Politics

Commentary: Donald Trump, Party Pooper

How One Man Crashed the Republican Party

By Steven Morris

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Since that first day of him gliding down an escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for the President of the United States, Donald Trump wasn’t your typical Republican candidate. His claims of not being a politician and part of the system resonated with Republican voters throughout the country. His “mad as hell” and “fed up” persona was a something that Republican voters got behind because that is how they felt.

“Fed up” with the status quo and “mad as hell” at the people who are in charge, who they believe are not helping the everyday person.

Trump was gaining support quickly. With suggestions such as building a wall and the slogan “Make America Great Again,” he was the center of attention and dominated the news media. This surge in popularity and support shook the Republican Party down to its core.

Who would think Donald Trump would be the Republican candidate for President of the United States? In fact, not many of people did.

At first, the presumed 2016 match-up would be Hillary Clinton up against former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush. The people of America thought that those were going to be the two names on the ballot.

Trump rattled Jeb Bush, especially in the primary debates where Trump embarrassed him. With comments such as “you’re a mess” and that he would be a “weak President” it threw Bush into a tailwind.

Bush appeared to be nervous and lacked the ability to really defend himself from Trump’s onslaught of comments and criticisms.

Bush wasn’t the only victim of Trump’s simplistic but yet effective criticisms. He had a name for almost each candidate, especially Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

With names such as “Lyin’ Ted” and “Little Marco” it managed to rattle both candidates and have those names stick to them throughout the primary cycle.

Then came the primary elections where Trump was beating out the “establishment” candidates, such as Senators Cruz and Rubio and Governor Bush, to name a few. Not just by slim margins, but with huge surplus.

Donald “Trump’d” the competition of candidates vying to become the Republican candidate, with a total of 41 contests won and 1,441 delegates awarded.

With this, Donald Trump was the last one standing when the dust settled. Not every Republican was pleased that he was the choice to be.

There were motions during the opening sessions of the Republican National Convention to make it difficult for Trump to become the Republican candidate which ultimately failed. The Republican Party went with it and supported Trump.

Trump, however, has repeatedly embarrassed himself. No matter how much he did, from “off the cuff” tweets, making fun of a disabled reporter, racist and misogynistic remarks at rallies, the Republican Party still supported him.

Then came the leaked tapes of him lewdly talking about women on a tour bus with Entertainment reporter Billy Bush. This was the last straw for a lot of Republicans.

Several withdrew their endorsements of Trump citing these lewd comments, from Senator John McCain to the House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, Trump was losing support.

Because of Trump, the Republican Party seems to be in a sort of twilight zone.

With less than a month away from the presidential election the Republican party is in disarray, withdrawing support of the candidate they chose to represent them to facing a new era of Republicans and Republican voters who lean more right from where the party stands.

The party of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and John McCain is now the party of Donald Trump.

It is now up to the Republican Party to figure out a way to clean up the mess Trump has made of their party.

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