The newest GOP effort to derail its party’s presumptive nominee is the clunky-sounding “Un-Endorse Trump” campaign.
Sparked by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and bumped into visibility by the host of the Morning Joe show, it is yet another grasp at turning back the wave of racist hate that Donald J. Trump represents.
Graham, who early on warned against a Trump candidacy, rebuked him again in a NY Times article, and called on Republicans to retract their endorsements.
“This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Mr. Graham said. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
Graham, who is wrestling with the dilemma of winning the White House versus saving the GOP and its principles, gave a brief but emotional interview today on the conflict.
In an interview with NBC News’ Hallie Jackson, Graham said:
“There are a lot of people who want to be loyal to the Republican Party, including me,” he said. “But there’ll come a point in time where we’re gonna have to understand that it’s not just about the 2016 race, it’s about the future of the party and I would like to support our nominee. I just can’t.”
“Every person in the Republican Party’s got to make their own decision,” Graham added. “I am going to focus on the House and Senate. I am going to focus on helping my colleagues in the House and Senate ‘cause I can do that enthusiastically.
Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show with Mika Brzezinski, listened to Trump for months. He’s coddled and nuzzled and grinned, giving the absolute impression of adoration. He heard him casually talk about Putin killing journalists, among other horrors. Today, Joe suddenly had an epiphany moment.
“Republicans, call him out, back away from those endorsements, make him back down on the Muslim ban, make him back down on this racist comment that he’s made about a man born in Indiana,urnalists orgt… or else you will lose the Senate, you will lose the House, you will lose governorships, you will lose your standing as a national party,” he said. “It’s that simple.”
Sen. Graham gets credit for leading the anti-Trump charge. Now, a few Republicans are responding.
At the national level, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois retracted his earlier endorsement of Trump.
In his statement, Kirk made it clear that Trump’s discriminatory comments were unacceptable.
Donald Trump’s latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.
Jeff Flake, another Republican senator publicly disavowed Trump, saying “I can’t see myself voting for Donald Trump.”
David Johnson, a state senator from Iowa, announced today that he is changing his party registration from Republican to no affiliation because of Trump’s racist remarks over the federal judge hearing his Trump University case.
But Trump’s racism is well established. It is the GOP that is pedaling backward to catch-up.
It was a year ago that the candidate pronounced Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Univision cut ties with the Trump-sponsored Miss Universe pageant over those statements and NBC bumped The Apprentice from its programming.
Perhaps surprisingly, there have been a number of such efforts to Stop Trump, including one from Catholic Vote, which called for his defeat during the primary season as a means of thwarting Hillary Clinton.
An article from Business Insider chronicles the failure of these groups, pinpointing their lack of coordination and absence of strategy, along with outright fear of Trump retaliation. Both Club for Growth and Our Principles PAC poured millions into their efforts and neither succeeded in sullying his reputation among voters.
Campaigns aimed directly at Trump for his racism are still active. The Stop Trump PAC, which produced a grisly TV advertisement (above) was temporarily suspended by Twitter. It’s now back and pushing a plea aimed at RNC Chair Reince Preibus to #FreeOurDelegates (below).
— Stop Trump PAC (@StopTrumpPAC) June 7, 2016
But even the Stop Trump misses the mark and weakens its effect. Take its self-proclaimed “Proud to be a #Cuck” misfire, an unintended misuse of the term “cuckold.” That tweet was removed when someone consulted an Oxford’s.
The Citizen Super PAC failed in its effort to self fund. However, it did produce a stunning video linking Trump with Hitler.
At this point, the #NeverTrumps and #NeverEverTrumps and the Un-Endorse Trump all seem doomed. The case is becoming stronger that the only way to stop his hate-filled ideology is to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton.