A race to the bot­tom: Some bail on Trump

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION -

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.

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