Trump is right about one thing

Like a stopped clock that is right twice a day, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE lavished praise on Trump before bashing him. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit 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 GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Oversight slams TSA after report says officials 'interfered' in disciplinary case Gowdy steps down from Ethics Committee, citing 'challenging workload' Oversight Dems ask for subpoena of Trump Organization MORE (R-S.C.) outlined all of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) 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.