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Trump is right about one thing

Like a stopped clock that is right twice a day, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: 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.  

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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 CruzTrump recounts 2016 feud with Cruz at Houston campaign rally Trump says he’s made up with ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says he is cutting foreign aid over caravan | Lawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince | DNC chair downplays 'blue wave' talk MORE lavished praise on Trump before bashing him. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Will the Federal Reserve make a mistake by shifting to inflation? Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: 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 GowdyConservatives fume over format of upcoming Rosenstein interview Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week House GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder MORE (R-S.C.) outlined all of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout 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.