A quick look around at the mass Republican implosion on the Sunday shows provided ample evidence that Donald Trump is destroying the Republican Party.
Mike Huckabee tried to avoid the question on CNN’s State of the Union, “Well, honestly, Donald Trump needs no help from Mike Huckabee to get publicity. He’s doing a really good job of that. So, I think what I have been doing is focusing on what my own views of immigration happen to be, rather than weighing in on getting in this battle of, are we with Trump or against Trump? Look, I’m for some reasonable approaches to immigration that start with a secure border. I have committed to get that done within a year.
Rick Santorum said that Trump was wrong but then agreed with him on CBS’s Face The Nation, “And I think Donald points to a very important thing, which is we have a serious problem of illegal immigration in this country that is undermining American workers. We have 12 million illegal immigrants in this country that are flattening out wages, lowering the standard of living for people who are here legally, both — mostly by the way, the most biggest impact of illegal immigrants is our legal immigrants, who have actually played by the rules and are coming to this country because we said we want you to come in here. And they’re the ones being punished by all of this illegal immigration. So while I don’t like verbiage he’s used, I like the fact that he is focused on a very important issue for American workers, and particularly illegal immigrants in this country.”
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Christie tried to claim that Hillary Clinton wants illegal immigrants to vote, “Because these folks are coming across the border, Shannon, not to vote, like Hillary Clinton would lead you to believe. They’re coming to work. And if they’re not able to be employed if they come here illegally, if every employer uses E-Verify and if they violate the late, there are fines that are so significant that the profit they make off hiring lower-wage workers and discriminating against American workers won’t be worth their while. You’ll see a real diminishment of anybody trying to come over the southern border.”
Ted Cruz actually defended Trump on Meet The Press, and then promptly self-destructed on the immigration question, “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration. The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that. The Washington cartel doesn’t believe we need to secure the borders. The Washington cartel supports amnesty and I think amnesty’s wrong. And I salute Donald Trump for focusing on it. He has a colorful way of speaking. It’s not the way I speak. But I’m not gonna engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans. I’m just not gonna do it.”
Rick Perry did the best job of clearly speaking out against Trump on ABC’s This Week, “Well, everybody gets to pick and choose who they want to be for. But the fact is I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. I was offended by his remarks. Listen, Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to Afghanistan, have been extraordinary people, citizens of our country and of our state. They have served nobly. And to paint with that broad a brush that Donald Trump did is — I mean he’s going to have to defend those remarks. I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”
When Rick Perry is the voice of reason in the discussion, the Republican Party has got big problems.
Through his racist comments and his rise in the polls, Donald Trump has pushed the immigration issue back to the front and center of the Republican primary.
The problem is that the Republican Party’s position on immigration is largely viewed by the rest of the country as wrong. Donald Trump is destroying the party’s chances in 2016 by further pushing Hispanic voters into the Democratic column.
The Republican Party does not want to talk about immigration. They want to avoid the issue at all costs. Their position on immigration will cost them votes in states across the country in 2016.
Donald Trump has doused the party in gasoline and lit the match. But the biggest reason the GOP is crumbling is that a sizable percentage of their voters agree with the racist bigotry of Donald Trump.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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