The only way to stop Hillary Clinton is to Dump Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
By Rohn Bishop</p.
If Republicans had nominated a governor or a senator with a center-right governing philosophy, the Republican nominee would be leading the morally bankrupt former First Lady, a known liar, who is under an FBI investigation for how she handled her e-mails while Secretary of State. Instead, we nominated a buffoon, who is already 12 points behind Hillary, and appears to be pulling the party down with him.
Having secured the nomination on May 3, Mr. Trump had a six week head start on Mrs. Clinton, who was still embroiled in a tenuous primary fight with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. That would have been a perfect time to unite the Republican Party, to reach out to skeptical writers, talk show hosts, grass roots activists, do some fundraising, and install a campaign infrastructure on the ground.
Instead, Mr. Trump decided to racially attack the Federal Judge overseeing a lawsuit dealing with Trump University; Mr. Trump’s scam college from which he bilked money from innocent poor people looking to get ahead with advice from Mr. Trump. The presumptive GOP nominee said Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel had a conflict of interest just for having brown skin.
“He’s proud of his heritage. I respect him for that,” Trump said. “He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.”
The judge is from Indiana.
Then he attacked popular Republican New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, which once again alienated Republicans, and reinforced the image that Trump has problems with strong women, and Hispanics.
Then came the Orlando Massacre. Trump could have used the tragedy to show Americans how Islam is homophobic and has a terrorism problem. He could have then pointed out the failed policies of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy that have helped lead to these attacks. He could have pointed out that following 9/11, President Bush said, “We must fight them over there, so that we don’t have to fight them here.”
Obama pulled out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and on his watch we’ve had the Ft. Hood shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, the San Bernardino shootings, and the Orlando Massacre. All terrorist attacks on US soil from radical Islam on Obama’s watch.
Did Trump do that? No!
He Tweeted congratulations to himself for being right about terrorism, and he can’t criticize Obama for pulling out of the Middle East, because Trump supported it.
Instead, Mr. Trump has spent this campaign criticizing President Bush, claiming that Bush did not keep us safe, that Bush lied in the lead up of the Iraq War, and even hinted that Bush was somewhat responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Trump says he’d respond, but has made it clear he opposes ground troops to go after terrorists.
Terrorism was an issue Republicans could have won on; instead we’ve nominated a guy on the wrong side of the issue.
So here we are.
As of this writing, Mr. Trump’s campaign is in free fall. He appears to be as ineffective a campaigner as Alf Landon was in 1936; and judging from polling data, he’s taking the whole party down with him.
Aggravatingly, when I post the polling data to social media, Republicans yell at me! Yep, that’s the response I get.
I warned for a year that giving the Republican nomination to a 70 year old reality television version of Archie Bunker could destroy the Republican Party for a generation, and if we do to the Hispanic voting bloc what we did with African-Americans in 1964, we’ll be a minority party for ever.
I know it aggravates a lot of people when I strongly speak out against Trump, but I fear he’ll destroy the Republican Party in the fall.
Look at Reuters/Ipsos generic congressional: Democrats are up 44% – 33% with Trump as the GOP nominee. He’s taking the party down with him.
To save the Republican Party we must replace Trump.
Since July of 2015, I’ve written and warned about what a Trump candidacy would mean. I called out Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for letting me down, and selling out for ratings. (For a list of writings go to http://new.scenenewspaper.com/category/entertainment/rohns-rants/ )
To be clear, I don’t oppose Trump because I want Hillary to win, I oppose Trump because I love our Republican Party, and I don’t like what’s happening to it.
Fellow Republicans, if it makes you feel better, feel free to send me more hate mail telling me that it’s my fault Trump is way behind, and that I can’t wait to lose, and that I must want Hillary to win. When you embraced Trump, you embraced all of him. Don’t pin that decision on me!
When Barry Goldwater was annihilated by LBJ in 1964, Goldwater had laid the groundwork for a conservative takeover of the Republican Party, and the party came back four years later with Richard Nixon. Today, Trump doesn’t bring any greater cause to the Republican Party other than himself, and with so much at stake, especially the Supreme Court, America may not survive until 2020!
Fellow Republicans, I beg you, let’s Dump Trump in Cleveland and make a serious effort at winning this election.
Our country’s future is at stake.
I want to win with a candidate who will appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court, cut regulations, repeal Obama Care, reform entitlements, and take the fight to the terrorists. Someone who’ll go to Washington with the same gusto Scott Walker had when he took on Madison.
So why can’t we run a candidate like that?
We can. If we have the courage to stand up to Trumpism in Cleveland, and nominate a decent human being for President of the United States of America!
The polling data is clear, as is the Electoral College Map’s math. You need 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Trump does not have a path to 270. Hillary Clinton only needs to win the 19 States, plus Washington D.C., that the Democrats have carried in every election since 1992. If she can do that and win the State of Florida, she has 271 electoral votes.
Republicans cannot win the State of Florida when the nominee has such a low approval rating among Hispanic voters. Trump’s numbers among Hispanics are so bad he may be the first Republican candidate to lose the Cuban-American vote.
I’m not trying to be a jerk and just argue with Republicans who are giving into Trumpism only to stop Hillary, but, I’m trying to show Republicans the math. Running Trump is a sure-fire loss.
Fellow Republicans, I beg you, let’s not hand the country over to Hillary Clinton. Let us run an inspirational candidate with a record of results. I suggest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or Senator Marco Rubio.
We don’t need to lose!
Rohn Bishop is a monthly contributor to the Scene. Bishop, a former member of the Waupun City Council, has served as Treasurer of the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County since 2011.