Monday, August 1, 2016

“…Republicans must rebuke Trump himself and cease supporting him… Republicans’ refusal to un-endorse Trump puts their own character and judgment in doubt…”—Jennifer Rubin

“House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana (R) knew what they were getting into when they climbed aboard the Donald Trump bandwagon. 

“They had watched him insult minorities, POWs, the disabled and women. They had seen for themselves how utterly ignorant he was about basic policy concepts. They knew he lied about big and small things (e.g., falsely saying he opposed the Iraq War, reneging on charity pledges until shamed by The Post). They knew he’d stiffed and swindled Trump U students. They never should have backed him; they were abetting a vile individual attaining the country’s most powerful office, for which he was patently unfit. Pence went a step further in agreeing to be his running mate, and now travels around the country cheerleading for Trump.

“Now Trump demeans two Gold Star parents. When slammed, he does not apologize or retract the remarks. He insists he has read the Constitution but then claims Gold Star father Khizr Khan has ‘no right’ to criticize him. In a pathetic statement trying to paper over his egregious remarks, he does not apologize to the Khans nor retract his insults. The world-class narcissist claims to be worthy of the same sympathy (I sacrificed too!) as the parents who lost their son...

“What does Pence, father of Marine 2nd Lt. Michael J. Pence, do? He directs the press wanting comment to Trump. Really, that’s it? One wonders how 2nd Lt. Pence — and all the other Americans risking their lives — feel about that. Pence’s silence and continued presence on the ticket suggest he considers Trump within the bounds of normal political discourse. If Pence had a modicum of dignity or decency, he would tell the American people: ‘I made a terrible mistake. Mr. Trump is so morally bankrupt and of such shabby character that I could not possibly serve with him.’ Failing to do so, the same should be said of Pence.

“In his interview on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ Trump also revealed he did not know Russia had invaded Ukraine. (Putin’s ‘not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down’). When George Stephanopoulos told him it already had, he repeated the Kremlin’s talking point that the people of Crimea wanted Russia to invade.

“The offices of Ryan and McConnell wouldn’t comment on Trump’s slur against Ghazala Khan or ludicrous claim he’s ‘sacrificed’ just as the Khans have. Their spokesmen would only repeat the bosses’ prior remarks on Trump’s Muslim stances. That’s not the point. They know this but they are abdicating moral leadership because they cannot possibly justify their support of Trump. In their silence, they condone Trump and stand with him. They should be standing with the Khans. Do these congressional ‘leaders’ actually have nothing to say about the cruel attack on two parents who now go to other military funerals to honor their son? Republicans’ refusal to un-endorse Trump puts their own character and judgment in doubt. 

“It is fair to say that the Republicans who cheer him on — not Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), who refused to — are signing their own political death warrants… Republicans who fell in line behind Trump cannot escape the moral stench he emits. He disrespects parents of a fallen warrior; they do as well with their silence. He attacks other Americans, lies habitually and embodies none of the qualities we expect of elected leaders; they demonstrate moral and political cowardice in refusing to condemn him. 

“It’s no longer sufficient for Republicans to rebuke Trump’s loony positions or foul statements. There are too many of both. The problem is not one of policy but of the nominee himself. Republicans must rebuke Trump himself and cease supporting him. Silence is consent…” 

For the entire article, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader, Governor Pence: It's not enough by Jennifer Rubin, click here. 



  1. DRAFT-DODGER trump Said Sleeping Around Was [his] “Personal Vietnam”:

    “In a 1997 Howard Stern interview, the future presidential candidate likened sleeping with multiple women to service in the war he repeatedly avoided. Draft-dodger Donald Trump once said that the danger he faced from getting sexually transmitted diseases was his own ‘personal Vietnam.’

    “In a 1997 interview with shock jock Howard Stern, Trump talked about how he had been ‘lucky’ not to have contracted diseases when he was sleeping around. ‘I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam-era,’ Trump said in a video that resurfaced Tuesday on Buzzfeed, ‘It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.’

    “It wasn’t the only time the Republican front runner for president would liken his personal life to wartime service: Trump has claimed that his military-themed boarding school education was essentially equivalent to having being trained in the military.

    “When Trump had his chance to join the military and fight in Vietnam, he did not take it. Instead, the rich kid got multiple student deferments from the draft and a medical deferment. Meanwhile, men like John McCain were being tortured as prisoners of war, but Trump has said that is ‘dishonorable.’

    “‘He’s not a war hero,’ Trump said of McCain last year. ‘He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?’

    “...Since running for office, Trump has made a show of fundraising for veterans—offering veterans groups six-figures to be props at campaign rallies. But when vets groups have stood up to him, refusing to be dragged into the campaign, scores of Trump fans have sent them vile and harassing messages.

    “It’s in line with how Trump treated veterans before he started running for president. In the 1980s, Trump tried to have disabled veteran street vendors thrown off Fifth Avenue, accusing the Vietnam-era soldiers of ruining how the street in front of Trump Tower looked. Before his presidential campaign, Trump’s charitable foundation gave more to the Clintons than to veterans organizations…” (Tim Mak, from the Daily Beast).

  2. What do other Gold Star families say about the Trump feud?

    "Twenty-three Gold Star families wrote an open letter on Monday to Mr. Trump demanding an apology for his comments about the Khan family in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News that aired on Sunday.

    "In his speech in Philadelphia, Khizr Khan had assailed Mr. Trump for his views on Muslims, saying he had 'sacrificed nothing and no one.' Mr. Trump, in addition to questioning why Ms. Khan did not speak onstage, responded that he had sacrificed for the country by creating jobs.

    "The Gold Star families wrote: 'Your recent comments regarding the Khan family were repugnant and personally offensive to us.'

    "'When you question a mother’s pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us. When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice'" (New York Times).

  3. “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear of one another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason..." --March 9, 1954, Edward R. Murrow was an extraordinary journalist who opened the doors for all journalists that followed his footsteps. Single handed, Murrow unmasked Joseph McCarthy for the world to see. He exposed McCarthy as a hate monger and a hypocrite. McCarthy never recovered.