Hillary haters, newspapers, and former Republican Congressmen for Hillary

Seriously.  This is not the least bit normal.  Not just any conservative endorsing Hillary.  We are literally talking about somebody who wrote a Hillary-hating book.  Here you go:

I come before you today, Hillary haters, as one of your standard-bearers. I find her utterly loathsome. I literally wrote a book on her failures — you can buy it for the low, low price of 99 cents on Amazon dot com. I started the first anti-Hillary super PAC of the presidential cycle back in 2013. My bona fides are real.

But here is the painful reality. As truly awful as Hillary Clinton is, Donald Trump is far, FAR worse. It is not even close. Trump is a clear and present danger to our republic. And no matter how deep and abiding your mistrust is of Hillary, you cannot pull the lever for Trump. Let a charter member of the vast, right-wing anti-Clinton conspiracy convince you…

3. Trump Is Not Your Friend, or Anyone’s

Donald Trump has no real-life friends. Literally, zero. Before he ran for president he would eat dinner alone at his resort or in his apartment almost every night. Have you ever seen or heard from a single friend who wasn’t paid by or related to him discussing how great he is? No.

It’s totally rational to be annoyed by PC culture where every perceived slight is an infringement on people’s safe space. The correct response to that is not elevating to the presidency a man who demeans Latinos, women, Muslims, the disabled, soldiers with PTSD, POWs, and parents of dead veterans.

What kind of impact would having a person like that in the White House have on our kids? When you consider the positive qualities you admire in a person — fortitude, humility, sacrifice, quiet confidence, poise, integrity, affability — Trump has the opposite on every count. Try to think of a character trait he has that you would want your child to emulate. I can’t come up with one.

Meanwhile, not even a single of the nation’s hundred largest newspapers (many of which always endorse the Republican) has endorsed Trump:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears likely to garner fewer endorsements from newspaper editorial boards than any other major party nominee in modern history.

Among the nation’s 100 largest newspapers by paid circulation, not a single editorial board has sided with Trump.

Even Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnsonhas earned more support, a new tally shows.

And, finally, former Republican members of Congress— who don’t have to worry about the angry insanity that is the GOP electorate these days– have also come out against Trump:

A group of 30 former GOP lawmakers signed a blistering open letter to Republicans on Thursday, warning that Donald Trump lacks the “intelligence” and temperament to be president and urging the party to reject the Republican presidential nominee at the polls on Nov. 8.

The group includes several former lawmakers who have openly opposed Trump from the start, including former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (N.H.) and former Rep. Vin Weber (Minn.).

But more than half of the former lawmakers on the list are announcing their opposition to Trump for the first time.

The group includes former committee chairmen, lawmakers from swing states with decades of experience on Capitol Hill, one of the first openly gay members of Congress, and one member who led investigations on Capitol Hill into scandals involving the Clintons…

“In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges,” the group said.

“He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation.”

That Trump is within hailing distance speaks to 1) the incredible power of partisanship in modern America, and 2) the crazy alternative reality in which so many rank-and-file Republicans are living.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

5 Responses to Hillary haters, newspapers, and former Republican Congressmen for Hillary

  1. I already knew a lot of so-called conservatives were actually neo-cons who want globalization. No surprise here.

  2. The Atlantic’s non-endorsement of Trump is stunning. If you haven’t read it, please do so. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/the-case-for-hillary-clinton-and-against-donald-trump/501161/
    Kind regards,
    JD

  3. R. Jenrette says:

    There’s a relationship between the vitriol with which women are attacked online and the vitriol attacking Hillary. There’s a group that just can’t stand it and are personally threatened when women push out of the traditional subservient role. And when one woman actually seeks national power, that is the ultimate threat.
    That group has plenty of hate to spread around on other groups as well which they see as threatening their standing but most of them actually have or want to have a woman in their personal lives. That makes women the most dangerous personal threat of all.

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