A race to the bottom: Some bail on Trump
First there was his ugly comments about Mexicans. In announcing his desire to be elected to the highest office in the land, Donald Trump embarked on the low road. He hasn’t taken any detours. After castigating many Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists in pushing his idea of building a wall on our southern border, the billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star has unleashed a steady fusillade of hateful, racist, misogynist and troubling comments.
He has turned presidential politics into fare that would be barely applicable to the sleaze of tabloid TV and reality show entertainment.
Women have been a constant targets. Just ask the Miss Universe contestant who drew the owner’s ire after he decided she was putting on too much weight.
But nothing quite prepared the nation for what they heard Friday night, when the Washington Post aired a decade-old video in which Trump hit new lows with lewd, vulgar, comments about women and his sexual conquests.
It took them entirely too long, but for many in the Republican Party, those jolting comments shocked them into action.
The condemnations were quick and to the point. Party leaders read Trump the riot act – again.
For some, even that was not enough. So nauseating were Trump’s misogynistic message, many said they would no longer support him as the party’s presidential nominee and urged him to step aside.
Among them was Delaware County’s U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford.
Meehan apparently has seen enough.
The moderate Republican, who is running for re-election for his 7th District House of Representatives seat, is now calling for the guy sitting at the top of the ticket to get out.
Just about 24 hours after the bombshell video of Donald Trump using lewd, vulgar language to describe his dealings with women, Meehan wants him out. He’s not alone. The inflammatory remarks by the always bombastic Trump certainly lit a fuse among Republicans.
Many die-hard GOP loyalists saw it as the final nail in the coffin of their hopes to recapture to White House. Now they appear to be taking steps to safeguard their majorities in the U.S. Senate and House.
Due to the wonders of redistricting, a process that has seen the 7th District carved up into a ridiculous mix of just about all the suburban Philadelphia counties, Meehan’s seat was thought to be safe.
But with many seeing Trump as an anchor around the GOP’s neck, some are wondering if the trickle-down could boost the longshot hopes of many down-ticket Democrats, including Mary Ellen Balchunis, the Democrat taking another run at Meehan.
Meehan decided to cut his ties with Trump even before Sunday night’s debate.
“For the good of the country, the Republican Party, and his family, I hope he’ll step aside and end his candidacy for president so that we can come together as a party and defeat Hillary Clinton,” Meehan told a Philly TV station.
“This sort of vile talk is appalling, it’s offensive, and there’s no place in public or private for it. It’s simply wrong.”
Meehan made a point of looking at the larger picture, especially when it comes to the Republican Party, something that is on the minds of many across the country as one elected Republican leader after another bails on Trump.
Meehan intoned that Trump is “not the right leader” for the Republican Party.
“Millions of Americans oppose Hillary Clinton’s liberal, progressive agenda but it’s clear that Donald Trump is not the right leader for the fight against it,” Meehan said.
Pennsylvanians also will be electing a U.S. senator in November, with incumbent Republican Pat Toomey in a razor-close battle with Democrat challenger Katie McGinty.
Likewise, Toomey also has struggled to come to grips with Trump’s candidacy.
He also blistered the GOP standard bearer for his latest crude bombast concerning potential sexual conquests. Toomey called the comments in the decade-old video “outrageous and unacceptable.” But as yet he has not joined Meehan in asking Trump to step aside, something that the McGinty camp has reminded voters of all weekend.
The Republican Party allowed this disgrace of a candidacy to happen. Now they’re stuck with it.
Of course, Trump is having none of it. He took to his favorite vehicle, Twitter, and confirmed he would never leave the ticket, abandoning his loyal followers. He did offer a first-ever apology in the campaign, a video he put out at midnight Friday, and he followed that up at last night’s debate with an explanation that his comments were little more than “locker room talk,” adding again that “he’s not proud of it,” before attacking the sexual foibles of former president Bill Clinton. “Mine were words and his were actions,” Trump said of Clinton.
This weekend Pat Meehan took a little action of his own.
Good for him.