On the eve of Super Tuesday’s continued Republican embrace of racist Donald Trump as the 2016 Presidential nominee of their party, members of the party of the elephant now suddenly realize their own racism, bigotry and intolerance has allowed a monster into their midst.
Trump Sunday may have finally finally gone too far even for the latent white supremacists of many Republicans with his refusal not only to disavow a strong endorsement of Ku Klux Klansman David Duke but also claimed that he, as a Presidential candidate, doesn’t know that much about white supremacy or the racists who drive the movement.
“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK?” Trump told CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper Sunday. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”
That was not only an odd statement for the candidate currently leading the pack seeking the Presidential nomination for Republicans, it was another of Trump’s outright lies, which he issues with relish daily on the campaign trail.
In 2000, in an Op Ed piece by Trump in The New York Times, he said he was abandoning the Reform Party he had joined because, among other things, he didn’t care for Duke.
“I leave the Reform Party to David Duke, Pat Buchanan and Lonora Fulani,” he wrote. “That is not company I wish to keep.”
Trump is an unabashed and unapologetic racist. He attacks minorities, Muslims, Mexicans and other races of color.
Now, after letting Trump rant on and on with his bigoted themes, the Republicans are finally claiming they are upset with the racist in their midst.
Hardcore right winger Ted Cruz, another GOP Presidential wannabe, tweeted to Trump Sunday: “You’re better than this. We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent.”
Marco Rubio, another GOP aspirant the the man now backed by most “mainstream” Republicans, goes even further:
We cannot be a party who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan. Not only is that wrong, it makes him unelectable. How are we going to grow the party if we nominate someone who doesn’t repudiate the Ku Klux Klan?
Many could argue that both Cruz and Rubio are, best, latent racists who hide under a fake veil of tolerance while backing issues that suppress minorities and immigrants.
Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was stronger than Republicans in his feelings: “America’s first black president cannot and will not be succeeded by a hatemonger who refuses to condemn the KKK,” he said on Twitter. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed with Sanders and told her campaign followers to reject “the demagoguery, the prejudice, the paranoia.”
But Republicans have a serious problem. The party’s constant promotion of hatred, intolerance, racism, bigotry and homophobic behavior has surfaced full-time with Trump’s emergence as their leading candidate for President.
The ignorant but rabid faithful who flock to embrace and vote for Trump is littered with white supremacists, racists and bigots who fear a diverse America that the nation has become. They cannot and will not reject their outdated and inexcusable belief that whites are. and always should be, the dominant race in America.
Yes, the Republican Party is about to nominate a racist, bigot and hater as their candidate for President.
He is what they are and they deserve all the slime that oozes from his racist, bigoted and hateful mannerisms.
Donald Trump is what the Republicans are and have been for far too long now. The best hope we have left is that the majority of Americans who vote in November in the general election are not.
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