Republicans are in Denial Over Donald Trump–Says a Republican Senator

“Who could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for reaching in despair for a candidate who offered oversimplified answers to infinitely complex questions and managed to entertain them in the process? With hindsight, it is clear that we all but ensured the rise of Donald Trump.”  That’s by Jeff Flake, Republican senator from Arizona.  It’s in a piece entitled, “My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump.”

Admittedly Flake is from Arizona, a state where Republicans like he and fellow Senator John McCain can say what they really believe about Trump without fear of it destroying their re-election chances.  But in this excerpt from his new book Conscience of a Conservative, he points out how conservatives focusing on fighting Barack Obama instead of working for conservative values helped put Donald Trump in the White House.  And while he says liberals are to blame as well, he wisely leaves it up them to “answer for their own sins.”

It’s pretty clear that virtually no leaders in the Republican or Democratic Party are happy with Donald Trump as president.  No living president of either party voted for him.  Even Vice President Mike Pence strongly disagreed with and distanced himself from Trump more than once before the election.

I believe, as does Flake, that’s it’s time for the Republican Party to assert its own values.  It may be necessary for the party to recreate itself.  It’s done that successfully before, notably after Republicans Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and President Richard M. Nixon both resigned from office in the midst of scandals.  A few years later, it was a new Republican Party, and the new president was Ronald Reagan.

But things have to change if the Republican Party is to retain any semblance of its values.  “If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it. If ultimately our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of political victories in the first place?”

Read “My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/31/my-party-is-in-denial-about-donald-trump-215442

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11 thoughts on “Republicans are in Denial Over Donald Trump–Says a Republican Senator

  1. It’s okay blame it on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and The Democrats! Not only have the Republicans given up on their values and become sniveling sycophants. The Evangelicals have rejected their own values in favour of Donald Trump. Yes this means that the Evangelicals have rejected Jesus for power. I just love this. I wonder what Jesus would think of the false Christians. I’m coming up with another poem for Deviant Art “False Christians”

    • Not everyone who claims to be Christian are. There are many antichrists and false prophets. They do not deceive the true Christian.

      1 John 2:18 – Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

      Matthew 24:24 – For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    • It is very strange how a large number of white evangelicals did support Donald Trump over other candidates with arguably a much stronger Christian background. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum all had more “Christian credentials” than Trump. Frankly, the roots of Hillary Clinton’s political career began as a youth in the Methodist Church. I saw an article that addressed this somewhere, and will try to find the link.

  2. I saw this on Facebook.

    Donald Trump is a disgrace to American values. He brags about groping women, committing adultery, walking in on young teen girls undressing, and gets elected. Just cuz he said he’s Republican, and white men are afraid of black men and white women in the White House. It’s a disgrace.

  3. It is a very sad day in American politics, where party is important than principle. People should stand up for what they truly believe.

  4. Donald Trump is not really a Republican, he does his own thing. He doesn’t care what anybody thinks! 😛

  5. I’m Wiccan and Libertarian. Wiccans do not have any authoritarian leaders pushing them into how to vote. This would not even have been an issue if people would just see there’s more than two political parties in America! This would have been the perfect election to vote for a candidate who wasn’t Republican or Democrat. If everybody who didn’t want Clinton or Trump voted for Gary Johnson and William Weld or for other candidates then somebody different would have gotten elected. America is not just black or white there are maybe 50 shades of gray. If you don’t like black or white choose gray.

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