I am surprised that Twitter hasn’t broken this week! I do not tweet, although I have an account. However, my blog posts are published on Twitter, so I do get some views and ultimately followers through that venue. But ever since Trump’s victory in Indiana last night, the Tweeting world has run amok, especially with Republicans expressing their distaste of, and lack of support for, the presumptive nominee. Here are just a few samples:
- Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina: If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
- Ben Sasse, Republican senator from Nebraska: A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his ‘reign’ and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.
- Mark Salter, former advisor to John McCain: The GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level. I’m with her.
- Michael Reagan, former President Ronald Reagan’s son: The Republican Party is no longer the Party of Reagan. It is the Party of Trump .. Good Luck
- Robert Peter George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University: God help us.
- Steve Deace, conservative talk show host: Well there goes my time as a Republican. We’ll be changing our party affiliations tomorrow. Frankly, I feel relieved to do it. Free even.
- Jonah Goldberg, conservative syndicated columnist and author: I can’t wait for Trump to lead with his theory that Trump killed Tupac.
- Jay Caruso, contributor to conservative blog RedState: Sorry Reince. Trump is a fake. A fraud. You should have expelled him long ago.
- Brandon Morse, contributor to conservative blog RedState: So, I’m washing my hands of this. Y’all have fun with President Conspiracy Theory, and his wall we’ll never see.
- Ben Howe, contributor to conservative blog RedState: #ImWithHer
- Philip Klein, managing editor of the Washington Examiner, a conservative publication: I have officially de-registered as a Republican.
- Kyle Foley, contributor to conservative Hypeline news site: I’m willing, if need be, to vote Hillary. That’s how strong my disdain is for Trump.
- Louise Mensch, former member of the British Parliament: As a conservative, I would always rather lose to a democrat, than support a racist and sexist with my party’s nametag.
- John Cook, Massachusetts Republican party fund raiser: Pigs may fly, hell may freeze over, and I, a lifelong GOPer, will never unite behind the Orange Menace.
And this picture sums it all up nicely:
Most of these had thousands, some even hundreds of thousands, of ‘likes’ and ‘re-tweets’. Does this speak volumes? I knew the Tea Party movement was destined to come to an end soon, but I had no idea it would become the victim of such a bloody massacre! Bye-bye, Tea Party … see you again in another 100 years or so.
Reince Priebus, Chairman of the GOP, tweeted this: @RealDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton.
Though not a ‘twitter-er’, I did in this case twitter a reply: Sorry, Reince, not a snowball’s chance in hell.
Heck, during the next six months I may hone my ‘twitter-ing’ skills after all! It seems pretty easy … but I do seem to have a problem with staying within that 160 character limit.
In all seriousness, however, although pretty much a liberal democrat, I feel badly for the ‘Grand’ Old Party (GOP). There is no longer anything grand about them, and if they do not make some substantial changes in the coming four years, they are doomed to fall into the oblivion of history along with the Whig Party, the Farmer-Labour Party, the Bohemian National Alliance and others. The reason for the epic failure of the GOP in 2016 started with the Tea Party movement and led to the nomination of one of the biggest political jokes in the history of the party. Most Americans are actually pretty moderate, pretty middle of the road. The ‘Tea Party’ movement took the party farther to the right than the mainstream was prepared to go. It was a response to the Obama presidency and was based on several things, but race was the major one. A wizened GOP, one that is chastised by the successes of an uneducated man such as Trump, will hopefully make wise decisions that move them closer to the center of the political spectrum. Otherwise, I cannot predict what the political landscape will look like in four years, but I doubt I will be around to know or care.
The Many Faces of Donald Trump, aka The Clown, aka Trumpty Dumpty