Why is the GOP silent? Loyalty to the president must be absolute, or one risks a primary challenge. But that’s no excuse. Political leaders, the loyal GOP donor class, and the cultish rally Trumpists must stand up when malice is wielded as a weapon: https://t.co/JWnSgoUqvE— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 15, 2019
More: There is something gross about a man who was too timid to face the draft during his generation’s war now presuming to define how Americans seek to reform their government. He is the last person to be the arbiter of patriotism or national loyalty. https://t.co/JWnSgoUqvE— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 15, 2019
I’m increasingly of the view that cowardice is the central vice of our time. Courage — as C.S. Lewis said — is the form of every virtue at its testing point. Cowardice is the seed of vice, when virtue is tested and wilts in the face of resistance. https://t.co/P7XXfPuoW1— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 15, 2019
Predictably, David French is nobly and courageously rallying the forces of “conservative liberalism” and leading a principled charge against Trump’s racism:
“In 2016 Speaker Paul Ryan called Donald Trump’s attacks on Judge Alonzo Curiel — Trump had called the American-born judge “Mexican” and claimed he was therefore too biased to preside over the Trump University litigation — the “textbook definition of a racist comment.” That critique also applies to Trump’s tweet thread yesterday, a thread that was obviously aimed at Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other members of her so-called “Squad.” …
With the exception of Omar, the country “from whence they came” is the United States of America. All of these Congresswomen, including Omar, have a constitutional right to “tell the people of the United States” how our “government is to be run.” The very notion that nonwhite Americans should leave this country to go back to ancestral homelands to prove their worth is deeply repugnant.
Moreover, there is something especially gross about a man who was too timid even to face the draft during his own generation’s war now presuming to define how Americans seek to reform their government. He is the last person to be the arbiter of patriotism or national loyalty.
The near-total silence (at least so far) from GOP leaders is deeply dispiriting. Do they not understand the message the leader of their party is sending — especially to America’s nonwhite citizens? Do they not understand that racial malice as a political strategy isn’t just an ultimately losing proposition but also deeply divisive, picking at the scabs of America’s deepest political, cultural, and spiritual wounds? …”
Black Republican Sen. Tim Scott has joined him:
No matter our political disagreements, aiming for the lowest common denominator will only divide our nation further. My full statement below: pic.twitter.com/QXuV8arXso— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) July 15, 2019
Black Republican Rep. Will Hurd has condemned Blompf’s racism:
Rep. Will Hurd on Trump tweets: “The tweets are racist and xenophobic… It’s behavior that’s unbecoming of a President of the United States and the leader of the free world.” https://t.co/2KJWBmREhl pic.twitter.com/envSedEkNb— The Hill (@thehill) July 15, 2019
Sen. Mitt Romney is desperately trying to stay out of it:
He gives empty suits a bad name https://t.co/Es10u99pJU— Daniel Larison (@DanielLarison) July 15, 2019
Rep. Mike Turner is calling out Blompf:
I am confident that every Member of Congress is a committed American. @realDonaldTrump’s tweets from this weekend were racist and he should apologize. We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it.— US Rep. Mike Turner (@RepMikeTurner) July 15, 2019
Bill Kristol and the big guns of “conservative liberalism” at The Bulwark are calling out the racists and opening fire:
Republicans’ “silence underlines in the boldest possible way what it means to say that the GOP is truly Trump’s party now. And why our politics is in a downward spiral of ugliness.” https://t.co/bZp359Era9— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 15, 2019
Republican silence underlines in the boldest possible way what it means to say that the GOP is truly Trump’s party now.— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) July 15, 2019
And why our politics is in a downward spiral of ugliness.
https://t.co/blOzO4OIfV via @BulwarkOnline