Former Republican Senator John Danforth Blasts ‘Hateful’ Donald Trump
Finding reason to disagree with Republican Donald Trump has not been a difficult thing to do during his brief tenure. While there have been plenty of Republicans that have stuck by his side, some have had it with him. In particular, his heavily criticized response to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville has driven some in the GOP to draw blood. The latest example comes in an op-ed by former Republican Senator John Danforth, who didn’t hold back in blasting Trump’s divisiveness.
Danforth penned an op-ed in the Washington Post calling Trump a “hateful man” and “the most divisive president in our history”. The former GOP Senator of Missouri said Trump was not a Republican in his eyes because of his willingness to stand against the idea of a united country.
Trump has proven quick to criticize many in various outbursts over the years and as president. But he has been stunningly reluctant at times to go after particular right-wing extremists groups, a fact not lost on Danforth.
It isn’t a matter of occasional asides, or indiscreet slips of the tongue uttered at unguarded moments. Trump is always eager to tell people that they don’t belong here, whether it’s Mexicans, Muslims, transgender people or another group. His message is, “You are not one of us,” the opposite of “e pluribus unum.” And when he has the opportunity to unite Americans, to inspire us, to call out the most hateful among us, the KKK and the neo-Nazis, he refuses.
Danforth also calls on his fellow Republicans to stand up to Trump and suggests, as many before him have noted, silence is capitulation.
To my fellow Republicans: We cannot allow Donald Trump to redefine the Republican Party. That is what he is doing, as long as we give the impression by our silence that his words are our words and his actions are our actions. We cannot allow that impression to go unchallenged.
Trump regularly attacked his predecessor Barack Obama as being a divisive president, despite mountains of speeches calling for unity. As if to drive the point home of which president is truly more divisive, Obama’s post-Charlottesville Tweet quoting Nelson Mandela meteorically rose to be the most liked message in the history of the social media giant.
Donald Trump has been rightfully criticized by the vast majority of people on the left for his many failures in the White House. The time is long past due for those in the Republican party to do the same.
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