Donald Trump is That Awkward Moment When the GOP Hears What it Sounds Like

Somehow, Donald Trump has become that awkward moment when Republicans finally hear themselves talk. And, in hearing everything they believe articulated in the public forum, they are horrified.

You know how bad things are for those poor fellows on the political right when they start to claim Trump is actually a Democrat plant, put there to make them look bad.

But no. Sorry to say, that’s just how insane you folks have become. You really do sound like that.

I almost feel sorry for you, and probably would if you’d actually learn something from this experience.

But you haven’t. And you won’t.

They deserve this:

Sure, we will always have the Ted Cruzes and the Scott Walkers, and I have argued elsewhere that all this can be traced back to Rick Santorum as an immediate antecedent. It used to be just Santorum saying the stupid stuff nobody else would say. Now they all do it.

It’s just that nobody listened to Santorum. And can you blame them? He is about as interesting as his Dan Savage neologism.

They have all become Santorum. Even Trump. But people listen to Trump. Oh, how they listen to Trump. Often mouth agape in horrified silence, but they listen.

And this is new. Donald Trump might be the demagogue the Republican base has been waiting for. I’m not certain Mitt Romney ever really clued in on what the GOP stands for these days. He was too busy thinking about Mitt Romney to get beyond peripherals like plastic raincoats.

But Trump gets it, and he doesn’t mind saying it. Much to the delight of liberals and progressives, who are happy to have things finally out in the open.

And let’s face it: It’s bad. Very bad. Trump’s verbal ineptitude makes Rick Perry’s prolonged 2012 faux pas pale by comparison. As Dave Letterman quipped about his untimely retirement, it was the worst mistake of his life to leave just as Trump enters the stage.

Oh the jokes. Even Jesus couldn’t turn 4,000 people into 20,000. Even Jesus couldn’t claim of the Sanhedrin, “Oh, they love me!”

Scott Walker can claim that he is doing what God wants him to do, like so many Republican candidates before him *ahem* Sarah Palin *ahem* and we can’t prove otherwise. But when Trump says Hispanics love him, it is easily proved, of course, that they can’t stand him. We can’t ask God, but we can sure ask Hispanics.

This is all so very embarrassing for the Republican Party and it is fun to watch them squirm, not only the establishment but his fellow not-so-establishment running mates, other guys the establishment would likely not mind jettisoning.

Who doesn’t love seen Karl Rove – and by extension, George W. Bush – openly and brazenly attacked by a Republican presidential hopeful?

I don’t know. We have been asking that for years. And,

Maybe they didn’t realize how bad their rhetoric sounded until the mainstream media broadcast it? Perhaps they should have – 2012 and Mitt Romney are in our recent past after all.

Or maybe, as some have suggested, they are perfectly comfortable with the things Trump is saying, but horrified that he is actually saying them. You know, out loud.

We may never know what is going on in their heads as they listen to Trump. Heck, they may never know what’s going on in their heads.

We do know this, however: In the end, when you look at the Trump platform, this lowbrow cracker Renaissance led by a rich white guy, what you are seeing is a replay of 2008. That’s right: Republicans aren’t reaching very far into their past for a Golden Age to latch on to.

The message is the same: Take back our country. In 2008, a bunch of poor white crackers funded by the rich guys who took their jobs, managed to scapegoat black folks for their misery. The same thing is happening now, with “Mexicans” in the role of blacks.

You remember how riled up they got when our first black president told them, “You didn’t build that”?

Well, Obama was wrong this once: they did build that. All on their own. They can’t pin the Confederate flag on us, and they sure as h*ll aren’t going to pin that Frankenstein Trump on us.

As they say in the old Westerns, you dealt the cards. Now play ’em. And no, Kenny Rogers isn’t going to save you either.

This is the reality of the Republican Party. They may want Trump to shut up, but this is what they sound like, and for whatever reason, they are horrified. No Democrat alive, not Barack Obama, not even Bernie Sanders, could have stirred up this ant’s nest of hate.

