dump the Trump’.  For the sake of our entire political system, let’ s hope that reason prevails this election cycle.


El Paso Business Leaders Criticize Donald Trump’s Racist Remarks

Donald Trump may be winning hearts and minds among fringe members of the “Republican” (TEApublican?) base, but he is not making many new friends along the Texas-Mexico border.  The candidate’s recent comments have received swift backlash from business leaders across the country, and now we can add the voices of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to that growing list.  Here’s more from Lindsey Anderson of the El Paso Times

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the nation’s only Hispanic woman governor, New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, have joined in criticizing Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying its members were “disappointed” by Trump’s “harsh and insensitive rhetoric.”

Document ›› El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce responds to Donald Trump’s immigration statements

“We recognize the adverse effects that racially charged and discriminatory words can have,” the chamber wrote in a two-and-a-half page statement. “His speech was not only exclusionary, but also inappropriate for a presidential candidate.”

When announcing his presidential campaign two weeks ago, Trump said Mexicans immigrating to the United States are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

“And some I assume are good people,” he added.

His comments led Univision and NBC to pull out of televising the Miss USA pageant that Trump co-owns, and many businesses including Macy’s have cut ties with the billionaire.

Here’s video of what Trump said…

In recent polls of Republican primary voters, Trump is currently near the top of the field among sixteen others vying for the party’s nomination.  And for that reason alone, it is critical that other prominent leaders lambaste his clearly racist comments.  The fact that a significant portion of the Republican party is seriously considering Trump as a legitimate presidential candidate should cause alarm for everyone invested in our political system.  Kudos to the El Paso Hispanic Chamber and Governor Martinez for making it clear to everyone where they stand.  Let’s hope that other prominent leaders (especially those running against Trump) follow suit.