I am ashamed and grieved at my party. I’ve tenuously held on to it with hopes that after this election there might be something worth salvaging.
But this has stopped being about the election. This is how you destroy a party. It’s a front row seat to the death of a public conscience. It’s the disintegration of a party’s soul. It’s the destruction of an entire bloc formerly known as evangelical/value voters.
This has moved beyond the “debauched Trump norm” and has exposed a sexual predator who feels entitled to his assaults on women simply because he’s a celebrity. This is a new level of shame and moral decay. And the men and women who defend and rationalize this are as dirty and stained as Hillary Clinton. All of them enabling their men in order to protect their interest.
We all have defining moments in our lives. This is no longer about Donald Trump. He’s been exposed as the man many of us already knew he was. I’m looking at Congress, I’m staring at RNC leadership. I’m glaring with clenched teeth at the “captains” of the evangelical right.
Your succinct and outraged “statements” mean nothing. Stop tiptoeing around this.
Reince, your statement should have been issued along with your resignation. Speaker Ryan, we don’t care that you are “sickened” by his comments and dis-invited him to your party. It’s not enough. Franklin Graham, any statement ending with a “but Hillary” is shameful and a mockery of our faith. Scott Walker, yes, “it’s inexcusable”- but so is your lack of fortitude to offer America more than that.
Disown him. Call for an emergency meeting, demand his resignation, and replace him with Pence. If he refuses, call for the party leadership to resign as protest. Cut off funding for his campaign.
The only hope for the future of this weak and neutered party is to dump Trump and call on voters to vote down ballot to be a stop gap for Hillary. Own this debacle. Offer a massive apology to the country for not violently repudiating him when you had the chance. What else will it take?
Your statements aren’t enough. Disavow. Unendorse. Beg the country for forgiveness. It is pivotal that we have a moral ground to stand on in this country and in the international community.
To my fellow conservative commentators. No, these aren’t just “mean and vulgar” comments as many of you are trying to portray. This is a man describing how he preys on women, even as unwilling participants, and you are spinning yourselves into a political grave as you attempt to justify despicable behavior.
Now is your defining moment. Your reaction will be what goes down in your personal history book. Will you save your integrity or will you maintain your position? You have wives, mothers, sisters, daughters. Imagine them being in the cross-hairs of a sick and entitled depraved lecher. They deserve better than your weak attempts at salvaging the unsalvageable. He’s not worth it. The sting of Trump will eventually fade. But your personal character and virtue will be forever stained.
If this is how Trump feels entitled as a celebrity, can you imagine how he’d feel entitled as a president?