In the wake of calling for Hillary Clinton’s assassination, many are now calling on Donald Trump to end his campaign. Morning Joe takes a slightly different tack: In an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post Tuesday, Joe Scarborough called on the GOP to end Trump’s campaign for him.
Scarborough goes right for the throat:
The Muslim ban, the David Duke denial, the “Mexican” judge flap, the draft dodger denigrating John McCain’s military service, the son of privilege attacking an immigrant Gold Star mother and the constant revisionism and lying about past political positions taken are but a few of the lowlights that have punctuated Donald Trump’s chaotic chase for the presidency.
As if any of those are not enough on their own. But to these must be added the suggestion for Second Amendment “remedies,” leading Scarborough to add,
The presidential candidate that House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed tried to explain away his suggestion of an assassination by telling Sean Hannity his comments were meant to unite supporters before the election. It’s too bad for Trump and his supporters that his comments related to what Hillary Clinton would do after being elected and nominating Supreme Court justices that gun owners would not like.
We are in uncharted waters but that does not mean that the way forward is not clear. It is.
Scarborough then charts that way forward:
- The Secret Service should interview Donald Trump and ask him to explain his threatening comments.
- Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should denounce in the strongest terms their GOP nominee suggesting conservatives could find the Supreme Court more favorable to their desires if his political rival was assassinated.
- Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should revoke their endorsement of Donald Trump. At this point, what else could Trump do that would be worse than implying the positive impact of a political assassination?
- The Republican Party needs to start examining quickly their options for removing the Republican nominee.
Scarborough concludes that,
“A bloody line has been crossed that cannot be ignored. At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.”
It could be argued that Trump has drawn plenty of lines in the sand that Republicans – and Scarborough himself – have ignored, but this most recent is certainly the most damning.
So far, Republicans have been willing to rebuke Trump without withdrawing their endorsements. It will be interesting to see if this latest firestorm is one Trump can find enough obfuscation…er, water, to put out.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.