Despite all the sturm und drang from Republicans across the spectrum over Donald Trump’s presumptive candidacy, despite the accepted evidence of his unsuitability to govern, despite his barefaced racism, misogyny and outright lying – and despite the feigned revulsion of the GOP establishment – The Grand Old Party is rapidly lining up in lock step behind him.
Come June, the “Never Trump” proclamations, the “Stop Trump” movement, the excoriating criticisms and denouncements of Republican standard bearers will be long forgotten and the GOP will do all it can to get him nominated and elected.
The many and obvious reasons for this will be discussed ad infinitum in the media, but here’s the ugly truth that won’t be much talked about:
The GOP’s growing support of Donald Trump makes it increasingly clear that the Republican establishment secretly shares his values. They were never truly appalled by Trump’s hate-mongering. Rather, they were only shocked by his willingness to so openly display it, fearing, as they always have, it would be political suicide to do so.
It’s that fear that drove the half-hearted Stop Trump movement to begin with. The biggest shock of this campaign isn’t Trump’s alarming success; the biggest shock is how readily Republicans now endorse it.
Who would have thought that dragging their ugly baggage out of the closet would make America safe again for “angry old white men”?
Donald Trump has outed the Republican establishment, and come June they will embrace him with the full-throated fervor typically accorded a liberator. The truth has set them free.
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