Trump is right about one thing

Like a stopped clock that is right twice a day, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: Trump returns to challenges at home Among 'good people' he met on trip, Trump names 'Justin from Canada' White House is 'not going to comment on Jared’ Kushner MORE has managed despite himself to get one big thing right: The Republican Party has grown weak and feckless. 

After months of being trashed by Trump, including attacks and threats during a closed-door meeting with House and Senate Republicans on Thursday (“Trump to Capitol for frank talk with anxious GOP,” July 6), it’s not surprising that the GOP’s doyens are not coming to Trump’s rescue.  

None of these developments, however, is why the formerly Grand Old Party is undermining its long-term credibility with American voters of all ideologies.

Yes, the chickens of the past 50 years are coming home to roost — e.g., Nixon’s Southern Strategy, George H.W. Bush’s use of Willie Horton, Pete Wilson’s Proposition 187, George W. Bush’s anti-gay campaign in 2004. Yes, Trump is the logical extreme of those past campaigns. Yes, he and his Manafortian handlers are longtime students of tactics that divide, rather than unite. And yes, Trump is an amoral opportunist with a business record of failures and dealing with shady individuals. But the response of elected Republicans is in some ways more pernicious and self-indicting — they claim to know better.

Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzFEC faults Cruz on Goldman Sachs loans in rare unanimous vote CBO score underlines GOP tensions on ObamaCare repeal Republicans go to battle over pre-existing conditions MORE lavished praise on Trump before bashing him. Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP leaders launch internal review into leak Opinion | Michael Steele: Gianforte better put his ‘big boy’ pants on Washington needs high-level science and technology expertise – now! MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Trump returns to challenges at home Overnight Energy: Trump energy nominees face Congress | OPEC to extend production cuts Senate confirms Trump's first lower-court nominee MORE (R-Ky.) are officially against Trump’s race-baiting but somehow for Trump himself. A stampede of GOP elected officials publicly removed themselves from being vetted as running mates and then dodge follow-up questions. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Gov. Chris Christie once upon a time had sharp words for Trump but now grovel to join his incredibly shrinking campaign. And Reince Priebus — well, let’s just say that the Republican National Committee chairman has not shown the backbone of those corporations that have walked away from the Trump Convention, wisely shunning the man of big brains, big hands and beautiful walls.

For just one moment, to make a point, take these GOP politicians at their word: No, they didn’t create Trump and no, they are not eager sidekicks. But just as George W. Bush didn’t create Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he still flunked the test of history because of his response to it. These Republican politicians are failing the same “Katrina Test” by their tepid, self-interested response to the Donald Disaster — proving, ironically, that Trump was right when he dismissed them all as “losers,” “weak,” “crooked,” “unfair” and part of a “rigged” system.

It is strange to say that Donald Trump might be right about anything. But in this case, he hit the nail on the head and is now driving it into the GOP’s 2016 electoral coffin.

From Craig Varoga, president, Lookout Media, Washington, D.C.

Three wise monkeys

At the recent congressional hearing with FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyMedia overplayed hand trying to connect Trump to Gianforte McCain: Dems killed Lieberman’s FBI shot Budowsky: GOP summer of scandal MORE (R-S.C.) outlined all of Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton returns to election night convention hall to talk about her new book Biden jabs at Trump in Cornell commencement speech Hollywood's war on Trump is part of liberal America's 'resistance' MORE’s lies, her “extreme carelessness” with classified materials and most people polled — 62 percent — believing that she is not trustworthy. Yet Democrats on the committee think she should coast into the presidential nominating convention with no one questioning her on these and other matters. In front of every Democrat on that committee should have been placed the “three wise monkeys;” hear no evil (about Hillary), see no evil (about Hillary) and speak no evil (about Hillary). What a terrible reflection on those who put these people into office.

From Buddy Biddet, Palm Beach, Fla.