For over a year most people following politics have said there is no way Donald Trump would get as far as he has in this election cycle. Yet, here he is – the Republican nominee who spouts lies and slander at any given opportunity. We’ve asked ourselves, “how are Republicans supporting this man?”
Well, as it turns out, more and more aren’t backing Trump. Today, the first sitting Republican congressman has actually stepped out to publicly endorse Hillary Clinton. In an op-ed titled “We should all be done with Donald Trump,” Richard Hanna (R-NY) wrote:
Months ago I publicly said I could never support Trump. My reasons were simple and personal. I found him profoundly offensive and narcissistic but as much as anything, a world-class panderer, anything but a leader. Little more than a changing mirror of those he speaks to. I never expect to agree with whoever is president, but at a minimum the president needs to consistently display those qualities I have preached to my two children: kindness, honesty, dignity, compassion and respect.”
He then goes on to speak about his “long held belief” that the GOP is less and less capable of producing someone who is “electable as president.” He cites the archaic views which alienate women, Hispanics, the LGBT community and the youth of our country.
He certainly isn’t incorrect. In the name itself “Grand Ole’ Party” conservatism has the goal of keeping things as they are – or pushing them back to times of “old.” Hell, Trump’s slogan even wants to go back. Back to a time when women knew their place was in the kitchen, minorities knew their place as second class citizens, and old white guys with bad hair ruled the land – that’s what making America “great again” is all about.
Representative Hanna continues,
In his latest foray of insults, Mr. Trump has attacked the parents of a slain U.S. soldier. Where do we draw the line? I thought it would have been when he alleged that U.S. Sen. John McCain was not a war hero because he was caught. Or the countless other insults he’s proudly lobbed from behind the Republican presidential podium. For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”
Oh finally! A bit of reason!
He concludes his endorsement saying,
I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.”
We can only hope that fellow Republicans stand up with this congressman to appeal to the commonalities we all share – specifically common decency which Donald Trump and his ilk very obviously lack.
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