New Developments in Donald Trumpâ€™s Rage Against the Republican Party
The civil war is raging within the Republican Party at the behest of the alt-right candidate, Donald Trump. Having been rejected by many conservative lawmakers, Trump lashed out against namely Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain for confirming they will not defend or endorse the loose cannon.
Some defectors lost their morality and fell back in line with Trump. For example Nebraska State Senator Deb Fischer tweeted on October 8th: “The comments made by Mr. Trump were disgusting and totally unacceptable under any circumstance. It would be wise for him to step aside and allow Mike Pence to serve as our party’s nominee.”
However, several days later, Fischer appeared on a local radio station and told the audience that she “respects his decision… not to step aside” and that her support is with the “republican ticket, and it’s a Trump-Pence ticket.”
Darryl Glenn, Republican nominee for senate in Colorado, voiced his concerns for electing “a man who speaks this way about women be the face of our country to the Free World”; however a few days later on Fox News Glenn backtracked , telling the conservative news station: “Donald Trump did what he absolutely had to do. I think he reset this campaign.”
Currently 26% of republican governors, senators and House representatives are standing against the Donald; and yet this is only eighty-eight out of 331 in total which is hardly anything to write home about.
Recent polling by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal have shown Trump sliding back behind Hillary Clinton by nine percentage points and stagnating at just 37% of the over-all vote. Not since World War II has a presidential candidate received such a small voter-base.
It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Journalist Stephen Collinson explained that this “infighting” is “counterproductive… [and] hardly allows him to improve his chances of catching Clinton. But it does allow him the satisfaction of vengeance against party leaders he believes have never treated him fairly since his stunning outsider campaign captured the nomination earlier this year.”
Collinson continues: “And by blaming Republican leaders for their failure to wholeheartedly endorse his campaign, Trump also opens up the possibility of a face-saving excuse if he crashes to defeat in November.”
But the Republican Party has been “divided and demoralized” by Trump for not showing him the unwavering loyalty he demanded from his party’s members. Journalist Timothy Stanley points out : “Trump didn’t win the primaries on charisma alone. He exploited deep divisions within the GOP coalition. They’re not necessarily about class, as is often suggested but not always backed by polling data, but certainly about attitude.”
The international community has been watching this year’s election season. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, high commission for Human Rights at the United Nations (UN), told the media that Trump’s views as “deeply unsettling and disturbing”.
For instance, Zeid said Trump’s cavalier approach to torture would make other countries “vulnerable” to being “deprived of their human rights” and if Trump were elected “on the basis of what he has said already – and unless that changes – I think it is without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view.”