Trump and the GOP de­serve each other

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Jon McGill, Bal­ti­more

A well known NFL coach once said that “you are what your record says you are.” That state­ment should be kept in mind when vot­ers as­sess Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

The sud­den out­pour­ing of con­cern from Repub­li­cans after the re­lease last week of more ex­am­ples of his scur­rilous be­hav­ior makes me won­der why those who say they fear hav­ing to ex­plain Mr. Trump’s misog­yny to their wives and daugh­ters did not feel sim­i­larly vexed when the can­di­date as­sailed Mex­i­cans, His­pan­ics, Mus­lims, AfricanAmer­i­cans and the dis­abled.

Why weren’t they just as up­set when the con­sti­tu­tional role of the press was as­saulted by Mr. Trump?

While I agree that Mr. Trump’s 11-yearold state­ment of “who he is” is ap­palling, there are much more re­cent — and just as ap­palling — ex­am­ples of why he is man­i­festly un­fit to be elected dog­catcher, let alone pres­i­dent.

The Repub­li­can Party and Mr. Trump have a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship: They de­serve each other.

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