It's Now Every Man for Himself in Trump's GOP
Despite long and public opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy for president, it would be easy for me to come around and support him. Hillary Clinton proves so horrible, and the stakes of this election prove so high, that I would come around in an instant if Trump displayed the slightest degree of grace, competence, and leadership. The clock resets on that expectation every day. Each morning provides a fresh opportunity for Trump to do the right thing, to strike the right tone, and to become the candidate our nation needs rather than the one it apparently deserves.
Alas, at every given opportunity, Trump commits another unforced error. Even when the right thing seems so obvious and would be so easy, he does the exact opposite in the most flamboyant manner possible. From awkward comments about getting a Purple Heart the easy way to his ongoing feud with a Gold Star family, Trump acts as though he lost a dare and must now sabotage his own candidacy in the most catastrophic manner possible.
That's bad enough onto itself. But the effect spills over from his candidacy to others down the ticket. Trump's idiotic behavior is tearing the Republican Party apart. From the New York Times:
Donald Trump’s unabashed and continuing hostility toward the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier and his attacks on GOP leaders who have rebuked him for it threaten to shatter his uneasy alliance with the Republican Party at the outset of the general election campaign.
Ignoring the pleas of his advisers and entreaties from party leaders in Washington, Trump only dug in further Tuesday. He told a Virginia television station that he had no regrets about his clash with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.
And in an interview with the Washington Post, Trump declined to endorse for re-election several Republicans who had criticized him.
This confirms what many of us have been saying about Trump for months. The strategy embraced by many, to support Trump despite his flaws in an effort to influence him toward the good, was never going to work. He's like a political Terminator. He can't be bargained with. He can't be reasoned with. He doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop, ever, until his candidacy and the Republican Party are dead.