Megyn Kelly’s pointing to Karl Rove’s “math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better” couldn’t change reality in 2012, and voodoo math won’t save Rove or the GOP in 2016 either. #Bushy beware: there is a new stupid in town, and his name is Trump.

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19 Replies to “Donald Trump is That Awkward Moment When the GOP Hears What it Sounds Like”

  1. Great article. And I have a smile on my face. I have two RW sisters who think trump is the cat’s meow. I think he just stepped on the cat’s tail, and is going to get bit. And I can’t wait!

  2. Republicans know precisely how they sound.

    They were just getting ready to shuck and jive, bamboozle or pretend like they had become something they’re not – inclusive – so they could steal the Presidential election in 2016.

  3. Yeah! It is a sad state of affairs. I too have RW in the family & they too think Trump is great. Point out his hateful comments & they act like I’ve sold my soul to the devil. They think he is what this Country needs.

    No, his not, but the Democratic Party thanks you for thinking he is.

  4. Can you imagine what the goper primaries are going to sound like? I can hardly wait. GOP down in flames – and they threw the match that started the fire.

  5. Donald “Freudian Slip” Trump.

    Yeah they may be horrified, but they’re not embarrassed.

    They know damned full well that what the Don articulates, isn’t going to sell well to the General Public. Be prepared for even more voter restrictions as a result.

  6. “…GOP down in flames – and they threw the match that started the fire.”

    Which begs the warning from the lyre of the “Joel” god:

    “We didn’t start the fire
    No we didn’t light it
    But we tried to fight it…”

  7. Relatively so. He may believe in what he’s saying is the truth, but that doesn’t take away the sad simple fact that he’s repeating lies.

    Easily verfied lies.

  8. Because that is all they are mentally capable of, pressing the “no way” button. They certainly cannot come up with any argument to debate the liberals on this site. Even when they try, their arguments get shredded to pieces by our facts. The absolute best they can come up with is a “fvk you”, so the thumbs down is their next best choice.

  9. Trump IS acting like a demagogue. He is speaking GOP truths and the GOPTP rubes are lapping it up like pigs at the trough. I bet they’re saying “Finally, someone who’s saying all those things I’ve been thinking the past 6 years”.

    Of course, they don’t actually realize that they are merely a minority voice. Slowly but surely, and in spite of the evangelicals and racists, the pendulum is swinging back to the centre. With Bernie’s help, it’s even beginning to move to the left of centre, and it’s the under-40’s who are helping it do so. The rest of the world looks at Trump and his fellow nominee hopefuls as the losers they are (or are about to become). Obama has restored the country’s respect, and the next Democratic President will secure it.

    BTW, Stephen Colbert is going to have a field day with the GOP Clown Car passengers when he takes over Letterman’s show in September. Can hardly wait!!!

  10. It’s the “Emperor’s New Clothes” being played as a magnum opus. The ad-men manipulators ( a few of them ) are realising that their marketing worked all too well. They got their clients of morons hooked on 3.2% beer of racism, xenophobia, and ignorance; but now they’re demanding the 159 proof hard stuff.

    So now the Repukes are stuck with an army of Darwin Award candidates, but they’re candidates with dynamite strapped to their chests.

  11. It is all a very simple equation. Republican = Racist.
    There are no longer any moderate Republicans only those who are less radical than others. The truly moderate in the GOP jumped ship in 1996 and in doing so pushed the Democratic party to the right. It was pandering to them that led Bill Clinton to sign the devastating welfare reform legislation and approve the deregulation of Wall Street. The Dems realized they could pick up the moderates from the GOP and still keep the votes of liberals and progressives because we have nowhere else to go.

    I hope Bernie Sanders will show the Democrats that they need Liberal/Progressive voters and let the right wing moderates be the ones with nowhere to go.

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