While Romney Rejects Trump, 20 Tiny Trumps Run The Halls of Congress
Today, Republican Party establishment insider Mitt Romney gave a speech rejecting Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. No one who would issue blanket bans to keep Muslims from entering the country is an acceptable Republican candidate, Romney declared:
“Mr. Trump’s bombast is already alarming the allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS, and for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country…. Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes. He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants. He calls for the use of torture.”
It’s very nice that Mitt Romney has used his Republican party leadership position to clarify that excluding people from America on the basis of religion is unacceptable, just as it was very nice when the Republican party leaders of the House and Senate diverged from Donald Trump by unequivocally rejecting the Ku Klux Klan. Oh, it’s a little bit odd that within Republican circles rejecting the KKK and religious expulsion are seen as brave moves rather than the bloody obvious ones, but let’s give Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell credit for rejecting the KKK and religious cleansing.
The question is, will they reject the twenty tiny Trumps running through the halls of Congress right now?
H.R. 4218 and H.R. 4025 and H.R. 4031 are bills introduced to the United States Congress that would implement blanket bans on refugees. Why? Because they’re terrorists? No. Because the refugees are criminals? No. Each of these bills would reject refugees because of the religion of the refugees’ homelands. They are mirrors of Donald Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Twenty members of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives have cosponsored these blatant bills. In the meantime, 242 House Republicans voted for a bill that would accomplish the same end, but using covert language to do it.
Twenty tiny overt Trumps in the House. Two hundred and forty-two subtle, covert Trumps. Will Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan repudiate them, too?
Of course not. To the Republican Party establishment, Donald Trump’s sin isn’t really that he’s a bigot. Donald Trump’s sin is only that he makes it look bad.