Trump(eting) Hate: Who Represents the Real Republican Party?

According to former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Donald Trump does not represent the GOP.

Appearing Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week”, Perry told George Stephanopoulos, “Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. I was offended by his remarks.”

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Perry went on to say,

“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.”

Trump responded to Perry on Twitter Sunday by making fun of Perry’s new glasses:

Perry isn’t alone, of course. Jeb Bush blasted Trump Saturday, saying, “His views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think.”

And Trump had something to say about Bush as well:


CBS News can parse it as it did Sunday: “Now the Republican Party has a candidate with a more gentle view and an even harsher one,” but the real question is, which viewpoint is the real Republican Party? The guys who want to kick immigrants out, or the guy who wants to insult them and then kick them out?

Trump admitted Saturday that he was surprised by the business backlash against his remarks, saying in an interview on Fox News that,

“I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don’t run for office. I didn’t know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going to be bad.”

But he did it anyway. And as Yahoo! Finance put it Thursday, “Trump is rising in recent polls, placing second both in national surveys and in polls of key early-voting states.”

Despite what Trump’s political rivals say, despite the business backlash, if you look at the Republican polls, Trump’s words are resonating in the same way Bernie Sanders’ words are resonating with progressives. I mean, Republicans seem to love themselves some Donald Trump. The nastier the better, in their view.

In fact, Trump is doing so well at the polls that the question is being asked, “Are his numbers for real?” Experts seem to think Trump’s glory is fleeting. HuffPollster said on Thursday that, “While increased media attention may have given Trump’s numbers a modest boost, they obviously do not translate directly into electoral support.”

Trump, who has had something to say to each of his detractors, disagrees, on Sunday telling Howie Kurtz on Fox News’ Media Buzz that he actually thinks his numbers will go even higher:

I believe in punching back. You know I don’t think they’ve treated me fairly. A while ago they said he’s never going to run, he’s never going to run. Then I ran. Then they said, ‘He’s never going to file his papers.” Then I filed my papers. Now they don’t know what to say. Now, all of the sudden, I get these really big poll numbers. And, they’re really good. Although, I think they’re going to go higher because I really think people agree with what I say about the border and just agree with me, period.

Yahoo! Finance opined last week that “Donald Trump is quickly becoming the GOP establishment’s worst nightmare,” while at the same time he is a godsend to Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Think about it: All by himself, Trump makes most of their arguments – especially Sanders and his anti-oligarchy campaign – for them. He is everything that is wrong with corporate America, and a more bumbling version, if that is possible, of Mitt Romney.

Whether or not Trump represents the Republican Party better than Rick Perry remains to be determined. The GOP Establishment has managed to keep people like Rick Santorum off the ticket in the past (though Sarah Palin slipped by), but Mitt Romney was less a stroke of genius than the selection of the least noxious candidate.

Romney crashed and burned. It is difficult to see Trump transcending his predecessor, but is there really that much of a difference? Either man would be a nightmare on the world stage, but then that can be said of Trump’s current rivals as well.

The real Republican Party seems to be a group who will seize on any opportunity to legitimize their various bigotries, whether it be against blacks or women or gays, or, in this case, “Mexicans” as a blanket and uninformed category for all Latinos.

Trump is the flavor of the month. But so too have been those candidates who resonated with the Religious Right, or with Neo-Confederate secessionists and ethnic nationalists, or with the NRA crowd. The Confederate flag on week, “Mexicans” the next, and next week it will be something else.

There is a lot of hate in the Republican Party, and the smaller the GOP gets, the more compressed and volatile that hate gets. Protest all you want, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush: There is always room for another bigot, and so there is room for Donald Trump. In the end, he is as real a Republican as any of you.

And trust me on this: you don’t know what offended is, but you will come Election Day 2016.

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27 Replies to “Trump(eting) Hate: Who Represents the Real Republican Party?”

  1. Would that be the Perry that took a photo op
    with Hannity, riding in a boat in army gear
    and cradling a weapon ready to shoot any mexican at the border?

  2. The only real problem other candidates have with Trump is not what he said, but the fact that he is saying it out loud in public.

  3. Trump absolutely is a nightmare for the Republican Party; so much so I think their real leadership is going to be forced to torch his campaign or see their future devastated. You can have your loonies and crackpots on the fringes and the talk shows, but when the public at large is confronted by this racist and mean raving, it will sink their changes for a long time.

  4. Hate has been the gop platform ever since Obama was elected. It got much worse with the second election – they fear losing their base to dems. Without hate-mongering, they have nothing. Their strategy of propaganda to disenfranchise any and all minorities(started with blacks and women and now spreading to anyone not lily-white or Christian). Just look at fox or Flush Rimbaugh to see the platform. The old men are dying off, panic is setting in.

  5. A couple of threads below, there was a deranged comment which perorated on how Trump was going to take over the country and save it from itself by instituting a regime that would have made Mussolini blush, and how the camps were already being prepared to detain the likes of us, who had been carefully identified and tracked by our online commentary. I don’t doubt someone could do it; I doubt it’s Goering-with-a-bird’s-nest-on-top.

