This is no longer about party. This is no longer about just another election. This is no longer just some media monster delivering whatever words it takes to get a vote.
It’s about you.
This is about you, Paul Ryan. This is about you, Christie, Rubio and Rudy. I’m talking to you, John McCain — and anyone else who thinks they need to back this scum to get the soul-selling votes to remain in office. This is about all the ethically challenged, so-called leaders who say things like, “While I have certain differences with the nominee, I will back him in the election.” This is about all of you — in office and in the media — who have created a silly, dangerous, false equivalence between Hillary’s weaknesses and Trump’s sickening show.
No, I’m not talking about the wall, or the anti-immigrant rhetoric, or the inexcusable hate directed towards a gold star family, or the offensive tweets, or the chauvinism, or the wildly misguided pro-Putin rhetoric, or the upsetting threats to NATO allies, or the lack of basic knowledge on any domestic or international issues, or the suggestion that there has to be some form of punishment for women who get an abortion, or the string of lies that come out every time he speaks, or the lowering of American standards of political communication, or the string of business failures and lawsuits, or the fact that he is a known con man, or the refusal to share his tax returns, or the calls for a Muslim ban, or the anti-journalist rhetoric, or the wanton narcissism, or even the hint that “maybe there is” something gun owners could do to keep a President Clinton from stacking the court to “abolish” the second amendment.
I’m talking about what Trump just said in a speech. It’s the most dangerous thing he’s ever uttered. And that’s saying a lot. It’s the kind of thing that can easily motivate sociopaths (or what he might call his base) to take violent action. It’s terrible. It’s absurd. It wasn’t a slip. It was planned. He said it four times in a row to make that clear.
Four times in a row.
Read this. And then tell me that it’s enough to distance oneself from this particular comment while still generally supporting the candidate. Or that it’s enough to suggest Trump will pivot and become a more reasonable candidate at some point.
The only pivot left is to say, enough.
Read this and then try to convince anyone that there’s some way it’s acceptable to back a guy who would say it and still maintain any hope for your political soul.
This is Trump on ISIS. This is Trump on ISIS just a day after he made the previously unthinkable second amendment comments related to Hillary Clinton.
“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
This is the guy you are backing if you are backing Trump.
He has your endorsement. And you can’t endorse him without endorsing this.
He is your guy. Period.
It’s on you.