Former Republican congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh, says that Donald Trump was elected by angry people, and this is why he gets away with what he does. Wednesday night’s rally in North Carolina should have been the tipping point, Walsh says, and Republicans should have started hopping off the band wagon, but they won’t, because they just don’t care. If you want to hear the whole clip, This is what he said on CNN Thursday, via RawStory:

They don’t give a damn what he does, they don’t give a damn what he says…he lied about what he did in North Carolina last night. This is on him. When I tell my [radio show] listeners that…they say, “I don’t care that he lies. I hate the Democrats.” They don’t care that he lies almost every single time he opens his mouth, because he’s so angry. And you get what you got last night.

As a former Republican member of Congress, it made me profoundly sad that the standard bearer of the Republican party, my party, is making “Send her back!” his campaign rallying cry. It’s ugly, it’s racist, it’s anti-American…it should have been denounced by the president last night, but he’s not capable of it.

Walsh was then asked how much of Republican leaders not speaking out against this, because they don’t want to suffer Trump’s ire.

They can’t stand what the president has unleashed, this big bowl of ugly. Privately, they are uncomfortable with what the president did last night. Bullcrap on being private uncomfortable. I’m sick of the private stuff. These Republicans have to get up the courage to stand up publicly and denounce this. If they don’t strongly, publicly denounce this un-American crap, Republicans are going to get wiped out in 2020.

So, privately Republican leaders are uncomfortable, but publicly they’re gutless. Okay.

Another former GOP rep, David Jolly of Florida, also went to town over the takeaways from Trump’s rally. 

We can’t forget that he single-handedly injected this poison into the mainstream of American politics. It is his fault. But you’re going to see Republicans devolve to love it or leave it. And in many ways I think it’s just as dangerous or more so than the chant “Send Her Back.” Love it or leave it suggests that you must agree with political leadership. It is anathema to everything this nation is founded on. Suggesting that Representative Omar must agree with an administration policy of putting kids in cages, or agree with injecting greater insecurity on the world stage, or agree with the president criminally obstructing justice in the Mueller investigation, or criminally engaging in campaign finance violations. And if she fails to agree, then she must leave.”

It’s heartwarming that former Republican members of Congress see things this way. What will it take to wake up the current ones? Meanwhile, Trump will doubtlessly forge ahead with his version of George Orwell’s Two Minute Hate, because that’s exactly who he is.

 

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Lil Blue Sock
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There was a saying that “Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans.”…..that is no longer the case at all.

If you continue to call yourself a Republican after what has transpired this week, you are a racist and I applauded those with the moral integrity to denounce and desist Republicanism.

For all time, let the R following their names stand for Racist.

A hall full of yahoos actively cheering racist statements is not a campaign event, it is a Klan rally.

Bareshark
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Or a Nazi rally.

rory darjiit
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We need two healthy political parties in this country, and for them to be healthy we cannot have a party of whites and a party of everyone else. That’s untenable.

Which means that there is a need for some to fight to reform the GOP and work to expunge the racism. Or form a third party for non-racist conservatives? I don’t know…it feels like their coalition is about to collapse. Who knows what will rise up to replace it if it does.

Bareshark
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Oh, I’ve been saying that the old Reagan coalition is falling apart or has already done so for a while now, Rory. Trump is Bizarro Jimmy Carter in that he represents the last gasp of this group before something else takes its place. I predict that after all this, conservatives as a whole have a decade of the political wilderness ahead of them. Being exclusively the party of whites is only going to make their eventual transition tougher.

Joseph
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The GOP had its chance back in 2010 when it COULD have told the burgeoning teabagger movement (which was based far more on racism than any sort of legitimate economic concerns) to take a hike and let GOP politicians deal with “far-right conservative” voters in the general election instead of letting the teabaggers play in the party. But no. The GOP leadership was concerned that the teabaggers would cause even some deep-red districts (for the House) and states (for the Senate) possibly go “blue” because the far-right would effectively split the vote and it allowed the lunatics to take over… Read more »
Bareshark
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Sounds like Walsh missed the memo that folks like him have already left the party, leaving it to the crazies he and his ilk stupidly empowered in the first place. The poison must therefore run its course.

Denis Elliott
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I call bullshit on both of these guys for trying to make a case that this ugliness is on Trump. He’s unleashed it to be sure – given people all over the country license to say out loud what they’ve felt all along. Here’s the thing though. The GOP has carefully conditioned these people to feel the way they are now openly and in increasing numbers expressing. Even as a young boy I was shocked by the images on the TV screen in the 1960s of what was going on in the south. Doubly so because my grandfather was a… Read more »
rory darjiit
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That was a long post, so I wanted to say I took the time to read it and appreciate it. The only thing I’d add is that what you wrote made me think of what someone else wrote on more or less the same subject: “The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all… Read more »
Bareshark
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One way or another, the USA as we have known it IS gone. As that version made these Republicans possible, I’m not sorry to see it go. The truth is that if they could have gone with Pence and gotten away with moving ahead without Trump, they’d have done it by now. He’s a loose cannon who goes off-script far too often. In earlier decades, he would have been barred from the presidential primaries. But, as I have said several times before, they haven’t had real leadership since W left. All that’s left are aging middle managers and shameless grifters… Read more »