  6. That would be the Perry whose family ranch is named “Ni****head”. He has absolutely no credibility criticizing Trump on race or immigration, or pretty much anything else, for that matter – all the GOP candidates have the same core values with differing external packaging, like polishing a horse turd.

  7. Trump isn’t saying what he necessarily believes. He’s saying what he believes The Base wants to hear, albeit in an incredibly boorish way. Go on FOX Nation and you’ll see how well that message resonates with so many, which begs the question: WTF is wrong with the GOP that so many people support a creep like Trump?
    I guess when you have no real policies, no record of successful governance to run on, hate is the only thing left.

  8. Since the demise of tent revivals and traveling freak shows, the room temperature IQ members of our society, the vast majority of whom appear to be conservatives, have had to settle for the GOP for their spiritual and entertainment needs. This also explains the Faux phenomenon, it’s part of the show.

  9. It seems as if the gopers are busy alienating every possible demographic group, leaving no stone unturned. If they keep this up they will have even alienated themselves by election time and vote themselves into oblivion.

    Yeah, I know, pipe dream…

  10. How can anyone, ever, vote for open hatred, bigotry, misogyny, racist, anti-intellectual, pre-modernism?

    Not a rhetorical question.

  11. Trump is stating what he feels will get him the nomination. Anything else is irrelevant.

    But what he says about his rivals are correct.
    And what they say about him is mostly correct.

    7 years of Obama bashing. Now they start to reap what they’ve sown.

  12. “His views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think.” Oh really. Jeb wishes this was true.

  13. This carnival barker is certainly making the case for whomever the democratic nominee is. He won’t stop even when its clear that one of the other halfwits has secured his parties nomination. It’s alright though. The more desprate they become, the funnier it gets. They’re will be laughs a plenty with this group.

  14. I hope Trumps numbers keep climbing because that will really show the overwhelming bigotry of the Reich Wing. Trump says out loud what nearly all from the right feel or have been told to feel. He needs one last big smack down by America along with the Republican party. I would love to see Trump debate Hillary! To watch him get beat up by a girl would be priceless!

  15. Since 1989, the United States has been letting in about 1 million new immigrants per year, a level comparable to the last great wave of European immigration at the turn of the 20th Century.

    This is totally insane. We can’t keep filling the glass when it has obviously reached the top simply because it’s beneficial to the political class. The number of illegal aliens in this country at present far, far exceeds 11 million. We need to call a halt to all immigration for at least four years, and, possibly, eight, to allow assimilation and a withdrawal of incentives for those who cross our borders illegally.

    The goal here is to stop the illegal alien immigration-magnet from happening again, in even bigger numbers than 30-million, ten years down the road.

  16. David,

    Yes, we have too many illegal immigrants. Very few people would argue this point. But your “solution”, end immigration for 4 or 8 years, makes no sense. There’s a good reason why the US has many legal immigrants – students, skilled workers, people fleeing persecution.

    The problem is how do we deal with illegal immigration? President Obama and the Democrats have proposed various comprehensive solutions that combine border controls with a version of amnesty. Repugs refuse to talk about anything but border security and forced repatriation, which is not going to solve this problem.

  17. Tue, Jul 7th, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Just wondering….IF Trump was a Democrat and running in the Democratic Primary, would he be saying, or have said the $#it he has been saying? Hmmmmm. I don’t think so. He would NOT be tolerated and he would have been thrown off the bus. Shooed away and told to STFU immediately! In the Republican Party his rhetoric is allowed and condoned, because, well…..because that’s the thinking of MOST of them. Wink-wink. They Look the other way. Say nothing. And give him more media space, plus an open invitation on FOX whenever he wants. Because he’s their poster boy for offensive talk.

  18. See if you can see the Irony and total BS Trump gives the public.

    Day one:
    1. Mexico is not sending us their best.
    2. We are getting the Rapist, the Killers and the Drug dealers.
    2. The are killing us in the Free Market.

    Day Two:

    1. I meant what I said. (So)
    2. I love Mexicans.
    3. I do business with them all the time.

    How can anyone take him seriously.

    By the Way his company sells Ties that are made in China. Yet he bitches that China is taking away our business worldwide (Profits). Two faced bloviator?

  19. I agree. The truth is that the GOP absolutely thinks the same things as Trump (and many times, even worse.) He serves as the mouthpiece that actually says ALOUD what that party has been espousing for decades now.

    Just in the last 7 years, the masks have come off, and we can see these bigoted “religious” bullcrap for what it is. The GOP indeed, has become the Party of Hatred.

  20. The Presidential selection process works.
    You see, IF the presidential wannabaees did NOT go around the country, and on TV and make statements to the press, and talk to people in the street—we would NOT KNOW THEM. WE WOULD NOT SEE AND HEAR WHAT THEY WOULD BE LIKE AS PRESIDENT. WE WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT’S IN THEIR HEART and MIND.

    Mr. Trump has shown us, at this early stage, that he doesn’t fit to be in that White House as President. But for some, he IS what they would like. Gratefully, the majority will have the last say-so. And the vast majority have already rejected or crossed TRUMP of their list. It’s a good thing we are seeing and hearing the REAL Trump. Not all that glitters is gold. Just saying…..

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