They are openly calling for banning Trump so that Republicans aren’t permitted to vote for him in the primaries.
I plan to vote against him, but banning Trump is crazy and authoritarian. If Donald Trump represents how Republican leaders have alienated their base, banning Trump will only worsen the problem.
But they are calling for it anyway—publicly showing their arrogance and elitism. Pat Buchanan responds: “GOP Elites Plot to Purge Trump.”
In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016.
Trump would be wise to maintain his freedom of action.
For there is a plot afoot in the Washington Post Conservative Club to purge Trump from the Republican Party before the primaries begin.
“A political party has a right to … secure its borders,” asserts the Post’s George Will, “a duty to exclude interlopers.” Will wants The Donald “excommunicated” and locked out of all GOP debates until he kneels and takes a loyalty oath to the nominee.
“Marginalizing Trump” carries no risk of “alienating a substantial Republican cohort,” Will assures us, for these “Trumpites” are neither Republicans nor conservatives. Better off without such trash.
The Post’s Michael Gerson says “establishment Republicans” must “make clear that [Trump] has moved beyond the boundaries of serious and civil discourse.” He loathes the Trumpites as much as Will.
So when you can’t beat him, you cheat. I am shocked by how open they are about their desire to destroy the whole point of voting, but I can’t say I’m surprised at their attempt at banning Trump. The Republican establishment’s sense of entitlement and their arrogance have always been one of the most repulsive things about them. Now that they are losing they are doubling down on all the things that caused them problems in the first place.
It is irrelevant if you agree with Will and Gerson or not about how bad Trump is. You are supposed to express that verdict at the polls. People have a right to their own opinion. If the Republican Party becomes known as the Party that obstructs Democracy, they are going to lose more often and by larger margins.
Trump’s followers are “xenophobic,” Gerson tells CNN. They have a “resentment of outsiders, of Mexico, of China, and immigrants. That’s more like a European right-wing party, a UKIP or a National Front in France. Republicans can’t incorporate that.”
But if the GOP has no room for Trump’s followers, it has no future. For there simply aren’t that many chamber-of-commerce and country-club Republicans.
Gerson probably thinks the ability of the Country-Clubbers to cut checks makes up for their minority position. Notice his disgust at UKIP, the party that is trying to fight for the United Kingdom’s independence and sovereignty in opposition to membership in the European Union. Gerson thinks a party that wants to protect its nation from being ruled from a foreign capital is self-evidently evil. The worst thing he can say about Trump’s followers is that they are as bad as UKIP.
He might as well be campaigning for Trump. Does he have any idea how he sounds?