Despite signing the non-binding letter that has no actual legal requirements for Trump to stick with the GOP, Trump is wavering a little. For anyone who knows Trump’s history, they had to know that he would never make a promise like this and actually stick to it. Since his declaration that all Muslims should be barred from entering in the United States, the GOP has gone above and beyond to clarify that this is not who their party is. Now it seems they’re pushing him off the cliff.
Even new Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday there is no place for Trump’s kind of Islamophobia in the GOP. He acknowledged that policies like this aren’t even conservative values
Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims, the vast, vast, vast majority of whom are people who believe in pluralism, freedom, democracy, individual rights.
Dick Cheney called bullshit on Trump as well. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Cheney said:
I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from. A lot of people, my ancestors got here, because they were Puritans.
The problem is packed auditoriums full of Trump supporters disagree, cheering overwhelmingly when he pulls out some of these right-wing fantasies of excluding Muslims and Muslim Americans from the US.
Maybe this is why Trump took to Facebook on Tuesday to tell the world he still might run as an Independent candidate. According to the latest USA Today poll, 68 percent of Trump supporters would follow him regardless of party. So if Trump leaves the GOP and goes Indy, he’s guaranteeing the Democrats the White House in 2016.
The interesting thing here is that it isn’t the first time Trump has played this card. It seems like every time the GOP establishment threatens him he plays the “fine, I’ll just run as a third party” card to get the GOP to shut up. Inevitably they do, but this is the first time that there has been such a coalition of political candidates, former and existing leaders and even Fox News coming out against Trump.
Monday, I told you about the ways in which Trump is eating the GOP’s future. In the latest MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll, most Americans (58 percent) think Trump is actually a bad deal. Only 24 percent of adults think that Trump is helping the Republican Party. Those numbers are even worse for minorities who think his language is toxic.
CNBC’s John Harwood totally called this. He thinks even if Trump doesn’t go Indy, the GOP establishment could stage a coupe and let the patients run the asylum.
I've always thought Trump nomination would generate independent candidacy by ambitious Republican determined to rebrand GOP. No doubt now.
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 7, 2015
This is what you get GOP. You made this bed by stirring up the anti-Obama hate and conspiracy theories around the birth certificate. Now you’re miffed you got fleas for lying with the dogs? You literally killed yourself, so quit your bitchin’.
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