Trump is right about one thing

Like a stopped clock that is right twice a day, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report 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 CruzCruz challenger O'Rourke launching .27M TV ad buy focusing on 'positive' message Neo-Nazis hope to leverage Alex Jones controversies one year after Charlottesville violence Texas brewery makes 'Beto Beer' for Democratic Senate candidate MORE lavished praise on Trump before bashing him. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanVulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Congress should prohibit members from serving on company boards MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Republican strategist: Trump is 'driven by ego' Senate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report 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 GowdyHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump texts House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill MORE (R-S.C.) outlined all of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails 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.