Matt Yglesias has a great post documenting the GOP’s shameful support for Donald Trump over the years, and how that’s legitimized his campaign. Even worse, they still refuse to disavow him—the GOP establishment won’t promise not to vote for him if he gets the nomination.
In my view, they made a calculated bet that he would moderate his views as he got closer to office, just as in the early 1930s the NYT said that a certain German nationalist politician (who I am not allowed to name) would likely moderate his views as he got closer to office. Instead, Trump is acting more and more like a fascist, as he gets more power:
Trump warns of ‘riots’ if he’s not the GOP nominee in a contested convention
Trump does not seem to understand how democracy works. The whole point of conventions is to deny the nomination to a candidate who has a plurality of the delegates, but not a majority. That’s why we have conventions. It’s just about the only reason to have conventions. Their purpose is to deny the nomination to a candidate who is supported by 40% (many not even Republican), but hated by a group of 60% who split their votes among other candidates. They keep voting until someone gets a majority—those are the rules. We have conventions so that we can stop crazy candidates with mere pluralities of delegates.
His supporters (in the comment section) will insist that he’s not “advocating” violence, just “predicting” it if he fails to get the nomination. Yes, that’s right, when Trump’s hypnotized followers hear him talk about violence if the nomination is stolen from him, that would not in any way encourage them to actually go out and enact what their Great Leader says is inevitable. The leader they’ve raised their hands and pledged allegiance to. Remember Chicago 1968? Get ready for a long hot summer.
If Trump comes into the convention 100 votes short, and gets the nomination anyway, the GOP party establishment (not the voters!!) will have picked him. Actually, 60% of GOP voters will have rejected Trump. The establishment will have forced Trump down our throats despite that rejection. And America will be a country with one legitimate major party, plus the tiny Libertarian Party, and our own version of France’s National Front.
Oh wait, Trump is even too fascist for Marine Le Pen:
Marine Le Pen, for example, has become a poster child for the modern European far right after leading the French National Front to unprecedented success over the past few years. Many see her as the most obvious European counterpart for Trump. And yet, despite their perceived kinship, Le Pen has personally criticized Trump’s proposal to ban almost all Muslims from entering the United States.
“Seriously, have you ever heard me say something like that?” Le Pen said during one television interview, according to the New York Times. “I defend all the French people in France, regardless of their origin, regardless of their religion.”
So to all you people who said, “How dare you compare Trump to the National Front.” I apologize—he’s worse.
Have a nice day!