Let’s Be Clear: A Majority of Republicans Support Trumpism
On April 26, 2016 Republican voters came out in five states to indicate their presidential preference. Here are the results:
- Connecticut: with 57.9% of the Republican vote, Donald Trump wins
- Delaware: with 60.8% of the Republican vote, Donald Trump wins
- Maryland: with 54.5% of the Republican vote, Donald Trump wins
- Pennsylvania: with 56.7% of the Republican vote, Donald Trump wins
- Rhode Island: with 63.8% of the Republican vote, Donald Trump wins
A few months ago, there was this idea being floated around that Donald Trump didn’t really represent Republican Party values, that Trumpist political attitudes weren’t really supported by a majority of Republicans. As soon as the field narrowed down, this idea went, Donald Trump wouldn’t gather a majority of supporters. Instead, the idea went, a majority of Republicans would stand against Trumpism and reject all that his candidacy stood for.
This idea is clearly wrong.
Everybody knows exactly what Donald Trump stands for. He’s made it clear. He’s shouted his values repeatedly on national television:
- Beat up citizens who show up to voice their dissent
- Authorize massive covert surveillance against the American people
- Torture people suspected of crime
- Kill the families of people suspected of being terrorists
- Oppose the Geneva Conventions
- Issue a blanket label of immigrants from a brown-skinned nation as rapists
- Punish women who terminate their pregnancies
- Declare that climate change is a hoax
- Name Sarah Palin as an ideal member of his cabinet
- Insist vaccines cause autism
- Take away citizenship from babies born in the USA
- Decide more countries should have nuclear weapons
- Use government power to discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation
Donald Trump has made these positions perfectly clear.
When a majority of the the Republican Party in the United States casts their votes for this man, when a Republican majority chooses Donald Trump to become leader of its Party, the Party makes itself clear.
Republicans, if you really cannot stand by the positions listed above, how on Earth can you continue to stand by Donald Trump?