Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Graham: Time To Rethink Those Trump Endorsements

   So...that's what it takes, is it?
   Like...before these guys were thinking: Hey, this Trump guy may not be perfect...but I guess he's ok...
   His comments about Curiel are indefensible...but I don't really see how they're worse than a whole lot of other stuff he's said... And all he said about the hypothetical Muslim judge was that it's possible that he'd be unfair... How exactly is that what tips the scales here? I mean, Trump has said crazy things about Muslims...and I'd understand if they were what had done it... But, hey, given that he did say them, it's obviously possible that a Muslim judge could be biased against him... How is it ok to say the crazy things about travel bans and internment camps, but not ok to say that a Muslim judge could possibly be biased against him for saying them? That I don't get.
   Even a light straw can be the one to break the camel's back... So maybe that's what it is.
   And, to deploy another ungulate-y metaphor: I guess we shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts:

1. When Trump proposed the travel ban he was far from securing the party's nomination. Furthermore, he seems to have downplayed (but not repudiated) this position in recent weeks.

2. Under considerable pressure to rally behind the presumptive nominee, a number of Republicans have begrudgingly endorsed Trump over the past few weeks. Their unusually forceful condemnation of his latest faux pas allows them to vent their underlying resentment while maintaining the veneer of party unity.

2. Hispanic-Americans vastly outnumber Muslim-Americans. Also, polls regularly reveal Muslims to be among the least popular racial/ethnic/religious groups in the country.

3. Many of these Republican critics are lawyers and are naturally more sensitive to breeches of well-established professional standards. For them, Trump's statements underscore a pattern of flouting legal norms, which was previously easier to ignore.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Reasonable points.

12:31 PM  

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