This is ironic – an article titled “Republicans, Apologize to Bill Clinton“. No, it wasn’t written by a Democrat (not even by Hillary Clinton). It was written by influential conservative Erick Erickson. His point:
Seventeen years after Republicans impeached Bill Clinton for covering up an affair, they are handing their party over to a man who has openly bragged about his affairs. On the day the Republicans first meet in Cleveland, Donald Trump will be taken to court for allegedly defrauding hard working Americans through Trump University.
On the campaign trail, Trump was more a pathological liar than Bill Clinton ever was. He smeared his opponents, their wives, and their families. He embraced 9/11 trutherisms that George Bush was to blame for the attacks, he peddled malignant, false stories about Ted Cruz’s father, and few Republicans ever called on him to account. Many gave him passes on the lies they would never give to Bill Clinton.
Republicans owe Bill Clinton an apology for impeaching him over lies and affairs while now embracing a pathological liar and womanizer. That apology will not be forthcoming. In fact, for years Republicans have accused the Democrats of gutter politics and shamelessness. Now the Republicans themselves have lost their sense of shame.
The party that fancies itself as the grown up party has handed itself over to a huckster with a cult of ill behaved children.
I can see his point. The Republicans impeached Bill Clinton for having an affair and for lying about it. Now they have nominated a man who brags about his affairs and lies so casually it takes your breath away. Not to mention is so racist he purposely incites violence.
Is Trump still a womanizer? Or is his third marriage “the charm”? I sincerely doubt age has changed him. For Cinco de Mayo, Trump tweeted a tacky photo of himself eating a taco salad. The accompanying text was pure Trump: “Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” Always the self-promoter, and claiming to love Hispanics, after he has repeatedly called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals.
If you look more closely at the image, you can see that he does love something.
Down in the bottom right is a photo of a woman in a bikini. And the woman has been identified as Marla Maples, Trump’s second wife, with whom he had a “scandalous affair” while he was married to his first wife. Still keeping tabs on her I guess. Did he do this accidentally, or purposely?
An added bit of irony is that Erickson points out, and perhaps believes(?), that before Trump won the primary, the GOP was on the up-and-up. The grown-up party? Gutter politics as the domain of Democrats?
This from the same Erickson who once said of David Souter “the only goat f****** child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court.”
Stay classy, Erick.
I guess Erickson believes that profanity and lying in the service of the Republican party is justified.
I think republicans tolerated all shit from Trump, but they could not tolerate 9/11 blame on Bush. They are trying to categorize as “trutherism”. Which is false characterization. Trutherism is that 9/11 was completely inside job by CIA or high government officials. While Donald Trump stated the fact which is that on day of September 11, 2001, Bush was president, and he did not do enough to prevent it. There is no conspiracy in it. If Trump had not crossed that fact line, republicans would have been tolerant of his racism and sexism etc.
Another bitter Republican establishment hack. Republicans are as afraid of Trumps policies as Democrats are of his ism’s, ist’s and phobe’s. He’s part Bernie, part Clinton, part Romney, part Jeb, hell he’s part everyone. But mostly he’s all Trump, all the time. Those who voted for him are absolutely fed up with the establishment and the same ole blah, blah scripted monologue. Meanwhile, that same establishment is all too happy to keep taking big money and pretending to care about the rest of us. I actually think that Trump voters could elect him, while simultaneously voting out the establishment career hacks in congress. I think Bernie supporters could do that too. Maybe that’s what we really need, a Trump/Bernie ticket. Have them institute term limits as a first order of business, followed by over turning citizens united.
Thatguy — yes!
What is it with these “conservatives” and their selective blindness? Ericsson knows as well as we do that Clinton’s impeachment was carried out by a bunch of liars and womanizers, and their lying, adulterous ringleader, Newt Gingrich, was also so corrupt that even his own party had to find him guilty of ethics violations when he was Speaker of the House — two heartbeats away from the Presidency. Trump just doesn’t utter the conservative shibboleths that would render him morally invisible to his fellow Republicans.
Dear Lord… I’d be the first to say the election process seems to have warped Sanders’ moral compass somewhat, but I think it’d have to go a deal further downhill before he endorsed Trump.
For the record, Democrats are frightened by his policies too. They take the usual Republican doublespeak of cutting taxes but increasing defense spending and add the wrinkle (or seismic fault) of seeking out trade wars with two of our largest trading partners. The -isms, -ists, and -phobes you can attach to Trump are, by comparison, standard GOP fare, just done loudly.
The only thing we could possibly be said to have needed from Trump is his laying bare the con that the GOP has been playing for decades. He can take his utter lack of understanding of economics and foreign relations back to reality TV with the satisfaction that he’s filled perhaps one useful purpose.
I’d pretty much be willing to bet that R’s will hold their collective noses and vote for Trump. By the time the media weighs in, with a vested interest in a horse race, any gaps will close and Trump will get the standard 45% minimum of the vote. In a perfect world, both parties would eventually split. Perfect, that is, for my popcorn/whiskey consumption.