By, Susan Kuebler
Since the debacle following the release of the Trump #Pussygate tapes over the weekend, Republicans who have supported and defended Trump since his nomination couldn’t release statements fast enough to try to distance themselves from the dumpster fire that threatens to engulf the GOP. With less than a month left to go until November 8th, their actions won’ have much effect on the outcome.
These are my questions to the newly appalled Republications.
Where were you when Donald Trump insulted, repeatedly, a Gold Star family because they were Muslim? He said the mother didn’t talk because she probably wasn’t allowed to. You know how those Muslims are about their women. Why didn’t you call him out that she might, just might, be still too grief-stricken to speak in public about her dead son? During the second debate, he had the unmitigated gall to go after them again, saying if he had been President, their son would still be alive today. The words from the McCarthy trials ring in my ears. “Have you no sense of decency?”
Where were you when he claimed a judge couldn’t give him a fair hearing because he was “Mexican”? Never mind the fact that Judge Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican parents. Sure, Speaker Ryan said the comments were “racist” but he still continued to support him as the spokesman for the Republican Party.
Where were you when 50 people died in the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando and Donald Trump tweeted “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism…’? Didn’t your stomach turn over just a little at his appalling self-centered callousness?
Why haven’t you repeatedly and firmly shut him down on his lies? The lies he repeats, and repeats every time he speaks? About his opposition to the war in Iraq, his opposition to the war in Syria, or his misstating the statistics about crime rates going up? The bombs that “everyone” saw in the apartment in San Bernadino. And on, and on, and on. I’m not a lawyer, but my understanding is that, in the law, silence equals assent. Your silence spoke volumes.
Paul Ryan announced that he would no longer “defend” Donald Trump and would concentrate on House elections. All well and good. He came as close to “unendorsing” Trump as he could without showing the courage to do so.
And now you want out. Well, too damn bad. You are, as the saying goes, a day late and a dollar short.