I heard the "drug dealers and rapists" comments about Mexicans during his campaign announcement in Trump Tower. I heard the "We're going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it". OK... I get it. There are Americans who believe that border security is a key issue and he was pandering to his up and coming base of voters. I can move on from there.
I saw the bullying and amateur attacks on other Republicans during the debates in the GOP primary. OK, he is an @*$hole. There are Americans who believe that America is too politically correct. He continued to pander to his up and coming base of voters. I can move on from there, too.
I even saw the HORRIBLE debate performance by the GOP nominee where he looked like a boorish amateur in a race for class president. I thought that Hillary did a great job of putting chum in the water and watching Trump bite like a rabid Great White Shark on a feeding frenzy. She looked presidential...he looked like Animal House. But, hey....I get it...there are those in the Republican Party that will back the GOP nominee no matter what. And I can respect that. I am not one of those Republicans...but I get it, none the less.
BUT NOW...we have this video that has the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, do everything from admitting that "when you are a star", you can do anything, including sexual assault by grabbing a woman "by the (insert derogatory term for female genitalia)"... to admitting that he was actively trying to engage in marital infidelity... THIS IS NOT PRESIDENTIAL!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!
THEN, if that was not HORRIBLE ENOUGH...he puts out that shameful apology video! Let's fact check the claims in Trump's video message on Facebook.
TRUMP CLAIM- "I never claimed to be a perfect person".
FACT CHECK- This is true... he has never admitted that he was GOD, but he has claimed to be a minor deity in the Republican Party.
(JOKE BREAK- Do you know the difference between God and Donald Trump? God has never claimed to be Donald Trump!)
TRUMP CLAIM: "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am"
FACT CHECK: This is complete and total B.S. These words reflect EXACTLY who you are...which is a shallow, egotistical, misogynistic, sociopath who will lie, cheat and steal to whatever he feels best suits his needs. In this case...running for President.
Well... enough is enough.
First, to Mr. Trump... you have demonstrated your complete and total lack of qualification, capability, credibility, and experience to be President of the United States. You have created a campaign based on lies, fear, demagoguery, and hatred. You have alienated the following sectors of the Republican Party...
-LGBT (or the Log Cabin sector)
-Elected Republican Officials
-College Educated White Males
And on top of that, you are hemorrhaging political support. Hell, YOUR OWN RUNNING MATE IS RUNNING FOR THE DOOR... HE WON'T EVEN SHOW UP TO AN EVENT WITH YOU! If this is not a telling sign of the political apocalypse that is ahead for the Republican Ticket, I do not know what is.
To the Republican Party leadership, you made this bed...now you get to lay in it! From Reince on down the line...you did NOTHING to try and prevent this. This is going to be a disaster of historic magnitude. And practical Republicans, like myself, get to stand by and watch it like the Towering Inferno it is. What are we going to do....have another political "autopsy" and create another Growth and Outreach Plan? We've done that, and look what IT got us....TRUMP!!!!
Now, to all of my Republican "friends" that call me a Democrat or a RINO (Republican In Name Only)...keep calling me those names. All I know is, that those monikers do not bother me at all. What keeps me awake at night is the current state of the political party that I have been proud to call my own since I was of age to register to vote in this country.
Let me be clear...Trump and all of his lemmings in the party, do not represent the party that I know. The party that I know is the Party of Lincoln. The party that I know is the compassionate conservative that was Ronald Reagan. The party that I know is the political courage of George H.W. Bush in his term as President. In today's terms, the Party that I know lies in the hearts of people like Gov. Charlie Baker (Ma.), Gov. Larry Hogan (Md), Gov. Nikki Haley (SC), Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John Thune... These are practical Republicans who represent the future of the Republican Party that I can be proud of calling my own again.
Finally, to everyone that asks me why do I not switch parties and just join the Democrats? Well, the answer is simple...that is the easy and cowardice way to deal with this situation. What I am doing is not easy. What I am doing by staying in the GOP is what everyone should be doing...changing the party from within.
So go ahead... call me a RINO... call me a Democrat. I get to sleep peacefully at night knowing that I have made choices that I believe are the best for the nation...not just party line.