To The Daily Sun,
Before the GOP convention conservative Ben Domenech stated on "Face the Nation," "A hundred and fifty years ago this party was begun by Abraham Lincoln on the idea that constitutional rights were not bound by race or creed," he said. "That the American eagle's wings were broad enough to accept all that would come here. Now, this party is coming to Cleveland to die." Agreed.
It is superbly delicious to see Trump's demise actually accelerate when he denigrated an immigrant American Muslim family and its Gold Star Mother. Seven of 10 said Trump crossed the line with the Kahns. The irony makes for an unprecedented level of gloat-and-glee.
Republican Congressman and Air Force veteran Adam Kinzinger is thoroughly repulsed over Trump's attacks on the Kahn family. "Donald Trump is beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics." Trump "throws all these Republican principles on their head" and "I'm an American before I'm a Republican."
Last week, 50 Republicans with national security and foreign policy expertise going back decades signed a letter stating Trump "would be the most reckless president in American history." The letter warned of Trump's "alarming ignorance" regarding international affairs. "From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and commander-in-chief. Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put at risk our country's national security and well-being."
Many top conservative legal scholars agree. They point out that the damage Trump could do as president would far outweigh a U.S. Supreme Court appointment. They would rather have a liberal court than a Trump presidency.
California GOP strategist Rob Stutzman is one of Never Trump's leaders and plans on waiting it out while Trump loses. Jimmy Camp, adviser to many high profile candidates in California for 30 years, left the GOP when Trump was nominated. Camp stated, "Donald Trump is a narcissistic, self-centered, unprincipled, miserable example of a human being." Former RNC spokewoman Valerie Walston left the party and announced her departure on Facebook with #NeverTrump
Longtime GOP strategist Mary Matalan left the GOP for the Libertarian Party and George Will declared the GOP is not his party. Lifelong Republican and Jeb Bush's top adviser Sally Bradshaw is leaving the GOP and will vote for Clinton in Florida. Bradshaw said the GOP was "at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist, a misogynist, a bigot."
Longtime Chris Christie adviser Maria Comella has defected and will vote for Hillary Clinton. Of the Mangled Apricot Hell-Beast she said, "Donald Trump has been a demagogue this whole time, preying on people's anxieties with loose information and salacious rhetoric, drumming up fear and hatred of the 'other.' I'm voting for Hillary Clinton in November and I'm voting for her because I don't believe it's enough to say you aren't for Donald Trump.
Billionaire CEO of HP and longtime GOP megadonor Meg Whitman has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Whitman, who ran for governor of California against Jerry Brown stated she cannot support a candidate who has "exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump is unfit to be president."
Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) has endorsed Hillary Clinton. "This election is starting to sound like the German elections in [the late 1920s]," Pressler noted of Trump's rhetoric, "This is a very dangerous national conversation we're slipping into." Pressier, a Mormon, is sensitive about Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric and the malevolent singling out of a religious group.
GOP writer and activist Chris Ladd recently resigned his GOP precinct committeeman position in Texas. "From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative — a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character. With three decades invested in the Republican Party, there is a powerful temptation to shrug and soldier on. Despite the bold rhetoric, we all know Trump will lose."
At the Democrat's convention, lifelong Republican and Reagan official Doug Elmets' message onstage was clear. "This year's Republican platform is the most alarming I've ever seen. It's laced with anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-women positions that do not represent the views of most Americans. That is why this year I will vote for a Democrat for the first time." Dittos on the party of bigots and anachronistsic ignoramuses.
But there is some good news for Steve Earle and Russ Wiles. David Duke, onetime Grand Wizard of the KKK is "thrilled" by Trump's candidacy and the American Nazi Party's chair claimed that a Trump presidency would offer "a real opportunity" for white nationalists and the "pro-white" cause. A real opportunity!