The disastrous last few days have resulted in a sudden realization among many in the Republican party establishment that Trump has become too toxic for them and a quarter of elected Republicans now say they cannot endorse him. The responses of those who had formally endorsed him has ranged from saying that they will not vote for him, to revocation of their prior endorsement but not saying they won’t vote for him, to some (like senate majority leader Mitch McConnell) simply saying that they condemn his remarks but not actually withdrawing support. The party chair Reince Priebus is the only one of the three main leaders still supporting Trump.
House speaker Paul Ryan has suddenly found himself facing the unthinkable, that he might actually lose his once seemingly unassailable majority of 59 seats in the House of Representatives. But even his weak distancing of himself from Trump, not disavowing him but disinviting him from a Wisconsin event, saying that he cannot defend him anymore, and telling Congressional Republicans to go on their own, seems to be the last straw for Trump.
Trump seems to have to decided, to hell with those who are advising me to apologize and speak cautiously and try to mend fences with the party and alienated voters, he is going to do what he damn well pleases, as can be seen in a series of Tweets that he sent out yesterday such as:
“Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!”
“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty.”
Trump actually lost all the scientifically based polls taken of the debate and only won among the useless online ones.
And then came ominous threat that must have sent chills down every Republican leader.
“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”
Apparently Trump feels that recent events have given him the license to finally speak his mind. If what we have seen so far is a shackled Trump, the imagination reels at the thought of what an unshackled one might look like. CNN’s Jake Tapper asks a Trump spokesperson what on Earth could an unshackled Trump look like. It is a good question. Inquiring minds want to know, but the spokesperson does not answer.
Bill O’Reilly tried to get an answer from Trump to the same question but failed. I found the interview quite fascinating because O’Reilly and Fox are the places that Trump goes to for validation but he seems to think that even they are not supporting him enough, only praising the morning show and Sean Hannity and giving lukewarm praise for O’Reilly. The interview is also remarkable in that he even filibusters the usually domineering O’Reilly, refusing to let him interject.
And what, you may ask, does the pious Ben Carson think of all this? He thinks that that the whole problem is that we have not heard enough of the kind of talk revealed on the tape and that is why we are so shocked. He seems to think that we should all spend more time in locker rooms so that the language and actions that Trump describes would be familiar to us.
That is not the full extent of Carson’s idiocy. He warns that if Trump loses, “there will be mass killings once again” and “The peace that we experience now will be a memory only. This is the nation that stands between peace and utter chaos.” What exactly would trigger this catastrophe, you ask? Simple: gay marriage.
Neurosurgeons everywhere must be burying their heads in their hands, hoping that Carson would just shut up and disappear so that the image of a profession that was once used as an example of requiring high intelligence and skills would not slide further into disrepute.