Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, and, for some reason, Republicans are surprised. Gobsmacked. Shocked. Bewildered. Befuddled. But why?
After all, for the past decade or so, Republicans have been screaming to anyone who will listen the exact same rhetoric Donald Trump spews on an hourly basis. Need proof? Here is a little list, comparing some of Trump’s most horrible, awful, offensive, and hateful comments with comments from Republican pundits and politicians.
- In March of this year, during an interview with Anderson Cooper, Donald Trump said “Islam hates us.” Not terrorists, not ISIS, all of Islam. Last year, former governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Fox and Friends “Everything he [Obama] does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel. The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.” And Bryan Fischer, a right-wing radio host, who has interviewed Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich on his program, said about Muslims “Muslims who have become naturalized citizens, of course, would need to commit an act of treason to forfeit their citizenship and become eligible for repatriation. Based on the Constitution’s definition of treason in Article III Section 3 [“adhering to (the) Enemies (of the United States), (or) giving them Aid and Comfort”] treasonous acts are likely committed on virtually a weekly basis here in the U.S. in many mosques and Islamic organizations.” (source)
- Donald Trump’s misogyny is rampant, proven by his comments over the years about women, most recently, about Megyn Kelly. After Kelly asked Trump about the things he has called women, Trump responded the following day by implying Kelly was menstruating, which (in his mind) made her ask tough questions. Trump also has made fun of Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi’s appearance, and attacked the way Carly Fiorina looks. Erick Erickson, former CNN contributor, has said women aren’t as funny as men, women should not work, and Tweeted “Ugly feminists return to their kitchens.” (source) And who can forget John Kasich, former Republican presidential candidate, who recently told a young woman to stay away from parties with alcohol if she didn’t want to be raped.
- Immigrants are a favorite target for Donald Trump and other Republicans. Trump famously said Mexico is sending us their rapists (you really don’t need a link, do you?), and Steve King stated Mexican immigrants are drug mules with “cantaloupe” calves. His exact words were “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
- Donald Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood, and now calls himself “pro-life.” In 1999, he was pro-choice, even when it came to partial-birth abortions, but he says he has “evolved.” Republican politicians and pundits hate Planned Parenthood. Ted Cruz, another recent GOP presidential contender, opposes all abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. There’s Todd Aiken, famous for his “legitimate rape” debacle. Rick Santorum also opposes all abortions, telling rape victims who become pregnant by their rapist to “make the best out of a bad situation.”
- Trump is a birther of epic proportions. He claims to have sent investigators to Hawaii to ferret out the truth about President Obama’s place of birth. Just like Joe Arpaio, who claimed to have bombshell after bombshell, but never shared those with the general public, Trump didn’t find squat. President Obama was born in Hawaii, which is a state. When that didn’t work out, The Donald become a grader, demanding to see the president’s college transcripts, and claims no one who went to the same school as President Obama remembers him. Politifact rated that “Pants on Fire.” Other birthers include Donald Trump’s BFF Alex Jones, Roy Blount, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee.
This is the house the GOP built. The screaming, the red meat, the hate, the racism, the fear, the ignorance, all of this gave birth to the new iteration of Donald Trump. So when the GOP’s eyes widen, and Mary Matalin changes parties, and #NeverTrump is the trending Republican hashtag, and Paul Ryan says he can’t commit to Trump, remember: they did this to themselves.
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