Trump’s Rise Is The GOP Demise
Donald Trump loves Donald Trump. This has been made clear over the course of almost 50 years. He will not adhere to any political party or ideology. For this reason, RNC Chairperson Reince Priebus should have disqualified him from the debate for Trump does not support the Republican Party; therefore, is under no obligation make any kind of pledge to support the party’s nominee. Huge mistake, but great for media as the splash was made in the debates last Thursday with Trump’s all too predictable answer to the question of supporting the GOP candidate no matter what. It was the opening volley in the GOP’s demise in 2016.
Trump probably has said many unflattering things about all people, let alone women, but he packs houses. 24 million tuned in to watch the debate. Republicans own the political coverage as the GOP dominates news cycles (Hillary and her possible indictment says thank you), and the GOP has several candidates who were increasing their profile. Now, instead, the GOP has to deal with “The Donald” who will not back down to anyone and attack everyone.
The media will cover Donald all day long, and as a liberal, I hope Trump stays in and prompts more questions at the next debate hosted by CNN such as, “Candidate X, do you think Donald Trump’s comments about Megyn Kelly and other women make him unfit to be President?” Tough to stay on message as a candidate if you are constantly being asked about trivial issues created by Donald Trump. You don’t wait for a cancer to metastasize, you cut it out immediately. If the GOP were smart, Trump would be gone as he is ruining their already dwindling chances of obtaining the White House.
Too Late, GOP Demise Ensured
The time to have ensured against this scenario was two years ago, well before the 2016 cycle began. Signing a loyalty pledge as part of filing to participate in debates is not normally par for the course, but there is nothing par for the course in this golf course designer’s candidacy. What would hold him to this pledge? Fear of retribution by the GOP? This is the problem with having someone represent your political party who isn’t supposedly representative of your party.
This is certainly not the first time someone has threatened to blow up the process just to satisfy his own ego (Perot 1992, Nader 2000), but kicking Trump to the curb now (or any time after he announced) would play right into his hands. It allows him to play the role of martyr and easing a third party run. Again, I personally think he is working for either Hillary or Jeb, but if he’s serious, Republicans wanting to win the presidency in 2016 should look to 2020 no matter who the nominee is.